Classical Music Days
It’s fun to see classical music played among the gilded curlicues of a historic church or palace. The experience becomes more authentic, like you’re stepping back in time to the era of the composer. These kinds of opportunities abound in Berlin during the city’s “Classical Music Days” festival, which runs through the end of July. On Saturday, pianist Naoko Fukumoto joins the Berlin Mozart Quartet at the French Cathedral for an evening devoted to Chopin and Schubert.
Location: French Cathedral, Gendarmenmarkt
Times: Saturday, July 23, 7:30pm
Tickets: 0180 5 23 74 54
More Information: www.berliner-schlosskonzerte.de
A mechanical choreography unfolds at the Berlin exhibition space Complice this weekend. Powered by transducers and stepper motors, cloud-like structures of rice paper and wire change shape as the sounds of crumpling paper, tightening wire, hums, and clicks fill the room. Fusing sound and structure, the installation by Hideaki Idetsuk and Rama Gottfried opens Friday night.
Location: Complice, Bänschstrasse 20
Times: Friday, July 22, 7-10pm (Opening); Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2-6pm (Regular Hours)
More Information: www.e-complice.de
Possum Summer Reading and Book Signing
Young readers will enjoy Jen K. Blom’s heart-warming book about an 11-year-old girl who really wants a pet. Round up your English-speaking middle graders and all their pals and head over to Storytime Books Berlin, Saturday.
Location: Storytime Books Berlin, Schmargendorfer Strasse 36/37
Times: Saturday, July 23, 12:30-2pm
Tickets: 030 85 96 70 04
More Information: www.storytime-books.de
Cologne Summer 2011
The whole city is a stage this summer in Cologne as theatre troupes from Cambodia, Switzerland, Spain, and beyond showcase their entertaining antics. Make your way to An der Schanz Saturday when the Eierplätzchenband plays Cuban music followed by Oeff Oeff Productions’ wild acrobatic theatre on a sky-high stage.
Location: An der Schanz (Between Jugendgästehaus and Mülheimer Brücke)
Times: Saturday, July 23, 8pm and Sunday, July 24, 8pm
More Information: www.sommerkoeln.de
Open Air Art
Cologne Sculpture Park
Parks look so good when they’re all decked out in cool sculptures. Seriously, how exciting is it to go walking through the woods and suddenly a crazy twisted mass of orange steel pops up? Every few years Cologne’s sculpture park gets a redesign. Go and see the new sculptures by Martin Boyce, Thomas Klesewetter, Hubert Klecol, and other fantastic artists this week.
Location: Skulpturenpark Köln, Riehler Strasse
Times: Daily, 10:30am-7pm
Phone: 0221 33668860
More Information: www.skulpturenparkkoeln.de
Escape and Conversion – Nelly Sachs, Author, Berlin/Stockholm
In May of 1940, the poet and playwright Nelly Sachs boarded the last flight from Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to Stockholm, one week before she was scheduled to report to a concentration camp. Learn more about the Jewish author’s life and work in a special exhibition at Frankfurt’s Jewish Museum.
Location: Jewish Museum Frankfurt, Untermainkai 14/15
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through July 31
Phone: 069 212 35000
More Information: www.juedischesmuseum.de
Ironman European Championship
“I am Iron Man, dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun.” How can you not have the Black Sabbath song stuck in your head this weekend in Frankfurt when mega-athletes swim, cycle, and run around the city for this annual triathlon? You joining in on the heart-pounding, muscle-flexing fun this year? If not, start training for next year because only you know the truth. You are Iron Man.
Location: Applaud the racers as the cross the finish line at the Römerberg
Times: Thursday, July 21 – Monday, July 25
More Information: www.ironman.de
The Son of the Sheik
Silent film enthusiasts are in for a treat Tuesday when Ensemble Sarband plays the music of the orient as The Son of the Sheik flickers across the big screen. Starring Hollywood heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, the 1926 classic is being shown as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Location: Kampnagel, Jarrestrasse 20
Times: Tuesday, July 26, 8pm
More Information: www.shmf.de
American Sports Day
Football (the kind with touchdowns and tackling), baseball, basketball, and even cheerleading! Kids between the ages of 10 and 16 will have a ball playing good old American sports. The Technical University in Munich hosts a day of American Sports Saturday. Lace up those trainers!
Location: TUM Campus in Olympiapark, Connollystrasse 32
Times: Saturday, July 23, 10am-4pm
More Information: www.sp.tum.de
Summer Night’s Dream
Pyrotechnics rock! Munich’s Olympic Park blazes with a dazzling fireworks display Saturday night. But these aren’t your every day run of the mill Roman candles. These sparkling streams dance to the music of the movies. Let your emotions lose this weekend as the sounds of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic blasts from the loudspeaker.
Location: Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
Times: Saturday, July 23, 6pm
Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (14ct/min)
More Information: www.sommernachtstraum-muenchen.de
State Collection of Egyptian Art Preview
You may have noticed a new building in Munich’s museum district. It’s the University of Film and Television’s new digs. But what’s a university without a little museum in its basement? That’s where the State Collection of Egyptian Art is going to go. Though it’s expected to take another two years to get all those sphinxes and mummies set up in their new home, you can take a peek at the empty exhibition spaces this weekend.
Location: The State Collection of Egyptian Art New Building, Gabelsbergerstrasse, Maxvorstadt (Adjacent to the Alte Pinakothek)
Times: Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 10am-5pm
Phone: 089 298546
More Information: www.aegyptisches-museum-muenchen.de