04 November 2009

Happenings in Amsterdam November 5 - 8

20 years ago this week (November 9th to be exact) the Berlin Wall fell; Amsterdam is a host to various events commemorating this historical event throughout the month of November. Check out the program; events include music, film, art, and debates.

One of the more popular, and arguably unique, events of the year takes place this weekend is on Saturday- Museumnacht or “Museum Night”. 42 museums offer a unique blend of themed art, performances and surprises from 19:00 until 02:00. The program includes jazz, rock, poetry, dancing, photography, new media, and workshops. Most venues also offer food and drinks up close to some of their most prestigious objects, so be careful not to trip and spill. Bring a woolen hat, cap, raincoat and umbrella as in years past its been cold, windy and rainy and sometimes you have to wait in lines especially outside the Portuguese Synagogue – but it is worth seeing a candle filled room and a live male chorus (there is no electricity used in the synagogue). But I can assure you that the events make up for any waiting and dreary weather and there is usually gluhwein on sale to warm up your bones. For more details see below under Saturday and this previous post explaining the night.

Also I received a mail about what to do with kids in Amsterdam and wanted to re-post this link which is a short list of suggestions for where to bring the kids.


Film Festival: North Sea Film Festival @ Studio/K, Saturday – Sunday, see the program, €32.50 for festival pass or €7.50/film, Sunday afternoon a kids program.

The North Sea Film Festival (NSFF) is a 3-day festival that started as a platform for underwater filmmakers. Since these films are also popular with film, nature and art lovers the festival developed into a weekend packed with water related films, debates and art for a wider audience. Also check out other art exhibits at Studio K including: “Floating Dogs” (Loes Heebink’s swimming dog photos), “Expo Marine Squares” (Ron Offermans’ underwater pictures shot in Dutch waters), and a video cube/virtual aquarium on Timorplein (in front of Studio K).

Photo Exhibition: Visual Foreign Correspondents Berlin @ Melkweg Mediaroom, opened November 1 – 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, starts Thursday – 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.

Theater Festival: The 11th edition of the MC's HOLLANDSE NIEUWE theater festival @ Westergasfabriek, November 4 – 7, various prices depending on act.

Hollandse Nieuwe is an intercultural and interdisciplinary theater festival for new talent.

Exhibition & Event & Museum: Stedlijk in de Stad - Bouwkeet on tour in Be Baarsjes @ Meneer de Wit, November 4 - 28, Wednesday – Saturday 12.00-18.00, Thursday 'til 20.00, FREE, most activities in Dutch unless noted.

Wednesday – Make your own fall portrait, for kids 6 – 12 years old, 14.00 – 16.00, English and French. The French artist Jean Dubuffet makes some examples of how to make a self-portrait from the colorful fallen leaves.

Thursday - By the Way: interview with Lisa Torrel, 19.00 – 20.00, in English. By the Way is an experimental project space in de Baarsjes for artists. Every month a new artist takes over the space- this month Swedish artist Lisa Torrel has an installation in the space and will be interviewed about her project.

Saturday – biking trip through the Baarsjes, 14.00 - 16.00. An art tour through the Baarsjes.

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: 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: In Yonder Green Glen – InPlayers @ CREA, Thursday – Sunday, 20.30, matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 14.00, €13, in English, call for reservations 0205251400.

‘In Yonder Green Glen' we fall in with a group of traveling Commedia del Arte actors, with high style and low humor from the sixteenth century. The story line is the same as it has been for over 500 years- rich old men plot to lure young ladies into their bed chambers; poor young men do exactly the same.


Music: Luisterpaal @ Melkweg, Thursday, 19:30, €12.50.

Music platform Subbacultcha! Celebrates their five-year anniversary. This evening will bring you a line-up of indie bands such as The Chap (Uk), Foot Village (Usa), Skeletons (Usa), Teengirl Fantasy (Usa), Tv Buddhas (Isr), Hospital Bombers (Nl), Eklin and many more. Listen to the Subbacultcha sampler @ VPRO luisterpaal.

Music: Funky Junkie @ OT301, Thursday, 21.00, €5.

Live band Funkalized, and djs to follow.

Karaoke: Hardrock Karaoke @ Café Pakhuis Wilhelmia, Thursday, 21.00, €5.

Live band to accompany your hard rock singing skills.

Music: Club Runaway @ Korsakoff, Thursday 23:30 – 03:00, FREE.

DJ Santina Runaway brings you Sleaze, dirt and punk rock'n'roll!!


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 http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=161662〈=en: Esther Gerritsen one of the Netherlands' greatest literary talents who writes a regular column as well as stories and articles in de Volkskrant, gives her interpretation of the letters 20.00.
The music conservatory takes the stage 20.30 with the show Le Nu Perdu. DJ DaanModern starts spinning at 18.30 and continues in between other performances.

Art Exhibition: “We have never been modern” @ Artnpublic, Friday, 19:00, FREE, includes free champagne.

Three artists, Vincent Boschma, Daniel C. de Roo and Coen Hoogstraten will present their art.

Music: Ein Abend in Amsterdam @ Paradiso, Friday, 19:30, €15.

This evening will offer you a cross-section of the old and new German pop, jazz, punk rap and electronic music. In total seven band and a dj all there to tantalize your ear drums.

Music: Dobet Ghanore @ Bimhuis, Friday, 20:30, € 18.

According to the BBC a ‘A vivacious bundle of energy, blessed with a powerful voice and infectious charisma’.

