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Volume 5, Issue 25

26 JUNE - 2 JULY 2008 Taking school to the streets

‘I was (deservedly) thrown off the team.’ page 5


Does Dutch film education need fixing? Self-taught director Jos Stelling thinks so page 6

Nobel Prize winning economist: ‘War is bad’ page 4 How white is the Rotary club? page 4 Confessions of an ex-teen Duran Durani page 5 DANCE: Interview with Julidans opener Hofesh Schechter p. 11 / FILM: Ingmar Bergman was actually funny p. 18

Short List . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Music/Clubs . . . . . . . . . .12 Gay & Lesbian . . . . . . . .14 Stage/Events . . . . . . . . .14 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Glutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Ladywood . . . . . . . . . . .19 Classifieds/Comics . . . .21

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ATTACHMENTS In this issue and... School’s out. Time to return to the school of real life—there’s always something educational to find there. For instance, there’s plenty to learn about out-of-control projects after a freeze was announced last week on the excavation of the seemingly cursed Noord/Zuidlijn when leaks caused the sinking and evacuation of four monumental buildings on Vijzelgracht. No one saw that one coming... Especially since the city already announced in April that our happy little subway will now only open in 2015, four years late and at six times the cost originally projected. Meanwhile, it seems that traditional old-white-men bastions like the Rotary Club are doing a better job at reflecting the city’s multicultural reality than the city government itself. And then there’s the new non-smoking policy... From this Monday 1 July, all public places will be smoke free. How this will play out in a town where few are prepared for it should prove educational indeed. Yes, it’s true: school’s out, but there’s still plenty to learn. So let’s pop outside for a quick smoke and talk it over.

On the cover ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? Illustration by Tomas Schats

Next week Smoking gets smoked

Letters Got an opinion? We want to hear it.

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10 PILES OF BOXES by Arnoud Holleman


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AROUND TOWN Cost to US, you and world

White male power

The Iraq war is the most expensive since WWII says Joseph Stiglitz.

Old boys’ networks are slowly giving in. By Floris Dogterom

While the US was fighting in Iraq against non existent WMDs, North Korea became a nuclear power—just one example of the varied costs of the war. Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says in his new book, The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict, that not only has it drained the US treasury, but it has also damaged their moral authority. Stiglitz, who was in Amsterdam last Monday, spoke at De Balie about what drew him and co-author Harvard professor Linda Bilmes to the topic. ‘The government initially said the war would cost fifty billion dollars but now that is what we are spending in operations every three months. So we thought it would be interesting to find out what the true costs were,’ said the Columbia University professor, seated against a background of a slide show on Iraq. Apart from the costs in terms of lives and resources, there are opportunity costs, he says—money devoted to the war could have been put to better use. Here are some numbers to chew on: for one sixth the cost, the US social security system could have been stabilised for the next half century; for only ten days of the war President Bush could have ratified the children’s insurance scheme he recently vetoed; money for expensive military contracts should have gone into infrastructure. ‘The old theory that wars are good for the economy is just not valid anymore. Wars do not stimulate the economy in the way that domestic investments can,’ Stiglitz added. Additionally, every penny spent in Iraq is borrowed, so in effect ‘the country has charged three trillion dollars to a credit card.’ A book focussed mainly on American spending is rather unusual for him. He is known around the world for his views on economic globalisation, criticisms of the IMF and the World Bank and as an advocate of fair trade. The research was particularly tedious because of the lack of transparency in government spending. For instance, millions of dollars appropriated by Congress for ‘repair’ work could mean repairs in Kansas or in Baghdad. ‘This has been a criminal act of deception in a democracy,’ he said. ‘The administration has deliberately fooled us into thinking that like the First Gulf War we could have another free war. They are also


By Sulakshana Gupta

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz at De Balie.

misreporting the number of casualties.’ The authors resorted to the Right to Information Act to source data. The findings were appalling. ‘If in a convoy one vehicle hits a mine and explodes, that is recorded as a combat death, however if a second car then hits the first one, that is shown as an accident.’ So just what makes this war so expensive? Stiglitz crunches together a combination of factors—one being that this is a volunteer army and the military is paying huge enlistment bonuses of around $40,000. Also, private contractors, incompetence and corruption have created an unholy alliance, while the permanent long term cost of disability benefits have not been calculated. There were other miscalculations. ‘I have spoken to people who thought their biggest problem would be sweeping the rose petals showered on them.’ Now they have to deal with a crumbling dollar and international disdain. Stiglitz has said in the past that this is exactly what Osama bin Laden would have wanted—the US neck deep in quicksand. The popular economic theory is that the US went to war to secure oil. Of course, before the war, oil was under $25 a barrel, it has now soared to $100. Stiglitz says in the book that at least $10 of that rise is attributable to the war. He

clarifies that ‘the figure is a very conservative estimate.’ There is also a conspiracy theory that Stiglitz doesn’t address in the volume, that the motive was to keep prices high by creative instability in the Middle East to benefit oil companies. ‘We thought of that but then decided that even Bush couldn’t be that vindictive,’ he smiles. There are some costs of the war that still remain unaccounted for, the cost to Iraq, and the environmental costs among others. This year, the US election seems to be all about Iraq and the economy. Stiglitz pointed out that they are one and the same. The war is, according to him, one of the main reasons for the current economic crisis. ‘This recession will last longer because the government is not taking the steps to fix it. This in turn will affect the global economy,’ he added. So why does John McCain want to stay in Iraq? ‘It’s difficult for him to distance himself from the crisis while not distancing himself from the Republican Party which was such a strong supporter,’ he said. His advice to Barack Obama: ‘Leave as soon as possible.’ After all, it is about the economy, stupid. De Oorlog van Drie Triljoen: De ware Kosten van Irak is published by Het Spectrum.

A recent investigation by Het Parool showed that the vast majority of this town’s public administrators is white and male, while, according to the latest figures of Dienst Onderzoek en Statistiek of Gemeente Amsterdam, more than half of the population is female, and more than half of the population has a different ethnic background. ‘The city is a bulwark of white men,’ confirms Ankie Verlaan, president of the Amsterdamse Adviesraad Diversiteit en Integratie. The Adviesraad informs the city council on the diversity of the Amsterdam population in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. In May 2007, for instance, the Adviesraad suggested putting the emancipation of women back on the political agenda, because research showed that especially migrant women from countries like Turkey and Morocco are facing issues like discrimination and poverty. The council followed the advice and, as one of the results, it is now easier for women’s organisations to apply for subsidies. That may be, but white men are still calling the shots. How come? ‘Bulwarks are very hard to break,’ says Verlaan. ‘These men meet each other all the time: at work, in the Concertgebouw. Then one man says to another man: “We got this job offering.” To which the other replies: “I know this guy who would be perfect for the job.” In my view, someone who goes to these meetings should keep in mind that women or people with a different ethnic background could also be qualified. But establishing that change in mentality will be a difficult process.’ In the corporate world, women and migrants are also facing the dreaded ‘glass ceiling’: they can see the higher positions of the organisation, but they can’t get there. In Norway, a solution for this problem has been found. Since 2008, a law dictates that 40 per cent of the top management of Norwegian companies quoted on the stock exchange have to be women. But that won’t work in the Netherlands, according to Verlaan. ‘The Dutch don’t want to work with quotas, because they don’t want to be identified as member of a group.’ Still, Verlaan thinks the city government is instrumental in bringing about a change of mentality. ‘The new alderman for diversity, Freek Ossel, is willing to do something about it. The situation is hopeful in that respect.’ So apparently, these old—white— boys’ networks are still very much alive. Think elderly conservative men wearing blazers, smoking cigars, drinking cognac,

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dividing up fat jobs among each other. Think Rotary. ‘Not true,’ says president Paul Mueller of Rotary Diemen. ‘A couple of decades ago it may have been like that, but society has changed, and so have we. Although, there are still a couple of Rotary clubs in the Netherlands who are male-only.’ Rotary International is a socalled service club (similar to the Lions and the Kiwanis), a voluntary non-profit organisation where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organisations. The Rotary has, for example, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against polio. There are 1.2 million Rotarians world-wide, organised in some 32,000 clubs. Sitting in his Concertgebouwplein office at Van Lanschot, a high-profile private bank, Mueller does, however, somewhat reinforce the image of an old boys’ network. Of the 18 members of Rotary Diemen, only four are women. Members include notaries, eye doctors and reverends. Could a road worker become a member? Mueller: ‘We invite people who can speak about their profession in a meaningful way. At our meetings we try to get an insight into each other’s professions and their role in society. Would a road worker be able to make a valuable contribution to those discussions? And would he feel at ease in our company?’ Rotary Diemen coaches a new club in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, Rotary club Amsterdam Arena. There, society is better reflected in the club’s constitution. The 16 members are of multicultural descent, including Moroccans and Surinamese, and nine of them are women. Among them are a marketeer, an accountant and a lawyer. And even a mover. Mueller: ‘But I think that must be someone who owns a moving firm.’ So it seems that things are moving, even in a cliche old boys’ network like the Rotary. Perhaps this city’s politicians should sign up for a Rotary membership to see how a fair distribution of race and gender actually works.

So why can’t the city get less white?



All she wants is... I was a teenage Duran Duran fan. By Marlous Veldt A couple of weeks ago, when I saw an ad for the Duran Duran concert at the Heineken Music Hall on 19 June, my first reaction was one of mild amusement. The second was to fall into musing about my own teenage obsessions. And the third was to spend my last €50 on a ticket. I admit it: I grew up as a Duranie. Nowadays you will find me at the OCCII for sincere yet loud music. But between age 10 and 17, Duran Duran was my life. In those days, I would’ve spent months agonising over this show. A few hours before it started, I was waiting at the door with 50 fans, in homage to the days when we queued forever to beat each other to the stage. Anja Wens, a 34-year-old bookkeeper, brought along her boyfriend, Armad Pullens (38). Since Duran Duran doesn’t attract screaming girls anymore, it’s acceptable for guys to go as well, Armad told me. Like most women in the crowd, Anja became a Duranie in the early 1980s. She thinks that in essence being an adult fan is not much different from being a teenage fan. ‘It’s about different dimensions,’ she said. ‘When I was thirteen and at my first concert, I worried about doing well on a French test the next day. Twenty years later, I’m thinking about work tomorrow and the treats my daughter is supposed to bring to kindergarten.’ Not everybody takes it that lightly, though. Duran Duran used to be known for its committed fan base and some find it hard to let go. In fact, regrouping of the original line-up brought back many fans who use their adult financial freedom to do what they always dreamed of as kids. Irene Turner, an English 40-year-old police administrator and mother of two boys, has followed the band to Tokyo and Puerto Rico since a challenge to see five shows turned into a three week unplanned vacation from real life, in 2004. The band kept extending their tour schedule and Irene couldn’t make herself go home. ‘I had to threaten to quit my job to get my holiday, because we were only allowed a maximum of two weeks,’ she said. ‘Coming home and having to deal with everything again, I just felt like having duvet days and shutting the world out. It was such a fantastic experience.’ Her close friend from Germany, Kai Kutra (37), dryly added that Irene has a very understanding husband. But being a Duranie was always about more than keeping in touch with the band. To me, as a teen stuck in a bor-

A timeless document to the passing of time.

ing village, our global fan community was at least as important. We connected by letters, meet-ups, bootleg exchanges and friendship sheets—papers that circulated around the world until every inch was covered with pictures of favourite band members, glitter, signature handwriting and requests for more pen pals. At one point, I corresponded with 30 people. Kai managed 107. My fan high came when I agreed with Esther Habraken (38), a university administrator, to take over illustrious fanzine, The Dutch Go Duran. We spent afternoons hunched over a table that filled her student apartment, collecting printed text and photocopied pictures into a 20-page quarterly. I translated an interview with Simon LeBon about his Ducati motorcycle and wrote a review of a concert in Brussels. It was my first solo trip across the border, but all felt safe when I found Esther and other Dutch Duranies in front of the stage. By that time, however, I was becoming interested in more hands-on experience in the world. When I didn’t respond to the editorial team’s letters for six months, I was (deservedly) thrown off the team. Surprisingly, I learned that after hav-

ing run the zine for 14 years, Esther grew out of being a fan two years ago. As the editor of a major fanzine, she heard things about the band that other fans didn’t and started to see them more as people than as pop stars. ‘To consider someone an idol, I think you need that distance,’ she says. This tour, she only bought a ticket for the Amsterdam show. ‘But who knows,’ she said. ‘I might regret it tonight.’ The concert was very familiar. Spontaneously singing ‘Lang zal die leven’ to John Taylor, the bass-player about to turn 48 and welcoming every new or old song, the audience showed enthusiasm that I haven’t seen in a concert hall for ages. With pride and embarrassment, I noticed that in our part of the crowd it was me who knew most of the songs and halfway into the show I found myself thinking about how I could fit a few more dates into my calendar. But 15 minutes later I’d heard enough to know I’d had my fix and decided to take home with me the bit of myself that was singing with abandon, and leave the obsession at the Heineken Music Hall, perhaps waiting to be picked up again for the next tour.

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A call for more art in Dutch cinema Direction by numbers and the influx of television: self taught director Jos Stelling questions the role of the Dutch Film and Television Academy.

By Isabel Serval Illustration by Tomas Schats Photo by Michael Kooren / Hollandse Hoogte

Jos Stelling, autodidact.

