- Wednesday, April 13, 7 pm FILM Titanic This Nazi propaganda version is a masterpiece of the genre. The scenes of the sinking were so well-done that they were lifted
(uncredited) and used in the British film of 1958. In German with English titles. Preceded by an animated short film. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St SE www.filmsonthehill.com
Doctoral Seminar 2005: "German History, 1890-1930." To be held at the GHI (DC), April 13-16, 2005. Conveners: Roger Chickering (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell
- April 15 – April 18, 2005
FILM and SYMPOSIUM Selling Democracy – Films of the German Marshall Fund, 1948-1953
This landmark series, presented in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the
Goethe-Institut, and the German Historical Museum, features 25 films made in Europe by the Marshall Plan’s Motion Picture Section and by the Documentary Film Unit of the U.S. Office of Military Government
(OMGUS) after WWII. Each program will be followed by an informal Q&A session with curator Sandra Schulberg and special guests, including Marshall Plan historians and participants. In conjunction with the DC International Film Festival.
Ticket prices vary. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/fmp/enindex.htm
April 15, 8 pm
MUSIC Bach Alive in the Nation’s Library Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis First in a series of performances exploring connections between the Baroque master, whose autograph scores of Cantatas 9 and 10 reside in the Library, and other genres of choral music found in the Library’s vast archives. Coolidge Auditorium www.loc.gov/ihas/
- Friday, April 15, 3 pm
Selling Democracy 1. Out of the Ruins In these films, Germany struggles to shed its Nazi past, while Holland and Italy emerge from the ruins. $ 6/ $ 4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/fmp/en411150.htm
- Friday, April 15, 6:30 pm Selling Democracy 2. Help is on the Way This program is part of the DC International Film Festival These films typify the can-do spirit of the Marshall Planners before anti-Communist anxieties set in. $ 9 through
tickets.com, 703-218-6500 or at the box office. Regal Cinema, 707 Seventh St. NW www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/fmp/en411165.htm
- GERMAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE
Saturday, April 16, 1 pm
At times, Washington DC’s educational system and its school buildings have
been considered models of excellence, innovation and foresight, and they can be again.
What is the history of education in Washington? How are these historic structures being preserved? What is their future? Stops will include the Webster School (formerly the Americanization School), the Franklin School, and the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. Architectural historian Tanya Beauchamp will give a brief talk about preservation issues at the Franklin School (both Franklin and Sumner were designed by German-American architect Adolf Cluss). The tour will conclude with an opportunity to view the current exhibits and the facilities at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives.
Led by Alice Stewart, local historian. Tour involves considerable walking.
No charge as part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Walkingtown, DC weekend event.
RSVP to 202-289-1200, ext. 510. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/arc/en429416.htm
- Saturday, April 16, 7 pm
Selling Democracy 3. True Fiction Marshall Plan filmmakers created a sense of drama in nearly all of their films. Numerous documentaries were partially staged, becoming docu-dramas. The Marshall Plan also commissioned full-fledged fiction films. $ 6/ $ 4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/fmp/en429428.htm Saturday, April
16, 9 am – 2 pm SPECIAL EVENT Annual Meeting of the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, MD www.zionbaltimore.org Monday, April 18, 7:30 pm
The Left Bank Ensemble
Beethoven Society of America
- Monday, April 18, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 19, 8:30 pm
FILM The Miracle of Bern
Part of the DC International Film Festival
- Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 pm
Meet Demand, one of Germany’s most important contemporary photographers. Organized by the German Embassy with support from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations.
202-298-4241 Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave NW
- Thursday, April
21, 6 – 8 pm Lecture Confronting the End: Reflections on Nazi Leaders in 1945 Peter Longerich, Royal Holloway, University of London RSVP 202-387-3355 or email@example.com
German Historical Institute
- Thursday, April
21, 8 pm
Die politische Entwicklung Südosteuropas im 19. Jahrhundert
German Language Society
Brig. General (ret.) Peter Pichler
- Sunday, April 24, 3 – 7 pm
Unter den Linden
The Washington Sängerbund
Spring concert and tea dance – an elegant afternoon celebrating the music of some of Berlin’s favorite composers. Savories, desserts, wine, tea and coffee follow the concert along with three hours of lovely dance music played by the celebrated Con Brio! Quintet.
For tickets ($40), mail a check to Mrs. Renate Mueller, Treasurer, 9021 Golden Leaf Court, Springfield, VA 22153 (payable to: Washington
Sängerbund). Tel. 703-913-4833. Information 202-310-4691.
1630 Crescent Place, NW
- Scene of the Crime: Betrayal
Saturday, April 23 at 9 PM on MHz
German detective series with English
subtitles. Virginia PBS WNVC,
Channel 56 over the air.
