What’s on in Germany: December 18 – 24

This week's highlights: A marionette show at Berlin's Hanukkah market, an exhibition on Nico in Cologne, and Christmas carolling in Hannover.

What's on in Germany: December 18 - 24
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Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin

Every Monday, the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin invites an artist to play DJ. This week German artist Michaela Meise spins 60s and 70s soul hits. Check out Candice Breitz’s melange of Jack Nicholson clips wihle you’re there. The exhibition stays open until 10pm Mondays.

Price: Exhibition €6,00, Montags Bar Free

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Monday, December 22, 8pm

Phone: 030 2576 2040

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Anonymous Drawings

Buy a painting for one hundred and fifty euros this weekend. There’s only one catch, you won’t know who the artist is until you seal the deal and hand over the cash – an interesting concept of looking at art for art’s sake. It all starts Friday at 7pm.

Price: Free

Location: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2

Times: Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Phone: 030 902 98 1455

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Puppet Theatre:

Hanukkah Marionette Show

The Helmi Marionette Theatre tells the story of Hanukkah with oversized foam puppets. Kids will love learning about the importance of the oil lamp and other elements of this Jewish holiday, through music, comedy, and skilled puppeteers.

Price: €3

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building, Lindenstraße 9-14

Times: Sunday, December 21, 4:15pm

Phone: 030 259 93 517

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Artists and crafters hawk their lovely handmade wares this weekend at this distinctive Christmas Market. Colourful aprons, cool T-shirts, and framed photographs will all be crammed into a giant room in the RheinTriadem. There will be plenty of Glühwein and holiday tunes, but don’t expect to see any of those little smoking men.

Price: €8

Location: Sonic Ballroom, Oskar-Jäger-Str.190

Times: Sunday, December 14, 9:30pm

Phone: 0221 1691 8894

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Nico – Cologne, Berlin, Paris, New York – Stations of a Pop Icon

Cologne celebrates one of its own with a vast exhibition on the life of Nico, aka Christa Päffgen. The retrospective traces the German femme fatale’s career from her early days as a model, through her acting roles, and finally to her time as a singer with the Velvet Underground. See the way she walks. Hear the way she talks… Join the guided tour Saturday at 2:30 pm.

Price: €5

Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; through February, 1

Phone: 0221 221 26714

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Thirty-five years ago Conny Bauer, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Uli Gumpert, and Günter Baby Sommer brought their wild, East German improvisation to the Jazz Festival Jamboree in Warsaw. Saturday night the quartet joins forces once again in Dresden. It’ll be an energetic set of musical surprises.

Price: €15

Location: Jazz Club Neue Tonne, in the cellar of the Kulturrathauses Dresden, Königstrasse 15

Times: Saturday, December 20, 9pm

Phone: 0351 802 60 17

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Whiskey-Max Tram

Got a taste for whiskey? Ride around Frankfurt Saturday night in a vintage, 1957 streetcar while enjoying some fine single malt Scotch and Irish Whiskey. It’s a fine way to keep warm.

Price: €59

Location: Textorstrasse Tram Stop, Textorstrasse 2-4, Sachsenhausen

Times: Saturday, December 20, 3:30pm

Phone: 06182 640381

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Tatsuya Nakatani, Ge-Suk Yeo, Mizuki Wildenhahn, Manfred Kroboth

Take one experimental percussionist, mix with one opera-trained audio/visual artist, one percussive dancer, and one sound artist/digital puppeteer, and you’re sure to get something extreme. See what happens Thursday night at Kunst-nah.

Price: €6

Location: Kunst-nah, Grosse Bergstrasse 152

Times: Thursday, December 18, 8pm

Phone: 0178 690 3915

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Learn about the Christmas holiday with this traditional Anglican service of nine bible readings. Classic carols like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” are sung between readings, with songs in English alternating with those in German.

Price: Free

Location: Old Catholic Parish Hall, Brabeckstrasse 24

Times: Saturday, December 20, 6pm

Phone: 0511 664 508

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Harmunichs & Friends

This dazzling female accapella group hosts a swinging “Winter Wonderland” concert of Christmas carols and classic barbershop tunes Tuesday night. Three other groups, Chromagic, Die Reifen Früchtchen and Herrenbesuch also join in on the fun and flashy entertainment.

Price: €15 – 25

Location: Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Tuesday, December 23, 8pm

Phone: 089 54 81 81 81

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Fire of Antolia

A mesmerising showcase of passionate Turkish folk dancing has been transpiring upon a stage in Munich all month. “Fire of Anatolia” ends Sunday, so if you haven’t yet seen the seductive shimmying and lively stepping, check it out this weekend.

Price: €24 – 69

Location: Deutsches Theater München, Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 11

Times: Thursday, December 18 – Saturday, December 20, 8pm; Sunday, December 21, 6pm

Tickets: 089 55 23 44 44

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