‘The academy busies itself by creating gardeners, while it’s actually about the garden. The weeds they pull out are usually the interesting bits: the art,’ says film director Jos Stelling.


n European cinema, Italian, Spanish, French and British film rule the school, and judging from recent successes such as Un Voyage du Ballon Rouge (France, 2008) and Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain, 2007), they will for a while. Our German neighbours are catching up by successfully tackling edgy issues in Gegen die Wand (2004) and the more recent Das Leben der Anderen (2007). Even the sober Scandinavian countries have put themselves on the European film map with such striking black satires as Festen (Denmark, 1998) and You the Living (Sweden, 2007). The Dutch, by contrast, offer Shouf Shouf Habibi (2004), an attempt to lighten up immigration issues while strolling on happily with Alles is Liefde (2007). The Dutch films that do make it to the big movie theatres are, with the slight exception of Zwartboek (2006), light and fluffy, while more arty or experimental and auteur-driven films are considered ‘too difficult’ and are unlikely to be found in your local videotheek. The sole genuine film school in the Netherlands is the Dutch Film and Television Academy, located just off Waterlooplein. The academy which turns 50 this year, graduates most of the nation’s working directors, screenwriters and producers. But the accomplished film director, Jos Stelling (1945), says the institute produces formulaic film-makers instead of artists, and it needs a change in attitude to be taken seriously and shape the future of Dutch cinema. This sentiment is even echoed by current students. ‘The school is good at teaching technique and skills, but I have my doubts about the artistic content and value,’ says Paloma Aguilera (25), a third year student in the directing of fiction film. ‘If you go to the Film Academy, you choose a traditional education in film-making, that’s what they’re really good at,’ says Beri Shalmashi, (24), exam student in scene writing. ‘Most productions that are made at the academy are mediocre; they’re not good or bad. They just fit the format.’ telling’s stand ‘Film-making isn’t very difficult to learn,’ says Stelling. ‘Reading some books and some practice will do the trick. The difference between a film-maker and an artist is that the latter is mostly mucking about frantically until finally something unexpectedly genius comes out, while a film-maker is a technician who planned the whole thing out and the result is as predicable as the plan.’ Stelling has directed such globally acclaimed and prize winning films as De Illusionist (1984), De Wisselwachter (1986) and De Wachtkamer (1996)—without any formal training. His most recent film, Duska (2007), was the Dutch entry for the Oscars in 2008. Stelling also founded the annual Nederlands Film Festival in 1981 in his hometown Utrecht, where he owns two art-house cinemas, Springhaver and the Louis Hartlooper Complex. Stelling says one problem at the Film Academy is that it turns out an assembly line of film-makers: ‘The academy busies itself with creating gardeners, while it’s actually about the garden. The weeds they pull out are usually the interesting bits: the art,’ says the director. Having some metaphorical gardeners is a


good thing, he says, but if you have too many, creativity can’t flourish and the product you get is sterile and uninteresting. Winne de Leeuw (27), an art direction student, and Niels van Koevorden (23), a documentary director student, both agree: ‘There are so many rules that it seems that the structure is more important than the content and the individual,’ says Van Koevorden. he curse of TV? The new dean Willem Capteyn (1944) believes in a democratic system where all students can evolve—not just the brilliant ones. ‘The Film Academy produces thirty-six short films a year, which makes us the largest production house in the country. This calls for thorough planning, and yes, a system. I am aware that the rules might be too rigid at times, but we are too


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internet can eventually be a blessing to film, like the invention of photography was a blessing to painters. ‘It gave painters the opportunity to distinguish themselves as artists: something different than a copier of images. However film also needs to distinguish itself from television and internet in order to survive. If the Film Academy doesn’t do this, it will create a monster that will end up eating its own head,’ Stelling says. He is troubled by new Dutch films that increasingly seem to resemble TV dramas. ‘Television drama is a tragically disabled child of its time because it’s neither theatre nor film, and now you see its flashy methods influencing cinema too,’ he says. Stelling disagrees with the Film Academy also being a television academy, because he feels one has nothing to do with the other. ‘The goal of television is to bring information; the goal of film is to create suggestion. These two media contradict each other entirely.’ Meanwhile Capteyn, who is quite fond of television drama himself, says this medium can combine art with information. He adds that the productions that are made for television at the Film Academy are cinematic and the school is much more focused on making film than television. But he also worries about the survival of art cinema, and is prepared to fight for it. ‘You should stand up for complicated films regardless how many people come to see it. An artist’s soul doesn’t have to be pretty and accessible,’ he says. need to be free The Film Academy is certainly up to date in technology. It is praised for its outstanding facilities and new equipment. However fancy cameras, lenses and lamps don’t necessarily make for interesting cinema. Stelling says time and opportunity are a prerequisite for student artists to evolve, and so is film philosophy. ‘Philosophical reflection on the art of filmmaking should have an especially prominent place in a film academy, as it does in other European countries where I lecture. Russian film-makers especially are preeminent philosophers,’ says Stelling. De Leeuw says there needs to be more experimentation. ‘The point is that they shouldn’t catch you before you fall,’ he says. ‘Teachers often prevent us from making mistakes to lead the process through smoothly.’ Shalmashi, too, calls for students to take more risks when they make movies: ‘I keep looking to see where and when the new Theo van Gogh will rise up,’ she says. ‘We need people like him. He didn’t care what anybody thought of him and he fought for what he truly believed in.’ Opportunities for experimenting at the academy are scarce if not absent because of the students’ busy schedules. ‘To get inspiration, you need a little nothingness once in a while,’ says Van Koevorden. ‘There should be more time for experimenting and failing because that’s a learning process too. It doesn’t have to be costly, you can do it with a handy cam,’ agrees De Leeuw. In response to students’ call for time to ‘muck about’, Capteyn has planned a few hours of ‘reflection time’ for the academic year 2009-2010. There will be planned gatherings in the canteen where the students get to reflect on the process of their productions on several Thursdays throughout the curriculum. ‘We want this atmosphere to be free of judgement and casual so the students feel free to speak their hearts. It shouldn’t be obligatory. If a student feels more like a walk in the park, that should be possible too,’ says Capteyn. He agrees with Stelling on the importance of philosophy, and says there is much talk within the teachers’ team to find a way to incorporate it into the programme as it is, or in the two-year Masters programme that will start in January 2009.


big and professional to make a different choice,’ says Capteyn. He does see some very creative students struggle to maintain the artist in them, and he believes they eventually succeed. Capteyn, who has been a scenario teacher on and off since 1989, has his roots in scene writing for television and will be dean until 2010. He took over from Marieke Schoenmakers who led the institution for seven years and who is praised for getting the academy a lot of sponsorship. She is now head of the New Business department of the public network VPRO. Stelling says small countries like the Netherlands always have to shout harder to be heard, and now is the perfect time because cinema is changing due to the rise of downloading and YouTube culture. He believes the

ow experiment got institutionalised The Film Academy was founded in 1958 in the building on the Overtoom 301 by enthusiastic youngsters following the French film revolution now called Nouvelle Vague. This movement led by, among others, Jean-Luc Godard, aimed at breaking through Hollywood cliches by being the so-called jazz in film. Stelling believes the system now overriding the artistic content of the academy is the unintentional consequence of this great European cinematic adventure of the 1960s. ‘When Marilyn Monroe died, Hollywood went bankrupt,’ he says. This created an opening for European cinema and



‘Film is a means to express your art, it shouldn’t be a goal in itself,’ Stelling says. ‘Becoming a film artist means reading a lot of books, always being curious and being a tremendous fanatic about cinema.’ Nouvelle Vague. ‘What went wrong is that this was institutionalised like everything else in this country, and in this bureaucracy, the teachers became more important than the students,’ says Stelling. The academy certainly is bigger now, and it moved into its monumental green glass building in 1999. About 75 students survive the admission process every year, although the number of applicants exceeds capacity by hundreds. There are 270 students enrolled this year divided across eight different disciplines. This week the academy shows the 14 films that the senior class has been working on during the past year at the Exam Film Festival [see a positive review, p. 18]. The films, all 25 minutes in length, and either fiction or documentary, are made by set crews representing all disciplines: directors, producers, scene writers, camera technicians, production designers, sound technicians, editors and special effects designers. reader’s culture Film culture is of course not only created by the makers of the films, the viewers also determine much of it. Stelling says the difference in culture explain why he is hailed like a hero in Russia while here only the art-house elite know his work. ‘Russia and other countries with a Catholic tradition have a far greater appreciation for symbolism, it’s a culture of connecting images to make stories,’ he says. ‘The Netherlands with its Calvinist tradition has a readers’ culture that is more sober.’ Third year direction student Aguilera, who lived in Paris while studying theatre before she came back to her native Amsterdam to enrol at the academy, is surprised how different film cultures can be. ‘In France you’ll see an old lady pop inside the cinema just in between groceries,’ she says. ‘Here in Holland, people make a Saturday night outing of it; it’s a lot less “normal” to go to the pictures. And it’s expensive here too, even students hardly get discounts.’ Although Stelling lectures at film academies all over Europe, he never regrets not going to film school. He says attending a film academy is, at best, part of a process that eventually makes you an artist. ‘Film is a means to express your art, it shouldn’t be a goal in itself,’ the director says. ‘Becoming a film artist means reading a lot of books, always being curious and being a tremendous fanatic about cinema. When I was ten years old I was magically absorbed by every image that moved. I was in love with film.’ Stelling believes that big change is needed if the Netherlands wants to really mean something internationally. ‘The Dutch need to let go of their opportunism, and dare to be elitist if they want to survive current changes. If this means cinema will become smaller, so be it,’ he says. And perhaps the Film Academy can evolve to help this process—but only if it embraces the garden more than the gardeners.


CORRECTION: Last week’s feature ‘Two wheels, two wings, two hours’ was written by Nanci Tangeman.

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Snap Judgments, Stedelijk Museum, see Friday

Photography: YiP—Young in Prison

THURSDAY 26 JUNE Club: 11—Laatste dagen The fucked-up graffiti lifts. The sweet beats. The pretty people. And oh yes... The view, of course. Many good times were had in 11. Alas, the time has come for Amsterdam’s funkiest high-rise to leave us. Even those moaners who found the restaurant too fancy, the music too electronic or the lifts too scary will miss the place: because it has the most perfect roof terrace in town. How sad to see it go. But of course, the club will go out with a bang: the last days of 11 are seeing all the past glory of its most successful parties relived once more. Rauw with Tiga and Joost van Bellen, Rush Hour with Carl Craig, 360, Teleskope and Static with Bart Skils. Then the very last night, on 28 June: a surprise lineup, but of course long sold out anyway. The last tickets will be available at the door though, and this party might well be worth trying your luck. Go up high, dance, drink. Behold the view once more, and pretend the night will never end: 11 is dead. Long live 11. (Sarah Gehrke) 11, various times and prices.

Art: Gerrit Rietveld Academie Eindeexamen Expositie Covering every discipline in the art world, the graduating students of the legendary Gerrit Rietveld Academy keep on making relevant work every year. Come see what Abe, Adriana, Advan, Aki, Alex, Alexander, Amber, Ana, Andrea, Angela, Anika, Anna, Annelies, Arjan, Asaf, Asayo, Axel, Ayelet, Bagia, Beatrix, Bette, Bettina, Bianca, Bine, Bogomir, Bonno, Cadine, Camilo, Carl-Johan, Carmelita, Carolien, Caroline, Cecile, Ceel, Charlotte, Çigdem, Ciscus, Claudia, Danielle, Danitsa, Deniz, Dirk, Dirk-Jan, Donat, Elin, Eline, Elinor, Emily, Erik, Eva, Eva, Fabienne, Fiona, Flo, Folly, Geertje, Goda, Gwendolyn, Hagar, Hannah, Hannah, Hans, Hans, Harun, Heleen, Hrund, Igna, Ikuko, Inci, Inci, Inga, Ingrid, Iris, Irma, Janko, Janne, Jasper, Jennifer, Jenny, Jeroen, Jimmy, Jin, Joel, Johanna, Jonas, Judith, Kadri, Kai, Kali, Kanika, Katrine, Klara, Kumi, Kuta, Kyu, Laura, Lena, Leonie, Leoniek, Lisette, Lotte, Lu, Luciano, Lucie, Maaike, Maaike, Maarten, Maarten, Maartje, Mads, Mai-Marie, Margaret, Marie, Marie, Marie, Marijke, Marijn, Mariken, Marina, Marjon, Marta, Martenique, Martina, Martine, Masja, Matej, Merel, Michiel, Mikk, Mira, Moran, Myra, Nanette, Nevin, Nienke, Nini, Nozomi, Özkan, Paolo, Paulien, Pauline, Per, Pieter, Plamen, Priska, Roonak, Roos, Saara, Sabine, Sam, Sander, Sanne, Sanne, Sarah, Saskia, Saskia, Silke, Sina, Sophia, Summer, Suzanne, Suzanne, Taf, Tam, Tessa, Tessel, Thijs, Tobias, Tobias, Tsveta, Ulrike, Veronique, Viktorija, Virginie, Wanda, Wilmie, Xavier, Yael, Yehudit, Yeu and Zakia have been up to! (Simon Wald-Lasowski) Gerrit Rietveld Academie, 11.00-20.00 Thu-Sat; 11.00-16.00 Sun, free. Until 29 June.

Over 90 renowned photographers donated their work to the non-profit organisation Young in Prison (YiP), which, after the exhibition, will all be auctioned off in club Odeon on 6 July at 15.00—your chance to own an Erwin Olaf, Mourad Bouchakour or Ed van der Elsken while making the world a better place. YiPART is organised as a creative way to raise funds for their projects in the juvenile prisons of Colombia, Brazil, South-Africa, Malawi and Suriname. YiP sets up creative projects for the kids inside prisons as an attempt to increase their chances to escape a life of poverty and criminality once freed. At the exhibition in Foam, all of us who don’t have the funds to support the good cause can still admire the work of the photographers. Don’t forget to bring along your rich friends. You can also preview the photos at (Isabel Serval) Foam, Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00; Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00. Until 5 July.

