Local cultural events celebrate Germany's reunification
by: COURTESY OF German American Society, 
The international Berlin theater group, Grotest Maru, will develop a site-specific staging for the free public performance on Nov. 8 at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall came down 20 years ago, and the German American Society commemorates the event with several activities as part of 'German Culture Week 2009.'

A reception is planned Nov. 9 at Portland City Hall to commemorate the event. Dignitaries expected to attend are German Consul General Peter Rothen, Honorary Consult Günther Hoffmann and Portland State University German professor Steven Fuller.

Here's a list of the activities (for more information, go to

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 - It will be $40 per person for the German American Heritage Ball at the Sheraton Airport, 8235 N.E. Airport Way (for reservations, call 503-775-1585). The British Columbia band S-Bahn will perform.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 - The Berlin-based theater group Grotest Maru will stage a site-specific event, creating visual, physical and object theater in public spaces. The theme will be 'The Wall,' put on at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Southwest Morrison and Sixth Avenue, free admission. Grotest Maru will put on a dance theater workshop including 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, at 714 S.W. 11th Ave., with participants invited to perform at the Square event.

6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 - City Hall reception and opening of 'After the Wall - Changes in a German Landscape' photo exhibit, Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave., free admission. Mayor Sam Adams will preside. The photographs will be on display in the first floor atrium from Nov. 7 to 30, open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 - Ed2000 (Corin Arnold), a deejay from Berlin, performs at a dance party at Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St. There's a $5 cover charge.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 - The German trio Lüftbrucke will play at Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 in advance at Lüftbrucke means 'Airlift' in German.

3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 - The German 'Wilde Hummel' Puppet Theater will present 'Tiermärchen aus aller Welt,' based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. It's a combination of zany puppetry and the wisdom of traditional animal fables, performed in German. Tickets are $5 for the show at German Haus, 7901 S.E. Division St.

- Jason Vondersmith

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