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Learning Aids, Global Reading Assignments and Events of Interest in the Washington area

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Adolph Kolping  had more time to devote to travel and writing articles, which gained him recognition as a writer and journalist. Through his example and efforts the journeymen's organization grew. By 1865, over 400 local groups of the journeymen's organization had been established and were functioning throughout Europe and in America. / Annette von Droste-Hulshoff was, beyond doubt, the most gifted and original of German women poets. Her verse is strong and vigorous, but often unmusical even to harshness; one looks in vain for a touch of sentimentality or melting sweetness in it.
Adolph Kolping  had intended to lead an academic life, not a social reformer, but his work with the journeymen made him realize that he should devote his life and efforts to the working people and their organization. Through his example and efforts the journeymen's organization grew. By 1865, over 400 local groups of the journeymen's organization had been established and were functioning throughout Europe and in America. / Annette von Droste-Hulshoff  was, beyond doubt, the most gifted and original of German women poets. Her verse is strong and vigorous, but often unmusical even to harshness; one looks in vain for a touch of sentimentality or melting sweetness in it. As a lyric poet, she is at her best when she is able to attune her thoughts to the sober landscape of the Westphalian moorlands of her home. Her narrative poetry, and especially Das Hospiz auf dem Grossen St Bernard and Die Schlacht im Loener Bruch (both 1838), belongs to the best German poetry of its kind.

Eight Minute Global Readings and Exercises

 
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Heinrich der Löwe

Am 1.2.1168 heiratete Heinrich im Dom zu Minden seine zweite Frau Mathilde, die erst 12 Jahre alte Tochter des Königs von England Heinrich II..  Mathilde war eine Schwester von Richard Löwenherz. Diese Heirat begründete die enge Verbindung der Welfen mit dem englischen Könighaus, so daß im 19. Jahrhundert sogar die Könige (bzw. der Kurfürst) von Hannover gleichzeitig auch Könige von Großbritannien waren.

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Vocabulary missing from the textbook A very small number of vocabulary items are not in the glossary of German for Reading Knowledge. To report such vocabulary, click on "Click to Enter Forum Post Your Comments" to the right and fill out the form, using the New Article button for your question.
Germanic Language Tree Schematic showing the historical relationships of English with High German and with the other Germanic languages. For detailed background information on the individual Germanic Languages click HERE. A very short and simple list of Definitions of Parts of Speech gives a quick overview of grammatical concepts that apply both to English and German
This list of Strong verbs in German -- starke Verben in Deutsch has no English translations but does list the forms of approximately 75 strong German verbs. [NB link!] A succinct on-line Grammar of German from William and Mary offers a quick survey of grammar elements.
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Subjunctive Outline Forms of the subjunctive used in indirect discourse and in contrary to fact conditional sentences. Passive Voice Outline A comparison of the forms and meanings of werden [1] when used as a main verb with an adjective or with a noun or [2] the forms of werden when used to form the passive voice.

 

 

 

 

 

Sütterlin handwriting, the German equivalent to the Palmer Method. For use in reading handwritten materials from about 1900 to 1950. Especially helpful for genealogical purposes,

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         German Language Cultural Events in Washington

  • For Updated Events List After January 11, 2004  Click HereOngoing Stammtisch at Gordon Biersch: Tuesdays,  6 - 8 pm The Friends of the Goethe-Institut Washington get together about once a month around their Stammtisch - an informal social gathering at a local tavern, where we practice and polish our German conversational skills. To become a Friend of the Goethe-Institut, please call 202-682-9041 for more information. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant 900 F Street, NW (Metro: Gallery Place)

  • Ongoing 2002 Sundays 1 - 5 pm Viennese Waltz Lesson by the Traxlers at Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place, N.W., Washington, DC. 1 - 2 pm: Beginners' Lesson, intended for those who have not danced the Viennese waltz before or who feel they want to start from scratch. (No prior dance experience is required.) See web site for details and registration information. Info: viennesewaltz@mail.com or call 301-577-3503.

  • Ongoing Alpine Dancers hold open, free practice sessions at the New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, near Washington Beltway exit 20A. New dancers and musicians are always welcome. Couple and trio figure dances from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Info: Herbert & Carol Traxler, 301-577-3503.

