What’s on in Germany: April 23 – 29

This week's highlights: Polish films in Berlin, a night of museums in Frankfurt, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra rolls through Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: April 23 - 29
Gottfried Böhm's church in Neviges. Photo: DPA



Film Polska 2009

From new independent cinema to New Wave classics, this Polish film festival presents dozens of intriguing dramas and fascinating documentaries. Many are shown with English subtitles.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, April 23 – Thursday, April 30

Phone: 030 24 75 81 0

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Erik Friedlander and Jed Rasula

After author Jed Rasula gives an amusing, historical presentation on the influence of jazz on the American avant-garde, New York cellist Erik Friedlander demonstrates with a solo performance of works by John Zorn.

Price: €12

Location: UferHallen, Uferstrasse 8-11

Times: Thursday, April 23, 8pm

Tickets: 01805 44 70 111 (€ 0.14/min)

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Five artists, from England, Ireland, Germany, and Portugal gather in this group show where the concept of space plays a premiere role. Lacknagel bring their folksy banjo twang to the opening BBQ Friday night.

Price: Free

Location: Kunsthalle M3, Mengerzeile 1 – 3

Opening: Friday, April 24, 7-9pm; Regular Hours: Friday – Sunday, 1-6pm; through May 17

Phone: 0177 600 7476

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Gottfried Böhm – Rocks of Concrete and Glass

There’s a church in the town of Neviges whose vast concrete form erupts into irrational peaks like a manmade mountain range. Designed by renowned architect Gottfried Böhm in the 1960s, the Pilgrimage Church is one of the world’s most remarkable architectural landmarks. Get a closer look at some of the projects Böhm worked on in Cologne, as well as some of his sculptures, at this exhibition, which ends Sunday.

Price: €4,20

Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm

Phone: 0221 221 26735

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Night of the Museums

Fill up on art Saturday night when forty-six Frankfurt museums stay open until two in the morning. A twelve euro ticket gets you entrance to everything from the modern art museum to the zoo. Just be sure to check the shuttle bus plan before plotting out your course.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 25, 7pm-2am

Hotline: 069 97460 555

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Children’s Theatre:

Starke Stück Children’s Theatre Festival

With TV, the internet, and all those hand-held devices kids seem to be toting around these days, you can be sure a live, theatrical show will be an experience your tots and teenagers will never forget. This week, take the kids to see a heart warming play or puppet show, like “The Bearberry Painter,” “George in the Garage,” or “Elephants Never Forget.”

Price: €2-12

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, April 22 – Thursday, April 30

Phone: 069 2577 1760

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There’s something unnervingly compelling about Ibadet Ramadani’s vocals. Joined by her two younger sisters, the Super700 lead singer glides through melodic tunes like “STTSMC (Somebody Tried to Steal My Car)” and “Tango” on the group’s new album Lovebites. Germany’s indie-pop darlings kick off their European tour Friday at Uebel & Gefährlich.

Price: €12

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Friday, April 24, 8pm

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Montreal Symphony Orchestra

In the midst of a tour through Europe, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra stops off in Hamburg for an enchanting evening of Claude Debussy and Hector Berlioz. Kent Nagano conducts “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” “La Mer,” and “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Price: €20-105

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm

Tickets: 040 346920

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Documentary Film Week Hamburg

Discover the intriguing 91-year-old sculptor Dorothea Buck, hear about the experiences of six female Israeli soldiers, and find out about Russia’s post-communist “vixen academies” in this documentary film festival’s varied program. Many of the films have English subtitles.

Price: TBD

Location: 3001 Kino, Schanzenstrasse 75; Metropolis, Steindamm 52/54; Lichtmess, Gaussstrasse, 25

Times: Thursday, April 23 – Wednesday, April 29

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Body Language II

Dance Theatre Munich performs new works by guest choreographers Robert North and Rui Horta in this third instalment of the Körpersprachen series. Watch the dancers twirl and sway to the sounds of Schubert and Aphex Twin.

Price: €5.50 – 43.50

Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

Times: Friday, April 24, 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 2185 1960

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The Ruling Class

See what all the hype is about Saturday night when London band The Ruling Class take the stage at Parklife. After the band’s live set, DJs Tonksy and Mr. Stuart spin Brit-pop until the wee hours.

Price: €7

Location: Parklife at Babalu, Leopoldstrasse, 27

Times: Sunday, April 25, 9pm

Phone: 089 38 88 98 52

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New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’

Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.

New in German cinemas: ‘We’re the Millers’
Photo: DPA

When low-level pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) is forced to smuggle an enormous amount of marijuana from Mexico to the States, he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), runaway teenager (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighbor (Will Poulter) to pose as his family in the hopes that “the Millers” will raise less suspicion at the border than a single man. We’re the Millers is a fun, lighthearted summer comedy marked by strong performances, a surprising script and tons of laughs.

Movies in eastern Germany

For Berlin click here

Movies in central and western Germany

For Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Landstuhl/Ramstein click here

Movies in northern Germany

For Hamburg and Bremen click here

Movies in southern Germany

For Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Bamberg click here