What’s on in Germany: December 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: An Agatha Christie play in Munich, storytime on board a ship in Hamburg, and two new art exhibitions in Cologne.

What's on in Germany: December 9 - 15
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Crazy Legs Roller Disco vs. PAG

Roller boys! Lace up those skates! Dicky Doo, Massi P, Partok, and John Baker man the turn tables while you take a whirl around the rink Saturday at Tape Club. It’s going to be a gloriously gay time.

Price: €10; €7 (If you bring your own skates)

Location: Tape Club, Heidestrasse 14

Times: Saturday, December 11, 10pm

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Ig Henneman Sextet – Kindred Spirits Tour

The Dutch violist Ig Henneman has been a bandleader since 1985. In celebration of that 25-year landmark, as well as her 65th birthday, the improviser and composer has put together a new band. She brings her sensational sextet to Berlin’s Aufsturz-Klub Friday night to tribute Thelonious Monk, Emily Dickinson, Jimmy Giuffre, Morton Feldman, and others.

Price: €9

Location: Aufsturz-Klub, Oranienburgerstrasse 67

Times: Friday, December 10, 9:30pm

Phone: 030 28 04 74 07

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Art Market At Your Mum

Art and other interesting objects crafted from concrete, paper, and embroidery thread are on offer this weekend at Your Mum, a cozy exhibition space in Neukölln. Warm up with some Glühwein and get your Christmas shopping done.

Price: Free

Location: Your Mum, Jansastrasse 15

Times: Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2pm-12am

Phone: 0157 8478 3482

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The Colossus – Views of Cologne Cathedral Until 1842

Once the tallest building in the world, Cologne Cathedral is a monumental behemoth of Gothic architecture. Even before its iconic spires rose above the rooftops of Cologne, the cathedral was a symbol of the city. A new exhibition at the Ludwig Museum presents the six centuries the massive structure existed before it got its crown.

Price: €10

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; December 10 – March 5, 2011

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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Lucy McKenzie – The Editions

Another reason to spend some time at Museum Ludwig this weekend is a new exhibition featuring the Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie. Inspired by everything from Polish Modernism, German abstract painting, and Viennese Secessionists, the 33-year-old art star has painted 19th-century interiors, Olympic stadium towers, and album covers for bands like Erasure.

Price: €10

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; December 10 – June 26, 2011

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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Rot – Festival of New Music and Audio Art

From “Ecstatic Drones” to silent moments of “not sound,” this three-night festival explores the auditory realm. Witness Dietmar Wiesner, Rainer Romer, and Hermann Hretzschmar play Morton Feldman’s four-hour opus “For Philip Guston,” or see the IEMA Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie D play Howard Skempton’s one to two-minute miniatures.

Price: €14; €36 (Festival Ticket)

Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Thursday, December 9, 9pm; Friday, December 10, 9pm; Saturday, December 11, 9pm

Phone: 069 40 58 9520

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Nicholas Regatta

Canoe enthusiasts take to the Hamburg waters Saturday in Santa Claus hats. Cheer on the jolly racers as they make their way from the Krugkoppelbrücke, across Alster Lake, to the Kennedybrücke.

Price: Free

Location: Alster Canoe Club Boathouse, Ludolfstrasse 15

Times: Saturday, December 11, 2:30pm

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Storytime On Board the MS Cap San Diego

Hamburg’s museum boat, the Cap San Diego hosts an “ice cold reading for cool kids” Saturday and Sunday. Children eight and older are invited to snuggle up on deck while Miriam Hensel reads “Kai and the Christmas Thieves.” The reading is in German, but even if the little ones don’t understand the story, who wouldn’t want to hang out in a hammock on a huge ship in Hamburg’s harbour?

Price: €8 (Children); €10 (Adults)

Location: MS Cap San Diego, Liegeplatz Überseebrücke

Times: Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 3:30pm

Reservations: 040 36 42 09

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Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”

It’s always nice to mix up the cheerful good spirits of the holiday season with a good murder mystery. Celebrate the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth this weekend at Pepper Theater. The English language troupe Entity Theatre performs the esteemed crime writer’s classic tale of murder on an island And Then There Were None.

Price: €15

Location: Pepper Theater, PEP Einkaufszentrum (enter through Starbucks), Thomas-Dehler-Strasse 12

Times: Thursday, December 9, Friday, December 10, Saturday, December 11, 8pm

Reservations: 0700 3684 8900

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A Christmas Carol

Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Don’t be such a Scrooge! Take a lesson from Tiny Tim this week when TNT Theatre performs A Christmas Carol at Amerika Haus. Paul Stebbings directs the Dickens classic.

Price: €20

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Monday, December 13 – Friday, December 17, 11am and 7:30pm; also Monday, December 20 – Wednesday, December 22, 11am and 7:30pm; and Thursday, December 23, 9am and 7:30pm

Reservations: 089 34 38 03

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A Golden Age – Dutch Group Portraits from the Amsterdam Historical Museum

Most Dutch group portraits reside within Dutch collections. Though there are a few exceptions. Munich’s Alte Pinakothek is home to the portrait of the “Governors of the Amsterdam Wine Dealers’ Guild.” Dating from 1659 the work is by Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt, and through February it joins 11 of its brethren in a special exhibition at the museum. See the regents, riflemen, guild governors, and tradespeople in all their lace collared glory.

Price: €7

Location: Alte Pinakothek, Barer Strasse 27

Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Tuesday, 10am-8pm; through February 27, 2011

Phone: 089 23805 216

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.