  • Premiere of the Musical BERLIN Ongoing September 10th-27th 2003 Theatre 315 - 315 West  47th Street (betwn. 8th & 9th Ave.) New York City Heather S. Jones The Berlin Airlift has been called one of the greatest humanitarian acts of the 20th Century. Berlin, a new musical, explores the exciting and compelling true stories of the individuals involved in this dramatic historical event. Written, produced, directed, designed and performed by an experienced Broadway company, Berlin will mark the professional debut of Theatre 315.Tickets $15 @ TicketCentral.com or call 212-279-4200For more information visit: www.berlinthemusical.com
  • Saturday, September 13 Annual Meeting of the German World Alliance at Georgetown University. See web site for RSVP and other information. All are invited to attend and to join the GWA.
  • Sunday, September 14, 2003, 2:15-5:00 pm Fall Meeting of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, The Nation’s Capital Area Chapter. Video: "Prairie Crosses, Prairie Voices – Wrought Iron Grave Crosses of Germans from Russia in the North American Prairies." Held at Grace Reformed Church. Info: 202-232-8827.
  • Monday, September 15, 2003, 8 pm Concert : Haydn Trio Eisenstadt with piano, violin, cello . Works by Haydn, Nemeth, Schubert. At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct, NW Washington, DC 20008. Van Ness metro. Admission free RSVP (202) 895-6776. On-line registration
  • Tuesday September 16, 6:30pm MOVIE   Prince Achmed, which took Lotte Reiniger over 3 years and 300,000 shots to complete, is a masterpiece of light, shadows, and pure motional art. The final film, The Art of Lotte Reiniger, documents an inside view of how the films were produced.
  • The Global Situation: A European Point of View Wednesday September 17 5-7 pm Gerd Bucerius Lecture with refreshments at the Westin Embassy Row Hotel 2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW RSVP 202-387-3355 or C.Brown@ghi-dc.org 
  • <Sabine Seisenbacher Illusions and dreams in wood, photography Music: AnnaMaria Mottola, piano and Eric Sabo, doublebass September 18, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria RSVP: 202-895-6776. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through November 10, 2003. Online registration: http://www.acteva.com/go/Austria
  • September 19 - 21 SEMINAR Ring of the Nibelung: Wagner's Epic Vision  Smithsonian Associates & Wagner Society of Washington, DC Various Smithsonian locations. Inside the program the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associate Program will present the Seventh Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Concert in the Baird Auditorium of the Museum of Natural History on the Mall at 2:45 pm on Sunday, September 21. Tickets are $25 for members of the Society or the Resident Associates Program and may be purchased at the Society's website at http://www.wagner-dc.org , by calling 301.907.2600, or at the door.The concert will feature three emerging Wagner singers, with orchestra, in a program of solos and scenes from the four operas of Wagner's monumental tetralogy, The Ring of the Nibelung. The concert is the concluding event of the three-day, joint Smithsonian-Wagner Society seminar on The Ring.
  •  Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest September, 19, 20, 21,2003 [49 Salem Church Rd. Newark, Delaware] German festival featuring German music, food, beverages, folkdancers,and souvenirs. Admission price of five dollars includes unlimited rides on the midway.
  • Saturday September 20, 11am - 12:30pm WALKING TOUR German-American Heritage in the Old Downtown Shops, Businesses, and the Old Seventh Street German-Americans played a significant role in the development of Downtown DC during the 19th century. The streets near the Institut will provide us with fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into family and business life, including Department Store Row, in the Old Downtown. Led by tour guide Carl Saperstein. Meet at Goethe-Institut. RSVP to 202-289-1200, ext. 510. Limited to 25 persons.
  • Saturday September 20, 11am - 5pm SPECIAL EVENT Arts on Foot Festival Visit Goethe-Institut's table at the Festival and take our quiz. Stop by the Institut on Seventh Street to view our exhibit and listen to the marathon reading. MARATHON READING Goethe's West-Östlicher Divan (West-Eastern Divan) One of Goethe's most famous works, the West-Östlicher Divan, expresses his love for the literature of the near east. As we continue our search for ways to live together in peace, Goethe may be helpful in discovering some common ground. For our marathon reading, we are asking participants to read a 15-minute section of the West- Östlicher Divan in the language of their choice. Call 202-289-1200, ext. 106 to sign up. Please join us as a reader or listener.
  • Saturday September 20, 2 - 6 pm Oktoberfest Beethoven Society of America German Embassy House http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/19sept
  • Saturday September 20, 8 pm CONCERT German Master Composers: Bach, Schumann, Brahms The Washington Kantorei German Embassy
  • Sunday 21, 3 - 5 pm CONCERT 7th Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Concert Wagner Society of Washington, DC Museum of Natural History http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/21sept
  • Monday September 22, 6:30pm FILM SERIES OPENING YOUNG TURKS OF THE GERMAN CINEMA: Sevda Means Love; Foreign Tour Introduced by Erju Ackman, editor of Turkfilm.net Opening our Turkish-German film series, these two films depict young men and women questioning their own identities and their sense of belonging as they move between Germany and Turkey. The film series includes a generous sampling of films from the "New Wave" of Turkish- German directors that is bitter, fresh, zany and touching.
  • Oktoberfest Dinner Friday, September 26 5:30-8:30 pm Lovettsville Community Center Begin your Oktoberfest Celebration with a traditional German-style meal complete with family entertainment. The start of a great German heritage festival in Lovettsville, with the Festival on Saturday beginning at 10:00 am. Call 540-822-5284 for more information. townoflovettsville@adelphia.net
  • Opens September 26 MOVIE Luther area theaters http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/luther.htm
  •   Blob's Park Friday, September 26 - Das Meister Duett, (Mike and Mike of the Continentals) Mike Surratt is a long time friend of ours and can play just about anything you want to hear; just ask him. Admission is $4.00
  • Blob's Park Saturday, September 27 - The Shoreliners were here last year and did a wonderful job. Some folks just couldn't get off of the dance floor. They feature Polish style polkas, with a lot of variety. Admission is $6.00
  •  Tatort / Scene of The Crime: Death of a Child (Germany, 2003) Directed by Züli Aladag Sunday, September 28 at 8 PM on MHz (WNVC)Channel 56 Virginia PBS In this brand new season of "Scene of the Crime," Germany's top detectives Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk return to solve the difficult cases that always seem to come their way.
  • Blob's Park Sunday, September 28 - Spice of Life Dance Club's 25th Anniversary featuring the Polka Naturals. This event is open to the public and reservations are requested since dinner is included; choice of fried chicken or roast beef with sides. Dinner will be served between 2:00 & 3:30 with doors opening at 1:30. $15.00 in advance before 9/26 and $17.00 at the door. If you would like to come for the music only, the doors will open at 3:30 with the admission of $8.00 per person.
  • Sunday September 28, 5pm SPECIAL EVENT Michaelis - Michaelmas  Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, City Hall Plaza, Baltimore, MD An Ecumenical Vespers Service celebrating St. Michael and All Angels and giving thanks for the freedom to worship in all German-speaking nations. Organized by the Zion Church of Baltimore and co-sponsored by the German Society of Maryland, the Society for the History of Germans in Maryland, Christ Inner Harbor and St. Mark's Churches Reception after the service in the Adlersaal For details, please call: 410-727-3939 or visit www.zionbaltimore.org
  • 10th annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest is Saturday, September 27, 2003, 10am-5pm. Lovettsville, Virginia is on Rt. 287/Berlin Pike, Loudoun County...the most Northern Town in Virginia. townoflovettsville@adelphia.net
  • Saturday, September 27, noon - 9 pm; Sunday, September 28, 1 to 6 pm Frederick's Oktoberfest 2003. at the Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy wurst platters, home-made strudel, German oompah bands and dancers, ourdoor Biergarten, six specially-brewed Oktoberfest beers, German wines, German exhibitors and craft vendors, and plenty of children's activities. Entertainment Schedule. This is a family event. Plenty of seating, dance floor, all activities under roof or tent in case of rain. All facilities wheelchair-accessible. Admission is $5 per person, children 11 and under free, with donation parking on site. Saturday hours 12 noon to 9 p.m., Sunday hours 1 to 6 p.m. with the Continentals Band and the Alpine Dancers! For information, visit www.frederickoktoberfest.org or call (Ms.) Marty Young at Community Living, Inc. (co-host of this event) at 301-663-8811, x204.
  • Monday September 29, 6:30pm MOVIE Gloomy Sunday Budapest in the thirties. Restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona, who inspires András to write his only composition. His song, Gloomy Sunday, is at first loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers a chain of suicides. 
  • Monday September 29, 7:30 pm CONCERT Brian Ganz Beethoven Society of America German Embassy http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/28sept
