World Children’s Day Festival
“Teach them well and let them lead the way,” sang Whitney Houston in her inspirational hit “Greatest Love of All. ” What a perfect soundtrack for Sunday’s fiesta at Potsdamer Platz. A collaboration with UNICEF, the festival celebrates children all over the world, and includes a presentation on organic farming.
Location: Potsdamer Platz
Times: Sunday, September 19, 11am-6pm
More Information: www.weltkindertag.de
International Literature Festival Berlin
There are a lot of writers out there. At the moment, Berlin is teeming with them. This year’s International Literature Festival Berlin focuses on Eastern Europe, but the programme ventures well beyond Russia, with authors hailing from as far away as India, Brazil, Canada, and beyond.
Price: Various, most events €5-10
Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Times: Wednesday, September 15 – Saturday, September 25
Tickets: 030 254 89 100
More Information: www.literaturfestival.com
B-lock Omega Resistance Festival
Street theatre, dance workshops, a performance lab, open stage, and party – each based around a theme of resistance. Those with a dramatic bent should find this nine-day event rather irresistible.
Location: BLO Ateliers, Kaskelstrasse 55
Times: Friday, September 17 – Saturday, September 25
More Information: blo-ateliers.de
Pimp the Timp
Ah, to be a man in high heels… For 30 years Cologne’s Hotel Timp was a haven for the city’s transsexual community and home to a legendary transvestite show. Stroll through the former hotel Thursday when pictures of “love, desire, and passion” adorn ITS 15 rooms and three suites.
Location: Hotel Timp, Heumarkt 25
Times: Friday, September 17, 8pm (opening); Daily, 3pm-midnight (regular hours); through September 26
More Information: www.pimpthetimp.com
Old Town Autumn Culture Festival
Do you like polyphonic sound installations? How about “Snow White and Rose Red” with a jazz-pop tint? From Mozart’s Requiem to the Master Drummers of Burundi this festival presents a stunningly diverse roster of music and dance.
Times: Wednesday, September 15 – Sunday, October 3
Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0 617
More Information: www.altstadtherbst.de
The season for sweaters and leaf piles starts next week, and there’s no better way to kick it off than with a little pumpkin carving and birdhouse building. Fun autumn activities blossom around Franfurt’s Palmengarten this weekend. Bring the whole family.
Price: €5 (Adults); €2 (Kids)
Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61
Times: Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19
Phone: 069 2123 39 39
More Information: www.palmengarten-frankfurt.de
Else Lasker-Schuler – The Pictures
Better known for her work with a pen than with a paintbrush, the German-born, Jewish poet was actually an important figure in avant-garde modernist art. A new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Jewish Museum includes dozens of rare drawings, sketches, collages, painted postcards and hand-coloured lithographs from public and private collections.
Location: Jüdisches Museum, Untermainkai 14/15
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through January 9, 2011
Phone: 069 212 35000
More Information: juedischesmuseum.de
Night of the Churches
Oh holy night! It’s said that if you make a wish when visiting a new church, your wish comes true. One hundred and forty churches host gospel and jazz concerts, dance shows, programmes for children, sing-a-longs, and lots of light installations, Saturday night in Hamburg. That’s a lot of wishes.
Times: Saturday, September 18, 7pm
More Information: www.ndkh.eu
Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
She was just a poor tobacco farmer in the American South, but Henrietta Lacks helped bring about some pretty important medical advances – polio vaccine anyone? Only trouble is, Ms. Lacks knew nothing about the studies being done on her cells. Science journalist Rebecca Skloot reads from her debut book in Hamburg, Tuesday.
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg, Am Sandtorkai 48
Times: Tuesday, September 21, 7pm
More Information: www.amerikazentrum.de
My Best Friend is You. “Do Wah Doo.” She is talking about me right? The British pop sensation hits the stage Saturday in Munich. Let’s hope she wears that sparkly blue outfit from the “Kiss That Girl” video.
Location: Kultfabrik, Tonhalle, Grafinger Strasse 6
Times: Saturday, September 18, 8pm
Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81
More Information: www.katenash.co.uk
Marc Ducret Quartet
The French guitarist knows his way around a fretboard. But this isn’t your usual six-string serenade. Saxophonist Tim Berne, violinist Dominique Pifarely, and drummer Tom Rainey join him Saturday at Unterfahrt for a set that’s sure to go well beyond “jazz.”
Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Saturday, September 18, 9pm
More Information: www.unterfahrt.de