10 September 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam the long weekend of September 11 - 13

For a few days this week I thought we might be on the way to real Indian summer, but then the glorious Dutch wind picked up and it all came to an end. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy these mild days in style. Check out Amsterdam's monuments this weekend when they open their doors for free.

Entire Weekend

Doctors without Borders: 25 years @ Oude Kerk, started September 8 continues until 13, €5 but free with Museumkaart.

A selection of photo reports about Artsen zonder Grenzen (Doctors without Borders). The exhibition invites visitors to step into the shoes of doctors in the field, getting an intimate view of their work.

West Beach Outdoor Film Festival @ Sloterplas in Sloterpark, Thursday – Saturday, continuing the following two weekends, pre-program starts at 20.30 with films from the end exams of Film Academie students with the main film starting at 21.00, FREE.

A four weekend long open air film festival in Sloterparkbad.

This week: Thursday - “Studio West @ West Beach” – a selection of the best short films from young talaneted Amsterdammers aged 15-25.
Friday – the Turkish film “Hokkabaz”,
Saturday – Cohen Brother’s film – “No Country for old men”

Music 4 Your Eyes: film festival about music @ Melkweg, something everyday – end of September, various times, €6.

The 2nd year of the film festival exploring films about music and musicians.

This week: Thursday the premier of “Who Killed Nancy” (A. Parker GB 2009) a film about a groupie of the Six Pistols found dead in the Chelsea Hotel.

Friday and Saturday: “Iron Maiden; Flight 666 (S. Dunn & S. McFadyen USA 2009) a film about the British metal band Iron Maiden. And “Arctic Monkeys Live at Apollo” (R. Ayoade UK 2008) a portrait of the British indie rock band in 2007.

Amsterdam Fringe Festival @ various locations and times, starts Friday and continues into next weekend, €7.50 per show. With a 'language is no problem' page for shows and performances that do not require the Dutch language.

“The festival with the most varied contacts is spreading over the city with politically kinetic theatre, sweet-voiced punk, poetic rock violence, self-torturing quests for honesty, inside-out migration theatre, international gems and an uninhibited love. Featuring this year, not only performances from the Netherlands and Flanders but also from Japan, Germany, America, Spain, Croatia & England.” – from amsterdamfringefestival.nl

Open Monumenten Dagen / open monument days , Saturday and Sunday, over 62 monuments in Amsterdam, various times, FREE, special events for kids.

Open Monument Day is a day for the public to enjoy the nation’s monuments (for FREE).

Check out the special activities in conjunction with day including a Carillon concert from the Oudekerkstoren (you can hear it from the street) at 16.00, and discussions and presentations about the monuments.

Noorderparkfestival @ Noorderpark, Saturday 12.00 - 23.00 and Sunday 12.00 - 18.00, FREE, lots of stuff for kids.

A party full of live music, a circus, kids theater, art, cultural market, and smartlappen (Dutch songs).

Elandsgracht Festival @ around Elandsgracht 45, Saturday from 18-00 – 24.00 and Sunday 13.00 – 23.00, FREE, kids welcome.

Neighborhood party with diverse activities, live Amsterdam volksmusic (folk music) and partying.


Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 18.30 - 22, entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart, stuff for older kids.

DJ Daan modern starts spinning tunes at 18.30 and the Beufort Ensemble, a French classic music ensemble, takes the stage with a romantic program of Louis Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) - Petite Suite Gauloise, Emile Bernard (1843-1902) - Divertissement Op.36, Jean Françaix (1912-1997) - Sept Danses.

Daisy Age @ Noorderlicht Café (Amsterdam Noord, NDSM-werf), Friday, 20.00 – 01.00, €6.

Daisy Age stands for Da Inner Sound Y’all, which presents playful, experimental, upbeat sounds with live soul, hip – hop, R&B, funk, and reggae. The party is outside if good weather and there is an all-night water taxis back to Central Station the entire night.

Floating Worlds: Baars-Henneman and Michiyo Yagi @ Bimhuis, Friday, 20.30, €15.

"Floating Worlds" is a project combining traditional Japanese music and Dutch children’s songs

Band: Horse Company @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina,Friday, 22.00, €7.50.