  • Tatort / Scene of the Crime: Death of a Child (Germany, 2001) Directed by Züli Aladag Tuesday, September 30 at 8 PM and Wednesday, October 1 at 12 PM on MHz (WNVC) Virginia PBS Channel 56. Detective Superintendent Max Ballauf is stuck in the hospital with an appendicitis, while his partner Freddy Schenk tries to find the killer of a man found in the Rhine. Schenk discovers the victim´s girlfriend, Gabi Bergmann, is the ex-girlfriend of an escaped convict. Meanwhile in the hospital, Ballauf meets Gabi's young daughter Nathalie, who has been badly battered. How are these crimes related? It's up to Ballauf and Schenk to figure it out.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 8 pm Movie "Blue Moon" - A film by Andrea Maria Dusl, Austria 2002 (in German with English subtitles, 91 min.). At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Van Ness metro). Admission free. RSVP: (202) 895-6776. Online registration
  • ONGOING EVENTS: Until October 31 EXHIBIT Fabian Birgfeld: Shaky Ground Video Sculptures, Photographic Triptychs and Ground Works A closing night reception with artist Fabian Birgfeld is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th, from 6-8 pm. Goethe-Institut http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/birgfeld.htm
  • Thursday, October 2, 6 - 8 pm LECTURE : "Two Sides of History: Two Lives in a Dialogue". At the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. Georg and Wilma Iggers (State University of New York at Buffalo / Canisius College at Buffalo).
  • Friday October 3, 2 pm Lecture German Unification  German Historical Institute For complete program click here. My Germany: Reflections on my Country Before and After 1989
  • October 3, 2003 at 7:00 pm the American Austrian Society presents in a concert benefiting the SOS Children’s Village Karen Murray, violin Mary Kathleen Ernst, piano Works by Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss, Mozart, Lehar and Kreisler. at the Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008 The concert will be preceded by a lecture by Prof. Edwin Vanecek: “Johann Strauss in America”. A wine reception for the artists will follow the concert. Ticket price $35 (A-AS members $30) by advanced purchase until September 25th. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door at $35. Student tickets $20, $5 for children 14 and under. To reserve tickets, send your check with the memo “Karen Murray concert” to A-AS Events, 3843 Gallows Road, Annandale, VA 22003 For questions call 703-354-2044 or email www.americanaustriansociety.org
  • Blob's Park Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12 - Hank Haller returns with his Bavarian style polkas, as well as the variety our patrons enjoy. It's still Oktoberfest time, so be ready to join in for the salute! Admission is $6.00
  • Saturday, October 11 Mid-Atlantic Brewer's Association Oktoberfest at the Village at Shirlington, Arlington, VA. Authentic German food prepared by the Washington Saengerbund and performances and dance instruction by the Alpine Dancers.
  • Jazz Concert Trio Koglmann - Aichinger - Reisinger trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, electronics, drums compositions by Franz Koglmann, Oskar Aichinger, Annette Peacock a.o. October 17, 2003 ú 8:00 pm Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Cash bar with Austrian wine opens at 7:00 pm in cooperation with EuroNet http://www.euronetinternational.com Online registration: http://www.acteva.com/go/Austria
  • Saturday, October 18 - Oktoberfest with the Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein dancers. Doors open at 6:00 with the first show starting at 7:00 PM. Same dance group as the 4th, but we figured everyone couldn't work just one date into their schedules. So, you have a second chance to join the fun. Admission is $7.00
  • "Three Thousand Coffees in Vienna" Talk by Colleen DiFranco Vienna: Mozart, coffee houses, the Blue Danube, the Lipizzaner stallions and Sacher tortes. Beneath the gossamer of this fabled capital lives a thriving international community of expatriates who try to navigate the unfamiliar customs and strange dilemmas of being an outsider in Austria. October 20, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776. Vin d´honneur. Online registration: http://www.acteva.com/go/Austria
  • London Gold Group Directed by Helen Brunner Guest Pianist: Dominic John Sixteen young string players, aged eleven to fifteen, perform popular classics from Vivaldi and Bach to Shostakovich and Gershwin. October 22, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: Embassy of Malta 202-363-4855
  • 2003 Medieval History Seminar, Conference at the GHI, October 24-26. Convener: Christoph Strupp (GHI). The German Historical Institute is pleased to announce the third Medieval History Seminar, to be held in Washington, D.C., from October 24 to 26, 2003. The seminar is designed to bring together American and German Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2001-2002) in medieval history for a weekend of scholarly discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as to distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.
  • German language television mystery with English subtitles Scene of the Crime: Beasts Sunday, October 26 at 8 PM on MHz (WNVC) When a teenage girl is brutally attacked and murdered, her grief-stricken father wants to take matters into his own hands. Detective Freddy Schenk, a father himself, sympathizes with the man's despair. When the murderer ends up dead himself, Detective Max Ballauf suspects his colleague of knowing more about the murder than he admits.
  • Sunday October 26, 4 pm CONCERT European Union Chamber Orchestra Delegation of the European Commission Lisner Auditorium
  • Monday October 27, 6:30 pm MOVIE In July Goethe-Institut  This Viewer's Choice Film of the Month is also part of our popular Young Turks of the German Cinema series. Join us for a spontaneous, crazy trip with love struck Daniel to Istanbul.
  • German language television mystery with English subtitles Scene of the Crime: Beasts Tuesday, October 28 at 8 PM and Wednesday, October 29 at 12 PM on MHz (WNVC) When a teenage girl is brutally attacked and murdered, her grief-stricken father wants to take matters into his own hands. Detective Freddy Schenk, a father himself, sympathizes with the man's despair. When the murderer ends up dead himself, Detective Max Ballauf suspects his colleague of knowing more about the murder than he admits.
  • The European Division of the Library of Congress and The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany cordially invite you to The Glory of Baroque Dresden: The Dresden State Art Collections Come to the United States. Dr. Martin Roth, General Director of the State Art Collections in Dresden, will give an illustrated presentation on the exhibition The Glory of Baroque Dresden. The exhibition, organized in association with the Mississippi Committee for International Cultural Exchange, showcases over 400 works of art and historic treasures from the Dresden Collections and takes place at the Jackson Arts Pavilion from March 1 to September 6, 2004. It is the first major exhibition from Dresden in North America since the Library’s own exhibition from the Saxon State Library in 1996. Tuesday, October 28, 2003 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, Madison Hall 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington D.C. RSVP to Antje Uhlig: auhlig1@jhu.edu
  • Jazz Concert KELOMAT - saxophone, double bass, drums Winner of the Austrian Young Jazz Lions´ 2003 award Music between traditional and improvised jazz - jazz and avant-garde, art and cynicism. October 30, 2003 at 8:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Cash bar with Austrian wine opens at 7:00 pm in cooperation with EuroNet http://www.euronetinternational.com Online registration: http://www.acteva.com/go/Austria
  • Fabian Birgfeld: Shaky Ground Video Sculptures, Photographic Triptychs and Ground Works The artist will be present. Thursday, October 30, 6 - 8 pm at Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street NW, Washington, DC (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown) RSVP: 202-289-1200 ext. 167 Closing November 5, 2003 for more information. Fabian Birgfeld's One-Man Movement Fabian Birgfeld's infatuation with transit hubs is the subject of "Shaky Ground," an exhibition of video sculptures and photographs at the Goethe-Institut. Housed in an angled wooden tube suggesting a stairwell, his mesmerizing two-minute video loop "Escalator" shows, in close-up, the moving treads making their way upstream. When a commuter loaded with shopping bags appears, the clumsy clomping interrupts the placid scene. It's a real bummer -- humans never seemed so awkward. Photographic triptychs inside a Parisian Metro tunnel and a Cologne stairwell invite us to pause and admire interior landscapes of steel, tile and concrete. Birgfeld's pictures of the silvery metal bowels of a Hong Kong airport have a rare, icy beauty.
  • Poppitz A film by Harald Sicheritz, Austria 2002 (in German with English subtitles, 90 min) Hotshot Austrian car salesman Roland Dueringer sure could use a vacation - his wife has been in therapy for two years, his into-punk daughter is classically alienated, and who is that German guy Poppitz the boss has been talking to so much lately? Now is the time to take off for the "all-inclusive vacation paradise" Cosamera. But when he arrives, where is the luggage? Are those cockroaches? And just who are those other guests? November 1, 2003 at 4:00 pm at AFI National Theater / Kennedy Center November 3 and 4, 2003 at 6:30 pm at AFI Silver Theater/Silver Spring MD Tickets: $ 8.50. For program information call: 301-495-6720; 202-833-AFIT or 202-785-5601 http://www.afi.com/silver/Theater/
  • Blob's Park Saturday, November 1 - Polka Family will return again with ttheir lively Polish style polkas, waltzes and obereks. Great dancing, or just sit back and enjoy the music and watch Hank jump while playing his accordion. Admission is $8.00