FRIDAY 27JUNE Event: The End of Smoking Many people look forward to the smoking ban. No more stinky clothes, coughing, smoke in your eyes or the imminent danger of terminal illnesses! Many other people, however, are not so happy. And the reasons go beyond financial interests (tobacco manufacturers, bar owners) or blatant addiction (smokers). No, there are more far-reaching fears. The idea of going to a rock concert and all you can smell is beer and sweat. The continuing breakdown of conversation due to cigarette breaks. And some even predict the worst of all: The End of Coolness. Well... Apocalyptic visions nothwithstanding, the smoking ban is a done deal, and all that’s left to do is celebrate the last night of being able to light up in a public place. The weekend-long Club Tabac at De Balie features a fancy smoking lounge, the possibility of making video confessions about your first cigarette, a debate between several pro- and anti-smoking people, a proper rock ’n’ roll party and a terrace for non-smokers. Ik Stop at Felix Meritis on Monday is a philosophical discussion about many aspects of smoking, for example: how did the cigarette develop from a symbol of freedom to one of dependence? The debate will culminate in a collective stubbing out at midnight. Cavia, logically, will devote Monday evening to legendary smokers on screen, showing old tobacco commercials, famous smoking scenes and a main film whose title is yet a secret, but which will feature some good ol’ chainsmoking. And smoking is allowed in the auditorium! The organisers strongly advise non-smoking visitors to break with their good habits on this one night. Smoke away, people—as long as you still can. (Sarah Gehrke) De Balie, Felix Meritis and Cavia, various times and prices. Until 29 June.

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Photography: To Africa For years, photography has capitalised on images of devastation from the African continent. A new exhibition tries to move beyond that stereotype. ‘Snap Judgments’ at the Stedelijk Museum CS mirrors the changing economic, social and cultural dynamics in the region. The photographs curated by Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor reveal not only a change in perspective but also in artistic inspiration in the moving away from traditional African and Western influences. Themes include social alienation, urban lifestyles and architecture as well as fashion photography and conceptual art. Though many of the photographers come from South Africa, there seems to have been an attempt to highlight countries that may escape our attention. Some of the photographers have previously shown at Stedelijk—Hentie van der Merwe (South Africa) and Hala Elkoussy (Egypt)—while others like Luis Basto (Mozambique) and Ali Chraibi (Morocco) might be interesting finds. Meanwhile you might want to combine a visit to this exhibition with the Foam exhibtion dedicated to Malick Sidibé, one of the first African lensmen to be recognised in the West. This Malinese photographer’s centerpiece is a series of coloured sheets of card with small prints of the photos he took at parties and events in Bamako. These offer an insider’s glimpse into Malinese society. (Sulakshana Gupta) Stedelijk Museum CS, 10.00- 18.00, Until 30 September.

Film: Lost & Found For the past nine years, an eclectic group of artists have organised screenings of overlooked, obscure and forgotten visual and audio artifacts from archives and private collections from around the globe. Past editions of these frequently sold-out evenings have taken place in Maastricht, Cairo and New York and featured the extendend collection of slides a stewardess brought along and fashion icons Viktor & Rolf with a VCR tape of their first Parisian show. Tonight, director Trent Harris will bring his highly praised Beaver Trilogy to Pakhuis de Zwijger for a rare Dutch screening and Q & A. Leave your trenchcoat and Kleenex at home you perv, the first of the trilogy is a re-creation of the socially naive impersonator Groovy Gary, who faces a harsh reaction from his conservative small-town environment when he performs a drag act as Olivia Newton Dawn. The second and third films give you the chance to watch performances by a young Sean Penn and a fresh faced Crispin Glover, respectively. (Luuk van Huët) Pakhuis de Zwijger, 20.00, €7.

Rock: Borwaerk Benefiet Of all the good causes that pop up in Amsterdam, you never quite expect to come across a gig aiming to help a non-profit music initiative in Mylau, a town close to the eastern border of Germany. But in case you’ve never heard of them, Borwaerk is the kind of club that shares the ethos of local venues like OCCII and Zaal 100; not just a runof-the-mill venue, but also a band practice space, bar, cafe and all-round positive music space. What’s more, each summer, the club organises the L’Abore open-air festival, which attracts underground acts from around the world, including Amsterdam. The sad part of this story is that the venue was destroyed by fire at the beginning of 2008, which, as you can imagine, is rather difficult for a non-profit to bounce back from. But some of the Dutch acts who get all warm and fuzzy about this German haven have organised this benefit, attempting to contribute additional funds towards L’Abore 2008—taking place on 25 and 26 July. Local contributors include indie guitar band Labasheeda and post rockers TBFKAGNK. Visiting from Germany are Penus and Radar. (Steven McCarron) OCCII, 20.30, €5.

WEDNESDAY 2 JULY Jazz: Pat Martino Quartet It’s tough enough to become a world-conquering guitarist even once. Pat Martino has done it twice. In 1980, after putting together a roaring career that saw him recording prodigiously and topping polls, Martino underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm and emerged with virtually total amnesia. He forgot everything about playing the guitar, and so taught himself all over again. He’s back at the top of his game—and the top of his field—charging through all the idiosyncratic chording and parallel structuring that helped him, in what was literally an earlier life, explode the possibilities of his instrument. Now touring with a quartet, Martino has lost none of his swiftness and ferocity, and has become, for a new generation of musicians, a one-of-a-kind inspiration. Prepare yourself for a concert that, in no uncertain terms, should be unforgettable. (Steve Schneider) Bimhuis, 21.00, €22.

Club: Santogold One might say that Santogold is all over the place, in several respects: on the covers, in commercials, on the stages which she has shared with M.I.A. and Björk, in the studios together with Mark Ronson, Spank Rock and many more. She’s a producer, songwriter, singer and rapper. Genre-wise, too, she’s all over the place. Dub, indie, rap, new wave— she’s been there and done it all. The result is her eponymous debut album which features several summer hit favourites (second single L.E.S. Artistes, for example, rules) and made her talk of the towns in no time. And so, when 5 Days Off hits Amsterdam again this week, this is one of the nights that shan’t be missed. Just listen: ‘I got to be unstoppable,’ she sings. ‘I got to be unstoppable, ey ey ey ey, you don’t like.’ Wrong. We like. (Sarah Gehrke) Paradiso, 23.00, €17 + membership for 5 Days Off day ticket. Send details and images for listing consideration at least two weeks in advance to


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Hofesh Schechter, Julidans, Stadsschouwburg

Getting down with choreographer Hofesh Schechter, whose work opens the Julidans festival this week.

A BALANCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DANCE Julidans 1-12 July, 20.30, Stadsschouwburg, €12-24 By Monique Gruter

Hofesh Schechter is for real. The 33year-old Israeli choreographer, who has taken his adopted hometown London by storm, opens this year’s Julidans festival with two powerful pieces, ‘In Your Rooms’ and ‘Uprising’. His intellectual curiosity, philosophical notions and indiscreet, humble tastes are the epicentre of what makes him tick. I catch up with Hofesh (which means ‘freedom’ in Hebrew) by phone at his rehearsal studio where he talks earnestly about his career momentum, his choreography and his radiant dancers. You’ve established a solid dance company, and in the past four years you’ve choreographed several acclaimed works that are taking you around the world. Will you be able to maintain the momentum?

I don’t have a plan to keep up the momentum, but if it will happen, it will happen. It will be a shame if I become a less skilful choreographer. I do hope to develop and improve but it is not a guarantee that the audience will continue to enjoy my work and want to see it. I try not to put too much emphasis on whether the work is a success or not. What I do enjoy is the exposure of the work—it’s part of the process of communicating with people—and to present as much as possible.That’s the fun of it. What was the impetus for the piece ‘Uprising’? About two years ago, I received a Robin Howard commission from The Place in London and I wanted to go with my instincts and do something that was really fun for me. My observation was that I enjoyed working with men, with boys. At that time there were the uprisings in the Paris suburbs and I started thinking why most of them were men. Why are they out there? Are they bored? They are being locked down, they have a side where they are angry, but ultimate-

ly they are having fun. Then I thought I should lock seven men in a room and try to work with this energy of enjoyment and fighting, which is often what happens when you put men in one room. They either kind of play, or they fight or retreat. Will you be performing yourself in Amsterdam? I will perform in ‘Uprising’. We are checking these days whether I will also dance in the second piece, ‘In Your Rooms’. We have an injured dancer in the company. If he’s still injured and unable to dance, then I will perform in the piece. What’s the most rewarding part about seeing your choreography performed on stage? It’s when I feel the piece is performed, together with the technical aspects, in a way that conveys something emotional and where I feel a sense of brotherhood. That’s my biggest satisfaction. You’ve said you have brilliant dancers in your company. How much of a dancer’s art is mental and how much of it is physical? Well, doing the job I’m doing, the question I ask myself is if there really is a difference between the mental and the physical. The dancer that has marvellous physical skill is great, but it means nothing if they don’t have the mental or emotional skills. On the other hand, the dancer who is very intelligent and with a lot of maturity could overcome physical

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limitations successfully. I walk into the studio and I’m dealing with my own and my dancers’ limitations and we are trying to open up, to undo them. And you have to use your intelligence and imagination to overcome the physical limitations. It really becomes very liquid, the connection between the mental and the physical. You can feel it. What do you find to be the most common difficulty your dancers face with your choreography? Two aspects make their lives a bit hard. First of all, there is a lot of movement to remember and clearly no repetition, so there is a lot to practice. And there are a lot of counts that are very related to the music, so [they have to digest] a lot of information. From a physical aspect, we are in a constant search to improve, to arrive at a certain harmony. Finding balance between the elements is the biggest challenge we face as a group. A more specific answer would be thigh muscle suffering. I love the floor, I do a lot of stuff there and I work very low. What do you need most from your dancers? I like it when they challenge me. I like it when they are really there. Whatever it is, whether they are really hungry or really enthusiastic—the feeling that they come into the studio and are one-hundred per cent in the room experiencing, curious and trying things. That is what I like.

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Thursday 26 June Jazz: De Snarenbrigade Dinner concert with jazz and swing standards helping the digestion process. Badcuyp, Zuidpool, 20.00, €4/€9 Rock: Howlin’ Rain A psych-rock San Franciscan cocktail harking right back to the ’60s and ’70s. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.00, €9 + membership Punk: Anti-Flag Twenty years of idealogical punk rock and screwing with the system. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.15, €13 + membership Classical: CREA Orkest Works by Debussy, Stravinksy and Tchaikovsky. Dominicuskerk, 20.15, €10 Singer-songwriter: H-OT Scenes Session Poppy and summery sounds from Swiss songwriter Heidi Happy. OT301, 21.00, €5 Experimental: Le Club Suburbia & HalloGallo #8 Obscure but super-fresh music from the underground, ranging from psychedelic post-hardcore to proto-punk. Sets from Awesome Colour (US), Synt Tofs (US), CTP (Sweden) and local boy wonder, Pfaff. OCCII, 21.00, €6 Singer-songwriter: Lukas Batteaux & Lasse Matthiessen Skek, 21.00, free Jazz: POW Ensemble Digital jazz journeys as Amsterdam regulars like trombonist Wolter Wierbos and cellist Nina Hitz provide acoustic backing to the electronic exhibitionism of band leader Luc Houtkamp. Bimhuis, 21.00, €12


Jazz: Wicked Jazz Sounds The popular Sugar Factory club night goes all-out tonight. The fresh Wicked Jazz Sounds Live crew will be showing off their new live show, then the regular DJs and special live guests will take over. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 21.00, €17.50 Electronica/Jazz: Electro Côco Brazilian dance grooves and electro swing. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 23.00, €8 Rock: Running Birds French band. Support from Amsterdam Funk Connection. The Waterhole, 23.00, free

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Sunday 29 June Pop/Rock: Parkpop Should this Den Haag institution be held responsible for the Netherlands losing out at Euro 2008? While the usual debate is rain or shine, this time they got ahead themselves with the ‘will the population rather watch Sheryl Crow perform or Holland lifting the trophy?’ Now that Holland are out, the organisers can relax and the crowds will have to make do with a crooning Crow, who, along with The Proclaimers, may actually help to make the most of a disappointing lineup this year. Still, Parkpop is always more about the sfeer. Zuiderpark, The Hague, 13.00, free Pop: Mooie Noten 2008 The final of the competition for singer-songwriters and small pop ensembles. Special guests, who’re performing acoustically today, include Voicst, Hit Me TV and pEp. Vondelpark Openluchttheater, 14.00, free

Latin: Angelo Maria Colourful Afro-Peruvian tunes. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 21.30, €8

Heavy: Union Town Record release party. Also with Tenement Kids, The Gaslight Anthem (US), The Reactionaries and For Japan. Winston Kingdom, 19.00, €7

Hiphop/R&B: A!R Big Joint Party Session and party hosted by Joint Radio. Live sets from Skinto, Zwartlicht, Leeroy, Pay Tax, Passion and Zanillya. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.00, €5

Pop/Rock: Friska Viljor Jaunty Swedish indie pop that fits in perfectly with the burgeoning ‘London Calling’ scene. Support from Pete & the Pirates. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 19.30, €10 + membership

Pop/Rock: Club 3voor12 Live radio and TV session featuring sets from Headphone and De Staat. After this, Club 3voor12 takes a break for summer. Desmet Studios, 22.00, free, tickets:

Jazz: Jaijazz #6 With vintage jazz clips, the Jonatha Ilhenfeld Trio, César Latorre Trio and Hitchcock Hamsters. Zaal 100, 19.30, €6

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Pop/Rock: Stofpop Six young bands rocking out to impress. Sugar Factory, 19.30, €5

Pop/Rock: Amsterdam BeatClub Retro soul and rock, with live music from Time Flies. De Nieuwe Anita, 20.00, €7.50

Classical: André Rieu (See Friday) Amsterdam ArenA, 20.00, €50-€140

Hiphop: Atmosphere, Brother Ali Indie hiphop that’s soulful, funky and intelligent, presenting an alternative to the bling bling rap world—though still much more radio-friendly than the wonderful Anticon indie scene. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €15 + membership

