Rodrigo Amarante in Munich

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Next Week in Munich – Dillon, Rodrigo Amarante & Underdox

There’s lots on in Munich this week, for those of you not suffering with Wiesngrippe, all culminating in several open days over the course of the weekend.

On Tuesday, Jane Goodhall is giving a talk at the LMU Munich, and I am really quite excited about it. Organized by the Rachel Carson Center, it’s completely free and open to the public, and is one of only two talks she’s giving in Germany this year. She’s an inspirational figure, and I would recommend getting there early to ensure a seat.

Also on Tuesday, the Missouri-born singer-songwriter Angel Olsen is playing at the Kranhalle, alongside the superb multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante (formerly of Los Hermanos). The gig costs 15 € and it’s my gig of the week. It’s also one of Amarante’s last European dates on his very extensive tour (mostly with Angel Olsen), so do catch him before he heads back to Brazil.

Glasgow duo Honeyblood are at the Orangehouse on Tuesday, if you fancy something with a little more punch. They’re a flashback to energetic nineties indie, and it’s perfectly lovely grungy pop.

The Edward Albee play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is being performed at the Residenztheater on Tuesday. They’ve cut the performance time down to two hours (it’s normally a three-act play a little short of three hours), and I’m really keen to see how it’s performed in German. Tickets available here.

On Wednesday, the Underdox Festival will be kicking off with a vernissage in Galerie der Künstler (Maximilianstr. 42), entitled Videodox. Showcasing video artists from Bavaria, such as the superb Munich artist Agnes Jänsch, Dear Henry Bliss will perform at the vernissage too.

Underdox will continue until October 16, with a focus on experimental and artistic film. The full program is available here, and features films from across the world.

Also on Wednesday, the Irish writer Hugo Hamilton is at the Literaturhaus, reading from his book Every Single Minute. The Guardian wrote a very positive review in spring, and it sounds completely moving.

Dillon’s at Strom on Thursday, and I really recommend you see her live. Thirteen Thirtyfive is one of the most devastating songs I’ve ever listened to, and the German chanteuse has the voice to make your heart break. Tickets cost 23 €.

Running through Friday and Saturday, the streetwear/snowboard brand Blue Tomato will be at Mixed Munich Arts, offering clothing and boards at up to 80% cheaper than normal. They’re taking cash only, so take a wad and go wild.

On Friday night, and all day Saturday, the Zündfunk Netzkongress is taking place – which I’m really looking forward to. Plus, Pollyester and Beisspony will be performing at the after parties.

Running from midday until 8pm, the Weininseln are hosting a wine open day in the Glockenbachviertel this coming Saturday (this will be repeated in Westend on Saturday, October 18, and in the city centre/Gärtnerplatz on Saturday, October 25). You can hop from one wine merchant to another, sampling wines and discovering lovely new cafes/wine bars. It will start with a talk by sommelier Paula Bosch, who will kick off the event in einfach geniessen at midday. As a side note, I can wholly recommend einfach geniessen for wine tasting events – they’re very knowledgable and it’s a nice, intimate atmosphere. The author Paul Grote will be reading in L’Amar – the organic cafe – in the evening.

The TUM will be hosting an open day on Saturday too. They will be presenting a wide range of their research areas to the general public – and some of them sound like great fun. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) will open its doors to show off its swanky new buildings and will host 3D tours, planetarium shows and face painting for the little ones. There will be also be TUM talks on the future of energy, English-guided tours through the computer building (at 1pm and 3pm) and talks on neurology. The full program will be available here from Tuesday onwards.

Rounding up the bountiful open days this week, Kunst in Sendling is on from Friday to Sunday. Kunst in Sendling is the perfect excuse to be nosey – you get to snoop in beautiful Sendling ateliers, check out Hinterhöfe you never normally get to see, and you can break up your wanderings with a hearty Lebanese lunch at Beirut Beirut or Manouche.

To mark World Food Day on Saturday, there will be a March Against Monsanto protest at Rindermarkt in the city centre. This is an excellent documentary about Monsanto (in French, with German subtitles).

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