Berlinale International Film Festival
From a new film by Wim Wenders to Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut, the 61st annual Berlinale features hundreds of cinematic gems from around the world. Slip into one of the host venues around town this week and succumb to the magic of the motion picture. For a breakdown of this year's highlights, take a look at The Local's guide here.
Times: Thursday, February 10 - Sunday, February 20
More Information: www.berlinale.de
Ingmar Bergman - Of Lies and Truth
Film buffs in town for the big festival should check out the Ingmar Bergman exhibition at the Berlin Film Museum. Stills, scripts, and sketches join a collection of artefacts from the Swedish director's work and personal life to form a creative portrait of one of the most extraordinary filmmakers of all time.
Location: German Museum of Film and Television, Potsdamer Strasse 2
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through May 29
Phone: 030 300 9030
More Information: www.deutsche-kinemathek.de
Viva Ukrajina - A Photographic Exhibition by Gabriela Sarževská
Get a glimpse into the lives of Ukranian citizens at a new exhibition opening Thursday night in Berlin. Czech photographer Gabriela Sarževská spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 traveling throughout the country with camera in hand. Get acquainted with the many faces she encountered while en route.
Location: Cozmic Underground, Gneisenaustrasse 51
Times: Friday, February 10, 8pm (Opening); through March 10
More Information: berlinphotographer.net
Since joining forces over ten years ago, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have worked with Moby and Bright Eyes. Their own music is a gentle, dreamy electro-pop blend. See them Wednesday in Cologne.
Location: GEBÄUDE 9, Deutz-Mülheimer Strasse 127-129
Times: Wednesday, February 16, 9pm
Phone: 0221 814637
More Information: www.gebaeude9.de
Gregorian - The Dark Side of the Chant
With a track listing that includes tunes by Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, and Alanis Morissette, you can safely conclude that this isn't your typical Gregorian chanting. Frank Peterson and his choir of classically trained singers put a pop spin on the ancient singing style. In their spooky mediaeval robes, the guys take the stage in Frankfurt, Tuesday. Escape to a world of gothic magnificence.
Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1
Times: Tuesday, February 15, 8pm
Tickets: 069 1340 400
More Information: www.alteoper.de
Rantakala - The Finnish Festival
Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie presents a musical portrait of contemporary Finland with a festival featuring all sorts of different musical styles. Hear jazz, techno, folk, classical, and other genres performed by talented artists from "the land of a thousand lakes." Electro-soul artist Jimi Tenor headlines.
Times: Saturday, February 12 - Saturday, February 19
Tickets: 040 357 666 66
More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de
Out of Focus - After Gerhard Richter
Twenty-one artists show their photographs and paintings at a new exhibition in Hamburg. What's the link? They're all inspired by Gerhard Richter. Including around twenty works and an early experimental film by the master himself, the show opens Thursday night.
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
Times: Thursday, February 10, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; February 11 - May 22 (Regular Hours)
Tickets: 040 428 131 200
More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
For the Love of Art - Valentines Greetings at Gallery Carstensen
For some, there is no greater love than art. Show art a little love Sunday afternoon when Galerie Carstensen offers a guided tour of its current exhibition. Wink at German artist Arnold Fiedler's paintings while sipping prosecco.
Location: Galerie Carstensen, Brüderstrasse 9
Times: Sunday, February 13, 12-4pm
Phone: 040 796 96 755
More Information: www.galerie-carstensen.de
Arash Sasan & Friends
Like most songwriters, Iranian composer Arash Sasan has a deep relationship with his lyrics. On Saturday, he sings and strums new arrangements of Persian folk songs along with Benedict Jahnel on piano, Peter Cudek on bass, and drummer Guido May.
Price: €17 - 24
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Saturday, February 12, 8pm
Tickets: 0180 54 818181 (.14/min)
More Information: www.gasteig.de
Valentine's Day Storytime for Children
We can all get into a good love story. Even four-year-olds. Take the kids (ages 4 - 10) to The Munich Readery Saturday for Valentine's Day stories and card making.
Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104
Times: Saturday, February 12, 10:30am
Phone: 089 121 92 403
More Information: www.readery.de
Could you use a new knit cap? How about a bag for your yoga mat? Ten local crafters have organised a market where myriad beautiful and creative hand made things will be on offer. Stop in Saturday and pick up something nice for your Valentine.
Location: Laden für Schöne Dinge, Stemmerhof, Plinganserstrasse, 6
Times: Saturday, February 12, 1-9pm
More Information: www.kreativeinmuenchen.blogspot.com