Christopher Street Day
March through Berlin with your rainbow flag waving mates Saturday when the Christopher Street Day parade kicks off on the Kurfürstendamm. Then join the jubilant mob at the Brandenburg Gate later on in the day for one of the grandest gay pride celebrations of the year. Take a look at The Local’s guide to Berlin’s Pride Week for more highlights.
Location: Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburg Gate (Parade Route)
Times: Saturday, June 25, 12:30pm
More Information: www.csd-berlin.de
German-French Festival of the People
Embark on a little rendez-vous to a quaint French village without leaving the border of Berlin. Gather with friends in the shadow of a makeshift Eiffel Tower and sip rosé while an accordionist taps out the melody of the Marseillaise. The German-French Festival of the People is a delight for all ages. Bring the kids on a Wednesday when rides are half price.
Location: Zentraler Festplatz Berlin, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 207
Times: Monday – Thursday, 3-11pm; Friday, 3pm-midnight; Saturday, 2pm-midnight; Sunday, 2-11pm; through July 17
More Information: www.volksfest-berlin.de
Brecht House Summer Festival
The latest exhibition at the Brecht House focuses on the mediaeval French poet Francois Villon, Bertolt Brecht, and Bob Dylan. Celebrate this artistic trio at Saturday’s Summer Festival. Film screenings, lectures, and guided tours of Brecht’s house and the adjacent cemetery where he’s buried make for an active Saturday.
Location: Brecht-Haus, Chausseestrasse 125
Times: Saturday, June 25, 3-11pm
Phone: 030 200 57 18 44
More Information: www.adk.de
C/O Pop Festival
Get your feet stomping while the beat is pumping at venues around Cologne this week. Pop music’s best descend on the city to strut their stuff at the C/O Pop Festival. Calle 13 fires up the Funkhaus Europa Summerstage at Open Air at Tanzbrunnen, at 3pm, Thursday. Get your booty on the dance floor.
Times: Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26
More Information: www.c-o-pop.de
The German artist Heinrich Küpper was fascinated by the microcosm. His exquisitely detailed pencil drawings reveal the minutiae of things like water, bark, and stone. Go see his vast little worlds at a new exhibition at Galerie Werner Klein in Cologne, and experience the creative output of a man who made art right up until his death in 2009, at the age of 90.
Location: Galerie Werner Klein, Volksgartenstrasse 10
Times: Saturday, June 25, 3-7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; through July 23 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 0221 258 5112
More Information: www.galeriewernerklein.de
Jan Voss – In Anticipation of the 75th Birthday of the Artist
In October, German artist Jan Voss turns 75. In honour of the occasion, Frankfurt’s Die Galerie is exhibiting over two dozen of his works spanning from the 1960s to the 2000s. Rich in colour and abstract patterns, Voss conveys a detailed narrative with each and every piece.
Location: Die Galerie, Grüneburgweg 123
Times: Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm; through September 10
Phone: 069 97 14 710
More Information: www.die-galerie.com
30 Minute Organ Music
Every Monday and Thursday, Professor Martin Lücker, resident organist at St. Katherine’s Church in Frankfurt, and professor of organ at the Hochschule für Musik, tunes up his instrument for a 30-minute performance. This week Lücker plays composers from the 17th through the 20th centuries, including Bach. Sounds like a nice way to unwind after a long day.
Location: St. Katherine’s Church, Leerbachstrasse 18
Times: Monday, June 27, 4:30pm
Phone: 069 77 06 770
More Information: www.stk-musik.de
Hamburg Art Week
From a “Gigantic Waterfall” to a “Night of Creativity,” Hamburg Art Week offers an array of exciting surprises. Through Sunday, galleries, museums, and public spaces around the city host a diverse program of exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist talks. Check out the programme and go see some art this weekend.
Times: Daily, through Sunday, June 26
More Information: www.hamburgartweek.de
TV on the Radio
TV on the Radio lead singer Kyp Malone says he likes “the forms of love songs. The poetry.” The band’s new album Nine Types of Light is chock full of sentimental poesy in addition to irresistible glitches, lush synthesized beats, and raging electric guitars. Head to Muffathalle where the Brooklyn art-rockers stop Thursday night during their tromp around the Continent.
Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrsse 4
Times: Thursday, June 23, 8:30pm
Phone: 089 45 87 50 10
More Information: www.muffathalle.de
Architecture Tour 2011
Architecture plays a huge part in defining the character of a city. This weekend, take a walking tour of some of Munich’s finest buildings. Local architects provide a first hand account of the design details of spaces like the Louis Hotel on the Viktualienmarkt, the Haus der Bayerischen Landkreise, and the notary office rooms of the Preysing Palais. Over forty institutions, offices, and private homes show off their magnificent makeovers.
Times: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26
More Information: www.byak.de
Artist Talk – Jewish Artists in the Comic Industry
It’s no secret that Jews play a big role in comedy. But what about comics? American comic book artists Howard Chaykin and Bill Morrison (of Simpsons fame) discuss the influence of Jewish culture on American comics, Thursday night in Munich.
Location: Jewish Museum Munich, St-Jakobs-Platz 16
Times: Thursday, June 23, 9-10:30pm
Phone: 089 233 96096
More Information: www.juedisches-museum-muenchen.de