Volume 5, Issue 15
10-16 APRIL 2008 Still serious. Still missing bits.
‘…extremely exciting and extremely boring…’ page 7
Introducing Ladywood... A sex advice column by Jennifer Lyon Bell page 6
The death of the independent CD shop page 4 Kwakoe festival taking wings? page 4 Looking back to the future at the Victorian Circus page 11 FILM: Fantastic shorts at Fantastic Film Festival p. 18 / FOOD: A super soup kitchen p. 17
Short List . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Music/Clubs . . . . . . . . . .12 Gay & Lesbian . . . . . . . .14 Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Classifieds/Comics . . . .21
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ATTACHMENTS In this issue and... Spring—and therefore, sex—is in the air. For example, last week, a survey was released that claimed that the ideal length for sex is between 3 and 13 minutes. Hmm. It turned out the people they asked were 50 members of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. Double-hmm. Meanwhile last Monday at Paradiso, the Slow Sex movement was unleashed. Described as a left wing and liberal middle path between porn and chastity, the group, made up of politicians, sociologists, philosophers and journalists, sees themselves as an ‘erotic civilising offensive’ that stands up for passion. Hmm. Anyway, don’t forget to send us (via email@example.com) stories, photos, drawings, paintings, collages—you name it—that express a weird and wonderful thing that happened to you after doing something you read about in the Amsterdam Weekly. And do feel free to spend more than 13 minutes on it—or whatever: just do what feels right.
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12 BIG BUILDINGS by Arnoud Holleman
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AROUND TOWN Internet kills record stores
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absolutely wonderful. That’s just awesome.’ Boudisque’s Van Voorthuizen thinks only a few specialist record shops might have a chance of surviving. ‘Vinyl-only stores, for example, like Killa Cutz on Nieuwe Nieuwstraat and Distortion on Westerstraat—although there are already digital systems on the market that replace the records dance DJs play,’ he guesses. Distortion Records, a tiny store, is crammed with LPs, 12-inches and singles. Piles of records balance unsteadily. From behind these musical towers, owner Amond Spee, who has been running his business for 14 years, says he has a rich supply of underground music: ‘Alternative guitar bands, alternative dance and so on.’ Spee owns a personal collection of 10,000 records and got the idea to start a vinyl store when he couldn’t find the records he wanted. ‘People prefer vinyl for several reasons,’ he says. ‘They say the sound is better than that of CDs or that the artwork looks better.’ The internet does play a role in his sales, he says, but for him it’s a positive force: ‘People check the web to see what I’ve got and then come over here.’ He feels that the closure of Get Records and Boudisque means the music supply is deteriorating—the customer will have less choice. ‘But it will hardly affect my business,’ he says. Strangely enough, in this age of digitalisation, the CD is on its way out. And records seem to be here to stay.
First Boudisque, now Get, down the drain. by Floris Dogterom Forever Changes in Bilderdijkstraat? Ceased to exist. Brutus in Molsteeg? Gone. That funky shop run by that sullen guy with the eye patch on Haarlemmerdijk? Vanished. Boudisque in Haringpakkerssteeg? Dematerialised. Get Records in Utrechtssetraat? About to call it quits. The last one on that list—pet name de Get—is the last of a series of small and medium-sized stores selling music CDs that have been forced to close their doors. Tamara van der Laarse, shop assistant at Get Records, says: ‘Kids don’t buy CDs anymore. They’d rather spend their money on expensive shoes.’ On a recent Sunday afternoon, only a handful of customers were browsing through trays of CDs in the L-shaped Get Records space. Van der Laarse characterises the Get collection as, ‘Alternative, ranging from noise to electronic music to underground bands with a punk feel. But we have something of every genre, really: Americana, singer-songwriter, some mainstream and so on.’ An estimated 95 per cent of her customers, she says, are male, and their average age is 35. Yet come 1 July, after 27 years in business, Get Records will be history. According to Van der Laarse, there are several reasons for the store’s failure. ‘Downloading from the internet really has been affecting sales a great deal in the last seven years or so,’ she says. ‘On top of that, our rent has doubled. The same story goes for Boudisque.’ Chris van Voorthuizen, until recently a stock purchaser at Boudisque Amsterdam, knows all about it. After 28 years working for Boudisque, he was forced to move to the Boudisque store in Utrecht when the Amsterdam shop closed last month after 40 years in business. ‘We couldn’t rent the same office anymore, which meant we had to look for a new one,’ explains van Voorthuizen. ‘That turned out to be too expensive.’ Van Voorthuizen agrees that the internet has been a significant negative influence on the store’s revenues (‘both in terms of downloading and ordering via the web’), but there was more to Boudisque’s downfall. ‘We had very good metal and reggae departments, as well as a DVD department with lots of imports from the UK and the US, but in order to maintain the quality of the supply, you’ve got to employ a lot of staff,’ he says. ‘And that is costly. What’s
Festival ruckus Who will Kwakoe? And where? By Remco Andersen
more, many of our customers were tourists. And the Americans and the British don’t spend that much anymore since the euro has become so expensive.’ Van Voorthuizen says he sincerely regrets the closure of Boudisque. ‘It’s weird. All that energy I put in over the years,’ he says, without finishing the thought. ‘I have seen the business crumbling, slowly but surely.’ Meanwhile, at Get Records, the 31year-old regular customer Cora Woudstra says she’ll miss the personal attention she gets from the staff, which is something she can’t get online. ‘It’s very bad that this shop will disappear,’ says Woudstra. ‘I like browsing through the trays and listening to different CDs, trying this and that. I buy a
lot based on the advice of friends, but certainly also on that of the Get Records staff. They know what they’re talking about. In places like Free Record Shop they know nothing about off-mainstream music.’ Get’s Van der Laarse isn’t happy about the development either. She will lose her job. ‘I had been visiting the shop for years before I came to work here,’ she says. ‘When they hired me I was really proud. Independent music stores like this, with a relaxed atmosphere, are dying out. We know what our regulars like and we give them tips. The other day I gave a customer the tip to go to a concert by LCD Soundsystem, who he hadn’t heard before. He went there with a bunch of friends, and the next time he was in the shop he said it had been
Every year since 1975, during six weekends in July and August, a little piece of Paramaribo is brought to De Bijlmer. The Kwakoe Festival, named after the statue of the unchained slave in Paramaribo, was originally intended as a holiday destination for those Surinamese from De Bijlmer who could not afford a vacation to the real Suriname. Although it started out as a football tournament with a couple of stands selling food and drink on the side, Kwakoe developed into a much larger social and cultural happening over the years. According to estimates from Kwakoe Events, which has organised the festival since 1998, around one million people each year are drawn to more than 100 stalls selling snacks, drink, vegetables, home-made cookies and whatnot. There’s still a football tournament, but there’s also plenty of culture, music and, above all, lots of genuine Surinamese food at the festival. But now there’s a ruckus in the Surinamese community: stadsdeel Amsterdam
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Zuidoost has decided not to renew Kwakoe Events’ permit to organise the annual get-together in Bijlmerpark because of ‘troublesome cooperation’, as the stadsdeel’s press release describes it. Instead it has awarded the permit to the hitherto unknown foundation Zomerfestival Amsterdam Zuidoost (ZAZO). ‘The stadsdeel has decided not to renew our permit because of some minor incidents in the period between 2005 and 2007,’ says Henna Lie A Jen-Bendanon, head of Kwakoe Events since last March. ‘Among other things, they say we provided inadequate lighting and failed to suitably dispense of litter. We have appealed to the city to review their decision before 15 April. If the decision is final, we’ll have to look for other places to organise the event. Almere is an option, but so is Rotterdam, Utrecht or Tilburg. Our visitors come from all over the world, and Kwakoe is not bound to any one location. Kwakoe’s spirit lives in the hearts of all the volunteers, stallholders and visitors that make the festival what it is.’ Of course, the physical Kwakoe will be where the visitors are. And since they usually go to where the stalls are, the sellers of food, drink and memorabilia will eventually determine the course of events. While rearranging his sweet potatoes, Mario Balhari, who has been putting up his huge vegetable stall at Kwakoe for more than ten years now and regards himself as a ‘regular from the early days’, reflects on the logistical difficulties of doing business in Almere and decides: ‘I don’t care if they call it Dance Valley or Kwakoe, I’m staying put. To extend my normal working week to working seven days a week, six weeks in a row when Kwakoe hits De Bijlmer is tough enough as it is. I’m certainly not going to drag all my stuff back and forth to Almere every weekend.’ Mario’s preference for De Bijlmer is shared by many stallholders and visitors, but the name remains an issue. Kwakoe is the Ghanaian word for Wednesday, but more importantly it refers to the statue of the unchained slave in Paramaribo. To many Surinamese it symbolises freedom. Franklin Mansro, chairman of the stall-
holders’ branch organisation Makandra, confirms that most stallholders will go with the new organiser and that they want the festival to be in De Bijlmer. ‘It was born there and people want to keep it there,’ he says. But he also feels very strongly about the name. ‘Kwakoe is our heritage. We are proud to have organised it thirty-three times but we will be even prouder when we celebrate Kwakoe’s fiftieth anniversary. How are we Surinamese ever able to develop a cultural heritage if we’re forced to break down what we’ve worked so hard to build these past thirtythree years?’ The new organisers of the festival, ZAZO, are using the name Amsterdam Southeast Festival as a working title. Although they value the cultural heritage of the Kwakoe festival, they are less dramatic about what exactly the event will be known by. ‘We are looking into the legal feasibility of using the name Kwakoe for this year’s festival, but we won’t enter into a legal battle over it,’ says Melvin Tjoe Nij, chairman of ZAZO. ‘That would not benefit the Surinamese community. What matters is that this year’s festival will be held on the same location and in the same way as last year and the year before that—only better. We will be true to the tradition of Kwakoe, but we will also be looking to attract more varied public and new visitors. By involving corporate sponsors we will combine Dutch efficiency with Caribbean and Surinamese hospitality and make this year’s festival a multicultural success, with good business opportunities for stallholders, plus the culture, atmosphere and enjoyment for the visitors.’ Francisca Ansewaa, a Ghanian-Dutch woman in her late twenties, summarised the issue while on her way home from De Bijlmer market. ‘A Kwakoe in Almere or a Summer Festival in De Bijlmer... Neither would really be Kwakoe. Amsterdam Zuidoost is the centre for blacks in Holland, and Kwakoe is a little piece of Suriname in Holland, so it belongs in De Bijlmer.’
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Knocking on Ladywood, the sex advice column PHOTO BY DENIS KOVAL
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the best parts of good real-life sex. Some of that is the small but important stuff like build-up, electricity, foreplay, and the back-and-forth power dynamic of who’s taking the lead. Some of it’s bigger stuff, like a real understanding of what it’s like to explore the boundaries of your sexual orientation, to allow yourself to be dominated, or to open up your relationship with your partner (porn films often take a passing stab at these bigger themes, but only lamely). Because I’m trying to put the best of sex onto film, I have a lot of opinions about what seems to constitute great sex and I can give you my roadmapin-progress of how to get there. Because I’m so interested in new ways to portray sexuality, I see a LOT of sex on film—everything from European art house cinema to really icky, bad porn. Some of it is fascinating and arousing, and some of it makes my stomach turn. And I’m definitely not a snob; I’ve seen lots of cheap amaHow did you first get interested teur porn films that were super hot, in porn? and fancy big-budget porn films that Debbie Does Dallas Part 2, baby! Jennifer Lyon Bell is an erotic film director and sucked. But, most of all, because of That’s the one I first saw when I was curator, and has been living in Amsterdam since my job I’ve seen a range of sexual in high school. It was simultaneously 1999. In addition to being the director of her acts and styles, so I can report back extremely exciting and extremely small production company, Blue Artichoke Films, to you some tips and techniques that boring. Exciting, because it was so she’s a co-director of the Rated X: Amsterdam might actually work in real life. forbidden and so sexy to see other Alternative Erotica Film Festival, and has worked I also have the inside scoop on people actually humping away. And as a curator for the Museum of Sex in New York. these films. By meeting and talking it was boring because it was so to the directors and performers in mechanical. With the exception of these films, I’ve discovered a secret: perhaps five or ten sparky minutes, I Discarded column names the films don’t always end up with was pretty sure my friends and I Fucked Up & Down Connect the Spots Bang on Advice the sexual punch that the film-makwere having more fun in our private How Do You Spell Relief? Art of Fuck Carnal Grace Size Matters Cracking the Gentle Art Catch the Rainbow ers intended. Sometimes the films lives than the characters in the film The Most Slippery of SubSplitting Hairs Overpopulation at Its get derailed by industry requirewere having on screen. That seemed jects Flesh Factor Source Sex—Drugs & Rock&Roll Parting the Curtain Mommy, Where Do ments, or budget constraints, or bizarre to me—and it still does. You Should Be Shot For Optional Babies Come From? Thinking That Bitch Slap of Insight The Birds and the Buzz production mistakes. So, even In college, a friend introduced You Pervert Naughty Bits & Pieces Plug & Play among these porn insiders, what me to sex-positive feminism. I was A Shot In The Dark Getting Hard On Soft Sex and its Discontents Floral Arrangements of FuckaSutra About Lust Night you see onscreen isn’t even necesdumbfounded that there was an the 17th Century Beyond Wanking AdVICE Whatever You Do, Cut Off Fingers Mouth Tongue Good Housekeeping sarily what they think is hot. Not actual political movement that made Your Feelings Naughty Bits Together The Dummy’s Guide to Stuck on the Sticky? Getting All Worked Up Tango only are media representations of sense of my love for sex, and of my Sticky Fingers on the It’s Perfectly Natural Instant Gratification sexuality not as straightforward as intuition that we all would benefit Pulse Aphrodizzy Rainy Day Fun I Can’t Believe You Said After Work Comes Play Was It Good For You? ‘this is what people do in real life’, politically and personally from being That Come Here Burning Questions Everyone Does It You Freakin’ Pervert Naughty Bits they aren’t necessarily even as more in touch with our sexuality. I Fucky Fucky Only Pedophilia Is Wrong The Middle Ground straightforward as ‘this is what peoalso learned that I wasn’t the only Trust Me, She’ll Love It Fuckin’ Pervert You & Your Orgasm Taking Your Hobby SeriMind Fuck Hard Earned Jizzdom ple want to do in real life!’ Knowing girl watching porn on the sly, looking Shagging Is Good For You ously Half an Inch to the Left, Fucking With Bob Ross Nature’s Exercise Please that helps me think more clearly for more ten-minute segments that God’s Special Gift Fitness Column Nailing It about real-life sex. would do the trick for me. That’s Coital Post Hotter Than an Otter The Fairer Sex I Feel Weird Practice Practice Practice Keepin’ It Natural And, of course, as a director, I’ve when I started thinking about makFucky, Sucky. Try It with Nature’s Curse Asking Me Asking You a Ducky Fucked Up We’re All Freaks talked to lots of potential actors and ing my own films that would be hot Wiggle Room Perfectly Normal The Main Event actresses about their own sex lives, from start to finish, that you could The Lowlands Mambo Nothing to See Here Have Your Cake & Eat It Just Say Yes Sheet Street Too what they find sexy, what their perwatch with a partner, and that sonal boundaries are and their wouldn’t make you cringe every fantasies. Sometimes I can’t stop three seconds at the lame bits. Basipeople from telling me this kind of stuff at Are you a sexologist? cally I thought it would be good to bring parties, too—it’s definitely an occupationUm, no. I’ve got no formal training in sexusexual fantasy and sexual reality closer al hazard. So, more than most people, I’ve al health. I’ve got two degrees in together, and explicit erotic film seemed got a window into what regular people theoretically nonsexual disciplines [a psylike a possible bridge to do that. think about and do in their private lives. chology degree from Harvard, and a film And I can tell you about it. studies Masters degree from the UniverSure ‘Ladywood’ is a catchy title, but siteit van Amsterdam], though my why can’t we call this column ‘Ask the You don’t look like a very dirty girl. embarrassed professors would be quick to Female Pornographer’? What’s up with that? point out that I have perverted the intenI don’t think of myself as a pornographer. I know! It’s embarrassing. Every time I tions of both departments by managing to Or maybe I am. It just depends on what show up to a meeting with someone who write all my papers about sexuality or you mean by ‘porn’. What I’m doing doeshasn’t met me before, they’re craning their porn or both. On the positive side, because n’t look like traditional porn—anyway, I neck to see if the person behind me is the I’m fascinated with sex, I know a lot of hope not. I look for actors and actresses right one. ‘Where’s the woman wearing smart sex health experts to whom I can who are willing to take creative risks: vinyl pants and a bustier? This can’t be her! turn for advice or data when you, or, artists, dancers, stage performers, or just She’s wearing a dress with flowers on it.’ I frankly, I, need it. In summary, I’m really folks who can be very honest when it don’t even have a tattoo. But, fuck it. This just a professional sex enthusiast who’s comes to their sexual and emotional expeis the way I am. Eventually you have to been around the block and who happens riences. This approach isn’t particularly decide that an honest approach is best. to be a good listener. So, if that’s good valued among typical pornographers, but And maybe it’s even nice to show that peoenough for you, I’m all ears. it’s crucial to me, and it’s the main reason I ple who are intrigued by sexuality come in don’t crank out dozens of films a month all packages. What gives you the right to give us like a big porn company. So I use the terms advice about sex? ‘erotic films’ and ‘sexually explicit erotic Sex questions? All genders, orientations I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about films’, to describe what I do. I like the and interests welcome: what’s missing from traditional porn. As it directness of the word ‘porn’, but I’ve email@example.com. turns out, a lot of what’s missing in porn is found that it immediately turns off a lot of So, how did you first get into sex? I was a pretty average girl. I had my first kiss in a suburban alleyway in seventh grade, started fooling around in my early teens, and eventually that transitioned into hooking up and getting into relationships in high school. Funnily enough, I was one of the last of my friends to lose my virginity— I’d graduated and I was already 17, which is pretty old in American culture. But early on I’d stumbled onto some awesome things you could do with another person that didn’t involve full technical intercourse, and I took seriously what my parents had told me about sex: ‘Only do things you really want to do, with people you really want to do them with, because your memories will stick with you forever.’ So, by the time I lost my virginity, I had a fair amount of experience, was pretty clued-in to my sexuality, and I was, to put it mildly, extremely ready!
