17 June 2009

Weekend of June 18 - 21

I have received some great feedback thus far about this simple agenda. I am encouraged to hear that many of you are finding it helpful and inspiring. And I am very happy to see the amount of traffic I received in just the first week, just by word of my mouth. It proves there is a real genuine interest in an English agenda for Amsterdam.

Although you can't see the behind the scenes work, lots of things are happening here on my end as well. This little project is turning into something much bigger; it is my aim is to get a real functional website up (meaning easier access and organization of the agenda with calendar options, and other points of interests) in the next week. That being said my success, and thus the continued posting of this agenda depends also in part on you, please pass this on to others, send me links to interesting events, and don't be afraid to click on my little ads (these little pennies keep caffeine flowing through me so I can post this for you every week)!

Happenings in Amsterdam the weekend of June 19 - 20


Entire Weekend:
Its Festival (International Theatre School), @ various locations, starts June 19th - 27th, € 12.
A packed program of theater, dance, film, cabaret, workshops etc...

Why go? support the performing arts

Open Tuin Dagen (Open Garden Days), various locations, Friday - Sunday, 10 -17, €15/three day ticket, for older kids.

The Open Tuin Dagen allows you a peak behind the often closed doors of the 17th-century canal house's gardens. The ticket gets you past the doors into the lovely hidden green spaces of 30 gardens, 15 of them which have never been revealed to the public before.

Why go? enjoy the often hidden spaces of the Grachtengordel.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater (Open Air Theater), Friday - Sunday, various times see previous post for details, FREE, stuff for kids.

Why go? Free stuff to do in Vondelpark, lots of world music this weekend, and a really nice temporary food stand with broodjes.

Open Ateliers Zuidoost @ various locations in Zuidoost, Saturday and Sunday, 13 - 20, FREE.

Check out the open art studios of Zuidoost, music, art, food, dance...

Why go? See what's up in Zuidoost, pick up some yummy food.

Just Friday:
Open air film "Double Indemnity" @ Buurtboederij, Spaarndammerdijk 319, Westerpark, Friday, around 22.15/when dark, FREE.

A U.S. film (in English no subtitles) from 1944, love and murder!

Why go? cozy up under the stars and enjoy film-noir.

Just Saturday:
The grand re-opening of Amsterdam's Hermitage Museum, Saturday, 10 - 17, cost of museum but free with Museumkaart, stuff for kids.

The re-opening of Amsterdam's Hermitage Museum. After over two years of construction the resorted 17th-century Hermitage, on the Amstel opens again, with ten times the amount of space! The independent museum exhibits a unique look into Russia’s artistic heritage. Also a cafe, and large education center for children and a studiecenturm.

Why go? a unique look at Russia history and art which can only be seen in few other cities in the world, and a good place to take a quick break after your Saturday market visits- just across the street from the Waterlooplein.

La Petite Nuit Blanche / All night art festival, @ various locations, Saturday, 19.00 - 07.00, FREE.

All night art festival: music, shows, art installations, private and public galleries, haunted play house/circus. Official opening with the nachtburgemeesters (night majors) at 23.00 at het oude Kadasterpand.

Why go? A good excuse to roam the City streets and canals

Just Sunday:

Sunday Market, @ Westerpark, 12 - 18, FREE, stuff for kids.

After the success of the two other markets this past year in Westerpark (the Xmas and Spring markets) another so-named "funky" market will be held in the park, with a theme of Midsummer Lounge. The market promises art and design goods, vintage clothes and retro objects "whilst lounging your day away". See pics from the past Spring market.

Why go? good for a lovely Sunday stroll

Kleuter Zing Event Kids sing-along (only in Dutch) @ Het Concertgebouw, Sunday, 11 and 13, various prices starting from 10, for kids older than 4.

Come sing along to the songs of Harry Bannink (famous Dutch singer for musical and children's songs). You get a free cd with the ticket, and book of lyrics.

Why go? Fun thing to do with the little ones on a rainy day, and perhaps, if you are Dutch, you will enjoy singing as well!

Wandeling de Zuidas @ starting point Beethovenstraat en Prinses Irene straat, Sunday, 14.00, 10, in Dutch.

A guided walk through the new :woon/werkomgeving" neighbourhood and discussions about the development as a business center for the Amsterdam region.

