What’s on in Germany: February 17 – 23

What's on in Germany: February 17 - 23
Photo: Salvador Dali at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
This Week's Highlights: Frankfurt gets surreal, an English troupe takes on Woody Allen in Hamburg, and a Munich museum invites you to play.



Tanzolymp – International Youth Dance Festival

Billy Elliots from around the globe strut their stuff in Berlin this weekend at this international festival for young dancers. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for classical, modern, jazz, and folk dancers to meet and mingle with their leaping and twirling cohorts, and a great chance for dance fans to get a first look at tomorrow’s stars.

Price: €11-35

Location: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstrasse 101

Times: Saturday, February 19, 7pm

Tickets: 030 4799 7499

More Information: www.admiralspalast.de


Peter-Dirk Uys: Desperate First Ladies

As Evita Bezuidenhout, this South African satirist gets the audience howling. See how he becomes Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and other top post ladies.

Price: €15

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Sunday, February 20, 4pm

Reservations: 030 25993 488

More Information: www.juedisches-museum-berlin.de


Art for the Street: Posters from the Cabinet of Prints and the Dresden State Art Collections

Showcasing works by the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Otto Dix, Marc Chagall, and Roy Lichtenstein, the city of Dresden’s poster collection offers a cultural presentation of the last century. Explore this impressive trove in Berlin this week.

Price: €4

Location: Kunstforum der Berliner Volksbank, Budapester Strasse 35

Times: Daily, 10am – 6pm; through May 8

More Information: www.berliner-volksbank.de



Pony Pony Run Run

Though the guys lost two members a couple years ago, “G,” “A,” and “T” rock just as hard as a trio. Shake those hips to “Hey You” and other hits when the French electro-pop band plays Luxor this weekend.

Price: €14

Location: Luxor, Luxemburger Strasse 40

Times: Saturday, February 19, 7:30pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

More Information: www.luxor-koeln.de



Kriwet – Yester ‘N’ Today

Language and media play central roles in the bold, graphic works of German artist Ferdinand Kriwet. For the first time since 1975, the artists’ works are on display in his home town of Dusseldorf. Stare for a while at “Poem Print” (1968), “Walk Talk” (1970), “Neon Text 1” (1973) and other compelling pieces in this comprehensive exhibition, which opens Friday night in Düsseldorf.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Friday, February 18, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, February 19 – May 1 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0211 89 962 40

More Information: www.kunsthalle-düsseldorf.de



Surreal Objects – Three-Dimensional Works From Dali to Man Ray

A typewriter with spikes. A table with bird’s legs. A lobster telephone. It’s a strange reality at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt this week. “Surreal Objects” brings together nearly 150 three-dimensional works dating from 1925 to 1945. Go Wednesday for “Art + Lunch,” or Thursday for “Art After Work.”

Price: €9

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 29

Tickets: 069 299 8820

More Information: www.schirn.de

Children’s Events

Struwwelpeter Storytime

Introduce the kids to an integral bit of German childhood culture this weekend. Frankfurt’s luxurious Hotel Hessischer Hof hosts a reading of “Struwwelpeter” (Shaggy Peter). Written and illustrated by Heinrich Hoffmann, the 19th century German picture book tells timeless tales of good and bad behaviour. Spaghetti will be served.

Price: €9

Location: Hotel Hessischer Hof, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40

Times: Sunday, February 20, 11am

Reservations: 069 7540 2927

More Information: www.hessischer-hof.de



Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton starred in Allen’s 1972 film Play It Again, Sam. See actor Jonathan Greenman play the neurotic New York film critic in the Hamburg Player’s hilarious rendition.

Price: €10 – 15

Location: Theater an der Marschnerstrasse, Marschnerstrasse 46

Times: Friday, February 18, 7:30pm; Saturday, February 19, 3:30 and 7:30pm; Wednesday, February 23 – Saturday, February 26, 7:30

Tickets: 040 713 13 99

More Information: www.hamburgplayers.de


David Vann – Sukkwan Island

Award winnng author David Vann has contributed to Esquire, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. Legend of a Suicide, his collection of five short stories and a novella was included in 25 “best books of the year” lists and translated into nine languages. Suffice to say, this University of San Francisco professor knows how to work a pen. Vann reads from his latest work Sukkwan Island, Wednesday in Hamburg.

Price: €6

Location: Amerikazentrum, Am Sandtorkai 48

Times: Wednesday, February 23, 7pm

Reservations: [email protected]

More Information: <a href="http://www.amerikazentrum.de/aktuelles-



Move – Art and Dance Since the 1960s

Swing across 200 gymnastics rings and cross the room without touching the floor. Then shimmy through a soundproof corridor of green light. With works by Bruce Naumann, Trisha Brown, William Forsythe and others, Munich’s Haus der Kunst becomes a playscape of art merging with dance merging with life for this exhilarating new exhibition.

Price: €10

Location: Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 8

Phone: 089 21127 113

More Information: www.hausderkunst.de


Finest Spirits – Munich Whisky & Bar Festival

Taste a Talisker, savour a small-batch bourbon. The Munich Whisky and Bar Festival gathers masters of mixology, single malt experts, and myriad other professionals in the field of fine spirits. Make your rounds and learn a thing or two about what tastes good in a glass. Your liquor locker will thank you.

Price: €20 (one day), €35 (two days), €45 (three days)

Location: MVG-Museum, Ständlerstraße 20

Times: Friday, February 18, 4-11pm; Saturday, February 19, 2-11pm; Sunday, February 20, 12-7pm

More Information: www.finest-spirits.com