For this trip I plan to just be in Berlin, which is big and interesting enough for 9 days of bopping around. If anyone's been there, recommendations for activities welcome.
I've had mixed results trying to find good event calendars for November -- http://www.hekticket.de is OK for events with advance ticket purchase. I did notice one kinda funny event -- Lez Zeppelin -- all girls, all Zeppelin. I don't even like Led Zeppelin much, or tribute bands, but extra points for High Concept.