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The Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg


                  What's New
The Konzerthausorchester Berlin pays homage to "the sweet sound of currywurst."  (The Local, 1/17/17) Skip Vincent Perez's new film Alone in Berlin and read Hans Fallada's novel instead.  (Variety, 2/15/16; NPR, 1/12/17) "The €789m Elbphilharmonie is an astonishing building: unpredictable, unforgiving and not entirely beautiful, but also generous, open and profound in its relationship with the docks, the city and the sky."  (Financial Times, 12/2/16; Deutsche Welle, 1/9/17; The New York Times, 1/10/17)


                  Terror attack in Berlin
"Out of the bloody carnage of violence and hate of Berlin on the Monday before Christmas comes the enviable impression of a country that is true to the values of liberal Europe."  (The Guardian, 12/21/16) "It is difficult to think of an image that evokes the things worth defending more beautifully than a warm Christmas market beckoning all comers—locals and tourists, Christians, Muslims, and atheists—to spend an hour or two strolling among brightly lit stalls and drinking hot tea or mulled wine with a newfound friend."  (Slate, 12/20/16) Michael Kimmelman and Thomas de Monchaus unpack the layers of meaning at Breitscheidplatz, heart of western Berlin's city center and site of the December 19 terror attack.  (The New York Times, 12/20/16; The New Yorker, 1/5/17)


                   Music
The Konzerthausorchester Berlin pays homage to "the sweet sound of currywurst."  (The Local, 1/17/17) "The €789m Elbphilharmonie is an astonishing building: unpredictable, unforgiving and not entirely beautiful, but also generous, open and profound in its relationship with the docks, the city and the sky."  (Financial Times, 12/2/16; Deutsche Welle, 1/9/17; The New York Times, 1/10/17) "Once again, if you have a little time for Nena, she’ll sing a song for you." Genau jetzt!  (Slate, 4/13/16)


                  Art & Design
Looking for a visual aid to illustrate Germany's "obsessive preoccupation with its past," Thomas die Maizière turns to Gerhard Richter's Betty.  (artnet, 1/10/17) Hanne Darboven's monumental installation "Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983" is on display now at the Dia Art Foundation. (The New York Times, 12/8/16) "Making Heimat: Germany, Arrival Country" knocks down walls at the Venice Architecture Biennale. (Metropolis, 5/25/16; The New York Times, 5/26/16)


                  Books & Ideas
Dive into Stuart Jeffries' Grand Hotel Abyss, the witty history of the Frankfurt School that we've all been waiting for.  (The Washington Post, 9/28/16; The Guardian, 11/3/16) Günter Grass’s "greatest regret seems not to have been that life per se is finite but that creativity is too, and the loss of his earlier deftness grieved him." Vonne Endlichkeit is now available in English (Of All That Ends, trans. Breon Mitchell). (The Arts Desk, 12/4/16; The Spectator, 12/31/16) "This is without a doubt the WORST writing I ever laid eyes on": Marlene Dietrich's final performance space may have been the pages of her books.  (The New Yorker, 12/26/16)


                  Film
Skip Vincent Perez's new film Alone in Berlin and read Hans Fallada's novel instead.  (Variety, 2/15/16; NPR, 1/12/17) Director Christian Schwochow has made a new film about the life of painter Paula Modersohn-Becker. (Deutsche Welle, 12/15/16) Maren Ade captivated Cannes with her new film, Toni Erdmann, "the world’s first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment."  (The Hollywood Reporter, 5/13/16; The New York Times, 5/22/16)


                  Theater
From the land of "long entertainment," Wagner's Ring Cycle is the original binge-watching experience.  (The Washington Post, 4/14/16) See a recreation of the Lichtburg rehearsal space and much more, in a Bonn exhibition devoted to the work of Pina Bausch.  (Deutsche Welle, 3/4/16) See and hear how Wagner's "Ring" was forged, in a new exhibition at NYC's Morgan Library & Museum.  (The New York Times, 1/28/16; The New York Review of Books, 2/25/16)


                  History
Ciarán Fahey pays a visit to Wünsdorf, once the largest Soviet military compound outside the USSR.  (The Guardian, 1/11/17) Daniel Johnson traces the descent from integrity to ideology within the German university system of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  (The New Criterion, 1/2017) If you need a single explanation for every possible German national stereotype, Martin Luther is (still) the man.  (The Economist, 1/7/17)


                  Et Cetera
Lügenpresse, Volksverräter, and Umvolkung are back. Germany's radical right has revived terms once fatally associated with National Socialism.  (The Washington Post, 12/9/16) "Germany is a secular country, but the German legal framework approves of institutionalized religions in a biased way." Alexander Görlach explains why Islam gets second-class status within Germany.  (The New York Times, 12/15/16) "In Europe right now, there is one prediction that everyone is happy to make: In 2017, the Russian government will mount an open campaign to sway the German elections."  (The Washington Post, 12/12/16)