18 August 2009

What up in Amsterdam this week of August 19 - 23

Get outside!, as forecast predicts hot steamy weather, so go enjoy it!


Pluk de Nacht / outdoor film festival @ Studio K, final weekend finishes Saturday, films start at dark 21.30ish, FREE (all the films are subtitled in English).

Pluk de Nacht moves to Studio K for its final weekend. This week- Wednesday “Gaza/Sderot” France, Thursday “Shot Gun Stories” US, Friday “Ze Frank Retrospective” (short films), Saturday “Der Architekt” Germany.

Why go? check out the final weekend of this annual film festival

Open air film given by Rialto @ Marie Heinekenplein in de Pijp, starts Wednesday – Saturday, films begin around 21.30, FREE.

Four unique films in the open air.

Why go? Check out film on your way out

Grachten Festival @ various locations, final, various prices, a different program everyday, with special events for kids at the kindergrachten festival.

The Grachten (canal) Festival is an annual festival celebrating classical music, architecture and the water, with more than 100 unique concerts for adults and kids in monuments, museums, sometimes even private houses in Amsterdam. There are also boat tours, guided architectural walking tours, music theater events, master classes, etc...

Why go? This week enjoy live music at the Portuguese Synagogue and loads of special events for the kids

Cross Over exposition @ Beeldentuin, Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, opens Friday at 16.99 continues daily 'til 27 September,

Students from the art academies in the Netherlands present a special exhibition of art in public space. With installations, interventions and performances as well as a multi-functional pavilion.

Why go? something to check out on your bike ride

International Comedy @ Comedy Theater in de Nes, Thursday – Saturday, 20.30 €12.50.

English comedy in the heart of Amsterdam.

Why go? Check out the last round of International comedy for the summer

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

This weekend lots of music! Everything from music theater, jazz, dance to classical music. Always a kids show on Saturday at 14.00.

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


Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 18.30 – 22.00, entrĂ©e to museum, but free with Museumkaart.

DJ Goldfinger, producer of the Russian Maxim Shaposhnikov music and soundtracks, spins some sets fitting the present theme Avant Garde starting at 18.30.

Greek pianist Ermis Theodorakis, well known for his spraakmakende (controversial) interpetaions of current day piano pieces, plays at 20.00.

Why go? Check out some live tunes

Outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock's film “Rear Windows” @ Filmmuseum, Friday, 21.30, €7, in English with Dutch subtitles.

Part of the Filmmuseum's weekly (every Friday evening) outdoor film screenings – Sunsets. This Friday check out Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film with Grace Kelly.

Why go? enjoy the open air and some honest laughs

Out on the Floor Live Party @ Maloe Melo, Friday, 23.00, €5.

SKA, northern soul and Brit pop party with three lives bands and djs.

Why go? check out this gezellige bar at its best- partying!


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, a kinderboederij (petting zoo) and other creative activities for kids! This Saturday is Arabian night with belly dancing, and special music, also check out the behind the scenes action in the zoo kitchen and insect-rium.

Why go? Find out what the critters at the zoo get feed and enjoy some tunes.

Highlands Party @ Blijburg, Saturday, 21.00 – late, €8.

Highlands Party is a reaction to the infamous annual music festival Lowlands. So if you couldn't get your dirty little paws on a ticket to Lowlands head of to Highlands to enjoy some tunes with live music, Djs.

Why go? Enjoy the warm nights with some wild beach fun

Klik&Play party @ de Nieuwe Anita, Saturday, 20.00 – late, €6.

A colorful party with djs, audio visual shows and cartoons and bright drinks.

Why go? always a good party

Buitenbios /Outside theater@ Het Ketelhuis, Westerpark, every Saturday 'til August 29nd, starts when it is dark around 22.00, FREE.

A free open air presentation in the Westerpark. This Saturday check out the Belgium film “Aanrijding in Moscou”, a romantic comedy and winner of the Semaine de la critique in Cannes.

Why go? good excuse to stay out late in the park


Polder music @ Cafe restaurant Polder, Sunday, 14.00 – 21.00, FREE, stuff for the kids.

Diverse music in the garden of Polder with a "living jukebox". Also serves food with paella and stuff for the little ones.

Why go? make a trip to the new development in the east and the UvA's growing campus- the Science Park

Africanhiphop.com & Friends (African Sundays) @ Tolhuistuin, Sunday, 19.00, unknown price.

A gathering of friends of Africanhiphop.com. with o.a. dj 360, documentary "10 years Africanhiphop.com: Amsterdam, Dakar & Kaapstad", and special guest. Africanhiphop.com is the most populate African music website with news, biographies, and radio programs.

Why go? make your way to Amsterdam Noord and check out the trendy Tolholtuin

Hofjes – en Plein Concerts @ Bakkerpleintje, in the heart of the Jordaan, Sunday, 15.00, FREE.

The Zanzaretta Quintet plays the strong dramatic music of Monteverdi, De Monte, Luzzaschi en Marenzio.

Why go? Check out the little squares of the city and enjoy some live music

Hortus Festival / chamber music @ Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Park, Watergraafsmeer, every Sunday evening til August 30th, 19.30, €20.

A different program of chamber music for every week in the historic Huize Frankendael. This Sunday, “The merry dream is ending” with pianoduo Van Veen playing the Symphony van Debussy

Why go? Check out the gardens of Huize Frankendael and enjoy the symphony music

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