What's on in Germany: February 23 - 29

Celeste Sunderland
Celeste Sunderland - [email protected] • 23 Feb, 2012 Updated Thu 23 Feb 2012 09:33 CEST
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This Week's Highlights: Theatre in Berlin, Chinese culture in Cologne, and Georgia O'Keeffe paintings on view in Munich.




Long Weekend of Free Theatre

Twitter amplified, bark-beetle infestations, and footage from Egypt. If your idea of theatre was Juliet on a balcony, think again. The Long Weekend of Free Theatre is four days of new ideas in stage performance presented by HAU and Sophiensaele.

Price: €16 (day ticket); €44 (festival pass)

Location: Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 1, Stresemannstrasse 29; HAU 2, Hallesches Ufer 32; HAU 3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10; Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18

Times: Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26

Tickets: 030 259 004 27

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Future Islands

The Baltimore boys bring their synth-tastic sounds to Berlin Thursday when they set up on Berghain's storied stage. Their new album On the Water is “built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory delivered with pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks.” Get on the dance floor and open those floodgates.

Price: €16.50

Location: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof

Times: Thursday, February 23, 8pm

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Exhibition Opening – Boris Mikhailov
: Time is Out of Joint

Bikini-clad grandmas at the lake are engulfed in the dreamy nostalgia of silver gelatin in Boris Mikhailov's “Salt Lake” series from the 1980s, while shots of every day people look timeless in colour prints from the early 2000s. The Ukrainian photographer has experimented with pretty much every technique in the book. See his wide and diverse oeuvre when it goes on view at the Berlinische Galerie Thursday night.

Price: Free (Opening); €8 (Regular Admission)

Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstrasse 124-128

Times: Thursday, February 23, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm (Regular Hours); through May 28

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Chinese Lantern Festival

It's the Year of the Dragon! Taste sticky rice, red beans and other traditional food Sunday at this Chinese cultural festival in Cologne. Multi-coloured lanterns and Chinese theatre make the Friend's of China Society's annual event a vibrant party for the whole family.

Price: €9.50 (adults); €4.50 (children over 6)

Times: Sunday, February 26, 11am

Location: St. Bruno's Church, Klettenberggürtel 65

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Erich Kästner Festival

The German author Erich Kästner was born in Dresden, where there's a museum bearing his name. And that museum's annual shindig for its namesake wraps up this week with a poetic and musical tribute to the author on Thursday, and a workshop for children on Friday.

Price: €6 Thursday, €2 Friday

Times: Thursday, February 23, 7pm (poetry/music); Friday, February 24, 3pm (children's workshop)

Location: Erich Kästner Museum, Antonstrasse 1

Phone: 0351 804 5086

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Yoda Origami Workshop

What could you make with a piece of paper? An airplane. A boat. A hat. Yoda! Star Wars fans, get yourselves over to Dresden's Haus des Buches and learn how to create the great Jedi master with just a few choice folds.

Price: Free

Times: Saturday, February 25, 11am-3pm

Location: Thalia-Buchhandlung Haus des Buches, Dr.-Külz-Ring 12

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Luther and [Bach's] Music & The Art of the Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, smack bang in the center of Germany. Fans of the baroque maestro should pay a visit to Bachhaus, an excellent museum devoted to Bach's life and work. Check out the new exhibition, which examines the relationship between Bach's music and Martin Luther's philosophy, and while you're in town, head to the Eisenach Regional Theatre where the ballet “The Art of the Fugue” features his work.

Price: €7.50 (exhibition); €22 (ballet)

Times: Daily 10am-6pm (Bachhaus); Tuesday, February 28, 7:30pm (ballet)

Location: Bachhaus Eisenach, Frauenplan 21; Landestheater Eisenach,
Theaterplatz 4-7

Phone: 03691 79340 (Bachhaus); 03691 256 219 (Landestheater Eisenach)

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There's quite a bit of euphoria pulsing through the swift drumbeats and electro synth lines of this Brooklyn band's music. The Guardian called them “bewitching” back in 2008, the same year the iPod Nano grooved along to their song “Bruises.” Four years later the duo are cranking out some shiny new tracks on their new album Something. See Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly live in Hamburg Thursday.

Price: €15

Times: Thursday, February 23, 9pm

Location: ‪Knust, ‪Neuer Kamp 30

Ticket Hotline: 01805 570 070

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Heilbronn Horse Market

I want a pony! For over 100 years horses have stood proudly on Heilbronn's market streets awaiting purchase by a kindly farmer or elegant equestrian lass. Head to the Baden-Württemberg city just north of Stuttgart this weekend and engage in an age-old tradition. Food stalls. Amusement park rides, and market stalls add to the folly.

Price: Free

Times: Saturday, February 25 – Monday, February 27

Location: Central Heilbronn

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Beat Street

Hip hop has come a long way since Stan Lathan's movie Beat Street premiered in 1984. Witness breakdancing at its finest Tuesday in Munich when “the most influential hip hop movie of all time” hits the big screen.

Price: Free

Location: Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, February 28, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Georgia O'Keeffe – Life and Work

Her oversized paintings of flowers are iconic examples of 20th century American art, but the works of Georgia O'Keeffe have rarely been shown in Europe. A new retrospective at Munich's Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung comprises 75 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper as well as photographs of the artist and the western American landscape that inspired her.

Price: €11

Times: Daily, 10am-8pm; through May 13, 2012

Location: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Theatinerstrasse 8

Phone: 089 22 44 12

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Celeste Sunderland 2012/02/23 09:33

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