Ever wondered what it was like to live in ancient times? The Pergamon Museum’s new 360 degree panorama offers a rare encounter with a 2nd century city. Designed by Yadegar Asisi, the high-tech panorama brings visitors on a journey back in time to see the ancient city of Pergamon in all its day-to-day splendour. Go take a look this weekend. Fascinating stuff awaits.
Location: Pergamon Museum, Museum Island, Am Kupfergraben 5
Times: Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm; through September 30, 2012
Phone: 030 266 42 42 42
More Information: www.smb.museum
Rabindranath Tagore – Music Festival – Tagore as Artist and Musician
Rabindranath Tagore was a pioneer of modern art in India. To honor the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Dahlem Museum is exhibiting 98 of his paintings. But let’s not forget about the maesto’s musical skills. Like his visual artworks, Tagore’s musical compositions are awash with rhythms and lines of color. See vocalist Anubha Gosh, harmonium player Anutosh Mukhopadhyay, and tabla player Laura Patchen perform works by the Indian master Sunday afternoon.
Location: Museen Dahlem, Lansstrasse 8
Times: Sunday, October 9, 4pm
Phone: 030 266 42 42 42
More Information: www.smb.museum
Le Savali – Berlin
Dancers from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand join an international array of Berlin-based musicians and performers in Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio’s new piece “Le Savali: Berlin.” With its multicultural cavalcade of artists, the piece focuses on the common realities experienced by all walks of life in the German capital. “Le Savali: Berlin” opens this year’s Spiel’zeit Berlin festival.
Price: €12 – 39
Location: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24
Times: Thursday, October 6; Saturday, October 8; Sunday, October 9; 8pm
Phone: 030 254 890
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Urban Media Festival
DJ Rokin presents 50 minutes of silent shorts Friday. Slam poets battle it out Saturday. And on Sunday, 50 artists unveil what they’ve been working on all week. For fans of cutting edge creativity, Cologne’s Urban Media Festival is heaven. Check out the events or just hang out in the Urban Media Lounge sippin’ drinks and groovin’ to the tunes until midnight.
Location: Alte Feuerwache, Melchiorstrasse 3 and Filmhaus Kino, Maybachstrasse 111
Times: Various; through Sunday, October 9
More Information: www.urbanmediafestival.de
Equinox Music Festival – Romantic Strings
Nordic sound and light is the focus of a four day music festival this week in Cologne. The Equinox Music Festival has been celebrating the music of Norway since 2007. Partake in a little romance Wednesday night when the Brncic Ensemble performs string quartets by Johan Svendsen and Edvard Grieg. A concert in a candlelit church does sound awfully enchanting.
Location: Kulturforum Herz-Jesu, Zülpicher Platz
Times: Wednesday, October 12, 8-9:30pm
Phone: 0221 4744 5999
More Information: www.equinox-festival.de
Frankfurt Museum Society – Sunday Concert
Few symphonic works are as beloved as Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Do you agree? Find yourself a seat at Frankfurt’s Old Opera House Sunday when the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra play scenes from the ballet. Works by George Benjamin and Frederic Chopin complete the morning of classical music.
Location: Frankfurt Alte Oper, Opernplatz 1
Times: Sunday, October 9, 11am
Tickets: 069 13 40 400
More Information: www.oper-frankfurt.de
Food gets a new focus in Hamburg this Saturday when speciality food vendors set up beneath the glass ceilings of Fabrik. Everything from fresh baked breads and local honey to French macarons and pastel hued marshmallow will be on offer at the new weekly market. Go and indulge your gourmet cravings.
Location: Fabrik, Barnerstrasse 36
Times: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from October 8
More Information: www.marktkultur.com
Max Liebermann – Pioneer of Modern Art
Germany’s most revered Impressionist, Max Liebermann mingled with painters in France and Holland after studying in Weimar. Scenes from his garden in Wansee as well as portraits, and images of the European bourgeoisie comprise the bulk of a new retrospective of the artist’s work in Hamburg. Go and see the Berlin native’s exquisite oeuvre.
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through February 19, 2012
Phone: 040 428 131 200
More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
Vivian Maier – A Life Uncovered
Vivian Maier took pictures all her life, but it wasn’t until just before her death that her talent for photography came to light. An exhibition at the Amerika Haus displays a selection of Maier’s moving black and white images of American street life in the 1950s and 1960s–images she kept hidden in a secret locker. The exhibition opens Friday night.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Friday, October 7, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Friday, noon-5pm; Wednesday, noon-8pm; October 10 – December 9 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 089 55 25 37 13
More Information: www.amerikahaus.de
Samuel Beckett – Waiting For Godot
It’s been over half a century since Samuel Beckett penned his famous tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot,” but the storyline continues to resonate with audiences in our 21st century world. BeMe Theatre stages the iconic absurdist play this week in Munich. And you can get pumped up for the performance Saturday night at Schlachthof when the Irish actor Barry McGovern presents a Beckett-full evening followed by live Irish music.
Location: Einstein Kulturzenturm, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Various times, October 11 – October 29
Tickets: 089 385 377 66
More Information: www.bemetheatre.com
Pat Martino Trio
One of the most respected jazz guitarists of our time, Pat Martino is truly a living legend. He lost his chops along with his memory after surgery for a brain aneurism in 1980, but within a decade the guitarist relearned his instrument and resumed rattling off those buttery lines that earned him comparisons to Wes Montgomery. currently in the midst of a European tour, the jazzman stops in Munich with Hammond B3 player Pat Bianchi, and drummer Shawn Hill Wednesday.
Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Wednesday, October 12, 9pm
Tickets: 089 448 27 94
More Information: www.unterfahrt.de