25 November 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam November 26 - 29

First off Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans!, hopefully you have all found a place to eat the big meal among friends or family. If you have yet to find a place for dinner you might want to check out the ABC Treehouse's Thanksgiving potluck.

I have promised a few people this week that I would post a couple 'important' links. But before that I want to mention I am not sponsored by any one or any company so these suggestions are personal tips that I think you, too, may find helpful. The first is buienradar.nl - a website that provides five minute snapshots of the Dutch skies. Why we love this website?! - you can reasonably estimate when to run out of the house and not get soaked down to your onderbroek!

The second is an item that I frequently post about within the happenings- the Museumkaart. The Museumkaart (website only in Dutch) is a national museum pass organized by a stichting (non-profit) that gets you into 400 museums in the Netherlands for €35/year (€17.50 12-24 years old, kids 12 and under are free at most museums). Within Amsterdam you can visit over 30 museums (as many times as you want) including: the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, FOAM, De Nieuwe Kerk, Filmmuseum, Huis Marseille, Joods Historisch Museum, Ons' Lieve Heer op Zolder, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst Montevideo, Scheepvaartmuseum, De Oude Kerk, Persmuseum, Rijksmuseum, Tropenmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Verzetsmuseum, and even the newly opened Hermitage Amsterdam! The card can be ordered online and mailed to your house in five business days.

And now another essential to Dutch living, especially if you are taking the train to other cities- the OVfiets. The OVfiets is a service run by NS that provides cheap bike rentals at a majority of train stations throughout NL. For approximately 10 euro for a year membership you can rent really good quality bikes for €2.50/24 hours (maximum two bikes per rental, each €2.50). What that means for you?- day trip to another city, scan your pass, hope on the bike, and explore! I have also found it was a tremendous advantage when guests came to visit, a three day visit for two guests to rent two bikes ends up being €15 =a lot cheaper than renting MacBikes but just as sturdy.

Now enough about building your Amsterdam 'toolkit', let's get to the good stuff...

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Film Festival: Euro-Arab Cinema on Tour @ Kriterion, Thursday - Friday, price of film.

Euro-Arab Cinema on Tour is a series of cinematic events taking place in different cities in Europe and the Arab World, in an attempt to promote cultural dialogue through the art of film making.

Exhibition: Rietveld Uncut @ De Brakke Grond, Friday - Saturday, FREE.

Rietveld UnCut is the third annual event that presents the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in full departmental extent to an audience, complementing the yearly open day and graduation show. De Brakke Grond will be transformed into a fictional film set. Friday evening November 27th the art academy will present a dynamic program supervised by guest director, artist Maze De Boer. Students experiment with the possibilities that a framework of a film set has to offer; ranging from props to posters, trailers to performance, set to soundtrack and everything in between. Visitors will be challenged to interact. With a green room that has been turned into a cloakroom and rattling sewing machines in the sweatshop, among others.

Film Festival: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam @ various locations, final weekend, ongoing 'til - November 29, €8.50/film.

“The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 1988 in order to stimulate the national and international documentary culture. Since its foundation, IDFA has developed into the largest documentary film festival in the world.” –idfa.nl Check out the program.

Exhibition: Kind aan de Ketting (Child in Chain) @ NiNsee, ongoing ‘til March 2010, €2.50.

Child in Chains brings attention to the issue of children in slavery, then and now. Visit this special exhibition at NiNsee, the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

Exhibition: Ring road A10 @ ARCAM, ongoing ‘til January 23, museum hours, FREE.

The exhibition highlights the longest building in Amsterdam the Ring road A10 and focuses on urban planning its architectonical significance, but also as a barrier in the city.

Exhibition: Art, Migration and Identity @ Oude Kerk, ongoing ‘til December 6th, price of museum.

Diverse national and international artists who either live or work in the Netherlands combine their work in one exhibition to explore migration and identity in art. For more info check out: www.artinredlight.com

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), 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, moving next month to Muesumplein, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE, most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Wednesday, 14.00 – 16.00, A workshop for friends aged 6 - 12
Come with your friend to De Bouwkeet and create a symbol that expresses your friendships. Bring a digital camera if you have one.

