January 11 – 13

Weekend tips for Bonn and the region

Im roten Licht des Alten Rathauses spielt die Bonn University Shakespeare Company eine Szene von Macbeth. FOTOS: NICOLAS OTTERSBACH

In 2015 Bonn University Shakespeare Company featured MacBeth.

Bonn/Region. It’s a good weekend for budding thespians, Irish music enthusiasts and those who dig soul and funk. But there’s lots more going on too.

Have a peek at our ten tips for the weekend.

Buscival with Bonn University Shakespeare Company: 

What is a Buscival you might ask?  A Buscival combines the words "Festival" and "BUSC" (Bonn University Shakespeare Company), and was launched in 2015 to allow budding thespians to have a go at short Shakespeare snippets - whether improvised or rehearsed just a little.  This evening is not only for experienced actors from the theater company, but for anyone who wants to try it out.  Songs, dances, Shakespeare scenes, scenes from other writers, monologues, dialogues, show interludes, the troupe is open for everything - it’s for anyone who wants to prepare a little something. They are “looking forward to colorful, ingenious, funny, sad, emotional, dramatic and fantastic contributions!”

Info: Brotfabrik in Bonn Beuel, Kreuzstraße 16, 8pm on Saturday, January 12. 

Irish music session at Fiddlers Irish Pub: 

20 years of Irish music sessions: At the Fiddlers Irish Pub on Saturday, there will be traditional Irish music sessions on three levels all throughout the evening beginning at 6pm. The Irish sounds will originate from banjo, fiddle, flutes, guitar, vocals and Irish bagpipes. Admission is free. The series of Irish Music Sessions, featuring Michael McGoldrick (flutist for Mark Knopfler), Alan Doherty (flutist for "Lord of the Rings") and members of the Kelly Family, among others, has been going on for exactly 20 years. 

Info: Fiddlers Irish Pub, Frongasse 9, Bonn-Endenich, Saturday, January 12 from 6pm.   

SOUL UNITED at the Harmonie:

SOUL UNITED: The international funk and soul cover band from Cologne celebrates the last four decades of soul with classics like "Think" (Aretha Franklin), "Relight My Fire" (Dan Hartmann), "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder), "Ain´t Nobody" (Chaka Khan) as well as current hits by artists like Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Nils Landgren.  Singer Cinja Pausewang (also HEART+SOUL) will once again offer an "ARETHA FRANKLIN- Special" in honor of the deceased soul queen. 

Info: Harmonie, Frongasse 28-30, Bonn at 8pm, Saturday, January 12.  For tickets (23.30 euros), please call (0228) 502010 or visit Bonnticket.

Cinema in the Weimar Republic exhibition

It’s a great thing to do over the holidays whether you already know how to skate or want to learn.  Anyone who is inclined can put on some ice skates and do some figure eights around the ice skating rink in Bonn city center.  Rental skates are available at the rink, Stadtgarten am Alten Zoll, Adenauerallee. Open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10pm and on Sunday from 10 am - 9pm.  There is already a very high demand again for curling and reservations are required by signing up online: www.bonnonice.de

INFO: Bonn On Ice: Schlittschuhlaufen auf einer 1300 Quadratmeter großen Eisbahn, Stadtgarten am Alten Zoll, Adenauerallee, 10 bis 22 Uhr    

BONN CHRISTMAS CIRCUS:

Exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle (National Art Museum): The Bundeskunsthalle and the Deutsche Kinemathek are jointly presenting an extensive exhibition on the cinema of the Weimar Republic from 1918 and 1933 when film emerged as a new form of art and quickly became popular. German film production, with actresses like Marlene Dietrich achieved worldwide recognition, and for a while the German film industry was seen as a serious competitor to Hollywood. The exhibition sheds light on the new medium and on its relationship to literature, the fine arts, architecture, psychology and socio-political developments. It also focuses on the crowds who attended the early cinema and the impact. Many of the exhibits will be on public display for the first time and supplemented by selected loans from the fields of art, design, and architecture from Germany and abroad. The exhibition runs until March 24, 2019.

Info: Bundeskunsthalle, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, Bonn.  Friday, January 11, Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Marx in London:

Windsor on May 19, 2018 - the English small town is upside down. Crowds of people from all over the country have been gathering on the streets since the early hours of the morning. Equipped with union jackets, crowns and even wedding dresses, they are eagerly awaiting the dream wedding of the year: His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, marries the bourgeois Meghan Markle.In the middle of the turmoil, British photographer Peter Dench documents his impressions with his camera: the fast-food stall, which the operator decorated with the engagement photo of the bride and groom. Two women in wedding dresses who may want to change the groom's mind shortly before it gets serious. With a twinkle in his eye, he captures the bizarre hustle and bustle in pictures that look like snapshots and at the same time have a high aesthetic quality.Dench's photographs are more than a documentation of everyday and less everyday life in England. He does not gloss over, doesn’t stage anything and meets his fellow countrymen at eye level. At the same time, his photographs are marked by a great pinch of famous English humour. 

Marx in London ( a comedy) at the Bonn Opera: Composer Jonathan Dove and author/director Jürgen R. Weber as well as librettist Charles Hart have set themselves the goal of creating an opera that not only tells the story of a day in Marx's life, but also of a day in the life of the mother of all modern metropolises, London. A crazy, entertaining, exciting, but also typical day in all its dynamism and contradiction. In English with German subtitles. 

