07 October 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam October 8 -11

A week of curling up on the couch trying to avoid the rain, eating too much cheese, and resorting to my bad tv/internet surfing habits is already getting old; I wasn't prepared for autumn weather! Luckily there is lots to put on your agenda for Amsterdam this weekend, even if it continues to be dreary hopefully you too will find something to shake the cold out of your bones.

As always enjoy and keep dry!

Ongoing and Weekend

Film: International Amstertdam Film Festival /Future Formats @ various locations- De Balie, and Filmtheater, Friday – Sunday, €8.50/film, and a party at Sugar Factory, €10.00

5th annual IAFF – a platform for an urban-oriented audience, artists, DJ’s and VJ’s, the creative industry and policy makers can meet each other, where the cutting edge productions in the field of visual culture are presented and even produced, where entertainment, engagement and education are inseparable elements.

Art: Open Atelier Route Baarsjes @ various ateliers, Saturday and Sunday, 12.00 – 18.00, with a grand opening on Saturday at Meneer de Wit, with live music and drinks, FREE.

Check out the ateliers and art galleries in de Baarsjes.

Exhibition: Art Olive Young Talent @ Westerpark, entire weekend, Friday the opening from 19.30 – 23.00 is FREE, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00 for €5.

A presentation of the most talented graduates from the 12 Dutch art academies. These artists are competing for the KPN Kunstprijs (art prize).

Festival & Kids & Museum: Opening three day festival for de Qi van China @ Tropenmuseum, Friday – Sunday, kids 12 and under FREE, adults admission price, for kids!

See Princess Máxima at the opening of the new exhibition at 10.00, followed by three days of fireworks, dancing, language learning, workshops, tai-chi and kung fu demonstrations, tea ceremonies, Chinese ear massages, and the list goes on and on....

Kids & Music: Trummelvuur (drum fire) @ het Concertgebouw, Saturday and Sunday, 13.30 & 15.30, €9.50, for kids 6 and older.

Check out the latest production from the Twitching Eye Trio with amazing sounds to get you bouncing.

Beach & Party: Closing Party of the Year @ Blijburg, Saturday 17.00 – 04.30 for €12.50, and Sunday 16.00 FREE.

Enjoy the final days of Blijburg (one of Amsterdam's city beaches) with a big smash! On Saturday check out the ‘de Bling’ mega feest with bands, karaoke, artists, trapeze, an outside sauna, and Djs.

And Sunday the 'Blijburg on Fire- Reuze Jam' - the final goodbye starting at 16.00, FREE entrance.

Kids: Schmink, knutselen en timmeren (face painting, crafty projects and building) @ Tunfun, every Saturday and Sunday 'til October 18, 12.00 – 16.00.

Activities the entire afternoon at the infamous indoor playground below Mr. Visserplein.

Exhibition: Nardo Brudet: Slaves of Holland @ Meneer de Wit, de Baarsjes, ongoing – October 10, final days, 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).

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.

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.


Discussion & Workshop: Native American Teaching @ Ying Yang Centrum, Haarlemmermeerstraat 114, Thursday, 19.00, FREE with requested donation of €10, in English.

Two Native American healers discuss health and healthy living from their perspective including a traditional Native American teaching and Q&As.

Workshop: Clown workshop, @ OT301, Thursday, 19.30, €10.

Clown Workshop with Christina Eon for actors, amateurs and anyone interested.

Music: Joep Peltnet & Dusty Stray @ Cafe Wilhelmina, Thursday, 21.00, €5.

Joep Pelt (1979) is a singer songwriter in the broadest sense of the word; finding inspiration in modern and traditional music of both Western and African realms. His style is a mix of pop, folk, Bambara swing, funk, delta- and desert blues. In a live setting these songs are performed solo, as a duo (with percussion) and with a highly explosive band.


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.

Live DJ Goldfinger spinning form 18.30. At 20.00 check out a “conversation with Van Gogh” via a reading of his letter's by Johannes van Dam, followed by a response of his own. Johannes van Dam, is restaurant reviewer and native of Amsterdam, gives a culinary, literary response to the letter in which Van Gogh describes his potato eaters.

Music: Racetrack Party @ De Nieuwe Anita, Friday, 20.00, €5.

Hot oil, live bands, pit stops,and glimmering asphalt kind of party.

Music: Pussy warmers @ Pacific Parc, Friday, 23.00, FREE and if you miss them on Friday check them out on Saturday at the Maloe Melo, €5.

A band from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland brings you a mixture of music from the mid '20’s. Often referred to as a freak circus orchestra with horns, contra bass, and banjo.

Film & Music: From Mambo to Hiphop! @ Volta, near Westerpark, Friday, 20.30 - 01:00, €3.

A celebration of music and presentaion of the documentary "From Mambo to Hiphop", which explores music from the 50s and 60s in the Bronx.


Party & Street: Opening of a tenth street on de 9 straatjes @ Hazenstraaat, Jordaan, 10.00 -18.00, FREE.

A celebration of a new street becoming part of the trendy 9 little streets in the Jordaan. Check out special events and take a glance at new members with more hip galleries, clothing stores, cafes, and even a dierensalon (dog beauty salon).

Black Tie Party: Dress to Thrill @ Artis Zoo Conference Centre, Saturday, 20:00 - 02:00, price unknown.

The Bond Club was established in 2007, and is open to international people who are living in Amsterdam, as well as connecting with people from all around the globe. It is for sophisticated, sharp dressed, out-of-the-box thinking people that love to dance, socialise, network and just make new friends. This event is open to the public
with live entertainment from The New Swing Orchestra (10 piece band) and 1920’s dance show from The Cotton Club show girls, DJ “AM Stereo” will also be playing.

Dance: Club Cut the Crap @ Cafe Wilhelmina, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

An event that concentrates more on quality music than the latest hype (crap) in music.
With new tunes and loads of old hits played by Djs Wiertz, Bobby Beige and Troy.

Music: The Tunes @ Winston Kingdom, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

A folk 'n roll band from Amsterdam with fast, energetic songs and winner of the 2009 Amsterdam PopPrijs.

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

An eight person band play a mix of ska, punk and pop in the cozy Skek.


Film: Chinese silent film “Red Heroine” with live music @ Filmmuseum, Friday, 16.00, €10.80 English and Chinese subtitles.

Red Heroine (Hongxia), a 1929 silent film/martial arts production from China, with live music from Devil Music Ensemble from America with electric guitar, synthesizers, lap steel guitars, violins, a Chinese erhu and percussion.

Film and diner: Cinemapasta @ OT301, Sunday, 16.00, €4, in Italian with English subtitles.

Enjoy two 1940s Italian classic films (Roma, citta’ aperta (1945) and Ladri di biciclette (1948) and a pasta dinner.

Comedy: Comedy Train International Festival @ Toomler (near the Hilton) Sunday, 20.30, €16.00, all shows in English.

English stand-up comedy with Kevin Bridges (UK) and John Gordillo (UK) in two separate sets, each lasting 45 minutes in total.


Film: Stranger Festival @ Studio /K, October 13 - 17, FREE workshops, must register.

"Over 150 video-makers between the ages of 15 and 25 from across Europe will together improve their skills in video and storytelling. They will all take part in one of the professional-led StrangerAcademy workshops and show their work to an audience of experts and other video fans." - strangerfestival.com

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