  • 1. April 2000 A film by Wolfgang Liebeneiner, Austria 1952 (in German, 100 min) In 1952, when very few Austrians could imagine their country ever being a sovereign state again, the Austrian film industry embarked on the making of a prestigious film project, a film called ´1. April 2000´. The film transforms the utopia of a free nation into a bizarre science fiction fairy tale. November 3, 2003 at 7:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 or Online reservation
  • Monday November 3 Symposium: How Valid Are Comparisons? The American Occupation of Germany Revisited. To be held at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace (Choate Room). Conveners: Dieter Dettke (Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Robert Gerald Livingston (GHI), Rebekka Boehling (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Vienna Symphony Vladimir Fedoseyev, Music Director; Waltzes by Johann Strauss; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica November 4, 2003 at 8:00 pm Beethoven dedicated his Third Symphony to Napoleon, who was known as a champion of freedom at the time it was composed. When he learned that Napoleon had proclaimed himself Emperor, he was so outraged that he tore off the title page. Many believe that if anyone is portrayed in this work, it is the composer himself. at the Kennedy Center/Concert Hall Remaining Tickets $45-$75. For reservations call: 202-785-WPAS http://www.wpas.org
  • The Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Goethe-Institut Washington cordially invite you to a discussion on An Agenda for Dialogue in an Era of Cultural Fragmentation with Jutta Limbach President Goethe-Institut worldwide Shireen Hunter Director, Islam Program Center for Strategic and International Studies Ellen Lovell President and CEO Center for Arts and Culture Marc Pachter Director National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Wednesday, November 5, 2003 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington 812 7th Street, NW Washington,  Please RSVP to fesdc@fesdc.org
  • Das Handwerk des Toetens Norbert Gstrein reads from his latest novel ((in German) "winner of the Uwe-Johnson prize for 2003" November 6, 2003 from 12:05 - 1:10 pm at Georgetown University Location: Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Room 462 37 & O Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20057 Admission free. For information call Marilyn Ferstl at 202-687-6051
  • Saturday, November 8, 2 and 6pm Sunday, November 9, 3:20pm MOVIE Wolfsburg AFI Silver Theatre Late at night on a desolate shortcut to Wolfsburg, Benno Fürmann runs over a child – then drives on. Vintage suspense. Recipient of the Berlin Festival's FIPRESCI Award. Part of the 2003 EU Film Showcase October 29 – November 9. www.afi.com/silver
  • Sunday, November 9, 2003 AGAS German Heritage Fest at Blob's Park, Jessup, Maryland. Sponsored by the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, D.C. German, Austrian and Swiss folk dances, folk dance lessons, folk music instruments (Alphorn, Alpine folk harp, and others), genealogical and historical exhibits, maps, vendors, and much more! German food and beverages available. Live German dance music! Admission $6 (under 16 free). Info:202-554-2664; ahoythere@earthlink.net
  • Lutherfest Sunday November 9, 7 - 9 pm Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 East Lexington St, City Hall Plaza, Baltimore, MD To commemorate Martin Luther's birthday the Forum will present: Luther, Wittenberg & the  World This event will serve as an introduction to the touring exhibition "Martin Luther" Prof. Dr. Eric Gritsch, Director of the Zion Forum for German Culture, will lead a presentation with discussion. A hearty supper of bratwurst, beer, cider, bread, and potatoes finished with a German dessert is sure to please. Admission $10 per person. Reservations are necessary. Please call the church office at 410-727-3939 by November 5.The Zion Forum for German Culture is looking forward to activities that will provide fun and enlightenment to all members and friends of Zion who wish to preserve German heritage or who wish to learn more about German culture. Zion Church is a fitting location for such pursuits, since in Baltimore it was a place in a new land where many immigrants could keep the best of old traditions alive. The Adlersaal is an architectural jewel that reminds one of the Germany of yesteryear with heraldic stained glass windows, stenciled walls, and polished floors. This is a room for good food, cultural readings, gala music, and warm fellowship.
  • Menschheitsferment: The Jews of Vienna and the Making of the Twentieth Century a talk by Steven Beller, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University Wednesday November 12, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Wine and cheese reception to follow. (in the framework of the opening of the exhibit Jewish Vienna) Online reservation:
  • Wednesday - Thursday November 12-13, 2003 American Museums - Putting Visitors First. ICOM-Germany Annual Meeting at the GHI. Hans-Martin Hinz (ICOM) and Christof Mauch. 
  • Thursday, November 13, 6 - 8pm LECTURE Memory-Morality-Guilt: Relegating Nazism to the Past in Postwar Germany German Historical Institute
  • Thursday, November 13, 8pm ILLUSTRATED SLIDE LECTURE Schönberg und Kandinsky: Eine Freundschaft in Bildern und Musik Professor Dr. Egon Verheyen, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Humanities, George Mason University Sponsored by the German Language Society For details and tickets, please call: 703-379-7849 or 301-229-8193 German Language Society German Embassy http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/embassyevents.htm#13nov
  • Saturday, November 15, 4pmMOVIE Life and Loves of Mozart (in English). Directed by: Karl Hartl. Cast: Oskar Werner and Johanna Matz. Focusing on the latter part of Mozart's life, this kiss-and-tell biopic revolves around the composer's great work "The Magic Flute." Shown at: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 37th & O Streets, NW, INTERCULTURAL CENTER, Room No.116. Free; RSVP to gmerwald@msn.com
  • November 14, 2003 Friday, 8 P.M. Brahms for two, three & four-- -Program I: Sonata for Violin & Piano in A Major, Piano Trio in B Major, and Piano Quartet in C Minor. Mendelssohn piano trio Peter Sirotin, violin; Fiona Thompson, cello; and Ya-ting Chang, piano, with guest violist Michael Stepniak . After a successful three-concert cycle of complete Beethoven trios last season, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, our resident ensemble, joined by violist Michael Stepniak, returns with a Brahms marathon of complete trios and quartets for piano and strings. German Embassy
  • Ongoing until November 20 OPERA  Die Walküre The Washington Opera DAR Constitution OperaHall http://www.dc-opera.org/opera/diewalkure.htm The most popular of the Ring operas, Die Walküre is a saga of forbidden love, heroism, and the conflict between personal ambition and desire and the rule of law. Sieglinde's brutish husband, Hunding. Wotan, leader of the gods, upholding the covenant of marriage, orders his daughter, the Walküre Brünnhilde, to cause Siegmund's death. Brünnhilde's defiance forces her tormented father to condemn his favorite daughter to eternal sleep on a mountain peak surrounded by a wall of fire that only the bravest of heroes can pierce. Meanwhile, Sieglinde flees and will bear Siegmund's son.
  • Ongoing: November 14 - 23 EXHIBIT Martin Luther - The Reformer Zion Church of the City of Baltimore  This touring exhibit was developed by the Luther Zentrum Wittenberg, Germany and sponsored by the German government and the city of Wittenberg. It will be premiered at the Lutheran World Federation in Winnipeg, Canada, in July 2003 and then will travel around the United States until February 2005. On display are more than a hundred books, manuscripts, illustrations, paintings, and documents - all high-quality facsimiles and copies. Among them are prints by Lucas Cranach, a replica goblet, the prayer book of Frederick the Wise, and manuscripts by Luther. For information on the exhibit in Washington, please call the Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 202-543-4200 For information on the Baltimore exhibit, please call the Zion Church's office at 410-727-3939 or visit the Zion Church's website at www.zionbaltimore.org
  • Blue Moments A jazz concert with the Sabina Hank Trio voice, piano, drums, bass Monday November 17, 2003 at 8:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Cash bar with Austrian wine opens at 7:00 pm in cooperation with EuroNet http://www.euronetinternational.com  Online reservation: http://www.acteva.com/go/Austria
  • Monday, November 17, 8pm CONCERT Berlin Philharmonic Sir Simon Rattle, conductor Washington Performing Arts Society Kennedy Center Concert Hall http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/embassyevents.htm#17nov
  • Thursday November 20 17th Annual Lecture, Freedom in American History." Speakers: Eric Foner (Columbia University) and Jürgen Kocka (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin). To be held at the  German Historical Institute (DC),
  • Trying to go home Erich Wolfgang Skwara reads from his poetry and prose (in English) "An impossible undertaking, to hang on to things about to vanish, and yet nothing else seems worth the trouble. You cannot rely on people in doing so. How bravely we take flight in our dreams, how miserably we then crash in mediocrity. No one knows why anyone loves anyone else. Writing is to admit no more no less than this." E.W. Skwara, winner of the 2002 Hermann Lenz prize. November 21, 2003 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Light refreshments will be served. Online reservation

