January 19, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sacramento Turn Verein
3349 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
$15.00; or $10.00 (FT students w/ID); Children 10 and under-free


The GACC – Library is implementing an old German proverb, “Übung macht den Meister” (in English, “Practice makes perfect”) in showing a hilarious German movie with a typically long German title for the thirteenth time:  Die Feuerzangenbowle. We welcome all of you cult followers and those who have previously missed this movie!

The film starts with a favorite German actor of the 1940s, Heinz Rühmann, playing the role of a young university professor and writer.  When he and his much older friends gather in a tavern to indulge in a favorite warm German winter drink, the Feuerzangenbowle, they get carried away by telling stories of their school years, remembering all the nasty tricks they played on their teachers in their youth.

In Germany today, die Feuerzangenbowle is a cult film.  Whenever it is ready to be shown, university students prepare by collecting manual alarm clocks, flashlights, and small bits of paper, which they crumple into spitballs, all to be implemented at the appropriate times during the movie.  (Note: your smartphones won’t be able to do it all!)

Today’s university students often bring their mulled hot, rum-spiked wine with them in thermos bottles, but that is not necessary for this event, as we will serve you the very same drink you see warming beneath the flame of the Feuerzangenbowle in the first scene of the movie.

About halfway through the film, we’ll pause to let you enjoy the visual delight and taste of the glowing, steaming Feuerzangenbowle, along with some finger food.  We will also serve a non-alcoholic punch.  Then we’ll return to watch the remainder of the movie.  You’ll find this a truly enjoyable evening that you won’t soon forget!

The showing of the 1944 film, “Die Feuerzangenbowle,” in German with English subtitles.
When:  Friday, January 19, 2024, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Don’t be late!
Where:  Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St., Sacramento 95816, upstairs in the Banquet Hall; there is parking behind the STV off “I” Street between H & J, or on the street (watch for time limits!)
$15.00 regular; $10 for full-time students with ID, or for enrolled GLS students; children 10 and under free.
Payment is at the door by check, cash, or credit card.
Admission includes the Feuerzangenbowle drink or non-alcoholic punch and substantial appetizers.  Other beverages will be available for purchase before the movie begins.  No alcoholic drinks will be served to minors.
The famous punch:  Warmed, mulled red wine into which sugar drips from a Zuckerhut (cone-shaped sugarloaf) and set alight—a beautiful sight, especially when the lights are turned down. (Come and see!)