What’s on in Germany: February 24 – March 2

This week's highlights: Warhol Polaroids in Cologne, pictures of ballerinas in Berlin, and Hercules and Love Affair begin their dance across Germany in Munich.

What's on in Germany: February 24 - March 2
Photo: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York



The 20th Century – People, Places, Ages

Historical photographs are so fascinating because they offer a glimpse into an earlier time. This new exhibition focuses on the last two decades of the 20th century. Go and gaze into they eyes of the men and women who lived through them. Perhaps you yourself were among them.

Price: €6

Location: German History Museum, Unter den Linden 2

Times: Daily, 10am-6pm; February 25 – October 3

Phone: 030 20304 444

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Kerstin Zillmer – Hinter den Linden

Did you see Black Swan? Yes? Then you must have caught ballet fever. Galerie exp 12’s new exhibition features dancers from the Berlin State Ballet amidst the aged GDR era interiors of the opera house. Check out Kerstin Zillmer’s photographs at the exhibition opening Friday night and you just might find yourself waltzing among princes and swans.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Exp 12, Senefelderstrasse 35

Times: Friday, February 25, 7pm (Opening); Thursday – Friday, 4-8pm; Saturday – Sunday, 2-8pm; through May 1 (Regular Hours)

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Fish and Whips

British entertainer (he’s a classical pianist, comedian, and “cabaret virtuoso”) Jack Woodhead shakes things up Friday night with his troupe of burlesque dancers and vaudeville actors. Join the marvellous mayhem at Berlin’s Kookaburra.

Price: €6

Location: Comedy Club Kookaburra, Schönhauser Allee 184

Times: Friday, February 25, 11:45pm

Tickets: 030 486 2318

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Andy Warhol – Polaroids

Oh you fabulous creatures! Andy Warhol and his posse of Factory superstars were some of the most sensational characters ever to grace the streets of New York. In the 1970s and 1980s Warhol documented all those disco darlings with his Polaroid camera. See his portraits of Liza Minnelli, Joseph Beuys, Muhammed Ali, and other glamour queens.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Priska Pasquer, Albertusstrasse 9-11

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; through April 13

Phone: 0221 952 6313

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Creole – Hamburg & Schleswig-Holstein

There’s a whole world of music right here in Germany. From Latin jazz to gypsy swing, celebrate sounds from around the globe this weekend at GoldbekHaus.

Price: €10.90

Location: Goldbekhaus, Moorfuhrtweg 9

Times: Friday, February 25, 8pm and Saturday, February 26, 8pm

Phone: 01805 969 0000 (.14/minute)

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Nicole Krauss

Readers of books on both sides of the pond fell for American novelist Nicole Krauss in 2005 when she published her second book The History of Love. One of the New Yorker‘s “20 Best Novelists Under 40,” the wise wordsmith reads from her latest novel Great House in Frankfurt on Thursday.

Price: €9

Location: Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Schöne Aussicht 2

Times: Thursday, February 24, 8pm

Tickets: 069 40 76 62 580

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Thorsten Soltau

A hoarder of sounds, Thorsten Soltau draws from his eclectic stash of found material to create minimalist auditory collages. Encounter the experimental electronic musician’s unique blend of jarring rhythms and musique concrete, Thursday night at Elbphilharmonie’s free KörberForum series.

Price: Free

Location: KörberForum, Kehrwieder 12

Times: Thursday, February 24, 9pm

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Hercules and Love Affair

Want to go dancing? Andy Butler and his brood of rockers have a new album. It’s called Blue Songs, features a tribute to Coco Chanel, an homage to Sinead O’Connor, and just might make you go gaga. Hit the dance floor at Stadtmuseum Friday night when Hercules and Love Affair kick off a not too shabby string of shows in Germany.

Price: €20

Location: Kongresshalle, Theresienhöhe 15

Times: Friday, February 25, 10pm

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/minute)

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Caitlin Rose

This ain’t no Country Strong honky tonk. Caitlin Rose lists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as influences, and her moody vocal lilt doesn’t deny it. The trash talking Nashville gal hits up Munich on Thursday.

Price: €18

Location: Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Thursday, February 24, 9pm

Phone: 089 45 875 010

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The Carnival of the Animals

What a lovely way to introduce the little ones to classical music and keep them happily entertained on a cold winter’s day! The Chamber Orchestra Concierto Munich and the Munich Puzzle Theatre puppeteers perform Camille Saint-Saens’ beloved composition for children “The Carnival of the Animals.” bring the kids to Gasteig Sunday where they’ll meet the lion, the elephant, and many more.

Price: €21

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, February 27, 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm

Tickets: 0180 54 818181 (.14/minute)

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Ursula Kirchner

To say she’s skilled with scissors would be an understatement. Ursula Kirchner has been turning plain old paper into fantastical creatures since she was six-years-old. This year, the Stuttgart-born artist will be 80, and her work is as extraordinary as ever. See what literary characters she’s dreamed up for her new show at BBK.

Price: Free

Location: BBK Atelierhaus, Eugenstrasse 17

Times: Sunday, February 27, 11am (Opening); Saturday, 2-6pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm; through March 27 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0711 24 01 80

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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.