Club Transmediale Opening Concert
Legendary electronic music producer and Kompakt Records boss presents his epic ambient project GAS in a rare live performance Thursday night to open this year’s Club Transmediale Festival. Scenes from the German forest emerge among a sonic mesh of obscure classical samples and techno beats.
Location: Volksbühne, Linienstrasse 227
Times: Thursday, January 22, 8pm
Phone: 030 24 065 777
More Information: www.clubtransmediale.de
Greening – Landscape Design in and from Beijing
China is experiencing a building boom, with dazzling skyscrapers going up everywhere from Shanghai to Shenzhen. But what about the nation’s outdoor spaces? Pay a visit to this new exhibition at Berlin’s ifa-Gallery to see just how advanced China’s landscape architects are.
Location: ifa-Gallery Berlin, Institute for Foreign Relations, Linienstrasse 139/140
Times: Opening Thursday, January 22, 7pm; Regular hours Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm-8pm; Saturday 12pm-8pm; through March 22
Phone: 030 2267 9616
More Information: www.ifa.de
Paul Klee Puppet Film
Replicas of hand puppets created by Paul Klee for his son Felix between 1916 and 1925 star in this puppet film for kids, screened at the Neue Nationalgalerie this weekend. It’s part of the museum’s extensive exhibition on the Bauhaus master, so be sure to check out the paintings after the theatrical fun.
Price: €10; under 16, free
Location: Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Strasse 50
Times: Saturday, January 24, 11:30 am, and Sunday, January 25, 11:30am
Tickets: 030 266 2651
More Information: www.smb.museum
Parts and Labor
The Brooklyn rockers have taken a turn into epic anthems with their latest disc Receivers. Rock out to their noisy guitars and keyboards Monday night at Blue Shell.
Location: Blue Shell, Luxemburger Strasse 32
Times: Monday, January 26, 9pm
Phone: 0221 21 20 34
More Information: www.blue-shell.de
Ambient Festival: Civilisation of Love
Take your place on one of the Persian carpets laid out on the marble floors of Cologne’s Basilica of the Holy Apostles this weekend. As purple and orange projections sweep across a gothic ceiling the sounds of ambient dub fill the air.
Price: €5-7; Festival Pass, €15
Location: Basilica of the Holy Apostles, Neumarkt 30
Times: Thursday, January 22 – Saturday, January 24, 9pm
More Information: www.e-de-cologne.de
E.W. Nay – Works from the 1960s
Thirty large paintings and eighty-six works on paper, all created the decade before the German artist’s death in 1968, comprise this fascinating new exhibition, which opens Thursday at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunstahalle. Don’t miss the “Nay Room” from the 1964 Documenta III in Kassel.
Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg
Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through April 26
Phone: 069 29 98 820
More Info: www.schirn-kunsthalle.de
Hamburg Planetarium’s New Technology
The Hamburg Planetarium just updated its digital universe-simulation software, which means those celestial galaxies will be more realistic than ever! Check it out Wednesday with the premiere of a new show called “The Power of the Stars – From the Sky Disc to the Sun Tower.”
Location: Hamburg Planetarium, Hindenburgstrasse 1b, Hamburger Stadtpark
Times: Wednesday, January 28, 8pm
Phone: 040 428 86520
More Info: www.planetarium-hamburg.de
From bridal gowns, to fancy cars, to disco DJs, everything you need for your perfect German wedding will be at Hamburg’s Messe this weekend. Go and take a stroll down aisles of white lace and crinoline.
Location: Hamburg Messe und Congress, Halls B3 and B4, Messeplatz 1
Times: Saturday, January 24, 11am-7pm; Sunday, January 25, 11am-6pm
Phone: 089 41 96 940
More Info: www.hochzeitstage.de
You tried jogging, yoga, and even water aerobics, but you just can’t seem to find your thing. Kinomichi, a form of Japanese martial arts, developed in Paris in 1979 could be just what you’ve been looking for. Berlin instructor Andreas Lange-Böhm teaches a two day workshop this weekend in Munich.
Price: €8 for one hour, €30 for a full day
Location: Ohayo Dojo, Weissenburgerplatz 5
Times: Saturday, January 24, 2pm-6:30pm; Sunday, January 25, 11am-3:30pm
More Info: www.kinomichi-muenchen.de
Palestinian-Israeli Film Week
Relations have been bleak in the Middle East, but we must stay optimistic. Increase your knowledge on life in both Israel and Palestine with a series of films based on the region. Most are screened in their original Arabic or Hebrew, with English or German subtitles.
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Saturday, January 24 – Saturday, January 31, 6pm and/or 8pm
Phone: 089 480 980
More Info: www.gasteig.de
Bavarian State Opera House Children’s Introduction to “Der Sturm”
Kids have a hard time sitting through full-length ballet productions of Shakespeare plays. Sad, but true. Munich’s Bavarian State Opera does a wonderful job of getting the little ones excited for their shows with 30-minute “Introductions for Children” that take place just before performances. See how your seven to 14-year-olds enjoy the one on “Der Sturm,” a ballet based on “The Tempest,” Saturday.
Location: Bavarian State Opera House, Capriccio Hall, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Times: Saturday, January 24, 6:45 – 7:15
Phone: 089 21 85 19 20
More Info: www.bayerische.staatsoper.de