The Horse Company, a Dutch indie band, known for its “Own sweet time”

Glitter Punk Party Live: Basardz of Glitter & X Offenders @ Maloe Melo, Friday, 22.00, €5.

Live punk and sparkly stuff, need I say more.

Kiss Off Party @ OT301, Friday, 23.00, €5.

Electro, pop, pistol with live acts of the Shaved Monkeys as well as Shock and Awe.

Freak show Dj’s Ted & 13 @ Pacific Parc, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

The first freak show from the Swiss-German punk band Bonapoarte.


Draaiorgel (barrel organ) Festival 2009 @ Dam, Saturday, 10.00 – 17.00, FREE, of interest to kids.

The barrel organ, often confused with the calliope, can be seen most often on the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam these days, with its usual accompaniment- the clanging change box (where the organist aka dude that puts the music in the organ asks for some small change in exchange for the delights of music). This weekend check out these organs in action, with a mixed group choir, het Zwanenkoor.

Illusio @ Pakhuis de Zwijger, Saturday, 12.00 – 18.00, FREE.

Teller of the famous illusionists and television personalities Penn and Teller will present his show (in English) “the Beautiful Lie: A tale of the art, science, and psychology of magic”, his performance begins around 14.30. A public event closing off the NWO cognition program.

Reggae On The Beach Festival @ Blijburg, Saturday, 12.00 – 03.00, €10.

EL Bongo presents the annual Reggae On The Beach Festival with a whoel day of music on three stages. Including: the Rebellions, Empress Black Omolo & I-Youth & Gideon Grounds, Rebel Jam, King Smo, and Jah Storm ft. I-Repeat

Salsa dancing @ Beursplein, Saturday, 14.00 – 18.00, FREE.

Dancing workshops and demonstrations in the open air at Beursplein.

Ear Massage Percussion Quartet @ Bimhuis, Saturday, 14.00, FREE.

Part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2009, Ear Massage is a percussion quartet of four Mexicans living in the Netherlands who won the second prize in Gaudeamus.

DFM RTV International Benefit @ OT301, Saturday, 20.00, €8.

An evening of live music, dj's, visual and spoken word performances in a benefit to support DFM's independent, international community of web-casting artists worldwide.

Teenage Kicks Of My Generation @ Winston Kingdom, Saturday, 21.00 – 05.00, €10.

The best surf, garage, beat and punk rock with live bands and djs.

BalkanXpress @ de Badcuyp, Saturday, 22.00, €8.

The monthly Balkan and klezmer night with djs Pilot and Hoppa!Selector.

Black & White latin Edition @ Club More Amor, Saturday, 22.00 – 05.00, €8.

Black and white salsa, merengue and latin house.

Sixties Kasbah @ Maloe Melo, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

Live '60s bands.

Armada Night @ Westerunie, Saturday, 0.00, €15.

A six hour long progressive house and energy trance with a tropical atmosphere.


Kijk op de wijk @ Westergasterrein, Sunday, 13.00, FREE, stuff for kids.

Yearly neighborhood party with music, dance, sports, games.

Bloem: end of the summer party @ ‘t Blauwe Theehuis, Sunday, 15.00 - 01.00, FREE.

A final goodbye to the summer with a party of live music and a live dog fashion show!

Oyster Party @ Kompaszaal Loods 6, KNSM eiland, Sunday, 17.30, €17.50 includes welcome drink and oysters. Email: aanmelden@slowfood-amsterdam.nl for reservation.

A night to cherish oysters, check out short films about Hudson arriving in Manhattan (1953) and about oyster farms in de Oostersschelde in Zeeland from 1934. As well as a special message from the Slow Food Oyster party in NY and live jazz music.

Suki Osman @ Skek, Sunday, 20.00, FREE.

Sing-song writer.

Other stuff:

English story time @ Openbaar Bibliotheek Amsterdam, every Tuesday, 11.30, FREE, reading is for infants and toddlers.

The American Women’s Club started this initiative at the public library with weekly readings.

Bike routes/ fietstocht to check out the 90 million euros of investment in Groot Oost (the east part of the City including east of Central Station, Oost, and Zeeburg). The investments were made by the city, companies, EU subsidies. Check out the investments by bike.

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