Staatsoper Unter den Linden Festival Days
This year's Festtage kicks off Saturday with the premiere of a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin, by opera director Stefan Herheim. A highlight of the week-long program includes a collaboration with the orchestra and choir from the famed La Scala opera house in Milan.
Price: €25 - 260
Location: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Unter den Linden 7
Times: Saturday, April 4 - Sunday, April 12
Tickets: 030 20 35 45 55
More Information: www.staatsoper-berlin.de
Carnival Within - An Exhibition Made in American
Once a horse depot, and then a garage for the BVG, Uferhallen is a massive warehouse in Berlin's Wedding district. Last week, the three thousand-square-meter space took on a circus guise as the carnivalesque sculptures, videos, and wall pieces of eighteen international artists based in the United States were installed. Keep an eye out for Karyn Olivier's one-chaired carousel and David Herbert's giant Superman.
Location: Uferhallen, Uferstrasse 8 - 11
Times: Tuesday - Sunday 12pm-6pm; Thursday, 12-8pm; through May 3
Phone: 030 4690 6871
More Information: www.discover-us.org
Balkan Express Five Year Anniversary
Gebäude 9 celebrates the anniversary of their monthly Balkan-styled series with DJ Click, Kosta Kostov, Bam-Bou-Büs, and the infectious sounds of Tel Aviv-based, Mediterranean surf-rockers, Boom Pan. What a jubilant way to welcome these first warm days of spring.
Location: Gebäude 9, Deutz-Mülheimer-Strasse 127 - 129
Times: Saturday, April 4, 9pm
Tickets: 0221 2801
More Information: www.gebaeude9.de
Networks - The Art of Lacemaking
The weaving together of fine white threads into delicate works of beauty and grace is one of those revered crafts that gets passed on through generations. But all too often the art of lacemaking gets relegated to a nearly archaic, historical type of activity. This season, Cologne's Museum für Angewandte Kunst proves that the age-old artform has evolved rather extraordinarily into the twenty-first century.
Location: Museum für angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule 1
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm; Thursday, April 2, 11am-10pm; through May 17
Phone: 0221 2212 6714
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
Indian Wedding Jewellery
With their stunning collections of golden bangles, rings, necklaces, earrings and pendants, Indian brides really go all out. Each piece usually holds some sort of symbolic significance, or is a cherished family heirloom, worn by the bride's own mother and grandmother before her. On Sunday afternoon, jewellery artist Ewa Doerenkamp presents classical examples of Indian wedding jewellery at the Museum of World Cultures in Frankfurt.
Location: Museum der Weltkulturen, Schaumainkai 29
Times: Sunday, April 5, 4pm
Registration: 069 212 3836
More Info: www.mdw-frankfurt.de
Joy of Life Fair
Health and happiness. It's what we're all after. Dozens of experts roll into Hamburg this weekend for the annual Joy of Life Fair. Have a consultation with an energy healing master, take a workshop on spiritual money management, or simply relax in the "Sound Dream Lounge" and breath in time to the rhythm of the planets.
Price: €8, Friday; €10, Saturday & Sunday; €21 all three days
Location: CCH-Congress Center Hamburg, Am Dammtor / Marseiller Strasse
Times: Friday, April 3, 1-7pm; Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-7pm; Sunday, April 5, 10:30am-6pm
Phone: 04502 309 242
More Info: www.lebensfreudemesse.de
New Faces - Model Casting
Want to be the next Heidi Klum? Sixteen to twenty-one year olds, who are at least five foot seven inches tall, should head over to the Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum Friday. New Faces is searching for their next top model, and it could be you!
Location: Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum, Kritenbarg 4
Times: Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5, 1-6pm
Phone: 040 538 930 45
More Info: www.new-faces-2009.de
Loki Schmidt Haus
After a long winter, the Loki Schmidt Haus, located on the grounds of Hamburg University's Botanical Garden, has re-opened with an exhibition on agricultural crops. Take a break from your spring gardening and learn about the plants that produce so many of the items we use nearly every day like cotton, vanilla, and cork, in this fascinating and educational exhibition.
Location: Loki Schmidt Haus, Botanical Garden at the University of Hamburg, Ohnhorststrasse 18
Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 1-5pm; Sunday, 10-5pm
Phone: 040 428 1658 3040
More Info: www.loki-schmidt-haus.de
His new album Together Through Life doesn't drop until the end of the month, but he's been pulling out all sorts of rare tracks on this spring tour. "One More Cup of Coffee" in Stockholm? Should have been there. Wonder what he's got in store for Saturday night's show in Munich. Best not to risk it. Get a ticket while you still can.
Location: Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29
Times: Saturday, April 4, 8pm
Tickets: 01805 570070 (0.14/Minute)
More Info: www.bobdylan.com
Make Some Noise for Amnesty International
Local favourites Der Englische Garten and Soylent Green share the bill with Aussie rockers Silverflies on Friday. Loud, growling rock for a good cause.
Location: Glockenbachwerkstatt, Blumenstrasse 7
Times: Friday, April 3, 9pm
More Info: www.amnesty-noise.com
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Primitive
Myths and memories unravel in the haunting films of this Thai filmmaker. His latest project "Primitive" takes place in a tiny village near the Laos border and combines film with installation. Go and see how light sweeps over a rice field, and a bolt of lightning crackles across a sky.
Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1
Times: Daily, 10am-10pm; through May 24
Phone: 089 21127 113
More Info: www.hausderkunst.de