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What's on in Germany: May 19 - 25

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What's on in Germany: May 19 - 25
Graffiti by Native&Zen Photo: www.commongroundgallery.de
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This Week's Highlights: Jewish films and Arabic graffiti in Berlin, cherry blossoms in Hamburg, and Frankfurt celebrates its famous green sauce.

BERLIN

Film

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

Events

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.

Price: €7.70

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

Galleries/Museums

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."

Price: Free

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

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

The DoneFors

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.

Price: €6

Location: Kulturcafe Lichtung, Ubierring 13

Times: Friday, May 20, 8pm

Phone: 0221 8014 8450

More Information: www.thedonefors.de

Workshops

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

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

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.

Price: €16-22

Location: Neues Theater Höchst, Emmerich-Josef-Strasse 46a

Times: Thursday, May 19, 8pm

Tickets: 069 33 99 99 33

More Information: www.cubafilm.de

Festivals

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.

Price: €38-58

Location: The Rossmarkt

Times: Saturday, May 21 - Saturday, May 28

Tickets: 0180 50 40 300

More Information: www.gruene-sosse-festival.de

HAMBURG

Events

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.

Price: Free

Location: Inner Alster

Times: Friday, May 20, 10pm

More Information: www.hamburg.de

Music/Concerts

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."

Price: €17-29

Location: Kampnagel Hamburg, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 8pm

Tickets: 040 270 94 949

More Information: www.kampnagel.de

MUNICH

Events

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.

Price: €15

Location: Neuraum, Arnulfstrasse 17

Times: Sunday, May 22, 4-9pm

More Information: www.swapinthecity.com

Talks/Film

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.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, May 24, 7-10pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.de

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