What’s on in Germany: May 21 – 27

This Week's Highlights: Talib Kweli takes the mic in Berlin, a season of architecture opens in Hamburg, and Munich's got a new museum.

What's on in Germany: May 21 - 27
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Blacksmith Soundsystem Featuring Talib Kweli

Kick off the summer clubbing season Thursday night. Superstar Brooklyn MC, Talib Kweli takes the mic, while DJ Chaps steps up to the turntables at Bohannon soul club.

Price: €14

Location: Bohannon Soul Club, Dircksenstrasse 40

Times: Thursday, May 21, 11pm

Phone: 030 6950 5287

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Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

With a string of pearls and one white gardenia the glamorous chanteuse, Gina Marie Hudson takes on the role of Billie Holiday in this new production based on the jazz icon’s 1956 autobiography. Catch the premiere Thursday night in Berlin.

Price: €15-20

Location: Kleines Theater, Südwestkorso 64

Times: Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22, 8pm

Phone: 030 821 2021

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay and Colours – Paintings of the 1960s

Deemed “degenerate,” in the 1930s, and then “the consummate modernist” in the 1950s, this great German artist’s vivid paintings are on show in Berlin for the first time in four decades. Go see the exhibition at the Haus am Waldsee, then take the audio-guided bike tour around the historic parkland villas.

Price: €6

Location: Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30

Times: Daily, 11am-6pm; through August 9, 2009

Phone: 030 801 8935

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Blues Festival Dresden

Languid twelve-bar melodies are about to be wafting through the fair city of Dresden as bands from the United States, Germany, and Canada bring their guitars and harmonicas to the stage of Tante JU. Sway to the spirit of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters all weekend long.

Price: €5-37, Free Sunday

Location: Tante JU, An der Schleife 1

Times: Thursday, May 21 – Sunday, May 24

Ticket Hotline: 0351 25 22 557

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From Picasso to Warhol – Avant-Garde Artists’ Jewellery

What is it about those little gems that encircle the wrist and dangle from the earlobes that intrigues artists so? See if you can make sense of it this week with a visit to this new exhibition at Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts, that presents jewellery created by artists like Max Ernst and Louise Bourgeois alongside some of their larger works.

Price: €3

Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; through July 19

Phone: 0221 221 26735

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Taraana – An Enchanting Evening of Indian Classical Music and Dance

Enjoy an evening of India culture Saturday night as Bharatnatyam dancers and sitar and tabla players display their exquisite talents on the stage of Saalbau Volkshaus Enkheim. Taste Indian treats at intermission.

Price: €10

Location: Saalbau Volkshaus Enkheim, Borsigallee 40

Times: Saturday, May 23, 7pm

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Hamburg Architecture Summer

Art exhibitions, workshops, tours, talks, and conferences on topics like “Urban Spaces,” “Modern Architecture Photography,” and “Mapping Invisible Cities” will take place in Hamburg all season long. Check out the opening of a photo exhibition on “Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities” Monday night at Kunsthaus.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: First exhibition opens Monday, May 25, last exhibition closes Friday, October 2

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Dance of Colours – Nijinsky’s Eye and Abstraction

Did you know that in addition to being one of the most brilliant dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century, Vaslaw Nijinsky was a skilled painter? On the 100th anniversary of the Ballet Russes’ debut, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presents around one hundred of the ballet star’s drawings alongside works by Russian artists Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Alexandra Exter, Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné, Léopold Survage and the Czech painter Frantisek Kupka, all of whom lived in Paris in the years between 1910 and 1925.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through August 16

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Museum Brandhorst Opening Week

Munich’s got a brand new art museum! And it’s beautiful. The Udo and Anette Brandhorst Collection comprises dozens of works by some of the most celebrated artists of both the present day and the last century. Browse pieces by Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, and more. Thursday through Sunday, it’s free!

Price: Opening Week, Free; Starting May 25, €7; Sundays, €1

Location: Museum Brandhorst, Kunstareal, Theresienstrasse 35a

Times: Thursday, May 21 – Sunday, May 24, 10am-10pm; Starting May 25, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm

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The Long Night of Music

From opera stars to rappers, blues bands to string quartets, hundreds of musicians will fill the bars, churches, night clubs, theatres, and open air stages of Munich with music Saturday night. Get your tickets and plan wisely, because you won’t want to miss a beat.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, May 23, 8pm-3am

Phone: (089) 54 81 81 81 (0.14/minute)

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Toots and the Maytals

In 1966, this legendary Jamaican group released their first album, Hallelujah. Forty-three years later, their original brand of ska and reggae is still as relevant and jubilant as ever. Catch their Funky Kingston Tour when it rolls into Munich Friday night.

Price: €18

Location: Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7

Times: Friday, May 22, 9pm

Phone: 089 126 6100

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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