A diplomat of the Foreign Office is found dead. He was shot in the head at close range. One of the suspects is Karolin Schmidt, even though Karolin has been reported dead by newspapers. Ballauf and Schenk discover both men worked in Columbia. Or could it be that the murderer is Axel
König, a man who was held hostage in Columbia and has never recovered from this shock.
- April 25 – May 11
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington
Bruno Ganz (most recently appearing in Downfall) is in many ways the quintessentially European actor, comfortable in roles that require German, Italian, French and even English. Born in 1941 to a Swiss father and an Italian mother, by the early 60s Ganz was already active on the German stage and would later go on to co-found with Peter Stein Berlin's famous and influential Schaubühne Theater.
retrospective of films to which Ganz has contributed his talent.
- Monday, April
25, 6 – 8 pm
Victors’ Justice? The Nuremberg Trial and the Invention of International Crime
Richard Overy, University of Exeter
RSVP 202-387-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
German Historical Institute
- Monday, April 25, 6:30 pm
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington Behind Me Director: Norbert Wiedmer Bruno Ganz teamed up with veteran documentary filmmaker Norbert Wiedmer to create this touching portrait/diary film that follows the actor as he travels across Europe playing Faust, a stage role with which he has become singularly identified. $ 6/ $ 4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/bru/en431415.htm
- April 25 – May 18
Herzliche Grüsse/Heart-Felt Greetings
Until May 18 Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington
In the White City Director: Alain Tanner One of Alain Tanner's most beautiful films, In the White City is a haunting, bluesy mood piece that follows a disconnected sailor who decides to jump ship in Lisbon. Bruno Ganz plays this sailor, Paul, a Swiss who suddenly finds himself entranced by the ghostly "white city" on the edge of the Atlantic. $ 5 RSVP to 202-944-6091 or email@example.com La Maison Française, French Embassy www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/bru/en446118.htm
- Wednesday, April
27, 7:30 pm
Artemis QuartetWashington Performing Arts Society Tickets 202-785-9727
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater www.wpas.org
- Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 pm
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington Knife in the Head Director: Reinhard Hauff
Dr. Berthold Hoffman (Ganz) is a leading biogeneticist, married to his work and uninterested in politics. One night he is caught in cross-fire and shot in the head. He awakes with no memory of the event, and struggles to reconstruct his shattered personality and life.
$ 6/$ 4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/bru/en433497.htm
- Thursday, April 28, 7:30 pm
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington The Girl from Lorraine Director: Claude Goretta
When Christine arrives in Paris without money or support, she seems to be an easy victim. All sorts of people are prepared to give her work - but with a compromise on her part. $ 5
RSVP to 202-944-6091 or firstname.lastname@example.org La Maison Française, French Embassy
- Thursday, April 28, 6:45 pm
Storm of Steel
One may well ask what promoted Penguin Books last summer to publish a new translation of Ernst Jünger’s World War I memoir, In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel)? The book’s ambivalent character is exemplified in Michael Dirda’s comments in his Washington Post review. Dirda writes: “I have absolutely no love for the martial spirit…and feel queasy at the sight of blood. Yet I can’t remember when I’ve read a book as thrilling and hypnotic, as perversely magnificent” as this work. No charge. Organized by the American Goethe Society RSVP email@example.com.
- Friday, April 29, 6:30 pm
Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington Bread and Tulips Director: Silvio Soldini Bruno Ganz shines as Fernando, a suicidal Icelandic waiter living in Venice in Silvio Soldini's delightful film, one of the best-loved Italian comedies of recent years. The story begins when Rosabla, played by the marvelous Licia Maglietta, is left behind at a highway rest stop while on a vacation trip.$ 6/$ 4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/bru/en433584.htm
- Friday, April 29, 8:30 pm Bruno Ganz Retrospective in Washington Truth and Lies Director: Piergiorgio Gay Based on the well-loved novel by Sandro Veronesi, The Power of the Past, the film tells the story of Giovanni Orzan (Sergio Rubini), an acclaimed writer of children's books, married with an eight-year-old son. One day, a man comes to his door; he introduces himself as Gianni Bogliasco (Bruno Ganz), and claims that he was an old friend of Giovanni's recently deceased father. When Gianni reveals that the father was in fact a spy for the KGB, Giovanni's whole world seems to collapse.
$ 6/$4 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/bru/en434600.htm
- Saturday, April
30, 4 – 6:30 pm
SPECIAL EVENT Maifest (May Festival) Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, MD www.zionbaltimore.org Join Zion for MayFest 2005 with Free Admission. A Maibaum (May Pole) in Zion's Garden is the focal point for family activities like singing, folk dancing, a
Kasperltheater (puppet theater), Kaffe and Kuchen (German sweet treats) and Maibowle (May Punch).
