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What's on in Germany: December 24-January 6

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What's on in Germany: December 24-January 6
Swan Lake in Fankfurt. Photo: DPA
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This Week's Highlights: Swan Lake swirls through Frankfurt, Renaissance art hangs in Munich, and independent American films screen in Berlin.

BERLIN

Events

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.

Price: €10

Location: Gendarmenmarkt

Times: Thursday, December 31, 7pm-1am

More Information: www.gendarmenmarktberlin.de

Film

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.

Price: €6.50

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Friday, January 1 - Wednesday, January 27

Phone: 030 24 25 969

More Information: www.babylonberlin.de

Galleries/Museums

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.

Price: €5

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

COLOGNE

Events

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.

Price: €25

Location: Alten Wartesaal, Johannisstrasse 11

Times: Thursday, December 31, 9pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

More Information: www.wartesaal.de

Galleries/Museums

Leiko Ikemura

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.

Price: Free

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

DÜSSELDORF

Opera

Salome

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

Galleries/Museums

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.

Price: Free

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

FRANKFURT

Events

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.

Price: €65

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

Dance

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

HAMBURG

Music/Concerts

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.

Price: €12

Location: St. Johanniskirche, Bei der Johanniskirche 16

Times: Tuesday, December 29, 8pm

Phone: 040 43 43 34

More Information: www.gemeinde-altona-ost.de

Theatre

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

Galleries/Museums

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.

Price: €5

Location: Kunstverein, Klosterwall 23

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-6pm; through March 14, 2010

Phone: 040 32 21 57

More Information: www.kunstverein.de

MUNICH

Events

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.

Price: €3

Location: Alte Kongresshalle, Theresienhöhe 15

Times: Friday, January 2, 6pm

More Information: www.nachtflohmarkt-münchen.de

Parties

American Silvester

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

Galleries/Museums

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.

Price: €13

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

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