What’s on in Germany: March 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: Joan Baez arrives in Düsseldorf, Romeo and Juliet take a turn through Munich, and there's lots of music in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: March 18 - 24
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Maerz Musik 2010

The Austrian ensemble Klangforum Wien performs Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera “Luci Mie Traditrici” (Oh My Deceitful Eyes) Friday night to kick off this annual festival of contemporary music. From the Arditti Quartet to Ensemble ascolta a full program of new music luminaries runs all week. Stop by the Technical Univesrity to see Bernhard Leitner’s new installation “HörSaal.”

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Friday, March 19 – Sunday, March 28

Tickets: 030 254 89 100

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Process Festival

Perceive the outer boundaries of music and sound at this two-day festival of live performances and new media works. Saturday afternoon’s free workshop leads you into the rhythms, tones, and limits of breathing.

Price: €5

Location: Ausland, Lychener Strasse 60

Times: Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20, 8:30pm

Phone: 030 44 77 008

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Spring Jazz Night

The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Hyperactive Kid, and the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet take the stage at Kino Babylon Saturday for a vigourous evening of German and American jazz.

Price: €25

Location: Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Saturday, March 20, 8pm

Tickets: 030 886 75 944

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Izima Kaoru – One Sun

We often thing about the motto “one world.” But what about the sun? There’s only one of those too. Japanese artist Izima Kaoru focuses on the notion of “one sun,” in her exhibition at Cologne’s Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, which encompasses gorgeous photographs of illuminated curves against cerulean blue. Art exhibitions rarely come with so much serenity.

Price: Free

Location: Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Schaafenstrasse 25

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; through April 15

Phone: 0221 72 96 67

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Joan Baez

The queen of folk’s latest album Day After Tomorrow features songs by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Steve Earle. Baez rolls into town Monday, and her concert at Philipshalle will surely be an unforgettable affair.

Price: €46.95 – 65

Location: Philipshalle, Siegburger Strasse 15

Times: Monday, March 22, 7:30pm

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Amazons in Fashion

Founded in 2007 by the father/daughter team Christoph and Laura Kramer, Abteilung K creates clothing for women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer. See thirty modern, asymmetrical ensembles by the German fashion label, along with photographs, original sketches, and video footage in this new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Arts.

Price: €8

Location: Museum for Applied Arts Frankfurt, Schaumainkai 17

Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm; through April 11

Phone: 069 212 340 37

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Children’s Art Night

Not only will they learn how to make art like Georges Seurat, the kiddos will boogie all night at the kinder disco! Bring the little ones over to Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt Saturday night.

Price: €3 (Children), accompanying parents are free

Location: Museum for Applied Arts Frankfurt, Schaumainkai 17

Times: Saturday, March 20, 5-10pm

Phone: 069 212 340 37

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Wallis Bird

The jubilant Irish singer strums her acoustic guitar on stage at Hamburg’s Uebel & Gefährlich, Sunday night. Get a taste of her jangly effervescence on tunes like “To My Bones,” “Lala Land” and others from her new album New Boots.

Price: €16.40

Location: Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66

Times: Sunday, March 21, 8pm

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Children’s Spring Bazaar

Pick up a few new treats for the little ones this weekend. Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Schwabing/Maxvorstadt is holding their annual Spring Bazaar. Plenty of clothes, toys, books, and more will be for sale, along with cake and coffee.

Price: Free

Location: Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Schwabing/Maxvorstadt, Schraudolphstrasse 10

Times: Saturday, March 20, 10am-2pm

Phone: 089 2781 8974

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The American Family: Two Centuries of Change

How do you define the typical American family? The concept sure has evolved over the last 200 years. Urban history scholar David Goldfield, a professor at the University of North Carolina, examines this fascinating topic in Munich on Wednesday.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Wednesday, March 24, 8pm

Tickets: 089 34 38 03

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Romeo and Juliet

American Drama Group Europe stages that most classic of Shakesperean tragedies on Thursday night. Succumb to the spell of star crossed lovers.

Price: €20

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Thursday, March 18, 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 34 38 03

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.