What's on in Germany: May 14 - 20
Celeste Sunderland · 14 May 2009, 17:00
Published: 14 May 2009 17:00 GMT+02:00
Lifelines - Hugh Masekela
The legendary South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela kicks off a three-day mini series in his honour, at Berlin's House of World Cultures Thursday night with a reading from his autobiography. Singer Joy Denalane, cornet player Rob Mazurek, and drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo pay tribute with concerts Friday and Saturday.
Location: The House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Times: Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16
Phone:030 39 78 7175
More Information: www.hkw.de
Berlin Botanical Garden Summer Concert Series
Plants like it when you talk to them. But they also like to listen to music. The Botanical Garden's Summer Concert series starts Friday night with a performance by pianists Alice Hampel and Panayiotis Gogos. Let's see if the duo can make the roses bloom with Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, and Gershwin.
Location: Botanical Garden, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8
Times: Friday, May 15, 6-8pm
Tickets: 030 6110 1313
More Information: www.bgbm.org
Comic Airbrushing Workshop
Learn the art of comic airbrushing at the Lichtenberg Culture Workshop this Saturday. Graffiti artist Alexander Maier, aka Tokyoe, shows you how to create your own design on objects like a bicycle helmet or a t-shirt.
Price: Adults, €16; Kids €8
Location: Lichtenberg Culture Workshop, Youth Art School, Demminer Strasse 4
Times: Saturday, May 16, 1-4pm
Phone: 030 924 8873
More Information: www.lkw-juks.de
Gerd Baukhage and Friends
In the 1970s and 1980s, the home of German artist Gerd Baukhage and his wife Maria was one of those places where artists came to mingle, and play, and discuss art and the goings on of the day. Over time, the couple amassed a nice little collection of works by pals like Michael Buthe, Peter Herkenrath, and Antonius Höckelmann. See selections at Cologne's City Museum before they come down Sunday.
Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3,
Times: Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm; Tuesday, 10am-8pm; through Sunday, May 17
Phone: 0221 221 22398
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
Dragon Boat Festival 2009
Cheer on the rowing teams as they glide across the River Main this weekend in their long, colourful dragon boats. Riverside festivities include open-air concerts and a program for the kids.
Location: Between Eiserner Steg and Untermain Bridge
Times: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17
More Info: www.frankfurt-dragonboat.com
Cuba in Film Festival
Twenty-eight films present various perspectives on life in Cuba in this annual festival. Showcasing the plights of 1950s gangster's bodyguards and Havana housewives, many were shot on 35mm film and feature English subtitles.
Location: Filmforum Höchst der VHS Frankfurt, Emmerich-Josef-Strasse 46a
Times: Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 24
Reservations: 069 21245714
More Info: www.cubafilm.de
100 Years of the Ballet Russes - Jubilee Performance
For the 100th anniversary of that storied belle époque dance company, the Ballet Russes, Hamburg Ballet performs a piece written in honour of one of its most famous dancers and choreographers, Vaslav Nijinsky. Watch a skilled cast swirl through some of Nijinsky's most famous guises like Petrushka and "the Faun."
Location: Hamburgische Staatsoper, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25
Times: Tuesday, May 19, 8-10:45pm
Tickets: 040 35 68 68
More Info: www.hamburgballett.de
Hamburg Long Night of Museums
Another endless night of art, history, and culture. Nobody does it better than Germany, and this time it's Hamburg's turn. Over forty museums, from the exotic Afghan Museum to the exciting Zoological Museum stay open Saturday night until 2am! And just one ticket gets you in to them all.
Times: Saturday, May 19, 6pm-2am
Tickets: 040 4 28 1310
More Info: www.langenachtdermuseen-hamburg.de
Ride your bike, unicycle, or skateboard to Hannover Sunday, when the city centre becomes car free for a day. Enjoy open air street sports or city walking tours, or simply sit and wallow in the motor-free silence.
Location: Hannover City Center
Times: Sunday, May 17
More Info: www.hannover.de
Hofflohmärkte in Neuhausen
Munich's upscale Neuhausen region is hosting a neighborhood-wide flea market Saturday. Over 80 of the district's historic courtyards will fill up with old clothes, books, toys, tools, furniture, and housewares. Sounds like one giant treasure chest just waiting to be discovered.
Location: Neuhausen, U-Bahn Rotkreuzplatz
Times: Saturday, May 16, 9am-5pm
More Info: www.hofflohmaerkte-neuhausen.de
The Oakland, California rap duo known as Themselves lay their rapid lyrical flow over a rhythmic under layer of back beats. Check 'em Friday night at Feierwerk.
Location: Feierwerk, Orangehouse, Hansastrasse 39-41
Times: Friday, May 15, 8pm
Phone: 089 724 880
More Info: www.feierwerk.de