- Seminar: German History Seminar. To be held at the GHI (DC), Saturday, April 30, 12:00pm to 3:30 pm. Paper by Katherine Aaslestad, University of West Virginia: Revisiting 1806: Napoleon and German Central Europe" Contact: Marion Deshmukh, George Mason University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blue Moon A film by Andrea Maria Dusl, Austria 2002 (in German with English subtitles, 91 min.) When Johnny Pichler turns his back on the safety of Western Europe and ventures into the far reaches of Eastern Europe, he is following the summons of love. Shirley frequents hotel rooms in search of her future. Jana, a taxi driver in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, is held hostage by her own past and hopes to deal with it by minding a herd of sheep and a host of secrets. Small-time crook Ignaz, floundering helplessly in the bewildering post-communist world, has only money on his mind. On the run from the snares of intimacy, they all embark on an odyssey of emotions until the Blue Moon rises over distant Odessa. April 24, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the George Washington University/Gelman Library Location: 2130 H Street, Washington, DC 20037
- Sunday, May 1
- A. G. A. S. German Day, an indoor
festival featuring live music, crafts, vendors and food. This event is sponsored by the A. G. A. S. and is to help promote the German heritage. Come and find out about customs and the heritage. Or, you can come to listen to the music and mingle with all of the friendly people. http://www.blobspark.com
- Sunday, May 1, 3 pm MUSIC The Joy of Bach three of Bachl's most famous works. Our program begins with the Third Orchestral Suite that combines virtuoso flare with a wide variety of mood and texture. Renowned Canadian Soprano Suzie LeBlanc makes her Consort debut singing the brilliant solo Cantata No. 51. The concert is concluded with the majestic Ascension Oratorio that, in addition to its rich palette of solo and instrumental writing, includes the celebrated alto aria that would later become the penultimate movement of the B Minor Mass. Washington Bach Consort Schlesinger Performing Arts Center, Alexandria, VA
- Thursday, May 5, 11 am – 2 pm
SPECIAL EVENT Springfest Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, MD www.zionbaltimore.org
On one Thursday a year, Spring Fest delivers delicious German foods,
German punch, and pastries during the lunch hours.
There is also a flower and herb sale under the historic Mercer Tiles.
Inside the Parish Hall you can find a gift for mothers day with books,
pictures and knick-knacks- many with a German theme.
"Art Enables spricht deutsch," a show of
original works, will be exhibited at the German Historical
Institute from May 6-June 17, 2005. An opening
reception will be held on May 6, 2005, from 6:00 -
8:00 pm, in conjunction with the Dupont Circle Gallery
Walk. Please call 202.387.3355 to RSVP. http://www.art-enables.org/
- Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm MUSIC A Brahms Birthday Celebration Liebeslieder Waltzes, Duets, and Songs of Johannes Brahms, on the occasion of his 172nd birthday. Elizabeth
Kluegel, soprano, Karyn Friedman, mezzo soprano, Jason Rylander, tenor, Gary Poster, bass, Ruth Rose and Carl Banner, duo-pianists. For tickets ($15) and information: 301-493-5729, http://www.dcmusicaviva.org Washington Musica Viva BannerArts Studio 4233C Howard Ave. Kensington MD email@example.com
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm READING AND discussion “My Father’s Country” History of a German Family How is it possible that a loyal Nazi, someone who fought in Russia and served as a defense officer in Berlin, could become entangled in the attempted assassination of Hitler on the 20th of July, 1944, and executed for his involvement? In her book, Wibke Bruhns analyzes her father’s life using private anecdotes and historical facts in an attempt to understand a man she barely knew. The result is an absorbing, brilliant historical work. Discussion with author Wibke Bruhns moderated by Julianne Smith, Foreign Policy Program Officer, Center for Strategic and International Studies. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 171 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/lit/en437128.htm
- Thursday, May 12, 6:45 pm LECTURE German Graphic Artists and German Culture: From Holbein to Heckel Lecture by Professor Marion Deshmukh, Dept. of History and Art History, George Mason University The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, has a fine selection of Central European prints and drawings. Recent acquisitions have strengthened its already solid collection. This illustrated talk will highlight Germany’s contribution to the graphic arts. Organized by the American Goethe Society RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/msg/en437200.htm
- May 12, 2005 at 7:30 pm Concert Wolfgang
Egon Wellesz: Sonata op. 31 Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 D minor, BWV 1008 Thomas Daniel
Schlee: 3 Signs op. 53 Alfred Peschek: Cellare Wolfram Wagner: Sonata for Violoncello Solo
Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct., NW Washington, DC 20008 Admission free. RSVP required: (202) 895-6776 or email@example.com
- Sunday, May 15, 4 pm CONCERT Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Cathedral Choral Society Washington National Cathedral Presented under the patronage of Wolfgang
Ischinger, German Ambassador, and Mrs. Ischinger
- Sunday, May 15, 11 am – 5 pm SPECIAL EVENT Maifest 2005 Enjoy a spirited celebration of the awakening of spring. Featuring performers, festive music, dancing and singing around the Maibaum, and German food and drink. Families welcome. $10 includes castle tour and festival. Children under 12 free. Enter on Sunderland Place. Information 202-429-1894
The Brewmaster’s Castle and Castle Park 1307 New Hampshire Ave.
