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Next week in Munich – Erik Penny, Theresienwiese flea market, Isar148

The big event of the week is the Theresienwiese flea market, which takes place on Saturday. A friend told me people have already headed down to the Theresienwiese to spray paint reserve their patch. If you have a cellar full of records you haven’t played in years, or a wardrobe overflowing with clothes you haven’t worn since the nineties, it’s time to bundle everything into your car and set up a stand. For 3 metres of space, you pay 15 €. If you’ve nothing to sell but want to shop, get there early – 20,000 visitors are expected! The Frühlingsfest kicks off alongside the flea market on Saturday, so there will be plenty of sausages grilled for hungry shoppers.

The week starts with Brecht and Weill’s  Threepenny Opera at the Volkstheater. Simultaneously a satire of traditional opera and an attempt to forge a new type of musical theatre, the play premiered in Berlin in 1928. Even if you’ve never heard of the Threepenny Opera, I guarantee you’ll know at least a couple of the songs that appear – The Ballad of Mack the Knife, for instance. Tickets are available from 16.90 €, here.

On Tuesday, the Isarslam poetry slam’s on in the Ampere, costing just 6 € and Gothenburg post-rock band Ef are playing Strom.

Erik Penny is playing at Cord Club on Wednesday, and is well worth seeing live. He was born in New York, spent time in El Paso and Los Angeles and decided to swap the LA sunshine for the grey skies of Berlin Kreuzberg in 2008. Six years on, he’s still there, making the most delightful music. The show starts at nine – go see him:

Sadly, the registration date’s already been and gone, but there’s an interesting finger yoga course on at the Feierwerk on Wednesday. There are two other dates though – April 30 and May 7, so I might go check it out.

Thursday sees the 21st Munich Rocks! event in the Ampere – several young, local bands perform at the regular event – and it’s entirely free. Among the bands performing this Thursday is Swallow Tailed – four impossibly young Bavarians who make very cute Munich melodies. Also on Thursday, German band Mamsell Zazou are at Milla. Tickets cost just 10 € on the door and singer Christine Börsch-Supan has an exquisite voice.

Head down to the Kunst Pavillon on Thursday to check out the Between Lines vernissage. The focus is on Israeli multimedia art, and will also feature a performance from artist Doran Polak. The exhibition runs until May 11, so if you don’t make it on Thursday, you still have time.

The Isar148 improv team are out on Thursday too – Birgit Linner and Roland Trescher will take to the stage in the Einstein Kulturzentrum, with tickets costing 15 €. Worth every cent.

From Thursday to Saturday, Munich’s festival season kicks off with the Make or Break festival at the Feierwerk. It’s free and features a range of genres, so there’s something for everyone. I like the sound of Iowan psychedelic band Radio Moscow, playing in Hansa39 alongside two other bluesy bands on Thursday and Hamburg band Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, playing in the Kranhalle on Saturday. They’ll be supported by Munich band Beatnik Boy.

Munich band Well Well Well are playing at Giesinger Bahnhof this Friday, with tickets costing 15 € on the door. They make the most lovely folk music:

If you’re after plants for the balcony, head out to Freising on Saturday – the Staudengärtnerei Extragrün are hosting a spring market. As a side note, I can wholly recommend the Blumenschule Schongau for good quality organic plants – I ordered a few tomato plants and some plants for my tortoise from them and they’re superb.

On Saturday evening, Zündfunk are celebrating their 40th birthday at the BR building. Tickets are still available, costing 34 € – but be fast, there are some big acts playing. Neneh Cherry will be headlining – can you believe she’s now fifty? She released her fourth studio album, Blank Project, in February, after an eighteen year hiatus, and it’s totally different from her other work – much more minimal and drum-based. I really like it, and I would love to see her play live. I heard a session with her on BBC Six Music at the end of February (sadly, it’s no longer available to listen to) and she was incredible. There are some other great acts performing too: Glass Animals, the first band to sign to Paul Epworth‘s new label Wolf Tone, London’s Rocketnumbernine (who team up with Neneh Cherry a lot) and multi-instrumentalist siblings Kitty Daisy & Lewis.


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