Info: Bonn Opera, Am Boeselagerhof 1, Bonn, Saturday, January 12 at 7:30pm.   For more information and tickets, please visit theater-bonn.de.

Concert at the church in the University of Bonn:

The Schlosskirche at Bonn University invites you to an organ and trumpet concert this Saturday, starting at 7 pm. Christoph Müller and Miguel Prestia will play works by Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Tickets are available at the box office for ten euros and at a reduced rate six euros for those who qualify. 

Info: An der Schloßkirche 4, Bonn.  Saturday, January 12 at 7pm.

Benefit concert for Oxfam:

Trimolo concert series: This is a benefit concert for Oxfam, an independent development and aid organization that works to end poverty.  Roland Vossebrecher, pianist and composer, has already raised 42,000 euros through his music, and on this evening he will play works from Bach and Brahms, as well as original compositions. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to emergency help projects of Oxfam. 

Info: Trinitatis Church, Brahmsstraße 14, Bonn-Endenich,  January 13, Sunday at 6pm (0228) 9784011. 

The Night Watchman tour of Bonn

Night Watchman tour in English:  This is an offer from bonn StattReisen (Bonn City Tours).  Travel with the night watchman through Bonn. A walk through the darker, wilder sides of the city.  These were dangerous times and the tasks which faced the night watchman meant that it was certainly not an easy job. Apart from dealing with the normal rabble and riff-raff in and around the city, the electoral capital of Bonn was threatened in the 17th century by war, fire and pestilence with the bubonic plague.  The walking tour lasts approximately two hours. 

Info: Meeting place is on Rheingasse, on the corner of Brassertufer, 10 - 12 euros, Friday, January 11 at 7pm.

Ice Skating at Bonn on Ice: 

There’s still time to put on some ice skates and take a spin around the rink.  The ice skating rink in Bonn city center offers fun for students, families and friends and anyone who enjoys this special winter sport.  Rental skates are available at the rink.

Info: Stadtgarten am Alten Zoll, Adenauerallee. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm and Sundays from 10 am - 9pm.

ROUGHHOUSE crossover project in Cologne

Since the beginning of November, American choreographer Richard Siegal has been working with actors from the Cologne ensemble and a selection of dancers from his company Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference on the ROUGHHOUSE crossover project.  The title comes from the verb "roughhousing", which describes a kind of playful fighting.  With breathtaking enthusiasm, actors and dancers tumble across the unstable ground of a media world in which violence seems to have no consequences. In rapid cuts full of slapstick elements and enigmatic humor, the American choreographer stages the encounter between acting and dance as an ambiguous play of signs. Words and bodies whirl across the stage.

Info: Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12 from 7:30 - 8:50pm, Sunday, January 13 from 4 - 5:20pm, without intermission.  Schauspiel Köln (Cologne Theater) at Depot 1, Schanzenstr. 6-20, Cologne.  To purchase tickets online at schauspiel.koeln .

 

COMING UP

“Magic of the Dance”:  The successful Irish show “Magic of the Dance” combines the top tap dancers of the world with wonderful music and an exciting love story for a fast-paced and thrilling performance.  It combines both traditional tap with modern dance with innovative choreography.  The love story is told by none other than Hollywood star Sir Christopher Lee known from “Lord of the Rings”.  The show is Saturday, February 2 at 8pm.  Bad Godesberg Stadthalle, Koblenzer Straße 80.  Tickets start at 37 euros and can be ordered at www.ga-bonn.de or purchased at Bonnticket shops. 

 

Sampling of museums in Bonn and surrounds

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Exhibitions: A current schedule can be found on the website (English): http://arpmuseum.org/en/  Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen, (02228) 94250

Bundeskunsthalle Exhibitions:  A current listing and opening hours can be found on the website (English) Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4., (0228) 91710

Deutsches Museum Bonn: A current listing can be found on the website: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/de/bonn/information/ (English), Bad Godesberg, Ahrstr. 45, 10am - 6pm, (0228) 302255. For more information on children’s programmes: (0228) 302 256, E-Mail

Kunstmuseum: A current listing can be found  on the website (English), Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 11am-6pm, (0228) 776260 LVR Landesmuseum: A current listing can be found here:  times on website(English), Colmanstr. 14-16, (0228) 2070351

Cinemas offering English-language movies: 

Want to see a movie in English?  The following theaters normally offer at least a couple of movies in English.  Films labeled with OV (Orig. version) or Omu (Orig. version with German subtitles) are generally in English unless otherwise noted, i.e. (Russ) = Russian, (Frz) = French.    

Kinopolis, Moltkestr. 7-9, Bad Godesberg:  http://www.kinopolis.de/bn/events/filmreihe/oton 
Woki cinema, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 1-7, Bonn: http://www.woki.de/ 
Brotfabrik, Kreuzstrasse 16, Bonn-Beuel: http://www.bonnerkinemathek.de/programm/
Metropolis, Ebertplatz 19, Cologne: http://metropolis-koeln.de/kino/programm/city190/
Odeon-Lichtspieltheater, Severinstraße 81, Cologne: http://www.odeon-koeln.de/inhalt/odeon/plan

Or check out this site http://www.filmstarts.de/kinoprogramm/?cgeocode=126010 tap in your location and then select the OV Original Version.  

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