- Sunday, May 15, 11:15 am SPECIAL EVENT Bilingual Pentecost Service Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, MD www.zionbaltimore.org
- May 19-22,
2005 Conference: "Animals in History: Studying the Not So Human Past.". Conference in cooperation with the Angloamerican Institute, University of Cologne. Literaturhaus
Köln. To take place in Cologne, Germany, . Conveners: Dorothee Brantz
(GHI) and Christof Mauch (German
- Thursday, May 19, 6 – 8 pm LECTURE The Iconography of Victory: Reporting the American Occupation of Cologne
- THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005 8 PM HUNGARIAN OPERETTA EVENING
Krisztina David, soprano (Hungary)
Marko Kathol, tenor (Austria) George Peachey, piano (USA)
An intimate evening of opera in the Hungarian experience, including beloved arias of Lehár, Kálman and others with fine Hungarian soprano Krisztina David and Austrian tenor Marko Kathol. The excellent pianist George Peachey will be at the piano. Limited seating.
Embassy of Hungary Full
of Austria FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005 8 PM and
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2005 PM
OPERETTA EVENINGS Krisztina David, soprano (Hungary)Marko
Kathol, tenor (Austria)George Peachey, piano (USA)
Full Program Here Our annual operetta evenings will again feature wonderful singers from Vienna and Budapest with the added attraction of string accompaniment and all sorts of wonderful surprises. The excellent pianist George Peachey will be at the piano.
Meeting of Steuben Unit 85 and German World Alliance/ Deutsche.
Sunday, May 22 at 2PM. WHERE: Concord Club, Top floor of old. Europe' Restaurant, 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW. TOPIC: Talk by Dr. Otto Pohl. "In our hearts we felt the sentence of death" the
Soviet Deportation and Persecution of the Russian Germans." COST:
Free Entry , ,Coffee and Cake will be served. Info: Contact Unit 85 Chairman K. Schemm 703-5341337
- Monday, May 23, 7:30 pm MUSIC Baek-Newman-Dinnerstein Piano Trio Beethoven Society of America Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97, "Archduke" Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 at the German Embassy
- The Baltimore EDELWEISS CLUB will have their festive
ANNUAL PICNIC in scenic Patapsco State Park (off Rt 40) on Thursday, May. 26, 1-5 pm
with GERMAN/AM gourmet food, ice cream/ strawberries, kuchen and beverages. Live sing along music by Alfred Zellerand Gene Steinebrunner for old -and new friends, provide genuine GEMUTLICHKEIT !1 Cost: $15 pp/member, $17 pp/non member. Reservations/info call Rita Kirsch 410-747-9616
- Friday, May 27, 7:30 pm MUSIC 10th Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Concert Wagner Society of Washington German Embassy
Scene of the Crime [German detective series with English subtitles]
Samstag 28. Mai 9:00 PM on MHz
(WNVC) Virginia PBS Channel 56
- May 30 and 31 SOUNDS Kraftwerk in Concert Seminal German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are touring the states in support of their new double live album, "Minimum-Maximum", out on June 7th. Kraftwerk will play two rare, intimate performances here in Washington. Tickets available through www.930.com or by calling 703-218-6500. 9:30 Club 815 V St NW
- June 6, 2005 at 7:30 pm Concert & Lecture Famous Masters and Their Female Pupils Sigrid
Trummer, piano Elena Ostleitner, lecture Stephanie Gräfin von Wurmbrand:
“Lied ohne Worte”, “Elfenreigen” Johannes Brahms: No. 2 Intermezzo and No. 6 Intermezzo from: Piano Pieces op. 118 Arnold Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces op.19 Maria Hofer: Toccata – “Die Maschine” Alexander
Zemlinsky: 2 Fantasies from: Fantasies after Poems by Richard Dehmel op. 9 Johanna
Müller-Hermann: No. 4 Intermezzo and No. 5 Impromptu from: Piano Pieces op. 3 Agnes Tyrrell: Nocturne Franz Liszt: Variations on “Weinen,
Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” (Theme by Johann Sebastian Bach)
Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct., NW Washington, DC 20008
Admission free. RSVP required: (202) 895-6776 or
firstname.lastname@example.org In cooperation with the International Club of DC
- GERMAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE Tuesday, June 7, 5:30 pm WALKING TOUR Trace the Steps of German Immigrants
Do you want to learn how to trace your ancestors? This walking tour, given in collaboration with the National Archives, will provide information found in the Archives about several German immigrants who lived in or whose work can be seen in our neighborhood. Departing from the
Goethe-Institut for a walk through the neighborhood, the tour will arrive at the Archives at about 7 pm. You will then be given a chance to begin doing research on one of your own ancestors. The Archives closes at 9 pm. Led by Alice Stewart, local historian. Tour is limited to 15 people; photo ID required for entrance to the Archives. RSVP requested to 202-289-1200, ext. 510. $5.00
- Thursday, June 16, 6:30 – 8 pm Walking Tour Third Thursday is on a summer hiatus, so join us for a stroll through the Seventh Street Arts District. After viewing New York Moves at the
Goethe-Institut, the guided tour will visit the exhibition New Jewish Life in Berlin at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and one or two additional art galleries in the neighborhood.
