11 November 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam for November 12 - 15

"Get yourself off the sofa, out from under the blankets and into the city." I should take my own advice to heart, but fall always requires a bit of adjustment for me. It's easier to brave a rainy ride with lots of good reasons to get out this weekend. Whatever you find yourself doing, have a blast!

Ongoing/Entire Weekend:

Film festival: French Film Festival @ various theaters in Amsterdam, Den Haag and Groningen, November 12 – 22, prices determined by theater and times, most films with Dutch subtitles.

The 13th edition of the film festival with a general overview of present day French cinema. This year French-Canadian films have a prominent position in the festival.

Theater: Club Don’t Hit Mama @ Rozentheater, Friday and Saturday @ 21:00 , Sunday @ 17:00, unknown price.

Club Don’t Hit Mama is an energetic and daring blend of theater and hip-hop where the public dances with the professionals.

Exposition: T_Visionarium Open City @ De Zuiderkerk, until November 22th, FREE.

T_Visionarium OPEN CITY is an installation on a century of urbanization, in which documentaries, reports, “City One Minutes” and interviews are presented in three dimensional way.

Museum: Paris Central @ Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, ongoing until 17 January 2010.

Post-war Paris was the uncontested epi-centre of European art, reaching its peak in the 1950s. In the Netherlands, this is the first major exhibition to be devoted to this important period.

Photo Exhibition: Visual Foreign Correspondents Berlin @ Melkweg Mediaroom, ongoing ‘til November – 30, FREE.

Visual Foreign Correspondents Berlin (VFC_Berlin) highlights the impact and consequences of building walls, both literal and figurative have on people and societies as a whole.

Film Festival: Cinema DDR @ Filmmuseum, check out the program (in Dutch), starts ongoing ‘til December 2, all films subtitled in English.

Cinema DDR screens a selection of movies and documentaries from behind the Iron Curtain. They will give you a unique insight into the history of cinema in East Germany and peoples daily lives in the former communist state.

Exhibition & Event & Museum: Stedelijk in de Stad - Bouwkeet on tour in Be Baarsjes @ Meneer de Wit, ongoing ‘til November 28, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE, most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Wednesday, Kids arts, 14.00 - 16.00, for kids 6 -12 years old. Make an art pillow with your own story/idea.

Thursday, Biokunst (bio art): Adam Zaretsky VASTAL Bouwkeet Take Over!, 19.30 - 21.00, in English. The American bioartist, Adam Zaretsky, presents art with living organisms (i.e. presentation of genetic manipulation/molecules, etc… in the artlab.

Exhibition: Cory Arcangel Depreciated @ Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, final weekend, €4,50.

Cory Arcangel, a Brooklyn-based artist, is best known for his manipulation of 8-bit game cartridges like that of Super Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. His work has been shown at places such as MoMA, MCA Chicago and Migros Museum in Zurich.

Photo Exhibition: Beyond the Final Fantasy @ Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, ongoing ‘til 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.

Market: Kloos Vintage Market @ Zuiveringshal West – Westergasfabriek, Saturday 12.00 – 02.00 (stands ‘til midnight) and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00, €5, kids are welcome.

A second hand and vintage market with live presentations such as dance, a fashion show, knitting demonstrations, demonstrations about how recycle/improve second-hand goods, etc… Organic food café, music and of course shopping/browsing for vintage goods. There is no pin available so all exchanges are done in cash.

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Film: “Age of the Stupid” @ CREA, Thursday, 20.00, FREE, with an introduction in Dutch, but film in English.

The Age of Stupid is the new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Music: "FESTIVAL UNLEASH" @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Thursday, 20.30, €5.

Three Bands: Rob Klerkx, Cloudmachine, Lake Montgomery, one night of experimental tunes.

Music: Tinariwen @ Paradiso, Thursday, 20:30, €20.

Legendary poet guitarists and soul rebels from the southern Sahara desert.


Movie & Organ: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times @ Orgelpark, Friday, 13:13, € 12.50.

Enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times with live improvised organ music.

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.

Slam poetry by Rauwe Uiwe- made up of Martijn den Bakker, Sander Meij and Bernard Wesseling starts shaking things up at 20.00. At 20.30 you can check out the winners of the 1 minute nocturnal video competition which was initiated by Amsterdam Museumnight and Cineville. Throughout the night Le Nu Perdu takes the stage for a special music performance. And DJ Crack Kopen steps in when things get quiet.

