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Next Week in Munich

Next week in Munich – Tinariwen, Nadine Shah & Frameworks

Next week starts with Tinariwen, a collective of Tuareg-Berber musicians playing in the Ampere. The band originates from the Sahara Desert region of Mali and have just released their new album, Emmaar  – a follow-up to their 2011 Grammy Award winning album Tassili, recorded in the Algerian desert. Tickets cost 26 € on the door.

The big gig of the week is on Tuesday, with Woodkid playing in the Zenith. Tickets are still available, albeit pricy, costing 41.50 €.

The Amerika Haus are hosting theatrical performances of Todd Strasser’s The Wave on Tuesday and Wednesday, a Das Experiment style play based on the true story of an event that took place in a Palo Alto school in 1967. To teach his pupils about fascism and the Nazi era, Ron Jones eliminated democracy from the classroom, creating astonishing consequences. In 1981, Strasser released the novel The Wave under the pseudonym Morton Rhue – and the ADG Europe has created the first English-language theatrical dramatisation of the novel. Standard tickets cost 20 €, and you should reserve in advance.

The Amerika Haus is also playing host to another ADG Europe theatre performance on Thursday and Friday – Romeo and Juliet will be showing there. Tickets cost 20 € and reservations are recommended.

If you love jewellery, the Muffathalle is dedicating an entire show to it on Wednesday night – the Schmuck-Show kicks off at 9pm.

One of my favourite artists of the moment, the British singer-songwriter Nadine Shah is in Munich on Thursday, playing at the Ampere. I’ve had the dark, brooding Runaway on repeat for ages, and I am thrilled she’s coming to town. Tickets are a steal at 17.70 €.

From Friday to Sunday, the annual Frameworks festival is taking place at the Einstein KulturZentrum. The festival promotes independent and abstract musicians and is hugely popular – and the free tickets are given on a first come first served basis. I got there ten minutes after the doors opened last year and they had stopped letting people in. Get there early if you’re interested. The Düsseldorf avant-garde band Kreidler will be there on Friday night:

If you don’t manage to get into the Frameworks festival, jump on the U-Bahn and head to Strom – Indianan folk artist Austin Lucas is playing, tickets cost just 15 € and he has the loveliest voice:

Babyshambles are also in Munich on Friday – and I was surprised to read that the show is already completely sold-out. I wasn’t aware Pete Doherty was still making music.

On Saturday, the Feierwerk is hosting the regular Nachtkonsum – a flea market from 5pm to midnight, should you be in the mood for shopping. Only women are allowed to sell this time, so ladies, if you’re clearing out your wardrobe for the spring, grab a stall at the flea market and make a little extra money.

The Canadian Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is visiting Munich on Sunday, and will be hosting a reading at the Literaturhaus. She’ll be reading from MaddAddam, the third part in her dystopian trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake. The novel has been highly praised by critics, and tickets cost 9 € to catch her at the Literaturhaus.

In my eyes, the most exciting part of the week is at the very end – on Sunday, Matthew Barney’s new exhibition “River of Fundament” launches in the Haus der Kunst. The premiere on Sunday is already sold-out – which is a real shame, as it sounds bloody brilliant, but you can catch the artist himself in conversation on Saturday – completely for free at 6pm. If all that’s too much, you can also sit at home with your feet up and watch the live stream of the chat on Saturday.

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