What's on in Germany: September 20 - 26

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What's on in Germany: September 20 - 26
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This Week's Highlights: Music Night in Cologne, a jazz festival in Leipzig, and the Bavarian Agricultural Festival celebrates a jubilee.




Heri, Hodie, Cras – An Exhibition by Stephan Doitschinoff

Stephan Doitschinoff's dad is an Evangelical minister, which may explain his infatuation with ecclesiastical iconography. But the Brazilian artist's work is light years away from anything you'd see hanging in a church. His saints are candy coloured and his devils horny. Mingle with the Berlin art world at Gestalten Space Friday night when Doitschinoff opens his first solo show in the German capital.

Price: Free

Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Hofe, Sophienstrasse 21

Times: Friday, September 21, 6-9pm (Opening); Sunday – Friday, Noon-8pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; through October 14 (Regular Hours)

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R.B. Kitaj (1932 - 2007) – Obsessions

For the first time since his death in 2007, The Jewish Museum is presenting a retrospective of the American artist R.B. Kitaj. A friend of David Hockney and Lucien Freud, Kitaj spent much of his life in England, where he helped pioneer figurative painting. Penetrating hues of bright blue, deep red, and saffron swath images of lovers in a tub and muscular ladies bathing by the shore. Eye the oeuvre of over a hundred paintings, prints, and drawings when the exhibition opens Friday in Berlin.

Price: €4

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Daily, 10am-8pm; Monday, 10am-10pm; Friday, September 21 – January 27, 2013

Phone: 030 259 93 300

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Classics Not Just for Children – Laurel and Hardy with Live Piano

Think “Stan Laurel” and “Oliver Hardy.” Are you laughing yet? Back in the 1920s and 1930s kids took in a Laurel and Hardy reel any chance they got. Introduce a new generation to the old classics Sunday when Big Business, Finishing Touch, and Two Tars screen at Kino Arsenal. Eunice Martins tickles the ivories along to the on-screen antics.

Price: €6.50 (Adults), €3 (Kids)

Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2

Times: Sunday, September 23, 4pm

Phone: 030 26955 100

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Cologne Music Night

They say Cologne Music Night is “a musical archaeological tour through all times and cultures.” And a glance at Saturday's program shows that statement does indeed hold water. There's the Ensemble Anubhab who weave Indian raga through classical and jazz tunes; the Backes, Leupold, Hilbert trio who set John Donne's verse to music; and the Cajun Roosters whose sound comes straight from “the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.” Buy a ticket and take your pick of 100 different concerts.

Price: €18

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, September 22, 5pm-2am

Ticket Hotline: 0221 2801

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Intercultural Week 2012

With films from Japan and Africa (with English subtitles), dance from Greece and Israel, music from Mexico and India, and fairy tales from all over the world, the organizers of Cologne's Intercultural Week have created a varied program that incorporates aspects of all kinds of different cultures. Taste the culinary flavours of Nigeria, or gaze for a while at the elegant lines of Islamic calligraphy. The multicultural merriment starts Monday.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Monday, September 24 – Sunday, October 7

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Children's Concerts

BaM! Baby Concert

Babies love music. From Raffi to Rachmaninoff, they generally don't discriminate. And when the musicians are dressed in fancy gowns like real life princesses, even better. On Saturday, your little music lovers can gather around the grand piano at Stilwerk to hear works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. Reservations recommended.

Price: €10 (Adults); €5 (Babies from 0-2)

Location: Stilwerk, Grünstrasse 15

Times: Saturday, September 22, 11am

Reservations: 0211 86 228 200

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Magic Lantern Shows

In the 19th century, magic lanterns provided some of the most technologically advanced entertainment in the form of colorful moving images. The German Film Museum in Dusseldorf includes a section on magic lanterns in their permanent collection, and this weekend visitors can see these Victorian era devices in action. The program of four shows includes “Gilbert's Galantee Show,” which features colorful hand painted slides and the swirling melodies of a barrel organ. What a unique way to spend the evening.

Price: €10 – 15

Location: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41

Times: Friday, September 21, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm, and Sunday, September 22, 6pm

Phone: 069 961 220 220

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Reeperbahn Festival

The air in Hamburg is electrified this week by the hundreds of musicians, artists, fans, managers, promoters, and record label execs who are gathering in the Free and Hanseatic City for one of Germany's most important music and entertainment events. Delve into the symposium discussions, sign up for the songwriter camp, and then rock out all night long. Best Coast, Graham Coxon, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion... the list goes on and on.

Price: €67 (3-Day), €50 (2-Day), €34 (1-Day)

Location: The Reeperbahn District

Times: Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22

Tickets: 040 413 22 60

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I Have Seen the Future – Kiki Kogelnik

Electric blue dots, rockets, stenciled robots. All awash in a spectrum of lime green, sunshine yellow, and cotton candy pink. Kunstverein Hamburg's new Kiki Kogelnik show is straight out of a 1960s Cold War pop art mania. The Austrian artist moved to New York in the 1960s where her infatuation with technology influenced her art in scintillating ways. Blast over to the Kunstverein this week to check out the work.

Price: €3

Location: Der Kunstverein, Klosterwall 23

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon-6pm; through December 30

Phone: 040 32 21 57

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Leipzig Jazz Days

In 1976, Leipzig took a pin on the jazz map. Now in its 36th year, Leipzig Jazz Days is hotter than ever. Catch American saxophone legend Lee Konitz when he plays with the WDR Big Band, hear the Leipzig vocal quintet Tonalrausch sing songs by Paul McCartney, and get into trumpet player Arve Hendriksen's minimalist electro groove. From a church, to an opera house, to galleries, and clubs, players set up at stages across the city.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 30

Tickets: 0341 126 126 1

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Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival

A whole lot more than your average pig and cow show – though the pigs and cows will be there and they will be awesome – the Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival presents all things farming. That means visitors will learn about all the latest agricultural innovations, renewable energies, and sustainable agriculture, as well as taste the scrumptious bounty of cheeses, apples, honey, and other farmyard delights. Don't miss the goat parade on Family Day Saturday! The festival takes place every four years, and this year marks the 125th anniversary. It's going to be big, and you're going to want to be a part of it.

Price: €13.50

Location: Theresienwiese (south section)

Times: Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 30

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