What's on in Germany: March 15 – 21

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Celeste Sunderland - [email protected]
What's on in Germany:  March 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: St. Patrick's Day in Berlin, Feist in Frankfurt, and Europe's biggest book fair begins in Leipzig.




St. Patrick's Day Festival Berlin

Irish movies, Irish music, Irish food, Irish sports, and Irish clubbing! Berlin is celebrating all things Irish this weekend for St. Patrick's Day. Assemble your green ensemble and march through Görlitzer Park to the beat of The Berlin Pipe Band Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: Various; Parade starts at Spreewaldplatz Saturday at 4pm

Times: Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

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Pacific Standard Time
 – Art in Los Angeles 1950–1980

The American invasion is beginning. Specifically, it's the artists who made a name for themselves among the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles in the post-war period who will be doing the invading. Over 60 LA galleries and institutions helped organize this mega show, which opens at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Thursday. Catch the art talk that night then do a little California dreaming among works by David Hockney, Edward Kienholz, and Ed Ruscha.

Price: €12

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday, March 15, 6pm (Artist Talk); Wednesday – Monday, 10am-7pm (Regular Hours); through June 10

Phone: 030 254 860

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MaerzMusik – Festival Opening: Joan La Barbara Performs John Cage

With John Cage's 100th birthday upon us, the composer pops up quite a bit in this year's MaerzMusik program. Be sure to catch Joan La Barbara's new interpretation of Cage's Song Books performed simultaneously with Concert for Piano and Orchestra and the world premiere of La Barbara's Persistence of Memory at the festival opening Saturday night. Song, electronic music, and theatre collide.

Price: €10-20

Location: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24

Times: Saturday, March 17, 7pm; the festival runs through March 25

Tickets: 030 254 89-100 (€3 per order)

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The irresistible singer is cutting a shimmery swath across Europe in support of her chart-topping album Metals. “1234” get your tickets while you can.

Price: €39.80

Times: Thursday, March 15, 8pm

Location: Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese

Tickets: 01805 44 70 000 (.14/minute)

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Women of the World Festival

Established stars and emerging artists share the spotlight this week in Frankfurt at a music festival devoted to women. Be wooed by American jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Spanish singer Concha Buika, and the Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu, among other lovely ladies of music.

Price: Various

Times: Sunday, March 18 – Sunday, March 25

Location: Various

Ticket Hotline: 0691340400

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Moments – A History of Performance in 10 Acts

A rather interesting exhibition is unfurling over the next seven weeks in Karlsruhe. The ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting a history of performance that involves live exhibition installations, reenactments, a live film production, and an “audience” of “actors.” Got an interest in the development of performance and how it's documented? Head down to Baden-Württemberg this week.

Price: Free

Times: Saturday, March 17, 4pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm (Regular Hours); through April 29

Location: ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Lorenzstrasse 9

Phone: 0721 81 000

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Leipzig Book Fair

Put on your reading glasses, the Leipzig Book Fair's in town. Browse the stacks of e-books, audio books, art books, kids books, and literature from around the world, and catch an author talk or two. The US Consulate's got a booth in Hall 4 with lots of new books from across the pond.

Price: €13.50 (Day Ticket); €29 (4-Day Ticket); €8 (Evening Ticket); €9 (Family Ticket)

Location: Leipziger Messe, Messe-Allee 1

Times: 10am-6pm; Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, March 18

Phone: 0341 678 89 97

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30 Artists/30 Spaces

What could you do with a room? You could paint its walls. You could hang hundreds of white balls from its ceiling. You could build a sculpture of metal grids and multicolored plastic in it. Thirty international artists have their way with thirty blank spaces in museums and art institutions around the city for this expansive new exhibition, which opens Friday.

Price: €9

Location: Various

Times: March 17 – June 17; Friday, March 17, 6pm (Opening at the Neues Museum, Klarissenplatz)

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Georgia O'Keeffe

Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons star in this biopic, which traces the development of Georgia O'Keeffe's career as an artist alongside her relationship with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The Golden Globe-winning made-for-television movie screens Tuesday at America House. Watch it and then go see the exhibition at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus München, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, March 20, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Latcho Drom

The Algerian-born, French director Tony Gatlif has frequently turned his camera on gypsy society, a group with which he shares a heritage. No film captures the essence of the Roma and Sinti people quite like Gatlif's 1993 film Latcho Drom. A colorful eruption of music and dance, the movie documents a year-long journey from Rajasthan to Andalusia. See it Wednesday when it screens as part of the Munich Film Museum's Tony Gatlif retrospective.

Price: €4

Location: Filmmuseum München, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Wednesday, March 21, 9pm

Phone: 089 233 24150

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Jewellery With Words

Sip an aperitif while you browse the bling Sunday afternoon in Munich. French jewellery designers Galatée Pestre, Laurence Verdier, and Aude Medori like to hold regular exhibitions of their work around a common theme. This time around they've drawn inspiration from the written word, in one case collaborating with a writer to create beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Price: Free

Location: Institut Français, Kaulbachstrasse 13

Times: Sunday, March 18, 4pm (Opening); 11am-6pm, Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20

Phone: 089 28 66 28 36

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