Music: Portugal: The Man @ Sugar Factory, Friday, 20:30, €11.

Psychedelic band often compared to MGMT and Aracde Fire.

Music: Hell’s Kitchen @ Sugar Factory, Friday, 23:00 – 5.00, €10.

Hell'sKitchen, famous for it's blockparty's in the '90's, is now returning to the nightlife. with the best hip-hop DJs and performers. This time also be part of the first hip-hop karaoke. Sign up for hip-hop karaoke @ info@deduivel.nl.


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.

Event & Movie: Swap your toys children’s party (RUIL-JE-SPEELGOED-KINDERFEESTJE) @ Kriterion, Saturday, 13:00, FREE, for kids, film in Dutch.

To celebrate the premiere of the children’s movie Paniek in het Dorp (Panic in the Village) a children’s party will be organized which will allow for your kid to swap old toys with other kids.

Event: Museumnacht /museum night @ 42 museums and 10 clubs, Saturday, €17.50, stuff for kids.

Tickets should be bought ahead of time as most of the time they are sold out before the night itself. The ticket also includes a free admission to one of participating museums valid until December 31, 2009.

Use Museumnacht as an opportunity to visit those places you would normally not go to and you will be amazed by what you see and besides then you can avoid the crowds at all the well known venues such as the Rijksmuseum, Artis, and Van Gogh Museum. Instead check out something new like the Persmuseum, Ons’ Lieve Heer op Zolder, Verzetsmuseum, Museum Willem Holthuyzen. Go through the program (in Dutch) for more details about events and themes of particular venues (some events are also listed here below)

Performance art: Ekstatic Auditoria | The Night Church @ Smart Project Space, Saturday, 19:00 – 02:00, part of Museumnacht.

Ekstatic Auditoria / The Night Church, is the kick-off for a new monthly performance program in 2010. The Night Church presents performances that communicate the breadth and depth of human endeavors to commune with ‘the divine’: to act in the face of the ephemeral; to reach certainty or refuge.

Exposition: Museumnacht in de Verdieping Curating the City @ De Verdieping (Club Trouw), Saturday, 19:00 02:00, part of Museumnacht.

Curating the The City is a festival about the temporary use of space in the city. In conjunction with het Stedelijk Museum, De Appel. HvA, VURB and Habbekrats examples will be presented and discussed. Presented by Michiel van Iersel and Juha van’t Zelfde

Music & Art: Lima Night @ Mediamatic, Saturday, 20:00 - 02:00, part of Museumnacht.

Come and enjoy the flavors of Peru, such as ceviche or pisco sour and dance to the beats of electronic chichi and jungle cumbia.

Music: Maandfinale Oktober @ TWSTD, Saturday, 20:00 – 03:00, FREE.

Parts of the yearly dj contest to discover new dj talents. Six dj’s battle for a spot in the grand finale.

Music: Nuff Said @ Café Wilhelmina Pakhuis, Saturday, 20:00, FREE.

One of the best Rock band from The Netherlands will present their new album.

Classical Music: De Nederlandse Bachvereniging: Arianna a Naxos @ Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Saturday, 20:15, €28.

Haydn's great cantata, Arianna a Naxos, is a test of any soprano's dramatic abilities, the composition laden as it is with musical depiction. Rage, despair, violence and hope are all given their due in osè Maria Lo Monaco performance. Vocal fans take note of this.

Art & Music: Spray the can Graffiti battle @ Fusion/hiphopcafe4elementz, Saturday, 21:00 – 01:00, €15.

During the Spray Can Battle, 20 competitors are going head to head in a graffiti/ graphic art battle. An empty spray can will be used as a blank canvas and the contestants have to paint, write, tag, sticker or shape the can as creative as possible.

Music: Uncle Meat and the Highway Children @ SKEK, Saturday, 23:00, FREE.

A bunch of Hippies playing some straightforward garage rock.

Music: Museumnacht After party in de Verdieping @ De Verdieping (Club Trouw), Saturday/Sunday, 02.00 – 05.00, part of Museumnacht.

DJ’s Cinnaman (Beat Dimensions, Amsterdam), Juha (Viral Radio, Amsterdam), Mamiko Motto (Kindred Spirits, London).


Music: Djelimady Blues Project @ Tropentheater, Sunday, 15:00, €23, including beverage.

Malian guitarist Djelimady is a multifaceted musician who manages to transform traditional styles into contemporary. He has worked with Salif Keïta and Mory Kanté, among others.

Music: The Stubbs @ Café Hesp, Sunday, 16:30, FREE.

An instrumental sixties inspired surf soul combo jamming on the Hammond.

Improv Comedy: Hole in the Boat @ Comedy Café, Sunday, 20:00, €13, in English.

Every Sunday night Hole in the Boat present a fully improvised two-man show based on suggestions from the audience.

Music: Novellas Progressive @ Lizboa, Sunday, 20:00, FREE.

African jazz, rock, reggae and Afro beat by this band with Mozambiquean roots.

Stand-up Comedy: Comedy Train International @ Toomler, Sunday, 20:30, €16.

Stand-up comedy by Jim Jeffries (AUS) and Bob McLaren (NS).

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

Two films - The Fluxfim Anthology (1962-1970), 36 Fluxus films limited edition in a 16mm box
16mm, b/w & color. And Downtown 81 (2000), feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).

Upcoming & other points of interest:

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

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

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