Gospel: Gospel Battle 2008 Final of this holy fight between luscious singers and their songs for the Lord. De Kandelaar, 20.00, free

Hiphop: Young Buck New York rapper who was previously a member of G-Unit and collaborator with 50 Cent. Melkweg, The Max, 21.00, €25 + membership

Classical: André Rieu While wingers regularly waltz past trailing defenders in the ArenA, this is a weird gig in a season of Bon Jovis, Springsteens and mega dance parties. Instead, this renowned violinist/conductor—and master of traditional waltz music—is taking over the stadium for a couple of days. Amsterdam ArenA, 20.00, €50-€140 Hiphop: Grote Prijs van Nederland Showcase Beatmakers and MCs. Special guest is former winner Jiggy Djé. Bitterzoet, 20.00, €7.50 Classical: CREA Orkest (See Thursday) Dominicuskerk, 20.15, €10 Rock: Borwaerk Benefiet Benefit concert for the German music club Borwaerk, who lost their home to a fire at the beginning of this year. As such, Dutch friends are organising this benefit concert to support the club and to ensure that their annual L’Abore festival will still take place in 2008. Sets from Tbfkagnk, Labasheeda, Penus (DE) and Radar (DE). See Short List. OCCII, 20.30, €5 Rock: Monte Montgomery ‘The Evel Knievel of Guitar’ from Texas. He may play acoustic guitars but his jammin’ grooves typically sound electric. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.30, €10 + membership Pop/Rock: 3xLive With Excused, Hallon and Yakuza Smile. Winston Kingdom, 21.00, €6 Pop/Rock: Grote Prijs van Nederland Showcase Sets from Fed by Trash, Daily Bread, Stairs to Nowhere, Silver, Blue Velvet and Christopher Max. Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina, 21.00, €5 Jazz: Larry Ochs / Mark Dresser / Vladimir Tarasov Catch a rare glance of this sax, drums and bass trio, whose jazz maestros deal in melodic, hypnotic minimalism. Bimhuis, 21.00, €16 Latin: Ojalá Sets from Son5 and a surprise act. Zaal 100, 21.00, €5 Singer-songwriter: TenTemPies Latin-style folk. Skek, 21.00, free

Jazz: Renske Taminiau Jazzy Dutch pop. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 19.30, €8 + membership

Pop: Red Hot Riviera Swinging French feast with funky tunes, fruity cocktails and a Francophile audience deserving of a sizzling spot on the Riviera. There’s summer grooves from Minimatic before DJ Natashka does her sultry spinning thing. De Nieuwe Anita, 20.00, €6 Classical: Het Amstel Sextet & Het Amsterdams Pianokwartet Works by Brahms and Schumann. Bethaniënklooster, 20.15, free Classical: Het Leids Barok Ensemble Festive performance celebrating 80 seasons of the ensemble. As such, ‘Summer’ and ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons forms the core of the programme. English Reformed Church, 20.15, free Latin: Beirão & os Filhos de Dona Nereide Brazilian summer session fronted by Beirão, a troubadour from Brasília, who’s influenced by the energetic styles of the territory, such as forró, baião, xote and pé de serra. Bimhuis, 21.00, €16 Rock: Elvis Disco #11 The Reno Brothers and Good Rockin’ Tonight (UK) pay tribute to The King. Cruise Inn, 21.00, €15 Hiphop: Papoose Ultra-cool hiphopper from Brooklyn. In fact, if you believe the hype, Papoose is the future of East Coast rap. Course, despite his status in the mix tape world, he’s yet to release his own elusive debut album. Melkweg, The Max, 21.00, €22 + membership Blues: The Bintangs Legendary Dutch rhythm and blues group, formed in 1961 by the brothers Kraayeveld. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.30, €12 + membership

World: Randal Corsen & Friends Edison winner, Corsen, invites an all-star cast, including singers Izaline Calister and Francien van Tuinen, to perform a festive ode to his place of birth, Curaçao. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €22.50/€26.50 Bluegrass: The Inlaw Sisters Appalachian folk and traditional American songs. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.30, €7 + membership

Monday 30 June Pop: Andre Hazes 57 Nederpoppin’, with a range of Dutch artists paying tribute to the late singing star. The Powerzone, 19.30, €25 Opera: Dido and Aeneas Purcell’s operatic tale of the two lovers, Dido and Aeneas, who are broken apart by an evil sorceress’ scheming plans borne out of jealousy. Performed by the orchestras and voices from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Koninklijk Conservatorium. Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 19.30, free Folk: Loreena McKennitt Canadian singer known best for her Celtic folk and new age-style world music. Carré, 20.00, €59.50/€64 Classical: Enrico Pace, Igor Roma Two Italian piano masters play works by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €17.50/€21 Opera: Opera per Tutti! The final Monday performance by De Nieuwe Opera Academie. Vondelkerk, 20.15, €20 Rock: Battles Severe math rock. This American quartet ain’t exactly big on vocals, but they’ll rapidly warp your mind with their avant-garde guitar riffs, synths and the insane drum pummelling of ex-Helmet star John Stanier. Patronaat, Haarlem, 20.30, €12 Big band: Biggles Swing time. Casablanca Muziek, 21.00, free

Blues: Driving South Blues rock. Maloe Melo, 22.00, €5

Reggae: Collie Buddz & the New Kingston Band Spliff-friendly reggae and dancehall from this rising Bermuda-born star. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €17.50 + membership

Rock: Running Birds French band. Support from Bruver. The Waterhole, 23.00, free

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Rock: Radiohead While a Radiohead ‘greatest hits’ set has recently landed in the stores, don’t be mistaken for thinking that Oxford’s most awkward are here to go wild with the classics. This is very much the In Rainbows tour; the album they famously threw onto the internet last year, seemingly testing the morals of their fans with their sliding scale payments. Since many just grabbed it for free anyway, maybe it would have been a bolder experiment to let fans pay whatever they want to get into this show. Westergasfabriek, 19.30, sold out

Tongue-In-Cheek But whose cheek? Happy and cosy party that pits hiphop against house. Club 8, 22.00-03.00, €5

Pop: Doe Maar Only the biggest band in the world... ever. Sorry, biggest band in Holland... ever. Or biggest band in Holland 25 years ago. They’re back to mark their 30th anniversary. Heineken Music Hall, 20.15, €59

The Underrated Eclectic beats. Odeon, 23.00-05.00, €12

11_Laatste_Dagen Get pixellated at Pixel, with Isolée (Frankfurt), Marbert-Rocel (Erfurt), Sascha Funke (Berlin), Bert de Rooij and Carlos Valdes. See Short List. 11, 22.30-04.00, €15 Your Biggest Bang! Hiphop, electro, Baltimore, baile funk and even some rock. Hotel Arena, 23.00-04.00, €10 Vreemd 2.0 Weirder and weirder electro. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €8.50 WKND Building you up for the weekend with nu-house and deep house spinning. Studio 80, 23.00-late, €5 Blue Note Trip Jazz and dance fusion. Tonight’s jazzy vibes are fronted by Maestro, together with sax men Benjamin Herman and Ben van Gelder. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.30-late, €8 + membership

Friday 27 June The Raconteurs Rock: The Raconteurs Jack White (of The White Stripes) and Brendan Benson lead this rather famous ‘side-project’. Last time round, single ‘Steady, As She Goes’ dominated radio. This year, they stunned fans by releasing recent album Consolers of the Lonely with only a week’s advance warning. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, sold out Jazz: Hans Dulfer & Friends Casablanca Muziek, 21.00, free Roots: John Butler Trio Australian rootsy jam band that’s suitably massive in their homeland. The tunes are a mix of folk, country, blues, hiphop and reggae. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, sold out Rock: Comets on Fire Californian psychedelic rock outfit, who’ve been known to blaze a trail of noise through time and space. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.30, €9 + membership

Wednesday 2 July Soul: Duffy New Brit pop starlet, who’s gone from zero to hero in just six months. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.00, sold out Rock: R.E.M. Opening night of the summer European tour. In the run up to these dates, guitarist Peter Buck has been stating that journalists who find new album Accelerate a return to form, in comparison with the previous two awful albums, are simply lazy. Well, actually, Mr Buck, I’m pretty sure it’s a fair statement, as neither of those two albums are likely to leave my CD racks ever again. Accelerate, on the other hand, while unlikely to change anyone’s life, is at least bursting with energy, which is what this gig is likely to be about. Westergasfabriek, 20.00, €47.50 Classical: Residentie Orkest Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Fifth Symphony; conducted by Neeme Järvi, with Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €17.50/€21 Pop/Rock: Elvis Prestello Elvis sings the songs of Elvis. Winston Kingdom, 20.30, €5 Rock: Hallo Gallo #9 Featuring the psychedelic riffage of American trippers Sunburned Hand of the Man, Canadian analogue experimentalist Brian McKenna, and the twisted and broken folk sounds of Swedish boys, The Ray Pacino Ensemble. OCCII, 21.00, €5 Jazz: Pat Martino Quartet The world-renowned Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer has recorded hoards of legendary Blue Note albums, the most recent of which is Remember—a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. See Short List. Bimhuis, 21.00, €22 Electronica: 5 Days Off—Day One—Melkweg Five days of electro-thumping madness starts here. Hosted by Rauw, performing tonight are Peaches (DJ set), The Count & Sinden, Surkin, Joost van Bellen and Mr Oizo. Melkweg, 22.00, €17 + membership day ticket, €60 festival pass Electronica: 5 Days Off: Day One—Paradiso Sets from Hercules and Love Affair, Santogold (See Short List), MSTRKRFT, We Smoke Fags and Neon Neon. Paradiso, 23.00, €17 + membership day ticket, €60 festival pass

Fuck Yeah Fucking Poptrash-y sounds on a fucking Friday. Club 8, 22.00-04.00, €5/€7 11_Laatste_Dagen The final Static to be hosted at 11, though your host, Bart Skils, will be keeping the concept alive. Guests tonight include David Labeij, Kabale und Liebe, 2000 and One, Lauhaus and Boris Werner. See Short List. 11, 22.30-04.00, €15 Appletree Nights Summer hiphop grooves, with Ben Westbeech (UK) and SP. Bitterzoet, 23.00-04.00, €7.50 Connaisseur Labelnight With Estroe, Kollektiv Turnstrasse (live), Zoe Xenia (live), Alex Flitsch (DE), Plasmik (live), Unders, Jorn Liefdeshuis, Drrie and Carlos Valdes. Flex Bar, 23.00-05.00, €10 T.N.T. Time to look out those old guilders in the cupboard, as Odeon heads back to the ’80s and ’90s, financially as well as musically. Odeon, 23.00-05.00, €12 Sexy Bag One of the worst party names to grace these pages in 2008, and that’s saying something. Apparently this urban/dancehall night will be rather ‘naughty’, but mainly it should be taken as a reminder to recycle your plastic bags. The Powerzone, 23.00-06.00, €20 Art Of Noiz: A Greekadelic Night Psychedelic trance night. Studio 80, 23.00-late, €12.50

Goodfellas DJ Crew at Basement Basement A hiphop ‘Summer Special’. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.00-late, €15 + membership

Saturday 28 June Au10tique House sounds from Rutger Docter and Thomas Martojo (Dekmantel). De Kring, 22.00-04.00, €8 Hed Kandi ‘The Ibiza Summer Edition’, though if you’re looking for commercial dance sounds and actual summer weather, you should maybe just consider going to Ibiza. Hotel Arena, 22.00-04.00, €22.50 Fck Minimal…Go Maximal Electro that peaks on all meters. Ruigoord, 22.00-late, €10 11_Laatste_Nacht Well, we knew it was coming. It couldn’t be avoided. It’s the final party at 11 and it’s likely to be a great one. Guests are being kept under wraps, but expect electronic stars from both Amsterdam and abroad. See Short List. 11, 22.30-04.00, €15 Amstereo Galaxy With Aysam (Paris), Rogerseventytwo & The Walk, STRFCKR crew, Oslo Hilton and Wannabeastar. Flex Bar, 23.00-05.00, €8.50 Koppig! Eclectic, hiphop and house tunes. Odeon, 23.00-05.00, €12 Rex...Electronation Live A mixed bag of electro, crunching techno and funky house. Performing live is Marc Antona from the Freak ’n’ Chic label. DJing is Emerson Todd, Sven & Tettero and Voldaan & Hay-T. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €15


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Awakenings Afterparty The main techno festival out at Spaarnwoude is already sold out, but there’s always this afterparty at Westergasterras, Westerliefde, Westerunie. 23.00-06.00, €15 Bla Bla With Johnny D (live), Peter Dildo, Tony Boogs, Daniel Sanchez, Boris Werner & Lauhaus, plus a special guest. Studio 80, 23.00-late, €15 HipHopFunk Sessions Diverse DJs. De Duivel, 23.59-04.00, free Gemengd Zwemmen Two rooms of swimmingly diverse noise. In The Max, it’s classic hiphop and funk; in the Oude Zaal, there’s alternative dance, pop, rock and indie hits. Melkweg, 23.59-late, €9

Sunday 29 June Wicked Jazz Sounds Jazz, hiphop, broken beats, nujazz, funk and Afro sounds, as classic vinyl collides with live musicians. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €9.50 Zonde Sunday fun with The Walk & Rogerseventytwo and Sanyi. Paradiso, 23.30-late, €7.50

Monday 30 June Cheeky Monday True skool jungle and drum & bass, featuring players from the local and international scenes. Winston Kingdom, 22.00-03.00, €7

Tuesday 1July Funky Junkie A wild cross-section of funk sounds from DJ Koldun, who invites a selection of live musicians to improvise while he works the decks. Winston Kingdom, 22.00-03.00, €6




