What’s on in Germany: February 12 – 18


What's on in Germany: February 12 - 18
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief.' Photo: DPA


Casting a Shadow. Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film

See fascinating storyboards and production design sketches from films like The Birds, North By Northwest, and Shadow of a Doubt in this new exhibition that presents the process of making a Hitchcock film. Original documents created by Hitchcock himself join a trove of cinematic relics that detail the legendary director’s many collaborations.

Price: €6

Location: Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm

Phone: 030 247 49 888

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Charles Darwin Exhibition

On the 200th anniversary of the great scientist’s birth, an extraordinary exhibition opens at Berlin’s Natural History Museum. Hop aboard the HMS Beagle and journey back to a time when Charles Darwin made some of his most startling observations – discoveries that would lead to his revolutionary magnum opus On the Origin of Species.

Price: €6

Location: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstr. 43

Times: Tueday – Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm

Phone: 030 2093 8591

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Ever Ever Altar Bar

The conceptual artist who goes by the name Item Idem, has done projects for the concept store Colette in Paris, and the Bernhard Willhelm boutique in Tokyo, so you can expect his recent collaboration with 032c magazine to be unusually spectacular. The Ever Ever Altar Bar takes the form of a vodka and dim sum bar, housed in the magazine’s “museum store.”

Price: Free

Location: 032c Museum Store, Kleine Kurstrasse 1

Times: Thursday, February 12 – Saturday, February 14, 7-11pm

Reservations: 300 4405 0980

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Bloc Party

The London boys bring their high-energy tracks to Cologne’s Palladium Tuesday night. With dizzying guitar lines, frantic drums, and jolting vocals Bloc Party puts on a great live show.

Price: €26

Location: Palladium, Schanzenstrasse 40

Times: Tuesday, February 17, 8pm

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Music Discovery Project: Paavo Järvi meets Paul van Dyk

The stars collide Friday when a German electronic music producer joins forces with an Estonian-American classical conductor, to interpret The Planets, an orchestral suite by British composer Gustav Holst.

Price: €15

Location: Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese

Times: Friday, February 13, 7pm

Tickets: 0180 5360 1240 (0.14/minute)

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Stumbling Blocks: Gunter Demnig and His Project

You know those little brass squares you see in the sidewalks? They’re there because of one man, a guy by the name of Gunter Demnig. Since 1990 Berlin-born, Cologne-based artist has been installing these memorials to Jews who were deported by the Nazis, in front of the houses where they once lived. An exhibition at Frankfurt’s City Library details the project.

Price: Free

Location: Zentralbibliothek Frankfurt, Hasengasse 4

Times: Monday – Friday, 11am-7pm, Saturday, 11am-4pm; through February 22

Phone: 069 212 38080

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Ode to the Man Who Kneels

Director and playwright Richard Maxwell nods to the classic Western film with this avant-garde production of sparse sets, dramatic shadows, and characters so strong they either “kill or seduce” everyone they meet (according to Time Out New York).

Price: €8-17

Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Thursday, February 12, 8pm

Phone: 040 27 09 490

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Neko Case

Her particular form of American country music is influenced by the genre’s greats – Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams – and tossed with just the subtlest dash of rock grit. It doesn’t get any more down home than peddle steel guitar combined with Case’s smoky vocals.

Price: €17,50

Location: Feierwerk/Orange House, Hansastrasse 41

Times: Thursday, February 19, 9pm (Also in Berlin on Wednesday at the Roter Salon!!)

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Blues Music: Dissecting the Language of the Blues

Chicago blues man Khalif Wailin’ Walter plays old slave hymns and Robert Johnson tunes in between talks about the genre’s history and its relationship with society.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, February 16, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 3713

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Valentines Day Children’s Book Reading

Valentine’s Day is so much fun if you’re a kid! You get big chocolate hearts from your parents, cute cards from all your schoolmates with pictures of Sponge Bob, and if you live in Munich, you get to hear Lisa Yarger read a story. The event takes place at the English book shop The Munich Readery, and includes a card making workshop, cookies and Apfelschorle.

Price: Free

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104

Times: Saturday, February 14, 10am

Phone: 089 121 92 403

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Gabriel Rossell Santillán

The Mexican-born, Berlin-based artist links cultural and anthropological elements with the technical processes of drawing, painting, photography, and installations. The works presented in this exhibition, which opens Friday at Stuttgart’s Parrotta Gallery, were created after extensive research and fieldwork conducted in Stuttgart, Huichol communities in Mexico, and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin.

Price: Free

Location: Parrotta Contemporary Art, Augustenstrasse 87–89

Times: Opening: Friday, February 13, 7pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2-7pm

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