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What’s on in Germany: January 3 – 9

This Fortnight's Highlights: “Divas” in Berlin, gospel singers in Frankfurt, and a jazz festival in Münster.

What's on in Germany: January 3 - 9
Photo: DPA

BERLIN

Theatre

Divas – The Show

Las Vegas comedian Bethany Owen can impersonate everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Joan Rivers, making her the perfect host for “Divas – The Show,” a new theatrical production premiering Friday night in Berlin. Watch a talented array of glamorous ladies pay tribute to their vocal doppelgangers as they belt out the tunes of Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and other queens of the concert stage.

Price: €20 – 48.50

Location: Estrel Berlin,
 Sonnenallee 225

Times: Wednesday – Saturday, 8:30pm; Sunday, 7pm; January 4 – 27

Ticket Hotline: 030 6831 6831

More Information: www.estrel.com

Children’s Theatre at the Marchenhutte

There’s a fairy tale hut in a park in Berlin where classic characters from children’s literature prance across the stage. This weekend the actors at the Marchenhutte in Monbijou park perform Snow White, Rumpelstilzken, and The Frog King. The plays are in German, but these beloved stories are enchanting in any language, aren’t they?

Price: €5 (Children); €8 (Adults)

Location: Märchenhütte, Monbijoupark, Monbijoustrasse (Across from the Bode Museum)

Times: Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6, 3pm; 3:30pm; 4:30pm (Children and Adults); Also evening performances for adults and older children

Ticket Hotline: 030 2888 66 999

More Information: www.maerchenhuette.de

Galleries/Museums

Art For the Whole Family – The Three Kings

“We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we’ve traveled so far.” Three wise men came from the East, following the light of a shining star to find the newborn baby Jesus. So goes the biblical story of the three kings who offered gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Maybe you’ve got them in your nativity scene at home, maybe not, either way one thing’s for sure, these dudes don’t get enough of the spotlight at Christmas. Pay the guys a little respect Saturday when Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie celebrates the trio during a special museum tour for families.

Price: €3

Location: Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz

Times: Saturday, January 5, 2pm

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

More Information: www.smb.museum

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums

Space Machine Theatre – Scene and Architecture

The theatre stage is a magical place. Extraordinary sets transport the audience to a different time and place where art and fantasy merge. Cologne’s Museum of Applied Arts honours the tradition of stage design, complete with all the secrets of prop symbology and historical architectural accuracy in a new exhibition. See designs from the Weimar Republic, Walter Gropius’ Total Theatre, and the Opera Garnier in Paris.

Price: €6

Location: Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm; through March 10

Phone: 0221 221 267 14

More Information: www.museenkoeln.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

The Harlem Gospel Singers – Wonderful World

Shake off the doldrums of your lingering New Year’s hangover with the most uplifting kind of concert out there. Led by the radiant Queen Esther Marrow, the Harlem Gospel Singers are belting their way around Germany this month with a stop in Frankfurt Monday. Their elaborately staged song and dance show will have you smiling for days. It’s a “Wonderful World.” “Let’s enjoy it while we can.”

Price: €31.50 – 59 (Adults); €17.50 – 31.30 (Children)

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt
, Opernplatz

Times: Monday, January 7, 8pm

Phone: 069 13 400

More Information: www.theharlemgospelsingers.de

HAMBURG

Dance

Rasta Thomas – Bad Boys of Dance: Rock the Ballet

No pink tutus here. The physically fantastic dancers in this mostly male troupe twirl and leap around the stage in suits and ties. Combining charm and energy in a sensational production that nods toward both Michael Jackson and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rasta Thomas and the Bad Boys of Dance kick off a two-week run at Kampnagel Friday.

Price: €5 (Adults); €2 (Children)

Location: Kampnagel Hamburg, Jarrestrasse 20

Times: Friday, January 4, 8pm; Saturday, January 5, 8pm; Sunday, January 6, 7pm; Tuesday, January 8, 8pm; Wednesday, January 9, 8pm; Continuing through January 20

Phone: 040 27 09 49 49

More Information: www.kampnagel.de

Galleries/Museums

Albert Watson – Visions Feat: Cotton Made in Africa

Albert Watson got famous shooting supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in the 1990s. His portraits of celebrities from Alfred Hitchcock to Mike Tyson are iconic. Recently the camera man’s travels have taken him to the cotton fields of Benin where he documented Africa’s cotton industry. His shots of colorfully dressed cotton farmers join earlier works from his oeuvre at an exhibition at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Go and gaze into the eyes of beautiful Benin faces this week.

Price: €9

Location: Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstrasse 1-2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 13 (Extended)

Phone: 040 321 030

More Information: www.deichtorhallen.de

MUNICH

Galleries/Museums

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Revolution

The Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto peels back the layers of the past by intensely focusing on reality. His work is created in photographic series based on a single subject like “Seascapes,” “Theatres,” or “Architecture.” His images offer a reductionist view of profound objects, places, or scenes while inspiring a dialogue that links Japanese traditions with Western thought. In a new exhibition at the Museum Brandhorst, fifteen meditative works comprise the series “Revolution.” Spend a winter day drifting among them.

Price: €7; €1 (Sundays)

Location: Museum Brandhorst, Kunstareal, Theresienstrasse 35a

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday; 10am-8pm; through February 10

Phone: 089 23805 2286

More Information: www.museum-brandhorst.de

Literature

A Literary Evening – Books and Conversation: Louis L’Amour’s Haunted Mesa

The Anasazi were an ancient Pueblo peoples who lived in cliff dwellings in the Western United States and Mexico. The Navajo called them the “ancient enemy.” Louis L’Amour’s 1988 novel Haunted Mesa brings readers on a frontier adventure into the legacy of the Anasazi people. Read it and join the discussion at Amerika Haus Tuesday when the literary group meets for its monthly book babble.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Tuesday, January 8, 6pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.de

Activities

Munich Ice Magic

Ever been ice skating dressed in traditional Bavarian garb? Yes, that means dirndls and lederhosen. Every Monday night is “Tracht on Ice” at the big ice ring at Stachus in Munich. Start the work week off right with a spin around the ice dressed like you’re in The Sound of Music. Those who prefer your more usual puffy jacket and mittens can go any other day, but do check the program for special events like “Ladies Night” and “Family Day.”

Price: €3-7

Location: Stachus Mobile Skating Ring, Stachus

Times: Daily, 10:30am – 10pm; through January 20

Phone: 089 24 24 16 88

More Information: www.muenchnereiszauber.de

MÜNSTER

Music/Concerts

24th International Jazz Festival Münster

Italian saxophonist Mattia Cigalini brings pop power to the playlist with renditions of Rihanna and Katy Perry, while the Spanish pianist Irene Aranda weaves Andalusian motifs through her original compositions. This year’s Münster Jazz Fest is diverse and exciting with multiple artists taking the stage each night. Don’t miss Enrico Rava’s tribute to Michael Jackson “Rava on the Dance Floor” Saturday night.

Price: €12 – 37

Location: Städtische Bühnen Münster
, Neubrückenstrasse 63

Times: Friday, January 4 – Sunday, January 6

Tickets: 0251 590 9100

More Information: www.jazzfestival-muenster.de

For members

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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