What’s on in Germany: May 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: John Malkovich plays a serial killer in Hamburg, Rufus Wainright sings in Munich, and electric Smart cars buzz around Berlin.

What's on in Germany: May 13 - 19



Smart Urban Stage

Urban sustainability is on a lot of our minds. The E-Mobility Project is dedicated to transforming transportation by getting more electric cars on the road. Test drive an electric Smart car and check out an exhibition on making cities more sustainable at the “Smart Urban Stage” on Oranienburger Strasse. Berlin is the first stop on the Smart Electric Drive European Tour.

Price: Free

Location: Oranienburger Strasse 59-63

Times: Monday – Sunday, 12-8pm; through June 13

More Information: or check out The Local’s own test drive.


The Age of Stupid Film

The year is 2055 and global warming has ravaged the world. London filmmaker Franny Armstrong’s feature film The Age of Stupid Film takes place in the future and questions why we didn’t act on climate change when we had the chance. See it this weekend at the English Theatre Berlin, and swap out those light bulbs while you’re at it.

Price: Free

Location: The English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40

Times: Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 8pm

Reservations: 030 691 1211

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James Miller – Sunshine State

He won acclaim for his debut novel Lost Boys. Now the British author is back with a new thriller, Sunshine State. Secret agent Mark Burrows is on a quest to find his former colleague in a part of the United States where anarchy rules. Get a peek at this thrilling narrative Wednesday at Cafe Hilde.

Price: Free

Location: Cafe Hilde, Metzer Strasse 22

Times: Wednesday, May 19, 7:30-9:30pm

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Bhutan Cham Dancers

Donning masks and colourful brocade robes, eleven Bhutan monks tell a tale of Buddhist deities and demons through dance this week in Cologne. Be dazzled by the lively movements of this sacred performance, known as the Cham Dance.

Price: Free

Location: Cologne Cathedral, Roncalli-Platz; Aachener Weiher; City-Center, Chorweiler, Pariser Platz

Times: Thursday, May 13 – Monday, May 17, 12:30 and 5pm

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Children’s Opera

The Fisherman and His Wife

This classic fairy tale takes on a jazzy guise with music by Ingfried Hoffmann and a libretto by Barbara Hass. Kids three and up will delight in its timeless tale of happiness and ambition.

Price: €7.70 (Children); €12.10 (Adults)

Location: Altes Pfandhause, Kartäuserwall 20

Times: Sunday, May 16, 3pm; Tuesday, May 18, 11:30am; Wednesday, May 19, 11:30am

Tickets: 0221 2212 8400

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Sven Johne: Reports from the Crack of Dawn

The Berlin-based photographer documents places reported on in media stories. Delving behind the surface of newspaper articles, he shoots suicide sites and places where ships were said to be lost at sea. But beyond presenting this imagery as news, Johne contemplates their relationship to society and the world at large. See the new exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Price: €6

Location: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-7pm; through July 25

Phone: 069 219 3140

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Musical Theatre

John Malkovich – The Infernal Comedy – Confessions of a Serial Killer

Jack Unterweger was one of the most notorious European serial killers of the 20th century, and no one can take on such a creepy character quite like the inimitable John Malkovich. Combining a baroque chamber orchestra, two sopranos, and an actor, the curtain goes up on the only performance of “The Infernal Comedy” in Germany, Sunday.

Price: €15 – 35

Location: Schauspielhaus, Kirchenallee 39

Times: Sunday, May 16, 8 and 11pm

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Kronos Quartet

Rock stars with strings. David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Jeffrey Zeigler have recorded everything from Bill Evans to Witold Lutoslawski, Henryk Gorecki to Sigur Ros. Thursday night’s program includes Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.” Don’t miss it.

Price: €15 – 35

Location: Kampnagle, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Thursday, May 13, 8pm

Tickets: 040 2709 4949

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Sabine Maria Reiss and Krzysztof Gediga – C’est La Vie/Das Leben Eben

How do French songs sound in German? Find out Sunday at the Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg, when Reiss and Gediga channel the likes of Edith Piaf.

Price: €15

Location: Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg, Kirchdorfer Strasse 163

Times: Sunday, May 16, 5:30pm

Reservations: 040 302 34 861

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Buy or Cry

Pick up some new summer T-shirts this weekend. Jolly Company, Rockbox, and Iki M are just a few of the fifty stores and indie labels who will be hawking their wares at the Temporary Gallery in Munich.

Price: Free

Location: Temporary Gallery, Baaderstrasse 7

Times: Friday, May 14, 12-8pm; Saturday, May 15, 12-8pm; Sunday, May 16, 12-6pm

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Rufus Wainwright

The glissando gleaning crooner kicks off a run of four German cities Monday in Munich. Watch him work the piano as he introduces the tunes from his latest disc All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.

Price: €48.40

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Monday, May 17, 8:30pm

Tickets: 022 733 700

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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.