Art/Performance: Loving You, Leaving You Over seven days, performance-duo Atelier SEVA demonstrate seven ways to leave a loved one. In their world, each way takes 13 solid hours (with short breaks every now and then). metrostation Waterlooplein, (Thur-Sun 07.00-20.00), free

Music/Dance: Robeco Summer Night Opening of the Robeco Summer season with a special dance performance. Choreographers involved include Nanine Linning and Hans van Manen, with popular classics performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, cellist Pieter Wispelwey and pianist Olga Khoziainova. The music also reflects the influence of the songs of Tchaikovsky on this summer programme. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, (Sat 20.15), €31/€36.50 Music/Dance: Chanpyré Freaky dance meets funky music. CREA Theater, (Thur 19.30), €15 Music/Theatre: Die Zauberflöte The Nationale Reisopera present a colourful interpretation of the Mozart fairytale opera, which is ideal if you enjoy the vibrant music and your fave colour is blue. Stadsschouwburg, (Thur 20.15), €20-€45 Music/Theatre: Alabama Chrome—The Sadists Rock ’n’ roll redneck musical from Orkater: De Nieuwkomers, written and performed by Kaspar Schellingerhout, Viktor Griffioen and Erik van der Horst. In Dutch. Melkweg Theater, (Thur-Sat 20.30), €10 Comedy: International Comedy With locals packing up their camping gear, Comedy Theater is preparing to turn cosmopolitan for the summer, with the language of laughter switching to English to accommodate tourists and those left to work through the tropical months. As such, look out for international acts taking to the stage. Comedy Theater, (Fri, Sat 20.30), €12.50 Dance: Julidans: Within Minimalist choreography by Milan Tomasik. Melkweg Theater, (Tues, Wed 19.00), €5

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Friday 27 June Party: Women’s Night Weekly women’s night in this laid-back cafe, with either DJ Suna, Ortega, Roest or Voytec. Men are welcome, if accompanied by a female friend. Cafe Sappho, 21.00-01.00, free

Dance: Julidans: In Your Rooms & Uprising The 33year-old Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter is a rising star in the British dance world. His new work, In Your Rooms, is an exciting and aggressive presentation for 11 dancers, with live music by Shechter Catchpole. It’s matched by the slightly older work, Uprising, in which seven men assault the stage with energetic partner work. See article p.12. Stadsschouwburg, (Tues, Wed 20.30), €12-€25 Comedy: CISF English stand-up, with Neil Delamere and Glen Wool (Canada). Toomler, (Wed 20.30), €13 Dance: Imbizo e Mazweni Via Katlehong Dance, from South Africa, present two short performances with nine dancers each. Theater Bellevue, (Wed 21.00), €17.50


Party: Goldrush Go gold, go Goldrush. Hosted by Nickie Nicole and Tara Montana. DJs include Jerry Black & MBC, plus special appearrances by Katie Karima, The Golden Glitter Gogos and live on stage Nora Carrera & Tasha Thunderpussy. Exit, 23.59-05.00, €10

Saturday 28 June 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. We love it here. DJ Benjamin, plus a guest DJ, spin the tunes, but 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 Party: Ladz Second edition of this great gay dance party for those who like sportswear: lads, scallies, skaters and gabbers. Get yer sports kit on and meet the ladz. DJs Benjamin, RW and Abraxas play hard house. Club La, 22.00-04.00, €8/€10 Party: UNK Montly gay/mixed party in the western part of town, held above the Aldi supermarket. DJ Lupe and his crowd spins electro and undergroud beats. Club 8, 22.00-05.00, €8

Sunday 29 June Sex club: S.O.S. Organised by those naughty boys from GALA—who also brought us Ladz and (Z)onderbroek. Well you don’t need much clothing here either as S.O.S. isn’t about that Abba song, but all about Sex on Sundays. Nude or underwear, it doesn’t matter. Anything goes (quite literally)... The Eagle, 16.00-20.00, €8

Wednesday 2 July Film: Gay Classic Movies: Studio 54 Sex, cocaine, gays and straights, celebs and music. Lots of music. Disco music, to be precise. Yep, it’s that entertaining film about Steve Rubell, owner and cocaine-addict of New York’s notorious Studio 54 disco hangout, and his cronies and employees. Pathé De Munt, 20.30, €7

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ITs Festival Festival: ITs Festival The International Theatre School Festival is taking over the centre of Amsterdam for the 19th time. Over the remaining few days, rather than lamenting the closing theatre season, you can be moved by the energy, dreams, ideas and ambitions of the new generation of theatre makers, producing original theatre, dance and cabaret works. Locations include Het Compagnietheater, Brakke Grond, Frascati, Theater de Engelenbak, Rozentheater, De Kleine Komedie and Theater Bellevue. For complete programme see Various locations, (Thur-Sat), various prices Theatre: De Gravin van Parma Part three of Ursul de Geer’s Sándor Márai trilogy. After Casanova has escaped from prison, he reunites with Francesca—the love of his life—and with her husband, the Count of Parma. Starring Pierre Bokma and Carice van Houten. In Dutch. Stadsschouwburg, (Fri 20.15), €15.50-€27.50 Theatre: Godspell Librettist John-Michael Tabelak and composer Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked) bring together a group of flower children to re-tell the parables from Matthew’s Gospel, where just about anything can happen. This results in a colourful blend of bible story, stage play, mime, visual puns and joyous folk rock numbers. Performed in English by the InPlayers. Ostadetheater, (Fri, Sat 20.15, Sun 14.30), €14 Music/Dance: Music/Dance 301 Monthly music and dance improvisation event. OT301, 21.00, €5 Dance: Open Stage Surprise dance performances and final presentations by the Summer Intensive students. DanceStreet, (Sat 20.00), €5

Atelier SEVA Lecture: Benedictus de Spinoza No, the Dutch philosopher is not rising from the dead. Instead, it’s a full day of lectures about him and his work. Mostly in Dutch, with some in German and English. Free Dutchlanguage book about Spinoza included with obligatory reservation. See Westerkerk, (Fri 09.00-17.30), €20 Contest: Battle of Amsterdam Final round of kids (age 12-23) kicking ass with vocals, dance, and various performance stunts. Special guests include Winne, Cartes, Kleine Jay and Family Tree Collective. Melkweg, (Fri 18.00), free Art: Friday Night Tonight’s special is guided tours, focussing on five Van Gogh masterpieces, available in five different languages: Dutch, English (19.30), French, Italian and Spanish. Tunes from DJ x-0-x. Van Gogh Museum, (Fri 18.30), museum entry cost Event: Club Real #3 About cities and our virtual future. Design your own city with CITY_KIT, respond to the architectural films of Squint/Opera and lose yourself in Nike Town. Platform 21, (Fri 20.00), €5 Lecture: Hans Wopereis Owner and co-director of the ITIP School voor Leven en Werken talks about courage, fear and heroism. With original songs composed and performed by pianist Jacqueline van der Zee and sung by Irene Bink. De Roos, (Fri 20.00), €12.50 Party: Gerrit Rietveld Academie—End Exam Event A grand end of exams party in two locations; Sugar Factory and Melkweg Oude Zaal. Expect a massive line-up of DJs, VJs, video artists, live performances and all things arty. Melkweg, Sugar Factory, (Fri 23.00-05.00), €15 Event: Spontaan Eigenwijs Volksevent A cornucopia of performing arts and entertainment, including a three-course performance dinner (€32.50), and live music by Circus Circus Casino, Simon Sampler, Ambient Foundation, Project Wildeman, Gewoon Anders, Mr Knowitall and Emotional Spy. Volkskrantgebouw, (Sat 13.00-3.00), €5, €10 after 19.00 Performance: Artis ZOOmeravond Summer sees Artis keeping its doors open during Saturday evenings. Tonight is Suriname Evening, in aid of Paramibo Zoo, with performances, Suriname creatures, hairstyling and special food and drinks. Artis, (Sat 19.00), zoo entry cost Event: Club Tabac Smokefest including a debate with the likes of lung doctors, Phillip Morris Holland representatives, politicians and the Horeca union; a quiz about famous movie smoking scenes; a chic smoking salon to enjoy a whiskey or three; and a slew of smokin’ DJs. Also, the film Thank you for Smoking will be screened on Friday at 20.00, for €3. See Short List. De Balie, (Sat 19.00-04.00), €10 Festival: International DIY Underground Festival Workshops, exhibition, breakdance, films, DJs, beatboxers, MCs, live graffiti and good vibes, all supplied from a truly independent stance. OT301, (Sat 22.00, Sun 16.00), €7 Party: Offline—Vergaan & Glorie A festival offering music performances, theatre and film screenings, all pining for lost glories. Studio K, (Sat various times), free Discussion: Felix & Sophie: Ik stop! This philosophical cafe, on the last day before the smoking ban, focuses on the love affair between philosophers and cigarettes. See Short List. In Dutch. Felix Meritis, (Mon 20.00), free Book presentation: Michael Stipe New book Hello presents David Belisle’s photography of REM as they tour the world (it also includes shots of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Thom Yorke, among others). Both the photographer and REM singer Stipe will be on hand for autographs. Reserve a spot in line at ABC Treehouse, (Tue 15.30-17.30), free

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ART Opening De Kabbala—Graven van Safed Photos of the cemetery in the Israeli city of Safed. Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover (Mon-Fri 13.00-17.00), opens Thursday, until 12 October New Geographies A new media mapping exhibition that aims to show a visible path of personal migrations. Imagine IC (Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 11.00-17.00, Thur 11.00-21.00), opens Thursday, until 17 August The Unbreakable Nigerian Spirit Photos, paintings and sculptures by ten Nigerian artists. Galerie 23 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 11.00-17.00), opens Thursday, until 27 July YiP—Young in Prison Photo exhibition and auction (6 July in Odeon) aiming to raise awareness and funds to offer imprisoned children worldwide the opportunity for a brighter future. Ninety images, including vintage Dutch photos, have been donated. See Short List. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), opens Thursday, until 5 July 24-hour Indonesia Glimpse into the daily life of contemporary Indonesia. Eight different crews across Indonesia filmed during a 24-hour period. Tropenmuseum (Daily 10.00-17.00), opens Friday, until 16 November Art of the State Photographs and video works by 16 artists from Israel. Through their works they reflect upon their country: the community in which they live, the numerous cultural and religious differences among Israel’s population and the current political situation. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), opens Friday, until 30 November Domingo Milella: Paesaggi The past six years, Milella has concentrated on an ongoing project, which takes as it’s central focus the postmodern landscape, from dwellings to urban periphery. His perspectives offers us a fresh interpretation of the changing face of our surroundings. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), opens Friday, until 31 August Hendrik Werkman: The Blue Barge Exhibition containing Werkman’s preparatory studies for the suites of prints he made as an act of resistance for The Blue Barge during WWII. The most famous of these is Chassidische Legenden. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), opens Friday, until 30 November Kristine Hymoeller Artwork entitled It Belongs in a Girl’s Room. Plan B (Fri 19.00-21.00, Sat, Sun 13.0017.00), opens Friday, closing Sunday Omega Bridge A collaboration by Doze Green and Fefê Talavera, with their multi-ethnic backgrounds— Green is of Cuban, Cherokee and Haitian descent, while Fefê’s is Mexican, Spanish and Indian—building a bridge between their works. K-Space Amsterdam (Thur 12.00-21.00, Fri, Sat, Tues, Wed 12.00-19.00), opens Friday, until 26 July

Snap Judgments Snap Judgments—New Positions in Contemporary African Photography An exhibition of work by 35 contemporary African artists and photographers with unique perspectives on their own continent. It reveals how artists are using photography to respond artistically to the enormous changes currently taking place in African economic, social and cultural life, but the artists also break away from lingering stereotypical images of their cultures, histories and countries. See Short List. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), opens Friday, until 30 September The Best Designed Books 2007 This year, 33 books have been selected out of all those published in the Netherlands in 2007. As in previous years, the museum is supplementing the selection on show with a separate category: this time, children’s books of exceptionally good design. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), opens Friday, until 3 August Anne Frank—A History for Today Travelling exhibition about the life of Frank, set against the background of the persecution of the Jews during WWII. Featured are family photos and an overview of the books she read while in hiding. Centrale Bibliotheek (Daily), opens Tuesday, until 25 August

