German Unity Day
Twenty years since East and West became one, Germany’s capital can claim superstardom in terms of places to be. If you’re not there already head to Berlin this weekend to celebrate this very important anniversary of German unity. There will be dancing in the streets at the Brandenburg Gate, just like in 1990.
Location: Strasse der 17 Juni
Times: Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3
More Information: www.deutsche-einheit-zwanzig-jahre.de
The American artist makes sculptures, films, videos, photographs, prints, installations, and works constructed of neon lights. But his most unique pieces would have to be the “experience architecture” he started creating in the 1960s. The retrospective at Berlin’s Hamburger Kunsthalle ends in a week, so go spend some time in the “Kassel Corridor: Elliptical Space.” One visitor at a time may enter the piece, and stay for up to an hour.
Location: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 50-51
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-6pm; through October 10
Phone: 030 3978 3411
More Information: www. hamburgerbahnhof.de
The Israel-born, South Africa-raised singer doesn’t travel by tour bus. He packs his guitars and amps in a trio of tiny Fiats. The miniscule motorcade rolls into town Thursday night. See what sort of tricks he’ll pull out of his acoustic guitar.
Location: Postbahnhof, Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8
Tickets: 01805 669 029 (0.14 cents/min, landlines, 0.42 cents/minute, mobile phones)
Times: Thursday, September 30, 8pm
More Information: mct.tickets.de
Cathy Dobson – Planet Germany
Fifteen years ago, Cathy Dobson moved to Germany. Twelve years later, the British author recounted her experiences with everything from the beer garden to the autobahn in her book Planet Germany. Hear humorous tales of expat life, Sunday. Cellists Caroline Hobbs and Sarah Spence play music between excerpts.
Location: Kwadrat, Blücherstrasse 51
Times: Sunday, October 3, 5pm
More Information: rhinebuzz.blogspot.com
Classic cars cruise into Frankfurt this week. See the vintage Volkswagens, Mercedes, Fords, Rolls Royces, and other shiny models that take centre stage among live entertainers and food vendors.
Location: The Rossmarkt, Paulsplatz, Börsenplatz and Schillerstrasse
Times: Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 3
More Information: www.cityforum-profrankfurt.de
Barrelhouse Jazz Party 2010
Take a musical journey to New Orleans. The Barrelhouse Jazz band has been entertaining audiences at Frankfurt’s Old Opera house since 1983. Join in on the grand tradition Saturday night and experience music from the American south.
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz
Times: Saturday, October 2, 8pm
Tickets: 069 1340 400
More Information: www.alteoper.de
Hamburg Film Festival
From France to Portugal, movies from all over the world comprise this year’s event. Delve into the program and get a first glimpse at some cinematic stars, or simply sign up for “Strawberry Fields,” a series of five films honouring the Beatles, who played Hamburg fifty years ago.
Price: €6.50 (Matinees); €7.50 (Evening Screenings)
Times: Thursday, September 30 – Saturday, October 9
Phone: 040 399 19 000
More Information: www.filmfest-hamburg.de
Hamburg Soul Weekend
Turntable heavyweights like Butch, John Weston, Barbara Grassi, and Marc Forrest bring their record collections to Frankfurt this weekend for a three-day soul party. Get your groove on on board the MS Heidi Sunday afternoon.
Price: €10, €7.50 (MS Heidi)
Location: Gruenspan, Grosse Freiheit 58; Beta Lounge at Hamburger Botschaft, Sternstrasse 67; MS Hedi, Landungsbrücke 10
Times: Friday, October 1, 10pm-6am; Saturday, October 2, 2pm-8pm; Sunday, October 3, 3-9pm
More Information: www.hamburgsoulweekender.de
Série Noire – A Choreographic Murder Mystery
Crime novels and film noir are the inspiration for choreographer Terence Kohler’s new work for the Bavarian State Ballet. See Séverine Ferrolie, Ekaterina Petina, and Tigran Mikayelyan dance to the music of Philip Glass.
Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12
Times: Friday, October 1, 7:30pm; Saturday, October 2, 6pm
More Information: www.bayerische.staatsoper.de
The Nomadic Theatre Company – The Rare Oul’ Times
Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh, two of Irelands most outrageous drinkers and literary figures share their stories of success, failure, and love in this play by Irish playwright Ken McElroy. The Munich Ceili Band follows up the comic drama with a wee bit of live music.
Location: Schlachthof, Zenettistrasse 9
Times: Saturday, October 2, 8pm
More Information: www. munichbloomsday.de
David Claerbout – Uncertain Eye
Still photographs become motion pictures with a few of the Belgian artist’s digital tricks. Everyday occurrences, often based on historical images, deal with time and contemplate the meaning of life. See a selection of Claerbout’s works starting Friday at The Pinakothek der Moderne.
Location: The Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; October 1 – January 9,2011
Phone: 089 238 05360
More Information: www. pinakothek.de