The 19th Newport Beach Film Festival has already started and is delighting Orange County film aficionados since April 26. If you are interested in viewing the German Spotlight movie “My Blind Date With Life”, then you are just in time to read our post.
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to attend both, movie & party, for Free
We have a pair of tickets to give away that will allow you not only to see the movie but also attend the German Spotlight/European Showcase Celebration after the film screening!
Please send an email to californiagermans[at]gmail.com and put “German Spotlight Event Free Tickets” in the subject line. We will choose one random winner out of the first 10 emails we receive.
DIDN’T WIN the Free Tickets – USE special CODE to save $10
Tickets for the Movie & Party are usually $ 45. You can see only the movie for $20. If you haven’t won our free tickets you can still be part of the event and save $10 when you buy tickets with our Discount code: FPTENOFF [Read more…] about Did you buy tickets to the NBFF German Spotlight Event? Win a Pair and Go for Free!
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 www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
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
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: [Read more…] about What’s Next? – Celebrate Spring with German Events
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. [Read more…] about German Chamber Music or German Tarot Cards. What’s Your Pick?
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!!
How about some German Cabaret? If you are living in or near San Diego you are in luck, because San Diego’s German Theater Group just announced its new show for April. Running only for two days you want to plan on getting your tickets early!
So ist das Leben! (That’s Life) promises an evening of laughter with humorous and thought-provoking skits, poems and musical numbers from classic German artists including Heinz Erhardt, Kurt Tucholsky, Erich Kaestner, Marlene Dietrich, Comedian Harmonists, to Otto, Loriot, Ruediger Hoffmann, Anke Engelke, Annett Louisan, Roger Cicero and more.
The show will be performed in German but an English summary of each skit will be provided in the playbill.
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. Molison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
The German Theater Group San Diego was founded in October 2016 by Astrid Ronke and is part of the German Amercian Societies in San Diego. The group consists of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, whose mission is to bring quality German Theater to San Diego and neighboring areas.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, “Ein Abend mit Loriot” premiered to a packed house at the OB Playhouse in San Diego.
Find out more about the German Theater Group San Diego here.
Images ©German Theater Group San Diego
Germany and beyond is in Carnival Fever. No, not to worry, it’s not a dangerous virus causing this outbreak. Though, it can be contagious!
Dancing, masquerades, and political satire are high in season. No-one is safe in this public outbreak of having-a-fun-time. Most of the bigger cities in German-speaking countries have big events planned for the next couple of weeks. Even smaller communities know how to pay proper tribute to ‘Fasching’.
Kids are looking forward to Carnival all year-long. It’s their time to be Spiderman or a queen for the day, and dress up as their favorite character. In fact, until Halloween had conquered Germany, Fasching somewhat resembled Halloween “German style”, at least in respect to wearing costumes.
And then, February 14th comes, and it’s all over! At least this year…
All the fun is suddenly over on February 14th this year! However, not because of Valentine’s Day. 🙂 This year, 2018, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday share the same date and Ash Wednesday rings in the Season of Lent. For many Christians around the world, Lent is a time of fasting in preparation for Easter. Carnival is over until next year!
So party your heart out, before it’s too late! To help you find a suitable event we have listed a few that were mentioned to us:
GermanSchoolCampus – Newport Beach:
February 10 – Carnival Party at German School Campus for young and old from 4pm – 6pm (Free Event)
German American School Association (GASA) at the PhoenixClub – Anaheim
February 11th – Kinderkarneval with Youth Dance Group. Event in the Ball Room at 1pm, (Free Event)
Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool – Los Angeles:
February 11th – Fasching At the WirtshausLA, 345 N La Brea Avenue , 3pm-6pm
Phoenix Club – Anaheim (SoCal)
February 10th – Karneval – Auf der Reeperbahn with Edmonton Blauen Funken, 7:00 pm . Admission: $5/person
Karneval/Mardi Gras/Fasching Costume Ball in Marin County (NorCal)
February 10th -Hosted by Hermann Sons Petaluma Lodge, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma .Doors open 6:00 p.m., Dancing 7:00 p.m. Admission: $25/person
Listen Up, Everyone! Berlin & Beyond – The German Film Festival is Coming to Town
On Friday, 09 February 2018, the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, presented annually by the Goethe- Institut San Francisco, will kick off its 22nd year at San Francisco’s historic and iconic Castro Theatre (February 9th-11th). Expect red carpet premieres, with actors and filmmakers in attendance, along with screenings – for the first time – at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley on February 12th, and at the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco from February 13th-15th.
With an annual attendance of more than 10,000 film-goers, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas since 1996, and has presented more than 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders.
The opening night film, Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns), begins at 6:30pm on Friday, 09 February 2018 (a Northern California premiere). In the film, a well-off Munich family offers boarding to Diallo, a refugee from Nigeria. Their lives are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy, and terror suspicions because of him. A timely social comedy, Welcome to Germany, was the highest grossing German film at the local box office in 2016 and first part of 2017 with more than 3.5 million admissions. The film’s Writer and Director, Simon Verhoeven, will be in attendance.
The festival’s Centerpiece Film, The Bloom of Yesterday (Die Blumen von Gestern), directed by Chris Kraus, will enjoy its San Francisco Premiere at 6:30pm on Saturday, Feb 10th at the Castro Theater. In this film starring: Lars Eidinger, Adèle Haenel, Jan Josef Liefers, and Hannah Herzsprung a Holocaust scholar (who is secretly the grandson of a Nazi war criminal), takes on an intern who is the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. The mismatched pair bond over familial legacies and stumble towards romance.
Lars Eidinger (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria), who plays Totila Blumen, will be in attendance.
Also celebrating a San Francisco premiere is the Castro closing night film, Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen), directed by Dieter Berner, and starring Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, Valerie Pachner, and Marie Jung.
This film takes us to the beginning of the 20th century when Egon Schiele was one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17-year-old Wally, arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalized in his famous painting “Death and the Maiden”. Schiele’s radical paintings scandalize Viennese society, and Schiele is also prepared to sacrifice love and life for his art.
The Castro closing night film will screen on Sunday, February 11th, at 8:30pm.
Tickets and passes are available online through Brown Paper Tickets, and at select venues. Visit www.berlinbeyond.com to view the film schedule, to purchase tickets, and for more information about the festival and venues, including helpful transit and parking hints!
See you there at #BerlinBeyond22 !
Castro Theater (Feb. 09-11) 429 Castro Street (at Market) San Francisco CA 94114
Landmark Theatres Shattuck Cinemas (Feb. 12) 2230 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
Goethe-Institut Auditorium (Feb. 13-15) 530 Bush Street (street entry, near Grant) San Francisco CA 94108
Christopher Chin is an accomplished underwater videographer and writer who has traveled extensively and speaks several languages. He studied German at the University of California, Berkeley, and quickly fell in love with the German language, culture and people. In early 2006, Christopher co-founded The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE), and currently serves as its Executive Director.
Christopher is an internationally recognized expert in ocean policy and conservation issues, and has provided valuable and persuasive testimony to various governing and legislative bodies in the U.S. and in Canada, and he has had the privilege of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations on two separate occasions.
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