What's on in Germany: April 19 – 25
This Week's Highlights: Museum night in Frankfurt, Brian Blade in Munich, and burlesque in Berlin.
Record Store Day
Don't you just love a good record store? You walk in and the music they're playing totally rocks. You really get into it as you thumb through a stack of vinyl. On Saturday, record stores around Germany are joining in on a worldwide celebration of music called Record Store Day. Check the program to find one in your city and pick up a few new discs to take for a spin around the turntable.
Times: Saturday, April 21
More Information: www.recordstoreday.com
Erika Stucky – Ping Pong
Mixing jaunty jazz, avant-garde inflections, and wicked yodeling, Erika Stucky is an American-born Swiss singer who has performed well-known hits like “Ballroom Blitz” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” On Friday, she joins sound artist Knut Jensen with her ukelele and accordion on stage at the Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne.
Location: Grüner Salon, Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Times: Friday, April 20, 8pm
Tickets: 030 240 65 777
More Information: www.gruener-salon.de
Camp/Anti-Camp: A Queer Guide to Everyday Life
Camp! You love it! But what is it? It has a little bit to do with Carmen Miranda perhaps. Andy Warhol's superstars sure knew a thing or two about it. Jump into three days of films, talks, performances, and deep discourse about the concept of camp this weekend in Berlin. Queer cult performers like the iconic Holly Woodlawn and Carmelita Tropicana make for a colourful program.
Price: €44 (Festival Pass); €12.10 (Day Ticket)
Location: Hebbel am Ufer 2 (HAU 2), Hallesches Ufer 32
Times: Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21
Tickets: 030 259 004 27
More Information: www.hebbel-am-ufer.de
The Domestic Burlesque – Book Launch and Signing
You've seen them on the stage with their pasties and pearls, feather boas flung to the wayside. Now, Elsa Quarsel gives us a look at celebrated burlesque stars from around the world in the comfortable context of their own homes. “The Domestic Burlesque” features stunning images of around 100 lovely ladies from New York, Paris, London, and beyond. Meet the photographer and pick up a signed copy of her fabulous new book Wednesday in Berlin.
Location: Bassy Cowboy Club, Schönhauser Allee 176
Times: Wednesday, April 25, 10:30pm
Phone: 030 374 48 020
More Information: www.bassy-club.de
Dresden Dance Weeks
Dresden has been a center for dance since the early 20th century. This week, dancers from around the world gather in the Saxon city to strut their stuff in front of a discerning audience. Groups like Krepso from the Czech Republic, Trans-Teatr from Russia, and Israeli choreographer Inbahl Oshman form a varied program of modern dance and dance theater that starts Thursday. Be sure to catch the Oslo based Jo Stromgren and Company perform “A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong.”
Price: €5 – 19
Times: Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 29
More Information: www.tanzwoche.de
Night of Museums
There's Italian wine and antipasti at the Archaeology Museum, a Bob Dylan cover band at the Caricature Museum, and Charlie Chaplin shorts at the Film Museum! You'll find a cultural smorgasbord in Frankfurt Saturday night. Hop on board the free shuttle bus and make the most of the annual Night of the Museums. One ticket gets you in to four dozen museums in Frankfurt and Offenbach.
Times: Saturday, April 21, 7pm-2am
Phone: 069 97460 555
More Information: www.nacht-der-museen.de
Ray 2012 – Making History
A picture is worth a thousand words. And a new exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein presents pictures taken by 38 international photographers that analyzes the power of the public image in conveying the truth about historic events. The opening party starts at the MMK then continues at the bar at the Frankfurter Kunstverein Thursday. Look at photographs by Jeff Wall, David LaChapelle and others then talk about them over a beer.
Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstrasse and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44
Times: Thursday, April 19, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; through July 8
More Information: www.fkv.de
Elfi Baby Concerts
Music lovers come in all sizes. Why shouldn't one-year-olds have a night, or an afternoon rather, out at the music hall? On Tuesday, Ensemble Resonanz begins a four-day concert series for the crawling, toddling, and barely talking set. Naptime is over! Shake those rattles to Puccini, Britten, Czermak, and Haydn!
Location: Bürgersaal Wandsbek, Am Alten Posthaus 4 (Tuesday); Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg Mengestraße 20 (Wednesday); Kulturpunkt im Barmbek°Basch Wohldorfer Straße 30 (Thursday); Sasel-Haus e.V. Saseler Parkweg 3 (Friday)
Times: 3:30 pm; Tuesday, April 24 – Friday, April 27
More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de
Munich Spring Festival
Often referred to as “Oktoberfest's Little Sister,” this celebration of spring and beer includes all the trappings of the traditional Bavarian shindig on an ever so slightly smaller scale than that mother of all events, Oktoberfest. And you can still wear your lederhosen. Prost to that!
Times: Friday, April 20 – Sunday, May 6
More Information: www.muenchen.de
Brian Blade and Music from Mama Rosa
The jazz drummer has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Wayne Shorter, but this time around, he's strumming to the beat of his own lyric. Mama Rosa, Blade's debut as a singer-songwriter is full of personal stories about life and family. See the multi-talented musician play Saturday in Munich.
Location: Unterfahrt Jazz Club, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Saturday, April 21, 9pm
Phone: 089 448 27 94
More Information: www.unterfahrt.de
Stuttgart Spring Festival
Twenty-three days of springtime fun starts Saturday in Stuttgart. Ride the rides, get the faces painted, and find yourself a seat in the beer tent. The Stuttgart Spring Festival offers fun and games for the whole family.
Location: Cannstatter Wasen
Times: Saturday, April 21 – May 13
More Information: www.stuttgarter-fruehlingsfest.de