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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-ber­ 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.

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