21 July 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam for July 22 - 26

Posting this a day early so I can finish the the promised post that I mentioned last week about what to do the rest of the summer in Amsterdam when the doors of many of these establishments close. But not to worry just when things will begin to get ghost-like by the middle of next week the Parade (music, theater, party tents) will fill Museumplein!

Lots of happenings this weekend; including the Amsterdam International Fashion Week which has a host of a events for the public including a
rommelmarkt (in this case a fashion flea market) on Sunday, lots of films to be seen if the weather doesn't hold out for a day at the city beaches.

As always let me know what you think, send me your comments, questions, etc... If you would like a weekly reminder about the agenda send an email to: busyinamsterdam [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line: REMIND ME. Then I will be sure to add you to the list so you are always up-to-date with the latest happenings.

Enjoy your long summer days.
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Entire Week:

Amsterdam International Fashion Week DOWNTOWN, various public activities, throughout the week, mostly invitation only but some public events, some FREE events.

Public events:

Wednesday: 15.00 – “Your Cup of T: do-it-yourself-day”, Westerstraat 77; 16.00 “I am Blue” Westergasfabriek.

Thursday: 16.00 Opening “I want That…” installation by Thomas Voorn and Marine Viergever, Destination Shop, Weteringstraat 46H; 23.00 “Anti-fashion Party”, Flex Bar.

Friday: 10.00 – 17.30 “Malouse Bastiaan – Hand dyed Hand Made”, Beekwilder, Prins Hendrikkade 16; 21.30 “Zipper en Street Lab Join Forces! Rooms of Red Bull”, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 24 limited capacity; 22.00 “Festimode Casablanca”, Paradiso, 17.50 euros.

Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 Exhibition “the Undaunted II and Beyond”, Pop up Café; 17.00 “Fromanteel High Tea”, Herengracht 142; 20.00 “Parag S/S 2010 Fashion Show”, Palledium, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen; 21.00 Hosselaer 2# collection “Who No Know Go Know”, Prins Hendrikkade 33.

Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00 Exhibition “the Undaunted II and Beyond”, Pop up Café; 12.00 “Start Sample Sale Open Shop”, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 291; 12.00 “Kiss the Bride wearables, De culinaire werkplaats, 13.30 – 17.00 "Making of the dress for less or more” Young Designers United, Keizersgracht 447; 15.30 “Trash & Treasures Une Garage Sale Extraordinaire” Flexbar.

Why go? Stay 'hip' with the latest fashion trends

Hermitage/Filmmuseum openlucht film in de binnentuin /open air film in courtyard @ Hermitage, every evening Wednesday – Saturday, 22.00, €14.50 + feestelijk drink, all films in English.

The Filmmuseum and the Hermitage Museum.have teamed up to present four special films based on 19th century Russian literature. All the films are in English and have Dutch subtitles they include: Woody Allen’s “Matchpoint” on Wednesday, the black and white 1930s film “Anna Karenina” on Thursday, “Vanya on 42nd Street” on Friday and finally David Lean 1965 “Doctor Zhivago” on Saturday.

Why go? Over 100,000 people have visited the Hermitage since it’s grand re-opening almost a month ago, have you?? If you go to the films you also receive a 20% discount on the regular admission price.

Weak Signals and Wild Cards exhibition @ Shell Kantine, Shell Terrain, Tolhuisweg, Amsterdam Noord, two minute walk from Buiksloterweg ferry, leaving Amsterdam Central Station every 5 minutes (Google Map to venue), final weekend ending Sunday, 12.00 - 18.00.

"Weak Signals, Wild Cards is a commissioning project and exhibition by the participants of de Appel Curatorial Programme 08/09. Set in Amsterdam Noord, it invites ten artists and a number of speakers from other fields to react to the given plans for the area and conjure a set of alternative futures. The artists have created works for and from their envisioned future contexts, while the speakers will foretell their imagined futures of Amsterdam Noord, from the perspectives of their expertise...Amsterdam Noord is currently faced with a bevy of visions of its imminent regeneration. The predictions being made revolve dizzyingly around of the ‘Creative City’, which implicates not only artists but an expanded creative subjectivity in its conception of a society made up of self-reliant, resourceful individuals on a constant quest for self-improvement. This combined vision of the future ‘Creative City’ is so strongly anticipated and visualized that one gets the feeling that one could already inhabit the space of this mirage." - Weak Signals, Wild Cards

Why go? interested in urban studies? - learn about the urban regeneration of Amsterdam Noord and its impact through the eyes of artists

Docnights @ Kriterion, from now until August 26th, various times and prices.

