Berlinische Galerie Double Opening
In the 1940s Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the world’s most highly acclaimed fashion photographers. But before he got serious with a camera, the Jewish, Berlin-born artist created fascinating montages that pitted comedy against pop culture. See 80 of his works, when the exhibition “Erwin Blumenfeld: Dada Montages” opens Thursday, along with “As Time Goes By,” a show based on the passage of time.
Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstrasse 124-128
Times: Opening: Thursday, February 26, 7pm; Regular Hours: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm; through June 1
Phone: 030 789 02 600
More Information: www.berlinischegalerie.de
The sun dips below the horizon and the sky becomes bright with the refraction of rays off the atmosphere. The moment is known as twilight, and an experimental sound series at the A Trans Pavilion gallery in Berlin’s Hackesche Höfe begins in precise conjunction with this strange, romantic time, often referred to as the “blue hour.” Hanayo and Rashad Becker perform in the small glass cube Saturday, at 5:44 pm.
Location: A Trans Pavilion, Hackesche Höfe III
Times: Saturday, February 28, 5:44pm
More Information: www.plainsound.org/zwielicht
Filmmaker Can Candan interviewed Turkish immigrants three decades after the first Turkish guest workers arrived in West Berlin, and two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall for his film Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls. See how people of all ages considered their relationship with Germany with this free screening at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Go early so you can check out “1989 in Pictures,” an exhibition of international photographs and news clips from that decisive year.
Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Times: Thursday, February 26, 8pm
Phone: 030 397 870
More Information: www.hkw.de
This week, Düsseldorf is aflame with scarlet chiffon and blue organza, as some of the world’s most extraordinary dancers sashay into town. Performances take place Thursday through Sunday, and if the rhythm moves you, sign up for a workshop!
Location: tanzhaus nrw, Erkrather Strasse 30
Times: Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1, 8pm
Phone: 0211 172 700
More Information: www.tanzhaus-nrw.de
From Istanbul to Mughal: Nomadic Culture from Turkey
Send the kids off on an imaginary journey through Turkish culture this weekend. Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Arts hosts five days of fun, creative, and educational workshops that introduce five to fifteen-year-olds to the nomadic life through music, art, traditional rituals, and fairy tales.
Location: Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts, Schaumainkai 17
Times: Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1, 10am-4:15pm
Registration: 069 212 385 22
More Info: www.angewandtekunst-frankfurt.de
Creole – World Music from Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein
Twelve of North Germany’s best world music bands compete for a €500 prize this weekend in Hamburg. See the all-girl duo Fjarill duke it out with the Balkan beat band Goja Mars, the klezmer group Mischpoke, and other internationally influenced ensembles at this global (North German) battle of the bands!
Location: Goldbekhaus, Moorfuhrtweg 9
Times: Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, 8-11:30pm
Registration: 040 27 87 020
More Info: www.goldbekhaus.de
Jazz music combines with dance and the sounds of Chinese instruments in this stage adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel. The American Drama Group Europe performs the play Wednesday night at Amerika Haus.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Wednesday, March 4, 7:30pm and Thursday, March 5, 11am
Reservations: 089 34 38 03
More Info: www.amerikahaus.de
Gerhard Richter: Abstract Pictures
A paradise for abstract art fans takes shape in Munich Friday when a major exhibition of Gerhard Richter paintings opens at the Haus der Kunst. Super vivid works from the 1980s join later pieces, from series such as “Forest,” which the artist created in 2005, and has never been shown in Europe before now. Take a free guided tour in English, at 6:30pm.
Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1
Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; February 27 – May 17
Phone: 089 211 27 113
More Info: www.hausderkunst.de
You’re never going to get those pop-tastic Katy Perry songs out of your head, so just go ahead and embrace them. The 24-year-old So-Cal singer rolls into Munich Wednesday. Wear your cherry flavoured chapstick, because you never know who you might kiss.
Location: Tonhalle, Grafinger Strasse 6
Times: Wednesday, March 4, 8:30pm
Phone: 089 628 344 11
More Info: www.tickets.de
No Room to Answer – Projections
Seven video installations by the Austin, Texas-based duo Teresa Hubbard and Alexandre Birchler will fill the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart with scenes from an American police car, a backyard swimming pool, the small but infamous town of Paris, Texas, and more. Stop by the opening Friday night and come back a day later to hear the artists talk.
Price: Friday Night, Free; Regular Admission €5
Location: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2
Times: Opening: Friday, February 27, 7pm; Artists’ Talk: Saturday, February 28, 1pm
Phone: 0711 22 33 70
More Info: www.wkv-stuttgart.de
Stuttgart Bach Week
Fugues and cantatas have been pouring through the windows of Stuttgart’s concert halls all week. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this year’s Bach Week, be sure to attend Friday night’s concert at Stiftskirche.
Location: Stiftskirche, Stiftstrasse 12
Times: Friday, February 27, 7:30pm
Tickets: 0711 2555 555
More Info: www.bachakademie.de