Movies: Senso @ Italiaans Cultureel Instituut, Thursday, 20:00, FREE, subtitled in English.

Senso is an extravagantly romantic story about the tempestuous affair between an Italian countess and a dashing Austrian officer.

Music: Innoxious @ Skek, Friday, 23.00, FREE.

Classic rock band in the cozy Skek.

Music: Break Da Future @ OT301, Friday, 22.00, €6.

Future Festival Promoting Independent Culture which brings together D.I.Y. movements, squatters, artists, activists, street performers, ravers, travelers, graffiti-breakdance artists and with other street collectives, communities and tribes- all working to promote ideas of freedom of expression; during this night experience independent music.

Dance: Dans Anders/Dance Different presents AUX RAUS @ P60, Friday, 22.00 – 04.00, €9.

The second edition of the alternative dance night with rock, indie, electro, with live music by AUX RAUS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRg078Pzk78&feature=player_embedded (think punk, techno, gabber) and DnB, as well as DJ’s Dion, Wilco and Meranti Tramelanti & Mighty Mouse

Music: Kissmekilleme @ Badcuyp, Friday, 23:00, €8.

Kissmekillme is an eight headed fun orchestra playing upbeat music ranging from pop, funk to soul. Dj Selektor Mendes spins tunes till late after concert.


Workshop: Gipsy Road Dance Workshop @ Studio Seven, Saturday, 11:00 – 14:00 and 15:00- 18:00, unknown price.

Gipsy Road Dance Workshop is an occasion to meet with the dance of different Gipsy communities. Dances that are taught are the kalbelya, ghawazee, flamenco and others. For more information and reservations e-mail the instructor Valentina Lacmanovic @ valentinalacmanovic@gmail.com.

Music Straatmuzikantenwedstrijd / Street Music Competition 2009 @ Studio/K, Saturday, 21.00, FREE.

The second edition of the street music festival; where competitors have the chance to win Amsterdam street musician of the year!

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. Next week is a special edition with recycled goods being featured, and the December 5th market promises some Sinterklaas surprises!

Modern Dance: Zofia T.R.A.S.H. @ Melkweg, Saturday, 20:30, €18, students €10.

A tragically comical performance of the “punk band of Modern Dutch Dance” about a search for identity and a common ideology.

Music: Club Rascal @ Club 8, Saturday 22:00 – 04:00, FREE before 23:00 otherwise €5.

A good evening to dance to indie and rock ‘n roll tunes.

Dance: FIESTA MACUMBA @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Saturday, 22.00, €5.

A Latino dance night with Djs Poto Peludo and Rodrigo.

Music: Gaynel Hodge @ Maloe Melo, Saturday, 22.00, €7.

Gaynel Hodge & Band were the founders of the world famous ‘50s band the Platters, hear them play some good old tunes.

Music event: Gumbo Night @ KHL Koffiehuis, Saturday, 21.00, €7.50.

A night of music celebrating the music/culture/food of New Orleans. This week zydeco!


Kids & Event: Sinterklaas' arrival @ various stops in the city, Sunday, 10.30 – 16.00, FREE.
Sinterklaas' annual entry into the city by boat coming up the Amstel toward Sarphatistraat –> Carre -> Magere Brug -> Weesperstraat -> Schippersgracht. Then he is greeted by the mayor at the Scheepvaartmuseum around 12.00. He then makes his way down the Damrak towards the Dam where the event culminates with singing and dancing and peppernoten!:) From there around 14.30 he heads to Leidseplein. Sinterklaas will be handing out free candy to children.

Theater, Film & Music: Her Story (Haar Verhaal) @ ZID Theater, Sunday, 15:00 – 17:00, FREE.

Her Story is an afternoon of music, film and theatre, including the Dutch premier of Intersections of Beauty and Fear (2009) by the Egyptian director Nora Amin. There will also be several solo performances which were conceived during a master class by Adilah Barnes.

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; Westerpark Quartet @ Café Kamerz, Sunday, 16:00, FREE.

A relaxing blend of Bossa, Jazz and Latin for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Film: Cinema Derive @ OT301, Sunday, 20.30, €4.

The Russian film “Stalker” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, based on a science fiction book.


Film Festival: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 19 - 29.

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