The Kriterion is showing lots of documentary films until August. There is something for everyone with themes of animation, music, street culture, and fashion.

Why go? Keep it on the back burner for rainy and or lazy days

Down Under film and activities @ Filmtheather, Prinsengracht 452, various times, prices and activities until August 16, special events for kids.

Australian and New Zeeland films (events every weekend, but films through the week). This week: Wednesday is the last showing of “Angel At My Table” at 19.00, Thursday – the following Wednesday the showing of the Aussie film “Shine” (an Academy and Golden Globe winner for best male lead actor in 2008). The film is about Australian pianist Davi Helfgott. Also learn to play the didgeridoo on Saturday at 19.00 and enjoy the film.

Sunday for kids didgeridoo workshop and the film “Opal Dream” (only Dutch audio) at 11.45. Learn how to play this special instrument that the Aboriginals have played for thousands of years.

Why go? soak up a little Aussie history through film.

Comedy Train International Summer Festival @ Toomler (near the Hilton) Wednesday- Saturday. €12.50- €16.00, 20.30, all shows in English.

Two North American comedians Sean Collins and Jamie Kilstein, perform in two separate sets, each lasting 45 minutes in total.

Why go? get your dose of comedy on a rainy night

Kwakoe @ Bijlmerpark, Zuid-Oost (metro stop Arena, then a short walk to the park), FREE, starts this weekend and continues every weekend until the August, not specific activities for kids although a very colorful, musical, delicious place to visit. See previous post for more details.

Why go? This is a must do & you have a few weekends to figure out how to fit this festival, but really it should only take a sunny day to convince you to drop everything and head to Zuid-Oost.

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

This weekend freestyle staking demonstrations for all ages and modern dance, theater and comedians all on stage.

Why go? every weekend until September enjoy different shows, theater, music, etc...


Stedelijk in de Stad @ Museumplein, final week, various activities & times, FREE, stuff for kids.

Wednesday July 22, 14 -16, for kids 6 -12, foto-wandeling/photo walk/tour, “Hunting Luck Kids” Discover your own neighborhood by learning how to make arty photos.

Also Wednesday 19.30 – 21.00, for adults, English spoken. The creative duo- The Stone Twins tell about their designs and sources of inspirations, i.e. why they used the Royal Army as inspiration, ideas about ‘50s classic logos, etc…

Why go? since the Stedelijk is still under construction and without a home, enjoy the small projects and exhibitions throughout the summer.

Summer Carnival and street parade @ Tropenmuseum, Wednesday, 14.00, unknown price, stuff for kids.

In preparation for the Summer carnival Parade in Rotterdam on July 25, the parade begins at the Tropenmuseum with live music, dancers, the new queen of the summer carnival. Celebrate the carnival like they do in Curacao and Aruba with music, films, photographs, parade, street dances, etc... Daily workshops from 11.00 - 16.30 for kids ages 4 - 12, and for kids 6 to 12 13.00 - 15.00 learn to play steel drums, reservation recommend + price of admission to museum.

Why go? enjoy a colorful parade on your way to the Dappermarkt.

Artery (Bul) & Support @ Winston Kingdom, Wednesday, 21.00 - 03.00, €5.

Every Wednesday a different band, different theme, this week: Balkan metal and underground from Bulgaria and then DJ.

Why go? Something unexpected for a Wednesday


Stedelijk in de Stad @ Museumplein, final week, various activities & times, FREE.

Thursday July 23rd, final day, 19.00 – 21.00, for adults and older kids. Get a peek of the Teleac-documentary “Kazimir Severinovich Malevich” from 1989 about Malevich in the StedelijkMuseum. The director of main collections, Geurt Imanse tells about the high points of the collection and Malevich.

Why go? the Stedelijk is still under construction for who knows how long???

Documentary: "The mystery of Samba" and live music @ Bimhuis, Thursday 20.30, €8, perhaps for older kids. Final weekend of performances before summer holiday.

Part of the Bimhuis' "Brazilian summer sessions" - weekly music performances with Brazilian origin or influence. A documentary film about the rich lives and astonishing vivacity of a group of veteran musicians and composers from one of Rio de Janeiros' most revered samba schools, Portela. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Then following at 22.30 Roda de Samba and Choro play Brazilian music with a group of musicians and singers gather to play informal and unpredictable music.

