Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam
From an homage to the Yiddish-language poet Sholem Aleichem, to a documentary about France's Jewish population, two dozen films tackle the stories and issues woven into the lives of the Jewish community throughout the world. See works by filmmakers from the United States, Germany, Britain, Israel, France, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Price: €5 (Potsdam), €6.50 (Berlin)
Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2, Berlin; Filmmuseum Potsdam, Breite Strasse 1A, Potsdam
Times: Wednesday, May 18 - Tuesday, May 31
Ticket Reservations: 0331 271 8112 (Potsdam); 030 269 55 100 (Berlin)
More Information: www.jffb.de
Ghost Machine - A Video Walk by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Grab an iPod and set off on an audio adventure through Berlin's HAU 1 theatre. Canadian multi-media artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's "Ghost Machine" combines a melange of sites and sounds.
Location: Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 1, Stresemannstrasse 29
Times: Every 15 minutes; Friday, May 20, 5-10pm; Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 4-10pm; Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25, 5-10pm
Phone: 030 259 0040
More Information: www.hebbel-am-ufer.de
Arabic Graffiti Exhibition
With swirling patterns and calligraphic motifs, Arabic street art embodies a style all its own. A new exhibition at the Common Ground Gallery in Berlin presents the work of graffiti artists from the Arab world. Stop by the opening Saturday night to see Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and German artist and writer Don "Stone" Karl present their new book "Arabic Graffiti."
Location: Common Ground Gallery, Marienburger Strasse 16 A
Times: Saturday, May 21, 7pm (Opening); Monday, May 23 - Saturday, May 28, 12-7pm (Regular Hours)
Phone: 030 21021 8670
More Information: www.commongroundgallery.de
Award Winning Album is the name of this Canadian group's new disc, which drops Thursday in Europe. Their follow up to How to Have Sex with Canadians brings to mind alt-folk bands from the nineties but with those cheeky lyrics we've come to expect in the new millennium. See them Friday night in Cologne.
Location: Kulturcafe Lichtung, Ubierring 13
Times: Friday, May 20, 8pm
Phone: 0221 8014 8450
More Information: www.thedonefors.de
Kundalini Yoga Workshop
London's Evening Standard didn't call her "yoga's messiah" for nothing. If anybody can motivate you to kick-start a fitness program it's Maya Fiennes. You might have seen her on TV, or perhaps you've read one of her books. She's an uber-inspiring yoga guru that teaches workshops all over the world. This weekend Maya's in Cologne. Dust off that yoga mat.
Price: €45 (Single Session); €160 (Complete 4-Session Workshop)
Location: The Yoga Loft, Neusser Strasse 27/29
Times: Friday, May 20, 6:30-9; Saturday, May 21, 10am-12:30pm and 2-4:30pm; Sunday, May 22, 10am-12:30pm
Phone: 0221 130 75 13
More Information: www.mayaspace.com
Classic Meets Cuba - Klass Brothers and Cuba Percussion
How would classical music sound with a little Latin jolt? Find out Thursday night when the Klazz Brothers play bossa nova beats over Brahms. The band kicks off this year's Cuba in Film Festival.
Location: Neues Theater Höchst, Emmerich-Josef-Strasse 46a
Times: Thursday, May 19, 8pm
Tickets: 069 33 99 99 33
More Information: www.cubafilm.de
Green Sauce Festival
As Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt is renowned for its banks, but the Hessian city is also known for a few culinary specialities, including its famous green sauce. Honoured each year with a week-long celebration, green sauce is said to have been a favourite of Goethe's. Have a taste and vote for the best this week.
Location: The Rossmarkt
Times: Saturday, May 21 - Saturday, May 28
Tickets: 0180 50 40 300
More Information: www.gruene-sosse-festival.de
Cherry Blossom Festival
Each year in May, dazzling fireworks explode over Lake Alster in celebration of the pillowy pink Japanese cherry blossoms that bloom here. But this year, Hamburg's Japanese community is doing something a little different. In tribute to those affected by the earthquakes, a string of lights will illuminate the night waters, setting a tranquil, reflective tone. Gather along the banks of the inner Alster Friday night and pay tribute to the Japanese.
Location: Inner Alster
Times: Friday, May 20, 10pm
More Information: www.hamburg.de
Laurie Anderson, New York: Delusion
New York City's queen of the avant garde brings her latest project to Hamburg this weekend. Witness a poetic combination of poetry, visual effects, and electronic sounds in "Delusion."
Location: Kampnagel Hamburg, Jarrestrasse 20
Times: Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 8pm
Tickets: 040 270 94 949
More Information: www.kampnagel.de
Swap in the City
You love that jacket but you haven't worn it in ages. And that cute top? It's just a bit too snug. Ladies, clean out those closets! Swap in the City is coming to Munich this Sunday. Here's your chance to freshen up that wardrobe by trading in some of your old, but still good clothes for some fashionable new finds. Bring a minimum of three new or gently used pieces and let the swapping begin.
Location: Neuraum, Arnulfstrasse 17
Times: Sunday, May 22, 4-9pm
More Information: www.swapinthecity.com
Rambler and Gambler - Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday
"Don't Think Twice," head over to Amerika Haus Tuesday when Rolling Stone editor Maik Brüggemeyer and author Karl Bruckmaier talk Bob Dylan. Once the discussing's over, Todd Haynes' 2007 film I'm Not There pops up on the big screen. The talk is in German, but the film is shown in its original English version.
Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Tuesday, May 24, 7-10pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de