The Unbreakable Nigerian Spirit, see Opening

Museums Zomer in de Kerk The Nieuwe Kerk lays itself bare in the early months of summer. Rather than showcasing treasures gathered from around the world, you can explore the church and its tombs in their own full glory. Nieuwe Kerk (Fri-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur 10.00-22.00), closing Sunday Gerti Bierenbroodspot: Atlantis Rising A vibrant collection of paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures in bronze and alabaster from the painter and sculptor. Jan van der Togt Museum (Wed-Sun 13.00-17.00), Amstelveen, closing Sunday Rembrandt Laughing In October 2007, a painting of a laughing man came to light, and there was speculation that it might be a self-portrait by Rembrandt. Now regarded to be fact, the painting will be on display in his former studio. Rembrandthuis (Mon-Sat 10.0017.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), closing Sunday In Afghanistan Hans Stakelbeek’s photos of the rebuilding process in Afghanistan. Centrale Bibliotheek (Daily), closing Monday Object, The Undeniable Success Of Operations The basis of this exhibition is a monographic presentation of the work of Falke Pisano. That work, in turn, is placed in dialogue with works by nine other artists, who investigate the relativity of language and the position of the artist and spectator. Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Tues-Sun 11.00 17.00), until 6 July Foam_Lab: Estafette Five young and headstrong Dutch photographers will take on a visual dialogue: in turns Paulien Oltheten, Elza Jo, Corriette Schoenaerts, Jaron Korvinus and Anne de Vries will respond to each others work, like in a relay race. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.0018.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 9 July Mark Boulos: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air Docking Station presents the European premiere of this Boston-based artists new video installation, which utilises two screens to handle the confrontation between two works about oil and globalisation. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 20 July Roots Amsterdam is to a large extent inhabited and designed by individuals with a different cultural background. This exhibition is the result of research into what aspects of the cultures of nine architects, who at various points in their lives came to the Netherlands, bring to their Dutch design practice. ARCAM (Tues-Sat 13.00-17.00), until 16 August Green Bags: Brand New and Used Materials Showcasing bags and designers embracing the concepts of recyclable and sustainable. Museum of Bags and Purses (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 17 August The Transitory World of Horst Janssen An exhibition of works by the German graphic artist Horst Janssen (1929-1995). In Germany he is regarded as one of the greatest post-war artists, although, strangely enough, he is far less well-known outside Germany. This is the

first showing of his prints in the Netherlands. Rembrandthuis (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 24 August Images of St Petersburg In the 19th century in Russia, as elsewhere, photography revolutionised the recording of everyday reality. The palaces, new buildings, inhabitants and important events were captured by many Russian and foreign photographers. This summer exhibition features almost 100 such examples from the period. Hermitage Amsterdam (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 24 August 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 Amsterdamse School Straatmeubilair Uitgelicht Celebrating the street furniture and objects created by architects and designers of the Amsterdam School. Museum Het Schip (Wed-Sun 13.00-17.00), until 31 August Wim van der Linden Photography of Amsterdam from the ’60s. Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 31 August Hans Scholten: Urban future ‘The future of the city’ is the theme raised by Amsterdam artist Scholten (1952) in this photographic project. For a number of years he has been photographing the urban landscapes of huge cities in Asia and the Middle East. There he captures scenes of rapidly growing neighbourhoods, in which chaos and anarchy seem to arise due to a lack of organised city planning. Is this the future that awaits cities in the Western world as well? Huis Marseille (Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 31 August So Blue, So Blue—Edges of the Mediterranean Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen presents photos which look at the political, social, economic and ecological changes occurring around the Mediterranean. Nederlands Fotomuseum (Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 11.00-17.00), Rotterdam, until 31 August Lectori Salutem Delving into the history of books, with original objects, beautiful manuscripts and books from Dutch collections, photographs and texts. Allard Pierson Museum (Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 13.0017.00), until 7 September Resistance in Belgium 1940-1945 Contemporary portraits of Belgian resistance fighters by French photographer Jean-Marc Gourdon. Verzetsmuseum (Tues-Fri 10.00 -17.00, Sat, Sun 11.00 -17.00), until 14 September NL28 Olympic Fire An exhibition in which scale models, film, debate and theatre help visitors to imagine that the Netherlands is organising the Olympic Games in 2028, a century after the Games in Amsterdam. Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), Rotterdam, until 21 September

Gewoon Anders! Exhibition revolving around alternative sexual lifestyles which, during the turn of the 21st century, spawned a wealth of images. With over 100 pieces by some 35 artists, including Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, Marlene Dumas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marlene McCarty, Rachid Ben Ali and a nine-metre high monumental statue of David, in bright pink and canary yellow, by Hans-Peter Feldmann. CoBrA Museum (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 21 September Deep Screen—Art in Digital Culture Contemporary multidisciplinary works of art which are all in some way marked by today’s digital culture. The jury, chaired by guest curator Andreas Broeckmann, has selected 18 artists out of the 200-plus submissions. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18a.00), until 30 September The Vincent Award 2008 Do artists improve if you dangle €50,000 in front of them? Artists short-listed for this biennial European award include: Francis Alÿs (Belgium), Liam Gillick (UK), Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania) and Rebecca Warren (UK). Working with diverse media, their works remain on display through summer, with the prize ceremony on 12 September. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.0018.00), until 30 September Presence of Mind—A Choice from the Collection by Wolfgang Tillmans The Stedelijk Museum regularly invites artists to select from the collection, coloured only by their own artistic perspective. This time, the German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (1968) offers a fresh perspective amidst the context of his own oeuvre. Stedelijk Museum CS (Daily 10.00-18.00), until 30 September Malick Sidibé Malian photographer (b. 1935, Soloba) who, from the early ’60s on, snapped portraits and various engagements of local society, from football matches to weddings and Christmas Eve celebrations, which now offer insight into the people’s lives shortly after winning their independence. Sidibé was one of the first African photographers to gain recognition in the West. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.0021.00), until 15 October Mondriaan Following the publication of a new book, this exhibition attempts to put paid to the popular idea that Piet Mondriaan was a cold, mathematically-minded man and reveals that he was in fact an artist engaged in a passionate quest for a new formal language in which to paint. Gemeentemuseum (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), Den Haag, until 26 October Inside Out Personal portraits in word and image show how youths deal with religion and the part it plays in their daily lives. Bijbels Museum (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 2 November Atlas Maior. De wereld van Blaeu Exquisite examples of Joan Blaeu’s maps, made in Amsterdam’s Golden Era, when the industry of cartography was in full bloom. UvA: Special Collections Library (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat, Sun 13.00-17.00), until 23 November Drie Meiden in Verzet—Hannie Schaft en de Zusjes Oversteegen Exhibition about Hannie


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Everyday News New images, constructions and drawings by Liesbeth Pallesen. Suzanne Biederberg Gallery (Wed-Sat 14.00-18.00), until 12 July

Schaft—’the girl with the red hair’—and Truus and Freddie Oversteegen, the girls she collaborated with in the resistance movement, and the difficult choices forced upon them in WWII. Verzetsmuseum (Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat-Mon 11.00-17.00), until 7 December

Please Do Flash / Contemplator A fashion-tastic sewing concept by Mariëlle Videler and photo portrait experimentation by Katerien ter Meulen. De Veemvloer (Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00, Sun 13.00-18.00), until 13 July

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

Eindexamenexpositie voorjaar 2008 Graduating photo students present their works. Fotogram (MonThur 09.30-21.00, Fri, Sat 09.30-17.00), until 16 July


Henk Pander Nature meets industry in this series of paintings titled Amsterdam—Portland (Oregon). Galerie de Rietlanden Exposities (Sat, Sun 13.0017.00), until 17 July

Tintin Wulia: Invasion Wulia aims to get a better imagination about her ‘self’ in the midst of relations between her criss-crossing cultural genealogies and today’s global political order. Motive Gallery (Wed-Sat 13.0018.00), closing Saturday

Joyce van Dongen New paintings of surreal combinations of nature and human culture. Galerie Bart (Thur, Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 12.00-17.00), until 19 July

Het Leven Paintings by Mattijs van den Bosch, Tim Monaghan and Frans van Tartwijk. Wetering Galerie (Wed-Sat 12.30-17.30), closing Saturday

‘Kopie’—Documented Now The contemporary artist works like a DJ, sampling, documenting and copying existing images. Cut and paste is the new originality. But where do artists now draw the line? Is reinterpretation still possible? Where is the boundary between a copy and the emergence of new work? De Brakke Grond (Mon 10.00-18.00, Tues-Fri 10.00-20.30, Sat 13.00-20.30, Sun 13.00-17.00), until 25 July

Daniel Bodner: New York Paintings New paintings of New York cityscapes, with Bodner’s urban scenes alternately revealing connectedness or disconnection by showing us figures in real and familiar spaces we might not otherwise notice. Galerie Hof & Huyser (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), closing Saturday

Checking Reality Envision the world as a computer game in which your clothes are 3D-projections and a GPS system tells you the position of an object. Imagine yourself as an avatar, flying through future cities and simulated landscapes. This exhibition poses such a virtual world in the real world. Platform 21 (Thur-Sun 12.00-18.00), until 10 August

Patricia Ribas: Study for Love-Making Photo portraits of sexual positions. Pure intimacy or sauciness. You decide. Gallery WM (Thurs-Sat 14.00-18.00), closing Saturday Retort & Friends 4 Lisa Holden and friends present new approaches to digital and analogue photography. Retort (Fri 16.00-20.00, Sat, Sun 13.00-18.00), closing Sunday Graduation Exhibition GRA students show off their graduation works before heading back into the roughand-tumble world of the Super de Boer checkouts. As you’d expect, it’ll be a real mixed bag from these upand-coming artists. See Short List. Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Wed 16.00, Thur-Sat 11.00-20.00, Sun 11.00-16.00), closing Sunday Electrickery Photos by Charlott Markus and Huub Vinken. European Exchange Academy (Fri, Sat 11.0018.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), closing Sunday 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), closing Monday

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Domingo Milella: Paesaggi, see Opening

comes with it. Planetart (see, closing Tuesday Prints & The Revolution Twenty-one artists present street art and contemporary works. Ceintuurbaan 250-252 (Tues-Sun 13.00-19.00), until 3 July Annemarie Vink: Domestic Horizon Extremely colourful and partially surreal paintings. KochxBos Gallery (Wed-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 5 July If You Smell Rotting Pig Meat Around... Drawings and silkscreens by Jer-one. De Duivel (Daily), until 5 July

Hipop Urban paintings by Rah Crawford, whose dynamic bursts of colour and energy aim to expose the hip-ness in American popular culture. Studio Apart (Tues-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 12.00-17.00), closing Monday

Djelem Djelem! Peter van Beek and Henri Brekveld lived in Romania to photograph the lives of the Roma people. The artists felt strongly connected to these vulnerable and proud people, and their work provides glimpses of another reality. Melkweg Galerie (Wed-Sun 13.00-20.00), until 6 July

Jaap de Vries Sculptural installation: The only body of importance to us is the human body and the awareness of death and the darkness that

FEEL Florence Paintings by Eliana Sevillano; paintings and images by Fernando Cucci. Feel Gallery (Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00), until 6 July

Raymond Cuijpers An exhibition dominated by football by a footballer turned artist. Van Zijll Langhout (Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00), until 15 August De aard van het beestje Drawings of insects by Kees Verbeek and texts by René Marcelis. Mozes & Aäronkerk (Mon-Wed 13.00-17.00), until 9 July William Monk A solo exhibition of 12 new paintings by English artist Monk, including diptychs, triptychs and multi-panelled canvases, in which he opts for an aesthetic language of pure colours and forms against subtly contrasted shades of blue. Grimm Fine Art (Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00), until 12 July Doina Kraal: Onafzienbare Vertes Utilising projections and photo sculptures, Kraal creates an environment where spectators can lose themselves in a temporary, private world. In these, recognisable elements are brought together with impossible ideas. Soledad Senlle Gallery (Mon-Sat 11.00-17.00), until 12 July Field Work—Part Two Diverse works questioning the classical understanding of ‘nature’ as a concept, and inviting the viewer to distinguish between nature and culture. SMART Project Space (Tues-Sat 12.0017.00), until 12 July

Paul Blanca: Mi Matties & Kristal Two new black-and-white photo series: one focussed on street children, the other a naked model submerged in chocolate and displayed like confectionery. Witzenhausen Gallery (Thur-Sat 12.00-18.00), until 16 August Ata & Eva An overview exhibition of the oeuvre of Hungarian photographers Ata Kandó (1913) and Eva Besnyö (1910-2003). Hup Gallery (Tues, Thur, Fri 10.00-17.00), until 30 August Arabic Graphics Exhibition showcasing the graphic and typographic design works of Lebanese-Dutch designer Tarek Atrissi, who has developed ideas for commercial and non-commercial projects around the world. De Levante (Wed-Sun 13.00-17.30), until 31 August Homo Urbanus—Homo Sapiens? An outdoor exhibition promoting young artists from Latvia. Westergasfabriek (Daily 12.00 -20.00), until 15 September

ADDRESSES 11 Oosterdokskade 3-5, 625 5999 Ahoy Ahoy-weg 10, Rotterdam, (010) 293 3300 Akhnaton Nieuwezijds Kolk 25, 624 3396 Allard Pierson Museum Oude Turfmarkt 127, 525 2556 Amsterdams Historisch Museum Kalverstraat 92, 523 1822 De Appel Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10, 625 5651 ARCAM Prins Hendrikkade 600, 620 4878 Badcuyp 1e Sweelinckstraat 10, 675 9669 De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151 Bethaniënklooster Barndesteeg 6, 625 0078 Bijbels Museum Herengracht 366-368, 624 2436 Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, 788 2150 Bitterzoet Spuistraat 2, 521 3001 De Brakke Grond Nes 45, 626 6866 Cafe Sappho Vijzelstraat 103, 423 1509 Carré Amstel 115-125, 524 9452 Centrale Bibliotheek Oosterdokskade 143, 523 0900 Chiellerie Raamgracht 58, 320 9448 Club 8 Admiraal de Ruyterweg 56B, 685 1703 CoBrA Museum Sandbergplein 1-3, Amstelveen, 547 5050 Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 2-6, 671 8345 Concordiahofje Westerstraat 221-289 Conservatorium van Amsterdam Van Baerlestraat 27, 527 7550 Consortium Veemkade 570, 06 2611 8950 Desmet Studios Plantage Middenlaan 4A, 521 7100 De Duif Prinsengracht 756 De Duivel Reguliersdwarstr 87, 626 6184 English Reformed Church Begijnhof 48, 624 9665 Escape Delux Amstel 70, 030 231 1577 European Exchange Academy Rokin 114 Feel Gallery Frans Halsstraat 40