Why go? you are interesting in what is happening at de Zuidas, while you are there check out the new CasZuidas project- "moving images in public space" is the title of an urban screen arts initiative


Just Friday:
Italian 60's Night! @ de Nieuwe Anita, Friday, starts at 20.00, entree €7.50.

Amsterdam Beat Club/Radio Oh La La goes Cinecittà with an Italian '60s night with d/vj-duo-The Scopi-Tonics, dj Nataska and dj Gillette, a Boccaccio Burlesque show and other surprises. Also serving Italian food and dry martini's.

Why go? a formalized squat with a living room type bar feeling and dance floor!

Jazzavond /evening @ Pianola Museum, Friday, 20.30, €8.

The Pianola Museum is one of the smallest museums in the city, located in the Jordaan. It has a large collection of automatic pianos, and often has special concerts. This is a jazz evening with ragtime and old jazz musical selctions. Reservations necessary, email: pianolamuseum@planet.nl.

Why go? the museum is usually viewed only by appointment, so get a rare chance to see this little space filled with jazz!

Wayang Superstar, @ Tropentheater, Friday June 19 and Saturday June 20 @ 20.30, various prices starting at €25 , stuff for older kids.

Two showings of Ki Enthus Susmono's Javanese puppet shows, with his famous twist (adding famous film and television characters, cartoon figures and world leaders: Bush, Bin Laden and Batman, the Teletubbies and Harry Potter). It is a bit expensive for my liking, although I would love to go but instead I might check out the exhibition of his works @ Tropenmuseum ending June 25th, various prices, free with a Museumkaart.

Why go? Ki Enthus Susmono's work is known for pushing the limits of traditional puppetery towards the pop culture = something different.

Just Saturday:

Amsterdam Soul Club @ de Badcuyp Zuidpool, Saturday, 22.00, 6.

Music and video clips from the 'classic soul' period 1960s - begining of 1970s.

Why go? Enjoy some Motown in an old bath house.

Just Sunday:
Amsterdam Roots Festival, Sunday June 21st, 13 - 21.30, FREE, stuff for kids.

International and national artists at six podiums, as well as a "world market" with 100 food, culture, and music stands. This years Amsterdam Roots Festival is focusing on Mediterranean Music.

Why go? An annual music festival with lots of world music in the lovely Oosterpark.

FraFra Sound @ Oosterkerk, Sunday, 12 noon, FREE (donations asked for).

FraFra-Sound is a Surinamese, Caribbean band who plans African, Caribbean, Latin-American soul, blues, funk, jazzy music. This is a "koffieconcert" meaning

Weather permiting the band will set up outside, otherwise in the church.

Why go? First enjoy some music then climb the tower for €1.50 and see a unique view of the city.

Loveland Pre-Party @ Woodstock, Bloemendaal Beach, Sunday 15 - 23, 10, free for ticket holders.

Annual summer musical festivals pre-party event. Djs, live bands.

Why go? can one really get enough Loveland (I must admit I have never been but I never stop hearing about it in the summer! There are so many Loveland stories!:)

Keep the fire burning: Club RoXy @ Paradiso, Saturday (already sold out) and Sunday, a full-night of partying, €75. And photo exhibition opening Thursday at Lux Photo Gallery displaying the official photographer, Cleo Campers photos of the era of good times, 11 -17.

Even if you don't have the cash to make to this party, you should be aware of its significance- ten years ago Club RoXy, THE club, burned down; with that so left the most liberal, open-minded clubs and era in the City. RoXy started in 1987 on the Singel between de Munt and Koningsplein. It was known for its fabulous themed parties, overly glamourous, theater-sque, multimedia, and decor, as well as its tolerance for drug use. This is a comenration of the club, with a two day party at Paradiso, a book, a photo exhitbition, etc...

Why go? if you have the cash, go re-live the 90s in style!

Also on my radar, though not in Amsterdam:
Roze Zaterdag in Den Haag, various locations, Saturday, 13 -23 FREE.

Following a week of discussions and conferences around homo-emancipation and society, the organization Roze Zaterdag also holds a festical in Den Haag, usual festival happenings: music, parties, circus, dancing, food, beer...plus a "gay classic car club" parade, and pink market.

Why go? well-know gay festival, with an ABBA tribute band!

Terschellings Oerol Festival, in Terschelling (island in the North of NL), final weekend, €15 for a weekend pass.

Creative music, dance, theather festival on the beautiful island of Terschelling.

Why go? something to do after wadlopen (walking between islands during low tide).

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