Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner
Sunday, March 23
$6 Children under 12
Seating I: Serving
11:00am - noon
Seating II: Serving
12:30 - 1:30pm
Open seating available until 1:30
March is right around the corner, and you know what that means: sauerkraut season at the GAI! We serve over 300 pounds of our secret-recipe sauerkraut at this annual dinner, a family favorite! This quintessential German feast includes pork roast, boiled potatoes, green beans, and family-style sauerkraut. Coffee and cake will be served for dessert.
This event is open to the public with the first seating beginning at 11am and the second at 12:30pm. Guests are asked to purchase tickets for one seating and are welcome to arrive at any point during their serving time to receive their meals.
Prepaid reservations will be seated first, so avoid the line and RSVP online or by calling 651.222.7027 by Wednesday, March 19.
Spring Culture Series:
Divine Decadence? Modernist Art, Film, and Politics in Germany's Weimar Republic (1918-1933)
Wednesday, April 9, 7-8:30pm
Free and open to the public
"Divine decadence" is a phrase Liza Minnelli, playing Sally Bowles, uses in Bob Fosse's film "Cabaret" (1972). It represents one way that we think about Germany's "Roaring 20s" today. Dr. Rick Mc Cormick brings us the fourth installment of our Spring Culture Series, which will focus on German cinema and the aspects of Weimar Germany which continue to fascinate us today.
The Weimar Republic was Germany's first attempt at democracy, born with German defeat in WWI and lasting till 1933, when the Nazis came to power and the democratic experiment was over. While it lasted, however, it was a time of great progress and experimentation in art and culture: Berlin was the largest city in Europe, the inter-war capital of modernism and the center of a vibrant film industry that was Hollywood's main competition. Meanwhile emancipated, working women provided the model for the "New Woman" that fascinated the mass media. Social movements for the de-criminalization of abortion and homosexuality were strong. All of this came to an end in 1933, as did German democracy.
Rick Mc Cormick is Chair of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, where he specializes in German film studies, 20th-century German literature and culture, feminism, and gender studies.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10am
for kids 10 and under
Come early for breakfast at Kaffeestube and stay for the family fun! Help us raise the $8,000 needed to purchase a new piece of equipment for the GAI playground.
Children will search outside on the GAI grounds for eggs filled with either candy or coins, which they can then use to purchase fun items at our special Osterladen (Easter store). The event will be conducted in English and German, allowing kids an opportunity to use their German language skills. A limited number of eggs will also include a certificate for a prize for parents. Examples of donated prizes include:
- Authentic German Kuchen, Torten, and other baked goods
- Bottles of German wine
- Paulaner gift baskets and t-shirts
- Food and drink vouchers for Deutsche Tage (June 14-15)
- Gift certificate for a GAI summer language camp
Spring Culture Series:
Germany: Promise and Challenges
Thursday, April 24, 7-8:30pm
Free and open to the public
We are pleased to have Dr. Heino Beckmann join us for the final installment of our Spring Culture Series.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Germany has experienced profound change. The social and economic benefits of the social market economy were extended to the people in East Germany. The adoption of the Euro deepened European integration and may augur a two-tier Europe. The economic power of Germany has raised both hopes and fears in European capitals. Solutions to the economic crises in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and elsewhere depend in large part on German assistance. A consequence of the strengthened political and economic role of Germany in Europe is her growing responsibility in global affairs. The transatlantic partnership, a cornerstone of German security and foreign policy, faces challenges at home and abroad.
Dr. Heino Beckmann, Professor Emeritus of Finance at the University of Saint Thomas, served as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1996 to 2010.
Stammtisch (German Luncheon)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
11:45am, $9 members and non-members
Join us the second Tuesday of each month for our German Stammtisch luncheon. Each month we serve a home cooked German meal, prepared by Helga Parnell and her group of volunteers.
We also provide cultural programming in German after the lunch, arranged by Evelyn Klein. This is a great opportunity for natives and non-natives to practice and maintain their German language skills while enjoying great food and Gemütlichkeit.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the GAI office by Friday, March 7th. Call 651.222.7027, extension 1, or email the GAI office. Regular attendees can also request to be added to the standing list at that time.
Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café
Saturdays, January 11 - April 26, 2014*
9-11am, $8 adults, $4 children
Head over to the GAI Saturday mornings and enjoy our European-style breakfast buffet with your friends and family! Frühstück includes German rolls, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, spreads, and more! Members and non-members welcome.
The GAI Library will also be open during Kaffeestube. Check out a book or DVD or read the latest edition of Das Fenster.
*There will be no Kaffeestube on February 1.