Thursday, 19.30 - 21.00 “Blikopeners: Ready Made Ducham”

Marcel Duchamp was the first artist to present objects used in our daily practices as art. De Blikopeners shows you how Duchamp made his art and the its up to you to make a ready made art object yourself.

Exhibition: Oman @ De Nieuwe Kerk, ongoing ‘til April 18, 2010, museum hours, €12.

In the exhibition Oman more than 300 items from different museum collections in Oman will be on display. The collections include those of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, as well as private collections.

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Debate: The Future of the Past @ Felix Meritis, Thursday, 20:00, €5, in English.

Humanity in Action organizes annual educational summer programs on diversity, minority rights and human rights for students from Europe and the United States. This year HIA will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a conference on the question that lies at the very heart of its existence: How do we keep the memory of the Holocaust and World War II alive in a way that is useful for future generations?

Music; Angela Maria @ De Badcuyp, Thursday, 21:30, €5.

Afro-Pervian Angela Maria plays songs from her new album ‘Como Soy'.

Music: Deer Tick@ Paradiso, Thursday, 20:00, €8.

Deer Tick plays rock ‘n roll in the tradition of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Cobain and Elvis.

Music: The Epstein @ Maloe Melo, Thursday, 23:30, €5.

According to Q Magazine (***): "...as engaging as Calexico and as an endearing as The Broken Family Band."


Music: Bruce Kulick and the Jog @ MP3, Friday, 20.30 – late, unknown price.

Two soul/funk bands playing late into the night.

Music: Tango concert Juan Tajes @ Pianola Museum, Friday, 20.30, €12.50, reservation recommended 020-6279624.

Enjoy the Tango and taste the atmosphere of the Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Jordaan.

Improv Comedy: Easylaughs @ CREA Muziekzaal, Friday, 20:30, €10.

A cast of 6 actors takes suggestions from the audience and performs comedy scenes based on those suggestions.

Music & Film: Move @ OT301, Friday, 21.00, €5.

An evening of reggae, hiphop, funk and electro music, as well as art and visuals! The short films start at 21.00. 1. Zwemparadijs (10min) - Anne Barnhoorn & Lotte Tabbers; 2. Uitzicht (22min) - Michael Leendertse & Rogier Hesp (English subtitles); 3. Weet dat ik van je hou (15min) - Beri Shalmashi; 4. Liefs (3-4 min) - Beri Shalmashi & Hanane Ouna; 5. Fatum (10min) - Michael Leendertse & Rogier Hesp (English Subtitles). Music starts at 22.15 with Groove Service (Gr), Sonocracy (RO) Alex Preda & Dragos Marcai, Visuals by VJ Govo & Lars Berg.

Music: Gare Du Nord @ P60, Friday 21:30, €20.

Gare du Nord is a Dutch Belgian Jazz group signed to the Blue Note Label.

Event & Museum: Van Gogh Museum Avond @ the Van Gogh Museum, Friday, 18.30 – 22.00, entrĂ©e to museum, stuff for older kids.

In conversation with Van Gogh: Thijs de Boer, the 2008 winner of Hollands Maandblad prose writing bursary for young and/or first-time authors, contributes some short stories at 20.00. At 20.30 check out the Badcuyp: Bl3nder – a soul, funk and ska set built around the musical precursors to hiphop. Throughout the night enjoy Le Nu Perdu, a theatre collective. In between all of these events check out DJ x-0-x.

Music: Milwaukee Wildmen @ Maloe Melo, Friday, 22.00, €5.

The Milwaukee Wildmen play psycho Billy.

Dance: Rock On & On @ Club 8, Friday, 21:00 – 04:00, €5 before 22:30, otherwise €10.

A brand new retro clash spinning all your favorites form the 70, 80 and 90.

Party: W139=30 Birthday Party @ W139, Friday, 21:00, you can buy tickets for the party for €3 at W139, max. 2 tickets per person.

1979 was the year of TRAGEDY !, DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU GET ENOUGH , The flight of the Shah of Persia and the Squatting of the Warmoestraat 139 by five young artists. This night celebrates W139’s birthday with a strict dress code for this mega bash. SO backcomb your hair and rustle up a silver moon suit to wear over your fluorescent T-shirt.

Music: Soweto Gospel Choir @ Carre, Friday 22:00, €15.

