Long Night of Museums
After a long day sipping icy cocktails at one of Berlin’s sandy Spree-side beach bars, take a waltz through some of the city’s cultural venues Sunday. Cool off with a rainstorm of poems at the Lustgarten, or climb up into the New Synagogue’s lofty dome. From Schloss Charlottenburg to the German History Museum, over 80 establishments stay open until 2 am, keeping you culturally occupied until club time.
Times: Sunday, August 28, 6pm-2am
Phone: 030 24 74 98 88
More Information: www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de
Jewish Culture Days
Young kantors from New York and Los Angeles kick off an 11-day celebration of Jewish culture with a concert at the Rykestrasse Synagogue, Thursday. Hear their heavenly hymns, then embark on a journey into Jewish Berlin, which includes synagogue tours, Shabbat services, and a jam session by the International Mahler Orchestra.
Times: Thursday, August 26 – Sunday, September 5
Ticket Hotline: 01805 57 00 00 (.14 cents/minute)
More Information: www.juedische-kulturtage.org
Skyy Swap Market
Swap that flirty cocktail dress for a chic shift Friday when Stadtbad Oderberger becomes Berlin’s biggest and best vintage clothing store. Here’s how it works. Bring the items you’d like to swap to one of three swap spots before Friday. Get some coupons in exchange for your clothes. Buy new clothes at the market with your coupons. Sip a vodka martini and admire your new wardrobe.
Location: Stadtbad Oderberger, Oderberger Strasse 57-59
Times: Friday, August 27, 9pm (swapping begins), 11pm (party begins)
More Information: www.skyy.de
Bryan Ferry’s voice hasn’t lost any of its demure allure. Roxy Music make one stop in Germany on their “For Your Pleasure” tour. Head to Bonn Wednesday for a sultry musical odyssey you’ll never forget. More than this? You know there’s nothing.
Location: Solarworld Summer Stage, Museumsplatz Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, Bonn
Times: Wednesday, September 1, 6pm
Ticket Hotline: 0228 502010
More Information: www.roxymusic.co.uk
Museum Embankment Festival
Frankfurt’s riverbanks host an open-air celebration of art and culture this weekend. Check out a percussion workshops for kids, a concert by the Rattlesnake Orchestra, and a salsa party. The festival ends with a bang Sunday night when fireworks light up the sky.
Location: The banks of the Main River
Times: Friday, August 27, 3pm-1am; Saturday, August 28, 11-1am; Sunday, August 29, 11am-midnight
More Information: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Goethe Festival Week
It’s time again to celebrate one of Germany’s finest. From plays and readings to an evening of songs from the writer’s second novel Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, and a photo exhibition that depicts Frankfurt in the time of Goethe, the city offers plenty of ways to fete the famed thinker this week.
Times: Friday, August 28 – Sunday, September 5
More Information: kultur.frankfurt.de
ShopStop 7 – Carl Dau – Minimalism in Steel
Dieter Rams believed that less is more. In conjunction with an exhibition of the designer’s works at Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Arts, jewellery by Carl Dau is on display for a short time in the museum shop. Born in Poland in 1942, Dau delved into jewellery design at 23. Gaze at his gleaming minimalist masterpieces this weekend.
Location: Museum of Applied Arts, Schaumainkai 17
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-9pm
Phone: 069 212 340 37
More Information: www.angewandtekunst-frankfurt.de
Poets on the Beach
Every summer since 1998, lovers of literature have gathered upon the soft sands along the River Elbe for an open-air poetry reading. On Sunday, young authors from the Hamburg region will recite their latest works in rain or shine. Spread out a blanket and enjoy the varied cadences of the German vernacular.
Location: Restaurant Strandperle, Övelgönne 60
Times: Sunday, August 29, 6pm
Phone: 040 898 233
More Information: www.writersroom.de
“Fear Good Movies” is the motto of this annual festival of fantasy films, which makes its way through Germany this month, arriving in Munich on Tuesday. Surrender to a frighteningly fantastic program that includes a “Human Centipede,” plenty of vampires, and British director Michael Winterbottom’s controversial new film The Killer Inside Me.
Price: €9 (Single Ticket), €12 (Single Ticket 2D)
Location: Cinema, Nymphenburger Strasse 31; City Kinos, Sonnenstrasse 12
Times: Tuesday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 8
More Information: www.fantasyfilmfest.com
Since opening last December, Munich’s new Helmut gallery has been presenting a pretty impressive roster of energising new art from cities like Amsterdam and Paris. The gallery’s latest exhibition showcases the graphic images of Pax Paloscia, a New York-based artist whose work combines the serenity of portrait photography with the dynamism of street art.
Location: Helmet – Gallery for Contemporary Art, Fraunhoferstrasse 8
Times: Wednesday – Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday, 2-6pm; through August 31
Phone: 089 3265 7788
More Information: www.helmet-gallery.com
Rosenheimer Autumn Festival
As summer transitions to fall, the quaint town of Rosenheim sets up its annual fun fair. Just forty minutes by train from Munich, the festival features an assortment of traditional German treats, hefty Bavarian brews, and exciting carnival rides for the whole family.
Location: Kaiserstrasse, Rosenheimer
Times: Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, August 12
More Information: www.herbstfest-rosenheim.de