What's on in Germany: December 24-January 6
This Week's Highlights: Swan Lake swirls through Frankfurt, Renaissance art hangs in Munich, and independent American films screen in Berlin.
Gendarmenmarkt New Year's Eve Gala
Live music, dance, and theatre, among the grand buildings of one of Berlin's prettiest squares make this one posh affair. Ring in the new year in swinging style.
Times: Thursday, December 31, 7pm-1am
More Information: www.gendarmenmarktberlin.de
Unknown Pleasures - American Independent Film Fest
From the Chelsea Hotel to the Lower East Side, New York City makes more than a few appearances in this month-long film festival. If you can't get to Sundance, head to Babylon.
Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30
Times: Friday, January 1 - Wednesday, January 27
Phone: 030 24 25 969
More Information: www.babylonberlin.de
Blue Note Photographers from Francis Wolff to Jimmy Katz
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Smith, and the list goes on. See a dazzling collection of jazz images by Blue Note photographers, dating from 1939 when the label was founded by a pair of German-Jewish American immigrants, to the present day.
Location: Berlin Jewish Musuem, Lindenstrasse 9-14
Times: Monday, 10am-10pm; Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-8pm; through February 7
Phone: 030 25 993 434
More Information: www.juedisches-museum-berlin.de
The Big Silvester Party
Two dance floors, one for your favourite - house, and the other for your friend's favourite - 80s and 90s classics. You're going to be feeling it New Year's Day, unless of course you just keep dancing straight on into January 2.
Location: Alten Wartesaal, Johannisstrasse 11
Times: Thursday, December 31, 9pm
Tickets: 0221 2801
More Information: www.wartesaal.de
Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura examines the relationships between reality and imagination, and humans and nature with images saturated in colour. Start the new year by gazing upon the artist's vivid new collection of paintings and sculptures.
Location: Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Drususgasse 1-5
Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10am-6:30pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; through February 6
Tickets: 0221 257 1012
More Information: www.artnet.com
The chemistry between Jochanaan, Herodes, Salome, and her mother Herodias never seems to get old. See Nicola Beller Carbone's contemporary rendition of the "dance of the seven veils," in this classic Richard Strauss opera.
Price: €14.50 - 67.50
Location: Dusseldorf Opera House, Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a
Times: Sunday, December 27, 6:30-8:15pm
Phone: 0211 892 5210
More Information: www.rheinoper.de
Barbara Roth - Ocean Dust
Swiss artist Barbara Roth plays with space in her current exhibition at Cologne's Baukunst Galerie. In addition to her neatly rendered brass sculptures, ethereal water colour paintings depicting historically influenced maps and geographical themes hang in the space.
Location: Baukunst Galerie, Theodor-Heuss-Ring 7
Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10am-6:30pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm; through February 19 (note: the gallery is closed for the holidays until January 5)
Phone: 0221 771 33 35
More Information: www.baukunst-galerie.de
Whiskey Tram New Year's Ride
All aboard the Whiskey Tram! The time has come to welcome the new decade with a few sips of Scotch during a two and a half hour ride through town on one of Frankfurt's historical streetcars. The sounds of a bagpiper add to the spirited scene.
Location: Dreieichstrasse 35 tram stop, in front of My Whisky
Times: Saturday, January 2, 3:30pm
Ticket Hotline: 069 606 075 24
More Information: www.whiskymax.com
St. Petersburg Ballet - Swan Lake
One of the most moving Tchaikovsky scores of all time fills the theatre as a prince falls in love with a swan. What a magical way to spend a Christmas evening. The St. Petersburg State Ballet performs the timeless piece Friday night in Frankfurt.
Price: €36.50 - 54.10
Location: Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese
Times: Friday, December 25, 7:30pm
Ticket Hotline: 01805 360 1240
More Information: www.jahrhunderthalle.de
Beauty and the Beast
If the promise of Saint-Saens, Massnet, Boulanger, and Satie isn't enough to lure you, then perhaps a love story inspired by the French will. The Philharmonic Trio shares the stage with storyteller M. Mario Goldmann for one heart pattering evening.
Location: St. Johanniskirche, Bei der Johanniskirche 16
Times: Tuesday, December 29, 8pm
Phone: 040 43 43 34
More Information: www.gemeinde-altona-ost.de
Alice in Wonderland
Join the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Alice and the rest on a romp through Wonderland. Director Christian Berg's spirited cast will leave the whole family thoroughly entertained.
Price: €11 - 23.10
Location: Schmidt Theatre, Spielbudenplatz 24
Times: Friday, December 25, 3pm; Saturday, December 26 - Wednesday, December 30, 11am and 3pm
Ticket Hotline: 040 31 77 88 99
More Information: www.tivoli.de
Where is the Wind, When it Doesn't Blow
From 15th century illustrations of the apocalypse by Albrecht Durer, to the pages of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland, this new exhibition at Hamburg's Kunstverein brings together a vast assortment of politically motivated art. See how philosophies and artistic styles have changed since the invention of printing.
Location: Kunstverein, Klosterwall 23
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-6pm; through March 14, 2010
Phone: 040 32 21 57
More Information: www.kunstverein.de
Night Flea Market
Grab a drink and groove to the music as you browse the handcrafted treasures and antique gems that will fill Munich's Old Congress Hall Friday. Find something good and start the year off right.
Location: Alte Kongresshalle, Theresienhöhe 15
Times: Friday, January 2, 6pm
More Information: www.nachtflohmarkt-münchen.de
Party like it's 2009, American style, with caipirinhas, mojitos, margaritas, and cuba libres. DJ Mad Mike and DJ My T Chris spin house and R&B while "American cheerleaders" and an "American stripper" strut their stuff at Americanos City on New Year's Eve.
Price: €5 - 10
Location: Americanos City, Hochbrücken Strasse 3
Times: Thursday, December 31, 11pm
Phone: 0172 882 8497
More Information: www.americanos.de
Andrea del Sarto - The Holy Family in Munich and Paris
Two paintings, nearly identical, yet subtle differences abound. One of the most important works in the Alte Pinakothek's collection, this Renaissance masterpiece by Andrea del Sarto was recently restored and hangs alongside another version, which belongs to the Louvre, through January 5.
Location: Alte Pinakothek, Barer Strasse 27
Times: Monday, 10am-6pm; Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-8pm; through January 5, 2010 (Closed December 24, 25, and 31)
Phone: 089 23805 216
More Information: www.pinakothek.de