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Art without Death - BERLIN CALLING! Piranha Picks of the Week

Thursday 31 AUGUST

That's the spirit! The evening of his 80th birthday - no less - is just another occasion for German Jazz legend Gunter Hampel to get up on stage and do his thing. Celebrating a long and prolific career from Free Jazz to Hip-Hop, Gunter Hampel Music + Dance Improvisation Company feat. The Omniversal Earkestra is part of Gretchen's ambitious series "Seven large Ensembles". The Hampel line-up includes his children Cavana Lee-Hampel ( vocals ) and Ruomi Lee-Hampel ( dance ) along with Berlin big band the Omniversal Earkestra which regularly enters the stage every Monday in honor of Sun Ra - now at Schrippe Hawaii, Neukölln

Where: Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, 10963 Berlin // When: 21:00
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When she appeared as special guest to announce this year's "Bread & Butter" in June, Vivienne Westood irritated the organizers of Berlin's # 1 international consumption flagship by repeating her "Buy less, choose well" call - an appeal she's made for years. Will the designer legend who's Sex boutique from 1974 to 1976 served as headquarter to the Sex Pistol's attack on society, top that now that "Bread & Butter" 2017 is underway? Exhibition of some "anarchic" pieces from her collection - as the official, full-bodied announcement goes. Plus "Get a Life" - Dame Vivienne Westwood talks

Where: Exhibition, Arena – Arena Club, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin // When: Friday 1 SEPTEMBER – Sunday 3 SEPTEMBER, all day
Where: "Get a Life", Arena - Festsaal, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin // When: 18:00
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Also day 1 of "Creole Berlin Brandenburg – Global Music Contest" – see SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

Saturday 2 SEPTEMBER

After a 7 year hiatus – if the internet serves us right – the festival of border and genre crossing European Pop Music by the name of "popdeurope" returns. Integrated as a two day weekend event into "IGA Berlin 2017" this time around, the line-up comprises 16 acts. One of them today is Milad Khawam – trumpet graduate of the Higher Institute of Music / Damascus, who came to Berlin as a refugee and found his way into all kinds of collaborations and projects since then. Milad backing up Dima Orsho @ "Morgenland" Festival last year:

Where: IGA – Labyrinth, Eisenacher Str. 99, 12685 Berlin // When: 16:00
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Tomorrow, "popdeurope" day 2 - SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER will feature Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar as the evening headliner. 'Nuff said:

Where: IGA – Arena, Hellersdorfer Str. 159, 12685 Berlin // When: SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 19:00
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Tomorrow, "popdeurope" day 2 - lazy SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER afternoon – our own Yusuf Sahilli:

Where: IGA – Koreanischer Garten, Blumberger Damm 44, 12685 Berlin // When: SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 15:00
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Piranha trivia of the week:

Before he went on to other assignments and his own company Büro Döring, Björn Döring among other stops also had a stint as WOMEX press officer. Our World Music Expo prospered and grew :-)


Also day 2 of "Creole Berlin Brandenburg – Global Music Contest" – see SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER


While the quarrels about who's to operate the institution from next year on go on behind the scenes, Werkstatt der Kulturen puts on its 6th Berlin Brandenburg preliminaries of "Creole – Global Music Contest". Underway since FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, the 3rd and final helping of contestants are: MirMix Orkeztan Fusion / Tamam / Yukazu / Carlos Dalelane Band / Al Adham Band / Feierabend Poetic Cumbia

Followed by the proclamation and celebration of the winners

Where: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin // When: 17:00
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She's from Louisville, Kentucky – home of the loud-mouths! Both of them – Muhammad Ali and Hunter S. Thompson alike. Joan Shelley is their antithesis in more than just one way – soft spoken, mellow, gentle. New Folk at its absolute best. Having recorded her new album "Joan Shelley" with Messrs Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, she now tours it – without the two

Where: Kantine am Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin // When: 20:00
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If you missed M5 Mexican Brass @ "popdeurope" on SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER and "East Side Music Days" on SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – so much the better! Contact culturalembale@sre.gob.mex to announce yourself and make up for missing them so far at their "Familienkonzert" @ Mexikanische Botschaft in BerlinEmbajada de México en Alemania. Touring Germany for the first time, M5 Mecian Brass present a special "Mexicalemania" programme – heavy on European Classical, but elaborately combined with Mexican Folk and Roots and even German Volksmusik

Where: Mexikanische Botschaft in Berlin – Embajada de México en Alemania, Klingelhöferstr. 3, 10785 Berlin // When: 17:00
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Wednesday 6 SEPTEMBER

With "Tres Delinquentes" East Los Angelinos Delinquent Habits off the cuff took the lead in Latin Hip-Hop back in 1996. They still rule hands down:

Where: SO36, Oranienstraße 190, 10999 Berlin // When: 20:00
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It has not become reality yet – but "Metropolis" remains a very powerful and haunting vision nonetheless. For Universum Film AG UFA's 100th anniversary, Babylon Kino on THURSDAY 31 AUGUST starts "100 Jahre UFA 100 Filme!" with a re-run of this January's showing of Fritz Lang's UNESCO "Memory of the World Programme" dystopia - complete with the original score interpreted live by Metropolis Orchester Berlin

Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin // When: Thursday, 31 AUGUST, 19:30 / Sunday, 3 SEPTEMBER , 15:00 / Saturday, 9 SEPTEMBER, 19:30 /
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When was the last time Russia was spaced out positively like that!? Immortal life in infinite space! Cosmism, devoted to overcome material mortality and travel to outer space, emerged as a movement in Russia in the early 20th Century. "Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism" looks into its philosophical, scientific and artistic concepts and – by means of a two day conference at the beginning of the exhibition – tries to map its traces to the present day // Photo on the left: Anton Vidokle, film still from "Immortality and Resurrection for all", 2017

Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin // When: Opening Thursday, 31 AUGUST, 19:00 – Free Admission / When: Exhibition Friday, 1 SEPTEMBER – Tuesday, 3 OCTOBER, Wednesdays to Mondays except holidays, 11:00 – 19:00
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© Photo: Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Courtesy the artist

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