A site-specific spacial collage. A new score for Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis. A portrait concert of Japanese-American composer Ken Ueno in the Jewish Museum’s glass courtyard. One of the largest new music festivals in Europe, MaerzMusik begins its delightfully varied 10-day program this week.
Times: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 27
Tickets: 030 254 89 100
More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Nan Goldin – Berlin Work
Berlin is arguably the most creative metropolis on the planet. But it wouldn’t be the artistic haven it is today without those exquisite characters who paraded through Berlin’s dingy underground in the 1980s and 1990s. Photographer Nan Goldin ran with that colorful crowd, documenting their wild ways on her frequent visits. See shots of actress Tilda Swinton, artist Kiki Smith and other luminaries at the Berlinische Galerie before the exhibition ends next Monday.
Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstrasse 124 – 128
Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm; through March 28
Phone: 030 789 02 600
More Information: www.berlinischegalerie.de
Mafrouza – A Five-Part Documentary Film Cycle
Between 2001 and 2004, French director Emmanuelle Demoris spent two years in Mafrouza, a slum in Alexandria, Egypt, which was demolished in 2007. The result was a five-part film cycle that chronicles the lives of a handful of residents. Get a glimpse into the daily life of the inhabitants of the district this weekend when Kino Arsenal screens all five instalments.
Location: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2
Times: Friday, March 18, 8pm; Satuday, March 19, 5pm and 8:30pm; Sunday, March 20, 5pm and 8pm
Phone: 030 26955 100
More Information: www.arsenal-berlin.de
New Music to Old Films – Mizoguchi Kenji: Taki no Shiraito
Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki combines electroacoustic sounds with Eastern and Western instruments in her score for the 1933 Kenji Mizoguchi film Taki no Shiraito. Watch the black and white drama unfold on the big screen while the Nieuw Ensemble interprets Ms. Mochizuki’s evocative soundtrack.
Location: Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Universitätsstrasse 98
Times: Tuesday, March 22, 7pm
Phone: 0221 94 05 58 0
More Information: www.jki.de
The Low Anthem
This Providence, Rhode Island band recorded their fourth album Smart Flesh in an old pasta factory. The cavernous, industrial space was just perfect for the reverberating sound of struck metal, sawed wood, acoustic guitars, and a pump organ. See the indie folk rockers jam out at Stadtgarten, Sunday.
Location: Stadtgarten, Venloer Strasse 40
Times: Sunday, March 20, 9pm
Phone: 0221 952 9940
More Information: www.stadtgarten.de
Locuras Del Corazón – Flamenco
Vocalist José Parrondo, guitarist Emanuel Egmont, and dancer Martina del Prado pay tribute to one of the great masters of Spanish flamenco with this tribute to the legendary singer Antonio Mairena. Succumb to this fiery trio’s Andalusian rhythms Sunday night, and escape to the warm climes of southern Spain, if only for an evening.
Location: Internationales Theater, Hanauer Landstrasse 7
Times: Sunday, March 20, 7pm
Phone: 069 499 09 80
More Information: www.internationales-theater.de
Brit Jazz Week
The British are coming! Six UK jazz bands toot their horns across Germany and Austria this week. Former Portishead members Get The Blessing join saxophonist Jason Yards, pianist Kit Downes, rapper-saxophonist Soweto Kinch, and others on this rollicking road trip. If you’re in Hamburg, catch a gig at Birdland. (Brit Jazz Week is also taking place this week in Berlin, Dortmund, Cologne, Munich, and Karlsruhe.)
Location: Birdland, Gärtnerstrasse 122
Times: Monday, March 14 – Saturday, March 19, 9pm
Phone: 040 40 52 77
More Information: www.britjazzweek.com
The sounds of acoustic guitars and clarinets fill the air at the Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg this weekend. The third annual Elbinsel-Gipsy-Festival starts Friday night with a performance by the Cafe Royal Salon Orchestra. Gather around the fire in the Bürgerhaus courtyard Saturday afternoon, and don’t miss the special exhibition of “Django” guitars.
Price: €15 (Day Ticket); €26 Festival Ticket
Location: Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg, Mengestrasse 20
Times: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19
Phone: 040 75 20 17 0
More Information: www.buewi.de
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The American Drama Group stages a theatrical adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic 1960s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this week at Amerika Haus. Witness the insane antics of Nurse Ratched, McMurphy, the Chief, and Kesey’s other off-the-wall characters.
Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3
Times: Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm; Friday, March 18, 11am and 7:30pm
Phone: 089 55 25 370
More Information: www.adg-europe.com
Talks in English
All About Me: Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins
In the 1960s, jewellery designers Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins were part of the movement to make jewellery less about material value and more about artistic ideas. They created brilliant baubles inspired by pop art at their studio Optik Art Jewellery. Hear the pair speak Sunday at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Location: PInakothek der Moderne, Ernst von Siemens Auditorium, Barer Strasse 40
Times: Sunday, March 20, 11am
Phone: 089 23805 360
More Information: www.pinakothek.de
Indian Festival of Colours
Taste the curries and kababs. Bop to Bhangra beats. Let the rhythms of Bollywood lure you to the Kulturhaus Milbertshofen Saturday for an exhilarating festival of Indian culture. There will be music, dancing, culinary delights, and special activities for the little ones.
Price: €12; Children Under 9, Free
Location: Kulturhus Milbertshofen, Curt-Mezger-Platz 1
Times: Saturday, March 19, 5pm
More Information: www.kulturhaus-milbertshofen.de