Bonn/Region · Carnival is over and normality is returning to everyday life. As always, we have put together a few tips for the weekend.
1) The Night Watchman: A walk through the darker, wilder sides of the city.
These were dangerous times and the tasks which faced the night watchman meant that it was certainly not an easy job. Apart from dealing with the normal rabble and riff-raff in and around the city, the electoral capital of Bonn was threatened in the 17th century by war, fire and pestilence with the bubonic plague.
A hardened man, tough and well experienced, who could deal with any situation which might crop up, was required in order to watch over the city at night and ensure the safety of its citizens.
He's certainly many's a tale to tell about his often challenging job: How the Dutch invading forces entrenched themselves on the Parson's cap in the Rhine before finally retreating, to be replaced by Spanish forces.
As the international battles in Europe seemingly lasted for perpetuity, Bonn, although luckily spared the brunt of the wars, was worried because its old medieval city walls were in urgent need of an upgrade, in order to cope and offer defence in such troubled times.
The night watchman's passion was not only guarding the walls and closing the city gates, the vineyards also had to be protected from thieves and sinners. In order that the black death did not spread further than necessary the Cologne fisher women had to be prevented from offering rotten or adulterated fish for sale. Or, worse still would be if the many crooks, witches and blasphemers were allowed to wreak havoc with their vile, nefarious villany in Bonn.
However, with the Wolf's tower and the Maar tower and the "Pranger", the pillory, the night watchman had sufficient weapons in his arsenal to adequately deal with any threats to law and order within the city.
2) Dinosaur Show in Troisdorf
Already for the second time "The Living Dinosaur Show" comes to Troisdorf. In the Stadthalle, a paleontologist (actor) leads the audience through the world of dinosaurs in about 100 minutes in front of an atmospheric sound backdrop. Fully movable models of numerous giant lizards can be admired and touched during the show.
3) Jakob The Liar in the Werkstatt
Jacob has a radio: The news spreads like wildfire in the ghetto. And the radio said that the Red Army was advancing slowly. Admittedly, very slowly - but although nothing changes at all about the inescapably cruel living conditions for themselves and although deportation threatens day after day, there are no more suicides from then on.
There appears to be only one problem: The radio was a mere invention, a white lie made up by Jacob. But the hopes and expectations that are attached to it are pressing him more and more, so that he has to use all his inventiveness in order not to be exposed. The actor Stefan Viering now shows whether and how this succeeds on the stage of the Werkstatt. Not an easy subject, but one that no one should be harmed to know. (Ulrike Strauch)
Info: "Jakob the Liar", performance on 9 March at the workshop stage of the opera. Tickets are available at ga.de/tickets.
4) Wine fair in Siegburg
At the "Weinverliebt", the "wine tasting fair for connoisseurs", German and international winegrowers present their wines for the second time in the Rhein-Sieg-Halle in Siegburg. Visitors can look forward to one or two tastings, based on the motto "Stroll and Taste". Delicatessen exhibitors offer the perfect culinary complement.
5) Rockstar at the GOP
"Honest, sexy, wild and sometimes even a bit romantic": That's the definition of a rock star's attitude to life, at least when it comes to the GOP. The two rockers "Akascht" lead through an evening full of daring acrobatics and liberating guitar riffs. The show will be played until 28 April.
6) Lego exhibition in the Deutsches Museum
This weekend, 19 adult Lego fans from Switzerland and Germany will show in the Deutsches Museum Bonn what they create from the well-known building blocks in their free time. They belong to eduLuG (Education Lego User Group) - a group of fans of the small colourful plastic bricks who not only play with them, but also use them to impart techniques and knowledge at schools and universities. A building corner on the theme of Mine Craft also invites visitors to join in.
7) Whisky seminar at Anno Tubac
On four Sundays this year the whisky seminar takes place in a separate room of the rustic Anno Tubac, also on 10 March. In the course of the evening, participants will take samples of ten different whiskies.
8) Exhibition of fear in the Haus der Geschichte
Is fear a German emotion? What is a whole society afraid of? Questions like these are dealt with in the permanent exhibition in the Haus der Geschichte until 19 May. Huge image projections and atmospheric sound carpets by Cologne-based sound artist Heinrich-Dieter Hebben make the exhibition a sometimes oppressive experience with several senses.
Sampling of museums and exhibitions in Bonn and surrounds:
Cinemas offering English-language movies:
Want to see a movie in English?
Check out the GA “Kinofinder” (Film finder), just click on the OV Original Version films and you will find out when and where they are showing.
You can also check out the following theaters which normally offer at least a couple of movies in English.
Films labeled with OV (Orig. version) or Omu (Orig. version with German subtitles) are generally in English unless otherwise noted, i.e. (Russ) = Russian, (Frz) = French.
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(Original text: GA Bonn / Translation: Mareike Graepel)