Festival of Lights
Berlin is beautiful any time of year, but for the next week and a half, when the city is swathed in pink, blue, yellow, and green lights, it will surely be a site to behold. From 7pm to 1am every evening until October 27, 48 of the city’s landmark sites, including the Reichstag, TV Tower, and Brandenburg gate will be aglow. Get a preview with The Local’s gallery of the event!
Location: Various sites around Berlin
Times: Daily, 7pm – 1am, through October 26
More Information: www.city-stiftung-berlin.eu
The Icelandic chanteuse brings her sweet, ethereal songs to Berlin’s Kasselhaus Tuesday. She’s been compared to Bjork, albeit an extremely gentle version, but Torrini certainly has her own sound.
Location: Kesselhaus at the Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36
Times: Tuesday, October 21, 9pm
Phone: 030 6110 1313
More Information: www.emilianatorrini.com
International Sound Art Festival
German composer and sound artist Thomas Gerwin kicks off this month-long festival of performances by improvisational orchestras, chamber works, sound installations, symposiums, and live electronics beginning on Friday night.
Location: Galerie Nord, Turmstrasse 75
Times: Friday, October 17, 7pm; Festival runs through November 15
Phone: 030 397 417 34
More Information: www.inter-art-project.de
There is no end to the depth of a Gerhard Richter painting, and an exhibition of around forty of them opens Saturday at Cologne’s Museum Ludwig. With a focus on abstract works produced since the mid-1970s, the show includes the dozen paintings that make up the 2005 series “Wald,” never before presented in Europe.
Location: Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, October 18 – February 1, 2009
Phone: 0221 221 26165
More Info: www.museenkoeln.de
Frankfurt Book Fair
Book lovers, get yourselves to Frankfurt this weekend. The Frankfurt Book Fair celebrates its 60th anniversary with an astounding program of dialogues, seminars, exhibitors and events based around fiction, periodicals, antiquarian books, the book trade, and other hot publishing topics.
Location: Messegelände, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
Times: Saturday, October 18, 9am-6:30pm & Sunday, October 19, 9am-5:30pm
Phone: 069 21020
More Info: www.book-fair.com
Pictures and Myths
Remember when Lindsay Lohan posed as Marilyn Monroe for Bern Stern last winter? See the photographer’s original shots of the Blonde Bombshell at the Found Galerie in Hamburg. Known as “The Last Sitting,” the dreamy photos were taken at the legendary Hotel Bel Air six week’s before the actress’s death in 1962.
Location: Found Galerie, Bismarckstrasse 132
Times: Friday, 2-7pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm; through November 22
Phone: 0173 20 69 875
More Info: www.foundgalerie.com
Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company
A beautiful scene is set to unfold Friday night as the tiny curtain falls to reveal “the man,” “the woman,” “the masked figure,” and “the clown.” With Beijing opera music as well as tunes from Taiwan, this famed puppet troupe brings traditional Taiwanese puppet theatre to Hamburg audiences.
Location: Museum für Völkerkunde, Rothenbaumchaussee 64
Times: Friday, October 17, 7pm
Phone: 0180 530 8888
More Info: www.voelkerkundemuseum.com
Hannover Sunday Shopping Event
It sure is a treat when shops in Germany are open on Sundays. This Sunday, stores in Hannover’s city center invite shoppers to buy, buy, buy.
Location: Various locations in Hannover
Times: Sunday, October 19, 1pm-6pm
More Info: www.hannover.de
Munich Science Days
Ahh, the wonders of science. Explore everything from mathematics to evolution with a host of brilliant academics, in Munich this week. Art workshops for kids feature mosaics and kaleidoscopes.
Location: Hauptgebäude der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Times: Saturday, October 18 – Tuesday, October 21
Phone: 089 3061 0017
More Information: www.muenchner-wissenschaftstage.de
The economy might be slumping, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend to be millionaires still. Drool over shiny Ferraris, fine cigars, and caviar. Just make sure you’re dressed to impress, especially Saturday, which is fashion night.
Location: Messe München, Messegelände
Times: Thursday, October 16, 8pm-1am; Friday, October 17, 12pm-10pm; Saturday, October 18, 11am-11pm; Sunday, October 19, 11am-9pm
Phone: 0211 641 3114
More Information: www.millionaire-fair.de
The Little Prince
That whimsical tale of an aeroplane pilot, a philosophical little boy, and his beloved rose takes shape on the Munich stage Sunday. TanzTheater München adapts Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book for ballet. With music by Erik Satie, the performance will surely be a magical event. Bring the whole family.
Price: €7,50 – €43,50
Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz 3
Times: Sunday, October 19, 3-4:30pm & 7-8:30pm
Tickets: 089 21 85 19 60
More Information: www.staatstheater-am-gaertnerplatz.de