Gallery Weekend Berlin
Berlin is an art city of the most extraordinary proportions. Make this the weekend you get to know the local players. Forty-four galleries participate in this year's Gallery Weekend Berlin, a three-day extravaganza that'll have you traipsing around town like an art champion.
Times: Friday, April 29, 4-9pm; Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 11am-7pm
More Information: www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de
Wedding gets a makeover this weekend when seven international street artists unleash their paint rollers and aerosol cans on seven of the neighbourhood's blank walls. Head to the opening event Saturday at Stattbad Wedding where artist and author Caleb Neelson presents his new book The History of American Graffiti: From Subway to Gallery. Lots of art to look at and DJs to dance to as well.
Location: Stattbad Wedding, Gerichtstrasse 65
Times: Saturday, April 30, 4pm
More Information: www.weddingwalls.org
Jacques Demy Retrospective
Right up there with Godard and Truffaut, Jacques Demy is one of the greats. A retrospective of the French filmmaker's work runs for one more week at Berlin's Kino Arsenal. Sing along (in your head) to candy colored classics like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, Saturday.
Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2
Times: Through May 5
Phone: 030 26955 100
More Information: www.arsenal-berlin.de
Home and Garden Cologne
If home is where your heart is, head to Cologne's Rheinpark this weekend. Dozens of flower displays, place settings, and furniture arrangements will inspire a spring cleaning and decorating spree. And all you royalists needn't fret about missing the royal wedding. The long-awaited London celebration will be screening live.
Location: Rheinpark, Auenweg
Times: Thursday, April 28 - Saturday, April 30, 10am-7pm; Sunday, May 1, 11am-7pm
More Information: www.homeandgarden-net.de
Frankfurt's Criminal History
Just visiting? Or do you live in Frankfurt? Either way, perhaps you'd like to learn about the city's criminal past. A knowledgeable guide leads a two-hour tour in German and English, Saturday.
Location: Tourist Information Office, The Römer
Times: Saturday, April 30, 1:30-3:30pm
More Information: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
The British singer-songwriter easily goes from stunningly solemn to sweetly jovial in the course of an evening. Witness McRae's hushed, honest serenades Saturday night at Prinzenbar.
Location: Prinzenbar, Kastanienallee 20
Times: Saturday, April 30, 7pm
Phone: 040 3178 830
More Information: www.prinzenbar.net
Elfi Baby Concerts
When a baby comes along, mum and dad's social calendar turns upside-down. But an an onslaught of wet nappies doesn't mean you have to miss out on your culture fix. The Elbe Philharmonic's new concert series is family friendly. Let the little ones burp and fuss while the Ensemble Resonanz play Mozart and Brahms.
Location: Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg (Tuesday), Centrum-Moschee (Wednesday), Kulturpunkt im Barmbek Basch (Thursday), Sasel-Haus (Friday)
Times: Tuesday, May 3 - Friday, May 6, 3:30pm
Tickets: 040 357 666 66
More Information: elbphilharmonie.de
BeMe Theatre presents the English-language production of "The Pride", a courageous work ripe with humour and pathos, intricately weaving the sexual attitudes in 1958 and half a century later.
Location: BeMe Theatre at the EINSTEIN Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42 Munich
Times: Every Tuesday to Saturday from May 3, 8pm
More Information: www.BeMeTheatre.com
Illusions - Like Swan Lake
Bavarian State Ballet director John Neumeier's take on Swan Lake alludes to one of Southern Germany's most legendary characters, Mad King Ludwig. There's no Black Swan in site but there is a mysterious "Man in the Shadows." Watch the esteemed company twirl to Tchaikovsky's beloved score Thursday night during Ballet Festival Week 2011.
Location: Nationaltheater, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Times: Thursday, April 28, 7pm
Phone: 089 21 85 01
More Information: www.bayerische.staatsoper.de
Aaron Jaffe and Edward P. Comentale - Absolute(ly) Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski is the quintessential cult film of our time, inspiring all sorts of cultural analysis, academic debate, late-night parodies, and white Russian bowling bashes. Aaron Jaffe and Edward P. Comentale's new book Absolute(ly) Big Lebowski is the latest bit of media to spring from the Coen Brothers' cinematic sensation. Join the authors Wednesday at America House for a discussion and screening.
Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Wednesday, May 4, 7pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
What's better than a week of films? A week of animated films. When it comes to creativity, this year's roster of international animators knows no bounds. Be sure to catch a few works by the great stop motion master Kurt Weiler.
Price: €9, €16 (After 6pm), €20 (Day Ticket), €80 (Festival Pass)
Times: Tuesday, May 3 - Sunday, May 8
Phone: 0711 925 46 123
More Information: www. itfs.de