28 October 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam the long weekend of October 29 - November 1

The clock has been turned, the days are darker and the trees are nearly bare = (for some) dressing up in costume and celebrating Halloween. Halloween seems to bigger in Amsterdam than it has ever been with parties and events popping up everywhere. There is still lots to do, even if you don't want to dress up like a zoombie! Enjoy your autumn evenings.


Film festival: Rocket Film Festival @ various venues and times, Wednesday - Sunday, 20.30, €15.

The second edition of the Rocket Cinema includes six evenings of classic films with live new soundtracks.

Wednesday- “La Belle et la Bete”, de Posthoornkerk with live music from Joost van Bellen & Sander Stenger;
Thursday – “King Kong vs. Godzilla”, Stadsarchief de Bazel, with music from the Anacondas;
Friday – “Frankenstein”, Oude Kerk, with tunes from zZz;
Saturday – “Jaws”, het Zuiderbad, with Alec Smart;
Sunday – “Que Viva Mexico!”, Paradiso, with Nine Rain and a celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead in cooperation with the Cinemaztlan Mexican Film Festival.

Film Festival: Cinemaztlan Mexican Film Festival @ various theaters in Amsterdam, check out the program, Oct 28 – November 4, price of film and or event depends on venue, some events are free (see below), all films subtitled in English and all debates and discussions are also in English.

The third edition of the festival with a selection of Mexican visual creations not seen before in the Netherlands, including restored films, classics, visual art, debates, and celebrations.

The closing party includes the film “Que viva Mexico” with a live soundtrack by the Mexican band ‘Nine Rain’.

Film Festival: Balkan Snapshots @ Kriterion, October 30 – November 1, check out the program, €4.50/film, reservation can be made via telephone 020-6231708.

Films made by artists, directors from the Balkan regions – Bulgaria, Romania, the Ex-Yugoslavian countries and Albania. The festival has its own currency – the Mark which allows you into the film and concerts, as well as to buy Rakia and food. 1 Mark = € 1.50; 5 Marks = € 7; 10 Marks = € 12 which buys you 1 feature = 3 Marks; 1 concert = 2 Marks; 1 Rakia = 1 Mark EQUALS really cheap!

Exhibition & Event & Museum: Stedlijk in de Stad- Bouwkeet on tour in Amsterdam-Oost @ various locations, but the main places for events is Studio K, final weekend at Studio K, then moving to de Baarsjes, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE, most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Thursday, 19.30 – check out four of Melvin Moti films- “No Show” (2004) an experimental surrealist film, “The Black Room” (2005), “E.S.P.” (2007), and “The Prisoner's Cinema” (2009).

Saturday, 14.00 – 16.00, hear about what it is like to be a conservator at the Stedelijk. How are ideas developed, implemented, what does a day-in-life look like? With a conclusion borrel and discussion about the progress of the Stedelijk.

Event: Affordable Art Fair @ Westerpark Gasfabriek Gashouder, Thursday – Sunday, daily 11.00 – 18.00, Thursday 'til 21.30 and Friday 'til 19.00.

The Affordable Art Fair is for first time buyers of art with prices ranging from €100 to €5000. This is the third edition of the Affordable Art Fair with more than 85 galleries involved, as well as FREE workshops, and special evening programs.

Photo Exhibition: Beyond the Final Fantasy @ Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, ongoing – November 22, Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 20.30, Saturday 13.00 – 20.30, Sunday 13.00 – 17.00, FREE.

Flemish photographer Charlotte Lybeer photo series showcases LARP (Live Action Role Playing) characters in their roles and their own houses.

Exhibition: The Living @ Huize Frankendael, final weekend, daily from 11.00 – 17.00, €3.

The Huize Frankendael in cooperation with het Stedelijk Museum present a ten day video art exhibition from artists: Peter Bogers, Sam Taylor Wood, Marijke van Warmerdam, Douglas Gordon, Ulay en Marina Ambramoviç en Job Koelewijn. Each artist has their own room in the house as if you are following a story of a house with various intertwined plots.

Photo Exhibition: Daniel Cohen's 'We want more' @ Melkweg Gallerie, final weekend, 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.

Theater & Dance: “Utopia/Dystopia” @ Theater Frascati, Thursday – Saturday, 21.30, €21.

“Utopia/Dystopia is a programme made up of Dutch and international productions in which theatre-makers explicitly relate to our times. In which they speak out in an attempt to create order in a world from which the big ideologies have disappeared. Documentary theatre in which the personal and the political meet. We will be showing Void Story by Tim Etchells/Forced Entertainment; 1: SONGS by Nicole Beutler; Theater with dirty feet by Rabih Mroué; Venlo by the Wunderbaum collective and 2012, a text by Marjolijn van Heemstra, directed by Julie Van den Berghe (Frascati Productions). --Theater Frascati.nl


Event: The Tribal Art Fair @ de Duif, Friday and Sunday 11.00 – 18.00, €5.