the people who might otherwise be turned on by my films. I’m trying to make films that turn you on. What I find really sexy is to feel what’s at stake, emotionally, for the characters. And by ‘emotion’ I don’t mean gooey romance! God knows, women get enough of that crap fed to them through Hollywood. Rather, what’s the emotional dynamic? Jealousy, triumph, embarrassment? If I feel what they feel, their arousal feels more real and hot to me. Personally I just need a bit of mental context, provided through the acting or documentary realism, or both. Add in the other stuff that so many women (and men) say they want to see in a sex film, which is natural-looking actors and actresses, good set design and good lighting, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
What gives Jennifer Lyon Bell the right to talk to us about sex?
Ladywood by Jennifer Lyon Bell
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ASS BELONGS TO US ALL My boyfriend is totally obsessed with gay men. He always thinks they’re cruising him and he says it freaks him out. When we have sex, he loves it when I play with his ass and now he wants me to fuck him with a dildo. Should I be concerned? Ah, so you wonder if it may be a case of ‘the lady doth protest too much’. It’s true that repeated musings on a particular topic can be a sign of obsession, and if he seems to want to talk about it all the time, maybe it’s because he secretly likes the attention. What’s the best way to spot a closeted gay conservative, after all? He’s so incensed about homosexuality that he’s created an ‘outreach’ programme in, um, gay clubs. If your boyfriend is really cute, though, he could be right that he’s getting a lot of male attention. This kind of attention can be both flattering and insulting. It’s flattering for obvious reasons, but it’s insulting if they’re only looking at him for sex—and that’s no different from women feeling objectified by ogling letches. In any case, any hot straight man should try to shoulder his objectification manfully. But if your boyfriend’s weirdly high on the male attention, yet he still digs you, maybe he is exploring bisexual urges. It’s up to you to decide how you feel about that, but it doesn’t mean he’s gay or a cheater (or both). It sounds like you’re most concerned about the ass/dildo stuff. Sometimes people assume that gay sex = anal sex. Here, I can reassure you. In no way does his interest in ass-play and dildo-ass-fucking compromise his status as a hetero guy. Assuming he wants you (and not a man) to play with his anus, you can rest assured that it’s just a regular expression of straight sexuality. The truth is, ass-fucking between straight couples is now in style. The wicked-cool San Francisco online sex shop Good Vibrations even sells a popular line of films, Bend Over Boyfriend, which teaches straight ladies how to butt fuck their men. Asses feel good, and these acts that he wants you to perform have only been marginalised because we live in a homophobic world, and we equate sodomy with man-on-man action. Be glad that he’s comfortable enough with his sexuality, and with your relationship, to tell you what he craves. That’s the best way to keep your strong, hetero connection healthy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Goldfrapp, Friday, Motel Mozaique
Film: Film IsReal—The Israeli Film Festival
Festival: Motel Mozaïque
A new film festival that promises to inform and entertain us with feature flicks, documentaries, shorts and animation arrives at the Ketelhuis this week, offering up a fresh insight into contemporary Israeli society in general and specifically how it is represented in current Israeli films. Film IsReal differs from your run-of-the-mill film festival in a couple of ways. The nine feature films (including Jellyfish, winner of a Camera d’Or at Cannes, and the Silver Bear winning drama Beaufort) and the collection of student films will all be introduced by an expert on Israeli film and followed up by a Q&A or discussion. The festival’s intimate scope will allow you to enjoy the festival in full—and full is what you’ll be after stuffing yourself at the festival buffet, with delicious dishes straight out of the cookbook of a Jewish mom. See www.filmisreal.com for the full programme. (Luuk van Huët) Het Ketelhuis, €8/film. Until 13 April.
th s on weekend, Sure, there’s tonnes happening around50town but if you’re in need of cultural blockthis ght u o b n to s refreshment, there’s te nothing quite like Rotterdam’s ultimate snoozefest, Motel Mozaïque. No, n i W l m/ho Kingdo in the same sense as a Belle and Sebastian concert, though they did headline not a snoozefest n to s n Wi a few years back. I am, of course, talking about this super-cool multidisciplinary festival’s reputation as the be-all and end-all of contemporary hospitality, in which you can even sleep over—if you had the foresight to buy a sleeping ticket. Every year the festival theme varies. This year it’s ‘hospitality and healthcare’, meaning you could end up staying overnight in hospital—by choice, for once. Beyond that, there’s the usual stream of cutting-edge music, art, theatre, film and tours, plus free—-whether you have a ticket or not—intimate 3voor12 sessions taking place in TENT. Seriously, it’s probably the best festival you’ll find out-of-town, and some would argue it’s the best in Holland. For the raw stats and band names see www.motelmozaique.nl. (Steven McCarron) Various locations, Rotterdam, 19.00, €30 day ticket, €55 festival pass. Also on Saturday.
Dining: Girl Geek Dinner Girl Geek Dinners are social events for ladies who are interested in, and good at, fields that are usually more male-dominated. Like science. Or technology. One might make a very stupid joke now about the mutual exclusivity of females and technology—but then again one might also just focus on the plan for the evening. The Girl Geek Dinner idea stems from the US, although many European countries now have offshoots. At each event, a woman who’s particularly savvy in a specific field is invited to hold an informal talk during the (buffet) dinner. Afterwards, it’s all about socialising. Again, one might make a very stupid joke, this time about the mutual exclusivity of geeks and pro-social behaviour, but then again, one might also just shut up and introduce this night’s special guest: Fabienne Serriere is a hardware hacker, which means she does cool things to computers and other machinery. Keywords include: ‘embedding controls for wearables’ and ‘multi-channel audio realtime controllers’. If you understand what this means, and if you’re female, go to www.girlgeekdinner.nl and reserve your rightful place. (Sarah Gehrke) Flex Bar, 19.00, €22.50.
SATURDAY12 APRIL World Dance: Mugiyono Dance Company Some Indonesian dancers are traditionalists. Mugiyono Kasido is a traditionalist-plus. Rigorously trained in both classical Indonesian movement and modern dance, the choreographer adds new layers and possibilities to Javanese dance—varying tempos, elongating gestures, refining the basic vocabulary. Tonight, Mugiyono—working with three other dancers and four musicians performing on traditional gamelan instruments—offers a programme that tells of contemporary Indonesian life. ‘Bagaspati’ is a rhapsody to the sun, while ‘Lingkar’ recounts the struggles of women in his home country; both are modern-inflected. And ‘Surat Sinta’ is a more traditional retelling of tales from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. With music by two of Indonesia’s leading composers, this is an evening that should shine—or even shine-plus. (Steve Schneider) KIT Tropentheater, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €25.
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Jazz: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings Taylor Ho Bynum, a close associate of polymath Anthony Braxton, has emerged as one the most exciting and diverse players on the current New York scene in the last few years, leading a variety of radically divergent groups. The ensemble he brings to the Bimhuis is one of the most unusual, placing his spindly, lyric horn lines within a dense thicket of harmonically striated chamber sounds. As heard on the group’s lone recording, Other Stories (Three Suites), the rubbery tuba lines of Joe Daley provide a fat cushion for vertiginous plucked and bowed string lines (delivered by the top-notch line-up of Jessica Pavone, Thomas Ulrich, Jason Kao Hwang and Stephanie Griffin). Drummer Luther Gray and guitarist Pete Fitzpatrick helped shape and gently prod Bymun’s curving, heavily episodic compositions along, while the trumpeter ranges freely on top without ever getting lost. (Peter Margasak) Bimhuis, 21.00, €15.
Pop/Rock: DeVotchKa It’s a fairy tale, really. A multi-instrumentalist crooner, with Romany roots, gets together with a classical violinist, a female sousaphone player from a Civil War recreation band, a mariachi punker and a drummer raised by polka musicians. Together, they form an altBalkan rootsy rock band. After beginning their career by backing burlesque and fetish acts, they hit big time when their tunes provided the majority of the soundtrack for Little Miss Sunshine. Meanwhile their live reputation grows as they move audiences to both laughter and tears—often enough, within the space of the same song. And with the release of their latest album, A Mad & Faithful Telling, DeVotchKa are still far from hitting their emotional ceiling yet. Come for the laughter. Stay for the tears. (Steve Korver) Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €12 + membership.
SUNDAY13 APRIL Rock: Cosa Bravo Fred Frith giving birth is always a memorable occasion. The virtuoso/visionary guitarist and composer—he of the snaky lines and unforeseeable ways—is fronting a new band called Cosa Bravo, which also features accordionist/keyboardist/noise-maker Zeena Parkins (who’s worked with Björk), violinist Carla Khlstedt and drummer Matthias Bossi (both from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum). Now on their first-ever tour, the group ‘seems to be about a re-emphasis on melody—there are lots of tunes,’ said Frith in a recent email. ‘Cosa Bravo rocks! We play songs, including the kind you actually sing! What improvising we do is more a tip of the hat to the great rock improvisers (1968 Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead) than to what anyone seems to understand now by “improvisation”.’ But that seems redundant. Does Fred Frith—a founder of Henry Cow—ever do anything that anyone fully understands now? (Steve Schneider) Bimhuis, 21.00, €16.
MONDAY14 APRIL Film/Debate: Creative City Re-Imagined Amsterdam has always been a ‘creative city’. But how true is it still, now that the concept has become part of Amsterdam’s official city branding programme? Have artists themselves followed the programme and become ‘cultural entrepreneurs’? The participants of this evening have been asked to reflect on this and the precarious position of the unsubsidised arts in Amsterdam, and to develop future scenarios. The debate will be preceded by two screenings. Table, Bed, Chair is a documentary by Robert Hack and Jakob Proyer, about the state of squatting in the Netherlands today. The film looks at Amsterdam’s rich squat past, while also remembering its threatened present, as the city gets more expensive and less tolerant. Similarly, the film Undercurrent by Merav Artzi follows cultural centre OT301 during a time when it was transforming from autonomous anarchist squat to official selfowned broedplaats, with all the rules, regulations and responsibilities that come with that. The evening will close with a debate between the film-makers, as well as various people involved in squats, broedplaatsen and other efforts out to provide affordable space to the city’s artists. (Steve Korver) De Balie, 20.30, €7.
TUESDAY15 APRIL World: The Ipanemas Back in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s, under the leadership of percussionist Wilson Das Neves and guitarist Neco, this influential instrumental combo helped advance samba and bossa nova, bringing the lyrical sophistication and elastic rhythms of jazz improvisation to sounds that were already impossibly slinky and sensual. Original trombonist Astor Silva played lines as beautiful and affecting as any singer, but it was the slyly insinuating grooves that really stuck. After a long absence, Das Neves and Neco reappeared with a new band at the turn of the century, and while their recent records understandably lack some of the grit le Gods, they’ve still got it; a mild sathe and vitality of those old jams, as heard on the new l/forof .nCall weekly m a d r slickness is nicely dislodged .a when mste Das Neves chimes in with some avuncular singing. www s? See (Peter Margasak) y blockParadiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €18 + membership. Bu
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www.amsterdamweekly.nl/forsale Biomodd, a living game computer.
Then, in 1985, along came Doc Emmett Brown. As if gull-wing doors and stainless-steel body panels weren’t cool enough car features, Brown installed the flux capacitor into the DeLorean, making it capable of time travel. Unfortunately, the DeLorean time machine is no longer available, and no more sequels to the Back to the Future trilogy are expected. However, since most of us humans are still extraordinarily interested in what the future will bring, we have to find other ways to find out. At De Brakke Grond, they are trying to do this with a festival: the fouth edition of their new media spectacle, Victorian Circus, focuses on The Future.
De Brakke Grond tell us what the future holds in a four-day new media adventure that is inspired by the past.
AVICTORIAN LOOK OUT ON THE FUTURE ART/MEDIA Victorian Circus IV—New Media Festival Until 12 April, De Brakke Grond, various times, €8 festival pass www.debrakkegrond.nl By Sarah Gehrke
Between 1981 and 1983, the DeLorean Motor Company produced about 9000 exemplars of their one and only car model, the DMC 12. Built in Northern Ireland,
they were intended for the American market. Apart from its most flamboyant feature, the gull-wing doors, the DeLorean DMC 12 sported unpainted, brushed stainless-steel body panels and a fibreglass underbody. In late 1982, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt due to the arrest of its founder, John De Lorean, for drug trafficking charges. Although he was later found not guilty, the whole affair still meant the DeLorean production line would be halted for good.
