What's on in Germany: October 25 – 31
This Week's Highlights: A big birthday celebration in Berlin, jazz in Frankfurt, and English theatre in Munich and Hamburg.
Berlin's 775th Anniversary Celebration
The first documented mention of Berlin dates from October 28, 1237. That means the city officially turns 775 on Sunday. Berliners have been celebrating all year, but the festivities culminate this weekend in a big bash in the Nikolaiviertel. Go and marvel at fire installations and street theatre taking place in the historic district. Of course the party wouldn't be complete without a market straight out of the Middle Ages. Here's your chance to stock up on hand-dipped candles, spun wool, copper, and ironwork.
Location: Nikolaiviertel, around St. Nicholas Church.
Times: Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28
More Information: www.berlin.de
Another Country Bookshop's Halloween Party
If Edward Gorey were alive and living in Berlin, he's be at Another Country Friday night wining and dining with his fellow lovers of the macabre. Go in costume to the English language bookshop's annual Halloween party and maybe you'll go home with a prize.
Price: €5 contribution towards dinner
Location: Another Country, Riemannstrasse 7
Times: Friday, October 26, 8pm
Phone: 030 6940 1160
More Information: www.anothercountry.de
Tura Ya Moya
The Nordic ensemble takes their performances out of the traditional concert hall setting and instead creates beautiful site-specific experiences in places like caves, planetariums, churches, industrial ruins, and icebergs. This time the group brings their mesmerising music and projected images to the brick walls of Berlin's Freies Museum. Check it out Thursday night.
Location: Freies Museum Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse 91
Times: Thursday, October 25, 8pm
Phone: 030 34 72 18 14
More Information: www.freies-museum.com
Pitchfork called Hot Chip's latest disc In Our Heads “their most playful and colorful record yet.” It's also full of joy. Have fun on the dance floor Monday at Cologne's Live Music Hall when the English electro-rockers start their four-date run in Germany.
Location: LiveMusicHall , Lichtstrasse 30
Times: Monday, October 29, 8pm
Tickets: 0221 2801
More Information: www.livemusichall.de
Frankfurt Jazz Festival
Rock meets jazz in Frankfurt this week. The duo of French saxophonist/clarinetist Michel Portal and Paris-based Israeli pianist Yaron Herman kick off the German Jazz Festival Frankfurt's four-night program Thursday. Friday sees British pianist Keith Tippett jamming with Soft Machine Legacy. And on Saturday the power trio Stick Men goes into overdrive when legendary Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio steps on stage. Too hot! Cool down a bit at the kinder concert Sunday afternoon.
Price: €37.50; €95.50 (All three nights); €7.50 – €11 (Children's concert)
Location: hr-Sendesaal, Bertramstrasse 8
Times: Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28
Tickets: 069 155-2000
More Information: www.hr-online.de
When soprano Raquel Andueza starts to sing you're transported back to a time when conquistadors bowed to the Infanta of Spain and Velasquez mixed paints on a palette. Stop in at the Cervantes Institute Thursday night when her group La Galania performs early music from the Iberian Peninsula.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstrasse 1
Times: Thursday, October 25, 8pm
Phone: 069 7137 4970
More Information: www.frankfurt.cervantes.es
Homage to Carole Bouquet
The ravishing French actress Carole Bouquet made her film debut in 1977 in Luis Bunuel's That Obscure Object of Desire. A decade later she brought home a Cesar Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Beautiful For You. See that film and others this weekend in Frankfurt. The German Film Institute is showing a handful of Bouquet's best films with English subtitles. And if you go Sunday morning when her latest movie Impardonnables screens, the leading lady will be there too.
Location: Cinema in the German Film Museum, Schaumainkai 41
Times: Friday, October 26, 6pm; Saturday, October 27, 8:30pm; Sunday, October 28, 11am and 7:30pm; Wednesday, October 31, 6pm
Tickets: 069 961 220 220
More Information: www.deutsches-filminstitut.de
The Two Henrys
A pair of British chaps both called Henry host an off the wall talk show in a humorous theatre piece premiering Saturday in Hamburg. With unexpected guests, live music, live cooking, and plenty of comedy, The Two Henrys offers a fun opportunity for anglophones living in Germany to get a little English-language entertainment.
Location: Monsun Theater, Friedensallee 20
Times: Saturday, October 27, 8pm and Sunday, November 11, 6pm
Tickets: 0180 50 40 300 (0,14 €/Minute (Landlines), 0.42 € (Mobiles)
More Information: www.twohenrys.net
Halloween in the Zoo
Dress up like a wild animal Wednesday and head to the zoo. Leipzig Zoo's annual Halloween party features face painting, pumpkin carving, and a bonfire. Are you brave enough to embark on the ghost tour? Clutch your torches tightly, there's no telling what kinds of savage beasts you'll encounter.
Price: €17 (Adults); €10 (Kids); Free for kids in costume
Location: Zoo Leipzig, Pfaffendorfer Strasse 29
Times: Wednesday, October 31
More Information: www.zoo-leipzig.de
A Beautiful View
Two women. Twenty years. Relationships like the one shared by “M” and “L” in Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View are the kinds lives are made of. Becky Johnson and Amy Rutherford play the ladies in question in BeMe Theatre's production. Ride the waves of their tumultuous relationship before the play closes Saturday night.
Location: Einstein Kulturzenturm, Einsteinstrasse 42
Times: Thursday, October 25 – Saturday, October 27, 8pm
Reservations: 089 385 377 66
More Information: www.bemetheatre.com
Halloween Story Time
Every month the Munich Readery hosts a story time event for kids over three-years-old. This time around, the little ones will hear stories with a Halloween theme. Put the kids in their costumes and head over to the English language bookshop for a morning of books about pumpkins and witches.
Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104
Times: Saturday, October 27, 10:30am
Phone: 089 121 92 403
More Information: www.readery.de