++ Thursday night is Kino Night at Metropolis Cologne - tickets only €4 ++ Düsseldorf celebrates its 725th birthday this year with a program of events and city tours planned ++

What's on

Pushing the boundaries

Until July 7, 2013 you can see selected works from photographer Wolfgang Tillmans at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf . The artist has configured the installation himself specifically for the exhibition spaces in the expansive basement of the K21. Also on show for the first time anywhere will be early graphic and other works from the late 1980s. Wolfgang Tillmans  was born in Remscheid in 1968 and became one of the most important artists of his generation, helping develop and redefine photography as an artistic medium.

Let's do the Time Warp again, and again...

Who'd have thought back in 1973 when the Rocky Horror Show was first conceived by Richard O'Brian, that it would still be running in 2011 - and that its German première would be right here in Cologne? The success of the theatre show owes a lot to the film, which featured the unforgetable Susan Sarandon as Janet and Tim Curry as the inimitable Dr. Frank N. Furter. The 1970s midnight movie craze made the film cult and the audience participation rituals that evolved around it have now almost eclipsed the film.

Films from the emerald Isle

If you like film and love all things Irish, there's something for you taking place right now in Düsseldorf. 'Beyond Well-Trodden Paths: A Tribute to Irish Film' takes place between the 2nd and 28th March at the Black Box cinema at the Film Museum, Düsseldorf. The programme is organized and presented by Dr. Andrea Grunert.

Movies in your mother tongue

metropolis

Today let's celebrate the home of English language cinema in Cologne - Metropolis.  From its sticky floors, to its often glitch jinxed showings, Metropolis is an experience in itself.  Please don't think I'm trying to bad mouth the place - I love it, and wouldn't have it any other way.  Consider the glass and steel, shiny, flashy Cinedom - it has no warmth, no character and absolutely nothing to set it apart from other multiplexes (apart from the Ben and Jerry's ice cream stand in the foyer, of course...).  Metropolis has warmth, character and the ability to make you rem

Dino's in Bonn

dino

First they came to Cologne - now they're in Bonn, only this time they're for real.  The Museum König in Bonn presents "Dinosaurier" an exhibition featuring the bones of huge Argentinean dinosaurs.  Highlights of the exhibitions include the largest plant eating dinosaur in the world the Argentinosaurus, which was 40 metres long and 8 metres high; the largest carnivore, the Giganotosaurus; and the oldest skeleton found to date, the Eoraptor.  The exhibitions also shows what the animals may have looked like when they were alive, as well as the landscape they would

Swanlake in Cologne

If you'd like an introduction to ballet, then Swanlake is probably the best ballet for a first timer.  Set to the beautiful music of Tschaikowsky, Swanlake is a typical fairytale of love, loss and betrayal.  Performed by the renowned St. Petersburg State Ballet the female lead - Odette/Odile is one of the most difficult ballerina roles in the classical opus. The tragic Swan Princess is deceived by her lover, Siegfried and her wicked doppelganger, Odile, is then malevolently conjured up to deceive her Prince and destroy Odette.

Countdown to 2010 - Part V

firework

Fireworks in Germany - take your life in your hands and venture out on the streets and bridges - or watch horrified and amazed from your window or balcony as people on the street hurl fireworks at each other, chuck them into drains or under parked cars.  Anyone from the UK will be utterly amazed - there's no such thing as a firework code here - and even the most sane German will laugh in your face if you try and explain it to them.  Fireworks are for throwing, or lighting and watching from a distance of 30cm or less.  In a kind of mad, anarchic way it's quite a liberating nig

Countdown to 2010 - Part II

monkeys

If you're looking for something a little different to welcome in the New Year here are a couple of sugesstions.  At the slick and stylish Monkey's Plaza in Düsseldorf you can dine in style with a five or seven course New Year's gourmet menu, from chef Christian Penzhorn in the West restaurant.  Then afterwards you can burn off the calories in Monkey's East at their New Year's club night - entry is included in the meal price.  Alternatively, for something very different and a whole lot funnier, you can enjoy a spot of improvisational theatre at the "Springmaus Silves

Christmas clubbing

clubbing

Rhine on-line wishes you all a very merry Christmas - and hopes you are with people you love, like, or just care about a great deal.  But if you are not, or have quite simply had enough of the whole Christmas at home scene, fear not, in Germany, "heilige abend" is the biggie - once that's over it's pretty much back to business as usual.  So if you're looking for something to do, you're sure to find something to suit your mood.  In Cologne you could check out The Christmas Ball at the Alterwartesaal.  Electro sounds will feature Convenant, Suicide Commando and W

Düsseldorf Christmas markets

xmas-duss

If you're a Christmas Market regular then Düsseldorf will not disappoint.  The Marktplatz, with it's magical backdrop of Dusseldorf's Town Hall and the statue of Jan Wellem right in the middle - is a good place to start.  There's delicious Glühwein to keep your spirits up, hot chocolate for the kids, and lots of hand crafted goods, from wrought iron trinkets to hand blown glassware and wonderfully carved wooden gifts.

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