The future is watery and radical ‘People have very individual concepts and visions of what the future will look like,’ says Maya van Leemput, a futurologist who has conducted extensive research on what people expect the future to look like—part of which she will present at the Victorian Circus. Together with photographer Bram Goots, she travelled the world for 30 months conducting interviews. This was only one part of her research, though: ‘I’ve conducted several studies. For example, at the moment I am involved in a project about the fiftieth anniversary of the world exhibition in Brussels. I asked people how they expected the world to look like in five, in fifty and in five-hundred years. ‘Many remarked that here in Antwerp, we would be underwater. Climate change in general played a role in many future visions. Often people ask themselves if the world will even still exist; they think that within the next fifty or five-hundred years there will come a time when something goes very, very wrong. But there were also quite spiritual ideas: that we will all be creatures of light—that sort of thing. In general, older people are usually less optimistic— they’ve seen that what they thought would happen in the future, fifty years ago, never did go through quite like that.’ What does she think about the future herself? ‘I think the most important future vision is that there are many, many possibilities. Maybe the world will stay, for the most part, like it is now. Or there’ll be drastic changes: radical technical developments, completely new social structures... Everything can happen.’
Art and ecosystems ‘I think,’ says Angelo Vermeulen, a biologist, ‘that in the future, biological processes will play a bigger role. In respect to technical developments, medical science and engineering, as well as in design. Take genetic algorithms for example: it’s Darwinism for computers.’ It’s good that Vermeulen thinks that biology will be important in the future, considering his profession—at least originally. ‘I got into art quite quickly,’ he says. Now he makes ‘dynamic art’ that brings together ecology, science, science fiction and installation art. His latest project is the Biomodd: a living game computer, in which excess heat is recycled by an elaborate ecosystem. In other words: playing the Biomodd makes plants grow around it. At the Victorian Circus, Vermeulen will present the Biomodd, and he’ll also work on an installation together with Douglas Repetto, an American artist whose background is in electronic music. Nowadays, his way of working is similar to Vermeulen’s, in that he also combines science and arts. Repetto likes to create organic robots. Among them are ‘Molto Lento’, an instrumental ensemble conducted by a plant; ‘Foal’, a walking table; and ‘Giant Painting Machine’, an, um, giant painting machine. ‘What makes projects like the Giant Painting Machine so rich and interesting is that although it’s mechanical, it’s still bound by all the problems and rules of the physical world. The paintings the machine makes are not mechanical looking, but rather, in fact, delicate. Forward into the unknown ‘What Angelo Vermeulen and I have in common is that scientific interest in how the world works. Rather than making artworks up, I’m more interested in trying to uncover things that are really out there,’ says Repetto. And this is a typical human desire: ‘Humans are not gonna stop wanting to explore the world. We’re participating in this experiment that we’re moving forward, although we don’t know what’s coming. There are so many new technologies and developments, and we don’t know how they’ll play out.’ Doc Brown once said: ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’ Of course, we don’t know that either. And though having a DeLorean time machine would be wonderful, they’re currently out of production. So for now, we’re just gonna have to think for ourselves. And this festival should be a good start.
10-16 April 2008
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Thursday 10 April Opera: Un ballo in maschera Verdi’s murderous blend of tragedy and comedy. If you can afford the posh seats at this premiere, you can probably afford to buy this listing: www.amsterdamweekly.nl/forsale. Het Muziektheater, 19.30, €15-€105
Shout Out Louds, see Sunday Jeffrey Bruinsma Jazz: Het Bruinsma Syndicaat Flexi-string jazz led by violinist Jeffrey Bruinsma, with violinist/violist Oene van Geel and friends. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €26 Classical: Tridalí More ‘Young Professionals in Music’. Bethaniënklooster, 20.15, €16.50 Classical: In the Alps The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, perform English-Dutch composer Richard Ayres’ new piece, which he proudly describes as a ‘Mountain Melodrama’. Along with some unavoidable yodelling, expect songs about goats, burning desires, inaccessible heights and young Swedish love. Muziekgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €10-€22 World: Kashgar Express Chinese musical diversity. KIT Tropentheater, 20.30, €16 Singer-songwriter: Mooie Noten Pop contest. Winston Kingdom, 20.30, €6
Electronica: Trentemøller Norwegian dance music hero. Tonight he’s pushing real buttons rather than just spinning fave tunes. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 21.30, sold out Pop/Rock: Club 3voor12 Live radio and TV session featuring sets from Giovanca, Findel and The Decos. Desmet Studios, 22.00, free, tickets: www.3voor12.nl Electronica: Jerboa Downbeat electro and triphoptype beats from this Belgian mixmaster. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 23.00, €7.50 + membership
Friday 11 April Jazz: Post Jazz Company Songs by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Peggy Lee and so on. Parsley Club, 19.00, €10 Folk: Thinguma*jigSaw ‘Splatter folk’ is what they call their music. Experimental art folk is probably more widely acceptable. If you thought The Flaming Lips were bonkers, this is akin to what they’d sound like if they also had to endure those long, dark Norwegian winters. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 19.30, €7 + membership Classical: Nederlands Kamerorkest Works by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Boccherini and Tchaikovsky, with guitarist Gabriel Estarellas leading with some dreamy ﬁnger picking. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €28.65/€34 Contemporary: Asko Ensemble—9x7 Nine new works—each lasting seven minutes—by composition students at the conservatoires in Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €9 Pop/Rock: Foals The new saviours of indie rock? God, no. But they’re certainly on a roll in Britain, and previously impressed the locals here with their jagged sounds at London Calling. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €10 + membership
No Use For A Name Punk: No Use For A Name Californian punkers from the Fat Wreck Chords roster, now in their 21st year. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €12 + membership Jazz: Donny McCaslin This tenor saxophonist will perform as one of Dave Douglas’ sidemen at Bimhuis later this month, but ﬁrst he’ll attempt to woo with his own trio. McCaslin’s solos are praised by both colleagues and critics alike. In 2004, the New York musician received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. On his latest CD In Pursuit, he showcases compositions which have strong roots in traditional jazz. Bimhuis, 21.00, €16 Hiphop: Method Man & Redman Yes, they’re both men and pretty damn massive in the world of hiphop—Method being one of the most successful solo members of Wu-Tang Clan and Red being a renowned member of the Def Jam crew. They’re currently recording Blackout! 2, a sequel to their 1999 hit album. Melkweg, The Max, 21.00, €35 + membership World: Metropole Orkest A Kaseko Crossover concert, celebrating the fusion of Suriname music with influences from around the world. Special guests include De Dijk, Oscar Harris, Boris, Edgar Burgos, Robby Harman, Re-Play, Berget Lewis and more. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 21.00, €35 World: Mdungu & Beyond With special guest Sean Bergin. Club Meander, 21.30, €8
Latin: Rogério Bicudo The Brazilian guitarist performs a programme titled Música Latína Intima, interpreting the lyricism and richness of the choro. KIT Tropentheater, 20.30, €18 Jazz: Astronotes An astral journey towards Sun Ra in a spaceship followed by the spirit of Duke Ellington? That’s one take on this intergalactic masterplan. And international music critics seem to agree that the tenman Amsterdam ensemble, led by trombone player Joost Buis, is right on course. Bimhuis, 21.00, €14 Jazz: Full Fathom Five Presenting their CD Bison Ravi, which is inspired by French writer and poet Boris Vian. Zaal 100, 21.00, €7 Electronica: Vive La Fête The raw Flemish electro pop duo, featuring Els Pynoo and ex-dEUS member Danny Mommens. P60, Amstelveen, 21.00, €17.50 Hiphop: Hutspot A hiphop stampot with Def P, Nico Noot and more. OCCII, 21.30, €5 Singer-songwriter: Peter Morén You may not recognise the name initially, but it’s the Peter from Peter Bjorn and John of ‘Young Folks’ fame. Yes, the whistling tune. Support from Tobias Froberg and Smoosh—those indie rockin’ little kids who’ve been around so long, they’re starting to feel old, even though they’re still only in their mid-teens. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 21.30, €9 + membership Pop/Rock: Belgique Goes Wilhelmina Live sets from De Beatzers and Melomanics, some live painting, plus a Bassculture party. Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina, 22.00, €7.50
Jazz: The Pacifix Organ freak beat and acid jazz. Maloe Melo, 22.00, €5
Saturday 12 April Punk: Dropkick Murphys Punch-drunk American-Irish punk. Melkweg, The Max, 19.30, sold out Classical: Nederlands Kamerorkest (See Friday) Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €28.65/€34 Classical: Sergei Khachatryan The violinist performs sonatas by Bach, Brahms and Shostakovich, backed by pianist Lusine Khachatryan. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €31 Heavy: Neuk! A classic mix of hiphop, hardcore and rock. Bitterzoet, 20.30, €7.50 World: Orhan Hakalmaz Beneﬁt concert by the Turkish folk maestro. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €10
DeVotchKa Pop/Rock: DeVotchKa Indie folk, gypsy roots and even some mariachi from this hotly tipped band. Not only have they toured with burlesque starlet Dita von Teese, they soundtracked surprise movie hit Little Miss Sunshine—which just happens to be screening in the cinema tonight and is free for ticket holders. See Short List. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €12 + membership Pop/Rock: Maroen, The Icons Winston Kingdom, 21.00, €6 Pop/Rock: Stormfest Diverse young bands. Zaal 100, 21.00, free Jazz: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings Taylor Ho Bynum plays various wind instruments but the cornet is his number one choice. He can play it loud, like a trumpet, or more subtly, like a horn. Collaborating with SpiderMonkey Strings, his playing blends in seamlessly with the soundtrack-like music he wrote for this ensemble. See Short List. Bimhuis, 21.00, €15 Experimental: MKM! Noise! Glorious fucked-up noise! With the Stig Noise Soundsystem (UK), Hakki Takki and Boutros Bubba. OCCII, 21.30, €5
Sunday 13 April Kids in Concert 2008 Kids have voices, too. Find out what they sound like at various venues around Westergasterrein. Various locations, 11.00, free Opera: Un ballo in maschera (See Thursday) Het Muziektheater, 13.30, €15-€90 Jazz: Akki Haak Quintet Originals versus jazz and Latin standards from the ’50s to the present. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 14.00, €5 Classical: Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra More gypsy violinists than you can shake a stick at. The songs vary from Brahms, Bizet and Strauss to traditional Eastern European folk numbers. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 14.15, €40/€45
10-16 April 2008 Classical: Wendingen 15 jaar Caplet’s ‘Un tas de petites choses’ and other piano works by Ravel, Fauré, Bizet, Satie, Stravinsky, Martin, Orthel and Andriessen. Amstelkerk, 15.00, €12 Pop/Rock: Some Weird Sin Surprisingly decent female-fronted guitar/piano trio from Amstelveen launching their new CD. Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina, 15.30, €3
Malcolm Middleton Singer-songwriter: Malcolm Middleton The former Arab Strap man continues with his ‘post dour’ solo career. Recent lyrical gambits include ‘We’re all going to die and what if there’s nothing / We’ll all have to face this alone / There’s a when not an if inside everybody / Mortal thoughts like this can make you feel so alone’ from his Christmas smash ‘We’re All Going To Die’. Sometimes the wit shines through. Other times the honesty stabs you in the stomach. Paradiso, 16.00, €10 + membership Big band: De Amstel Big Band With guests Wolter Wierbos and singer Mathilde Marlon. Bethaniënklooster, 20.00, €10 Classical: Mitsuko Uchida A solo recital from the acclaimed Japanese-Austrian pianist. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €44/€55 Contemporary: Axyz Ensemble—Medcezir A programme consisting of new pieces by Turkish composers, carefully selected and arranged authentic folk melodies, classical Turkish music pieces and of unique improvisations by soloists. The result is a warm blend of authentic Turkey with modern Western jazz, classical and electronic elements. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €15 Pop/Rock: Shout Out Louds Indie pop from Sweden. Sure, they aren’t as fun as Amsterdam’s very own Hospital Bombers, but you could have spent the ticket money on worse. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, sold out Pop: The Hilﬁger Sessions Amsterdam Kickin’ out the jams with Alain Clark, Moke, Dennis, Rose, Roger Happel and Berget Lewis. Panama, 20.30, €10 Jazz: Cosa Brava Fred Frith apparently misses playing in a rock band. The pioneering avant-garde guitarist revisits group chemistry with Zeena Parkins, a multi-instrumentalist who’s collaborated with Björk and Yoko Ono, violinist Carla Kihlstedt and drummer Matthias Bossi of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. See Short List. Bimhuis, 21.00, €16
www.amsterdamweekly.nl/forsale Pop: The Kooks The cuter sell-out side of indie Britpop. Support from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, sold out Big band: Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra Launching their new CD, Finding the Way, which features new works by talented composers and top arrangers. The opening track, ‘Zed’s Chopper’, by Ruben Hein references Pulp Fiction, while other contributions reveal tasteful influences of soundtracks and show tunes. Eric Vloeimans and Jesse van Ruller also join for this party. Bimhuis, 21.00, €12
Tuesday 15 April
Huiskamer Hits Bitterzoet’s serving of home away from home. Who doesn’t want to have a bar and a DJ in their living room? Today: The O.G.’s edition. Bitterzoet, 23.59-03.00, €5
Opera: Kwasi & Kwame—The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi English-language opera based on the successful historical novel The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, about the two Ghanaian Ashanti royal children who were sent as a ‘gift’ to William I of the Netherlands in 1837. Het Muziektheater, 20.15, €15-€40
Friday 11 April
Classical: Nederlands Kamerorkest (See Friday) Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €28.65/€34