  • November 21, 2003 Brahms for two, three & four-- Program II: Sonata for Cello &  Piano in E Minor, Piano Trio in C Minor, and Piano Quartet in A Major.8 P.M. Mendelssohn piano trio Peter Sirotin, violin; Fiona Thompson, cello; and Ya-ting Chang, piano, with guest violist Michael Stepniak . After a successful three-concert cycle of complete Beethoven trios last season, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, our resident ensemble, joined by violist Michael Stepniak, returns with a Brahms marathon of complete trios and quartets for piano and strings. German Embassy

  • Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize and Symposium. To be held at the German Historical Institute (DC)  Friday November 21. Convener: Gerald D. Feldman (University of California at Berkeley). Click here for detailed program
  • Saturday, November 22, 4pm MOVIE  Im Prater blüh'n wieder die Bäume (in German). Directed by: Hans Wolff. Cast: Gerhard Riedmann and Johanna Matz. "Lixie is causing turmoil in Vienna's bourgeois society when she begins an affair with "Erzherzog Peter Ferdinand." Shown at: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 37th & O Streets, NW, INTERCULTURAL CENTER, Room No.116. Georgetown University  American-Austrian Society Free and in German; RSVP to gmerwald@msn.com
    Saturday, November 22, 8pm CONCERT Fall Concert & Dance Washington Sängerbund St. Catherine Labouré Church 11801 Claridge Road, Wheaton, MD Fall Concert Schubert's Deutsche Messe, and other music with dancing to follow at the Church's social hall Organized by the Washington Sängerbund Advance ticket reservation required. For details and tickets, please call 202-310-4691 or visit www.saengerbund.org
  • German language television mystery with English subtitles Scene of the Crime: Charges Wednesday, November 22 at 12 noon  on MHz (WNVC Channel 56, Virginia PBS)  A deaf teenager caught during an attempted burglary is accused of murder when a body is also found on the scene. A stressed-out Detective Schenk begins to realize that only an understanding of deaf culture will help him solve this case.
  • German language television mystery with English subtitles Scene of the Crime: Charges Sunday, November 23 at 8 PM  on MHz (WNVC Channel 56, Virginia PBS)  A deaf teenager caught during an attempted burglary is accused of murder when a body is also found on the scene. A stressed-out Detective Schenk begins to realize that only an understanding of deaf culture will help him solve this case.
  •  Monday, November 24, 6:30pm MOVIE OF THE MONTH Germany, Pale Mother Goethe-Institut A perfectly normal love story -- except that it takes place in Germany during the Nazi era and World War II, and continues into the 50s. http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/favorites.htm#nov
  • Ikarus A film by Bernd Weirather, Austria 2002 (in German with English subtitles, 85 min.) Lena fled her family and hometown in the constricting province. Two years later, her great hopes for life in the city evaporated. The death of the family patriarch, her grandfather, provides sufficient reason to return without losing face. The reality of village life catches up with her quickly. November 25, 2003 at 7:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Online reservationMonday, November 10, 6:30pm MOVIE SERIES Young Turks of the German Cinema Dealer and German Cops Goethe-Institut In Dealer, a young couple in Berlin struggle to make ends by whatever means possible. The documentary German Cops depicts the lives of Berlin's 5th precinct foreign-born police as they come to terms with cultural, social, and moral conflicts in their personal and professional lives. This film series runs until November 17.   
  • Friday, November 28, 2003, 8 P.M.  Brahms for two, three & four -Program III: Sonata for Viola & Piano in F Minor, Piano Trio in C Major, and Piano Quartet in G Minor-- Mendelssohn piano trio Peter Sirotin, violin; Fiona Thompson, cello; and Ya-ting Chang, piano, with guest violist Michael Stepniak . After a successful three-concert cycle of complete Beethoven trios last season, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, our resident ensemble, joined by violist Michael Stepniak, returns with a Brahms marathon of complete trios and quartets for piano and strings. German Embassy                As a special added attraction, charming realtor/embassy series supporter Maria Hoekzema will give away (!) a gift certificate for $100 at a gourmet Washington restaurant. She already has given away two certificates and we appreciate her support for the arts http://www.mariahoek.com
  • Blob's Park Friday, November 28 - Das Meister Duett, (Mike and Mike of the Continentals) This will be a fun evening to dance off those pounds you picked up on Thanksgiving Day. Polkas, waltzes, cha-cha, rumba and tango are all on the menu. Admission is $4.00
  • November 29, 11 am - 4 pm & November 30, 12 - 4 pm Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 East Lexington St, City Hall Plaza, Baltimore, MD Christkindlmarkt In the last years, this two-day event has brought about one thousand people into Zion's garden and Adlersaal. As previously, shoppers will be able to feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and elves, and floral arrangements, along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. There are also contemporary crafts from developing nations and local artisans. A model train garden is being planned. The holiday spirit is initiated with a Christmas tree and German music. People can begin their holiday shopping, and relax with a glass of Glühwein and conversation with a friend in a festive setting. Door prizes are awarded and guided tours of Zion Church are available. Organized by the Zion Forum for German Culture Admission: $1 per person For information, please call: 410-727-393
  • Monday December 1, 6:30 pm MOVIE The Manns - Novel of a Century Part I This three-part film series brings to life a time of incredible conflict and change in Germany. Set against a century of turmoil, this compelling epic chronicles the often lurid lives and loves of the Mann family. Director Heinrich Breloer. Goethe-Institut
  • Thursday December 4, 6:30 pm LECTURE Frau Thomas Mann Lecture, visual presentation, and discussion with Irmgard Wagner, Professor emerita of German, George Mason University. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 168 Goethe-Institut
  • December 4 – 6, 7:30 pm THEATER Woyzeck A new production based on Johann Christian Woyzeck's real-life drama from 1820. 1409 14th St. NW Tickets $10 www.forwardartists.org
  • December 5-7 Conference: Rivers in History: Transatlantic Perspectives. German Historical Institute (DC), December 5th-7th, 2003. Conveners: Christof Mauch, Thomas Zeller (GHI).
  • Sunday, December 7, 2 pm and 4:15 pm MOVIE Professor Mamlock; Bronstein’s Children Part of the 14th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival An Exhibition of International Cinema  Introduced by Professor Jeffrey Peck, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. Directed by Konrad Wolf. In Bronstein’s Children, a teenage son discovers his father and two others beating an old man who is handcuffed to a bed. Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. $9/$8 Goethe-Institut
  • Sunday December 7, 3 pm CONCERT J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio Washington Bach Consort National Presbyterian Church http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/embassyevents.htm#7dec
  • December 7, 3 pm THEATER Woyzeck A new production based on Johann Christian Woyzeck's real-life drama from 1820. 1409 14th St. NW Tickets $10 www.forwardartists.org
  • Sunday, December 7, 2003, 3 pm Adventnachmittag with St. Nikolaus and Krampus for children and families. As always, we will be at the Austrian Embassy and we are delighted that the children of the Trinity Choristers from the Upperville Episcopal Church will ring their bells and sing for the event this year. For reservations call 703-3564-2044.
  • Monday December 8, 6:30 pm MOVIE The Manns - Novel of a Century Part II Goethe-Institut http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/themanns.htm
  • Tuesday December 9, 8 pm LECTURE Antiamerikanismus in Deutschland heute Dr. David B. Morris, German Area Specialist, European Division, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC German Language Society German Embassy
  • Wednesday December 10, 6:30 pm Filmfest Dresden - International Festival for Animation and Short Films Presented by Filmfest Dresden Director Robin Mallick With its long tradition as a center for animated film, Dresden has enabled the Filmfest to become one of the major short film festivals in Germany and a leader in the specialized field of animation. In cooperation with Goethe-Institut New York and the New York Expo, Goethe-Institut Washington brings seven award-winning films to this evening’s screening. Goethe-Institut
  • Wednesday December 10, 7 pm Storms Over Mont Blanc and Internationale Luftfahrtausstellung Berlin 1928 Storms over Mont Blanc: The first German Mountain film in sound. Veteran WWI Air Ace Ernst Udet (playing himself) lands his tiny monoplane on the Monarch of the Alps; Leni Riefenstahl plays the female lead. A glorious blend of winter sport, endurance against the elements, and German mysticism, with Udet's amazing aviation thrown in for good measure. Preceded by Internationale Luftfahrtausstellung, a short film about the Berlin airshow of 1928. Both films are rare, and in German; English translation will be provided. Admission $5. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh Street, S.E.
