You'll notice an interesting contraption outside the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this week. It's Japanese artist Kyohei Sakaguchi's “Mobile House,” a simple home concept constructed from recycled materials. On Friday morning, the Austrian pianist Marino Formenti will begin his three-week residency within the space. Berlin's newest theatre and performing arts festival is full of unusual events like this. Take a look at the programme and get privy to the perspectives of 19 artists from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
Times: Friday, September 2 – Friday, October 26
Tickets: 30 254 89 100 (€3/order)
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Dennis Hopper – The Lost Album
In the 1960s, Dennis Hopper was everywhere – the desert of Southern California, the Warhol Factory, the Alabama march with Martin Luther King. Five crates of photographs discovered after the actor/artist's death in 2010, reveal his dedicated documentation of the times. See the treasure trove of the Easy Rider actor's black and white snapshots this week in Berlin.
Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-7pm; through December 17
Phone: 030 254 860
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Tight Little Ship
The ladies of Tight Little Ship have been tooling around together for a couple of years now, honing a post-punk-pop sound that comes straight from the garages of Brooklyn. On Tuesday Yoko Kikuchi, Sara Lautman, and Christy Davis bring their electric guitars and Kim Deal-style vocals to Madame Claude's. Order a whiskey sour and rock out.
Location: Madame Claude, Lubbener Strasse 19
Times: Tuesday, October 2, 9pm
More Information: tightlittleship.bandcamp.com
Africa Film Festival – 20 Year Anniversary Party
Cologne has been presenting new films from Africa since 1992, making this year the festival's 20th anniversary. Celebrate that milestone Saturday night when DJ Ali T spins “urban beats from Kuala Lumpur to Kinshasa, Cairo to Cape Town, St Petersburg and San Francisco” in the Filmforum Foyer at Museum Ludwig. Get fired up for the event by taking in a screening of Punk in Africa immediately preceding the party.
Price: €6 (Film Tickets); Free (Anniversary Party)
Location: Museum Ludwig, Filmforum, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Times: Friday, September 29, 10pm (Anniversary Party)
Ticket Hotline: 0221 2801
More Information: www.filminitiativ.de
Frankfurt Zoo Day
Got a question about penguins? Bring it to the Frankfurt Zoo this weekend. A special Q&A feeding time's got all the info you could ever want on the beloved waddlers. Or perhaps you've got a budding young veterinarian among your brood. Take them to meet resident vet Dr Schauerte, she'll share everything there is to know about her job. From the “Cat Jungle” to the aquarium, visitors can get a behind the scenes view of the Frankfurt Zoo this weekend.
Price: €8 (Adults); €4 (Kids 6-17); €20 (Family)
Location: Zoo Frankfurt, Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
Times: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 10am-6pm
More Information: www.zoo-frankfurt.de
Apple Festival at the Orchard on Steinberg
Nothing says autumn like an apple festival. Spend a day in a sweater and scarf among the crabby trees of Andreas Schneider's Orchard on Steinberg up near the village of Nieder-Erlenbach. The music starts at 3pm, but the tasting begins four hours prior. Bite into the juicy flesh of a just-plucked apple and celebrate the harvest.
Location: Obsthof am Steinberg, Am Steinberg 24
Times: Wednesday, October 3, 11am
More Information: www.obsthof-am-steinberg.de
Hamburg Comic Fest – Gabrielle Bell
Gabrielle Bell is one of those brilliant young talents who knows what it is they're supposed to be doing in life, and carves out their own success story. England-born and California-raised, she writes funny comics full of quirk and irony. As evidenced in her semi-autobiographical stories, she now lives in Brooklyn, where she publishes a new comic on her blog every day. Meet the clever lady Friday, when an exhibition of her work goes on view as part of the Hambug Comic Festival.
Location: Affenfaust, Detlev-Bremer-Strasse 15
Times: Friday, September 28, 8pm (Opening); Saturday, September 29, Noon-8pm; Sunday, September 30, Noon-6pm
More Information: www.affenfaust.org
She didn't know she could sing until age 19 when she picked up a guitar and holed herself away in her room. The results made their way onto the soundtrack of more than a few American TV shows. That'll happen when you've got lyrics as emotive as these. Get all caught up in your feelings when Rosi Golan sings about love and happiness Tuesday before continuing on to Frankfurt.
Location: Grüner Jäger, Neuer Pferdemarkt 36
Times: Tuesday, October 2, 10pm
More Information: www.rosigolan.com
Leipzig Market Festival
Pirates and troubadours mingle on Leipzig's main square this week for a good old fashioned fall festival. Join in on the merriment but be sure to wander, because the seasonal attractions are spread out around the city center. The flower and ceramic stalls set up at in front of St. Nicholas Church, while a special area for kids takes over Augustusplatz.
Location: Various areas around Leipzig's city center
Times: Saturday, September 29 – Tuesday, October 2
More Information: www.leipzig.de
The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich - Jewish New Years Concert 5773
Focusing on rarely played works by Jewish composers, the Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich is made up of musicians from over twenty countries. On Thursday, Daniel Grossman conducts the group through two operettas by Jacques Offenbach in celebration of the Jewish New Year. Shanah Tovah!
Price: €15 – 36
Location: Jüdisches Zentrum Jakobsplatz, St.-Jakobs-Platz 18
Times: Thursday, September 27, 8pm
More Information: www.orchester-jakobsplatz.org
She started out as a high jump athlete, then became a fashion model. Last year, the French singer released her debut album The Shape of a Broken Heart, a set of thoughtful, reflective songs conveyed with a folksy acoustic soul reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, who she names as an influence along with Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. See her sing Sunday in Munich.
Location: Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4
Times: Sunday, September 30, 8:30
Phone: 089 458 750 10
More Information: www.muffatwerk.de