Goethe Institut 812 7th Street NW
- ALL-DAY SEMINAR Franz Schubert: A Life Devoted to Art With Live Performances Sat., June 18, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Smithsonian
- Sunday, June 19 - Our annual Sonnwendfeier featuring the Alt
Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein Dancers and music by Mike Surratt and
the Continentals. Come out and help us celebrate the longest day of the
year and the German pageantry that surrounds it. We will have a bonfire
after 8:00 PM. By German custom, it is considered to be good luck if you can
jump over the embers. Blob's
- Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 pm
MOVIE: SPECIAL SCREENING The Champions
Directors: Christoph Hübner and Gabriele Voss (2003) In celebration of the Confederation Cup, the preliminary international soccer competition June 15-29, and in preparation for the World Cup 2006 in Germany, the
Goethe-Institut presents this documentary depicting four young hopefuls trying to forge soccer careers at Borussia Dortmund. Followed by a discussion with Heiko
Hesse, one of the soccer players in the film. ith Germany hosting the Confederation Cup, the preliminary international soccer competition, June
15-29, and the 2006 World Cup, the Goethe-Institut Washington will be presenting a variety of events leading up to the World Cup. We begin with this documentary film about several Borussia Dortmund Youth League players. “Hübner got much closer to professional soccer than any journalist can.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Followed by a discussion with Heiko
Hesse, one of the featured players.
The new soccer players for Borussia Dortmund - German champion numerous times, including five times in a row with the
A-Jugend - come from all over: Ghana, Chile, Spain, and Ukraine, from all corners of Germany, and from Dortmund and the surrounding area. Discovered by talent scouts during their prime years, they dream of professional careers. Directors Christoph Hübner and Gabriele Voss followed several of these players over the years as they attempted to realize their dreams. Who will persevere, and who will give up? For those left behind, what comes next?
General Admission: $ 6 · Members, seniors and students: $ 4
Tickets can be purchased right before the screening, or during office hours M-Th 10am-5pm; Friday 10am-3pm, or online at
(service charges apply) 812 Seventh Street NW Washington · 202-289-1200 · Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown · http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/flm/en665059.htm
- Saturday, June 25, 10 am – 4:30 pm SEMINAR
The Enchanting Castles of Germany This beautifully illustrated lecture, taught by German scholar Eckehard Simon, examines how and why German castles were built; their architecture and working parts; daily life in the castles; and the wonderful myths and legends that endured for centuries. The Smithsonian Associates Code: IJ0-902 Resident Members $110; General Admission $156 Details and tickets: 202-357-3030 or fax 202-786-2034 German Embassy
- Wednesday, June 29, 5:30 pm LECTURE
Looking East, Thinking West: Reflections on an Enlarged Europe and the United States in the Twenty-First Century Willard Intercontinental Hotel Ballroom [1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.] http://www.ghi-dc.org a lecture by
Timothy Garton AshProgram 5:30 p.m. Dessert Reception; 6:00 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction6:15 p.m. - Lecture Please RSVP by June 20, 2005 Phone: (202) 387-3355
Fax: (202) 387-6437 E-mail: C.Brown@ghi-dc.org
- Wednesday, June 29, 12 pm
DISCUSSION The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany’s Gentleman Pirate With author Blaine Pardoe RSVP to
National Archives, Constitution Ave. Between 7th and 9th Streets Enter through the “Special Events” Entrance Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial
Erich Lessing: From Liberation to Liberty Katharina Wegan: Pictures in Memory - The Austrian State Treaty Photographer Erich Lessing was born in Vienna in 1923. In 1939, he was forced to emigrate to what was then the British Mandate Palestine. On his return to Vienna in 1947, he started to work as a photo-reporter for the American news agency, Associated Press. Since 1951, Erich Lessing has been a member of Magnum Photos. His photos of post-war Austria, of the signing ceremony of the Austrian State Treaty and his reportage of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, have become icons of Austria’s and Europe’s collective memory.
