What's on in Germany: November 25-December 1

Celeste Sunderland
Celeste Sunderland - [email protected] • 25 Nov, 2010 Updated Thu 25 Nov 2010 10:56 CEST
What's on in Germany: November 25-December 1

This week's highlights: "A Christmas Carol" performed by candlelight in Frankfurt, holiday shopping in Cologne, and M.I.A. plays Munich.




Frohnau Chamber Concert - North Berlin Composers Forum

Centre Bagatelle is an elegant villa in Frohnau, a district in northern Berlin. Once a private residence, the 1925 building is now a cultural centre, and makes a lovely setting for chamber music. Catch a concert for strings and piano by local composers including Peter Castine, Helmut Fenzl, Bardo Henning, Gernot Reetz, and Stefan Sobotta, Sunday.

Price: €10

Location: Centre Bagatelle, Zeltinger Strasse 6

Times: Sunday, November 28, 7:30-9:30pm

Phone: 030 4010 8663

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An Israeli artist who died in Paris at age 28, Absalon had a thing for geometric shapes. Before his death in 1993, he sculpted a series of shelters that were perfectly fitted to both his body and his mental state. Get better acquainted with his work at KW Berlin, Saturday when the artist's first solo retrospective opens.

Price: €6

Location: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststrasse 69

Times: Saturday, November 27, 5-10pm (Opening); Tuesday - Sunday, Noon-7pm, Thursday, Noon-9pm; November 28 - February 20, 2011 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030 243 4590

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Don't wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping this year. Holy.Shit.Shopping sets up in Cologne for two days before continuing on to Hamburg, Berlin, and Stuttgart. With cute kitchen items, fab indie fashions, and an assortment of art, it's a one-stop shop for everyone on your list.

Price: Free

Location: Jack in the Box, Vogelsanger Strasse 231

Times: Saturday, November 27, Noon-10pm; Sunday, November 28, Noon-8pm

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Dickens By Candlelight

Get into the Christmas spirit with the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future this weekend. Theater Language Studio Frankfurt's production of "A Christmas Carol" features four actors in Victorian garb telling Dickens' classic tale in a spooky, candlelit atmosphere. God bless us, every one!

Price: €15 (Adults), €6 (Children under 12)

Location: Haus Sindlingen, Sindlinger Bahnstrasse 124

Times: Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 7:30pm; Sunday, November 28, 6pm; Also December 3-5 and 17-19

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Christmastime at the Palmengarten

Germany's largest botanical garden lies in Frankfurt, and each winter, the lovely landscape of the Palmengarten takes on a merry Yuletide mood. Beginning this week, visitors can stroll through an enchanting setting of poinsettia blooms, pine cone wreaths, and twinkling Tannenbaums.

Price: €5 (Adults), €2 (Children under 14)

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Daily, 9am-4pm; through January 9, 2011

Phone: 069 2123 3939

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Paper Cuts 1970 - 2010

Paper art is an interesting medium. Often littered with whimsy, these sometimes colourful, often intricate works incite the imagination. Take the kids along to the Hamburger Kunsthalle this week for a look at over 50 pieces of paper art by German, French, South African, and American artists. Then go home and make paper snowflakes to hang in the windows.

Price: €10 (Adults); Free (Children under 18)

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall (Next to the main train station)

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through February 6, 2011

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Christmas Klostermarkt

Monks tend to throw a mean Christmas party. Combine home brewed craft beers and Gregorian chanting and you really can't go wrong. Stock up on some typical monastic products this weekend at Hamburg's Museum für Völkerkunde. The museum's annual Klostermarkt features folkloric entertainment and lots of arts and crafts workshops for all ages.

Price: €7 (Adults); Free (Children under 18)

Location: Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Rothenbaumchaussee 64

Times: Friday, November 26 - Sunday, November 28

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Tollwood Winterfestival 2010

The notion of performance takes on a whole new level at this exciting festival held in Munich each winter. Witness the daring antics of acrobats, contortionists, brake dancers, and skate boarders from Canadian, Australian, Finnish and Swedish theatre and circus companies.

Price: Various

Location: Theresienwiese Munich

Times: November 24 - December 31

Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/min)

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'Betrayal' at the BeMe Theatre

Munich’s professional English-language theatre performs their last play of the year, a riveting drama covering, in reverse chronological order, nine years in the life of a married couple, Robert and Emma, and their best friend Jerry. It’s a brilliantly crafted play by Harold Pinter on the politics of betrayal and how it infects lovers' trust, male friendship, youthful idealism and the sense of self.

Price: €18/€12 Students/€15 groups of 10 or more

Location: EINSTEIN Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: November 17 to December 4, 8:30pm (Tues. Through Thurs.),

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Lead singer Kurt Wagner and his Nashville mates are popping around Europe this fall. The band rolls into Munich Thursday night. Rumour has it they'll play their 2002 album Is a Woman in its entirety along with a few other fan faves. Sure sounds good so far.

Price: €29

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Thursday, November 25, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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The British singer shook up the music world last summer with her controversial video for "Born Free." See what other tricks the plucky performer's got up her sleeve Sunday night at Muffathalle.

Price: €29.95

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Sunday, November 28, 9pm

Phone: 089 45 87 50 10

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Advent Songs

Silent night, holy night. The German National Theatre hosts afternoons of song the first three Saturdays of advent. Geared toward children ages three and up, the event features traditional Christmas tunes as well as story books with winter themes.

Price: €4.50

Location: Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Theaterplatz 2

Times: Saturday, November 27, 3pm (Also December 4 & 11)

Tickets: 036 43 755 334

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