What's on in Germany: January 27 - February 2
This Week's Highlights: Dennis Hopper in Cologne, a rock version of "Spring Awakening" in Hamburg, and a new festival for digital art in Berlin.
Take an art walk around Neukölln, see the "Plant Orchestra" at Ausland, and listen to "The Sound of No-One" at Stattbad Wedding. Berlin's sound artists come out of the woodwork this weekend for a new festival devoted to digital art and sound. Presented by Transmediale, DAS Weekend showcases concerts and installations at over 70 clubs and galleries in the capital.
Times: Friday, January 28 - Sunday, January 30
More Information: www.dasweekend.de
Long Night of Museums
Get your art and culture in one mega dose this weekend in Berlin when over 100 museums stay open until 2 am. This season's event promises to be electrifying, as Dresden-based artist Andrea Hilger opens the evening with her new light installation at Kulturforum.
Times: Saturday, January 29, 6pm-2am
More Information: www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de
Boulevard of Memories - Kid Blue
Filmclub 813's "Boulevard of Memories" series continues this week with Kid Blue. See Dennis Hopper's character Bickford Waner stir up a scandal Saturday night.
Location: Filmclub 813, Hahnenstrasse 6
Times: Saturday, January 29, 8pm
Phone: 0221 3106 813
More Information: www.filmclub813.intercoaster.de
Balkan Improvisers: Belgrad - Cologne/Cologne - Belgrade
Electro-acoustic improvisation might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about music from the Balkans. Well, fans of live-sampling, laptops, and prepared saxophones should be pleasantly surprised to find bands from Belgrade rather deft in their improvisational dexterity. Stadtgarten presents a "small festival" of Balkan musicians Sunday and Monday nights.
Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40
Times: Sunday, January 30, and Monday, January 31, 8:30pm
Reservations: 0221 952 1555
More Information: www.stadtgarten.de
The Magic of Amber - Amulets and Jewellery from the Ancient Basilicata
The ancient Italians worked wonders with amber creating intricate belts and necklaces with the luminous fossilised tree resin. Marvel at the beauty of these exquisite creations from the region of Basilicata beginning Friday when this new exhibition opens at the Romano-Germanic Museum in Cologne.
Location: Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Roncalliplatz 4
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm; January 28 - April 25
Phone: 0221 221 2 44 38
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
When Spring Awakening premiered around the turn of the 20th century, critics called it pornographic. One hundred years later, audiences don't seem as appalled by the subject matter. If you can stand the idea of teens having sex, go see American rocker Duncan Sheik's rock version in Frankfurt this weekend.
Location: The English Theatre Frankfurt, Gallusanlage 7
Times: Thursday, January 27 - Sunday, January 30, 7:30pm
Ticket Hotline: 06151 809 494057
More Information: www.english-theatre.org
Decisions - Decisions 02
Don a pair of headphones and let the voices guide you. Christoph Mayer and Andreas Hagelüken's installation at the Frankfurt LAB is described as a "walk-room system" that invites the listener to explore his or her inner self. Try it out. There's no telling what you'll encounter.
Location: Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt LAB, Schmidtstrasse 12
Times: Daily, 3-8pm; through February 2
Reservations: 069 97 32 88 63
More Information: www.frankfurt-lab.de1.cc
These six members of the Swiss Orchestre Symphonique du Jura offer a new perspective on 17th and 18th century music. Featuring soprano Annina Künzi and trumpet player Jochen Weiss, the ensemble plays Biber, Händel, Viviani, and others Sunday evening in Hamburg.
Price: €12 - 26
Location: Sasel-Haus, Saseler Parkweg 3
Times: Sunday, January 30, 6pm
Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 777 (.14/minute)
More Information: www.saselhaus.de
Nokia Fashion Cafe
Munich fashionistas should stop by the Nokia Fashion Cafe, a pop-up lounge where young designers mingle with photographers, stylists, and model types over bottled water. A hotspot in Berlin during fashion week, the leggy lair sets up shop in the Bavarian capital through Saturday before moving on to Düsseldorf.
Location: Fashion Cafe Munich, Hildegardstrasse 2
Times: Thursday, January 27 - Saturday, January 29, 11am-8pm
More Information: www.nokia-smartphone.de
The 24-Hour Theatre Festival
Sign up for your 15-minutes of fame, or 10-minutes rather. Munich's Entity Theatre hands out assignments to budding thespians Friday night for it's 24-hour theatre festival. Create a 10-minute play in a single day, or take a seat in the audience and watch what transpired, Saturday night.
Location: Einstein Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Friday, January 28, 7pm (participants); Saturday, January 29, 7pm (Showtime)
More Information: www.entitytheatre.com
Sudden Heart - Jewish Music and Poems
Singers, dancers, and an instrumental octet perform a musical rendition of the works of Israeli poet Dan Pagis. With music by Munich-based composer Hans-Christian Hauser, the theatrical evening is a memorial to the victims of National Socialism.
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Thursday, January 27, 7pm
Ticket Hotline: 0180 54818181 (.14/minute)
More Information: www.gasteig.de