The exhibit will run through June 10, 2005.
- Saturday, June 11 - Hank Haller will be back with some of the best Bavarian style
polkas you will hear anywhere. Of course, he can also play your favorite
American variety music as well. Please let the band know what you want
to hear. Blob's
Monday, July 11, 12:30 / 6:30 pm MANN FILM SERIES The Magic Mountain Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer Though surrounded by the beauty of the Swiss Alps, Hans Castorp is an unwitting captive in a tuberculosis sanitarium. Originally admitted for a three-week respite, he is betrayed by an X-ray which finds a small, dark patch on his lung, and begins a seven-year recuperation. As he listens to the stories and advice of other inmates and considers his own course of evolution, he realizes that here, in the midst of the dying, he has found life. 35mm. In German only. $6/$4
- ALL-DAY SEMINAR The Musical Genius of George Frederic Handel Sat., July 16, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Smithsonian
Monday, July 18, 4:00 / 6:30 pm Mann Film Series Death in Venice Director: Luchino Visconti Luchino Visconti's sumptuous adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel Der Tod in Venedig tells the story of Aschenbach, a controlled intellectual who unexpectedly finds himself obsessed by the vision of a 14-year-old boy while on a convalescent vacation in 1911. Visconti has turned Aschenbach from a writer into a composer, and makes use of excerpts from Mahler on the soundtrack. Death in Venice created a lushness rare in movies. The film won the Grand Prix at the 25th Cannes Festival. 35 mm. Italian with English subtitles. $6/$4
The German Historical Institute, the Goethe-Institut Washington, and ARD-German TV invite you to a screening of
STAUFFENBERG (Directed by Joe Baier, Germany, 2004, DVD, color, in German with English subtitles) Wednesday,
July 20th, 2005 6:30 – 9:30 pm
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Peter Hoffmann, a leading authority on the resistance movement. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 167
Location: Goethe-Institut · 812 Seventh Street NW · Washington, DC · 202-289-1200
· Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
In the film Stauffenberg, one of the leading figures in the attempted assassination of Hitler on the 20th of July 1944 is portrayed during the war and the events leading up to the “uprising of consciousness”. German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg is in the midst of an exemplary military career when his eyes are opened to the atrocities and impossibilities of the war, and his disillusionment only increases as time goes on. He realizes that it is his duty to dispose of Hitler. Together with other officers, he lays out and executes a plan both brave and foolhardy. That same night, they are executed and Stauffenberg dies with the words: “Long live holy Germany!”
The most recent film documenting the conspiracy against Hitler among his highest military leaders is allegedly the most accurate account of the events.
Stauffenberg won the 2004 Grimme Online Award and was nominated for the Prix Europa 2004.
Peter Hoffmann, William Kingsford Professor in the Department of History at McGill University in Montreal, is the world’s leading expert on the history of the resistance to Hitler. He is the author of many books including The History of the German Resistance (3rd English ed. 1996); German Resistance to Hitler (1988); Stauffenberg und der 20. Juli 1944 (1998); Hitler’s Personal Security (2nd ed. 2000); and Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944 (2nd ed. 2003).
- Friday, July 22, 7:30 pm MUSIC Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach Honoring Dr. Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Laureate Multimedia Musical Dramatization with actor Hugh O’Brian and NPR newscasters Jean Cochran and Carl Kasell Tennessee Players Free admission
Washington National Cathedral
- GERMAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE Saturday, July 23, 10 am - noon Eastern Market celebrates Its Architect, Adolf Cluss The
public is invited to share in a celebration of the life and work of Adolf Cluss, architect of Eastern Market in the entryway to the historic building. A practical visionary, Cluss (1825-1905) played an instrumental role in giving a new, modern form to the capital city following the Civil War. With Eastern Market as the backdrop, the City acknowledges his contributions and welcomes the opening of the exhibition “Adolf Cluss, From Germany to America: Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic” (opening at the Charles Sumner School Museum September 15, 2005).
- Monday, August 15, 6:30 pm
Mann Film Series The Buddenbrooks (Die Buddenbrooks)
in German only Director: Alfred Weidenmann, 35mm, 206 min. In this story of a distinguished business family, related from 1835 to 1877, Thomas takes over the renowned trading houses Buddenbrook following his father’s death. Business difficulties and social troubles lead to the diminishing of the family’s position. The film preserves the world of the upper class of the 19th century while relating a lively family history replete with love and marriage, separation and death, sibling rivalries and gleaming festivals. $6/$4
- August 22 at 6.00 pm The
This classic symphonic wind orchestra consists of 55 active musicians, mostly employed at
VOEST-ALPINE STAHL AG and VOEST-ALPINE TECHNOLOGY AG Linz, and is celebrating its 55 year anniversary in 2005.
