Aki Takase & Louis Sclavis, with Yui Kawaguchi
Dance merges with music this weekend as Japanese modern dancer Yui Kawaguchi combines her frenzied grace with a duo performance by French clarinettist Louis Sclavis and Japanese pianist Aki Takase. The term “dynamic” is sure to be part of the vernacular.
Location: Institut Français de Berlin, Maison de France, Kurfürstendamm 211
Times: Saturday, May 9, 8pm
Tickets: 01805 44 70 111 (Euro 0,14/Min)
More Information: www.kultur-frankreich.de
Rroma Aether Klub Street Festival
From Balkan hip hop to Sinti swing, Boddinstrasse will be bumping to the sounds of gypsy music Friday night. Try to get in a screening of Latcho Drom before then so you can work on your twirls and hand rhythms.
Location: Rroma Aether Klub Theatre, Boddinstrasse 5
Times: Friday, May 8, 5-10pm
Phone: 030 921 29 229
More Information: www.rromaakt.de
Black International Cinema Festival
With a focus on intercultural perspective, the 24th edition of this film festival presents sixty works from nations like Benin, France, India, and the United Kingdom. See what happened to a South Central neighbourhood after the LA riots, hear what artists like Alice Walker and Snoop Dogg have to say about Mumia Abu-Jamal, and learn the stories of three Iranian taxi drivers in three different cities around the world.
Location: Rathaus Schöneberg, John-F.-Kennedy-Platz
Times: Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10
More Information: www.black-international-cinema.com
39th International Dixieland Festival
Dixieland may have sprung from the porches and gazebos of New Orleans, but each year, the German city of Dresden dons its own Dixieland guise. Venues throughout the city will come alive with the spirited style of jazz starting Tuesday. Be sure to check out the family party Sunday at the Dresden Zoo, and next Thursday, hop aboard a historic steamboat for a wild riverboat jamboree.
Times: Tuesday, May 12 – Sunday, May 17
More Information: www.dixieland.de
Night of the Museums
In addition to the artwork and historical relics on view in thirty-seven of the city’s museums and galleries, this exciting all-night event includes a program, chock-full with film screening, concerts, and extra special things like a Chinese tea ceremony, a tango performance, and a fashion lounge party.
Times: Saturday, May 9, 7pm-2am
Hotline: 0211 89 22 555
More Info: www.nacht-der-museen.de
One of twentieth century Europe’s most important illustrators, Hans Traxler has drawn everything from children’s characters to political satires. On the occasion of the German artist’s 80th birthday, Frankfurt’s Museum for Comic Art is presenting an exhibition of his books and newspaper cartoons.
Location: Museum für Komische Kunst, Weckmarkt 17
Times: Tuessday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; Thursday, May 7 – July 26
Phone: 069 212 30161
More Info: www.caricatura-museum.de
Hamburg Harbour Birthday Festival
With a fleet of majestic schooners and brigs parading around Hamburg Harbour this weekend, the city will look much like it did 200-years-ago. But the port is much older than that. This year, Hamburg Harbour celebrates an impressive 820 years with dragon boat racing, a tug boat ballet, and plenty of fireworks.
Location: Hamburg Harbour
Times: Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
More Info: www.hafengeburtstag.de
Live Arts Festival
Blurring the line between theatre and real life, Australia’s Back to Back Theatre Company kicks off Hamburg’s Live Art Festival with their intriguing production, “Small Metal Objects.” The performance takes place at Hamburg’s central station, where the audience will don headphones and watch the action from a mezzanine. Bet you’ve never seen theatre like this before.
Location: Hamburger Hauptbahnhof, Kirchenallee
Times: Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm; Friday, May 8, 4 and 6:30pm; Saturday, May 9, 4 and 6:30pm
Tickets: 040 2709 4949
More Info: www.kampnagel.de
Hannover Plant Days
Don’t know about yours, but my mom is really into gardening. If yours is too, why not take her to the this weekend’s Hannover Plant Days festival for an extra special Mother’s Day treat? Nurseries from across Germany will bring their rare horticultural beauties to City Park. You and mom could both go home with some real unusual varieties just in time for the late-spring planting season. Who’s going to have the best garden house this year?
Location: Hannover City Park, Clausewitzstrasse
Times: Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, 10am-6pm
More Info: www.hannover.de
2009 BMW Open
Will Fernando Gonzalez be able to defend his title? The Chilean tennis star’s in top form, but Germany’s own Nicolas Kiefer’s looking pretty darn good. Watch the nail-biting action of the final match go down on the court Sunday afternoon.
Price: €32 – 82
Location: MTTC Iphitos, Aumeisterweg 10
Times: Sunday, May 10, 1pm
Tickets: 089 36 81 940
More Info: www.bmwopen.de
The Future of Space Exploration
Got an interest in stars and planets, astronaut missions and spaceships? NASA engineer Zainab Nagin Cox will talk about what the United States is doing to make further space exploration, Friday night at the Public Observatory in Munich. If the sky’s clear, guests get to peer through the terrace telescopes. Don’t forget to register! It’s compulsory.
Location: Public Observatory Munich (Volkssternwarte), Rosenheimerstrasse 145 H
Times: Friday, May 8, 6pm
Registration: [email protected] or 089-406239
More Info: www.amerikahaus.de