The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble
Likened to composers Steve Reich and György Ligeti, this acoustic trio is equally at home in the dance club and in the concert hall. They stick screws and bits of rubber into traditionally classical instruments like the piano, invite vibraphones, drums, and analogue synthesisers into the mix, and churn out hand forged techno beats with a minimalist edge. Fresh from Coachella, the guys hit Berghain Thursday night.
Location: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof
Times: Thursday, May 5, 9pm
Phone: 030 6110 1313
More Information: www.berghain.de
Ben L`Oncle Soul
This French soul singer gives The White Stripes a Motown spin with his cover of “Seven Nation Army.” Get your old school funk en francais s’il vous plait, at Fritz Club Saturday night.
Location: Fritz Club im Postbahnhof, Prinzessinnenstrasse 1
Times: Saturday, May 7, 8pm
Phone: 030 698 1280
More Information: www.fritzclub.com
Compass – Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York
There’s no denying New York’s Museum of Modern Art is one of the most fabulous museums in the world, and its collection of drawings is unparalleled. Through the end of the month, a vast selection of works by the likes of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Agnes Martin hangs at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, presenting a fascinating overview of the evolution of drawing over the last 60 years.
Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through May 29
Phone: 030 254 860
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Museum Ludwig’s Long Thursday
“My songs are about nature, sex, coziness and angst,” says electronic artist Thomas Meckel on his bandcamp page. Sound like your type of music? Head to Museum Ludwig after work Thursday. This week’s “Long Thursday” event features live electronic music and a DJ set. You only get one chance to dance beneath colourful hanging planks by American artist Joel Shapiro.
Price: €5 (after 5pm)
Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz
Times: Thursday,May 5, 7-10pm
Phone: 0221 221 26165
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
“We Love Music” Eurovision Song Contest Tour
Did you know Düsseldorf has been a musical hotspot for centuries? Everyone from Mendelssohn to Kraftwerk has had an influence on this city’s musical history. Visit a legendary punk rock club, a venerable opera house, and other places where music has left a mark in Düsseldorf on this hour and a half long tour around the city.
Price: €10; €5 (ages 6-14)
Meeting Place: Tourist Information Old Town, Marktstrasse
Times: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, 5pm; Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14, 5pm
Phone: 0211 1720 2854
More Information: www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de
Long Night of Museums
Where will this year’s Long Night of Museums take you? Natascha und Oljég play Russian folk songs at the Clown Museum. There’s a psychedelic light show at the History Museum. And it’s “Oriental Night” at the Icon Museum where dancers from the Orient Academy perform within the shisha-infused atmosphere. Check out Saturday’s culture-rich program and plan your excursion wisely.
Times: Saturday, May 7, 7pm-2am
More Information: www.nacht-der-museen.de
Hamburg Harbour Birthday Celebration
Every year the city of Hamburg goes all out for the birthday of its beloved harbour. Salute the tall ships, cruise ships, fishing boats, and dragon boats that sail across those chilly northern waters while you indulge in some regional delights. Live music, disco dance parties, and fireworks displays kick off the summer season in the city by the sea.
Location: Hamburg Harbour
Times: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8
More Information: www.hamburg.de
Girls Rock Barmbek
Few things are cooler than an all girl band. A cavalcade of rocking ladies strut their stuff on stage at Kampnagel, Saturday. From singer-songwriters to rappers, these girls run the gamut of musical genres. Joan Jett would be proud.
Price: €7, €5 (students)
Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20
Times: Saturday, May 7, 6pm
Phone: 040 270 9490
More Information: www.kampnagel.de
This international festival of documentary film has been a highlight of Munich’s cultural calendar since 1985. This year, 93 films from 38 countries screen at seven cinemas throughout the city. A couple highlights include Taqwacore, an American film about an Islamic punk band, and El Bulli – Cooking in Progress, which offers a peek into the legendary kitchen of chef Ferran Adria.
Price: €8, €35 (five ticket block), €75 (festival pass)
Festival Headquarters: Fillmuseum, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1
Times: Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 11
Phone: 089 51 39 97 88
More Information: www.dokfest-muenchen.de
Munich AIDS Concert
Sit in one of Munich’s grandest theatres and enjoy Mozart and Rossini this weekend. The Munich Chamber Orchestra performs their annual AIDS benefit concert, Friday night. Conducted by Alexander Liebreich, the evening features pianist Alice Sara Ott, soprano Sandrine Piau, and percussionist Martin Grubinger.
Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12
Times: Friday, May 6, 7:30pm
Tickets: 089 4613 6430
More Information: www.muenchener-kammerorchester.de
DIF Silver Jubilee Party
Who wouldn’t want to help the German-Irish Association celebrates 25 years? Traditional music and dancing from Ireland combines with Bavarian beer and sausages for one spectacular smorgasbord of a good time.
Location: Hacker-Pschorr Bräuhaus, Theresienhöhe 7
Times: Saturday, May 7, 7pm
More Information: www.dif-bayern.de