The innovative group strives constantly towards new and interesting achievements, but besides their commitment to modern worldwide wind orchestra trends, they are simultaneously retaining their undeniably genuine traditional Austrian heritage. The orchestra commits itself to the miner's tradition, presenting themselves in performances with a uniform of the traditional miners' coats, the
"calpak" and plume, all together forming the original costume of the miners' guild - a touch from years and years of tradition. When: Monday, August 22, 2005 at 6.00 pm,
Where: Millenium Stage,
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
Information: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html Monday, August 22, 6:30 pm Mann Film Series The Kaiser’s Lackey (Der Untertan) Director: Wolfgang Staudte, 16mm, 105 min.
Diederich Hessling is scared of everything and everyone, and develops a life motto: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. On his honeymoon with his rich wife Guste, he finally finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. A historical satire of biting sharpness and grand comedy, Staudte's wonderfully successful adaptation of Heinrich Mann's world-famous novel has become a film classic. $6/$4
- Exhibition June 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Emil Mayer:
An Intimate Master of Photography Emil Mayer, born 1871, was a Viennese lawyer and photographer
whose photographs of everyday life and street scenes of Vienna around 1910 are milestones in the history of photography.
Delicacy, subtlety and poetry characterize his pictorial language.
In recent years the great mastery and significance of Emil Mayer has been rediscovered, giving him his due place among the greatest photographers of the last century. Edward Rosser, the curator of this exhibition, is a photo historian, photo collector and author of the acclaimed book of photographs by Emil Mayer, entitled “Viennese Types” (“Wiener Typen”). The exhibit includes photos that have never been shown before and will be accompanied by essays by a number of critics, artists, writers and
poets. Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct., NW Washington, DC 20008 Admission free. (202) 895-6776 or
email@example.com . The exhibit is ongoing through September 4, 2005.
July 11- August 29,
2005 Great Novels, Great Films: Five Adaptations of Works by Thomas, Heinrich and Klaus Mann In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Thomas Mann, we present a series of film adaptations of novels by the brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann and Thomas’s son, Klaus Mann. The Manns, one of the most accomplished literary families in Germany, achieved worldwide fame for their novels. This series presents film adaptations by outstanding directors of five extraordinary works.
Monday, August 29, 4:30/6:30 pm
Mann Film Series
Director: István Szabó, 35mm, 144 min.
Young Hamburg actor Hendrik Hofgren (Klaus Maria Brandauer) can only yearn for success. As the Nazis rise to power in Berlin, Hendrik marries the daughter of the man in charge of the State Theater. The young actor achieves the dream of a lifetime when he receives the role of Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust.Winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1982, Szabó's most widely acclaimed film features a compelling performance from Brandauer as an actor whose refusal to face reality turns life into a charade. Adapted from the novel by Klaus Mann, this is a disturbing look at the ego faced with the seductive nature of evil. $6/$4
- Lecture Agnes Streissler: “EUrope and the US: Two Distinct Models of Social Policy”
It is often said that the European welfare state converges towards the US model. But does such a European welfare model actually exist or is it not rather many different European models? And is there a process of convergence or maybe even of divergence? Agnes Streissler, Head of the Economic Policy Department in the Chamber of Labour in Vienna, Austria, has come, in an extensive study, to the conclusion that European welfare states have something in common despite all their differences which is distinct from the US model, viz statism and social protection as a civil right.
September 8, 2005 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria
Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In cooperation with Johns Hopkins Center for Transatlantic Relations
Wine and cheese reception to follow.
- Thursday, September 8, 6 – 8 pm
Oskar Fischinger: Motion Paintings
Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), the German-born pioneer of abstract animation, was a formidable influence in Germany and continues to assert considerable interest today. A series of 52 works, drawings and paintings will be displayed.
Opening with Jack Rutberg, agent for the Oskar Fischinger Estate. RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 165.
Until October 26 www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/art/en818328.htm
“The Trial” by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Steven Berkoff, directed by Robert McNamara
September 9 – October 16, 2005 ú Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday 3:00 pm ú at the Scena Theatre/Warehouse Theatre
1021 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $20-$25. For reservations and tickets call: 703-684-7990
Thurday, September 15, 6:30 – 8 pm
Adolf Cluss, From Germany to America:
Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic
Adolf Cluss (1825-1905) was the architect of many of Washington’s most beloved 19th-century buildings. Only seven of them remain here in downtown DC—of about seventy built by him between 1862 and 1890— and include the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building, Eastern Market, the 9th Street Masonic Temple, the Sumner and Franklin Schools, and Calvary Baptist Church.
