23 September 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam the long weekend of September 24 - 27

This week's agenda surprised me, there is so much to do. A friend asked me this morning, after I made a few suggestions for his weekend, "so then, what are you planning on doing?"; I couldn't reply! It seems I need/want to be in multiple places at the same time, and although that is annoying it was also quite great to think that Amsterdam has so much to offer.

This week I had a request to specifically list theater shows that are in English, or where language is no problem, which I will work to continue to do. That being said I want to emphasize that this agenda is hand-picked and does not aim to post every event into English, rather I post a handful of happenings. Furthermore this agenda is not only for the non-Dutch speakers, so some events might be in Dutch (which I will note in the listing).

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The Entire Weekend:

Film: Manhattan Shorts Festival @ Ketelhuis, Thursday – Saturday, 21.30, €8.50.

Check out the best ten short films from the 12th edition of the International Manhattan Short Film Festival, the largest short film festival in the world.

Art & Event: Kunst Factor @ various locations, Thursday – Saturday, various times, €10, no special events for kids but Kunst Live! events could be interesting.

Amateur art festival with over 30 events highlighting amateur art in the Netherlands including a public debate in English at the OBA on Thursday from 12.00 – 16.00 about the meaning of practicing art at a local level; an opening parade with Amsterdam artists presenting work, theater, break dance and music at de Nieuwmarkt on Thursday starting at 17.30; and an interactive chain reaction event with public participation Saturday at 15.00, 17.00 and 20.30. at Garage Notweg, Notweg 38, Osdorp.

Festival: Rode Loper @ Oosterpark, Saturday 13.00 – 21.00 and Sunday 11.00 – 21.00, FREE, special program for kids.

Check out the cultural mix of Oost at the 9th annual Rode Loper Festival with a weekend long of performances, art, music, dance, live music, and poetry by artists in Oost. Also be sure to check out the Caribbean films, BMX show and a special children's program on Saturday, as well as a fashion show on Sunday.

Music & Dance: Earth Dance @ NDSM werf, Amsterdam Noord, Friday and Saturday, 23.00 – 06.00, €27 for tickets at the door.

In celebration of the World Day of Peace Earth Dance was organized as an international dance event with over three hundred thousand people dancing simultaneously across the globe. Considered a musical adventure with 50% of profits going to the Tibet Support Group. This event has six podiums with various acts including drum & bass, reggae, indie dance, electro punk, roots, progressive trance, chill out, techno, acid, etc… There is also an all night open-air chill out market with food, drinks and market stalls.

Film & Music: Music 4 Your Eyes : film festival about music @ Melkweg, something everyday final week ends September 30th, various times, €6, all films in English.

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

This week: Thursday: “Johnny Cash’s America” – premier, 19.00;
Friday and Saturday “Part of the Weekend Never Dies”, 21.00;
Saturday and Sunday: “The Godfather of Disco” – premier, 19.00;
Monday and Tuesday: “Notorious B.I.G.” – premier, 19.00;
Wednesday: “Johnny Cash at San Quentin” including performance by Grant Campbell, 19.00.

Theater: “West Side Story” @ Carre Theater, ongoing – November 11, Tuesday – Friday daily showing at 20.00, Saturday 15.00 & 20.00, and Sunday 14.00 & 19.00, various prices €20 - €69, in English with an American cast.

One the most well-known musicals, West Side Story comes to stage in Amsterdam, in celebration of the Amsterdam – New York 400 jaar events.

Exhibition: Nardo Brudet: Slaves of Holland @ Meneer de Wit, de Baarsjes, ongoing – October 10, Monday – Friday 11.00 – 17.00, Saturday 11.00 – 18.00, Sunday 13.00 – 18.00, FREE.

Nardo Brudet (1968) presents a photo exhibition exploring the role of the Dutch in the history of slavery. His work is said to play on stereotypes and zet de kijker regelmatig op het verkeerde been (twists your expectations).


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

20.00 and 21.00 check out (DE)-Constructing me, where designer Catta Donkersloot, winner of the IAF for the most creative design of 2008 and photographer Lisa Kortenhorst prepare an installation inspired by themes in the exhibition on Alfred Stevens. The films deal with the search for an individual identity, the limitations of freedom through clothing, the evanescence of time and reality, and the perception of women in general.

Film & Music: CineSonic 01: “Der müde Tod” @ Goethe-Institut Amsterdam, Friday, 20.00, €5, with English titles, perhaps for older kids.

Live music accompaniment to the German silent film “Der müde Tod”, experiment a new electro-soundtrack to a classic film.

Music: jazz - Mirjam van Dam @ Het Perron, Friday, 21.00, €15.

Mirjam van Dam sings the strong voiced women jazz tunes of the Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Event & Museum & Music: Discovery 09 @ NEMO, Friday, 21.00 – 04.00, €10, must be 18 or older.

A group of young scientists have organized the first uitgaansnacht at the Science Museum. Experience a night of experiments, music, cocktails, games, films and visuals – discover something new.

Dance: Oh la la @ de Nieuwe Anita, Friday, 20.00, €6.

Famous French dance night.

