There’s so much going on in Munich this week, I’m not able to pack it into a comprehensive round-up here, so I’ll post a few more detailed posts on certain events throughout the week.
On Monday, DJ Shadow’s playing at Strom – tickets cost 20 € and kick off’s at 9pm. If you were at DJ Shadow’s 2011 concert in Munich, you might want to check out something else – if so, Mata Amṛtānandamayī is something very different. Known as the “hugging saint”, Amṛtānandamayī (also known as “Amma”, meaning mother) will be hosting various speeches, meditation sessions and and concerts – and Indian food will also be on offer. This is all taking place in the Zenith, and until Tuesday, you can grab a hug from her from 10am – 4pm or 7.30pm to 2am. You can find out more information about Amma in this video:
If you’re quick, there are a few tickets left for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Nationaltheater on Monday too. It is a beautiful ballet, mixing the traditional and the modern, with spectacular results.
From Monday to Wednesday, high-end women’s designer dheinrich will be presenting and selling her latest collection in the Saskia Diez showroom in Geyerstraße. The Hamburg-born designer trained at Jil Sander before studying at the London School of Fashion in the late nineties. She’s since designed for minimal, modern designer Mark Eisen in the U.S., Giorgio Armani and Alan Scott.
From Tuesday until Sunday, the Hotel Mariandl is opening up its rooms to Munich artists. Twelve rooms will be occupied by various artists, including Christian Jamarillo and Torsten Mühlbach. If you do pop by, I can wholly recommend stopping by the Cafe am Beethovenplatz for a drink or dinner. It’s beautifully decorated, and the food’s delicious.
On Wednesday, there’s a singer-songwriter open stage session in Strom. All welcome, should you fancy dusting off your guitar – simply send an email to kosti @ createyourvoice.org.
Over the weekend, the annual Eat&Style is taking place at the Zenith, with tickets costing 13 €. Essentially, it’s a chance to try lots of good foods and wines, all presented delightfully.
On Saturday, the fifteenth Lange Nacht der Museen is taking place. Around ninety museums in the city have open doors until 2am, and the 15 € tickets make for great value – the ticket also includes the use of all public transportation in Munich. Places like the botanical gardens are open late, so you can wander around the greenhouses at night. If you head to the fire service museum, you get to play with defibrillators. And if you fancy something a little more high-brow, the ZEITmagazin photo prize is being awarded as part of the Lange Nacht der Museen – at 9pm in the MaximiliansForum. The prize-giving is also part of the FotoDoks festival, which fully deserves it’s own blog post – coming up soon.
Also – a heads up – the literature festival starts on November 6, and if you fancy a reading with an author, it’s advised to book your tickets soon. I’ve already booked tickets to see Irvine Welsh at the Gasteig – presenting his latest book, Skagboys, a prequel to Trainspotting.
Unfortunately, I’ve completely missed most of the KrimiFest this autumn, it just wasn’t on my radar (sadly, I’m DYING to visit a reading in the pathology institute, pun fully intended, but they always sell out so fast). There are a few tickets left for various readings – including a few left for Stephen King’s first trip to Germany on 19 November in Circus Krone. He’ll be presenting his new novel Doctor Sleep, released last month. It’s a sequel to The Shining, and sounds absolutely terrifying, with King himself describing it as a “keep-the-lights-on horror”.