What's on in Germany: October 8 - 14

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What's on in Germany: October 8 - 14
Photo: Thomas Demand

This Week's Highlights: Mucha in Munich, an onion festival in Weimar, and a candlelit commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Leipzig's Peaceful Revolution.




Tempelhof Freestyle Weekend

Get in on the excitement this weekend as Tempelhof Airport hosts its very first freestyle sports event. Watch bikers, skateboarders, skiers, and snow boarders fly through the air. Rock bands amp up the voltage between events, and late night DJs will have you raging late into the night.

Price: €8-53

Location: Tempelhof Airport

Times: Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070 (0.14 cents/min)

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Thomas Demand

The German artist builds sets out of paper and then photographs them. See about thirty-five of his pieces, depicting tidy bathrooms, messy offices, and other images inspired by German historical events at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie.

Price: €8

Location: Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Strasse 50

Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; Friday - Saturday, 10am-8pm; through January 17, 2010

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Traditional Music Festival - Workshops

Got a hankering to play the oud? Here's your chance to learn a few traditional Turkish ditties on the ancient Arabic instrument. But why stop there? The day's program includes workshops on Russian songs and the African mbira as well. You'll be a multi-cultural one man band in no time.

Price: €15-30

Location: Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus, Maschinenhaus, Schönhauser Allee 36

Times: Sunday, October 11, 12-5:30pm

Phone: 030 44 315 157

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Julie Doiron and Plants & Animals

It's Montreal night at Cologne's King Georg. The Canadian band Plants and Animals opens the evening with their classic rock inspired anthems, while Julie Doiron hurls it into full swing with melodic vocals and electric guitars.

Price: €8

Location: King Georg, Sudermanstrasse 2

Times: Wednesday, October 14, 9pm

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László Moholy-Nagy Retrospective

A brand new exhibition dedicated to the work of the Hungary-born Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy opens Thursday in Frankfurt. See over 150 radiant works spanning the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, film, set design, and typography.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday - Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through February 7, 2010

Phone: 069 29 98 820

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Views of Hamburg - The City in the Painter's Gaze

With numerous waterways, lush parklands, and enchanting neighbourhoods, Hamburg is one of Germany's most picturesque cities. Since the end of the 19th century artists from around Europe began making their way to this radiant destination. See dozens of works by the likes of Max Liebermann, Emil Nolde, and Albert Marquet in this new exhibition of Hamburg docks, harbours, and other vivid landscapes.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Thursday, October 8, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through February 14, 2010 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 040 428 131 200

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Light Festival 2009

This Friday, walk by candlelight to the music of choirs and orchestras, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Leipzig's Peaceful Revolution. Follow in the footsteps of those 70,000 brave demonstrators who in 1989 set into motion the events that would bring about Germany's reunification, and view the new works of art created by architects, lighting designers, and artists from across Europe in honour of the event.

Price: Free

Location: Augustusplatz

Times: Friday, October 9, 6-11:30pm

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October Music Festival

In co-operation with the Bavarian State Opera, Munich's Alte Pinakothek presents a program of Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Franz Biber, and the enigmatic Mr. Grobe. Fill your fall baroque quota with one transporting evening.

Price: €35

Location: Alte Pinakothek, Barer Strasse 27

Times: Monday, October 12, 7pm

Tickets: 089 2185 1920

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Alfons Mucha - Master of Art Nouveau

On Friday, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung unveils a dazzling collection of over 200 paintings, drawings, posters, fabrics, jewellery, sculptures, books, and objects by the Art Nouveau master Alfons Mucha. See highlights like the Bosnia-Herzegovina pavilion constructed for the 1900 Paris World's Fair, and two canvases from the Czech artist's "Slav Epic" cycle.

Price: €9

Location: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Theatinerstrasse 8

Times: Daily, 10am-10pm; October 9 - January 24, 2010

Phone: 089 22 44 12

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Masterpieces by Famous Leica Photographers

By inventing a camera so compact in size and so easy to use Leica profoundly effected 20th century photojournalism. See historic pics by those who made it big at the opening of this new exhibition Friday night.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Friday, October 8, 7-9pm (Opening); Monday - Friday, 12-5pm; Wednesday, 12-8pm (Regular Hours); through December 2

Phone: 089 5525 3713

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Weimar Onion Festival

Taste a Zwiebelkuchen and stroll among long ropes of braided onions this weekend as the annual Weimar Onion Festival sets up on the town's historic main square. Now in its 356th year, this beloved event has lured regional farmers since 1653.

Price: Free

Location: Weimar, Town Centre

Times: Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11

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