  • Thursday December 11, 6 - 8 pm LECTURE My Journey from Hamburg to Hollywood: A Peripatetic Youth Lecture by Steven Muller, Johns Hopkins University German Historical Institute 
  • Thursday, December 11, 2003, 7:30 pm Beloved Austrian actress Kammerschauspielerin Johanna Matz will appear at the Austrian Embassy for an Advent reading (in German) sponsored by the American-Austrian Society. She will be accompanied by harpist Daniel Jones. Admission: $ 15; A-AS members: $ 10. RSVP: 202-895-6776. Ms. Matz studied dance and acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna. Her acting career includes numerous major parts at Vienna's Burgtheater and other world famous theaters, more than 40 movie and TV productions, literature reading performances.
  • Sunday, December 14, 3 pm Washington Saengerbund Christmas Concert at the United Church, 20th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC. An offering is taken to help the needy. Following the concert, refreshments are served in the church basement. social hall.
  • Blob's Park Sunday, December 14 - Our Annual Children's Christmas Party with Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein dancers. Doors open at 2:00 PM with shows starting at 2:30 and music by the Rheinlanders. There will be a visit by Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas with gifts for all of the kids who have been good.
  • Sunday, December 14, evening Christmas Ball sponsored by T.H.I.S. at Meridian House. Dance music by Con Brio Salon Orchestra, champagne, dessert. Fledermaus Quadrille. 
  • Sunday December 14, 3 pm CONCERT Christmas Concert Washington Sängerbund United Church of Washington
  • Ongoing December 1-19EXHIBIT Käthe Kollwitz: The Weavers Etchings by this German Expressionist record the tragic struggle of Germany from the beginning of the social revolution in the 19th century, through two world wars and a depression. The Weavers features twenty-seven prints by Prussian artist Käthe Kollwitz in the Johnson Center Gallery on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Gallery talk by Professor Egon Verheyen and reception at 4:30pm on December 3 in Harris Theater. George Mason University Johnson Center Gallery
  • Monday December 15, 6:30 pm MOVIE The Manns - Novel of a Century Part III Goethe-Institut
  • Monday December 15, 7:30 pm CONCERT Amanda Balestrieri, Teresa Bosch & Nothing But Valves Brass Ensemble Beethoven Society of America German Embassy
  • Wednesday December 17 - Friday 19, 8 pm CONCERT Stille Nacht: A German Christmas Folger Shakespeare Library In an intimate program of Christmas music from German-speaking lands, the Folger Consort presents settings of ancient hymns and tuneful folk melodies from the 15th, 16th, and 17th-centuries. There will be charming pieces from the very earliest German songbooks, the lovely music of Praetorius, and sonorous early Baroque sonatas and Christmas songs by Schutz and Buxtehude. Performed in the bedecked Elizabethan Theatre with violas, violins, medieval fiddles, lutes, harp, and recorders, this cherished repertoire inspires the spirit and joy of the season.
  •   Thursday, December 18, 2003, 7:30 pm Wiener Saengerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) with the Arlington Symphony. Concert: The Vienna Boys´ Choir and the Arlington Symphony - "Holiday Pops". At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall . Location: Northern Virginia Community College/Alexandria Campus , 3001 North Beauregard Street , Alexandria, VA 22311-5097 . Tickets: $ 25-50. For information call: 703-528-1817 . www.arlingtonsymphony.org/
  • Thursday December 18 and  Friday 19, 8 pm  CONCERT Stille Nacht: A German Christmas Folger Shakespeare Library In an intimate program of Christmas music from German-speaking lands, the Folger Consort presents settings of ancient hymns and tuneful folk melodies from the 15th, 16th, and 17th-centuries. There will be charming pieces from the very earliest German songbooks, the lovely music of Praetorius, and sonorous early Baroque sonatas and Christmas songs by Schutz and Buxtehude. Performed in the bedecked Elizabethan Theatre with violas, violins, medieval fiddles, lutes, harp, and recorders, this cherished repertoire inspires the spirit and joy of the season.
  • Saturday 20, 5 pm and 8 pm CONCERT Stille Nacht: A German Christmas Folger Shakespeare Library  In an intimate program of Christmas music from German-speaking lands, the Folger Consort presents settings of ancient hymns and tuneful folk melodies from the 15th, 16th, and 17th-centuries. There will be charming pieces from the very earliest German songbooks, the lovely music of Praetorius, and sonorous early Baroque sonatas and Christmas songs by Schutz and Buxtehude. Performed in the bedecked Elizabethan Theatre with violas, violins, medieval fiddles, lutes, harp, and recorders, this cherished repertoire inspires the spirit and joy of the season.
  • Blob's Park December 20 - Christmas Party featuring Charm City Sound and Joy of Maryland. Admission includes our famous buffet, starting at 6:00 PM. The entertainment starts at 7:00 with Mike Matousek, as the Master of Ceremonies. The show will include: Nicky DiSebastiano singing an Italian Christmas carol Al & Connie Matousek (and family) sharing a Polish Koledy - Gary & Ellen Snyder performing a German Christmas song The Holiday Trumpets (Dave & Greg Jankiewicz and Al Puwalski) playing an instrumental holiday medley - Flutist Joanie Gadomski performing Ave Maria - Amanda Marshal singing a contemporary Christmas tune - Steve Matousek singing a contemporary Christmas tune and performing a poetry reading - Gary Snyder singing a contemporary Christmas tune - Ellen & Monica Snyder performing O Holy Night - A surprise visit by Santa Claus Then Charm City Sound and Joy of Maryland will play until Midnight. Admission is $20.00 per person.
  • Scene of the Crime: Sleep Well, Little Sister Sunday, December 28 at 8 PM, Tuesday, December 30 at 8 PM and Wednesday, December 31 at 12 PM on MHz (WNVC Channel 56 Virginia PBS) German with English subtitles. A young woman's body is discovered in the woods. Public outcry arises over the police's handling of the case. A reporter is assigned to shadow Detectives Ballauf and Schenk as they investigate the murder. Eventually, a recently released serial killer is suspected of the crime. Interviews with the man's psychiatrist uncover some startling evidence in the case.
  • Sunday 21, 2 pm CONCERT Stille Nacht: A German Christmas Folger Shakespeare Library In an intimate program of Christmas music from German-speaking lands, the Folger Consort presents settings of ancient hymns and tuneful folk melodies from the 15th, 16th, and 17th-centuries. There will be charming pieces from the very earliest German songbooks, the lovely music of Praetorius, and sonorous early Baroque sonatas and Christmas songs by Schutz and Buxtehude. Performed in the bedecked Elizabethan Theatre with violas, violins, medieval fiddles, lutes, harp, and recorders, this cherished repertoire inspires the spirit and joy of the season.
  • Scene of the Crime: Sleep Well, Little Sister Tuesday, December 30 at 8 PM and Wednesday, December 31 at 12 PM, on MHz (WNVC Channel 56 Virginia PBS) German with English subtitles. A young woman's body is discovered in the woods. Public outcry arises over the police's handling of the case. A reporter is assigned to shadow Detectives Ballauf and Schenk as they investigate the murder. Eventually, a recently released serial killer is suspected of the crime. Interviews with the man's psychiatrist uncover some startling evidence in the case.
  •  Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert The Strauss Symphony of America Johannes Wildner, conductor (Vienna) Christiane Boesiger, soprano (Vienna) Thomas Sigwald, tenor (Vienna) Members of the Vienna Opera Ballet January 3, 2004 at 8:00 pm at the Kennedy Center/Concert Hall Tickets $ 25 - $ 85, available at the Box Office or by phone: 202-467-4600 or 1-800-444-1324, http://www.kennedy-center.org . For information call: 1-800-545-7807, http://www.salutetovienna.com
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  • November 6, 2003 ongoing through January 12, 2004 EXHIBIT Simplicissimus and the Weimar Republic Goethe-Institut Simplicissimus was among the earliest and most significant of the late nineteenth-century satirical periodicals that nurtured and embodied the developing spirit of Expressionism in Germany. It developed a model still in use by modern caricaturists and illustrators. The exhibit features 100 highly artistic Simplicissimus caricatures satirizing issues of the times from 1918 until 1933. http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/3_2003/simplicissimus.htm
  • Jewish Vienna An exhibition by Janos Kalmar and Alfred Stalzer The history of Jewish Vienna  of salons, fin-de-siècle culture and the masterly architectural, literary, artistic and scientific achievements of the Jewish intelligentsia .Ongoing: November 12, 2003 - January 20, 2004 hours: Monday through Friday 10 am - 4 pm

