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Location: Messe Berlin
Times: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13
More Information: www1.messe-berlin.de
Berlin's large population of international expats makes for an exciting poetry scene. A pack of loquacious locals have their way with words Thursday night at Beat Street's monthly poetry night. Sway to the music of Cera Impala and Cameron Morgan between rhymes.
Location: Joe's Bar, Schönhauser Allee 157
Times: Thursday, March 10, 9pm
More Information: www.myspace.com
Scientia amabilis - Botanical Watercolours and Illustrations
Late winter blossoms are beginning to pop and you're feeling ready for some serious flower power. They may be artist's renditions, but the camellias, violets, hibiscus, and amaryllis on view at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem look so real you can practically smell their sweet summer scent. Marvel at Irene Barkmann and Verena Redmann's botanical skill, then take a stroll through the gardens.
Location: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8
Times: Daily, 9am-6pm; March 10 - June 5
Phone: 030 838 50 100
More Information: www.bgbm.org
Iranian Opera Night
I say "opera" you say whatever country pops into your head. Italy? Nope. Germany? Nope. Iran? Yes. Cologne's Bühne der Kulturen presents an overview of Iranian opera Thursday night. Hear the works of the Middle Eastern country's most famous opera composers like Samin Baghcheban, Hossein Nassehi, and Aminollah Hossein. The evening includes the BBC interview with the late opera couple Samin Baghcheban and his wife Evelyn.
Location: Bühne der Kulturen, Platenstrasse 32
Times: Thursday, March 10, 7pm
Phone: 0221 955 9510
More Information: www.buehnederkulturen.de
Born in Sydney and based in Los Angeles, Rachel Khedoori has been showing her art around the world since earning her MFA from UCLA in 1994, often with twin sister Toba. Explore her pink rooms and other spaces at Galerie Gisela Capitain's exhibition opening Friday night.
Location: Galerie Gisela Capitain, St.-Apern-Strasse 20-26
Times: Friday, March 11, 7-9pm (Opening); Tuesday - Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-6pm; through April 9 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 0221 355 70 10
More Information: www.galerie-capitain.com
Apple Wine in the Römer
Mmm apples... Mmm wine... Mmm apple wine. Frankfurt is surrounded by both small and large producers of the cider-like beverage, and once a year the best of the best converge in the city centre for a little friendly competition. Go take a taste.
Location: Römer, Römerberg 23
Times: Sunday, March 13, 2-6pm
More Information: www.apfelwein-im-roemer.de
Mexican Cinema and Literature: Doña Bárbara
Venezuelan author Rómulo Gallegos published his tale of heartache and seduction in 1929, creating one of the most beloved classics of Latin American literature. Fourteen years later, Mexican director Fernando de Fuentes put it on the big screen. See the 1947 picture Wednesday night at Hamburg's Instituto Cervantes where it screens in the original Spanish version with English subtitles.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, Chilehaus, Fischertwiete 1
Times: Wednesday, March 16, 8pm
Phone: 040 530 205 290
More Information: www.hamburgo.cervantes.es'
St. Patrick's Day
Erin go Bräu! The St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin Saturday in Munich, and in the home of Oktoberfest, that means two things: hooray for being Irish, and hooray for beer. But this weekend devoted to the patron saint of Ireland features a lot more than keg-tapping brouhaha. There's an Irish Mass at St. Michael's Church, Irish music and merriment at Hacker Pschorr Bräuhaus, and a grand parade!
Times: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13
More Information: www.stpatricksday.de
You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a book by the person reading it. And if the person reading it is either crying in public, or laughing out loud, it's good. David Sedaris' books are funny. So if you're into humour, head to Munich's Literaturhaus Monday when the American writer reads from his collection of animal-themed short stories Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk before continuing on to Berlin and Cologne.
Location: Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1
Times: Monday, March 14, 8pm
Phone: 089 29 19 34 27
More Information: www.literaturhaus-muenchen.de
Crystal Museum - Children's Day
On Sunday, the kids can dance to African beats with plaited hair and painted faces. Pamuzinda, a Munich-based band that plays the rhythms of Zimbabwe performs at the Crystal Museum's Children's Day. In conjunction with the exhibition "Treasures of Mother Africa," the event takes on an African theme.
Price: €4 (Adults); €5 (Family - 2 Adults & 3 Children)
Location: Museum Reich der Kristalle, Theresienstrasse 41
Times: Sunday, March 13, 11am-5pm
More Information: www.lrz.de
If classic cars make you drool, you'll want to be in Stuttgart this weekend. From Fiats to Ferraris, a spectacular array of sparkling autos lines up at Messe Stuttgart for the annual Retro Classics car show. Check out those rims! That grille! That engine! This will be one event you'll never forget.
Price: €16 (Adults); €7 (Children); €32 (Family)
Location: Neue Messe Stuttgart, Messepiazza 1
Times: Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13
Phone: 0711 185 600
More Information: cms.messe-stuttgart.de