Party: Rock on on- Retro Clash @ Club 8, Friday, 21.00 – 04.00, €10, minimum age 25.

Kick of party for the brand new retro clash (70s, 80s and 90s retro hits) celebration with resident djs spinning retro tunes late into the night.

Event: Strawberry Earth Nights @ Rialto, Friday, 22.00 - late, €8.

Strawberry Earth is a platform for creative people from all over the world who want to do something positive for our environment. They have an online magazine about international eco developments, as well as hold special themed nights for creative and others interested. The launch of Strawberry Earth Nights in Rialto starts Friday with events, speakers, music and fun. Including a visit from Roland Duong from the television program Keuringsdienst van Waarde (RVU), photography of photographers Anne-Claire de Breij and Sandder Lanen, special djs and fresh juice from Jay’s Juices.

Music: The Spoils @ Pacific Parc, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

Australian surf rock / Nick Cave-esque band makes a stop at Pacific Parc during their Euro tour.


Event: Amsterdam Polo Trophy @ Amsterdamse Bos, Saturday, 13.00, FREE, events for kids, must dress appropriately (smart causal).

Check out a live polo tournament with lots of extra events for the public including a walk on the field (no dogs or high heels allowed), games and polo demonstrations for the kids, a demonstration with a bird of prey, and you can also try out a Segway.

Music: Radio MORTALE benefit party @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Saturday, 20.30, €5.

Four bands: the Dutch pop/rock band Doloures Daze, singer-song writer Case Mayfield, Dress - the best pop band of 2007 named by Popencyclopedia, and the La La Lies for an overdoes of rock ‘n roll. With Radio Mortale DJs in between sets and after the bands.

Music: Reggae Recipe @ Maloe Melo, Saturday, 22.00 – 04.00, €7.
A night of Reggae music and Caribbean snacks with the live band – The Delegators, and djs.

Music and Party: /K met Peren + 2 jaar Studio /K @ Studio /K, Saturday, 23.00 – 04.00, €10.

Celebrate the birthday of Studio /K and enjoy the monthly mini-festival of the multi-dimensional world of music, acts, band, games and fun.


Film: “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” @ Rialto, Sunday, 11.00, €8, in English.

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 vampire film of Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula story, winner of three Oscars.

Market: Pure market @ Park Frankendael, Watergrafsmeer, Sunday, 11.00 – 18.00, FREE, activities and crafts for kids.

A monthly tradition of lekker eten (delicious food) mostly organic, as well as other local, sustainable goods, and music. Also creative activities for the little ones.

Event: Shoot Wibaut @ on the street at Trouw, Sunday, starts 12.00 with a closing drink and show at 16.00, FREE but must register on-line before attending.

A photo safari on the Wibautstraat begins with everyone bringing their digital camera and taking pictures of the street. Participants can also compete in the competition or just join in on the fun and snap some photos on the often referred to “ugliest street” in Amsterdam.

Kids Workshop: Pixel Kunst @ OBA, Sunday, 15.00, € 5, just for kids 6 -12 years old.

Check out digital month at the OBA at the Kidslab where kids can learn to play with the pixels of digital photos.

Kids Dance: Wonderland: dance and music for kids! @ OT301, Sunday, starts at 16.00, €4, but kids FREE.

Wonderland is dance and music performance for/with kids.

Music & Party: Rock ‘n roll Party – Polanen 10 Daagse @ Polanen Theater, Sunday, 15.00 – 19.00, €5, reservations recommended.

A rock ‘n roll party in the theater hall with live tunes from the “The 8 ball Boppers”. There is a sate buffet after for an extra €9.

Music- Dutch Jazz: Theo Loevendie Quartet & CD presentation @ Bimhuis, Sunday, 16.30, FREE.

“Mandela (1968) and Chess! (1971) by Theo Loevendie Consort, two classic albums of Dutch jazz, will be reissued on CD this month by Muziek Centrum Nederland. To celebrate this re-release band leader Loevendie will play a couple of songs with ex-Consort members Hans Dulfer and Martin van Duynhoven. In 1974 they formed a quartet with bassist Arjen Gorter. This legendary formation, which was active for a decade, will reform in the original line-up for this occasion only.” - Bimhuis

Other stuff:

Don’t forget the Bimhuis’ FREE Tuesday night jam sessions are back in swing, with weekly workshops at 20.00 with live music to follow in the café at 22.00.

Final weekend of Artis (zoo) ticket discounts, with tickets for adults only €13.50 and kids between 3 and 9 €11.


Festival: Camera Japan Festival @ Melkweg and Kriterion, October 1 – 7, various times and prices, special events for kids.

A festival of film, dance, music, exhibition. lectures, debates. workshops, and food centered around Japan and Japanese culture.

Exhibition & Museum: "Behind Walls" @ Oude Kerk, October 7 - November 10, open daily, price of museum.

A photo exhibition commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If you appreciate this agenda please throw some coins my way so I can keep some caffeine in my veins and continue to keep making this agenda FREE for you!

1 comment:

  1. Great list this week. The Puur Markt is fantastic, we went to the special one at Oosterpark last Sunday.