What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16

What's on in Germany: December 10 - 16
Photo: Staatsoper Hannover
This Week's Highlights: Grandmaster Flash in Munich, Wagner in Hannover, and a festival for nerds in Berlin.



Till Death Do Us Part

Super 8 film sequences combine with Polaroid images in this dreamy love story that unfolds between Cristal and Margarita in the California desert. The actresses Daisy McCrackin and Austen Tate give sound to their characters through music and poetry.

Price: €10

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Thursday, December 10, 9:15pm

Phone: 030 2472 7801

More Information: www.twentyninepalms.ca


NERD Fest Berlin

You wear your trousers a little too high and tape your glasses whenever they break. Face it, you’re a nerd. Or maybe you just want to be one. Whatever the story, get over to the Michelberger Hotel where filmmakers, DJs, bloggers, and other nerdy types will be nerding it up big time on Saturday.

Price: €5

Location: Michelberger Hotel, Warschauer Strasse 39-40

Times: Saturday, December 12, 6pm

More Information: www.nerdfestberlin.blogspot.com


Istanbul Modern Berlin

Turkey’s largest city has been making waves in the art world for quite some time now. But don’t fret if you can’t make it over there, Istanbul’s art is coming to you. A nice collection of works dating from 1928 to 2008 has travelled from one of Turkey’s most celebrated art museums, Istanbul Modern, to Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Price: €11

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through January 17, 2010

Phone: 030 254 860

More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de




She’s lewd, she’s crude, she’s unabashedly vulgar, and you just can’t get enough of her. The Canadian rocker worked with Simian Mobile Disco on her latest album I Feel Cream, so expect even more electro beats Tuesday night when she hits up Cologne.

Price: €25

Location: Bürgerhaus Stollwerck, Dreikönigenstrasse 23

Times: Tuesday, December 15, 9pm

Tickets: 0221 2801

More Information: www.peachesrocks.com



A Christmas Story

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the premise for this theatre piece for kids eight and older. Music from Handel’s “Messiah” will transport you well beyond the “ghost of Christmas past.”

Price: €9.50 – 14.50

Location: Papageno Music Theater in the Palmengarten, Walter-Leiske-Strasse 36

Times: Saturday, December 12, 1:30pm

Phone: 069 51 50 38

More Information: www.papageno-theater.de


Christmas for Young and Old – German Christmas Songs and Stories

Be immersed in the Yuletide spirit of an old fashioned German Christmas. Frankfurt’s State Opera House hosts a delightful afternoon of traditional songs and stories performed by Frankfurter Singakademie, Kinderchor Frankfurt, and Frankfurt Chamber Brass.

Price: €8 – 32

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Sunday, December 13, 4pm

Phone: 069 1340 400

More Information: www.alteoper.de



Cantus Girls Choir

Celebrate the arrival of Lucia, “the Light Queen” Saturday with an angelic concert of young female voices from Latvia. Their ethereal songs will surely illuminate the coldest and darkest of north German evenings.

Price: €10 – 12

Location: St. Stephen’s Church, Stephanstrasse 117

Times: Saturday, December 12, 6pm

Phone: 040 695 76 00

More Information: st-stephan-hamburg.de



The Ring of Nibelung – Das Rheingold

Part one of the epic four-part Wagner opera unfolds upon the stage at Hannover’s State Opera House Friday. Be swept away by the drama of one of opera’s most intensive productions.

Price: €22 – 54

Location: Hamburg State Opera, Opernplatz 1

Times: Friday, December 11, 7:30pm

Tickets: 0511 9999 1111

More Information: www.hannover.de



Grandmaster Flash

He practically invented this game. Well, not “practically,” he actually did. See the mix master in action at P1 Club Friday night.

Price: TBD

Location: P1 Club, Prinzregentenstrasse 1

Times: Friday, December 11, 10pm

Phone: 089 211 1140

More Information: www.p1-club.de

Metal From Finland

The best death metal comes from Finland. Or so they say. See for yourself Friday night at Feierwerk when Swallow the Sun, Insomnium, and Omnium Gatherum take the stage.

Price: €16

Location: Feierwerk, Orangehouse, Hansastrasse 39 – 41

Times: Friday, December 11, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 724 880

More Information: www.feierwerk.de


Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel

Pioneers in the field of photography, this American pair is recognised as one of the great artist couples of the 20th century. See early fashion photographs from Harper’s Bazaar, evocative New York City street scenes from the 1940s, and black and white stills of dancers that seem to vibrate with movement.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie f5,6 Ludwigstrasse 7

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm

Phone: 089 28 67 51 67

More Information: www.f56.net