14 October 2009

Happenings for the long weekend of October 15 - 17 in Amsterdam

This weekend is the beginning of an onslaught of film festivals, which will continue for the next few months. My theory goes that Amsterdam is the capital of film festivals due to the great likelihood that it will rain and so we play it safe by staying inside and letting the screen entertain us for a few hours. Still lots of other things going on, I suggest making your way to Noord and checking out the 'handmade' market at Pekplein on Saturday or enjoy some music.

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Entire Weekend:

Film Festival: Cinemissimo- Italian Film Festival @ De Uitkijk and Smart Project Space, Wednesday – Sunday, 17.00 and 19.00, with a special program on Sunday at 16.00 with films about the emancipation of women, €7, all films have English subtitles.

The second edition of the film festival presented by Stichting Quelli di Astaroth and De Uitkijk which has selected the most surprising Italian films from the last year including documentaries and short films. There are also debates and lectures about the films' topics.

Exhibition & Event & Museum: Stedlijk in de Stad- Bouwkeet on tour in Amsterdam-Oost @ various locations, but the main places for events is Studio K, ongoing – end of October, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE (except for a party on October 17th), most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Thursday, 20.00, interactive art event 'Pollock je prul' let's you see how Jackson Pollock made his massive paintings, and you too can join in the fun.

Saturday, 18.30, 'Art hour' is a special discussion/lecture by conservator Bart Rutten about artist Peter Bogers.

Kids & Film Festival: Cinekid @ Westerpark Gas Fabriek, Thursday – the following Friday October 23rd, €7 for day pass or Media Lab, film festival specifically target at kids aged 4 – 14.

“In 2006 Cinekid celebrated its 20th anniversary with activities for children in the areas of film, television and the new media. Alongside the annual Cinekid Festival, Cinekid has developed activities that are in harmony with a generally acknowledged demand in the field for the growth of knowledge, the transfer of expertise, the development of product and the stimulation of education.” – Cinekid.nl

Check out the detailed program, which includes the films and Medialab activates.

Festival: Storytelling Festival @ NDSM werf, Friday – Sunday, different prices per story, some FREE, Dutch and English stories.

National and international story tellers come together to tell their best stories. The theme is “star stories”.

Event: First Look Gamers Event @ Westerpark Gas Fabriek, Saturday and Sunday, entire day, unknown price.

The largest game extravaganza in the Netherlands with the entire Gashuis filled with games and parties late into the night.

Photo Exhibition: Daniel Cohen's 'We want more' @ Melkweg Gallerie, ongoing – November 1, Wednesday – Sunday, 13.00 – 20.00, FREE.

Photographer Daniel Cohen (1979, Leiderdorp) takes shots behind the stage at the Melkweg and Paradiso, gathering a group of photographs that portray unique and vulnerable moments of musicians.

Exhibition: Vrijstaat Amsterdam @ Tolhuistuin, daily 'til November 8, FREE.

Vrijstaat Amsterdam (free city) is an exhibition about the future of the city? Nine urban design bureaus display their dreams and ideas. Part of the International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam.

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

A photo exhibition commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Kids: Extra Fall vacation activities @ NEMO, October 17 – 23, 10.00 – 17.00, regular admission price.

Special activities to keep the kids busy during vacation.


Music: The Paper Hats @ OT301, Thursday, 21.00, €7.

A psychedelic folk band from Nashville Tennessee.

Music: Soft Machine and Jeff Aug @ P60, Thursday, 21.00, €18.

Softmahcine part of the Flower Power scene in the 1960s from the Canterbury scene in England returns to the Dutch stage. Check out the video on the P60 page.


Event & Museum: Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday 18.30 – 22.00, entrée to museum, but free with Museumkaart, stuff for older kids.

In conversation with Van Gogh via music- at 20.00 see Yora Rienstra's accompaniment to the Van Gogh's letters. The artist speaks exhibition, writers will enter into a dialogue with Vincent van Gogh. Later, check out a theatre collective Le Nu Perdu's. interpretation of the letters. DJ-x-0-x spins tunes the entire night.

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

Famous French dance night.

Music Event & Party; Colossus Amsterdam @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Friday, 22.00 - late, €6.

A music, film, dance night with the premiere of the stop motion short film “You’ve Got to Hear This One”, followed by a DJ set from GINGIN, then the live band the Mashed Potatoes take the stage (a 100% veggie band, playing tributes to vegetables), followed by a vintage-vinyl set by Rednas_Audio spinning ‘60s tunes, jazz, ska and tutti-frutti, followed by a another DJ set by Adoberts, and then VJ Viaduktape takes a turn, also a fine art performance by Arthur van Beek, and 15 minute power performance by Firestone (playing songs about the internet, while covering their tracks), and if you are still up for more another DJ set by Beatnologic all hosted by comedian William Sutton.


Film & Event: Home Movie Days @ Film Museum, Saturday, two shows each starting at 12:00, FREE.

Amateur and family films on the big screen. Home Movie Days is an international festival happening consequently in the U.S. Argentina and Japan with live reporst from aborad and special films and discussions happening throughout the day; including film cleaning, so if you still have old family films laying around the house bring them with to get cleaned up and learn how to restore them for future viewing! Check out the program for more detailed info.

Market: Buurtmarkt van der Pekbuurt @ Pekplein, Amsterdam Noord (get of the ferry go straight ahead you will see it on your left near the canal), every Saturday 'til December 26th, 12.00 – 16.00, FREE, stuff for kids.

A new initiative out Noord in cooperation with Stichting Broedstraten and de Tolhuistuin brings together neighbors and visitors. All goods “handmade” in the neighborhood such as delicious handmade Surinamese food (including ginger beer -something like ginger ale), handmade clothes and slippers, haircuts!, and a makeshift cafe.

Music & Dance: Satoshi Rei and Friends @ KHL Koffiehuis, Saturday, 21.00, donations.

Satoshi Rei is most known for her skills with Asian instruments such as the “Yueqin”(Asian lute), “Ruan”, “Sha-Mi-Sen”, guitar and Lap steel guitar. In Japan, her music has been featured in various television commercials, as well as videos and as a beautiful backdrop at various events. Followed by DJ Synth Sol at 22.00.

Salsa : Salsa Night @ Muiderpoort Theater, Saturday, 21.30, €11.

A night of salsa dancing.

Music: Amsterdam Soul Club @ Badcuyp, Saturday, 22.00, €6.

The monthly soul club is back again playing ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s soul hits with videos.

Music: Spaccailsilencio @ Skek, Saturday, 23.00, FREE.

Italian rock band.


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.

Film: Eldorado @ OT301, Sunday, 20.30, €4, in French with English subtitles.

The 2008 film “Eldorado” French comedy/drama film about dealing with one's past.


Dance: Amsterdam Dance Event international festival for electronic music @ various venues, October 21 - 24.

Film Festival: Cinemaztlan Mexican Film Festival Oct 28 – November 4 2009, various theatres in Amsterdam.

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