Classical: Nederlands Kamerorkest (See Friday) Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €28.65/€34 Classical: Piano Trios With top soloists: pianist Silke Avenhaus, violinist Antje Weithaas and cellist Quirine Viersen. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €33.50 Singer-songwriter: Billy Bragg Sociological insights and, of course, pop tunes from a Brit who needs very little introduction. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €15 + membership
Dee-Day Celebrating the first 40 years of life of acclaimed New York DJ Lenny Dee, who’s typically regarded as the world’s first hardcore DJ. Joining the party are Manu Le Malin, Akira, Buzz Fuzz, Peaky Pounder, Unexist, Promo and Obsession. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 22.00-late, €18 klinch: Súperrauw Pushing the boundaries of dance, punk, disco and electronica with sets from Boys Noize, Crookers, Ebony Bones, Bad Brilliance and, of course, Joost van Bellen. Melkweg, The Max, 22.00-late, €19 + membership
World: The Ipanemas The sounds of classic Brazil from the real McCoy. All the better if it’s a warm spring day. See short List. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €18 + membership
Drie Jaar Niks Celebrating their birthday, marking three years of, apparently, nothing. But at least there’ll be free vodka! And the line-up includes Herrie Gekkehuis, Steam Supreme and Aardvarck. Add live performances by Seymour Bits and The Pigtails, throw in a free ‘Nikstape’ for early birds, and all of a sudden nothing sounds like quite something. Flex Bar, 23.00-05.00, €8
Singer-songwriter: Open Mic Weekly podium for singers to share their tunes and hear their peers. Lots of international voices are heard, so you could be pleasantly surprised. Cafe Sappho, 21.00, free
Reggae: Gregory Isaacs Jamaican star, responsible for hits like ‘Night Nurse’, ‘Toot’, ‘Lonely Lover’ and ‘Cool Ruler’. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.00, €25 + membership
Singer-songwriter: Jana Hunter, Phosphorescent Floaty acoustic folk pop from Hunter (US). Raw gothic Americana from Matthew Houck, AKA Phosphorescent (US). Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.00, €9 + membership
Caput #4 The pop edition. Club 8, 22.00-04.00, €10
Rock: dEUS Belgium’s sophisticated indie-rock heroes delve back into the Dutch club scene to welcome the release of new album Vantage Point. Are they too old? Running on empty ideas? Well, they still have some lulling violin melodies toying with the guitar lines, and fans aren’t particularly fussed how ‘mature’ they get, seeing as tickets flew out the door. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, sold out
Bluegrass: Hayseed Dixie Are you a fan of O, Brother Where Art Thou? and classic rock songs? This is the band for you. They made their name with white-trash hillbilly-style bluegrass tributes to AC/DC and Kiss. Now no popular bands are safe from the Dixie. Trashy and stupid, yes, but good fun. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €13.50 + membership
Heavy: Every Time I Die Overly dramatic metalcore and hardcore to match the ‘badly applied eye-shadow’ band name. Support from Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Melkweg, The Max, 19.30, €12 + membership
Fool’s Gold Let’s dance to Joy Division! And to The Wombats! And other indie goldies! Winston Kingdom, 23.00-03.00, €5
Americana: South San Gabriel, Centro-matic The Will Johnson show, featuring sets from his two most prolific projects. Look out for a rootsy Texan journey from rock through to raw country. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 19.30, €10 + membership
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Rock: Die So Fluid, Pimpersticker Winston Kingdom, 21.00, €6
Jazz: Ready for Freddy Fat grooves from Jos de Haas (New Cool Collective), Stefan Schmidt (Zuco103), Alex Oele (Yinka), Stefan Kruger (Zuco103) and special guests. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 21.30, €5
Singer-songwriter: Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters A serving of anti-folk from the multi-talented artist/musician. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.00, €9 + membership
Opera: Un ballo in maschera (See Thursday) Het Muziektheater, 19.30, €15-€90
Classical: Piano Trios (See Monday) Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €33.50 Pop/Rock: Newton Faulkner This ginger Brit singer-songwriter is a rising star of the melodic pop world. Fans can lap up his cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and previous hit single ‘Dream Catch Me’, although it continually threatens to transform into ‘Supergirl’ by German balladeers Reamonn—never good. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €15 + membership Jazz: Fab Trio With bassist Joe Fonda, drummer Barry Altschul and violinist Billy Bang. Bimhuis, 21.00, €16 Heavy: Hallo Gallo! #5 Germans aren’t so bad. They can’t help being angry. So hardcore-ish noise from our neighbours Shokei and Kids Explode is perfectly acceptable. Maybe they’ll be more friendly if you pay €5 to display their listing. OCCII, 21.00, €5
DJBroadcast presents Clone We Are With I-F and Raiders of the Lost Arp (Rome). 11, 22.30 04.00, €12
Saturday 12 April Housekeeping House and acid party. Free entry is what comes to those who clean their kitchens on the weekend. Westergasterras, 22.00-03.00, free Kiss Off Raw electro and power pop: a strange combination only at first sight. Think about it. Both have tunes, both have beats, both are loud and both are made to jump around to. With the Homework DJs and Vance (of Fightclub fame). OT301, 22.00-03.00, €5 1+1=3 Rekorder & Vs Ensemble present their own sweet little pre-summer mini indoor festival throughout the Westergas locations (Westergasterras, Westerunie, Westerliefde & Flexbar). You’ll ﬁnd DJs like Johannes Heil, Bart Skils, Melon, Isis, Ille Bitch and De Man Zonder Schaduw and whatever dance music it takes to appease your weekend soul. Westergasterras, 22.00-04.00, €20 Betty en Billie’s BeatBoutique An intergalactic voyage into ’60s soul and pop hits. Club 8, 22.00 -04.00, €6 Dynamite A new night at Sugar Factory, aiming to get back to house basics but also throwing in a modern twist. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €12.50
Rock: Dancing With The AllStars Comedy covers from Kinderen Tegen Kinderen and rock from Pitch Blond. Winston Kingdom, 22.00, €5
Stop Zinloos Geluid Most sounds don’t make much sense. Where’s the value in screeching trams? Polyphonic ringtones? Screaming babies? The organisers of this technofest promise to make an end to all that acoustic futility by offering quality music. With Fabrice Lig, AKA Sould Designer, Ortin Cam, Daphne Darretta vs Angela Brown, Renzo, Dave de la Costa and Sinal Cord. Studio 80, 23.00-06.00, €12.50
Funk: Hipdrop Live session featuring members of Cmon & Kypski, Zuco 103 and Lefties Soul Connection. Bitterzoet, 22.00, €5
Bassline Spin Off meets the Battle of the Year afterparty. Urban, hiphop and big bass beats will rule. Paradiso, 23.59-05.00, €12 + membership
Contemporary: TryTone presents Experimental jazz concepts with sets from Duo Purves/Van Beek, Trio Van Bommel/Provan/Pallesen and Trio Baars/Kamperman/Duijves. Zaal 100, 21.00, €5
14 Gemengd Zwemmen Two rooms of swimmingly diverse noise. In The Max, it’s all ’80s and ’90s tunes; in the Oude Zaal, there’s alternative dance, pop, rock and indie hits. Melkweg, 23.59-late, €9
Party: Wasteland Famous and popular mixed (gay/straight) fetish party, albeit on the expensive side, at Northsea Venue in Zaandam. Strict dress-code by door bitches: rubber, leather, fetish goth, fetish glam— no jeans or other casual stuff. DJs Roog, Isis and Marcella. Bus service from Victoria Hotel, near CS, for which you have to fork out another 10 euros. Northsea Venue, Zaandam, 22.00-06.00, €45
Cabaret: Delirium Javier Guzman’s near-biographical solo performance, full of self-irony and brutal laughter, has already earned him the cabaret award Neerlands Hope. In Dutch. Comedy Theater, (Tues, Wed 20.30), €22
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Sunday 13 April
Supah Dupah In room one it’s UK Garage, 2Step and Electrobass. In room two, minimal electro, techno and tech-house. Studio 80, 22.00-late, €15
Social: Gay Speeddating Gay speeddating? Isn’t that what happens in darkrooms? Seriously, if you want more than a quick fumble, head to this evening where you get three minutes to introduce yourself to lots of single guys looking for something more serious. It’s even in the World Fashion Centre. How gay! Info: www.speedgaydating.nl or 0618283724. Grand Café Déﬁlé, 19.30
Theatre: Lieve Kitty Dood Paard with a new play about a group of people trapped in a windowless room. Anxiety and trepidation mix with a strong will to regain freedom with the power of imagination. Inspired by the Anne Frank diaries. In Dutch. Frascati, (Wed 20.30), €12
1+1=3 Afterparty Rock, rave, rock-rave and more beats of all kinds for those who just won’t stop. Flex Bar, 04.00-even later, €7.50
WickedJazzSounds Jazz, hiphop, broken beats, nu-jazz, funk and Afro sounds, as classic vinyl collides with live musicians. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €9.50
Monday 14 April Cheeky Monday True skool jungle and drum & bass, featuring players from the local and international scenes. Winston Kingdom, 21.00-03.00, €6
Tuesday 15 April Ping Pong Bar Aaah, table tennis. A hopelessly underrated party sport. Running around with a little bat in hand is way higher on the coolness scale than posing with a cue—but only a select few seem to understand that. Still, those select few are fun people and should come over here tonight. OT301, 21.00, free
GAY& LESBIAN Edited by Willem de Blaauw.
Friday 11 April Party: Galore! When party organisers ArtLaunch and UNK get together, you get Galore! The fourth edition already, and this time resident DJs Lupe and Martijn will be joined by up-and-coming DJ Mike Nunes spinning a steamy R&B meets electro set, plus a wicked performance from Killercaterpiller. Go Galore! Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €10
Saturday 12 April Sport: Rugby Training Forget footie! Gay rugby team NOP organises an introduction lesson for those interested in this far more sexy and butch game. Get yer gear on and head for Museumplein, come rain or shine. Museumplein, 14.00-16.00 Party: (Z)onderbroek Drop your pants and dance in your most sexy briefs/Y-fronts/boxers or jockstrap at this men-only afternoon fun party. DJ Benjamin (Orange Ball, White Party) spins steamy tunes. If the heat on the—tiny—danceﬂoor gets too much, head for the balcony for some relaxing action. Club La, 16.00-20.00, €12
Opening Theatre: Overgang ‘I’m not a girl, not yet a woman... I’m not a woman, not yet a granny...’ One-woman show by La Karin Bloemen about transitions between life periods. In Dutch. Meervaart, (Thur 20.15), €25.50 Dance: Mirage Artistic leader Itzik Galili’s farewell show. In a co-production with Grand Theatre Groningen, Galili presents a compilation of six of the most important choreographies of his career. Theater Bellevue, (Thur 20.30), €16
Music/Theatre: De Gelukkige Prins A dreamlike performance for kids—and grown-up kids—of Oscar Wilde’s bittersweet tale about the happy prince and unhappy people. Accompanied by a Schubert string quartet. Stadsschouwburg, (Wed 16.00), €12.50-€17.50
Ongoing Theatre: Rechtstreeks Sprankelend New one-man show from multi-tasker Paul Haenen, with his wellknown and well-loved alter egos Margreet Dolman, Dominee Gremdaat and Dokter Valentijn. Betty Asfalt Complex, (Thur-Sat, Tues, Wed 20.30, Sun 15.00), €16 Performance: Varekai Yet another Cirque du Soleil touring monster. This one is based loosely on the Greek myth of Icarus, and as you’d expect, features acrobatics and theatrical circus trickery on a scale most wouldn’t dare. Grand Chapiteau, (Thur-Sat, Tues, Wed 19.30, Fri, Sat, Wed also 15.30, Sun 13.00, 17.00), €25-€74 Theatre: Naar Damascus Ingmar Bergman meets David Lynch in this Strindberg play, brought to stage by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Directed by Pierre Audi, the play is about the writer’s struggle with relations, fame and religion. In Dutch. Stadsschouwburg, (Thur-Sat 20.15), €12-€23 Theatre: Frankenstein! New piece by d’Electrique. The 1818 horror classic is used as a metaphor and satire for today’s issues like make-overs, fusion, cross-overs and short-cuts. Or—as they say—the whole problem about integration caught in one body. In Dutch. Frascati, (Thur-Sat 20.30), €14
Theatre: Bij Nacht Set in a nameless hotel, Bij Nacht is a play about nightly encounters of people desperately searching for a bit of life in an unlively Theatre: Lente During the John Everett Millais exhitown, at an unlively time. Directed by Anne van Dorp. bition, Olivier Provily presents a piece about five In Dutch. Gasthuis, (Thur-Sat 21.00), €8 age n this pyoung women moving through time. Shreds of poetry o s k c blo lange Theatre: Ad Memoriam Revocarum t 502—de and music underscore their unfulﬁlled longings. The t bough reis Part three ofPiDiscordia’s nk Poin long-term project about weather and the passing of the seasons are also the form and structure of contemporary drama. interwoven throughout, as the public watch from Expect a new instalment every season, through 2011. behind glass. Van Gogh Museum, (Fri 20.00), €10 In Dutch. Frascati, (Thur-Sat 21.00), €12 (includes access to exhibition) Music/Theatre: Tusschen Dam en Rembrandtplein Comedy: easylaughs Comedy improv in English. A musical performance about the life of Dirk Witte, Two knee-slapping shows every Friday night. CREA dealer in wood and songwriting. Having spent his Muziekzaal, (Fri 20.30, 22.30), €8, €5 (late night) short life constantly torn between two careers, two Dance: Zeitung The new dance work, Zeitung, by towns, two lifestyles and two women, Witte died in leading choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaek1932 through unclear circumstances, drunk and only er, is created to music by Bach. In close 47. In Dutch. Theater Bellevue, (Thur-Sat, Tues, Wed collaboration with pianist Alain Franco, Bach’s com20.30), €15 positions are confronted by the 20th-century oeuvre Theatre: Pijlers van de Samenleving Ibsen’s of Anton Webern, the man who is probably Bach’s breakthrough work about a successful small-town closest rival in compositional genius. Franco will perbusinessman, whose well-established life threatens form the songs live, while the dances are performed to fall apart when his cousins from the States come by De Keersmaeker’s own troupe, Rosas. Het Muziekvisit. With them, they not only bring open-mindedtheater, (Fri, Sat 20.15), €15-€35 ness, but also a dark secret from the past. In Dutch. Music/Dance: Wonderland With dancers Katie Duck Theater Bellevue, (Fri-Sun 20.30), €16 and Lee Miri, and contrabassist Wlbert de Joode. Dance: Sinfonia Eroïca Mozart’s early opera OT301, (Sun 16.00), €4 Bastien und Bastienne is combined with Beethoven’s Music/Theatre: Urban Myth: Echte Liefde A music third symphony for a playful dance performance theatre performance based on Shakespeare’s love about everyday heroism and the waywardness of sonnets (in new translations by Freek de Jonge, Huub love. Choreography by Michèle Anne de Mey, who van der Lubbe and more) and a Beigbeder novel. In co-founded dance ensemble Rosas in 1983. StadssDutch. Theater Bellevue, (Mon, Tues 20.30), €13.50 chouwburg, (Tues 20.15), €12-€22.50
10-16 April 2008
ART More listings at www.amsterdamweekly.nl.
