Tempelhof Park Grand Opening
A year-and-a-half after the engines stopped roaring over Tempelhof Airport, Berlin's newest park opens on that historic field. With boule games, soccer matches, nature walks, and gymnastics displays, the opening day festivities promise hours of athletic excitement for all ages. On Sunday, colorful kites fill the air where "Raisin Bombers" once dropped their sweet cargo.
Location: Tempelhof Airfield, entrances on Columbiadamm, Oderstrasse and S-Bahnhof Tempelhof
Times: Saturday, May 8, 9am-6pm; Sunday, May 9, 10am-6pm
More Information: www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de
Berghain Electro-acoustic Salon
American composer Phill Niblock and Dutch saxophonist Thomas Ankersmit have worked together for nearly a decade. Joined by the laptop, bass, electric guitar, tuba, and percussion of the Arnold Dreyblatt Ensemble, the duo kicks off a programme of interesting blips, glitches, and multiphonics, Thursday night. DJ sets by Efdemin and Jens Balzer follow the live performances.
Location: Berghain, Wriezener Bahnhof
Times: Thursday, May 6, 8pm
Phone: 030 2936 0210
More Information: www.berghain.de
The 10,000 Maniacs queen's latest solo album Leave Your Sleep is as lovely as you had hoped it would be. How couldn't it be, with a voice like that? Ms. Merchant kicks off the German leg of her tour Wednesday night in Cologne.
Location: Kulturkirche, Siebachstrasse 85
Times: Wednesday, May 12, 8pm
Tickets: 022 733 700
More Information: www.nataliemerchant.com
Le Grand Geste! Artists in New York in the 1950s
Author Vincent Katz knows a thing or two about art. In 1998, he curated the first Rudy Burckhardt museum retrospective at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, and has written essays on the likes of Cy Twombly. On Thursday, Katz talks about "artists in New York around 1950" in association with the exhibition "Le Grand Geste!"
Price: €5 (Just the talk); €10 (Talk and exhibition)
Location: Museum Kunst Palast, Ehrenhof 4-5
Times: Thursday, May 6, 7pm
Phone: 0211 899 0200
More Information: www.smkp.de
Long Night of TV & iPhone Concert
Düsseldorf's annual Long Night of Museums event is Saturday, and the NRW-Forum is taking it into the digital realm. Some of Germany's most popular bloggers host the "Long Night of TV," while the duo ZEE. Zaboura Eichstaedt Experience perform on their mobiles in the iPhone lounge.
Price: €12 (allows entrance to all participating museums)
Location: NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2
Times: Saturday, May 8, 7pm-2am
Phone: 0211 89 266 90
More Information: www.nrw-forum.de/
He's a Greek superstar and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Be seduced by the bouzouki Saturday night when George Dalagas takes the stage in Frankfurt.
Price: €33 - 58
Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese
Times: Saturday, May 8, 8pm
Ticket Hotline: 0180 5360 1240 (.14/Min.)
More Information: www.jahrhunderthalle.de
Hamburg Harbour Birthday Celebration
The great port of Hamburg may be young at heart, but this year the famed Hanseatic waterway turns 821-years-old. A parade of ships, tugboat ballet, dragon boat race, and fireworks display all make this birthday fiesta one you won't want to miss, but the big highlight of this year's bash is the premiere of "PlanetSolar," the largest solar powered boat in the world.
Location: Hamburg Harbour
Times: Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
More Information: www.hamburg-tourism.de
Hamburg Golf Week
Time to tee off in Hamburg. Five courses - Golf Club St. Dionys, Green Eagle, Gut Waldhof, Golf & Country Club am Hockenburg, and Gut Kaden Golf & Country Club - are all participating in this week-long golf extravaganza. Putt around some of Germany's most picturesque courses this week.
Times: Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14
More Information: www.hamburg-spielt-golf.de
"Jumping Jasper," "Norma's Scent," and "The Exception and the Rule"
The Entity Theater stages two plays by Yair Packer, a screenwriter, playwright, and children's book author, alongside Bertolt Brecht's "The Exception and the Rule," this weekend. Witness some fine drama while pondering relationships among strangers.
Location: Theater... Und So Fort, Kurfürstenstrasse 8
Times: Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9, 8pm
Tickets: 089 2321 9877
More Information: www.entitytheatre.com
Long Night of Music
From Byzantine choirs to funk bands, Gamelan collectives, to jazz quartets, the Bavarian capital will be resounding with music from around the globe Saturday. Sit among a quiet audience and listen, or groove along with fellow revellers on the dance floor. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.
Times: Saturday, May 8, 8pm - 3am
Phone: 089 5481 8181
More Information: www.muenchner.de
International Trickfilm Festival - Festival of Animated Film
Cartoons aren't just for kids. Filmgoers of all ages with an appreciation for animation will delight in movies like "Toy Story" in 3D. Animators and screenwriters from around the world will be on hand to share the tricks of the trade. Check out the Festival Garden for free open-air screenings and workshops in the activity tent.
Price: €8 (Single ticket), €15 (Evening ticket, after 6pm), €20 (Day ticket), €77 (Festival pass)
Phone: 0711 925 46 123
Times: Tuesday, May 4 - Sunday, May 9
More Information: www.itfs.de