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What's on in Germany: September 15 - 21

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What's on in Germany: September 15 - 21
Andrea d’Assisi's Portrait of a Boy, from the Gemäldegalerie Dresden.
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This Week's Highlights: Renaissance portraits in Berlin, an autumn festival in Frankfurt, and Oktoberfest parades in Munich.

BERLIN

Opera

Berlin Comic Opera Season Opening Festival

Introduce the little ones to the magical world of the opera this weekend. Berlin's Comic Opera opens the season with a family festival complete with demonstrations by make-up artists, costume designers, and set designers, as well as performances by choirs, and orchestras. The highlight is a staging of the new "insect opera" "Mikropolis."

Price: Free

Location: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstrasse 55-57

Times: Sunday, September 18, 10am

Phone: 030 47 99 74 00

More Information: www.komische-oper-berlin.de

Galleries/Museums

Faces of the Renaissance

Portraiture masterpieces by Botticelli, Lippi, da Vinci, and other superstars of the Renaissance art world hang at Berlin's Bode Museum in a new exhibition organized by the Gemäldegalerie and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. With more than 150 works on loan from places like the Louvre and the Uffizi, "Faces of the Renaissance" recreates 14th to 17th century Italy complete with Venetian noblemen, Florentine merchants, and mysterious beauties.

Price: €14

Location: Bode Museum, Museum Island, Am Kupfergraben 1

Times: Monday - Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday - Sunday, 10am-10pm; through November 20

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

More Information: www.smb.museum

Music/Concerts

Musikfest Berlin - Berlin Philharmonic

When Gustav Mahler composed his eighth symphony in 1906, he called it "the grandest thing I have done yet." With a full orchestra, two choirs, a children's choir, and eight soloists, it's safe to say Mahler's Symphony No. 8 is indeed quite grand. See the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra perform the piece this weekend along with works by Antonio Lotti and Thomas Tallis during Musikfest Berlin, a 19-day festival of grand concert music.

Price: €40-125

Location: Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1

Times: Thursday, September 15; Saturday, September 17; Sunday, September 18; 8pm

More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

Baby Dee

Few performers burrow into the hearts and souls of an audience the way Baby Dee does. Once the music director at a Bronx church, and a Coney Island circus side show act, the singer is transfixing her fans across Europe this fall. Head to Stadtgarten on Wednesday for an evening of reflective solemnity, clever comedy, and waves of love pulsating from the stage. You'll want to give the guy next to you a hug.

Price: €15

Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40

Times: Wednesday, September 21, 8:30pm

Phone: 0221 9529 940

More Information: www.stadtgarten.de

DÜSSELDORF

Festivals

Old Time Autumn Culture Festival

From a master of Flamenco guitar to Finnish circus performers, Düsseldorf's Autumn Culture Festival presents an impressive array of modern new works for the stage and the concert hall. See the South Korean dance-theatre company Eun-Me Ahn perform "The Life of Princess Bari" this weekend.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Friday, September 16 - Monday, October 3

Tickets: 0211 617 0 617

More Information: www.altstadtherbst.de

FRANKFURT

Festivals

Palmengarten Autumn Festival

The Palmengarten's annual fall festival kicks off Saturday with pumpkin painting,

apple juice brewing, bird house building, and lantern making. Celebrate autumn in one of Germany's most beautiful botanical gardens.

Price: €5 (Adults); €2 (Children over 6)

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Saturday, September 17, 2-7pm; Sunday, September 18, 11am-5pm

Phone: 069 212 33939

More Information: www.palmengarten.de

Galleries/Museums

Alex Katz - Cool Prints

Two of artist Alex Katz's biggest inspirations - his lovely wife Ada, and the landscape of his beloved Maine - take centre stage in the 50 prints that comprise this new exhibition at Frankfurt's Jewish Museum. Utilizing a variety of printing techniques, Katz' images relay a cool serenity with smooth contrasting tones. Check out the show when it opens Thursday and notice the Brooklyn-born artist's interesting cropping style.

Price: €8

Location: Jüdisches Museum, Untermainkai 14/15

Times: Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm; September 15 - January 8

Phone: 069 212 35000

More Information: www.juedischesmuseum.de

HAMBURG

Festivals

HafenCity Summer Festival

Got a craving for Frikadeller? Enjoy traditional Danish cuisine Saturday at Hamburg's HafenCity Summer Festival. Germany's northern neighbour is the guest of honour at this harbour-side event. There's lots of activities for the kids too, like Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales and a Build-a-Bear workshop.

Price: Free

Location: Kaiserkai, Hafencity

Times: Saturday, September 17 11am-8pm

More Information: www.hafencity-sommerfest.de

MUNICH

Events

Oktoberfest Parades

What's the best thing about Oktoberfest? The parades of course! Find a comfortable spot on Maximillianstrasse Saturday and wave to the Dirndl- and Lederhosen-clad revellers as they make their way to Theresienwiese for the tapping of the kegs. The Parade of the Oktoberfest Breweries is followed by Sunday morning's Costume and Riflemen's Parade.

Price: Free

Location: Maximillianstrasse

Times: Saturday, September 17, 10:45am (Parade of the Oktoberfest Breweries); Sunday, September 18, 10am (Costume and Riflemen's Parade)

More Information: www.oktoberfest.de

Enjoy Theatre - State Theatre Open House

Get a front row view of what goes on behind the scenes at one of Germany's grand theatre Saturday. The State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz's open house features tours, workshops, a flea market, and a sneak peek at the coming season. But the most spectacular part of the event is the open mic for those who fancy themselves orchestra conductors and opera singers. Live the dream.

Price: Free

Location: State Theatre, Gärtnerplatz

Times: Saturday, September 17, noon-11pm

Phone: 089 20 24 11

More Information: www.staatstheater-am-gaertnerplatz.de

Galleries/Museums

Papa Schichtl - The Carny and the Vaudeville Artist

if you're in town for Oktoberfest, balance your beer consumption with art consumption by heading to the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. Works by the artist and vaudeville circus owner Michael August Schichtl offer an interesting look at Oktoberfest shenanigans at the turn of the 20th century.

Price: €4

Location: Bier and Oktoberfest Museum, Edith-Haberland-Wagner-Stiftung, Sterneckerstrasse 2

Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 1-6pm; through December 31

Phone: 089 2423 1607

More Information: www.bier-und-oktoberfestmuseum.de

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