What's on in Germany: June 30 - July 6
This Week's Highlights: A castle festival in Frankfurt, Schlager fans descend on Hamburg and Munich throws an Oktoberfest party for Americans.
Julian Opie Exhibition Opening
British artist Julian Opie has been simplifying faces for some time. For his new exhibition at Krobath Berlin, he's done away with them altogether. Though inherently modern, his models were styled after old master canvases. See the punchy portraits at the opening, Friday night.
Location: Krobath, Marienstrasse 10
Times: Friday, July 1, 6-9pm (Opening); Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm; through September 17 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 030 280 426 70
More Information: www.galeriekrobath.at
The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Called “The world’s only 4,000 year-old rock band” by William S. Burroughs, and “one of the most musically inspiring groups still left on the planet” by Mick Jagger, these master musicians hail from the mountains of Morocco. On goatskin drums and bamboo flutes, they play the trance rhythms and woodwind melodies handed down from generations past. DJ Dub Gabriel hosts the post-concert party.
Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Times: Saturday, July 2, 8pm
Phone: 030 397 870
More Information: www.hkw.de
BVG Children's Party at the Zoo
Ride a historic streetcar to the zoo this Saturday. Hosted by the BVG, a jubilant party for children features puppet shows, ballet dancing, and music by the BVG Orchestra. Bring the whole family to see the pandas and polar bears at Tierpark Berlin. Admission is just a fraction of the normal price.
Price: €2 (Adults); €1 (Children over 5)
Location: Tierpark Berlin, Am Tierpark 125, Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Times: Saturday, July 2, 2-8pm
Phone: 030 515 310
More Information: www.bvg.de
Big Size/Big Sound - Jazz and Art @ Halle Zehn
Jazz and art merge ever so gracefully this week in Cologne when some of the heppest cats from around the globe set up in the 1000-square-meter exhibition space Halle Zehn. Peter Protschka and Axel Dorner heat things up Friday night followed by the Matthias Akeo Nowak Koi Trio. View the exhibition's large-scale paintings and photos, then get your jazz fix.
Location: Halle Zehn/CAP Cologne, Xantener Strasse Tor 4
Times: Friday, July 1 - Saturday, July 9
More Information: www.cap-cologne.de
Höchst Castle Festival
Höchst Old Town is one of Frankfurt's most picturesque districts. Its mediaeval streets provide the perfect setting for a historic village festival. Make your way to the castle square and celebrate summer this weekend when an open-air art market, a jazz parade, and a Cajun music concert turn the atmosphere spectacular.
Location: Schloss Höchst, Höchst Old Town
Times: June 18 - July 11
Phone: 069 37 56 44 10
More Information: www.pro-hoechst.de
Bright colors combine with graphic shapes and geometric patterns in the pictures of American artist Charley Harper. Wildlife is his subject, and his tigers, turtles, dolphins, and woodpeckers are as playful as they come. Go bird watching at Hamburg's Kustverein this week. No binoculars needed.
Location: Der Kunstverein, Klosterwall 23
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-6pm; through September 11
Phone: 040 32 21 57
More Information: www.kunstverein.de
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets! Pimp your style with a Hawaiian lei, a tie-dye T, and a wild wig, then hit the streets of St-Pauli. Pumping beats and vivacious characters make this one street parade you merrymakers won't want to miss.
Location: Heiligengeistfeld (start and end point)
Times: Saturday, July 2, 3-6:30pm
More Information: www.schlagermove.de
Little American Oktoberfest
If you're an American in Germany you might be feeling a little hometown pride this week. Monday is Independence Day in the USA. The best way to celebrate is at Waldwirtschaft's Little American Oktoberfest where gargantuan mugs of beer will be flowing while American steaks, ribs, and lobsters sizzle on the grill.
Location: Waldwirtschaft, Georg-Kalb-Strasse 3
Times: Sunday, July 3 - Sunday, July 10
Phone: 089 7499 4030
More Information: www.waldwirtschaft.de
KiKS - Children, Culture, Summer Festival
Tailored to the five to 15-year-old set, this culture festival features exciting opportunities for the young ones to get involved in dance, theatre, music, art, sports, and more. Take the kids to see a production of "Peter and the Wolf" this week, enroll them in a microscope workshop, or sign them up for a forest exploration. For little athletes, artists, and scientists the opportunities are endless.
Location: Alte Messe, Theresienhöhe
Times: Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 10
Phone: 0160 92 75 06 96
More Information: www.kinderkultursommer-muenchen.de
Bavarian Dancing Class
What, you've been in Munich for how long and you still can't dance like a proper Bavarian? Head to the Hofbräuhaus Thursday night where dance master Katherina Mayer will help you novices get your groove on. Learn to dance the polka, the waltz, and other traditional folk dances just in time for the annual Kocherlball.
Location: Hofbräuhaus, Platzl 9
Times: Thursday, June 30; Thursday, July 7; Thursday, July 14; 7:30-10:30pm
Phone: 089 2901 36100
More Information: www.hofbraeuhaus.de
State Exhibition - Franz Liszt: A European in Weimar
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth. Back in the 1800s, the Hungarian composer sent all of Europe into a frenzy over his virtuosic piano chops. Find out all the little details that made him such a star at a new exhibition at the Schiller Museum and the Palace Museum in Weimar.
Location: Schiller Museum, Schillerstrasse 12 and Palace Museum, Burgplatz 4
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 31
Phone: 03643 545 400
More Information: www.liszt-2011.com