What's on in Germany: December 15 - 21
This Week's Highlights: Synagogue music in Berlin, horses in Frankfurt, and a French dance troupe rocks out in Munich.
Sound Performance and Talk
Roxanne Varzi - The Whole World Blind
Inspired by Virginia Woolf and Susan Sontag, Iranian-American anthropologist Roxanne Varzi's sound performance focuses on images of war. But the audience won't actually see the photos during Thursday's show at Uqbar, instead, blindfolded participants listen through headphones of a curator's recorded narrative, getting an unusual perspective on wartime tragedy.
Location: Uqbar, Schwedenstrasse 16
Times: Thursday, December 15, 6-10pm
Phone: 030 4606 9107
More Information: projectspace.uqbar-ev.de
Louis Lewandowski Festival
Louis Lewandowski revolutionized synagogue music in the 18th century by merging sacred anthems with modern day melodies. This weekend, choirs from Berlin, Boston, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, London, Strasbourg, Toronto, and Zurich pay tribute to the former cantor of the New Synagogue on Oranienburgerstrasse in Berlin.
Times: Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18
More Information: www.louis-lewandowski-festival.de
Christmas Concert and Party with the Hunters
Nothing like a honky-tonk hoe down to liven up the holiday season. The Hunters sing Christmas songs with a country twang Friday night at the Blarney Irish Pub. Toast the season with a shot of Jameson.
Location: The Blarney Irish Pub, Methfesselstrasse 4
Times: Friday, December 13, 8pm
More Information: www.thehuntersmusic.de
International Festhallen Riding Tournament
An equestrian spirit is running high in Frankfurt this week as carriage-driving, dressage, and jumping champions arrive for the International Festhallen Riding Tournament. See all the pretty horses prance around Frankfurt's Festhallen while it's all decked out in its holiday finery.
Times: Thursday, December 15 – Sunday, December 18
Location: Festhalle Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
More Information: www.escon-marketing.de
Students from Frankfurt's Ludwig-Börne School are curating exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art. For "Zuhause" they bring together works by German artists like Andreas Slominski and Abisag Tüllmann that relate to the notion of a home. Congratulate the young curators at Friday's opening. There’s no place like home.
Times: Friday, December 16, 6pm (opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through March 25, 2012 (regular hours)
Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstrasse 10
Phone: 069 2123 0447
More Information: www.mmk-frankfurt.de
Kassel Fairytale Christmas Market – Santa Claus Visit
Santa comes to the Kassel Christmas Market Saturday. Say hello to the man in the red suit, then hear German fairy tales beneath the advent calendar. Kassel Christmas Market's fairy tale atmosphere make it one of Germany's most magical. This year's theme is "The Golden Goose." Raise a glass of Gluhwein to the Brothers Grimm.
Location: Fairytale Christmas Market, Wilhelmsstrasse
Times: Saturday, December 17, 3-4pm
More Information: www.weihnachtsmarkt-kassel.de
Friedl vom Gröller
Friedl vom Gröller, aka Friedl Kubelka, reveals all the fascinating little idiosyncrasies of human emotion through film and portraiture. Born in London, the artist spent her childhood in Berlin, and now lives in Vienna where she founded the School for Artistic Photography and the School for Independent Film. For her first solo exhibition in Germany, Studio International presents her early and recent films along with photographs.
Location: Studio International, the gallery at the College of Graphic and Book Arts Leipzig, Wächterstrasse 11
Times: December 15 - January 28, 2012
More Information: www.hgb-leipzig.de
Munich Jazz Festival
All weekend long, the Black Box at Gasteig will be grooving with jazz beats. Join the U.M.P.A. Jazz Orchestra Thursday night when they kick off Jazzfest Munich with a tribute to the late Kurt Maas, one of Munich's most beloved jazz musicians and educators.
Location: Black Box at Gasteig, Rosenheimerstrasse 5
Times: Thursday, December 15 – Saturday, December 17
More Information: www.jazzfestmuenchen.de
Jerome Bels - The Show Must Go On
With Bowie's "Let's Dance," The Beatles' "Come Together," and Tina Turner's "Private Dancer," Jerome Bels' "The Show Must Go On" may feature the awesomest soundtrack in the history of pop music. We'll just pretend we didn't see the Celine Dion track. See the French choreographer's scruffy crew move to the music this week in Munich.
Location: Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4
Times: Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21, 8:30pm
Phone: 089 458 750 10
More Information: www.muffatwerk.de
Hanukkah Story Time for Children
Bring the kids over to The Munich Readery Saturday for some Hanukkah fun. The English language bookstore is hosting a Hanukkah story time complete with a lesson on the menorah and plenty of dreidel spinning. "Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel..."
Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104
Times: Saturday, December 17, 10:30am
Phone: 089 121 92 403
More Information: www.readery.de
Christmas in the Wild Animal Paradise
Ever been to the Tripsdrill Experience Park near Cleebronn in Baden-Württemberg? Germany's oldest amusement park offers heaps of fun for the whole family. This Sunday, special activities for Advent are taking place in the park's "Wild Paradise" section. Drink mulled wine, make Christmas crafts, and ride ponies until night fall when St. Nick arrives in a horse drawn carraige. What happened to Rudolph?
Price: €23; €19 (Ages 4-11)
Location: Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Cleebronn
Times: Sunday, December 18
Phone: 07135 99 99
More Information: www.wuppertal.de