What's on in Germany: January 1 - 7
This Week's Highlights: Mozart in Berlin, Cuban dancers in Hamburg, and a Tom Waits musical in Munich.
Tanztage 2009 Opening Party
Get down on the dance floor with some of Germany's hottest young choreographers. This annual dance festival kicks off with a disco dance party Friday night.
Location: Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18
Times: Friday, January 2, 10:30pm
Phone: 030 280 927 93
More Information: www.tanztage.de
Best way to get fired up for a new year is with seedy scenes of New York City in the seventies. Lichtblick Kino shows the De Niro classic Taxi Driver, Friday at midnight.
Location: Lichtblick Kino, Kastanienallee 77
Times: Friday, January 2, 12am
Phone: 4405 8179
More Information: www.lichtblick-kino.org
The Magic Flute
Put your resolution to see more opera into action this weekend. No better way to start than with the all-time favourite, Mozart's The Magic Flute. Komische Oper Berlin puts on a rousing rendition with fabulous costumes by Reinhard von der Thannen.
Price: €10 - 72
Location: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstrasse 55-57
Times: Friday, January 2, 7pm
Phone: 030 202 600
More Information: www.komische-oper-berlin.de
Artistic Cocktail Variety-Talent Show
Enjoy some comedy and vaudeville fun in a circus tent where young performers try out new tricks. There's no telling what you'll get, but there's bound to be plenty of laughter.
Location: ZAK Zirkus and Artistikzentrum Köln, Schanz 6
Times: Saturday, January 3, 7:30pm
Phone: 0221 7021 678
More Information: www.zak-koeln.com
Opernplatz on Ice
Right outside Frankfurt's Old Opera House, there's a winter wonderland in the form of 700-square-meters of glistening ice. Channel your inner Katarina Witt, and try a few double salchows, or go simple and stick with the toe loop. Whatever your level, go now, because come Sunday it will all be a distant memory.
Price: Adults €4.50' Ages 6-17 €3; Under 6 Free, Skate Rental €3.50
Times: Daily, 11am-10pm; through Sunday, January 4
Phone: 069 2475 2120
More Info: www.opernplatz-on-ice.de
Clash Klub: Manzel & Klitbeats
Mashups and breakbeats rule the dance floor at Silbergold Friday night when Manzel and Klitbeats man the helm. Sounds like my kind of party.
Location: Silbergold, Heiligkreuzgasse, 22
Times: Friday, January 2, 11pm
Phone: 0176 5041 7946
More Info: www.silbergold.org
Drunken Sailor - The Tiger Lilies
These British misfits take their musical cue from 1920s German cabaret, albeit with a dash of gypsy-punk. Russian director Sergei Bodrov's followed the band on their tour through Europe, see his sensational documentary Wednesday.
Location: Mal Seh’n Kino, Adlerflychtstrasse 6
Times: Wednesday, January 7, 6pm
Phone: 069 597 0845
More Info: www.malsehnkino.de
Kings of Salsa: Joy of Cuban Lifestyle
Be transported to a Caribbean island with the conga rhythms and fiery steps of the Kings of Salsa. Nobody shakes it better.
Price: €21 - 53
Location: Neue Fliegende Bauten, Glacischaussee 4
Times: Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 11, 8pm
Ticket Hotline: 040 47 11 06 33
More Info: www.fliegende-bauten.de
Roy Lichtenstein, Posters
Days are grey in Germany in January. Set your eyes on some seriously bold hues. Seventy vivid posters created by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein between 1962 and 1997 hang at Hamburg's Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe through February.
Price: €8; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after 5pm €5
Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 11am-9pm; through March 1
Phone: 040 428 134 27 32
More Info: www.mkg-hamburg.de
Max Ernst, Collages
It's always nice to invite a little Surrealism into your life every now and then. The complete collection of original collages from Max Ernst's 1934 collage novel "A Week of Kindness" is on display at the Hamburger Kunsthalle for another week and a half. Men with bird's heads, winged Victorians, snakes in the streets, oh my!
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through January 11
Phone: 040 428 131 200
More Info: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets
The avant-garde vision of director Robert Wilson, musician Tom Waits, and author William S. Burroughs combines in a captivating tale of danger and enchantment in this musical stage-show based on the German folk legend Der Freischütz.
Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12
Times: Tuesday, January 6, 7:30pm
Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81 (14 Ct/min)
More Information: www.prinzregententheater.de