IFA: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS UNLIMITED Consumers and corporations from around the globe converge on Berlin each year for IFA in the hopes of witnessing the debut of a groundbreaking gadget, such as when the Philips audio cassette recorder was introduced back in 1963. The global trade show, one of the largest in the world for consumer electronics and home appliances, takes place at Messe Berlin, where 1200 exhibitors from 32 countries present the latest in design and technology. Microsoft VP Nick Parker delivers one of this year's keynote addresses and presents an array of the brand's new software and devices. www.ifa-berlin.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Be dazzled by the colorful explosions at the Pyronale world fireworks championships. Weekends are for brunching. Try the lavish spread at Anna Blume in Prenzlauer Berg. Today is one of the rare Sundays per year when stores can open, so shop ' til you drop! Walk on the wild side at Berlin’s famed zoo, located at the edge of Tiergarten park. Take a trip to Dahlem's Botanical Garden to admire the greenhouses of tropical plants. Blue, bald, and legendary: See the Blue Man Group show at the Bluemax Theater. Kick off the weekend at Becketts Kopf, Prenzlauer Berg's best cocktail bar. The first- ever Lollapalooza Berlin begins! Join the two-day music fest at Tempelhof Park. Peek inside the city's storied monuments with today's Heritage Open Day activities. Admire the geometric paintings of Piet Mondrian on show at Martin- Gropius- Bau. Picasso fans won't want to miss the collection of masterful paintings at Museum Berggruen. Starting today, discover the work of artist Cindy Sherman at me Collectors Room. Beloved singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens sings his heart out at Admiralspalast tonight. The racy Berlin Burlesque Festival is on all weekend at the Wintergarten theater. Indie band Beirut is back with a fifth album for tonight's show at Columbiahalle. Hear Berlin's Staatskapelle orchestra play Beethoven at the Philharmonie tonight. Visit Chamäleon Varieté to see the bawdy acrobatics of the Wunderkammer show. Admire Renaissance masterpieces by Botticelli in a new Gemäldegalerie show. Legendary Irish rockers U2 continue their fourshow stop at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Be wowed by The Wyld, a futuristic Las Vegasstyle show at Friedrichstadt-Palast. Cheer on the 40,000+ runners competing in today's 42nd Berlin Marathon. Berlin Food Week starts today – loosen your belt for citywide epicurean events. Cruise the Spree River! Hop on a boat tour leaving from the Schiff bauerdamm pier. Catch a movie at CineStar Potsdamer Platz, one of few theaters to play movies in English.