Japan Festival Berlin
From Aikido to Ikebana, the Japan Festival presents myriad aspects of Japanese culture. Take a manga quiz, watch a karate demonstration, and see dancers perform the slow but beautiful movements of butoh. Hot tea and fresh sushi keep visitors happily satiated throughout the two-day event.
Price: €13; €23 Two-Day Ticket
Location: Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17
Times: Saturday, January 15; Sunday, January 16; 10am-6pm
Ticket Hotline: 0172 300 68 73
More Information: www.japanfestival.de
Sven Åke Johansson
One of Europe's most pioneering players in the free jazz and improvisation realm, the Swedish drummer Sven-Åke Johansson moved to Berlin in 1968. A cohort of avant-garde luminaries like Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, and Alexander von Schlippenbach, Johansson performs with two of his trios Friday night in Berlin.
Location: Ausland, Lychener Strasse 60
Times: Friday, January 14, 9pm
Phone: 030 44 77 00 8
More Information: www.ausland-berlin.de
Decked out in vivid hues of electric blue, hot pink, and cherry, Swedish artist Pia Arnström's 3D movie crowds, Hitchcock blondes, and American cult idols look swell in watercolour. Schmooze among them at Saturday night's opening.
Location: Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Fasanenstrasse 37
Times: Saturday, January 15, 7-9pm (Opening); Tuesday - Friday, 2-7pm; Saturday 12-6pm (Regular Hours); January 15 - February 26
Phone: 030 43 91 08 80
More Information: www.berlin-contemporary-art.com
Passagen Interior Design Week Cologne
If design gets your heart pumping, get yourself to Cologne this week and be among the thousands of design enthusiasts flocking to the city for Passagen. Starting Monday, shops, galleries, showrooms, and museums host a varied program of design related events, featuring architects, artists, manufacturers, and designers from around the world.
Times: Monday, January 17 - Sunday, January 23
More Information: www.voggenreiter.com
Miss Russia, La Dona Bosanchera, and Balkaniera Mediteranovich call their music turbo-electro-folk-pop with dancehall influences. Sounds about right. Bop around to the Balkan babes' energetic tunes, Saturday night at Cologne's Stadtgarten.
Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40
Times: Saturday, January 15, 10pm
Tickets: 0221 28 01
More Information: www.stadtgarten.de
Dear Wagner and Bizet, please don't take offence, but no one does opera quite like the Italians. Sopranos Eleonora Buratto and Giorgia Milanesi, and tenor Ji-Min Park sing the arias of Verdi, Rossini, and Puccini Friday night in Frankfurt. Bellissima.
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz
Times: Friday, January 14, 7pm
Tickets: 069 13 40 400
More Information: www.alteoper.de
TAO - The Samurai of the Drum
Steeped in tradition yet sensationally modern, TAO is a mesmerising stage show that has been performed all over the world. Witness the ferocious skill of this drumming and dancing troupe at Hamburg's Congress Center, Wednesday.
Location: CCH Congress Center Hamburg, Marseiller Strasse
Times: Wednesday, January 19, 8pm
Tickets: 01805 44 70 777 (.14/minute)
More Information: www.drum-tao.com
With a guitar and a laptop, Christian Fennesz creates electronic soundscapes that glitch and pulse with scintillating complexity. You'll see Sparklehorse and Keith Rowe on his CV and the Beach Boys in his list of influences. Intrigued? The Austrian guitarist takes the stage at KörberForum, Thursday night.
Price: Free with reservations
Location: KörberForum, Kehrwieder 12
Times: Thursday, January 13, 9pm
Reservations: 040 35 76 66 66
More Information: www.fennesz.com
Jochen Blume Retrospective
American presidents, movie stars, queens, and clowns. A melange of personalities passed by the German photographer's lens. A retrospective of Blume's work hangs at the Monika Mohr Galerie through mid-February. Get a snapshot of the Cold War era with image of Kennedy, Castro, and Sophia Loren.
Location: Monika Mohr Galerie, Mittelweg 45
Times: Tuesday - Friday, 12-6pm; through February 16
Phone: 040 41 350 350
More Information: www.photographygalerie.de
Husband and wife sail from the Bahamas to Baltimore and an album is born. So goes the legend of Tennis, a Denver duo making waves with tracks like "South Carolina" and "Bimini Bay." Catch the one-time landlubbers Friday at 59:1 before they set sail again on another songwriting adventure.
Location: 59:1, Sonnenstrasse 27
Times: Friday, January 14, 9:30pm
Phone: 089 2420 5718
More Information: www.59to1.net
The Little Earth Bear - A Jazz Concert for Children
A little bear takes a walk in the woods and finds a balloon. Oh the adventures that ensue! Saxophonist Carolyn Breuer teamed up with author Sabine Bohlmann to create this delightful performance. Celebrate friendship, nature, and jazz Sunday afternoon at Munich's Unterfahrt jazz club.
Price: €14 (Adults); €7 (Kids)
Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Sunday, January 16, 3pm
Phone: 089 448 27 94
More Information: www.unterfahrt.de