Opening Exhibition Gerrit Rietveld Academy Thiry-nine ﬁne arts students present a beautiful selection of paintings, installations, sculptures and video works following an intense two month work period. De Service Garage (Wed-Sun 13.00-18.00), opens Friday, until 20 April Expanding the City Various photographers present their take on Amsterdam’s Zuidas. The show introduces a cross-section of the Zuidas Virtual Museum’s Zoom Collection, providing a unique compilation of different perspectives on a construction site in development. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), opens Friday, until 22 June Stella Faber: Foliage Presenting the work of Faber, who photographed the mountainous rainforests in Ecuador and Costa Rica. She researches the inner landscape of the rainforest in all its original complexity and dignity. Her choice not to display its fauna and the human inﬂuence on its surroundings results in images of a timeless dreamscape. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), opens Friday, until 29 May Double Diplomacy New works by Folkert de Jong (sculpture) and Fendry Ekel (paintings). The exhibition expresses the attitude of the two artists towards daily life, the formal aspects of art and the art practice by exploring imagery from historical sources. Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00), opens Saturday, until 10 May Paul de Reus: Hello Earth, part 2 Solo exhibition. Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten-d’Eendt (Thur-Sat 11.0018.00), opens Saturday, until 17 May
Rachel Howard Rachel Howard New work by the acclaimed British painter. Museum van Loon (Fri-Mon 11.00-17.00), opens Saturday, until 26 May Thrill & Suspense! Diverse works by 19 young and talented artists from home and abroad. Walls Gallery, opens Saturday, until 24 May Tobias Lehner: Multiplexor The ﬁrst solo exhibition in the Netherlands by the Leipzig-based painter. Grimm Fine Art (Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00), opens Saturday, until 20 May
10-16 April 2008
Jessica Dimmock—The Ninth Floor An exhibition of socially-engaged photography by the young American photographer. This disturbing portrait series features a group of young heroin addicts living in a ninth-ﬂoor apartment in Manhattan, New York. Simultaneously sympathetic and ruthless, Dimmock takes a disconcertingly close view of her subject. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 1 June
Trail Openings An extended chance to wander between galleries in De Jordaan. This week: Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Annet Gelink Gallery, Diana Stigter and Ronmandos. Various locations (Sat 17.00-19.00), opens Saturday
MAGNUM Photos 60 years This collection uses photographs, books and texts to illustrate the history of MAGNUM year by year, giving visitors the opportunity to view work by 83 photographers. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 12 May
Under The Surface An international selection of contemporary artists working in the ﬁeld of non objective art provide a show about painting without paintings. RC de Ruimte (Thur-Sun 13.00-17.00), IJmuiden, opens Saturday, until 11 May
Lucas Lenglet: A Canary in a Coalmine Lenglet continues a series of installations in which he explores the ambiguities of ‘the architecture of security’. His work can be regarded as a visualisation of the increased state of vigilance in Western society, though at the same time he uses the aesthetic means of the sculptor to create a sort of dramaturgy of trust to accompany it. Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 12 May
Frisse Koeien The cows are back in town. De Kunstfabriek (Tues-Fri 12.00-18.00, Sat, Sun 12.00-17.00), opens Tuesday, until 15 May
Museums De Koers van de Stad Helping to visualise the growth and future transitions planned for Amsterdam and the surrounding region. ARCAM (Tues-Sat 13.00-17.00), closing Saturday Bisj Poles—Sculptures From the Rainforest An exhibition of 58 bisj poles from New Guinea, brought to life in a thrilling combination of light, sound and film. Tropenmuseum (Daily 10.00 17.00), closing Sunday Alexandra Bircken: Units Brit artist Bircken adopts an unorthodox approach to sculpture. She constructs wobbly armatures of bent twigs and tree branches and then stretches between them brightly coloured wools and other materials. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), closing Sunday Hidden Afghanistan A deluxe exhibition presenting a ‘not war-torn’ vision of this nation at the crossroads of civilisations in central Asia. At its core, 250 archaeological objects will be displayed. Nieuwe Kerk (Fri-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur 10.00-22.00), until 20 April PANL Sony Alpha Awards Prize-winning photography from the world of advertising, editorial and fashion. Also featured is the results of the PANL Sony Masterclass. Oude Kerk (Mon-Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.00), until 20 April Show Yourself Diverse excerpts of work by and about Benno Premsela. Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 27 April Benno Premsela—Voorvechter van Homo-Emancipatie Books, magazines and photos highlighting the history of acclaimed designer and gay rights activist Premsela. Centrale Bibliotheek (Daily), until 27 April Allora & Calzadilla—Never Mind That Noise You Heard An opportunity to see and hear recent installations and videos that consider the continuum between noise and music as a productive measure and potentially rich tool through which cultural, social and political relationships can be gauged and challenged. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 4 May Anton Heyboer Diverse works in a career overview of this renowned eccentric, who died in 2005. Included are photo collages, etchings, drawings and cartoons. Jan van der Togt Museum (Wed-Sun 13.00-17.00), Amstelveen, until 4 May Art Nouveau The best of French and Russian art nouveau. Hermitage Amsterdam (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 5 May
Territorial Phantom Employing a whole mix of attitudes, viewpoints and forms, the international artists represented here respond to the concept of occupying and possessing space with a series of multidisciplinary multimedia works. Montevideo/Time Based Arts (Tues-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 12 May John Everett Millais He was the foremost painter of the English Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Britain’s most successful artist of the latter half of the 19th century. His jewel-like, highly detailed paintings exude a dreamy, serene atmosphere, and this exhibition comprises some 100 works, covering all aspects of Millais’ career. Van Gogh Museum (Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-22.00), until 18 May Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters—Women of Art and Science Containing the most important and inﬂuential natural history art from the Netherlands in the 17th century, this exhibition features more than a hundred rarely displayed masterpieces, including original drawings, watercolours, gouaches, prints and books. Rembrandthuis (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 18 May Tobias Rehberger: the chicken-and-egg-no-problem wall-painting The first major Dutch retrospective of works by German artist Tobias Rehberger, who in the mid-’90s gained an international reputation for objects and installations at the interface of ﬁne art, design and architecture. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 25 May
Daniel & Geo Fuchs: STASI—Secret rooms This exhibition opens up the hidden rooms once used by the STASI, the infamous East German secret service, in a series of monumental photos. While much of the former DDR infrastructure has been destroyed or given an entirely new function, the clandestine spaces that Daniel and Geo Fuchs photographed are still in their original condition. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 4 June Lucian Freud The ﬁrst ever Dutch retrospective of this extraordinary and unconventional German artist. Gemeentemuseum (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), Den Haag, until 8 June Superheroes and Schlemiels Superman, Maus, The Rabbi’s Cat and many other heroes and anti-heroes from the art of comics feature in this exhibition of comics and graphic novels by Jewish artists. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), until 8 June Kurt Lubinski: Photographer in Exile Documentary portraits by this German photographer, who gained a signiﬁcant reputation as a successful photojournalist for his worldly travel reportages in the ’20s and ’30s. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), until 8 June Michael Najjar—Augmented Realities, Works 1997–2008 The first major retrospective of the 41year-old Berlin-based media artist, ﬁlling 800 square meters of the museum. Much of his polished images deal with the theme of human life being controlled by computers and information technology. GEM (TuesSun 12.00-18.00), Den Haag, until 29 June Amsterdam and the House of Orange An exhibition surveying the ties which have bound Amsterdam and the House of Orange over the centuries. Amsterdams Historisch Museum (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 31 August Palestine 1948 On 14 May 2008 it will be exactly 60 years ago that the State of Israel was founded. This long term presentation shows how this event affected the lives of individual Palestinians. Tropenmuseum (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 4 January 2009
Galleries Wyman Shoots His ﬁne art photos have been shown across the world over the past couple of years—even previously in Rotterdam. Now The Rolling Stones’ bassist brings his work here. Yoshiko Matsumoto Gallery (Wed-Sar 13.30-18.30), closing Saturday Jan Adriaans, Basje Boer, Antje Peters Photography. Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (Wed-Fri 13.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-17.00), closing Saturday Nelson Carrilho Paintings and objects. BIHP (ThurSat 12.00-18.00), closing Sunday
Edwin Zwakman: Fake But Accurate A retrospective of well-known Dutch photographer Zwakman, in which his three latest series can be seen together for the ﬁrst time. Huis Marseille (Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 25 May
Karel Appel—Jazz 1958-1962 One of the nation’s most famous post-war artists, this collection comprises some 23 large-scale works. CoBrA Museum (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 1 June
(De)Construct Contemporary Cuban art: aquarelles by Armando Mariño; photos by Liset Castillo; and installations by Inti Hernandez. Galerie Hof & Huyser (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 19 April It Ain’t Necessarily So A synthesis of Rogi Wieg’s poetry and Elizabeth Kleinveld’s photography, which together tell the story of the transformative effect of having to rebuild anew in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dikker&Thijs Fenice Hotel (Mon-Sat 17.00-23.00), until 20 April Jason Eden Collages by the American artist, inspired by Playboy. Galerie Rademakers (Tue-Sun 11.0017.30), until 20 April Mediaal Featuring paintings by Congo artist Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, an installation by Marlijn Franken and photography by Olivier Middendorp. Atelier 408 (Wed-Sun 12.00-17.00), until 20 April Het Oog Photography students in the third phase of their courses present selections of their best works. Fotogram (Mon-Thur 09.30-21.00, Fri, Sat 09.3017.00), until 23 April Barbara Wijnveld A series of self portraits utilising varied painting and drawing techniques. Galerie Bart (Thur, Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 12.00-17.00), until 26 April Lalla Essaydi In the photography series Converging Territories, Essaydi brings different worlds together. Her memories of youth in Morocco are her most important source of inspiration; in particular the punishments she received when crossing the barriers of acceptable behaviour. Witzenhausen Gallery (Elandsstraat) (Thur-Sat 12.00-18.00), until 26 April Menso Groeneveld: White Motivic Sounds Paintings exploring the boundaries between music, sound and visual expression. AYAC’S (Fri, Sat 13.00-17.30), until 26 April The Digital View Exploring the influence of digital media and techniques on contemporary art, featuring a selection of national and international artists. Arti et Amicitiae (Tues-Sun 13.00-18.00), until 27 April Hunger & Work in a Savage Tribe Poetic messages—written and otherwise—created by graffiti artist Laser 3.14 and multimedia artist Jimmy Rage from the overflow of images and texts found in the public sphere. ABC Treehouse (Thur-Sun 13.0018.00), until 27 April Underlying Spirit of Women Paintings by Annelies Damen. Studio White Space (Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 12.00-17.00), until 30 April Wubbo de Jong A selection of photos by De Jong, who spent 28 years working as a photographer for Het Parool. Blow Up Gallery (Thur, Fri 14.00-18.00, Sat 13.00-18.00), until 2 May Judith van Bilderbeek Colourful paintings by the Den Haag artist. Ververs Gallery (Thur-Sat 12.0017.30), until 3 May My baked people are living in water painted landscapes Veritably enormous enlargements of small colourful sketches made by Martes Bathori while walking through the streets of various cities, reminiscent of the well-known Japanese woodblock prints made by Hiroshige (1797-1858). Soledad Senlle Gallery (Mon-Sat 11.00-17.00), until 3 May
Experience and Logic Structure Installations that challenge the dimension of the space they reside in, built and conceived by artist William Speakman. 2x2projects (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 3 May Jozef van Ruyssevelt: In de Ban van het Licht Paintings by the late Flemish virtuoso artist. Galerie de Rietlanden Exposities (Sat, Sun 13.00 -17.00), until 4 May
Boek Zoekt Lezer A historical overview of the Dutch literature world, showcasing advertising from the 17th century to the present. UvA: Special Collections Library (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 13.00-17.00), until 28 May Eyes Wide Open The Stedelijk Museum presents a selection of recently acquired paintings, photographs, examples of ﬁlm and video art, sculptures and graphic works by artists working in the Netherlands or elsewhere. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 1 June
Eigen Werk Eerst Artistic all-rounder Chiel van Zelst unveils a batch of new works. Chiellerie (Daily 14.0018.00), until 18 April
State of Transition Paintings by Johannes van Vugt (1954) that, in portraying a single moment, suggest the universal rites of passage that people experience, from the loss of a pet, to puberty, to a cherished automobile from one’s youth. Suzanne Biederberg Gallery (Wed-Sat 14.00-18.00), until 3 May
Hong Kong Visions
Expanding the City, see Opening
ANUSCHKA BLOMMERS AND NIELS SCHUMM
Wim de Haan—Drawings 1954-1964 Around 50 drawings from the late period of the artist’s life (he lived from 1913-1967), whose often intuitive and expressionistic style has a powerful immediacy. Much of the determination felt in his work is said to be born of his experiences as a Japanese POW in WWII. CoBrA Museum (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 1 June
Building Lightness Architectural designs that embrace ‘lightness’. Fonds BKVB (Mon-Fri 10.0017.00), until 18 April
Hong Kong Visions Around 70 georgous and evocative shots snapped by 10 known Dutch photographers, capturing various scenes in Hong Kong. Muziekgebouw (Sun-Thur 10.00-01.00; Fri, Sat 10.00-02.00), until 17 April