Designed to raise awareness of the life and work of Adolf Cluss, one of the most influential architects in post-Civil War Washington, this exhibit at the Sumner School Museum portrays Cluss’s revolutionary roots and his vision of a capital city both uplifting and functional through images, texts, artifacts, and interactive multimedia displays.
RSVP requested to 202-289-1200 ext. 177 or email@example.com
Until February 28, 2006
Additional public programs are planned in Washington and Germany, and include:
Friday, September 9, 1pm: Join us at the Goethe-Institut for a live connection to the opening of the exhibition in Heilbronn, Germany.
Thursday, September 20, 6pm: Presentation of Cluss CD and book at the City Museum
Tuesday, September 27, 6pm: Lecture “Adolf Cluss and Architectural Theory” at the Sumner School Museum
The August issue of the Adolf Cluss Exhibition Project newsletter is now online at
www.adolf-cluss.org Charles Sumner School Museum
17th and M Streets NW
Kemal Gekic, piano Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata (Moonlight) op. 27 no 2 in C sharp minor
Frédéric Chopin: 13 Etudes from op. 10 and 25
Franz Schubert (Franz Liszt): 3 Songs
Franz Liszt: 2 Legendes, 2 Rhapsodies Hongroises
September 15, 2005 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria
Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia and the Croatian House
Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm
Film and Lecture
6:30 pm: “An Evening of Oskar Fischinger Films”
7:30 pm: Lecture by Curator Peter Frank
Oskar Fischinger's earliest drawings and paintings were first created as sequential components in his films to evoke various states of consciousness, often using music as a springboard to syncopate lines, forms and color. Fischinger's influence on the development of avant-garde abstract films is profound, with the genius of his vision acknowledged by 20th-century luminaries such as Orson Welles, Wassily Kandinsky, Moholy Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Leopold Stokowski and John Cage.
RSVP to 202-289-1200 ext. 175
Until September 2
New York Moves
Paintings by Laurentz Thurn
Gallery hours: Monday to Thursday 9 to 5; Fridays 9 to 3.
Read the Washington Post’s review by art critic Jessica Dawson: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/17/AR2005081701809.html
- Lecture Austrians in Exile Gloria Kaiser: "Freud´s Influence on Literature: The Example of Stefan Zweig"
Stefan Zweig, born in Vienna in 1881, was one of the most widely read authors writing in German during the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote poetry, critical essays, short stories and biographies. In 1908 he initiated a correspondence with Sigmund Freud on the basis of which Zweig compiled a biography of Freud that was published in 1931. Driven into exile by the Nazis, Stefan Zweig ended his life by suicide in Brazil in 1942. His writings reflect his deep interest in the teachings of Freud.
September 20, 2005 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Austria
Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or email@example.com
Wine and cheese reception to follow.
- Concert Austrians in Exile
Josef Mayr, piano Ingrid Wagner-Kraft, cello Pre-Concert Talk by Composer Wolfram Wagner
Erwin Schulhoff: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1914)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, op. 102/1
Wolfram Wagner: Variation Suite for Violoncello Solo (2003)
Ruth Schonthal: Contemplating Ocean Waves for Piano (2004, dedicated to Josef Mayr)
Eric Zeisl: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1951)
Wolfram Wagner: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1999, dedicated to Ingrid Wagner-Kraft)
September 22, 2005 at 6:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk ú 7.30 pm Concert at the Embassy of Austria
Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26 – November 21
FILM Metropolis: Eight Film Portraits of Great Cities
Loved or feared, the metropolis has always fascinated its inhabitants and inspired artists and writers. Walter Ruttmann's 1927 classic portrait of Berlin became the model after which many "city-films" were created. In this series, we show the original and several Ruttmann-inspired films, as well as other works that portray some of the world's great cities. Join us on a poetic, occasionally nostalgic, and always fascinating tour through old and new urban centers of the world over the past 125 years.
Monday, September 26, 6:30 pm
Director: Joris Ivens, 16 mm
This early Dutch short film is like a poem. It offers a few brief impressions of a rainy afternoon in Amsterdam without forming a sequence or story, and conveys a sense of melancholy and quietness.
Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt)
Director: Walter Ruttmann, 35 mm
A train arrives in Berlin… The atmosphere of the city is depicted in stages that encompass morning until midnight.
Both films $6
Movie Calling Hedy Lamarr
A film by Georg Misch, Austria/Germany/Great Britain 2004
(in English with German Subtitles, 72 min.)
A film about the world’s most beautiful woman, a Hollywood goddess and her forgotten breakthrough invention that revolutionized mobile phones. A film about a mother, an emancipated woman and a failed life. The Hedy Lamarr Story tells her tale as a fusion of modern myths, constructed legends and true stories.
September 27, 2005 at 8:00 pm at the Embassy of Austria
Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or email@example.com