The tribal art fair is specialized in art from Africa, Asia and Oceania. With various types of art work available including masks, jewelry and tools.

Discussion: 'The future of agriculture and our food' @ Rode Hoed, Thursday, 20.00, € 10.

A discussion about the industrialization of food production versus locally, fresh, and organic production. With two experts guests - Prof. Tim Lang from the Centre for Food Policy, City University London who will discuss “Food Policy for the 21th century: can we grow enough, sustainable and healthily?” and Marc Jansen the directer of supermarkets who will talk about sustainability in the supermarket.

Dance: CREAtions: Latin Night @ CREA, Thursday, 20.30, €5 for workshop, otherwise FREE, to reserve a place email - creations@crea.uva.nl.

CREAtions opens their season with a swinging Latin Night, including a salsa workshop The rest of the night is there live music and Djs.


Sport: Friday Night Skate @ begins at Vondelpark but with a new route every week, Friday, 18.00, FREE.

This week is a slow route, so if you have been meaning to try out the weekly night skate do it this Friday.

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.

Spoken word platform at 20.00 with Najiba Abdellaoui and T. Martinu. Later, check out a theater collective Le Nu Perdu's interpretation of the letters. DJ Snef spins tunes the entire night.

Music: Nordic Sounds Festival @ Smart Project Space, Friday, 21.00, unknown price.

Young experimental songs from the Nordic countries. Jae, a Dutch artist living in Oslo; Splash girls – Norwegian trio of acoustic music; Petter O Hanna electric; Andreas Shille a video artist from Trondheim, Denmark.

Music: Uncle Meat and the Highway Children @ Skek, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

Band from the UK playing garage and roots music.


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.

Dance & Theater: “My Patriot Act” @ OT301, Saturday, 20.30, unknown price.

A concept, choreography, and performance by Rachel Brooker, a US-born choreographer who invokes a conversation with her homeland, both the actual physical and political entity and the intangible country carried within.

Film, Music & Party: LaZiz @ Rialto, Saturday, 22.30 – 03.00, €8.

An event of film, partying, music, and multimedia with the theme “cult, camp & crossover”. This time it is a LaZiz party which in Egyptian is slang for tasty. Expect Arbian lounge tunes (think Middle Eastern music combined with North African tunes.), water pipes, storytelling, film and fun.

Special Halloween events:

Party: Halloween costume party @ Maloe Melo, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

Good ol' rock in roll and costumes:)

Music: Halloween Musical Festival Extravaganza @ Zaal100, Saturday, 20.00, €10 including food.

Monty Pagan presents Halloween Musical Festival Extravaganza with live bands de Beatzers (Amsterdam's very own ska-folk ensemble), Noam Vazana (prize winning Israeli songwriter), Not The Only Clown in the Village (a special guest traveling band from Wales), Balkan djs, sing-alongs, spoken word, and even a free psychic reading.

Party & Music: Ons Kent Ons Halloween Party @ Kring & Club Up, Saturday, 22.00, €20.

A Halloween party with live music, acts, and djs.

Party: Halloween Party with Horror dress code @ Westergasfabriekterrein, 23.00, €20

A Halloween party based on Quentino Tarantino's “From Dusk 'til Dawn”.

Party & Music: Halloween Hairball @ Paradiso, Saturday, 23.00, €15.

Hairy monsters & super creeps, wigs and crazy hair recommended. With live tunes, and djs the entire evening.


Kids & Music: Do you know the Classics? @ Het Concertgebouw, Sunday, 14.00 and 16.00, for kids 6 to 10 years old, €12.50/child ticket and €20/adult ticket including drink.

A special concert for kids and their guests with interactive music making.

Music: Jazz club @ P60, Sunday, 16.00, €5.

Jazz club presents Dutch jazz with CRAM - Corrie van Binsbergen.

Meeting: Sunday Brunch @ de Nieuwe Anita, Sunday, 16.00, FREE.

The Oops-a-daisies, a brunch with southern belles.

Film: “The Age of the Stupid” @ Cafe Budapest, Sunday, 20.00, €4 + donations.

“the Age of the Stupid” is a new movie from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and producer John Battsek (One Day In September). The film is set in 2055 with a lonely man looking back in time to 2008.

Upcoming & other points of interest:

Film Festival: Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam @ various locations and times in Rotterdam, €8.50.

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) is a biennial festival of four days with films, debates and lectures, with over 120 films about architecture, cities and urban growth.

Film festival: French Film Festival @ various theaters in Amsterdam, Den Haag and Groningen, November 12 – 22.

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