Next week in Munich

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Next week in Munich – True & 12, Dum Dum Girls, FM Belfast

Thankfully, after what seems like weeks of downpours, the weather is meant to warm up next week. About bloody time. This means a) trips to the Freibad b) the return of open-air cinema and c) ice-cream. The Freibäder are open and ready to welcome you and the Kino am Olympiasee started last week – if you think the evenings are warm enough, head down there on Monday to watch 12 Years a Slave. As for ice-cream, I’m thrilled that True & 12 is opening on Thursday. They’ll be making twelve handmade ice-cream flavours a day- and they are right by Pizzesco (near the Gasteig), so you can gorge on pizza before rounding things off with an ice-cream.

True & 12 ice-cream - Munich

Monday’s big gig is OK Kid – playing the gig that was postponed back in April. They’ve already sold-out, so if you have tickets, get to Strom early and have a wonderful time.

From Tuesday until Sunday, Schwabing’s short time Galerie are hosting a five-day event celebrating arts and fashion. One of the artists exhibiting is Italian Mattia Lullini, whose colourful illustrations I adore. On the fashion side, several designers will be presenting their work, including Des Artistes, who make eco-conscious conceptual tees. Oh, and a little bird has told me that some designs will be available at discount prices…

And from Wednesday until Sunday, you can enjoy a completely free tour of Munich’s urban art. Sign up here (a couple of tours are already booked up) and see Munich through different eyes. If you’re hungry for more art, the Pinakothek der Moderne will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner‘s art from Thursday onwards.

On Thursday, New York’s Dum Dum Girls are playing at the Orangehouse. They released their third studio album Too True back in January, and Dee Dee’s dark sensuality is well worth seeing live. Tickets cost just 12 € in advance.

On Friday, the Literaturhaus is hosting one of the most fascinating events of the week – entitled “DIE ZEIT im Gespräch: Global surveillance: An evening with Glenn Greenwald“. The evening will be chaired by DIE ZEIT’s editor-in-chief Jochen Wegner and will focus on Edward Snowden, the NSA and the future of surveillance.

Alas, I won’t be able to attend the Literaturhaus event – I’m going to be at the Content für München awards, hosted by Isarnetz. If you wish to attend, tickets are available for free here, and I would be thrilled if you could spare a minute to vote for Arts in Munich, here.

If you’re ready to party on Friday night, the Feierwerk are hosting a festival with the tagline – “by Munich, for Munich”, the Lokalhelden Festival 2014. Tickets cost 12 € if you buy in advance, and 16 € on the door. There will be seven stages, around fifty DJs (playing hip-hop, reggae, dubstep, techno, drum’n’bass and dancehall) and dozens of other events – you can watch graffiti artists at work, you can check out clothing stalls and grab a bite to eat outdoors, and you can head to the chillout area, where hookahs will be available. To whet your appetite, this was the festival last year:

Icelandic band FM Belfast are at the Freiheizhalle on Friday (after a fairly quiet week, Friday’s overflowing with events). Tickets are available for 19 €.

If you’re looking forward to Munich’s Iranian film festival as much as I am (29 May – 1 June), you can enjoy a little taster on Sunday – Bavand Behpoor will be discussing Iranian art and its reception abroad at Galerie Gedok at 3pm.

And to round up your week, The Pretty Things will be at Backstage (Halle) with support from the psychedelic band Simeon Soul Charger. Advance tickets are available for 24 €.

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