From Greenland to aboriginal Australia, from museum visits to craft groups and language and walking groups, there’s something for everyone in October!
Tuesday, 4 October Visit to the Samurai Museum, one of the largest collections of authentic samurai artefacts outside Japan. More than a thousand objects reveal the extraordinary artistry of traditional Japanese craftsmanship, while multimedia installations bring the distant era to life.
Wednesday, 5 October Visit to Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, an exhibit at the Humboldt Forum. This exhibition presents the Australian aboriginal saga of the Seven Sisters through dance, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, film, and song.
Friday, 7 October Stroll through the wonderful illuminations of Berlin’s Festival of Lights with the Kaffeeklatsch group. This is also a chance to practice your German in a relaxed atmosphere.
Tuesday, 11 October We have probably all been in the Philharmonie, but what do we know about this striking building? A guided tour will tell us about its history and its significance during the division of Germany.
Tuesday, 25 October Spend an evening with our member Brigitte to see stunning photos and short videos of Greenland, Newfoundland, and the St. Lawrence River. Hear about her encounters with modern communities, Inuit settlements, gigantic landscapes, and wildlife like whales, seals, and seabirds.
Eat, Drink, and Enjoy
Monday, 17 October Enjoy lunch at Piccolo Mondo, one of the few restaurants in Germany that has been awarded the “Ospitalità Ristoranti Italiani nel Mondo” by the Ospitalità Italiana. This certificate is awarded only to restaurants that guarantee their guests culinary culture according to original Italian recipes and the use of only Italian ingredients.
Talk About Books
Wednesday, 12 October The Biographies book group meets to discuss Lucette Lagnado’s memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. The book takes you into worlds you may hardly have known existed: the once-thriving Jewish community in Cairo, and its extensions in exile in Paris and New York.
Monday, 24 October The Science group will discuss Michael Lewis’s book, The Premonition, a nonfiction thriller that pits a band of medical visionaries against the politicization of the US public health system at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, 26 October The Afternoon book group will discuss Olga Tokarczu’s novel, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. This tale by the 2018 Nobel Prize winner has been described (in the Guardian) as “an astonishing amalgam of murder mystery, dark feminist comedy, and paean to William Blake”.
Stay Fit With Walking Groups
Every Wednesday Walk around Schlachtensee
Every Thursday Walk in Tiergarten
Saturday, 15 October Hike up the Drachenberg in Grunewald, with its spectacular views of Berlin, and continue through the lovely autumn woods in southwest Berlin.
Crafts, Languages, and Games
Monday, 10 October Crochet, knitting, and more with our Craft Mania group. Do you have a UFO (unfinished object) that might get finished if you spent some time with friends working on it? Would you like to learn a new craft? Then join us!
Monday, 20 October and 24 October English Speakers
Tuesday, 11 October and 25 October German Speakers
Wednesday, 12 October and 26 October French Speakers
The Club has several Mah Jong groups that meet regularly.
Photo credits: Greenland, Brigitte Jäger. Berlin Festival of Lights, Karsten Hoffmeyer (https://karsten.hoffmeyer.info), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=109720712. Japanese tea ceremony, http://collections.lacma.org/node/190750 Archivkopie, Gemeinfrei.