Festival of Freedom
Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this monumental event, Berlin school children have created nearly one thousand dominoes, which will form a winding route from the Reichstagsufer, past the Brandenburg Gate, to Potsdamer Platz. Watch the tall, painted blocks collapse upon each other Monday night, while live music and fireworks add to the emotion.
Location: Pariser Platz
Times: Monday, November 9, 7:25pm
More Information: www.mauerfall09.de
Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin
In addition to 500 short films, this vivacious festival includes an assortment of dance parties, awards ceremonies, and outrageous live performances. Join Saturday’s “A Wall is a Screen” stroll, which sees short films projected onto the facades of seven buildings near where the Berlin Wall once stood.
Times: Tuesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 8
Phone: 026 038 545
More Information: www.interfilm.de
Jazz Fest Berlin ’09
“Blue Note: 70 Years” is the theme of this year’s jazz festival. See international artists like American pianist Vijay Iyer, Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick, and South African multi-instrumentalist Dizu Plaatjies at venues around the city. A free screening of Julian Benedikt’s 1997 film Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz takes place Sunday at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
Times: Wednesday, November 4 – Sunday, November 8
Phone: 030 254 89 100
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
The traditionally melancholic electronica musician calls his latest album Wait For Me “more melodic, mournful, and personal” than most of his past releases. I call it lovely. See the bald sample master and activist in action Saturday.
Location: Live Music Hall, Lichtstrasse 30
Times: Saturday, November 7, 7pm
Tickets: 0221 954 2990
More Information: www.moby.com
Long Night of Cologne Museums
How much culture can you soak up in one night? Over 40 of Cologne’s museums stay open until 3am Sunday morning and one ticket gets you in to them all. Check out the five “museum tours” and immerse yourself in photography, architecture, sculpture, chocolate, and more.
Times: Saturday, November 7, 7pm-3am
Tickets: 0221 2801
More Information: www.museumsnacht-koeln.de
Notions of the Artist
A new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Kunstverein examines that age-old topic: the social roles of the artist. Stop by Tuesday night’s opening reception and form your own opinion of the social roles of these seven young art makers.
Price: €6 (Regular Admission); Free (Opening)
Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44
Times: Tuesday, November 10, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm (Regular Hours); through January 17, 2010
Phone: 069 219 3140
More Information: www.fkv.de
St. Pauli Night Market
The season for green kale and Glühwein has begun. Every Wednesday from now until April, Hamburg’s Spielbudenplatz is the place to go for shopping, strolling, and carousing with some heart warming holiday spirits.
Times: Wednesday, November 11, 4-10pm
More Information: www.hamburg-web.de
Indoo Ice Arena Grand Opening Festival
Some of the best things about the start of winter season are the open air ice rinks that pop up all over Germany. Celebrate the grand opening of Hamburg’s Indoo Ice Arena this Sunday, with all sorts of fun events like an ice disco DJ set that starts at five.
Price: €4 (2.5 Hours)
Location: Planten un Blomen
Times: Sunday, November 8, 10am (Grand Opening); Daily 10am-10pm, through March 15, 2010
Phone: 040 319 3546
More Information: www.eisarena-hamburg.de
She combines drama, intensity, and electricity into an epic rock and roll show. See the Natural Born Killers vixen/stage diva work it Monday night at Munich’s Muffathalle.
Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4
Times: Monday, November 9, 8pm
Tickets: 01805 60 7070 (0.14/min)
More Information: www.muffathalle.de
The Philadelphia songstress has been compared to Norah Jones, but it’s those Patsy Cline moments that will really floor you. A macrobiotic Buddhist, Gardot began using music as therapy after a bicycle accident left her seriously injured. The singer plays Herkulessaal Tuesday night. See how far she has come.
Location: Herkulessaal, Residenz München, Residenzstrasse 1
Times: Tuesday, November 10, 8pm
Tickets: 01805-570070 (0.14/min)
More Information: www.myspace.com/melody
The Bear and Jubilee
Travel back in time to 19th century Moscow, and join Entity Theatre Workshop this weekend for an “evening of Chekhov farce.” The talented troupe performs a pair of the Russian playwright’s one-act vaudeville-type plays, “The Bear” and “The Jubilee.”
Location: Theater… Und So Fort, Kurfürstenstrasse 8
Times: 8pm, Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7; Wednesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 14
Reservations: 089 2321 9877
More Information: www.undsofort.de