Berlin Art Week
One thing's certain. Art. It's one of the German capital's biggest draws. This week hundreds of small galleries join museums like the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie in presenting a new event that's said to be the art highlight of the autumn. From Man Ray and Mario Testino fashion photography to Paul McCarthy's studio “box,” a bevy of refreshing art has sprung up in spaces across the city. Go and immerse yourself in the invigorating atmosphere.
Price: €28 (One ticket allows entrance to all partner venues)
Times: Tuesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 16
More Information: www.berlinartweek.de
Long Night of Pictures
Those looking for a smaller scale art fair can focus on two districts in the eastern side of the city. Galleries in Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg stay open late on Saturday night for a “Long Night of Pictures,” and some of them will be complimenting their visual arts with live music and theatre performances. Pedal your way through one of several suggested itineraries and see artwork inspired by cartography, black and white photos from 1980s Berlin, and countless colourful paintings.
Location: Various galleries in Friedrichshain and Lichtenberg
Times: Saturday, September 15, 3pm-Midnight
More Information: www.kulturring.org
One of a gazillion Brooklyn bands working hard to get famous, Relatives mixes minimalist vocals with a folksy lilt and a classical wink. Two out of five members, Katie Vogel who sings, and Ian Davis who sings and plays guitar, harmonize at Madame Claude's on Friday night. Pull up a seat at the brothel turned “bar for common people” and enjoy a beer while the band plays on.
Location: Madame Claude, Lubbener Strasse 19
Times: Friday, September 14, 10:30pm
More Information: relatives.bandcamp.de
Fritz Lang – Woman in the Moon
Blast off to the moon! Fritz Lang's last silent film is considered to be the first in the genre of science fiction. The black and white classic was first shown in 1929 and deemed revolutionary. Countdown to zero Monday night at the Cologne Philharmonic when Dennis James and Mark Goldstein perform organ and electronics along to all the space travel action.
Location: Kölner Philharmonie , Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Ticket Hotline: 0221 280 280
Times: Monday, September 17, 8pm
More Information: www.koelner-philharmonie.de
Thomas Witzmann – Angle of Incidence/Refraction
Spread out across all floors, a choir, musicians, and soloists explore the cathedral-like acoustics of the Museum of Applied Arts' 1957 building in Thomas Witzmann's video/music-theatre piece “Angle of Incidence/Refraction.” With a variety of different mediums, the German composer and director presents a part documentary, part narrative multi-sensory work about the turbulent history of Cologne's Museum of Applied Arts.
Location: Museum of Applied Arts, An der Rechtschule
Tickets: 0221 221 238 6
Times: Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16, 8pm
More Information: www.thomas-witzmann.de
To Hell With Lines – The Photographic Style of the New School of Wood Engraving
During the 19th century, magazines like Harpers Weekly and Scribner's hired wood engravers to reproduce drawings and paintings for publication. An intricate art form, the technique was made obsolete by modern printing technologies. A new exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum features approximately thirty engravings by masters like Timothy Cole and Henry Wolf. Examine the detailed lines of an earlier time when the show opens Friday.
Location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday, September 14 – January 6, 2013
Phone: 0221 2212 11 19
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
Breaking the Code – A Play By Hugh Whitemore
Considered by many to be the father of computer science, Alan Turing played a major role in influencing the world as we know it. Seems like a good guy to write a play about. The English Theatre Frankfurt's production of Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code opened last week. Take a seat in the audience and find out all about the life of the man who broke German codes during World War II, created the first designs for a “stored-program computer,” and was nearly imprisoned for being gay.
Price: €22 – 34
Location: The English Theatre, Gallusanlage 7
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 6pm; through October 27
Tickets: 069 242 316 20
More Information: www.english-theatre.org
Film Noir Exhibition
The lights are low, the click of an old typewriter fills the air. Is that cigar smoke you smell? Or just your imagination getting carried away in the mysterious atmosphere of the German Film Institute Film Museum. A special exhibition presents the style and history of film noir with movie projections, posters, scripts, and props set up like a film noir movie set. Wear your fedora.
Location: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41
Times: Tuesday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Thursday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 14
More Information: www.deutsches-filminstitut.de
Harbour Front Literature Festival
Writers from Germany, elsewhere in Europe, and points further abroad gather in Hamburg this week for the city's biggest gathering of bookish types. Anglophones will appreciate the “Literature from Overseas” section featuring discussions with American authors Chad Harbach and Teju Cole, and New Zealander Anthony McCarten as well as Colombian author Antonio Ungar.
Times: Wednesday, September 12 – Saturday, September 22
Tickets: 0180 50 15 730 (14-42 cents/min)
More Information: www.harbour-front.org
La Fete – A French Variety Spectacle
French villagers prepare for their big day in this show-within-a-show. Combining impressive acrobats with hilarious humour, the actors create an exuberant circus atmosphere. Be dazzled by the talented team of dancers, comedians, jugglers, and contortionists this week in Munich.
Price: €33-39; €14 (Under 14)
Location: GOP Variety Theatre, Maximilianstrasse 47
Times: Wednesday – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 5pm and 8:30pm; Sunday, 3pm and 6:30pm; through October 28
Tickets: 089 210 288 444
More Information: www.variete.de
Journey Back in Time – Impressions from Late 19th and Early 20th Century Travellers to Asia
There's a gallery in Munich that specialises in fine art photography from Asia. It's called Kobeia, and its current exhibition “Journey Back in Time” ends Saturday with a little soiree. Go and enjoy light refreshments while gazing at historic images of stunningly beautiful Far East landscapes, serene women performing a Japanese toilette, and kimono-ed artisans engrossed in their work.
Location: Gallery Kobeia, Luisenstrasse 49
Phone: 089 1892 1101
More Information: www.kobeia.com