What’s on in Germany: September 24-30

What's on in Germany: September 24-30
Ben Hur Live. Photo: DPA
This Week's Highlights: Tori Amos plays Munich, Arto Lindsay leads a parade through Berlin, and sculptures from the Mao era arrive in Frankfurt.


Arto Lindsay – The Penny Parade

Step in time behind the eclectic American musician Arto Lindsay Saturday as he leads his Penny Parade down Unter den Linden, through the Brandenburg Gate and down to the House of World Cultures.

Price: Free

Location: Humboldt-Statue, Unter den Linden 6 (meeting point)

Times: Saturday, September 26, 4pm

More Information: www.hkw.de


DJ Battle and New Exhibitions

The Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin is getting a new look. Artist Bettina Pousttchi is covering the boxy building with a photo installation that brings to mind a legendary structure that once rose nearby, the recently dismantled Palace of the Republic. Check it out Saturday, along with the new exhibition “Scorpio’s Garden,” when the art hall hosts a DJ battle.

Price: €4

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Saturday, September 26, 9pm

Phone: 030 20 45 36 50

More Information: /www.kunsthalle-berlin.com

Preview Berlin – Emerging Art Fair

New young artists. That’s what this fair is all about. Tempelhof Airport’s main hall fills with the artwork of dozens of them this weekend. Go for Thursday’s opening reception, it’s free, or if you’re under six, Saturday or Sunday might be more fun. You can try your hand at sculpture in the kids workshop.

Price: €10 (Regular); €5 (Kids Workshop); Free (Opening Reception)

Location: Tempelhof Airport, Platz der Luftbrücke 5

Times: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 1-8pm; Thursday, September 24, 6-10pm (Opening Reception)

Phone: 030 49 80 55 17

More Information: www.previewberlin.de




The feisty Berlin duo kicks off a little German tour with a gig at Cologne’s E-Werk. Bop around to tracks from Inga and Tommi’s new disc Lasso.

Price: €25

Location: E-Werk, 37 Schanzenstrasse

Times: Saturday, September 26, 8pm

Phone: 0221 962 790

More Information: www.2raumwohnung.de



The US Embassy Literature Series – Paul Beatty: Slumberland

A DJ goes on a quest through a recently unified Berlin to find an avant-garde jazzman in Paul Beatty’s new book Slumberland. On Monday, the New York based author talks about the issues of race, sex, and love that wind their way through the acclaimed novel.

Price: €6

Location: Romanfabrik, Hanauer, Landstrasse 186

Times: Monday, September 28, 8:30pm

More Information: www.romanfabrik.de


Art For the Millions – 100 Sculptures From the Mao Era

In 1965, a group of teachers and students in China created a series of over one hundred sculptures known as “Rent Collection Courtyard.” Forty-five years later, these life-sized figures of hunched over peasants and other pre-communist era individuals comprise one of the 20th century’s most important works of Chinese art. See it at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle starting Thursday.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg

Phone: 069 29 98 820

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; Through January 3, 2010

More Information: www.schirn-kunsthalle.de



Ben Hur Live

Travel back to a time when gladiators raced around in chariots and pirates plundered the Mediterranean shores. This weekend Ben Hur Live opens in Hamburg. Satisfy that desire for an epic stage show where teams of white horses run like the wind.

Price: €35-128

Location: Color Line Arena, Sylvesterallee 10

Phone: 040 881630

Times: Friday, September 25, 8pm; Saturday, September 26, 3pm and 8pm

More Information: www.benhurlive.com


Reeperbahn Festival

“New International Music” is the tagline for this annual event, and with 160 bands from twenty countries, the event does indeed provide a nice overview to what’s going on in the music world. See German punk bands, British rappers, Canadian jazz chanteuses, French folk singers, and more!

Price: €26-55

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, September 26

Ticket Hotline: 040 413 22 60 or 01805 62 62 80 (€ 0,14/min)

More Information: www.reeperbahnfestival.com



Romanian Culture Days 2009

Twenty years ago events across the Eastern Bloc sent the Iron Curtain on a swift plunge. In the Romanian town of Temeswar, a revolution began that would lead to the overthrow of Ceausescu. Starting Friday, you can see historic photos from that time, witness Romanian theatre, and catch a children’s concert, dance performance, or a lecture. iIt’s all part of a week and half’s worth of events celebrating Romanian culture.

Price: Various

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Friday, September 25 – Wednesday, October 7

Phone: 089 480 980

More Information: www.gasteig.de

Ander Art World Culture Festival

Music and art from around the world fill Munich’s Odeonsplatz Saturday. From Balkan brass to Croatian Klezmer, a range of festive tunes will set the scene as you venture beyond your staple bratwurst and try some foreign foods.

Price: Free

Location: Odeonsplatz

Times: Saturday, September 26, 12-10pm

More Information: www.muenchen.de


Tori Amos

The flame-haired diva performs the dramatic songs of her latest album Abnormally Attracted to Sin at Tonhalle Monday night. Don’t go with a clean conscience.

Price: €45-65

Location: Tonhalle, Ehrenhof 1

Times: Monday, September 28, 8pm

Phone: 0211 89 96 123

More Information: www.tonhalle.de