Halleluhwah! – Tribute to CAN
For many, CAN was the greatest musical group in the history of rock and roll. Dozens of artists pay tribute to the Cologne band at an exhibition at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien that features artworks inspired by the experimental rockers. Check it out Thursday when some of the artists hold a panel discussion in English about the relationship between art and rock.
Location: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kottbusser Strasse 10
Times: Thursday, December 12, 7pm (Art & Rock Talk); Tuesday – Sunday, 2-7pm; through December 18 (Regular Hours)
Phone: 030 616 9030
More Information: www.bethanien.de
St. Lucia Christmas Parade
With it’s charming Scandinavian atmosphere, the Saint Lucia Chistmas Market is one of Berlin’s most magical. (The Swedes mix almonds and raisins into their mulled wine. Yum!) March over to the Kulturbrauerei Tuesday when the Lucia Choir parades through the old brewery’s historic brick courtyards and sings enchanting Swedish songs by the big Christmas tree. “O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!” Wait, that’s not Swedish!
Location: St. Lucia Christmas Market in the Culture Brewery, Schönhauser Allee 36-39
Times: Tuesday, December 13, 6-7pm
More Information: lucia-weihnachtsmarkt.de
Snap on your sexiest spandex and start peddling. Rollapaluza is all the rage across the UK, and the indoor sporting event is about to take Berlin by storm. Here’s how it works. A pair of riders race in place on custom built “static roller rigs” as the beer-fueled crowd cheers them on. Strut your stuff Friday night at the Keirin Cycle Culture Cafe. Stationary bikes are the new mechanical bulls.
Price: Free Location: Keirin Cycle Culture Café, Oberbaumstrasse 5 Times: Friday, December 9, 8pm-midnight More Information: www.rollapaluza.de
Children’s Films, Presented by Gareth Moore
Kids, you’re in luck. Five artists each made a film especially for you, and they’re being shown together in a little 20-minute screening at venues around Bliefeld through January. This week, The Little Hunchback, Pippi and Thelonius, and other sweet cinematic tales unfold at FZZ Baumheide. No parents allowed! Unless you’ve got a little one who needs a companion. But no other exceptions! This one’s for the children.
Times: Wednesday, December 14, 3pm
Location: FZZ Baumheide, Rabenhof 76
More Information: www.bielefelder-kunstverein.de
Franzo-Sing! French Songs
Do something outrageous this weekend, sing in French! Belgian musician Fabienne Carlier is a lively entertainer who leads a children’s choir in Cologne. This Saturday, she invites parents and children to join her francophone ensemble. It’s a free trial and you’ve got nothing to lose so go ahead and channel your inner Edith Piaf.
Times: Friday, December 9, 5pm Location: Cologne French Institute, Sachsenring 77
Phone: 0221 690 6864
More Information: www.institutfrancais.de
A Christmas Carol
Ever seen Scrooge do a plié? The Saxony Theatre’s ballet rendition of the Charles Dickens classic Yuletide tale premieres Saturday and runs right up through Christmas day. God bless us every one.
Location: Landesbühnen Sachsen, Meissner Strasse 152
Times: Saturday, December 10, 5pm; Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm
Phone: 0351 89 540
More Information: www.dresden-theater.de
The Who’s Tommy
“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff’s epic rock opera is what psychedelic glam rock dreams are made of. Get acquainted with the “Pinball Wizard” this week when The English Theatre Frankfurt stages The Who’s Tommy.
Location: The English Theater Frankfurt, Gallusanlage 7
Times: Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9, 7:30pm; Saturday, December 10, 3pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, December 11, 6pm; Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm; Wednesday, December 14, 7:30pm
Phone: 069 242 31620
More Information: www.english-theatre.org
Matti Aikio – Crime Scene
What goes on way up in the northern regions of Lapland? Up above the border of the Arctic Circle where the moody winter light is fleeting. Where the Saami people herd the reindeer just as their fathers, and their father’s fathers did before them. Saami-Finnish artist Matti Aikio’s video installation “Crime Scene” offers a glimpse into this intriguing world. See it this weekend at Kampnagel where it’s shown as part of the Norwind Festival.
Location: Kampnagel, Foyer, 20
Times: Thursday, December 8 – Sunday, December 11, 6:30pm
Phone: 040 270 9490
More Information: www.kampnagel.de
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
It’s always a treat to see works by Bach performed at St. Thomas’ Church where he held the esteemed position of cantor all those years before his death in 1750. This weekend, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir joins the St. Thomas Boys Choir for a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Penned for the 1734 Christmas season, the sacred piece is a timeless tribute to the birth of Christ.
Location: St. Thomas’ Church, Thomaskirchhof 18
Times: Friday, December 9, 7pm; Saturday, December 10, 5pm; Sunday, December 11, 5pm
Ticket Hotline: 0341 12 70 280
More Information: www.gewandhaus.de
A favorite among Catholic grandmothers, the “Ave Maria” has been set to music by many a composer over the centuries. From Charles Gounod’s magnificent melody to the rousing rendition Verdi penned for Otello, soprano Regine Sturm, and Counterteno Bernhard Landauer sing selections Friday in Munich. Bring grandma.
Location: Allerheiligen Hofkirche, Residenz, Residenzstrasse 1
Times: Friday, December 9, 7pm
Tickets: 0180 55 96 860 (.14/min)
More Information: www.kulturgipfel.de
New Music in the Sculpture Park
The cold weather months are a striking time to visit a sculpture park. The oversized pieces stand out against the barren trees, and if you’re lucky, a snow covered ground. Bundle up for a stroll around the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal Tuesday, then gather for a performance of works by Arthur Honegger, Igor Strawinsky, Jean Francaix, Darius Milhaud and Bohuslav Martinu.
Location: Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Hirschstrasse 12
Times: Tuesday, December 13, 7pm
Ticket Hotline: 01805 280 100
More Information: www.wuppertal.de