What’s on in Germany: November 24 – 30

This Week's Highlights: Brazilian film in Berlin, Dickens in Frankfurt, and chocolate in Tübingen.

What's on in Germany:  November 24 - 30
Brazilian film in Berlin. Photo: The Silver Cliff



Première Brasil 2011 – Films of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

From politics to reinvention, the topics explored by contemporary Brazilian filmmakers are universal. See the best new films from Brazil this week along with an old classic Kiss of the Spiderwoman. All are shown in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Price: €5

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: November 16 – 27

Phone: 030 397 870

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Simon Sebag Montefiore – “Jerusalem. The Biography.”

British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore has written about Stalin and Catherine the Great. His new book is a fascinating journey through the triumphs and tribulations of one of the holiest and most hotly disputed cities in the world. Meet the author Monday when he presents Jerusalem. The Biography. at the Berlin Jewish Museum.

Price: Free
Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Monday, November 28, 7.30pm

Phone: 030 259 93 300
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Swap in the City – Christmas Special

’Tis the season for a little ladies only pampering. Treat your toes to a pedicure Sunday while sipping a cocktail, then go browse the racks. Swap in the City Christmas Edition takes place at Goya in Berlin. Clean out those closets, show up with your gently used items, and let the swapping begin. Here’s hoping you’ll find something perfect for the office holiday party.

Price: €15
Location: Goya, Nollendorfplatz 5
Times: Sunday, November 27, 4-9pm
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Holy.Shit.Shopping. – Winter 2011
Get all your Christmas shopping done this weekend and you’ll have all of December to just hang out, sip Glühwein, and simply enjoy the splendour of the holiday season in Germany. Good plan right? With over 100 independent artisans, the Holy Shit Shopping event will surely have something for everyone on your list.

Price: €15

Times: Saturday, November 26, Noon – 10pm and Sunday, November 27, Noon – 8pm
Location: EXPO XXI, Gladbacher Wall 5
Times: Sunday, November 27, 4-9pm
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Dickens by Candlelight

There’s nothing like a good Dickens play to chase away those lingering Scrooge sentiments. “Dickens by Candlelight” is TLS Frankfurt’s enchanting rendition of “A Christmas Carol.” Meet the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future this weekend and you’ll be smiling like Tiny Tim all the way home.

Price: €6 – 15

Location: Haus Sindlingen, Sindlinger Bahnstrasse 124

Times: Thursday, November 24 – Friday, November 25, 8pm; Saturday, November 26, 3pm and 8pm; Sunday, November 27, 6pm

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Cervantes Institute Choir Winter Concert

There’s a choir in Frankfurt that sings songs in Spanish and their Winter concert takes place Wednesday. See the Cervantes Institute Choir perform a mix of Spanish and Latin American tunes, and you just might get inspired to sign up yourself. Any Spanish speaking nightingales out there? I see a New Year’s resolution in your future.

Price: Free

Location: Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstrasse 1

Times: Wednesday, November 30, 8 pm

Phone: 069 7137 4970

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Kienholz. The Signs of The Times and Schirn at Night

Since works by the husband and wife art team Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz often encompass life-sized installations of rooms, they’re not often shown together in much quantity. That’s why this exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is so exciting. The show has gathered together a series of the controversial couple’s provocative pieces. Go see them Saturday when the museum stays open until midnight and a bar and DJs take the museum experience to a whole other level.

Price: €7 (Exhibition); €5 (Schirn at Night)

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-10pm; through January 29, 2012; Saturday, November 26, 8pm-Midnight (Schirn at Night)

Phone: 069 29 98 820

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The Night of The White Gloves

It sounds like some sort of secret ceremony for members of the BMW club, but The Night of White Gloves is in fact open to all enthusiasts of car craftsmanship. Show up at the BMW Museum in Munich Friday night with clean hands. Slip those puppies into a pristine pair of white gloves. Then go ahead and palm the fender, caress the gearshift, and stroke the steering wheel. Lots of different models will be displayed, but the rare BMW 328 takes the spotlight. No password required.

Price: €5

Location: BMW Museum, Am Olympiapark 2

Times: Friday, November 25, 7pm-12am

Phone: 089 1250 16001

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Tollwood Winter Festival – Atelier Lefeuvre & André – Bricolage Erotique

Jean-Paul Lefeuvre und Didier André are a pair of funny Frenchmen who like to clown around. Their show “Erotic Arts and Crafts” combines sensuality with a DIY mentality. Sounds racy right? Check it out this weekend at the Tollwood Winter Festival. And believe it or not, this steamy stage show is appropriate for kids as young as seven.

Price: €19-22

Location: Tollwood, Theresienwiese

Times: Thursday, November 24 – Monday, November 28, 7:30 pm

Ticket Hotline: 0700 38 38 50 24 (.12 cents/min)

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Sabine Hornig

The layered reflections of Sabine Hornig’s photography offers a whole lot to look at. She shot her “Windows” series in Berlin where she lives. The way nature merges with architecture and remnants of daily life is truly poetic. An exhibition of the German artist’s work begins Sunday at the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Price: €10

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through February 28, 2012

Phone: 089 23805 360

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ChocolART Festival

Not far from Stuttgart, Tübingen is a lovely place to visit in the fall. A bustling university town with a picturesque mediaeval centre, Tübingen is home to the ChocolART festival, making it a top destination for those with a sweet tooth. Go ahead and indulge those chocolate cravings. The six-day event features chocolate making workshops, chocolate tastings, and chocolate massages.

Price: Free

Location: Holzmarkt, Tübingen Old Town

Times: Tuesday, November 29 – Friday, December 2, 10am-8pm, Saturday, December 3, 10am-11pm, Sunday, December 4, 11am-7pm

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.