Jacek Laskus: Of Women Persuasion Digital stills by the cinematographer and photographer, expressing his admiration and possible fear for the female gender. Gallery WM (Thurs-Sat 14.00 18.00), until 4 May Perspective of Disappearance Visual art duo Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen show how nature proves its strength every time man tries to control it, by building a miniature landscape, representative of the Netherlands, which the viewer walks through. Platform 21 (Thur-Sun 12.00-18.00), until 4 May
www.amsterdamweekly.nl/forsale The Breakers / De Branding A follow-up to previous exhibition ‘The Settlement / De Afrekening’—where the museum director invited W139 to make an exhibition with the Zuiderzeemuseum’s collection—now the W139 director has invited artists Zoro Feigl and Natasha Rosling to do the same with objects found in the museum’s depots in Enkhuizen and Hoogwoud. W139 (Sun-Thur 11.00 -20.00, Fri, Sat 11.00 22.00), until 4 May Joram Roukes Drawings and paintings. Carhartt Store (Daily), until 7 May Aurélien Froment: Acknowledgement The French artist presents a series of works which tackle the issue of image manipulation and the importance of reference systems. Motive Gallery (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 10 May Charlotte Dumas: Tiger Tiger Photographic portraits of tigers in nature reserves and zoos throughout the US. Galerie Paul Andriesse (Tues-Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 14.00-18.00), until 10 May Sit: Unwired Documenting the process of an Amsterdam street artist stepping away from his computer and getting back to black-and-white basics. GO Gallery (Wed-Sat 12.00 -18.00, Sun 13.00-17.00), until 11 May Field Work—Part One As a two-part exhibition and an ongoing discussion, Field Work conjectures two parallel, interconnected, and yet differently orientated trajectories that encompass art, nature and ecology. Featured are works by Allora & Calzadilla, Andrea Geyer, Marine Hugonnier, Lasse Lau and Jason Middlebrook. SMART Project Space (Tues-Sat 12.00-17.00), until 17 May Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk: Salon Printemps 2008 Monumental three-dimensional ceramic objects and oil paintings inspired by Victorian artists like Arnold Böcklin and Viktor Vasnetsov, Catholic devotion cards and works of the the Arts and Crafts movement. KochxBos Gallery (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 17 May Chris Shaw: Life as a Night Porter Shaw spent 10 years working in London hotels, all the while using his camera to both document the hotel’s unexpected human spectacles and keep himself awake through the long hours of his shifts. Hup Gallery (Tues, Thur, Fri 10.00-17.00), until 1 June Hairbusiness: Heads and Tales An interactive multimedia installation bringing to life the intimate world of the hairdresser, where guards are let down—both physically and emotionally—as you stare into the mirror. Imagine IC (Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 11.00-17.00, Thur 11.00-21.00), until 14 June De Staat van de Straat Window exhibits featuring diverse street art from the collection of André Eggens. Bellamyplein (Daily till 00.00), until 15 June Arnout Killian: Park Solo exhibition featuring colourful and vibrant paintings inspired by Vondelpark in the summer. Van Zijll Langhout (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00), until 30 June
Lecture/Debate: Nacht van de ﬁlosoﬁe An extensive programme with lectures, debates, workshops, performances and more, all centred around the theme ‘the city’. Speakers and performers include Job Cohen, Paul Scheffer and Bas Heijne, Ramsey Nasr and Nazmiye Oral, Lieven de Cauter and René Boomkens, Ad Verbrugge, Rik Pinxten and Yman Mahrach, and many more. See www.felixmeritis.nl. Felix Meritis, (Fri 20.00-02.00), €35 Experimental: AUXXX Sounds from Tetraphobe. Songs, noise, fun and laughter from some of Amsterdam’s boldest and limitless DJs. Some tap dancing by Marije Nie and films from Eric Stanga, which are sculptural animations of Russian and Irish horror stories. OT301, (Fri 21.00), €5 Festival: Motel Mozaïque Rotterdam’s premium multidisciplinary indoor festival is full of live bands, art, theatre and adventurous snoozing. This year’s rounds include appearances from the likes of Goldfrapp, dEUS, Jamie Lidell, Trentemøller, M83, Guillemots, Foals, Simone White, Be Your Own Pet, A Fine Frenzy, The Gutter Twins, Low, PIPS:lab and Conny Janssen Danst. See Short List. Various locations, Rotterdam, (Fri, Sat), €30/€55 Party: Reclaim the Streets An event to take back the streets, organised by the ‘Autonomous Activists of Amsterdam’. Somewhere in the city centre there’ll be bands, soundsystems, performances and DIY art projects. Power to the people. On the streets. Amsterdam, somewhere in the city centre, (Sat 15.00), free Music/Dance: Battle of the Year Benelux A brutal body-poppin’ breakdance contest judged by kings of the scene: Rock Steady Crew (USA), Vagabond (FR), Flying Steps and Rock Force (USA). Paradiso, (Sat 19.00), €10 Party: Barrio Mix Store Live painting. Live music. Live alcoholic beverages. Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina, (Sat 22.00), €5
10-16 April 2008 Comedy Theater Nes 110 Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 2-6, 671 8345 Consortium Veemkade 570, 06 2611 8950 CREA Muziekzaal Turfdraagsterpad 17, 525 1400 Desmet Studios Plantage Middenlaan 4A, 521 7100 Dikker&Thijs Fenice Hotel Prinsengracht 444, 778 1947 Felix Meritis Keizersgracht 324, 626 2321 Flex Bar Pazzanistraat 1, 486 2123 Foam Keizersgracht 609, 551 6546 Fonds BKVB Brouwersgracht 276, 523 1523 Fotogram Korte Prinsengracht 33, 624 9994 Frascati Nes 63, 626 6866 Galerie Bart Bloemgracht 2, 320 6208 Galerie de Rietlanden Exposities Rietlandpark 193, 419 4705 Ferdinand van Dieten-d'Eendt Spuistraat 270, 626 5777 Galerie Gabriel Rolt Elandsgracht 34, 785 5146 Galerie Hof & Huyser Bloemgracht 135, 420 1995 Galerie Paul Andriesse Withoedenveem 8, 623 6237 Galerie Rademakers Prinsengracht 570-572, 6225496 Gallery WM Elandsgracht 35, 421 1113 Gasthuis Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 54, 683 8494 GEM Stadhouderslaan 43, Den Haag, 070 338 1133 Gemeentemuseum Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag, 070 338 1111 GO Gallery Prinsengracht 64, 422 9580 Grand Chapiteau near Amsterdam ArenA (P2) Grimm Fine Art Hazenstraat 24, 422 7227 Heineken Music Hall ArenA Boulevard 590, 0900 300 1250 Hermitage Amsterdam Nieuwe Herengracht 14, 530 8751 Huis Marseille Keizersgracht 401, 531 8989 Hup Gallery Tesselschadestraat 15, 515 8589 Imagine IC Bijlmerplein 1006-1008, 489 4866 Jan van der Togt Museum Dorpsstraat 50, Amstelveen, 641 5754 Joods Historisch Museum Jonas Daniel Meijerplein 2-4, 531 0310
Film/Discussion: Creative City Re-Imagined So what is the state of Amsterdam as a creative capital? And what chance do cultural initiatives stand without subsidies? Questions that seem to bother quite a few people nowadays. After screenings of Table, Bed, Chair, a documentary about the development of the country’s squat movement, and Undercurrent, about OT301, which has recently undergone the transformation from autonomous squat to ofﬁcial cultural centre, there’ll be a discussion with Karin Christoph (agentur:in transit), Jaap Draaisma (Urban Resort), Niels de Groot (Damoclash), Dirk Roosen (OT301) and more. See Short List. De Balie, (Mon 20.30), €7
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Festival: Springdance Opening day of this vibrant dance festival in Utrecht. Springdance is unique in the Netherlands as a festival that focuses on the most current developments in international contemporary dance. Each year it constantly seeks to renew and broaden the concept of dance. See www.springdance.nl. Until 26 April. Various locations, Utrecht, (Wed), various prices
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Souperb sarnies Soup Kitchen Nieuwendijk 50, 624 8700 Open daily 11.00-22.00 Cash I’d like to offer my humble thanks, dear readers, for your support to ‘unblock’ my column last week. I find that a financial laxative works quite well, don’t you? This week I found myself mulling a fancy word: boborygmology, or the study of stomach rumbling. My lower parts sounded like I was terminally sucking on a gurgling water pipe when I stepped into Soup Kitchen, an eatery and take-out restaurant conveniently located en route to Centraal Station from Dam square. Two pretty ladies smiled as I entered, hoping a healthy liquid meal would calm my belly. The shop advertises that its soups are made fresh each day, using ecologically friendly produce, right there in front of customers as they wait. There were six covered stainless steel pots before me. ‘You may taste,’ explained one of the lovely ladies, as I apparently seemed confused. ‘See what appeals to you.’ She opened the first pot to reveal a cream-ofspinach soup, which she said was served with red pesto. There was also tomato soup, topped with couscous and parmesan cheese, which sounded intriguing. I tried the sweet potato soup topped with coriander and sour cream, and some mushroom soup with fresh herbs. They were both tasty, but ultimately I settled on the spicy Thai chicken soup with mango and coriander.
THE UNDERCOVER GLUTTON There were six covered stainless steel pots before me. ‘You may taste,’ explained one of the lovely ladies, as I apparently seemed confused. The soups come in four sizes, small to extra large (prices range from €2.95 to €5.35, or an extra-large, only for take-away, for €8.40), and they come with two slices of brown or white bread
and butter, pesto or tapenade. Lest my soup get lonely, I decided to order a sandwich as well. There were six different baguette sandwich options—among
them, smoked beef on crispy lettuce with tarragon dressing, tuna salad or smoked salmon—all for €5.00. Or, you can choose the ‘Meal Deal’, which includes a medium-sized soup and sandwich for €7.50. I decided on baked chicken with lettuce, tomato and tangy garlic-dill dressing, though I was a little wary because often I regret the chicken decision, since I usually end up with rubberised comedy-kip, which I gnaw mournfully as I enviously gaze on my neighbour’s selection. The soup was tasty, though not as spicy as I’d expect for a Thai soup. The chef obviously chose to make it milder to appeal to the typical fast-food palate, and placed old faithful Tabasco sauce on the counter in case anyone cared to spice it up a bit. My sandwich was filled with succulent chunks of chicken on sliced tomato and curly lettuce. The dill dressing, with just the merest hint of garlic, was surprisingly good, and the combination of textures and flavours was great. You might even call it ‘souper’. There are so many tourist venues that cater to the one time visit and don’t give a damn about what they serve. Soup Kitchen clearly takes its job seriously. In addition to soups and sandwiches, you can get salads, bagels and fresh juice—all healthy stuff at a reasonable price. The other nice thing about Soup Kitchen, situated as it is on Nieuwendijk just south of Prins Hendrikkade, is its excellent location. As I sat on my barstool munching and slurping away, I could look out through the eatery’s huge glass windows onto the heart of hustling-bustling tourist Amsterdam. It was especially exciting to be there as rush hour began to throttle the city. One poor tourist, holding luggage in one hand and a cell phone in the other was nearly hit (splat!) by a bus, and he was totally unaware. Everyone inside giggled nervously, and nuzzled closer to our comfort food.
10-16 April 2008 Battling evil cell phones in De bug.
The programme: ten days of fantasy, horror and general mayhem. The plan: if you can’t choose, go for the shorts.
LOOKING OUT FOR THE LITTLE ONES FILM The Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival Until 20 April. Pathé Tuschinksi. www.afff.nl By Luuk van Huet
Fans flocking to the 24th fun-filled edition of the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, which kicks off this week, must select from so many titles, events and festivities that the choice can be as overwhelming as waking up during a zombie infestation.
Whether you’re drooling over Goth god Tim Burton as he drops in 9 April for his Career Achievement Award, or hooting and hollering during the Night of Terror, or taking your kids to play superhero at the Filmmuseum, the sheer number of possible AFFF activities is positively bewildering. There’s one aspect of the festival that might be easy to overlook, but is in fact the most aesthetically effective investment of your precious time: European Fantastic Shorts, featuring 26 films from all over the
continent wrapped into two 90-minute compilations. This cinematic smorgasbord includes four films by old AFFF favourite Professor Nieto, in which the French animator conducts academic experiments on some very unusual fauna, aided by computer-generated trickery. There’s also the Swedish Love and War, a re-creation of Pearl Harbor as a 15-minute opera performed by puppets. The six selected Dutch films provide a strong home-grown contribution. The morbid Mortel was last year’s Dutch candidate for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar. In Popo, Victor Low stars as a depressed clown for hire, while Carry Tefsen has a ‘Zeg eens Aaargh!’ moment when she battles an evil cell phone in De bug. Famous actors and Academy Award nods are all nice and dandy, but how did a little film like De overkant (‘The Other Side’), a student project by the Spanishborn, Amsterdam-based director Iván López Nuñez, get selected (and tipped for a Silver Melies for Best European Short)? We caught up with the film-maker to find out.
An enthused López explains: ‘Normally the Filmacademie doesn’t want films made in your third year to be shown, as it is believed the quality is too low. But I figured it would be okay to send De overkant to Duistere Openbaringen, a small Dutch horror festival [in Helmond], where it was selected and shown. They might have seen it there.’ De overkant deals with a recognisable problem for most Mokumers: an open drawbridge bars the way for a young Asian exchange student trying to get home. When two yuppies appear only to start a game of squash, using the bridge as a wall, a minor hindrance becomes a major problem. López remarks: ‘I wanted it to be similar to an American genre film from the ‘80s, in which the protagonist is put into increasingly shitty situations only to overcome them. And I wanted comedy that crossed over into brutality, to make the viewers uneasy.’ Why López’s more recent final project, the remarkable dark comedy Pijn, wasn’t selected, he doesn’t know: ‘They might not have seen it. Or it might not fit the genre.’ A lover of genre cinema himself, López is currently writing a script with the intriguing working title ‘Kees de Vries Killed President Kennedy’. So make sure you have future bragging rights to one day snootily say: ‘Yes, that was nice, but I preferred his earlier work...’ European Fantastic Shorts #1 (Love and War, Prof. Nieto Show #1&2) screens Thursday 10, Sunday 13 and Tuesday 15 April. European Fantastic Shorts #2 (Prof. Nieto Show #3&4, Mortel, Popo, De Bug, De Overkant) is showing on Friday 11, Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 April. All films at Pathé Tuschinski.
Five-Word Movie Review
Edited by Julie Phillips.This week’s ﬁlms reviewed by Massimo Benvegnù (MB),Angela Dress (AD),Don Druker (DD),Andrea Gronvall (AG),Luuk van Huët (LvH),JR Jones (JJ),Dave Kehr (DK),Marie-Claire Melzer (MM),Mike Peek (MP),Julie Phillips (JP),Bart Plantenga (BP), Gusta Reijnders (GR),Jonathan Rosenbaum (JR),Marinus de Ruiter (MdR) and Bregtje Schudel (BS).All ﬁlms are screened in English with Dutch subtitles unless otherwise noted. Amsterdam Weekly recommends.