  • Housing in Vienna: Architecture for Everyone Curated by the Architekturzentrum Wien Ongoing: January 6 - 30, 2004 hours: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm Having a place to live is a basic ingredient of Western civilization. As urban density can easily lead to a shortage of affordable homes, housing is an ongoing challenge for each and every city administration. Vienna has developed an impressive tradition of building, functional and at the same time livable public housing. It is amazing to see how the City´s housing design policy has broadened over the years to embrace fresh ideas and new aspects for improving the quality of life. A wide spectrum of remarkable architecture has emerged, testifying to the fact that social conscience can go hand in hand with individual and high quality architectural solutions. Miller Exhibition Hall, Crough Center for Architecture, The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20064 (Brookland-CUA Metro) in cooperation with The Catholic University of America
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  • January 15 – 22 New Films The 12th annual film festival highlighting new German-language films. Visions Cinema $9 / $7. $20 for the opening night screening and reception. Purchase tickets online here for an additional fee. Information: 202-667-0090 or www.VisionsDC.com  ;   Goethe-Institut
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  • January 12, 6:30 pm MOVIE It’s a Jungle Out There This coming-of-age drama features Franka Potente in her debut as a runaway 17-year-old. $5 / $3 Purchase tickets online here for an additional fee. Goethe-Institut
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  • Ongoing: January 12 – March 12 EXHIBIT Practical Utopia: The Design Work of Otl Aicher Featuring the work of a visionary German designer who transformed the field of industrial and graphic design. Featured at Third Thursday on January 15, 6 – 8 pm. Goethe-Institut
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  • George Crumb Trio flute, cello piano Joseph Haydn ú Trio for flute, cello and piano in F Major Felix Mendelssohn ú Trio op. 49 in D Minor Rudolph Jungwirth ú Three Hymns Florian Bramböck ú Trio for flute, cello and piano George Crumb ú Vox Balaenae January 13, 2004 at 8:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776
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  • Thursday January 15, 8 pm LECTURE Eine Geschichte des diplomatischen Lebens in Berlin Sponsored by the German Language Society For details and tickets, call 703-379-7849 German Embassy
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  • Jazz Concert From Here to There Karlheinz Miklin - saxophone, Ron McClure - bass, Billy Hart - drums January 20, 2004 at 8:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP: 202-895-6776 Cash bar opens at 7:00 pm in cooperation with the International Club of DC
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  • Free Radicals (Böse Zellen) A film by Barbara Albert, 2003 (in German with English subtitles, 120 min.) The beating of a butterfly´s wings generates a tornado which downs a plane full of tourists; years later, the accidental death of the sole survivor has an insidious ripple effect on her friends and relatives in a small Austrian town awash in social malaise. A breathtakingly assured example of the new resurgence in Austrian cinema, Barbara Albert´s universally hailed “Free Radicals”, which takes its name from the rogue atoms which can wreak havoc on the human organism, is the country´s official submission for the 2003 Foreign Film Oscar and was featured in the last fall´s New York Film Festival. January 21, 2004 at 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm at the Visions Bar Noir 1927 Florida Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20009 For Tickets call: 202-667-0090 http://www.visionsdc.com/  (In the framework of “New Films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria”)
  • Housing for everyone: Vienna - USA (in the framework of the exhibit “Housing in Vienna”) Wolfgang Förster, Head of the City Housing Research Division, Vienna, Austria Lecture/Discussion "Vienna Housing Projects: Enabling Good Architecture for Everyone" James G. Banks, Consultant, former E.C. Assistant Mayor for Housing Programs "Public Housing: Isolating the Poorest of the Poor" Thomas Gallas, Torti-Gallas "Hope VI: The Transformation of Neighborhoods" January 26, 2004 at 6:30 pm [ exhibit viewing from 4:30 pm ] (Miller Exhibition Hall) Koubek Auditorium, School of Architecture and Planning, Crough Center for Architecture, Catholic University 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20064 (Brookland-CUA Metro) Admission free, accessible. For information call: 202-319-5188 Reception to follow (with the support of Austrian Airlines)

