Dress up like a clown and join in on Sunday's Karneval parade. The festivities kick off from Hardenbergstrasse just before noon. Time to live it up. Lent's just around the corner.
Times: Sunday, February 14, 11:44am
More Information: www.karnevals-zug-berlin.de
International Film Festival Berlin
Now in its 60th year, the Berlinale officially opens Saturday night with the world premiere of Chinese director Wang Quan'an's eagerly anticipated new film Tuan Yuan. But the real star of this year's festival will surely be the newly restored and reconstructed original cut of Fritz Lang's 1927 classic Metropolis.
Times: Thursday, February 11 - Sunday, February 21
Phone: 030 259 200
More Information: www.berlinale.de
Elly Clarke - Moscow to Beijing
The result of an eight-day trip aboard the Trans-Siberian railway, the British artist's fascinating new exhibition opens Friday night in Berlin. Watch videos of interviews she conducted with her Russian, Chinese, and Mongolian travel mates, and see the photographs passengers shot during their journey.
Location: The Center for Endless Progress, Berthelsdorferstrasse 10
Times: Friday, February 12, 6-10pm (Opening); Tuesday - Thursday, 2-6pm; Saturday, 6-8pm (Regular Hours); through February 27
More Information: www.endlessprogress.org
Cologne Karneval Crazy Days
Stop by the Alter Markt Thursday and you just might catch site of the Prince, the Peasant, and the Virgin. The three iconic Karneval characters officially open the street party at 11:11 a.m., kicking off a long weekend of festivities that culminate with a spectacular parade on Rose Monday.
Times: Thursday, February 11 - Monday, February 15
More Information: www.koeln.de
Viktor & Rolf - Dolls Installation
From harlequin suits to bed linen bridal gowns, the Dutch design duo do have a way with fashion. And these miniature creations look as fabulous on a 25-inch doll as they do on a six-foot supermodel. Get a scaled-down, yet still dazzling overview of Victor and Rolf's past collections at Düsseldorf's NRW-Forum.
Location: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Ehrenhof 2
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-8pm; Friday, 11am-midnight; through February 28
Phone: 0211 89 266 90
More Information: www.nrw-forum.de
Can't be in Berlin for the film festival? No problem, Frankfurt's Opera House screens Fritz Lang's newly restored Metropolis Friday night. The Braunschweig City Orchestra performs the score live, while Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm and the rest of the silent cast flicker across the big screen.
Price: €25.50 - 39.50
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1 Opernplatz
Times: Friday, February 12, 8:15pm
Phone: 069 1340 400
More Information: www.alteoper.de
From Argentine Tango to Finnish punk, the accordion can conjure it all. Witness the versatility of the age-old instrument at a week-long festival starting Saturday.
Location: Various locations on the Reeperbahn
Times: Saturday, February 13 - Saturday, February 20
More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de
Pop Life - Warhol, Haring, Koons, Hirst...
Superstars of the pop art world converge at the Hamburg Kunsthalle for this sensational exhibition of shiny steel rabbits, graphic graffiti, and Polaroid portraits. More than 300 works by the likes of Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, as well as the guys in the title, comprise the show on loan from the Tate Modern in London.
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
Times: Thursday, February 11, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm (Regular Hours); through May 9
Phone: 040 428 131 200
More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
Bloody Valentine Party
Screw those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate hearts. All we need is some beer and cheeseburgers - bloody please - to get us in the mood for love. M.C. Mueller's Valentine's Day party won't be your typical cupid show so leave that sparkly red sweater at home.
Location: M.C. Mueller, Fraunhoferstrasse 2
Times: Sunday, February 14, 8pm
More Information: www.thefirm-munich.de
Saints & Tzadiks - Irish Folk Meets Klezmer
A klezmer singing star and an Irish folk vocalist join forces for an exciting fusion of musical styles Monday at the Amerika Haus. Lorin Sklamberg and Susan McKewon break out the Yiddish and the Gaelic for a rousing set of rare gems.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Monday, February 15, 8pm
Phone: 089 444 09 206
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de
Fashion Busts Corsets: Changes of Silhouettes
See the different forms fashion has taken these last few centuries. A new exhibition in Munich displays a vast collection of everything from Victorian ball gowns to Christian Dior cocktail dresses. Hoops and corsets are displayed in a special section devoted to ladies' underpinnings.
Location: Munich Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; through May 16
Phone: 089 233 22370
More Information: www.stadtmuseum-online.de