Festivals Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival Films from George A Romero’s Diary of the Dead to Japanese animation and Thai Westerns, not to mention the traditional Night of Terror on Saturday. Special guest Tim Burton will do a signing session on Thursday, 15.00-15.30, in Tuschinski Arthouse. See article, above. Pathé Tuschinski AFFF Kids Special children’s programming, including films, classic series (Flipper, Batman) and a course in How to Be a Superhero. Filmmuseum CinemAsia Continues through Sunday, with Friday and Saturday nights devoted to new Japanese cult films. English subtitles. Rialto Film IsReal A new festival of Israel features a lively, mixed programme, including opening film Jellyfish and Silver Bear winner Beaufort. See Special Screenings and Short List. Het Ketelhuis
LOVING FAMILY ACCEPTS PLASTIC GIRLFRIEND Lars and the Real Girl Kriterion, The Movies
Shine a Light
New this week Le Ballon Rouge & Crin-Blanc These classic shorts by French director Albert Lamorisse are so pure in their emotion and elemental in their drama that parents may be as moved as their kids. In Le Ballon Rouge (1956, 34 min.) a little boy’s blue-grey existence is brightened by the arrival of a dramatically red balloon. In the lesser-known Crin-Blanc (‘White Mane’, 1953, 40 min.) a boy forges a bond with a proud wild stallion. Both ﬁlms tell the same story—the balloon is coveted by neighbourhood bullies, the stallion by mercenary horse wranglers—and both end with a moment of transcendence, as the boy and his prized ‘friend’ escape the cruel world of grown-ups for the limitless unknown. (JJ) De Uitkijk
It’s a Free World... In this ironically titled movie, director of the lower class par excellence Ken Loach collaborates again with his long-time screenwriter, Paul Laverty. Angie, a bike-riding beauty and single mom, gets the sack from an employment agency and decides to start up one of her own. Although Loach’s
anti-heroine means well—she’s only trying to make a better life for herself and her 11-year-old—she gradually turns from exploited to exploiter as she starts to use illegal workers from Eastern Europe. The ﬁlm traces Angie’s progression but never passes moral judgement. In her gritty, Loachy world no solutions are given, but viewers can’t help questioning the political system in which Angie ﬂourishes. (GR) 93 min. Kriterion
by American soldiers in Vietnam, this ﬁlm goes much further in its rejection of American justifications for war, but it’s also a good deal coarser in much of its overall conception as well as its style. (JR) 90 min. Studio K
Shine a Light Martin Scorsese brings his superb eye (and ear) to a Rolling Stones concert experience. Closer to The Last Waltz than No Direction Home in its structure, Shine a Light intercuts live performances of the band at the Beacon Theatre aingeNYC with some p facing clips of its members’ TVe appearances over the course th cks on lo b 0 0 It’s Hard to Be Nice Tragicomedy by Srdjan Vuletic ouof their 1 40-odd-year career. A funny prologue of the t h g b ademie about a taxi driver in Sarajevo who hasebeen band’s interaction with Scorsese adds extra cinematic ld Achanging Rietotvbetter out with petty criminals but decides his ways. ﬂair. If you’re not embarrassed to see grandpas JagIn Serbo-Croatian with Dutch subtitles. 102 min. Rialto ger and Richards sweat it out for two hours—with a little young blood, including Christina Aguilera and Redacted Brian De Palma’s low-budget effort about Jack White of the White Stripes—you’ll be highly the Iraq occupation, based on the real-life story of a satisﬁed. It’s only a rock ’n’ roll concert movie, but we 14-year-old Iraqi girl who was raped and killed by like it. (MB) 121 min. Pathé ArenA American soldiers. It shows rare courage in protesting the widespread abuse of innocent Iraqis, but its pseuVantage Point At a historic summit in Spain against dodocumentary form is full of awkward misﬁres (such global terrorism, the US president (William Hurt) is shot, as a protracted use of theme music from Barry Lyna bomb explodes, and two federal agents (Dennis Quaid don) and its acting is often terrible. In some respects a and Matthew Fox) rush to ﬁnd the culprits. This gripping remake of De Palma’s Casualties of War (1989), if ridiculous thriller repeatedly backtracks to present the which was derived from a real-life atrocity committed same events from different viewpoints, though ironically
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Vantage Point it has no viewpoint of its own, just a desire to pile up plot twists and extend a thrilling car chase ad inﬁnitum. If you’re up for good nihilist entertainment, look no further. With Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Edgar Ramirez. (JR) 90 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski
Still playing The Banishment A chilling domestic drama from Russia, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return). The ﬁlm opens with a shady urban character (Alexander Baluev) seeking his younger brother’s help in sewing up his bleeding arm. When the brother (Konstantin Lavronenko) vacations with his kids and troubled wife at the family’s country place, she suddenly blurts out that the child she’s carrying isn’t his. Spare dialogue and long takes add to the sense of foreboding, with Lavronenko (who won the best actor prize at Cannes) keeping his character so buttoned-up you could burst from anxiety watching him consider his revenge, while the verdant landscape devolves from pastoral to sinister in the space of a phone call. In Russian with Dutch subtitles. (AG) 150 min. Rialto Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead It’s hard to see the point of this hammily over-acted, confused and gratuitously violent heist-gone-wrong movie, directed by Sidney Lumet. Brothers Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman bungle the robbery of their own parents’ jewellery store somewhere in the suburbs of New York, resulting in the death of their mother. An unpleasant subplot is that they are both sleeping with Marisa Tomei, Hoffman’s wife. Drugs get taken. Money gets stolen. Let’s face it: the characterisation is ﬂat, the plot ridiculous and the dialogue silly. The end. (AD) 123 min. The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski De Bloedbruiloft This documentary by Hans Fels chronicles the staging of the opera Blood Wedding in Haiti. 93 min. Het Ketelhuis
Darjeeling Limited Sometimes you travel through life with some extra baggage. In the case of the Whitman brothers, it’s a luxury Louis Vuitton set that looks colourful and ﬂashy even in India. A year after their father’s funeral, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) meet aboard a train for a journey of spiritual healing. The fact that they have not spoken to each other in a year doesn’t prevent them from getting straight into the family’s old dynamics, which involve manic tics, substance abuse and sexual escapades. But soon both the emotional and the physical baggage starts to fall away. Film-maker Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), much like his characters, has found his grown-up voice. This delicious curry comedy is a rich plate for film-goers, entertaining and poignant, just as it should be. (MB) 108 min. Kriterion
Empties Josef, a teacher, burns out and calls it quits at age 65. But he’s not ready to give up his working life altogether. So he takes a job as a bottle collector in a supermarket, which allows him to chitchat with the customers all day. While his wife feels abandoned, Josef ﬂourishes—until a machine takes over his work. Charming and bittersweet, this ﬁlm by Jan Sverák (Kolja) deals with old age and its many alienations. It’s hard enough for a man if he can no longer pee in a nice, forceful curve, but what if he feels he has nothing left to offer to the world? Empties is a little slow in the middle but makes up for it with a fantastic ﬁnale in a hot air balloon. (MP) 100 min. Cinecenter The Eye Aw shucks, not another insipid remake of an Asian horror flick just so American teenagers won’t have to read subtitles? Yessirreebob, but thankfully this ﬁlm provides Jessica Alba with an opportunity to portray a strong, intelligent female character...no wait, the camera is ogling her curves like a nubile schoolboy and the filmmakers confuse horror with loud noises. The original, about a woman whose corneal transplant is giving her disturbing visions, is available in any decent rental store and has more class, atmosphere and scary shit in its credits than this remake has in its entire running time. Accept no substitutes! (LvH) 97 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt
Fitzcarraldo Giorni e nuvole Elsa (Margherita Buy) and Michele (Antonio Albanese) are a middle-aged couple who seem to have it all: a beautiful house, a 20-year-old daughter and good friends. Elsa gently restores an ancient fresco and long-hidden angels appear. Out of the blue, Michele tells her that he lost his job two months ago, whereupon the couple’s situation rapidly worsens. They have to sell their apartment they start quarelling about money. Director Silvio Soldini (Pane e Tulipani) shows us a strong woman again: after the ﬁrst shock, Elsa makes the best of it while Michele lets himself go. But despite ﬁne performances by Albanese and Buy and a nice rhythm, this sober drama stays ﬂat and unsurprising. In Italian with Dutch subtitles. (GR) 115 min. Pathé Tuschinski, Rialto The Hunting Party If the torture rape, and ethnic cleansing of the Balkan War weren’t horrifying enough the ﬁrst time, here they are again as a Richard Gere movie, lousy with clichéd suspense scenes. (JJ) 101 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt I’m Not There Todd Haynes’s ambitious and daring new ﬁlm is a biopic in the sense that it depicts the main events in Bob Dylan’s life and career. But they are not told in chronological order, and Haynes uses six different actors to play the singer. The different performers (including Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and the black actor Marcus Carl Franklin) and the constant moving back and forth in time don’t make it easy to identify with any of the Dylans. But simple identiﬁcation is probably not what Haynes is after. His ﬁlm is not about Dylan himself, but about the mythmaking around a pop star. I’m Not There has its moments, but in the end it’s more an interesting audiovisual lecture than an overwhelming cinematographic experience. (MM) 135 min. Kriterion, The Movies
Import Export Austrian despair monger Ulrich Seidl cuts between two tales of young adults sinking deeper into the tar pit of poverty. The ‘import’ is a tenderhearted Ukrainian nurse (Ekateryna Rak) who arrives in Vienna looking for decently paid work but winds up cleaning a geriatric ward. The ‘export’ is an unemployed Viennese youth (Paul Hofmann) who suffers various indignities while accompanying his ﬁlthy-minded stepfather on a trip to install vending machines in the Ukraine. Seidl’s drab, straight-ahead long shots have a narcotic pull that keeps this absorbing throughout its 135 minutes, but the ﬁnal image—a bedridden crone mindlessly chirping, ‘Death! Death! Death!’—is typical of the movie’s knee-jerk grimness. In English and subtitled German, Russian, and Slovak. In English/German/Russian/Slovak with Dutch subtitles. (JJ) Filmmuseum Lars and the Real Girl If someone had told me this was directed by the guy who did Mr. Woodcock and revolved around a sex doll, I wouldn’t have gone near it. But Lars and the Real Girl is both hilarious and poignant, with a Capraesque humanity that caught me completely off guard. An awkward young man in a small Minnesota town (Ryan Gosling) invites his older brother (goofy Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law (Emily Mortimer) to meet his new fiancée, but to their horror and embarrassment she turns out to be made of rubber. The local psychiatrist advises them to play along with his delusion, and eventually the close-knit religious community, moved by concern for the brothers, joins in. I’m not sure there’s still that much compassion in the world, but in keeping with the spirit of the movie, I was willing to pretend. Craig Gillespie directed a script by Six Feet Under writer Nancy Oliver. (JJ) 106 min. Kriterion, The Movies
Margot at the Wedding Starting with his latest film’s title, Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) pays obvious homage to all those Eric Rohmer tales about family, relationships and summer vacations. Add some Chekhovian gloom, a ’70s soundtrack, and enough hysterical East Coast intellectuals for a half dozen Woody Allen films, and you have a pretty good idea what Margot at the Wedding is all about. Margot (Nicole Kidman), a divorced short story writer with adolescent son in tow, travels to the family summer house where her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is planning to get married to ne’er-do-well Malcolm (Jack Black). Ancient wounds reopen, and the conversation switches to parental abuse, scrotum size and Literature imitating Life. And we get to see Nicole Kidman climbing a tree. The end result is more unsettling than entertaining. (MB) 93 min. Cinecenter, Het Ketelhuis
Naissance des pieuvres Céline Sciamma’s ravishing and unnerving debut feature takes us through the teenage agonies of its three female protagonists, the 15-year-olds Anne, Marie and Floriane, as each experiences her own particular sexual awakening one summer in the suburbs of Paris. The focal point is the local swimming pool, where Floriane is the leader of a synchronised swim team. The film tells its story predominantly through close-ups of the girls’ faces as they act out their emotional and physical dramas: Anne and Floriane stand on the threshold of a heterosexual adult world, whereas Marie is in love with Floriane. In French with Dutch subtitles. (AD) 85 min. Cinecenter, Cinema Amstelveen
Special screenings Beaufort This blistering antiwar ﬁlm takes place in the closing days of Israel’s first, 18-year war in Lebanon. Shelled by unseen Hezbollah, a small band of Israeli soldiers defend a mountain outpost next to a 12th-century Crusader fortress. The absurdity and terrors of their situation are compounded when the squad receives orders to evacuate and blow up their bunker—something the enemy has been trying to do all along. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (AG) 132 min. Het Ketelhuis The Bridge According to this documentary, 24 people jumped to their death from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. Eric Steel contrived to film as many of them as possible, and also interviews suffering friends and relatives. This is a new form of obscenity that might be called suicide porn. It’s not just the voyeuristic surveillance that’s obscene, but the use of suicide footage as counterpoint to other stories as they’re told. Steel shows no special insight into the subject, though even that couldn’t justify such hideousness. (JR) 93 min. De Roode Bioscoop Die Ehe der Maria Braun In Fassbinder’s 1978 drama—one of his most accessible—the sublime Hanna Schygulla stars as a plucky wife perennially separated from her husband, first by war, then by prison and ﬁnally by pervasive capitalist malaise. In German with Dutch subtitles. (DK) 120 min. Rialto Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog’s classic film about obsession, featuring a man who hauls a riverboat over a mountain to build an opera house in the jungle of Peru (1982). Also showing: Herakles (1962, 12 min.), Herzog’s first film, made when he was 19. OT301
The Future of Food Many people see the rapidly
expanding use of genetically modiﬁed organisms as a recipe for disaster. In a documentary that will keep you on the edge of your seat, writer-director Deborah Koons Garcia provides a political context by showing how corporations like Monsanto exploit the patenting of genetic variants to increase their hegemony over global agribusiness. Like The
Corporation, this presents complicated economic issues in language ordinary viewers can understand and conjures up a chilling landscape of businesses that can afford to buy their own science and write their own laws. Showing as part of a two-evening gentech programme organised by the activist group A SEED. (JJ) Cavia
Heart of Gold Given what Neil Young charges for
concerts, he could recast all his internal organs in gold. But if you can’t afford the tickets, at least there’s this documentary of his August 2005 shows at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, expertly directed by Jonathan Demme. Like Demme’s wonderful films of Talking Heads and Robyn Hitchcock, it sticks to the stage once the performance has begun, dispensing with interviews and audience reaction shots. Young, backed up by a large ensemble that includes Spooner Oldham and Emmylou Harris, plays songs from his new album Prairie Wind and some ‘70s favorites, invoking the ghost of Hank Williams and offering wise reﬂections on his father’s recent death and his own ageing. See also Neil Young Film Night in Special Screenings. (JJ) 103 min. Melkweg Cinema
The celebrated Israeli author Etgar Keret and his wife, screenwriter Shira Geffen, directed this luminous foray into magic realism, Tel Aviv style. A withdrawn, disheveled waitress (Sarah Adler), abandoned by her boyfriend and out of step with her busy divorced parents, befriends a little girl who’s emerged mysteriously from the sea. Across town, an old woman makes trouble for her Filipino caregiver, and newlyweds find their fragile happiness threatened when the husband is distracted by a seductive poet. The overlapping stories pulse with a tidal rhythm, the ﬁlm’s sensibility ﬂowing between serious and wry. Showing at the Film IsReal festival. In Hebrew with Dutch subtitles. (AG) Het Ketelhuis Jerusalem Is Proud to Present Nitzan Gilady directed this documentary about the controversial 2006 World Pride events in Jerusalem. Discussion follows. Kriterion
Little Miss Sunshine This dysfunctional-family road movie is showing at the Melkweg to warm you up for a live show by the makers of its soundtrack, the indie-folk band DeVotchKa (see Short List, Saturday). 102 min. Melkweg Cinema Neil Young Film Night One night only, VJ Fenno Werkman screens unique ﬁlm material and performance clips from his collection as part of the Neil Young series at the Melkweg. Also showing in the series this week are Greendale (2003), a ‘musical novel’ directed by Young himself under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey, and Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1995), to which Young contributed the soundtrack. Melkweg Cinema
