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Fall 2014 Culture Series

Featured Events

Deutschlandspiel Film Screening

Deutschlandspiel movie poster

Saturday, November 1
Free and open to the public

Join us at the GAI for this political thriller that combines interviews, documentary footage, and re-enactments of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The docu-drama will be screened in two 90 minute periods, with a 30 minute intermission, when we invite you to enjoy brunch/lunch at a specially extended Kaffeestube. The film will be in German with English subtitles.

Deutschlandspiel is presented in collaboration with the German Program at the University of Saint Thomas as part of their Fall of the Wall Campus Weeks.


Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day

Lantern for St. Martin's Day

Sunday, November 2, 2pm
$5 per child, ages 3-9

Bring the Kinder for an afternoon of paper lantern-making and traditional cookies to celebrate Martinstag. All children are welcome to bring their lanterns back to the GAI on November 11 to join with Kinderstbue in a parade down Summit Avenue.

St. Martin's Day, or Martinstag, is a traditional Catholic holiday celebrated throughout the German speaking countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin, who was conscripted into the Roman army but later became a conscientious objector and a monk. The nights before and on the night of Martinstag, children walk in parades carrying handmade lanterns and singing.

Registration for this event is available online or by calling the GAI Office at 651-222-7027. Registration fee covers the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Documentary Screening: Junior und der Schwan: American Agents for East Germany

Junior und der Schwan

Friday, November 14
Free and open to the public

October 1998. In the last Cold War spy trial, three US citizens were convicted of being agents for East Germany: Kurt Stand ("Junior"), his wife Theresa Squillacote ("der Schwan"), and James Clark ("der Professor"). Very few Americans had sympathies for Communist East Germany. Spying for it was unthinkable. Why did these three believe they were fighting for a just cause?

This film was 16 years in the making and turned into a unique story about the Fall of the Wall. It interviews the agents, their handler, relatives and friends, framed by one of the last interviews with legendary singer Pete Seeger. It is a spy tale, but not a thriller, a story of lost hope and betrayal, mistakes and misjudgments, idealism and naiveté.

Join us at the GAI for the film and conversation with German journalist Konrad Ege, who covered the 1998 trial.

Konrad Ege, born in Augsburg in 1958, has lived in the United States for 30 years, after coming to Washington with Aktion Sühnezeichen. He writes for several German publications, including Freitag (Berlin) and Evangelischer Pressedienst (Frankfurt). He has worked on numerous documentaries for German public television.

The film is in German and English with subtitles. The screening is co-sponsored by the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota International Center as part of their Year of Germany. GSD will also be hosting a companion event on campus.


Documentary Screening: German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town, Jamaica

German Town

Friday, November 21
10am (Dining Room) or
7pm (Ballroom)
Free and open to the public

Director David Ritter returns to the GAI again this fall by popular demand! Join him for one of two film screenings and discussions of the history and contemporary life of Jamaicans of German heritage with his documentary, German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town, Jamaica.

Isolated in the undeveloped mountains of Jamaica is a village with German descendants whose histories remain unknown. Speculation about how these Germans arrived in Jamaica ranges from indentured servitude and runaway prisoners to former Napoleonic soldiers.

These screenings are co-sponsored by JaMinn Link, an organization created to promote the development and growth of the Jamaican community in Minnesota through communication, cultural promotion and volunteerism in both Minnesota and Jamaica. At the 7pm screening of German Town, members of JaMinn Link's board will be introducing their own documentary project, Armadale. JaMinn Link will also be offering guests at the screening a cup of Jamaican coffee!

This event is presented in partnership with the Minnesota International Center as part of their Year of Germany.


Holiday Open Haus & Nikolaustag

St. Nicholas

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7
Free and open to the public

Open Haus, Noon-5pm
After hours in the Ratskeller, 5-10pm

Open Haus & Nikolaustag, 11am-3pm

Join us for a taste of traditional Germanic Weihnachtsmärkte at the GAI's annual Holiday Open Haus and Nikolaustag. This year, the Open Haus is expanded to two days and will include both indoor vendors and outdoor food and drink huts with holiday favorites, including hausgemachte Lebkuchen baked by the GAI's Deutscher Damenklub.

Join us on Saturday for tours of the Haus, decorated for the season, and stay late for an after-hours sing-along and trivia in the Ratskeller. On Sunday, bring the Kinder to visit St. Nikolaus and receive a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last).

For a complete list of vendors and participating organizations, please visit the event page.


Community Christmas Dinner & Program

Saturday, December 13, 5-9pm
$30 GAI members, $15 Member children
$40 Non-members, $20 Non-member children

Christmas Dinner by Ron Ravensborg

Ratskeller Opens: 4:30pm
Christmas Program: 5pm
Dinner: 6:30pm
Sing Along: 8:30pm

This year's Christmas program will include performances by the Twin Cities Männerchor, the Volksfest Singers, and a reading of the Christmas story. The menu for dinner includes traditional beef Rouladen (beef roll-ups with brown gravy), Haussuppe (homemade soup), red cabbage, Spätzle, and dessert. After dinner the Twin Cities Männerchor will lead a community sing-along.

Registration is open to GAI members only from October 1 - November 15. Each member may register up to four guests at the non-member rate. Please register online or contact the GAI office at 651.222.7027 to make your reservation. We will need the names of everyone in your party for membership verification. Please note that once purchased, all tickets are non-refundable.


Ongoing Events

Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, November 11th, 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, November 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, September 20 - November 22
8:30-11am, $10 adults, $5 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.


Heuriger: an Austrian Tradition Photo Exhibit

Ongoing through October
Free and open to the public


The Heuriger has been an Austrian institution since Kaiser Josef II issued a royal decree in 1784 allowing any grower to sell self-produced food and drink, wine in particular. Each year, these local wine gardens open for a limited time, usually two to three weeks, and invite guests to sample the fruits (and wine) of their labor . Whether on the outskirts of Vienna or in the countryside, Austrians and visitors alike flock to the Heuriger to enjoy a special Austrian brand of Gemütlichkeit.

This exhibit is part of a rotating gallery on the second floor of the Haus that will feature the culture of the German speaking countries, in addition to the historical photos regularly on display throughout the GAI.