     

  • January 26, 6:30 pm MOVIE 23 This film takes the viewer on a hypnotic journey as a computer hacker searches for the underpinnings of a global conspiracy. A mystical thriller based on actual events. $5 / $3 Purchase tickets online here for an additional fee. Goethe-Institut 
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  • All-Schubert concerts  Mendelssohn Piano Trio;  Michael Stepniak, viola; Yuri Golubev, bass; Jerome Barry, baritone; George Peachey, piano;  Peter Sirotin, violin; Claudia Chudacoff, violin; Fiona Thompson, cello; Nadine Trudel, cello January 30 and 31, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. Embassy of Austria Tickets: $ 35. For reservations call: 202-625-2361 in cooperation with the Embassy Series
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German Language Church Services in Washington

United Church (Concordia Kirche) 1920 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 331-1495 . (Location for Washington Saengerbund's annual Christmas concert.) German service at 9:30 on first and third Sundays in the month. Our Lady of Bethesda (Deutsche Katholische Mission), 7007 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817. Sonntagsgottesdienste 10.00 Uhr Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde sonntags 9.30 Uhr
Pilgrim Lutheran Church 5500 Massachussetts Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816
German Language Television in the DC Area Mondays thru Fridays 3 - 4PM WNVC over the air Channel 56; Virginia PBS in German news [at times with English subtitles]

Mondays thru Fridays 7:30 PM WNVC over the air Channel 56; Virginia PBS News from Germany but in English

Sundays 9pm erratically: German television detective shows on International Mystery WNVC over the air Channel 56 with repeats on Channelm 53; Virginia PBS

 
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Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC area

Cafe Tirolo
4001 N. Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
703.528.7809
Zum Rheingarten
Rte 1
Stafford, VA 22554-4825
703-221-4635
Old Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC
202-333-7600
Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC
202-543-7656
Wurzburg-Haus
7236 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Rockville MD
301-330-0402
Heidelberg Pastry Bakery   2150 N. Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA 22207  Phone: 703/527-8394 Fax: 703/528-5061

German Gourmet Delicatessen 7185 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia 22036 (703) 534-1908 


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German-American Organizations in Baltimore is the clearing house for German-American clubs, festivals, organizations in Baltimore and all the rest of Maryland. S.u.G.T.V. "Washingtonia" - a "Schuhplattler" dance club based in D.C. is continuously seeking opportunities to share its Bavarian heritage with others. In addition to performing traditional Schuhplattler dances, "Washingtonia" entertains with such folk art as alpine bell ringing, alpine horn and popular German beer drinking songs. Studying at an Austrian University although the site is not aimed specifically at US students, it contains helpful general information and contacts to the individual universities in Austria.
The Swiss Club of Washington D.C. aspires to foster a sense of community among Swiss people and friends of Switzerland in the Washington metropolitan area including Northern Virginia and Maryland. The Wagner Society of Washington DC has among its goals to organize, plan, and promote Wagner-related events, such as lectures, workships, symposia, a newsletter, a web page, and live operatic performances; to relate the Society's efforts to area opera activities as appropriate; to encourage and facilitate group attendance at live performances of Wagner's works in the Washington - Baltimore area, as well as other cities in the US and abroad.  Deutscher Klub of Northern Virginia Community College ... the Deutscher Klub website for Northern Virginia Community College. with the latest information on Klub happenings, as well as other German-related events in the Washington, DC area.
Austrian Cultural Events in the Washington area Austrian Cultural Forum The re-vamped and very trendy Austrian cultural information center. Be patient with the pop-up introductory page which guides you to many interesting exhibits and events.  American-Austrian Society  Each year the Society sponsors or supports several cultural events that take place at the Embassy of Austria and at other locations in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of these events are open to the general public. The Society's stimulating cultural and educational programs are centered around the artistic, humanistic, and scientific achievements of Austrians and Americans with ties to Austria
Verein Deutscher Trachten von Baltimore Tanzkreis for the "preservation and presentation to the public of the many coloful Trachten (Regional Costumes) of the Germanic Lands, as well as the dances, songs, history and traditions of the various regions of Germany".   Arion Gesangverein To promote the cultivation of German music, song and culture in the United States through concerts, song festivals and Liederabende.
    Delaware-Saengerbund
German Society of Maryland , founded in the 18th Century, continues today providing grants for use by institutions teaching German; sponsoring an essay contest on German-American issues for junior high school students; promoting German heritage; publication of leaflets dealing with Marylanders of German ancestry who have contributed to our state and nation; social activities such as the Society's summer picnic and annual Kirchgang, sponsoring Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical services and the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry and bus trips to various points of interest for German Americans. promoting German heritage; publication of leaflets dealing with Marylanders of German ancestry who have contributed to our state and nation; social activities such as the Society's summer picnic and annual Kirchgang, sponsoring Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical services and the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry and bus trips to various points of interest for German Americans. Blob's Park, near Ft. Meade on Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for directions],  has many Special Celebrations during the year. May Day is celebrated every Mother's Day in May, and the Sonnenwendfeier (the longest day of the year) is celebrated on Father's Day in June. The first Octoberfest in the United States was held at Blob's Park in 1947 and continues to be celebrated the first weekend of every October! Other special days are Bavarian Day in September, a children's Christmas Party when Santa Claus and St. Nicholas visit and present every child with a gift, and a gala New Year's Eve Party. Student in Wien Practical tips, sources of information both academic and administrative and social  for people presently studying in Vienna: addresses, lists of lectures, student news, bars, etc.
Exhibit closed while being moved from Arlington to DC Berlin Wall at Freedom Park  Original pieces of the Berlin Wall, measuring a total of 32 feet in length and 12 feet in height, have been permanently re-erected in front of an original 32-foot-high guard tower as the centerpiece of a new exhibit on Berlin and the era of the Iron Curtain. The tower (which originally stood near "Checkpoint Charlie," the crossing point made famous in countless real and fictional Iron Curtain espionage incidents) and the wall section will be augmented by several photomurals and text panels that document the 1961 construction of the wall, its impact on Germany and history since the wall fell.

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 A short history and a sightseeing tour of the Hudson Tubes (PATH), one of the earliest subways of the world, along with an image gallery of the Tubes, past and present. English and German versions. There is also a section updated daily on the changes to the Tubes as a result of the Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center


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