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors Sergei Paradjanov’s extraordinary merging of myth, history, poetry, ethnography, dance and ritual (1964) remains one of the supreme works of the Soviet sound cinema. It tells the story of a doomed love between a couple belonging to feuding families, Ivan and Marichka, and of Ivan’s life and marriage after Marichka’s death. The plot is affecting, but it serves Paradjanov mainly as an armature to support the exhilarating rush of his lyrical camera movements (executed by master cinematographer Yuri Illyenko), his innovative use of nature and interiors, his deft juggling of folklore and fancy in relation to pagan and Christian rituals, and his astonishing handling of colour and music. In Ukrainian with English subtitles. Showing with Alexander Sokurov’s slow, gorgeous Mother and Son (1997), in Russian with English subtitles. (JR) OT301 Undercurrent & Table, Bed, Chair Two short ﬁlms about squatting. The ﬁrst, directed by Merav Artzi (2008, 35 mins.), follows the fortunes of former squat—and current ﬁlm venue—OT301. The second (2007, 30 mins.) explores at the present and future of Dutch squatters’ communities. Both ﬁlms are subtitled in English. De Balie The Wicker Man (1973) Not the Neil LaBute remake, but the original cult horror ﬁlm by Robin Hardy about strange, pagan rituals on a remote Scottish island. 88 min. De Nieuwe Anita
No Country for Old Men The Coen Brothers’ latest brings Cormac McCarthy’s novel to the big screen, and it’s a shock to the system, simultaneously elegiac and terrifyingly violent. A subversion of the classic lawmenchase-outlaw genre, the ﬁlm is shot like a cross between a Western and a horror ﬂick. A Texan named Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) takes off with millions in cash he’s found at the site of a drug deal gone wrong. Tommy Lee Jones is the laconic Sheriff Bell, trying to bring Moss in Javier Bardem is Chigurh, the Terminator hitman dispatched by the cartel. The Coens give us none of the usual male-bonding, hunter-and-hunted nonsense: Chigurh, Bell and Moss are entirely alone, each in his own way, particularly Moss as the slaughter inevitably catches up with him. A stunning piece of cinema. (AD) 122 min. The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Persepolis A satisfying adaptation of the autobio-
graphical graphic novel about a girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the 1970s, struggling with everything from tight headscarves to bomb threats. In a cute and comical hand-drawn style, the book’s writer and illustrator, Marjane Satrapi, and her co-director, Vincent Paronnaud, draw parallels between a girl’s passage from innocence to puberty and the violent transition of a civilised country into a fundamentalist state. Even a denunciation from the Iranian government couldn’t stop the screening of this irresistible and intelligent charm offensive. The English, as opposed to the French, version is showing voices include Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn and Iggy Pop. Subtitled in Dutch. (MdR) 95 min. Rialto
Professione: Reporter Known in English as The Passenger, this 1975 ﬁlm is a masterpiece, one of Michelangelo Antonioni’s ﬁnest works. Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider star as a journalist who trades one identity for another and the woman who becomes his accomplice and, ultimately, the moral center of his adopted world. Less a thriller (though the mood of mystery is pervasive) than a meditation on the problems of knowledge, action for its own sake, and the relationship of the artist to the work he brings into being. Next to this ﬁlm, Blow-Up seems a facile, though necessary, preliminary. By all means go. In English. (DD) 116 min. Filmmuseum Rendition They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but sometimes good intentions pave the red carpet to your tasteful local cinema. This is the case with Rendition, an overzealous attempt at heavy-handed Hollywood screenwriting designed to impart to American audiences that torture = bad. While it’s a noble thing to
FILM TIMES Thursday 10 April until Wednesday 16 April. Times are provided by cinemas and are subject to last-minute changes. Film times also at www.amsterdamweekly.nl De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151 Mash-Up Cinema Sat 21.00 Undercurrent & Table, Bed, Chair Mon 20.30. Cavia Van Hallstraat 52-I, 681 1419 The Future of Food Thur 20.30 Gen zoekt boer Fri 20.30 TranXgenia Fri 20.30. Cinecenter Lijnbaansgracht 236, 623 6615 Atonement daily 16.15, 19.15, 21.45, Sun also 13.30 Empties daily 16.00, 19.15 Juno daily 16.30, 19.30, 21.45, Sun also 11.15, 13.45 Margot at the Wedding daily 21.45, Sun also 11.00, 13.45 Naissance des pieuvres daily 19.15, Sun also 11.00, 13.30 There Will Be Blood daily 15.45, 21.00. Cinema Amstelveen Plein 1960 2, Amstelveen, 547 5175 Alvin en de Chipmunks Sat 13.30, Sun 11.30 Naissance des pieuvres Tues, Wed 20.30 De Spiderwick-Kronieken Sat, Wed 15.30, Sun 13.30 TBS Thur-Sat 20.30, Sun 15.45 Winx Club en het geheim van het verloren rijk Wed 13.30. Filmhuis Grifﬁoen Uilenstede 106, Amstelveen, 444 5100 Juno Thur, Fri, Tues 19.30. Filmmuseum Vondelpark 3, 589 1400 AFFF Kids Sun-Wed Aleksandra daily 17.15 Heimatklänge Mon, Tues 17.30 Import Export daily 19.15, 21.45 North by Northwest Tues 19.30 Professione: Reporter Thur-Sat, Wed 17.00, Sun 16.00 Stellet Licht Thur-Mon, Wed 19.30 You, the Living Thur-Mon, Wed 22.00. Het Ketelhuis Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 684 0090 Atash Sat 20.15 De Avonturen van het Molletje Sat, Sun, Wed 13.30 Beaufort Sun 21.15 De Bloedbruiloft Sat, Wed 14.45, Tues, Wed 19.15 Desmond en het Moerasmonster Sat, Sun, Wed 13.45 The Film Class Fri 18.45 Film IsReal Thur-Sun First Lesson in Peace Sun 15.00
www.amsterdamweekly.nl/forsale make a ﬁlm that counterbalances the interrogation porn of 24, and it’s nice to jazz it up with great actors (Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep), anybody who has been following the news should know all this already. And as always, the truth in this matter is far more insidious and noxious than ﬁction. Directed by Gavin Hood, apparently as a transitional project between his art-house hit Tsotsi and the upcoming X-Men: Wolverine. (LvH) 120 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Reservation Road A powerful Christian parable, painful but illuminating, about crime and redemption, adapted by John Burnham Schwartz from his own novel with the help of director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). A Connecticut lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) kills the son of a local professor (Joaquin Phoenix) in a hit-and-run accident and struggles to work up the courage to turn himself in, while the grief-stricken father, frustrated by the police’s inability to ﬁnd the culprit and bent on revenge, hires the lawyer to pursue the possibility of a civil suit. The setup is more than a little far-fetched, but the real meat of this ﬁlm is moral paradox: how the lawyer, eaten up by guilt, becomes a better father to his own son while the professor ultimately neglects his daughter and wife (Jennifer Connelly) in his obsessive pursuit. (JR) 102 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt
enclave in northern Mexico, who falls for another woman and thinks it might be a sign from God. In Plautdietsch with Dutch subtitles. (BS) 127 min. Filmmuseum, Rialto TBS A convicted murderer escapes from a psychiatric ward and kidnaps a 13-year-old girl in this thriller by Pieter Kuijpers (Van God Los, Dennis P). A great performance by Theo Maassen isn’t quite enough to save the ﬁlm, but it might still make it worth watching. In Dutch. 88 min. Cinema Amstelveen
There Will Be Blood An epic ﬁlm of intimate proportions about a ruthlessly ambitious oil baron who comes into conﬂict with a charismatic young preacher in the California desert in the early 20th century. A powerhouse performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview netted him a rightly deserved Academy Award, but Paul Dano’s performance as the weaselly Eli Sunday is also impressive to say the least. Don’t let the sprawling length or the emotional investment the film asks of its viewers deter you: There Will Be Blood is a true masterpiece that any serious ﬁlm lover simply cannot afford to miss. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia). (LvH) 159 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé De Munt
Stellet Licht The films of Mexican director Carlos Reygadas are an acquired taste. Not everyone will warm to his distinctive visual style, his use of an amateur cast and his uncompromising depiction of human nature. But if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Reygadas certainly delivers. His third feature, Stellet Licht (‘Silent Light’), starts at dawn and ends at dusk it’s a meditative and languid tale about a married farmer, in a small Mennonite
Tiramisu Bookkeeper Jacob (Jacob Derwig) has a new client, the talented but loud stage actress Anne (Anneke Blok). Her paperwork is a mess. Her life isn’t much better: her ex (Gijs Scholten van Aschat) has found a younger girlfriend and Anne is so heavily in debt that she needs to sell her houseboat. It sounds like the setup to a romantic comedy. Instead, this feature by Paula van der Oest (Zus en Zo) turns out to be a meandering melodrama, complete with uninteresting developments and an unsatisfactory climax, despite the presence of the formidable Anneke Blok (Alles is liefde). Definitely a missed opportunity. In Dutch. (BS) 90 min. Het Ketelhuis, De Uitkijk Untraceable FBI cyber-crime specialist Diane Lane tracks a diabolical serial killer who offers streaming video of his kidnapped victims on his website. Each of them is hooked up to some Rube Goldberg torture device, and every new hit on the site incrementally raises the pain level. By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience’s sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy. Sure enough, when I typed the name of the site—KillWithMe.com—into my browser, Sony Pictures Entertainment had created a facsimile of it to promote the movie. Pardon me while I vomit.
Jellyﬁsh Thur 19.00 Margot at the Wedding Thur-Tues 19.30 No Longer Achmed Sat 18.45 The Old Stores Sun 17.00 Skin Tues, Wed 17.00, 21.15 Student Shorts Fri 21.30, Sat 17.00 Tehilim Sun 18.45 Tiramisu daily 17.30, 21.30, Sat, Sun, Wed also 15.00 Tricks Sun 13.00 Trigger Sat, Wed 13.15 Yoel, Israel and the Pashkavils Fri 20.15 Zomerhitte daily 17.15, Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed also 19.45, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 21.45, Sat, Sun, Wed also 15.15. Kriterion Roetersstraat 170, 623 1708 Being John Malkovich Mon 22.00 Buster Keaton programme Sun 11.00, Wed 15.00 The Darjeeling Limited daily 21.45, Fri, Sat also 0.00 I'm Not There daily 18.45, Thur-Mon, Wed also 21.30, Fri, Sat also 23.45 It's a Free World... daily 19.30, Thur-Tues also 17.30 Jerusalem Is Proud to Present Sun 15.00 Juno Thur, Sat-Wed 16.45, Sat, Sun also 14.30 Lars and the Real Girl daily 19.45, Thur-Sun, Tues, Wed also 22.00 Pippi in Taka Tuka Land Sun 12.45 Requiem Wed 17.00 Sneak Preview Tues 22.15 The Spiderwick Chronicles Sat, Sun 15.15, Sun also 13.00, Wed 14.30 De Wonderwinkel van Mr Magorium Sat, Wed 14.45 You, the Living daily 17.45. Melkweg Cinema Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 624 1777 Control Wed 21.00 Dead Man Sun 19.00 Fiestapatria Tues 19.00 Greendale Wed 19.00 Heart of Gold Thur, Fri, Tues 19.00 Little Miss Sunshine Sat 19.00 Neil Young Film Night Sat 21.00 Neil Young series Thur-Wed. The Movies Haarlemmerdijk 159-165, 638 6016 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead daily 16.30, 19.00 21.30, Sat, Sun also 14.15, Sun also 11.15 I'm Not There daily 16.45, 19.15, 21.45, Sun also 12.00 The Kite Runner daily 19.00, Sun also 11.30 Lars and the Real Girl daily 17.00 No Country for Old Men daily 17.00, 19.30, 22.00, Sat, Sun, Wed also 14.30, Sun also 12.15 De Spiderwick-Kronieken Sat, Sun, Wed 14.30 There Will Be Blood daily 21.30, Sat, Sun also 14.00 Winx Club en het geheim van het verloren rijk Wed 14.30. De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512, Wicker Man,The (1973) Mon 20.30. OT301 Overtoom 301, 779 4913 Fitzcarraldo Sun 20.30 Mother and Son Tues 20.30 Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors Tues 20.30. Pathé ArenA ArenA Boulevard 600, 0900 1458 10,000 BC daily 14.00, 16.30, 19.00, 21.30, Sat, Sun also 11.30, Sat also 23.30 27 Dresses daily 17.30, 20.20
Alvin en de Chipmunks Fri-Sun, Wed 13.20, 15.40, Sat, Sun also 11.10 The Bucket List daily 13.10, 15.20, 17.45, 20.00, 22.10, Sat, Sun also 11.00, Sat also 0.25 Cilgin Dersane Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed 18.15, Fri, Sat, Mon-Wed also 12.50, 15.30, Sat also 10.10, 23.40, Sun also 10.40, 13.20, 18.40 Deﬁnitely, Maybe daily 16.10, Thur, Fri, Mon also 13.40 The Eye daily 12.40, 14.50, 17.10, 19.30, 22.00, Sat, Sun also 10.30, Sat also 0.10 The Holiday Tues 13.30 Horton (NL) Fri-Sun, Wed 12.20, 14.40, 16.50, Sat, Sun also 10.15 Horton Hears a Who daily 12.50, 15.10, Sat also 10.40, Sun also 10.45 The Hunting Party daily 18.10, 20.30, Thur, Mon, Tues also 13.20, 15.40, Sat also 22.50 The Mist daily 17.50 No Country for Old Men daily 20.40, Sat also 23.15 Recep Ivedik daily 12.10, 14.30, 17.00, 19.20, 21.45, Sat, Sun also 9.55, Sat also 0.05 Rendition daily 18.40, 21.10, Sat also 23.45 Reservation Road Thur-Tues 12.15, 14.30, Sat also 10.00 Samson en Gert: Hotel op Stelten Sat, Sun, Wed 12.30, 14.20, Sat, Sun also 10.45 Shine a Light Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed 21.00, Thur also 12.50, 15.30, Sun also 16.00, 21.20 Sneak Preview Tues 21.00 The Spiderwick Chronicles (Imax) daily 15.00, 17.20, Sun also 10.30 De Spiderwick-Kronieken Fri-Sun, Wed 12.30, 15.05, Sat, Sun also 10.20 Step Up 2 Thur, Mon, Tues 12.30, 15.10 Street Kings daily 16.50, 19.15, 21.40 La Tourneuse de pages Tues 13.30 U2 3D (Imax) daily 13.00, 19.45, 21.50, Sat also 0.00 Untraceable daily 19.10, 21.20, Thur, Mon, Tues also 12.20, 14.40, 16.50, Sat also 23.30 Vantage Point daily 11.50, 13.50, 15.50, 18.00, 20.10, 22.15, Sat also 9.20, 0.20 Zomerhitte daily 12.00, 14.10, 16.20, 18.30, Thur-Mon, Wed also 20.45, Sat, Sun also 9.50, Sat also 23.00. Pathé De Munt Vijzelstraat 15, 0900 1458 10,000 BC daily 13.00, 15.30, 18.00, 20.40, Sat also 10.40, 23.10 27 Dresses Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 18.10, Thur, Fri, Sun, Mon, Wed also 20.30, Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed also 12.35, 15.15, Sun also 15.35, Sat 17.10, 19.45, 22.20 Alibi daily 14.00, Sat also 11.30 Alvin en de Chipmunks Fri-Sun, Wed 12.30, 16.50, Sat also 10.20, Sun also 10.15 Asterix en de Olympische Spelen Sat 11.15, 14.15, Sun 13.05 The Bucket List Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.15, 16.30, 18.45, 21.00, Thur, Fri, Sun, Mon also 12.05, Sat 10.50, 13.10, 15.40, 18.10, 20.50, 23.25 Deﬁnitely, Maybe daily 16.20, 21.50 The Eye daily 12.45, 15.00, 17.15, 19.30, 22.00 Horton (NL) Fri-Sun, Wed 12.25, 14.45, 17.00, Sat, Sun also 10.15 Horton Hears a Who daily 17.20, 19.45, Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed also 12.40, 14.50 The Hunting Party daily 18.30, 21.15, Thur-Tues also 13.30, 16.00, Sat also 11.00, 23.35 Jumper Thur, Sun-Wed 22.15 Juno daily 19.10 No Country for Old Men daily 20.00, Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed also 12.20, Sat also 22.50
The Spiderwick Chronicles The rebellious Jared and his twin brother (both played by Freddie Highmore) move into a dilapidated mansion along with their sister and newly divorced mom. In the attic, Jared finds Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and discovers the existence of brownies, (hob)goblins and sprites, not to mention the ogre Mulgarath (Nick Nolte), who wants the Field Guide to rule the world. The children’s battle against Mulgarath’s army is of course a metaphor for a dysfunctional family pulling together. But except for some enchanting moments, much of the film gets lost in chaos and chase scenes. Directed by Mark Waters based on the books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. (GR) 97 min. Kriterion, Pathé De Munt, Studio K
10-16 April 2008 ):>O%%%% Gregory Hoblit (Fracture) directed. (JJ) 100 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt The Water Horse Fantasy ﬁlms, for kids and adults, are ﬂooding the market lately. This one is set against the backdrop of WWII and tells the tale of Angus, a Scottish lad who adopts a kind of aquatic E.T. and names him Crusoe. As Crusoe grows at an amazing rate, he has to be brought to the nearby loch (hint, hint). Like most fantasy ﬁlms, The Water Horse is a rite-of-passage story thus Angus learns to confront loss and letting go. The tale is told in a predictable framing device, and ﬁlm-savvy children will not ﬁnd it hard to figure out the ending. But the special effects, from the team behind The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, are state-of-the-art. Based on the kids’ book by Dick King-Smith, of Babe fame directed by Jay Russell. (GR) 113 min. Pathé De Munt
You, the Living A brutally deadpan comedy by Swedish director Roy Andersson, who seems to have translated the entire range of human misery into a loosely connected series of slapstick gags. His black humor is impressively layered, each layer darker than the last: when a joker at a family banquet insists on performing that old parlour trick of yanking the tablecloth out from under the dishes, he not only shatters a huge collection of crystal and china but also reveals—look sharp or you’ll miss it—a vintage dining table inlaid with swastikas. Andersson’s building block is a static long shot so solidly composed it suggests a panel in a comic strip the central figure is often encased in his own suffering, and sometimes additional laughs come from a background figure surveying his despair in open-mouthed bewilderment. (JJ) 94 min. Filmmuseum, Kriterion Zomerhitte Thirty-ﬁve years after starring in the ﬁlm of Jan Wolkers’ Turks Fruit, Monique van de Ven directs Zomerhitte, based on the ﬁnal entry in Wolkers’ literary oeuvre. While the photography is lush and the male (Waldemar Torenstra) and female (Sophie Hilbrand) leads suitably luscious and unclothed, the wooden dialogue and clunky crime subplot that plagued the source material also hamper the on-screen version. This might be one of the rare cases in which the ﬁlm is better than the book, but since the original novella is one of the least convincing Wolkerian writings, that’s not really saying much. In Dutch. (LvH) 96 min. Het Ketelhuis, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski
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