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What’s on in Germany: December 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: Surf films in Cologne, a Hansel and Gretel opera in Munich, and a play about the Brothers Grimm premieres in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: December 6 – 12
Photo: Charles Meryon's etching of Notre Dame, Wikipedia public domain

BERLIN

Music/Concerts

Jazz at the Berlin Philharmonic

Help UNICEF and go see some jazz this week. A new series called “Jazz at the Berlin Philharmonic” starts Tuesday when three shining stars of jazz piano tickle the ivories at the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Hall. Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer aka “the romantic,” joins German pianist Michael Wollny “the consummate master pianist,” and Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala “the natural phenomenon,” in solo, duo, and trio piano sets. Pieces by Bach and Chick Corea, as well as the performers’ own compositions fill the program.

Price: €15 – 35

Location: Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1

Times: Tuesday, December 11, 8pm

Tickets: 030 254 88 999

More Information: www.berliner-philharmoniker.de

Galleries/Museums

Christian Rothenhagen: Metropolitan – Exhibition Opening

Street lamps, telephone lines, and old Victorian homes. The Berlin-based artist and graphic designer Christian Rothenhagen made beautiful drawings of San Francisco during a visit to the Northern California city. His images of Berlin and Toronto join them at a new solo show that opens at Strychnin Gallery Friday. Marvel at the amazingly straight lines in his urban landscape illustrations.

Price: Free

Location: Strychnin Gallery, 
Boxhagenerstrasse 36

Times: Friday, December 7, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 6pm

Phone: 030 9700 2035

More Information: www.strychnin.com

One on One Exhibition

Have you ever looked at art in quiet solitude? Ever been alone in a gallery where the only set of eyes transferring their scrutinizing gaze onto the artwork is yours? It’s nice isn’t it. The One On One exhibition at KW Berlin features works and spaces intended to be seen or experienced by one person at a time. It’s intimate, confrontational, and an interesting way to consume art. Go Tuesday when an artist, curator, and historian discuss the “conflict between intimacy and public view.”

Price: €6

Location: KW Institute for Contemporary Art,
Auguststrasse 69

Times: Tuesday, December 11, 7:30pm (Dornbracht Conversations: “Public Intimacy”); Tuesday – Sunday, noon – 7pm; Thursday, noon – 9pm; through January 20, 2013 (Gallery Hours)

Phone: 030 243 4590

More Information: www.kw-berlin.de

COLOGNE

Film

Surf Film Festival Cologne

Surf’s up in Cologne this week when nine movies about surfing flash across the big screen. Follow the journey of brothers Julian and Joaquin as they venture from California to Argentina in “Gauchos del Mar,” or see historic footage from the 1960s and 1970s in the award-winning adventure sport documentary Last Paradise. The event kicks off with an art opening Thursday.

Price: €7.50 (Single Ticket); €24 (Combi-Ticket)

Location: Fritt Boards, Venloer Strasse 510 and Cinenova Arthouse-Center

Herbrandstrasse 11

Times: Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9

Phone: 040 0876 01770

More Information about “Homemade Cologne” and other alternative Christmas markets: www.surffilmfestival.de

FRANKFURT

Film

Big Cinema – The German Film Museum at the Staedel Museum

It’s not uncommon for art to play a starring role in film. On Saturday, the German Film Museum and the Staedel Museum present a series of cinematic classics, blockbusters, and rare film treasures that all incorporate celebrated artworks – from ancient cave drawings, to twenty-first century street art – in their frames. Though most are dubbed in German, three of the films, including Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), The Mill and the Cross (2011), and Caravaggio (1986) will be shown in their original English language versions.

Price: €18

Location: Staedel Museum
Dürerstrasse 2



Times: Saturday, December 8, 7pm

Phone: 069 605 0980

More Information: www.staedelmuseum.de

Theatre

A Grimm Tale

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first book of children’s fairy tales. In honour of that marvelous event, Theatre Language Studio Frankfurt is staging a play about their lives. Penned by American playwright Lonnie Bradley, the two-act play weaves together the stories of two of the most imaginative brothers history has ever known. Take a seat in the audience this week and watch actors and shadow puppets portray the lives of these legendary storytellers.

Price: €17

Location: Internationales Theater
, Hanauer Landstrasse 7

Times: 7:30pm, Friday, December 7, Saturday, December 8, Thursday, December 13 – Saturday, December 15; 4pm, Sunday, December 9

Tickets: 069 499 09 80

More Information: www.internationales-theater.de

Hamlet – Mis-En-Scene/Performance

The actor, photographer, and filmmaker Jack Smith was a pioneer of underground cinema in New York from the 1950s until his death in 1989. An exhibition at the MMK, which runs until January, focuses on Smith’s photographic work, and this week, actors from Städelschule’s Pure Fiction Seminar pay tribute to the avant-garde performance artist with an unconventional staging of Hamlet at Portikus. Wine and nudity take the performance a step beyond your traditional theatre in the round.

Price: Free

Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2

Times: Tuesday, December 11, and Wednesday, December 12, 7pm

Phone: 069 962 44540

More Information: www.jacksmith.extratrouble.de and www.mmk-frankfurt.de

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Captivated by Darkness – Charles Meryon and the French Etching Revival

Gargoyles and gothic arches are prominent in the etchings of Charles Meryon, a French artist who helped bring etching back into fashion in the mid-1800s. A collection of his work hangs at the Hamburger Kunsthalle this winter. Go and examine the exceptional precision of his scenes of Paris, including views of the Seine, Notre Dame, and The Conciergerie.

Price: €12

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; through March 3, 2013

Phone: 040 428 131 300

More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

MUNICH

Theatre

Hansel and Gretel Fairytale Opera

A live orchestra plays the music of Engelbert Humperdinck as a little boy and girl make their way through the woods. Follow the plight of that beloved brother and sister team Hansel and Gretel at Gasteig Saturday. The Bavarian Free State Theater’s stimulating operetta features seven soloists and a children’s choir. Who can blame them for not being able to resist that mean old lady’s candy covered gingerbread house? After the show, go home and build your own.

Price: €34.95 – 44.95

Location: Gasteig Munchen, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Saturday, December 8, 5pm

Ticket Hotline: 089 54 81 81 81

More Information: www.gasteig.de

Music/Concerts

Method Man and Redman

East Coast rap hits Bavaria Wednesday night when two of New York City’s most notorious MCs pick up the mic in Munich. “Throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care” as Method Man and Redman bounce around the stage and bust out their post-Wu Tang Clan rhymes. A whole crew of supporting artists gets the room heated up.

Price: €39.50

Location: Backstage, Werk, Reitknechtstrasse 6

Times: Wednesday, December 12, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 089 54 81 81 81

More Information: www.backstage.eu

Music/Concerts

Nina Attal and Band

Who can resist a cover of “Tell Me Something Good?” And when it’s done with as much sass as Nina Attal’s rendition, you can’t help but get up out of your seat. Let’s hope the funky French soul singer includes the Chaka Khan classic in her set Tuesday night at Munich’s Jazzclub Unterfahrt, along with a few scathing solos on her Gibson.

Price: €17

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Tuesday, December 11, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 27 94

More Information: www.unterfahrt.de

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BERLIN

EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

READ ALSO: Tougher Covid measures needed to stop 100,000 more deaths, warns top German virologist

Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

Shops
If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

Leisure
2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

Hairdressers
For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

Transport
3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.

 

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