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What's on in Germany: July 14 - July 20

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What's on in Germany: July 14 - July 20
Photo: Alvin Ailey Company by Andrew Eccles
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This Week's Highlights: A Bollywood festival comes to Stuttgart, Hamburg hosts a triathlon, and the Alvin Ailey Company dances in Berlin.

BERLIN

Events

Botanical Night

One of the most magical events of the summer takes place each year at Berlin's Botanical Garden. Musicians and puppeteers offer entertainment among the garden's illuminated nighttime setting. And as darkness envelops this floral oasis, a spectacular fireworks show erupts over the Italian Garden. Celebrate the beauty of midsummer's blooms.

Price: €38

Location: Botanischer Garten Berlin-Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Platz

Times: Saturday, July 16, 5pm - 2am

Tickets: 01805 288 244

More Information: www.botanische-nacht.de

Berlin University of the Arts Open House

In Berlin's classrooms, creative minds are flourishing. Go see what students at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) have been up to this semester. From architects to fashion designers, dancers to sound artists, a full spectrum of artistic enterprises will be showcased at the University's "open door" event this weekend.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17

Phone: 030 3185 2204

More Information: www.udk-berlin.de

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Vivacity, creativity, and technical prowess define the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company. One of the most fabled modern dance troupes in the world, the skillful league twirls, leaps, stomps, and sways across the stage at the Deutsche Opera House in Berlin this weekend. A vibrant program combines elements of hip hop, Indian Kathak, and African American spirituals.

Price: €48-80

Location: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bismarckstrasse 35

Times: Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15, 7:30pm; Saturday, July 16, 2:30 and 7:30pm; Sunday, July 17, 2:30pm

Tickets: 030 343 84 343

More Information: www.deutscheoperberlin.de

COLOGNE

Exhibitions

Body Worlds of Animals

Anatomist Gunther von Hagens developed a technique called plastination to preserve the bodies of humans and animals. Maybe you saw the exhibition "Body Worlds" he developed in the 1990s. If all those extraordinary anatomical models caught your fancy, you might want to check out a new exhibition in Cologne that showcases the inner workings of animals. Go and gawk at the elegant sinews and ligaments of gorillas, giraffes, and other zoological characters.

Price: €21

Location: Cologne Zoo, Riehler Strasse 173

Times: 9am - 6pm, Daily; through September 30

Tickets: 0221 2801

More Information: www.bodyworldsofanimals.dcom

Galleries/Concerts

Andreas Hirsch - Today I Parked My Car on an Ocean Rock and Treespeedmusic Performance

Cologne-based artist Andreas Hirsch made a "synapse" out of inner tubes at the Jagla Exhibition Space. Its bulbous rubbery form rises from the floor to the gallery's ornate ceiling like a petrified tornado. Check it out Friday night when the artist plays interesting music on even more interesting instruments.

Price: Free

Location: Jagla Ausstellungsraum, Hansaring 98

Times: Friday, July 15, 7pm

Phone: 0160 97 398 065

More Information: www.hirschonhirsch.com

FRANKFURT

Sporting Events

Frankfurt Football Garden

Yes, we're all still a bit glum from Japan's ousting of Germany last weekend, but that doesn't mean Frankfurt has lost its World Cup fever. If you can't make it to the stadium for Sunday's final game, head to the Frankfurt Football Gardens where you can watch all the action on two giant screens floating on the River Main.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt Football Gardens, on the southern bank of the River Main between Untermain Bridge and Holbeinsteg Bridge.

Times: Saturday, July 16, 5:30pm; Sunday, July 17, 8:45pm

More Information: www.fifafrauenwm2011.frankfurt.de

HAMBURG

Sporting Events

Hamburg Triathlon

They swim through Lake Alster's chilly waters. They cycle past the picturesque parklands of the Elbchaussee. And they run, with pounding hearts and pumping legs to Hamburg's main square, Rathausmarkt. Cheer on the thousands of athletes racing around the city this weekend in one of the most exciting sporting events of the year.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17

More Information: www.hamburg-triathlon.org

MUNICH

Festivals

Magdalena Festival

Munich wouldn't be Munich without its beer-slugging, wurst-munching bonanzas. Though the Magdalena Festival represents a quainter variety of this typical Bavarian event. Craft market stalls and pony rides make this open-air party especially fun for families. Let the kids ride the carousel while mum and dad relax in the beer garden.

Price: Free

Location: Hirschgarten

Times: Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 24

More Information: www.muenchen.de

Events

Bastille Day Ball

Wave the "drapeau tricolore" this Saturday in Munich when the French Institute hosts a ball in honour of Bastille Day. With music, dancing, French food, and drinks, you'll want to bring the whole family! After all, you're never too young to sing the "Marseillaise."

Price: €7

Location: The French Institute Kaulbachstrasse 13

Times: Saturday, July 16, 7pm

Phone: 069 2866 280

More Information: www.institutfrancais.de

Music/Concerts

Classical Music on Odeonsplatz - The Munich Philharmonic Featuring Lang Lang

Superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the Munich Philharmonic at Odeonsplatz Saturday for an open-air performance of works by Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorjak. Take in the view of Munich's breathtaking baroque architecture and be carried away by the strains of the symphony.

Price: €26-71

Location: Odeonsplatz

Times: Saturday, July 17, 8pm

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81

More Information: www.klassik-am-odeonsplatz.de

STUTTGART

Film

Indian Film Festival - Bollywood and Beyond

From ladies who box, to a taxi driver obsessed with the Taj Mahal, the films in this year's "Bollywood and Beyond" festival highlight an assortment of colourful characters. Rarely shown in Germany, this cinematic roster is shown with English subtitles. Bollywood diehards can catch a glimpse of their Hindi heroes on the red carpet at Thursday night's opening ceremony.

Price: €8.63

Location: CinemaxX Stuttgart, SI-Centrum, Plieninger Strasse 100

Times: Thursday, July 21 - Sunday, July 24

More Information: www.bollywood-festival.de

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