Filmmuseum Vondelpark 3, 589 1400 Flex Bar Pazzanistraat 1, 486 2123 Foam Keizersgracht 609, 551 6546 Fotogram Korte Prinsengracht 33, 624 9994 Galerie Bart Bloemgracht 2, 320 6208 Galerie de Rietlanden Exposities Rietlandpark 193, 419 4705 Galerie Gabriel Rolt Elandsgracht 34, 785 5146 Galerie Hof & Huyser Bloemgracht 135, 420 1995 Gallery WM Elandsgracht 35, 421 1113 Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fred Roeskestraat 96, 571 1600 GO Gallery Prinsengracht 64, 422 9580 Grand Chapiteau near Amsterdam ArenA (P2) Grimm Fine Art Hazenstraat 24, 422 7227 Haarlemmermeerse Bos, Hoofddorp Heineken Music Hall ArenA Boulevard 590, 0900 300 1250 Hermitage Amsterdam Nieuwe Herengracht 14, 530 8751 Hetveem Theater Van Diemenstraat, 626 9291 Hotel Arena ’s-Gravesandestraat 51, 850 2400 Huis Marseille Keizersgracht 401, 531 8989 Hup Gallery Tesselschadestraat 15, 515 8589 The Jack Stafford Collection Shop Vijzelstraat 67 Jan van der Togt Museum Dorpsstraat 50, Amstelveen, 641 5754 KIT Tropentheater Mauritskade 63, 568 8711 KochxBos Gallery 1e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 3-5, 681 4567 Kunstenaarscomplex Nieuw en Meer Oude Haagseweg 51 De Levante Hobbemastraat 28, 671 5485 Maison Descartes Vijzelgracht 2A, 531 9500 Maloe Melo Lijnbaansgracht 163, 420 4592 Marcanti Jan van Galenstraat 6-10, 386 8848 Melkweg Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 531 8181

Melkweg Galerie Marnixstraat 409, 531 8181

Skek Zeedijk 4-8, 427 0551

Montevideo/Time Based Arts Keizersgracht 264, 623 7101 More Rozengracht 133, 528 7459

SMART Project Space Arie Biemondstraat 107-113, 427 5953

Motive Gallery Elandsgracht 10, 330 3668

Soledad Senlle Gallery Sloterkade 171, 615 1395

Mozes & Aäronkerk Waterlooplein 205

Stadsarchief Amsterdam Vijzelstraat 32

Museum Het Schip Spaarndammerplantsoen 140, 418 2885

Stadsschouwburg Leidseplein 26, 624 2311

Museum of Bags and Purses Herengracht 573, 524 6452 Muziekgebouw Piet Heinkade 1, 788 2010 Het Muziektheater Amstel 3, 625 5455 NDSM-werf TT Neveritaweg 15, 330 5480 Nederlands Fotomuseum Wilhelminakade 332, Rotterdam, 010 213 2011 De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512 Nieuwe Kerk entrance on the Dam, 638 6909 OCCII Amstelveenseweg 134, 671 7778 Odeon Singel 460, 624 9711 OT301 Overtoom 301, 779 4913

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Rozenstraat 59, 422 0471 Stedelijk Museum CS Oosterdokskade 5, 573 2911 Studio 80 Rembrandtplein 70, 521 8333 Studio Apart Prinsengracht 715, 422 2748 Studio K Timorplein 62, 692 0422 Sugar Factory Lijnbaansgracht 238, 627 0008 Suzanne Biederberg Gallery 1e Egelantiersdwarsstraat 1, 624 5455 Trippenhuis Kloveniersburgwal 29, 551 0700 Tropenmuseum Linnaeusstraat 2, 568 8200

Oude Kerk Oudekerksplein 23, 625 8284

UvA: Special Collections Library Oude Turfmarkt 129, 525 2141

OUTLINE Oetewalerstraat 73, 693 1389

Van Gogh Museum Paulus Potterstraat 7, 570 5200

Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8, 626 4521

Van Zijll Langhout Brouwersgracht 161, 06 2825 9620

Patronaat Zijlsingel 2, Haarlem, 023 517 5858

De Veemvloer Van Diemenstraat 410, 638 6894

Planetart Weteringschans 179

Verzetsmuseum Plantage Kerklaan 61, 620 2535

Platform 21 Prinses Irenestraat 19, 344 9449

Vondelkerk Vondelstraat 120

Podium Mozaïek Bos en Lommerweg 191, 580 0380

Vondelpark Openluchttheater, 673 1499

Polanentheater Polanenstraat 174, 682 1311

W139 Warmoesstraat 139, 622 9434

PRIK Spuistraat 109, 06 4544 2321

Waalse Kerk Oudzijdsachterburgwal 159, 623 2074

Rembrandthuis Jodenbreestraat 4, 520 0400

Westergasfabriek Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 586 0710

Retort Aalsmeerweg 103, 669 4669

Wetering Galerie Lijnbaansgracht 288, 623 6189

De Rode Hoed Keizersgracht 102, 638 5606

Winston Kingdom Warmoesstraat 129, 623 1380

Ruigoord Ruigoord 15, 497 5702

Witzenhausen Gallery Elandsstraat 145, 644 9898

Same Place Nassaukade 120, 475 1981

Zaal 100 De Wittenstraat 100, 688 0127

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Sinful sandwiches Puccini’s Trattoria and Caffe Staalstraat 21, 620 8458 Open: Mon-Fri, 8.30-18.00; Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00 Cash, pin. Staalstraat is one of my favourite strolling streets in town. The shop windows display exce-llent books, clothing; there are bars, up-market restaurants with well composed mouth-watering menus. And right next door to legendary chocolate bonbonerie Puccini’s, is the trattoria by the same name. One Friday afternoon, the terrace was full of Italian men (watching pretty girls pass by, of course) and the focaccia sandwiches landing in front of them looked very inviting. I stepped in for lunch and found a table with a panoramic view. The staff bustled around, their quick hands moving the plates to and fro. The smell of rich, fresh ground coffee reached my nostrils, and my molecules lurched in anticipation of a caffeine rush. I was barely seated before being asked what I wanted. ‘An espresso, please.’ The menu offered soup of the day, a homemade minestrone, which my neighbour at the next table had ordered for €6.00. It looked rich, robust and chunky and he seemed to enjoy it. There were also ‘meal salads’: one came with smoked salmon, green asparagus, tomato, egg, red onion, dill, chives and crème fraîche (€14.50). The goat-cheese salad came with crumbled bacon, pine nuts, avocado, marinated tomatoes, almonds and crème fraîche (€13.75). Those sounded pretty good, but I wanted something sinfully special. A sandwich perhaps, or

THE UNDERCOVER GLUTTON I sat back feeling satisfied and blissfully content. The staff were never still. But the warm atmosphere with the conversational hum made me sleepy. maybe even two. The warm focaccia sounded about right. One came with smoked chicken breast, grilled zucchini, aubergine, marinated tomatoes and black olive tapenade (€7.10). Another was

roast beef with fresh tomato, egg and herb mayo (€7.20) and the Puccini al Tonno, or tuna salad focaccia, John’s style (€6.50). There were others, also, but those sounded the most appetizing.


I chose the smoked chicken, and— presto!—there it was before me! Actually, it gaped at me, like an open mouth asking a question. I cut it in half, opening one side for forensic inspection. I bit into the closed half to experience the combined flavours. Oh, how the juices rolled around my mouth! Sweet-and-sour marinated tomato with soft smoky chicken breast plus the tang of the black olive tapanade. I examined the second half opened on my plate. The homemade tapenade, spread on the warm bread was reddish brown, probably mixed with the marinated tomato. Thinly sliced buttery soft smoked chicken was layered with micro-thin slices of grilled zucchini and aubergine. Some marinated tomato slices ( juicy, sweet and sour) lounged on top. All this sat on a bed of curly mixed lettuce drizzled with an excellent dressing. This was a great sandwich! I chewed away, trying desperately not to sound like a pig at the trough. (I failed.) My innards sang arias praising my lunch. But I needed more. John’s style tuna sandwich was next (€6.50) and it was superb. The focaccia was composed of the mixed salad leaves which supported a generous mound of a creamy, light textured, tangy tuna salad with capers, and an alchemist’s balance of subtle seasonings. The tuna was topped with slices of hard boiled egg, fresh and marinated tomatoes, thin red onion slices, spring onions, with a benediction off chopped chives. Now I was stuffed. I sat back feeling satisfied and blissfully content. The staff were never still. But the warm atmosphere with the conversational hum made me sleepy. (Puccini’s also caters to visitors of the Muziektheater across the water with pastas, soups and salads until 20.00) After leaving, I popped next door to select some chocolates as a gift. Both Puccinis can be complimented for their wares. I confess, I ate the chocolates on the way home. Bravissimo!

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26 June-2 July 2008 Cheating at a staring contest?

Don’t be afraid of Ingmar Bergman: his films are really beautiful—and funny, too. Here’s a guide for beginners.

NOT AS GLOOMYAS YOU THINK FILM ‘Bergmania’ tour 26 June-2 July at Ketelhuis, 3-30 July at Uitkijk. (Fanny & Alexander is currently playing at the Filmmuseum.) All films in Swedish with Dutch subtitles. By Marie-Claire Melzer

Ingmar Bergman himself once admitted that watching his own work depressed him. The Swedish director (1918-2007) does have a reputation for making dark and difficult films—but they are also beautiful and even funny. Here is a three-

step plan to guide you through the world of Bergman. I promise, he’ll end up winning you over. Start with the bittersweet 1957 Wild Strawberries—a film with nothing ‘difficult’ about it. It tells the story of a widowed professor (Victor Sjostrom) looking back on his past as he travels to receive a lifetime achievement award for his scientific work. Despite the prize, he finds his life cold and empty. His marriage to his cheating wife was miserable; relations with his only son are difficult. His thoughts keep going back to his childhood sweetheart, Sara (Bibi Andersson),

who ran off with his brother. Wild Strawberries is not Bergman’s best film. The flashbacks about Sara are sentimental, bordering on kitsch. And the ‘surreal dream sequence’, including a clock and a coffin, seems inelegantly swiped from Bunuel. Yet Bergman shows his genius in the scene where the professor receives his award. He films it as if it were a funeral, which makes the ceremony both sad and hilarious. At the same time, he subtly slips in layers of psychological depth. While the professor goes on feeling sorry for himself about not receiving much love in his life, there are hints that maybe he was never able to give it himself. Luckily, at the end, he gets his chance. For those not dying yet, all this may not sound too urgent, so let’s move on to Summer with Monika (1953), about a passionate teenage love that goes sour due to a premature pregnancy and marriage. In this film, Bergman wonderfully captures the state of mind, so typical of teenagers, of believing They Will Be Different—that they can live outside the world. He also beautifully uses imagery of

nature to underscore both the passion of his protagonists and their downfall. From the start, Monika (Harriet Andersson) has a strangely light way of moving, like an insect. Especially memorable is a scene in which she runs through the fields with a piece of meat she has just stolen. The ‘serious’ art film director may have drawn inspiration for this scene from the 1950 cult film Gun Crazy, in which two young lovers set out on a violent journey. Just like the heroine of the American film, Monika is a femme fatale who lures the initially innocent hero into crime, and who ends up in a field like a hunted beast. It’s an image that’s both realistic and haunting in its psychological power. Though the film is fairly misogynistic and depressing, Summer with Monika is a powerful depiction of young love and the passion, tenderness and cruelty it involves. And now for something cheerful. Bergman had a broad repertoire, and in 1955 he directed Smiles of a Summer Night, a cheeky comedy about adultery loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. It features the beautiful Eva Dahlbeck as the famous actress Desiree, who misses her former lover Fredrik. He, however, is now married to the young, timid Anne, while Desiree has started an affair with the married Count Carl Magnus Malcolm. Again, Bergman plays against expectations to make fun of his characters: Fredrik, a selfimportant lawyer, is introduced walking down a street accompanied by marching music. Later, when he leaves Desiree’s bedroom in his pyjamas, he walks as pompously as ever. It wouldn’t be a real Bergman if at least one person didn’t (unsuccessfully) attempt suicide. But other than that, it’s a charming, light comedy: still very funny and still very fresh.

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Edited by Julie Phillips.This week’s films reviewed by Massimo Benvegnù (MB),Fred Camper (FC), Angela Dress (AD),Luuk van Huët (LvH),JR Jones (JJ),Iris Maher (IM),Marie-Claire Melzer (MM),Robert Neugarten (RN),Mike Peek (MP), Jonathan Rosenbaum (JR),Ronald Rovers (RR) and Bregtje Schudel (BS).All films are screened in English with Dutch subtitles unless otherwise noted. Amsterdam Weekly recommends.

