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October 2007

Events, Conferences & Special Performances

Munich Mineral Days

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then gems are the world’s. Many admirers—both experts and the general public—come together from November 3 to 4 to pay homage to minerals, precious stones and fossils at the Mineralientage München 2007. The convention features a mineral forum with hourly lectures about healing with stones and mineralogy; a mineral pavilion with displays of precious stones; and a wellness island exploring stone massage. Activities for children include a workshop on soapstone carving and a hands-on gold-mining demonstration. Hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe—from China to Madagascar and New Zealand to Brazil—offer rare finds ranging from gemstones and fossils to common rocks available for a few euros. Open Saturday 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets are € 12 for adults and € 6 for children. For information,

Art & Antiques

Feeling artsy? Here’s where to indulge: The 52nd annual Kunstmesse Munich

runs from October 13 to 21 in the Neue Messe in Reim. Dozens of exhibitors and galleries offer 15,000 items, including sculpture, furniture, paintings, books & manuscripts, miniatures and jewelry. Open daily 11 am-7 pm. Admission is € 10.50.

From October 11 to 14, Munich Highlights brings together art trade professionals and collectors from around the world. Eight galleries, including Arnoldi-Livie, Bernheimer, Galerie Daniel Blau and Kunstkammer Georg Laue, will show their works, as well as those from 12 other galleries. See for details.

Finally, the Art and Antiques Fair at the Festsaal im Paulaner am Nockherberg (Hochstr. 77) runs from October 27 to November 11 this year. The fair has earned a reputation for offering the best in Bavarian folk art and crafts, works of Gothic and Baroque, as well as Biedermeier, Art Nouveau, and contemporary design pieces. Open daily 11 am -7 pm and to 9 pm on Wed. Entrance is € 6.

Residenz Week

The Residenz Museum is an architectural gem and the pride of Munich every day of the year, but the Residenzwoche, from October 13 to 21, gives city dwellers that little extra reason for a visit. Nearly every hour of the nine days features one of 100 special tours and lectures or concerts, with an emphasis on children’s events. The dozens of tour offerings include “The Apartment of King Ludwig I and Queen Therese: Parquet Floor as Puzzle”; “Arcade under Glass: The Wintergarden of the Munich Residenz” and “Splendid Hair and Lipstick: Wigs and Makeup in the 18th and 19th Centuries.” Concerts in the Kaisersaal will include the Neue Hofkappelle München and “Serenissima an der Isar,” works by Vivaldi, Veracini and Handel. The Traverso Consort Stuttgart, the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam and the Clemente Trio will perform in the Antiquarium. A complete list of events is available at

Amerika Haus Events

The Amerika Haus on Karolinenplatz offers several events each month. Author Joy Fielding will read from her book Heartstopper at 7 pm on October 8. The New York Times bestselling author is known for Mad River Road and See Jane Run. Her current novel is a thriller set in a picturesque Florida town featuring cold-blooded murder and scandal. At 7:30 pm on October 16, Dirk Wittenborn, author of Casper, will read from his third novel, set in the 1950s at Yale. In addition, this year’s Daniel Pearl Music Days will feature a concert, a reading from Mariane Pearl’s book and a film screening at 7:30 pm on October 12. Tickets cost € 13. The yearly event honors the memory of Daniel Pearl, a journalist and music lover who was killed in Pakistan in 2002. Turkish pianist Aylin Aykan will perform with a group of international musicians. For the program of events, go to and