Why go? enjoy the smooth sounds, while enjoying the sunset on the IJ

Hortus Festival / chamber music @ Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Park, Watergraafsmeer, every Thursday evening from July 17 - August 27th. 19.30, €20.

A different program of chamber music for every week in the historic Huize Frankendael. This week Debussy-Symphony in B, Ravel-La valse, Stravinsky-La sacre du printemps.

Why go? enjoy the gardens and a trip just outside the Ringdijk.

Prof Nomad goes undercover AC/DC @ Café Wilhelmina, Thursday, 22.00, €7.50.

Live band doing AC/DC covers.

Why go? Who doesn’t want to listen to a little AC/DC everyone once in a while?

DJ Slovenly @ Pacific Parc, Thursday, 23.00, FREE.

My favorite DJ in Amsterdam spinning: frat pounders, 60s beat-punk, garage-fuzz, surf, 70s punk, 60s greasy soul & r'n'b shakers, western & 50s R&R, exotica, jamaican ska and everything in-between.

Why go? Pacific Parc has their outside Cantina open for lovely star gazing and music listening.


Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 20.00 – 22.00, entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart.

Frank Bretschneider spins minimal techno and experimental elecontroinic Music with videos. Following him is DJ DaanModern, resident DJ at Pacific Parc spins soul and nostalgic tunes.

Why go? why not enjoy some live music will checking out Van Gogh's work.

Cat Green Eye: music @ Blijburg, Friday, 20.00, FREE.

Amsterdam band with influences from gypsy, jazz, and pop; rumored to be good enough to swing to!

Why go? Check out the architectural wonderland of Ijburg on your way to the beach

Michael Jackson Tribute @ Prik, Friday, 21.00, FREE.

DJ Mad spinning MJ tunes and video, as well as a moonwalk competition at the sexy Prik (voted best bar of 2008 in Amsterdam).

Why go? If you haven’t got enough MJ already here is another dose!

Lindy Hop @ Kompszaal, every Friday, 21.00, €5.

Dance to swinging jazz on the KNSM-eiland.

Why go? Dance to something different or watch talented people dance

Burlesque Freakout @ Club 8, Friday, 22.00 - 04.00, €10.

Part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week; djs: Scopi-Tonics with Vintage and New Burlesque Beats as well as numerous acts

Why go? Enjoy a show in addition to good tunes.


A Day at the Park @ Amsterdamse Bos, Saturday 11.00 - 23.00, €35.

Huge dj line up in the lovely Amsterdamse Bos.

Why go? Visit the not so often traveled/enjoyed Amsterdamse Bos

Holland Beach Soccer League @ Dam, Saturday - Sunday, 12.00 - 20.00, FREE, stuff for kids of all ages.

Final Dutch championship of beach football/soccer.

Why go? It is an interesting setup, with the event hauling in loads of sand and filling the square with action.

ZOOmeravond /summer night @ Artis (the zoo), various programs, 18.30 - 22.00, price of zoo, every Saturday until September, stuff for kids.

A broad program with a little bit for everyone- 2 music stages, theater of 20 shows, a kinderboederij (petting zoo) and other creative activities for kids! This Saturday intense sounds from the Jeff Buckley-esque Robin Block, who won the Grote Prijs van Nederland in 2008.

Why go? Check out the flamingos and enjoy some tunes.

Dive @ Camping Zeeburg, Saturday, 21.30, unknown price.

German grunge band.

Why go? Check out the view towards Ijburg go on a bike ride.


“Trash & Treasures Une Garage Sale Extraordinaire” @ Flexbar, Sunday, 15.300, €5.

A rommelmarkt (flea market/garage sale) as a part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week.

Why go? pick up something snazzy to add to your wardrobe

Hofje- en - Pleinconcert: Het Ricciotti Ensemble @ Café Westerdok, Sunday, 15.00, FREE.

Tunes in the open air.

Why go? as you make your way through the City stop for some live music

Film for kids @ OBA, Sunday, 14.00, FREE, for kids.

Check out children books that have been made into films every Sunday this summer at the OBA.

Why go? Check out the top floor of the library and enjoy some views of the City

Jazz session @ Engelbewaarder, every Sunday afternoon, FREE.

Enjoy smooth jazz sounds on the canal.

Why go? Right in the heart of fun

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