Category Archives: Cultural Happenings

‘My Blind Date with Life’ – Newport Beach Film Fest German Spotlight

German Spotlight Film  ‘My Blind Date with Life’  will have its U.S premiere May 1st, followed by a European Showcase Celebration. 

On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, the 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will present its German Spotlight, an evening celebration of German cinema and culture. The event will feature the U.S Premiere of the highly anticipated German film, My Blind Date with Life followed by a festive post-screening party.

What’s the movie about –

The film follows a young man whose dreams seem out of reach, as his vision is rapidly fading. With much determination, and a sly best friend, he manages to fool the world and get an impossible apprenticeship at the fanciest hotel in Munich. His carefully formed façade begins to crumble when he falls in love with a young woman, who may jeopardize the job of his dreams. Based on a true story, My Blind Date with Life (In German with English subtitles) is directed by Marc Rothemund and stars Kostja Ullmann, Jacob Matschenz, Anna Maria Mühe, Johann Von Bulow, and Nilam Farooq.

NBFF German Spotlight Film – Quick Facts – 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at

WHERE: The Triangle (1870 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, CA 92627).

COST: German Spotlight Film & Post-screening Party Combo $45                   Post-screening Party Only is $25.00 –  Film Screening Only is $20.00.

SAVE $10 with discount code: FPTENOFF. For ticket information and updates visit

The post-screening celebration will be at 9:30 p.m. at Time Nightclub (1875 Newport Blvd B245, Costa Mesa, CA 92627).

The evening will include several of Orange County’s top restaurants serving signature tastings, multiple DJs, live entertainment, a special performance by Orange County Aerial Arts and hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.


Credits: Newport Beach Film Festival



What’s Next? – Celebrate Spring with German Events

Check out what’s happening in the German community next!

Its’ Spring and you’ll find festivals and celebrations everywhere inviting you to the outside to enjoy the warmer weather in the company of your friends and family. The German community in CA has been busy to plan some spring events for you. Check them out below:

April 21-22  – German Theater in San Diego

If you are longing to see and hear some German theater and want to share a laugh in the company of other German expats, this one is for you.

So ist das Leben!” (That’s Life) and evening that promises to be a lot of fun with humorous and thought-provoking skits, poems and musical numbers presented by The German Theater Group San Diego.

It’s next week and last year’s event was sold out! Get your Tickets here:

Find out more about the Cabaret Evening at our previous post.

Dates: April 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm and April 22, 2018, at 2:00 pm
Price: General Admission $12, Students (with ID) $9
Place: German American Societies, 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

May 5  – MayFaire Celebration in Mar Vista

Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool invites to their annual Mayfaire celebration with Maypole dancing for the children, Puppet show, Music Performance, Flower Wreath Crafting and Face Painting.

You want to be part of this fun family event with scrumptious foods: Brezel, Bratwurst, Kartoifeelsalat, Kaffe und Kuchen await you.

Celebrate May with us from 11am – 2pm on Saturday, May 5.

$10 donation per family – Everyone is welcome – Proceeds go to Tivoli rainbow Garden preschool. More info here.

Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool – 3170 Stoner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

May 6  – Maifest and Kinderfest in Anaheim

Welcome Spring the German way at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.  Come celebrate Maifest and Kinderfest in the Biergarten with live music by the Bluebirds Show Band,  a Traditional Maypole Dance, and the election of our Maikönigin (May Queen)!

The Park opens at 11 am, and the joint Program by the Phoenix Club, the German American League, and the German American School Association Südkaliforniens (GASA) starts at 1:00 PM,  with a Parade of the German American League Clubs.

We know the weather will be perfect to enjoy great Bier and German cuisine. The Kinderfest will provide lots of fun activities such as Arts and Crafts, Bounce House, Plant Potting and Cards for Mother’s Day, Pony Rides, Bouncers, Entertainment, Kid’s Train, Dancing for Mom and Dad. Don’t miss the used German Book Sale and in the afternoon be part of GASA’s BIG RAFFLE with prizes you don’t want to miss like the First Prize of $ 500.00 cash!

Admission is $7.00  Children 16 years and under are Free!

Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, California Ball Road 

May 11  –  ‘Weisser Spargel’ Dinner Event in San Francisco

One night, three courses, one exclusive ingredient: Join the GACC West for their annual White Asparagus Gala Dinner in San Francisco.

It is the season in which one of the German’s favorite vegetable is being harvested: white asparagus.

