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Next week in Munich – MCBW, Birdpen, Warpaint

The last week of February and it’s all about the Freiheizhalle – the club has booked several fantastic bands this week. In fact, all round, Munich’s playing host to some pretty cool events this week.

The annual Munich Creative Business Week is on all of this week at the Alte Kongresshalle. There are several inspiring workshops and speeches planned – for a full list of events, check out this list. Wednesday’s talk about the successes of Munich start-ups sounds particularly interesting, as does Designit’s advertising brunch on Saturday.

Archive’s Dave Pen has teamed up with Mike Bird to create BirdPen, a beautifully melancholic songwriting collaboration. The duo are playing the Kranhalle on Monday, with tickets costing 16 € on the door.

I’ve mentioned Coconami, Munich’s Japanese ukelele pair before, and they’re playing at Ruffini on Monday. The idea of a concert at Ruffini is my idea of a little piece of heaven – spectacular cakes and good music. Tickets cost €16.

Birdy’s at the Freiheizhalle on Monday – it’s hard to believe she’s only seventeen – she has one hell of a pair of lungs on her.

If you’d rather stuff your face silly, Sarfati are hosting an aperitivo gran frittura on Monday. It’s a feast of Italian tempura – fried mozzarella, sardines, olives – all costing just 15 € with a glass of wine included.

Damien Jurado is at my favourite Munich club, Milla, on Tuesday. The Seattle folk singer makes really lovely music:

I’m heading to see Los Angeles’ Warpaint on Tuesday at the Freiheizhalle, and I am so excited to finally see Emily Kokal singing live. They’re being supported by Liverpool trio All We Are, who describe themselves as the “Bee Gees on diazepam” – they are definitely worth catching. Tickets cost 23.70 €.

On Wednesday, William Fitzsimmons is playing Hansa39 – but if you don’t have a ticket already, you’re going to have to get there early and see if anyone has any spare – it’s completely sold out.

If you fancy dancing, Leicester band I Am In Love are playing the Atomic on Wednesday, promoting their new album Mirrors & Smoke, which will be released early March. So eighties:

of Montreal are playing the Kranhalle on Thursday, touring with their new album. I have loved their changing styles over the years, and I really need to check out their new stuff. Tickets cost 22 € on the door.

And the Fasching parties have started – on Thursday you can head to the Freiheizhalle, Substanz, Ruby or Harry Klein to celebrate the madness.

Ben Taylor, the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, is playing Milla on Friday. Unsurprisingly, given his parents’ status, he’s one hell of a musician – and is a rather pretty man too.

Anna Calvi’s in the Freiheizhalle on Friday, rounding up the Freiheiz’s excellent week. I saw her play the Feierwerk a couple of years ago, and she played such a short gig – but it was fairly early on in her career, and it’s possible she simply didn’t have an awful lot of material. She has a deep, silky smooth, commanding voice, perfect for the Shirley Bassey drama she delivers so well.

American artist Ellen Gallagher is exhibiting in the Haus der Kunst from Friday onwards, and there will be an English tour of the exhibition at 6:30pm.

If you fancy a movie, there’s lots on at the moment – Nymphomaniac was released on February 20, you can check out Philomena in OV at the Museum Lichtspiele on Wednesday, American Hustle is now in the cinemas – and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel will be released on March 6. I need to make more time for the movies – I love going to the cinema, and go way too little.

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