What's on in Germany: May 14 - 20

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What's on in Germany: May 14 - 20

This Week's Highlights: Cuban film in Frankfurt, open-air concerts in Berlin, and Hannover goes car free.




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.

Price: Various

Location: The House of World Cultures, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16

Phone:030 39 78 7175

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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.

Price: €15

Location: Botanical Garden, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8

Times: Friday, May 15, 6-8pm

Tickets: 030 6110 1313

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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

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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.

Price: €3

Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3,

Times: Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm; Tuesday, 10am-8pm; through Sunday, May 17

Phone: 0221 221 22398

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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.

Price: Free

Location: Between Eiserner Steg and Untermain Bridge

Times: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17

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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.

Price: €6

Location: Filmforum Höchst der VHS Frankfurt, Emmerich-Josef-Strasse 46a

Times: Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 24

Reservations: 069 21245714

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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."

Price: €4-83

Location: Hamburgische Staatsoper, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25

Times: Tuesday, May 19, 8-10:45pm

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

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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.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, May 19, 6pm-2am

Tickets: 040 4 28 1310

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Auto-Free Hannover

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.

Price: Free

Location: Hannover City Center

Times: Sunday, May 17

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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.

Price: Free

Location: Neuhausen, U-Bahn Rotkreuzplatz

Times: Saturday, May 16, 9am-5pm

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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.

Price: €14

Location: Feierwerk, Orangehouse, Hansastrasse 39-41

Times: Friday, May 15, 8pm

Phone: 089 724 880

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