Realstadt – Wishes Knocking on Reality’s Doors
Once a power station dating from 1961, Kraftwerk Mitte is now an exhibition space in the centre of Berlin. Through November, a fascinating array of architectural models are displayed within its cavernous interior. Stroll around pint-sized renderings of Berlin’s buildings, and check out some great ideas for urban renewal.
Location: Kraftwerk Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse 59
Times: Daily, 10am-8pm; through November 28
Phone: 030 609 88 575
More Information: www.realstadt.de
World’s Largest Pumpkin Exhibition
Celebrate pumpkins this weekend in Ludwigsburg. The baroque Baden-Württemberg city hosts a gargantuan pumpkin exhibition with a maritime theme. Mermaids, sea horses and schools of goldfish formed with hundreds of orange pumpkins, white gourds, and green squashes create an enchanting “pumpkin sea” among the fresh air of fall.
Price: €7.50 (Adults); €3.60 (Children 4-15)
Location: Blühendes Barock, Mömpelgardstrasse 28
Times: Daily, 7:30am-8:30pm; through November 7
Phone: 07141 975 650
More Information: www.blueba.de
In Chronological Order – Städel Works of the 14th to 21st Centuries
Embark on a tour through the history of 14th through 21st century art. Three hundred masterworks from the Städel Museum’s collection hang in chronological order for a special exhibition that celebrates the museum’s reopening. There’s Rembrandt, Picasso, Giacometti, and more!
Location: Städel Museum, Exhibition Building, Holbeinstrasse 1
Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-9pm; October 28 – June 26, 2011
Phone: 069 605098 224
More Information: www.staedelmuseum.de
European Outdoor Film Tour
Don’t worry about bringing a blanket. These films won’t be shown outdoors, they star the outdoors. Ten short films feature mountain biking, hang gliding, free diving, kayaking, and other adrenaline-pumping Earthly adventures. Get inspired.
Location: Goethe-Universität, Campus Westend, Audimax – Hörsaalzentrum, Grüneburgplatz 1
Times: Sunday, October 31, 5pm and 8:30pm
Phone: 069 715 8570
More Information: www.eoft.eu
German Jazz Festival Frankfurt
Jazz takes on a global tinge this week in Frankfurt. Witness Jake Shimabukuro pluck Hawaiian beats on his ukulele or delve into Kentucky bluegrass with Sam Bush. With salutes to Sidney Bechet and Eric Dolphy this festival is a don’t miss for jazz lovers.
Location: hr-Sendesaal, Bertramstrasse 8
Times: Thursday, October 28 – Sunday, October 31, 7pm
Tickets: 069 155 2000
More Information: www.hr-online.de
Hamburg Dungeon Halloween Party
Terrifying creatures of the night gather at the Hamburg Dungeon Saturday for a terrifyingly titillating evening of horror and hell-raising. Tour the dungeon then get spooky on the dance floor.
Location: Hamburg Dungeon, Kehrwieder 2-3
Times: Saturday, October 30, 7pm
Tickets: 01805 666 90 140 (14 – 42 Cent/Min.)
More Information: www.the-dungeons.de
euro-scene Leipzig – Festival of Contemporary European Theatre
Compelling theatre and dance from 10 different European countries is the focus of this longstanding festival, now in its 20th year. Some performances are presented in English, others get their message across through gestures. In Angelin Preljocaj’s “Empty Moves,” John Cage recites Henry David Thoreau.
Price: €14 – 18
Times: Tuesday, November 2 – 7
Ticket Hotline: 0341 242 59 11
Room To Breathe
Middle Name Productions‘ second feature film takes place on the streets of the western German city of Mönchengladbach. Locals were recruited to play some of the bad boys who stomp around city sites like the Wasserturm and Hindenburg Strasse. Room to Breathe screens in English with German subtitles, Monday in Mönchengladbach. See if you can spot your neighbours.
Location: The Globe Cinema, JHQ Rheindahlen; Comet Cine Center, Viersener Strasse 8, Mönchengladbach
Times: Sunday, October 31, 7pm (Rheindahlen); Monday, November 1, 8pm (Mönchengladbach)
More Information: www.middlenameproductions.com
The legendary rap group are hitting Europe hard this fall, with a stop in Munich Monday. Twenty years after the release of their seminal album Fear of a Black Planet Chuck D and Flavor Flav still “Fight the Power” better than anyone. Yeah boy!
Location: Backstage (Werk), Reitknechtstrasse 6
Times: Monday, November 1, 9pm
Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81 (14 – 42 Cent/Min.)
More Information: www.muenchenticket.de
Tronies – Marlene Dumas and the Old Masters
The Dutch word for “face” is “tronie” and in Dutch art, a tronie is a very treasured thing indeed. Basically portraits that weren’t commissioned, tronies often convey vast depths of emotions. In this new exhibition at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, South African artist Marlene Dumas’ tronies hang among a selection of those from the 17th century.
Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1
Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday 10am-10pm
Phone: 089 21127 113
More Information: www.hausderkunst.de
Gert Wiedmaier – “Blick – Dicht”
The Helmet Gallery is fast becoming the go-to place for new art in Munich. Stop in Thursday night for the opening of their latest exhibition. German artist Gert Wiedermaier’s photographic pastel prints are dreamy and quiet. What a nice way to start the weekend.
Location: Helmet Gallery, Fraunhoferstrasse 8
Times: Thursday, October 28, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday, 2-6pm; October 28 – November 30 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 089 3265 7788
More Information: www.helmet-gallery.com