Enjoy the dancing and singing of Nelson Mandela’s favorite gospel choir.

Music: Tessa Nikopoulis @ Skek, Friday, 23:00, FREE.

Singer songwriter with sweet and steady voice.


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.

An 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. The December 5th market promises some Sinterklaas surprises!

Music: Finale Amsterdam Pop Prize @ Melkweg, Saturday, 20:00, €10.

Come and listen to the six most promising bands of Amsterdam and see who walks away with the title of best band of the year.

Music: ROCHUS AUST/RE-LOAD FUTURA @ Goethe Institute, Saturday, 20:00, €7.

The Ristorante Santo Food Turismo (Ensemble RE-LOAD FUTURA and Ars centro d’arte) realizes all 32 meals and 89 recipes of the Futurist Kitchen in unique "musico-installative "world premieres. Everything but food will be dished up for the audience.

Music: SUBBACULTCHA @ De Nieuwe Anita, Saturday, 20.00, €6.

The monthly music festival with two live bands and dj; NEW YX - EP RELEASE party a noisy post punk band from Amsterdam, SPACE SIREN a dreamy noise pop band, and DJ KOEN (SUBROUTINE)

Dance & Movie: Snowboard Party @ Winston Kingdon, Saturday, 20:30 – 05:00, €7.

Snowboard Movie release party with two films and then a live band- Atlantis.

Dance: /K Met Peren @ Studio K, Saturday, 22:00 – 04:00, €10.

A theatrical, movie, music, slam jam party, this month’s theme - Ode to Science.

Music: Servus gypsy orchestra @ KHL koffiehuis, Saturday, 22.00, donations.

A Gypsy orchestra in the cozy KHL.

Film Festival: Balkan Snapshots presents: The Festival’s Finest @ Kriterion, Saturday.

For all of you poor souls who missed out on the Balkan Snapshots Film Festival, the Kriterion is replaying the finest short films from he Festival. There will also be rakia (an ouzo like drink), and music.

Dance: Salsa Dance Night @ Muiderpoort Theater, Saturday, 21:30, €11.

Dance the night away to live salsa with the band Salsalegre

Music: The One Travellers @ Skek, Saturday, 23:00, FREE.

Jazz, soul & bossa quintet.


Kids & Theater & Music: Samba salad: @ Het Tropenmuseum, Sunday, 14:00, €5, for kids, €7 for adults.

Sambasalad brings innovative multicultural easy listening concerts and music theater for children.

Event: Winter Sundays @ De Hortus, 15 November – 31 January, in Dutch. Adults €7, Children 5-14 years old €3.50, no reservation necessary.

The Hortus offers the perfect winter outing for the whole family. The garden will be open every Sunday until 7:30 pm, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the atmospheric surroundings of the Orangery during these cold days. Guided tours in Dutch will be held every Sunday at 14.00 with stories about the plants and how they adapt themselves to light conditions in the many different climates around the world. From 16.00 onwards, children from 4 to 8 years are invited to come and listen to our delightful winter stories in the Palm House.

Music: Finale Gospel Challenge 2009 @ Bijlmer Parktheater, Sunday, 20:00, €5.

With over 80 active Dutch, Caribbean, Surinamese and Africans Churches Amsterdam Zuidoost is the hot spot of gospel choirs in The Netherlands.

Music & Dinner: Palazzo Gypsy’s @ Paleis van de Weemoed, Sunday, 20:00, €42,50 including dinner.

Swinging gypsy music in the style of the masters like Mirando and Django Reinhardt.


Congress: Sex: An Evolutionary Success Story @ Roetserseiland REC A.A., December 9th, 09:00 – 17:15, €10 students, €15 non-students.

Everybody can identify to the theme of this conference. “'Sex' is no longer considered a dirty word and in our current society it can actually seem like sex is omnipresent. Still, for most people sex is something very personal and private; the image we have of sex is one of experience, not of understanding. This is a shame, for sex can be found everywhere in nature and it is an essential asset of our species.” – Sex: An Evolutionary Success Story

Santa Skate, December 18 with Friday Night Skate

Rule number 1 for the Santa Skate: dress up like Santa. No Santa costume = no participation! Santa costumes are available for about 10 euro. Skate through the city on wheels and stuff yourself with peppernoten!:)