The Long Night of Design Studios
Designers are a hip lot. Meet a few of them Thursday night when over fifty of Berlin's design studios open their doors for a little show and tell. From fashion, to furniture, to food, you'll find an assortment of different design industries on the program. The special night is part of DMY International Festival of Design Berlin, which sets up at Tempelhof through Sunday.
Times: Thursday, June 7, 7-11pm
More Information: dmy-berlin.com
Carlos Mare – Physical Graffiti: Art of the B-boy Dance
B-boying, or breakdancing, is one of the integral elements of hip hop culture. Another one is graffiti. Marry the two and you've got the latest works by Carlos Mare, aka Mare 139. On Saturday, the New York subway artist's first solo exhibition in Berlin opens at Skalitzers Contemporary Art. Meet the artist at the opening and then do a few helicopters.
Location: Skalitzers Contemprary Art, Skalitzer Strasse 43
Times: Saturday, June 9, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Saturday, 1-7pm, June 13 – 30 (Regular Hours)
More Information: www.skalitzers.com
Politics of the Poor – Presentation and Painting Workshop with Pixadores
Down in Brazil they've got their own style of street art. It's called Pixação and it's made up of a crude, cryptic looking alphabet that's said to be inspired by political tar writings from the 1940s. No shiny bubbles or candy colors here. Pixação is all black and stick-straight. Try your hand at Sao Paolo-style graffiti at a workshop Saturday.
Location: Saint Elisabeth Church, Invalidenstrasse 3
Times: Saturday, June 9, 4pm
Phone: 030 24 34 590
More Information: www.berlinbiennale.de
Cologne Indian Week
Learn how to dance like a Bollywood star or meditate like a yogi. Cologne kicks off a week-long celebration in honour of 60 years of German-Indian relations Saturday. Head to the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Sunday to hear the innovative sounds of Ramesh Shotham's jazz-funk-raga band Madras Special.
Times: Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 17
More Information: www.india.uni-koeln.de
The Rose and Light Festival
Everything's coming up roses in Frankfurt. Go and nestle your nose into perfumed petals this week when the Palmen Garten holds their annual fete for the fragrant flowers. A program of live music, dancing, and fireworks includes special events especially for children. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important,” said the Little Prince.
Price: €7, €12 Family Ticket (June 7, 8, 10); €10, €15 Family Ticket (June 9)
Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61
Times: Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10
Phone: 069 212 36689
More Information: www.palmengarten.de
German Choir Festival
From early music, to gospel, to show tunes, to pop, the 400 singing groups convening in Frankfurt this weekend have got choir music covered. Human voices will be belting out lyrics from theatres, churches, and open-air stages across the city. “If you want to sing out, sing out.” It's all free!
Times: Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10
More Information: www.chorfest.de
Recent Tragic Events
Can you imagine going on a blind date on September 12, 2001? Nobody was much in the mood for jokes and polite conversation. But two main characters in Craig Wright's play Recent Tragic Events do just that. The University Players, an English language theatre group at Hamburg University stage Wright's theatrical response to 9/11 this week.
Location: Audimax of Hamburg University, Von-Melle-Park 4
Times: Thursday, June 7 – Friday, June 8, Sunday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 12, Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm
Tickets: 040 42838 4852
More Information: www.universityplayers.de
Jazz in the Culture Cafe – Kako Weiss Trio
Saxophonist Kako Weiss, guitarist Patrick Pagels, and bassist Axel Burkhardt get together Thursday night in Hamburg for an evening of “Sinti-Swing, American jazz und Latin American tango.” Order a coffee (It's a Starbucks actually, so make that a mocha Frappuccino) and sidle up to the stage. It's date night!
Location: Elbphilharmonie Kulturcafé, Mönckebergbrunnen/Barkhof 3
Times: Thursday, June 7, 6pm
Reservations: 040 357 666 66
More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
The flute is “the call of the divine love,” says Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia on his website. A master of his instrument – a North Indian bamboo flute, Chaurasia has played with John McLaughlin, scored Bollywood films, and recorded dozens of albums. Channel some of that “divine love” Friday night when the Indian master plays at Gasteig.
Price: €17 - 49
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Friday, June 8, 8pm
Tickets: 0180 54818181 (.14/min)
More Information: www.gasteig.de
Get a glimpse into the inner world of burlesque performers in Mathieu Amalric's 2010 film On Tour. The French actor and director, who has played a Bond villain (Quantum of Solace), told Hollywood Reporter he was inspired by Colette. In On Tour, Amalric plays Joachim, a burlesque manager leading a group of American burlesque performers on a tour around France. See how the drama plays out Wednesday in Munich.
Location: Institut français, Kaulbachstrasse 13
Times: Wednesday, June 13, 7pm
Reservations: 089 28 66 28 36
More Information: www.institutfrancais.de
Luther's Wedding – The Wittenberg Festival
Halfway between Potsdam and Leipzig, Wittenberg was home to one of the Protestant Reformation's biggest heroes – Martin Luther. In 1525, the former monk married the former nun Katharina von Bora, and each year, the town of Wittenberg throws a grand feast to commemorate that historical day. Join the merriment this weekend and dance like a peasant from the Middle Ages.
Location: Wittenberg Old Town Market Square
Times: Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
More Information: www.lutherhochzeit.de