Gallery Weekend Berlin
One of my favorite annual events, Gallery Weekend Berlin combines great contemporary art with a social, celebratory atmosphere. Fifty-one galleries are taking part this year, so download the map, make a plan, and race around the city to as many openings as you can catch.
Times: Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29
More Information: www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de
Greenland Eyes International Film Festival
Ever been to Greenland? Films from that big icy island are being shown at Arsenal this week. From documentaries to feature films to historic pictures from the early 20th century, the program offers some interesting insights into what's happening way up there in the frigid confines of the Arctic Circle. It's not all about snow and ice you know.
Price: €45 (Festival Pass); €6.50 (Individual Admission)
Location: Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2
Times: Tuesday, April 24 – Monday, April 30
Tickets: 030 2695 5100
More Information: www.greenlandeyes.de
Bewitched – Love Film Festival
“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love,” Judy Garland once said. I bet she'd like to be at the cinema at the Culture Brewery Sunday when seven films about love screen back to back throughout the day. Get your heart strings pulled by movies like Madonna's W.E., The Beloved a musical with Catherine Deneuve, and La-La Land a drama set in the “City of Angels.”
Location: Kino in der KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36
Times: Sunday, April 29, 11:30am-Midnight
Phone: 030 44 35 44 22
More Information: www.liebefilme.com
Long Night of Museums, Churches, and Galleries
Saturday will be a fun night in Bielefeld. Museums, churches, and galleries around the city in northwest Germany host an assortment of cultural activities that last late into the night. See live Klezmer music at the History Museum, take a midnight tour around the Zion Church, and drink cocktails at Atelier D. Oh it's going to be a long night of fun!
Times: Saturday, April 28, 6pm-1am
More Information: www.bielefeld.de
Up in Smoke
British scientists Mike Hands has developed a new method of farming that's good for the environment. Wait a minute, is farming bad for the environment? Apparently, a method of farming called “slash and burn agriculture” is a major contributor to global warming. If Mike can get the farmers of the world to change their ways, he might be able to change the world. See the movie in Dresden Wednesday when it starts its seven-city German Cinema Tour.
Location: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Strasse 73
Times: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30pm
Phone: 0351 310 37 82
More Information: www.upinsmoke.tv
Night of Museums
If you're in Dusseldorf this weekend, invite a little culture into your life. Forty museums and galleries around the city open their doors for a little late-night soirée. An exciting evening of music, theatre, and art awaits.
Times: Saturday, April 28, 7pm-2am
More Information: www.nacht-der-museen.de
Tucson Songs on Tour
Songs in French, an Echo and the Bunnyman cover, a mambo band. There's a diverse array of musicians coming out of the Tucson area. The German record label Le Pop Musik's compilation CD showcases a lovely batch of them. And now the group of Arizona troubadours is hitting the road in Europe. See Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, Brian Lopez, Marianne Dissard, and Andrew Collberg in Frankfurt Thursday night.
Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40
Times: Thursday, April 26, 8:30
Phone: 0221 952 9940
More Information: www.stadtgarten.de
Children's Art Night and Disco
Hey kids! It's party time at the Schirn Kunsthalle. Put on your dancing shoes (sparkly Mary Janes, green converse, you know the ones) because after learning about art, you'll be dancing the afternoon away. Stories about artists and a playful exploration of the Edvard Munch exhibition culminates in a disco party complete with snacks and drinks.
Price: €5, €15 (Family Ticket)
Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg
Times: Saturday, April 28, 4-9pm
Phone: 069 29 98 82 112
More Information: www.schirn.de
Spinnerei Spring Gallery Tour
Once a cotton mill, Leipzig's Spinnerei is one of the most impressive spots in Germany to see art. Since 2005, an array of artists and galleries have set up shop in the sprawling historic complex, and each season they band together for a full day of art openings. The former factory turned cultural centre hosts its spring gallery tour this weekend. Get inspired by 20 new art exhibitions.
Location: Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Spinnereistrasse 7
Times: Saturday, April 28, 11am-9pm and Sunday, April 29, 11am-6pm
More Information: www.spinnereigalerien.de
Long Night of Music
Get into the groove Saturday in Munich. From reggae to rock, classical to pop, all genres of music will fill the air in the Bavarian capital for one long night of music. “Feel it in your heart and feel it in your soul. Let the music take control.” One ticket's all you need. Fiesta forever. Or at least until 3 a.m.
Times: Saturday, April 28, 8pm-3am
Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81
More Information: www.muenchner.de
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
Backed by the brisk beat of a washboard and a cheery upright bass, Pokey LaFarge rattles his tongue in a sharp, swift succession of lyrics about slugging whiskey and missing his darling. See the St. Louis son on stage with his band in Munich Monday.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Monday, April 30, 7:30pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.pokeylafarge.net