This vegetable is so exquisite that the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC West) dedicates an entire evening to it – an evening to which the GACC West would like to hereby cordially invite you.

The White Asparagus Gala Dinner is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing the German delicacy, which is harvested at one of Germany’s best Spargelhof and flown in exclusively for this very evening. This “edible ivory” serves thereby as the core ingredient in the exquisite three-course meal, which will be complemented by an exclusive tasting of Bluxome’s locally sourced fine wines.

Find out more at or register directly via Eventbrite:

White AsparagusDinner Event at Bluxome’s Street Winery | San Francisco, CA

May 19th – Maifest and Kinderfest in Huntington beach

Join for their Maifest and Kinderfest. You will find a music and dance program specifically for children. The Donauschwäbische Volkstanzgruppe Los Angeles (Danube Swabian Folk Dance Group of LA) will perform the “Maibaum Tanz” with its Jugendgruppe.  Austrian therapist and author, Claudia Tichy, will read in German from her new book (Tesha Discovers the World – Healing Stories for Children) and sign copies. Old World Restaurant will serve German delicacies while children get entertained with crafts for kids.

Free Event from 3pm-6pm

Old World 7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

German Chamber Music or German Tarot Cards. What’s Your Pick?

Art enthusiasts in L.A. listen up! Are you in for an off-beat art experience? We have 3 fun and eclectic recommendations for you this month.

From unique German/Austrian Chamber music to German Cartomancy, you can find something to satisfy your unconventional taste for art this April.

1 – If you love chamber music and enjoy not only traditional, classic scores but also have an ear for modern, contemporary music. You might want to check out:

Three’s Company: Music for unique Combinations of Three. Part of the Pittance Chamber Music 2017/18 season at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music this concert presents works not only by German composers Schubert and Brahms but will also feature work of Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang, who resides in Los Angeles and works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry.

Gernot Wolfgang is currently also associate director of “HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers”. Described as a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Daniel Rosenberg, Gramophone) you will be hearing his work Road Signs, which will be on his next CD.

WHAT: Pittance Chamber Music Concert Three’s Company

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 7:30pm at Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

All works on the program will be performed by members of the LA Opera Orchestra and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists.

2 – Our next suggestion is for a spiritually invoked art exhibition: A mystical German fortune-telling card system re-imagined by artist Shay Bredimus at the Long Beach Art Museum:

“The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th-century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The Seni Horoscope cards were used for divination, as well as a guide to spiritual pathways.

In this body of work, Bredimus has re-imagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe.” (Long Beach Museum of Art)

Join artist Shay Bredimus for an in-depth walkthrough of his exhibition, Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined, on April 22. The event is free but reservations are required. The exhibition is on view until May 13.

WHAT: Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined (by Shay Bredimus)

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 3pm-5pm at Log Beach Art Museum

3 – Lastly, our all-time favorite is happening this weekend: The Brewery Art Walk! More than 100 artists invite you to check out their work. Don’t miss it!

The twice-annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex will open its doors Saturday and Sunday. “With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices.”

Admission is Free. Open studios are spread across the Brewery’s 16 acre campus including a few multi-story buildings. Don’t forget to put some comfortable shoes on so you’ll be ready for your art adventure!

WHAT: Brewery Art Walk Los Angeles 

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 from 11 am- 6 pm



Happy Easter with a Classic – “Osterhasi or Nikolausi”

We wish you all a happy and enjoyable Happy Easter !

… and just so that you know who is coming by tomorrow to sweeten up your day, we found a classic by Gerhard Polt for you. Enjoy!


Image: Video: YouTube

Save the Date – Newport Beach Film Fest and German Spotlight


The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival is just one month away, but you can start preparing yourself already for eight days of awesome films and fun events. The Film Fest starts April 26th and runs through May 3.

The German Spotlight movie itself is still a guarded secret, we were told – it will be revealed on April 1st – but we can tell you that this year’s screening of the German Spotlight movie will be on May 1st and take place in the same center as the after-party. This will make for a relaxed evening with a smooth transition from one venue to the other. We like it!

To get in the mood for this year’s event check out the 2017 Flipbook of last year’s Newport Beach Film Fest, or buy this year’s Festival Pass already so you’ll have full access to everything going on. Individual tickets will go on sale in April.

Stay tuned and check by often, not only for the announcement of this year’s special German Spotlight movie but also so you won’t miss our raffling off Two FREE Tickets for it!!

Image: ©Newport Beach Film Festival