Festivals NFTA Final Projects 2008 Seven fiction films, five documentaries, one animated short and eight ads touting the unique qualities of the TomTom: that is the wide range of this year’s unusually strong batch of final projects from the students of the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Excepting the short and the ads, they’re all about evoking, not telling—as in Michiel Rummens’s Daglicht (‘Daylight’), in which two students scrutinise each other and their relationship after a one-night stand. ‘I liked last night,’ she proffers. ‘You snore a little,’ is his awkward response. One of the most evocative films is Gaandeweg (‘Bit by Bit’), directed by Margot Schaap. Sophie, an 18-yearold student, is saying goodbye to her old home. In under 23 minutes we are slowly sucked into her universe. We get a feel for the house and its inhabitants (one mother, four siblings, a dog, a cat and a bunny rabbit) and intuit Sophie’s own sadness and apprehension. The documentary film-makers have stayed very close to their own skin. In Pjotr – Brieven uit de

LOOK OUT FOR THAT CROPDUSTER! North by Northwest Filmmuseum

Life Through a Lens

Goelag, Jan Jaap Kuiper retraces the steps of his wife’s great-grandfather through the letters he wrote to his own wife while in a labour camp in Russia. Carine Bijlsma tries to learn more about her father, the great cellist Anner Bijlsma, by unravelling the ‘secret’ of his favourite composer in Het geheim van Boccherini. Director Josefien Hendriks poses even bigger, more existentialist queries in Wij gaan nergens naartoe (‘We Are Going Nowhere’). She hitchhiked through Holland asking her companions one all-encompassing question: What is happiness? These are but a few of the riches that can be seen at NFTA, 24-28 July. Screenings are free, with no reservations: first come, first served. (BS) Filmacademie

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Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens A torrent of sensational shots by rock’s, and now fashion’s, foremost photographer keep this documentary flowing. Annie Leibovitz has always had timing: she grew up at Rolling Stone magazine, snapped Richard Nixon as he slinked off in shame and posed Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was better known as Mr Universe. She was also one of the last people to see John Lennon alive, when she took the iconic nude portrait of him curled up like a foetus next to Yoko Ono. Photography fans and old hippies will delight in every frame, unlike Keith Richards who mutters, ‘...uh, no, I don’t remember that’, when shown a photo of his drugged-out ’60s self splayed on the floor. Made by Leibovitz’s sister Barbara, the film isn’t exactly critical, but who cares? (IM) 90 min. Rialto

Smoking at the Movies Various film and tv footage of memorable smoking scenes—and smoking is allowed in theatre. See Short List. De Balie, Cavia

Euphoria This 2006 Russian film travelled around the festival circuit quite a bit before getting a week-long slot at the Filmmuseum. Set on the desolate Russian

steppes, Euphoria narrates a simple and tragic triangular love story (a farmer, his wife, and a passing goatherd) but in a highly convoluted way. Experimental film-maker Ivan Vyrypaed, in his feature debut, is clearly not much interested in plots, but in expressing powerful emotions through camera work. He’s helped by a haunting theme by composer Aydar Gaynullin, which makes up for the almost complete lack of dialogue. Some strong imagery will prove disturbing, especially the film’s depiction of graphic violence towards animals. An extreme and atmospheric piece of ‘world cinema’. In Russian with English subtitles. (MB) 74 min. Filmmuseum L’ Heure d’été Two brothers and a sister (Juliette Binoche) witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when their mother dies and her house is sold. Directed by Olivier Assayas, this is the second film in a series produced by the Musée d’Orsay; the first was Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge. 100 min. The Movies

In Bruges ‘F**king Bruges!’ To say that Irish hitman Ray (Colin Farrell) is less than impressed with the ‘best-preserved medieval city in Belgium’ is an understatement—although he’s elated when he sees a

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midget doing a film shoot. His colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson), on the other hand, has the time of his life. They are the heart and soul of In Bruges, a surprisingly intelligent and unconventional crime caper. Here, the characters actually think for themselves, and about others! Of course there is the inevitable shootout, also featuring Ray and Ken’s exasperated boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes), but even that one evolves out of a brutal yet irrefutable internal logic. A simultaneously exciting and sobering feature debut from playwright Martin McDonagh. (BS) 107 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé De Munt North by Northwest To whet appetites for its summer Cary Grant programme, the Filmmuseum is rereleasing Hitchcock’s 1959 comic mistaken-identity thriller. Grant plays an unsuspecting businessman caught up in a cheerfully complicated web of intrigue involving some microfilm, the United Nations, a crop duster, Eva Marie Saint and Mt Rushmore. 136 min. Filmmuseum Snuf de Hond in oorlogstijd Snuf the Dog and his owner, the young orphan Tom, help the Canadians liberate a Frisian village in this family film from Steven de Jong (De Kameleon). Watch for the Weekly’s own Canadian, Steve Korver, in a minor but important role. In Dutch. 95 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt

Still playing 21: Las Vegas Kevin Spacey is an MIT mathematics professor who recruits five of his students to run a cardcounting operation and win millions at the casinos. Spacey, playing a heartless prick, is about the only good thing going for this blandly written film. (JJ) 123 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Un Baiser s’il vous plait A light, sexy romantic comedy directed by, and starring, Emmanuel Mouret. Gabriel (Michael Cohen) gives Emilie (Julie Gayet) a ride into Nantes. He asks for a kiss, and they wind up telling stories to each other about how one kiss can be a dangerous thing. With Virginie Ledoyen, Stefano Accorsi. In French with Dutch subtitles. De Uitkijk Be Kind Rewind The sweet-tempered Michel Gondry works well with sharp-edged material (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but his projects as a solo writer-director threaten to drift off into whimsy (The Science of Sleep and now this feature). Danny Glover entrusts his run-down video shop in New Jersey to clueless assistants Jack Black and Mos Def, who accidentally erase all the videos and decide to shoot their own low-rent versions of popular hits. Their project is a great success with customers, but the studios object and Glover gets an eviction notice. One wants to protect this mushy film, but it’s hard not to gag on the cuteness. With Melonie Diaz and Mia Farrow. (JR) 98 min. Kriterion, Pathé De Munt, Studio K

Be Kind Rewind Blackwater Fever A man rides through a desolate landscape, looking for his companion. Are the terrible events and images he sees around him real or the products of delirium? Dutch bad-boy, or, more often, incoherent-boy director Cyrus Frisch completed this feature in 2006, but it’s only now being released. Not a success, despite the presence of stars Roeland Fernhout and Ellen ten Damme. In Dutch. 70 min. Het Ketelhuis Dunya & Desie A reasonably entertaining parade of ethnic and class stereotypes, based on the TV series and directed by Dana Nechushtan (Nachtrit). With Eva van de Wijdeven as kaaskop teenager Desie and the award-winning Maryam Hassouni as her Moroccan best friend Dunya. In Dutch. 96 min. Het Ketelhuis, Studio K Funny Games (US) Ten years after his original Funny Games, Michael Haneke deemed it time for an American version, with Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as the happy couple who are being terrorised by two boys at their summer home. At first glance, this virtually shotby-shot remake seems rather superfluous. The only real differences, the casting choices, aren’t exactly improvements. Still, Haneke’s message has lost none of its urgency. It’s still an in-your-face contemplation of the relationship between film, audience and violence, one that constantly plays with and thwarts your expectations for what—on the surface—looks like just another conventional family-in-peril thriller. (BS) 111 min. Pathé Tuschinski La Graine et le mulet Sixty-year-old Slimane Beiji has just been fired from his dockworker’s job in Sète, in southern France. He has been living in a shabby hotel ever since his divorce, but does his very best to keep in touch with his children. At the same time, he is having an affair with his landlady and has grown fond of her

daughter, Rym. It is Rym who helps him realise his last dream: to run a couscous restaurant. Tunisian-French director Abdel Kechiche wants to paint a complete family picture. He succeeds, but at a cost: estrangement from Beiji. It’s not until two hours in that we really begin to understand his pain and appreciate his friendship with Rym—just in time for a beautiful finale. In French with Dutch subtitles. (MP) 151 min. Rialto

Happy-Go-Lucky Poppy (Sally Hawkins) teaches

kindergarten in North London, lives in a flatshare with her best friend and fellow teacher Zoe, goes clubbing on Friday nights, and is the kind of person who, in the words of Eric Idle, always looks on the bright side of life. For example, she regards the fact that her bike has been stolen as motivation to improve her skills and decides to take driving lessons instead. That’s how she ends up meeting Scott (Eddie Marsan), who’s basically her opposite. Not much happens in Mike Leigh’s latest film, but Hawkins’s Poppy is one of the great characters of the current cinematic year. (MB) Cinecenter, Kriterion, The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski How She Move Produced by MTV Films, this stepdancing drama is mired in cliche, but with its dingy ghetto settings and hardened, despondent young characters, it’s marginally more interesting than Stomp the Yard, the 2007 movie that inaugurated the sub-genre. Rutina Wesley stars as a determined high school student whose parents have spent her privateschool tuition money trying without success to save her sister from drug addiction; desperate to escape from a hellish public school, she talks her way onto a step-dancing team that’s competing for a $50,000 prize. (JJ) 91 min. 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 (including Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Marcus Carl Franklin) to play the singer. The film is not about Dylan himself, but about the mythmaking around a pop star. It has its moments, but in the end it’s more an interesting audiovisual lecture than an overwhelming cinematographic experience. (MM) 135 min. Kriterion

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime Kristin Scott Thomas is a talent who cannot be used often enough. Her characters are usually hard-as-nails socialites, who fanatically guard their real emotions with cynicism and acerbic wit. In Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I loved you for so long), she has never been more brittle, or so tough. Her Juliette has just been released after 15 years in prison for a crime that seems beyond comprehension. Still, Juliette has refused to defend her actions, even to her younger sister Léa (Elsa Zylberstein), who desperately wants to understand. A strong, composed debut by novelist Philippe Claudel. In French with Dutch subtitles. (BS) 115 min. Cinecenter, Het Ketelhuis, Pathé Tuschinski In memoria di me Andrea (Christo Jivkov) is a young man who decides to become a priest and enters a monastery in Venice. There, his faith and motivation are put to the test by the father superior (André Hennicke), while spontaneous friendship with another novice, Zanna (Filippo Timi), both helps and troubles him. This second film from director Saverio Costanzo (Private) aims very high, mixing Dostoyevski, mysticism and atmospheric settings ripped straight from Into Great Silence, but ultimately falls flat. It feels like Costanzo was simply trying to cash in on the current interest in movies on religious themes. The only things that will stay with you are the beautiful locations: the Venetian islands of San Giorgio and San Servolo. In Italian with Dutch subtitles. (MB) 116 min. Rialto The Incredible Hulk After Ang Lee’s philosophical take on the green behemoth failed to live up to box office expectations, the original cast was replaced for a more action-packed reboot of the Marvel franchise. The result is a loose and lightweight roller coaster that balances loud action sequences with a couple of sweet scenes in which the relationship problems of Bruce (Edward Norton) and Betty (Liv Tyler) are allowed to take centre stage. There are a trifle too many set-ups to other upcoming superhero flicks, and the final version of the Abomination (Tim Roth) looks abominable, but this is an enjoyable blockbuster nonetheless. (LvH) 115 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt


the Wild Moving, if somewhat overlong, account of the life of Christopher McCandless, with a bravura performance from Emile Hirsch. At the age of 22, McCandless left his wealthy, dysfunctional family, gave his college cash to Oxfam and took off into the breathtaking beauty of the American wilderness. What starts as a run-of-the-mill road movie twists into an American Odyssey as, after two years away from it all, McCandless meets an untimely death in the wilds of Alaska. The usual Characters Met Along the Way include Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn and Hal Holbrook. McCandless won’t stick with any of them, and gradually begins to unravel in his determined solitude.

A triumph for Sean Penn as a director, backed by a custom soundtrack from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. (AD) 140 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski

El Orfanato Laura, her husband Carlos and her

adopted son Simon return to the orphanage she grew up in to turn it into a home for mentally handicapped children. When Simon starts befriending invisible children and later disappears, she is forced to confront her own trauma and maternal fears as well as the dark history of the place. Another of the highly atmospheric gothic horror films that are rapidly becoming a staple of the Spanish cinematic output, El Orfanato is a wellcrafted suspense tale that is light on the blood and guts, but will still fill you with a feeling of ominous dread. In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. (LvH) Kriterion, Studio K


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Paris This Altmanesque tale, written and directed by Cédric Klapisch (Chacun cherche son chat), is centred around a male dancer (Romain Duris) who needs a heart transplant and has to come to terms with his fear of death. But he’s the least interesting of the characters who drop by in this interwoven, matter-of-fact assortment of stories—one that, among other things, attempts to elevate ordinary street market workers to sex gods capable of reeling in the supermodels. The dreaded French cliché pops up time and time again, but a fairly uninteresting main character is about all that plagues this appealing Parisian slice of life. Juliette Binoche leads an excellent ensemble cast. In French with Dutch subtitles. (LvH) 130 min. De Uitkijk Sex and the City, The Movie Those who hate the original TV series will stay as far away from this as from an STD. Fans of the New York female foursome will flock to theatres as fast as when a new collection hits H&M. If you’re sentimental and have a soft spot for Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, bring your hankies. (MB) 144 min. The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski The Trap A Serbian film noir, set in Belgrade, about a couple who discover that their ten-year-old son has a rare heart defect. They don’t have money for the operation to save his life—until they place an ad in the paper and a stranger offers to pay the full amount in exchange for a murder. Directed by Srdan Golubovic. In Serbo-Croatian with Dutch subtitles. 106 min. Rialto Tricks A Polish coming-of-age comedy directed by Andrzej Jakimowski. In Polish with Dutch subtitles. 95 min. Filmmuseum Tropa de Elite Months before it won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Tropa de Elite was already the most illegally downloaded film ever in Brazil, with more than 1.5 million pirated copies sold. Industry insiders looked at this as not only a fantastic publicity stunt but a way to dismiss controversy regarding the film’s main theme: brutal police violence on the streets of Rio. The Elite Squad of the title claim to be the world’s most effective urban warriors, and their fascistic methods are portrayed in extremely realistic terms. The film’s high-octane action and right-wing morals make it feel like a Hollywood cop thriller with a samba soundtrack. It’s no surprise that Tropa director José Padilha is now attached to an action movie at Warner Bros, appropriately titled A Willing Patriot. In Portuguese with Dutch subtitles. (MB) 118 min. Kriterion Le Voyage du ballon rouge Chinese master HsiaoHsien Hou (Café Lumière, Three Times) has based his first French-language feature loosely on Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 classic Le Ballon rouge. Here the balloon and the story follow young Chinese film-maker Song (Song Fang), who moonlights as a nanny in the house of Suzanne, an edgy, emotionally unstable voice actress (Juliette Binoche in another brilliant, subtle role). Song bonds with Suzanne’s son, but still there’s something missing, symbolised by the presence of the self-willed red balloon, which peeks through windows and peeps around corners. In French with Dutch subtitles. (BS) 113 min. Het Ketelhuis, Rialto

XXY Debuting director Lucía Puenzo manages to sidestep the usual clichés about gender in this story of 15-year-old Alex (Inés Efron), a hermaphrodite, born with characteristics of both the male and female sex. Especially refreshing are the roles of Alex’s parents, who don’t treat their kid as a freak but are willing to support her in whichever choice she makes, be it boy or girl. One aspect goes entirely against movie stereotype: Alex appears to be comfortable with who she is. That’s more than we can say of Alvaro, the boy who visits Alex’s house, and whose reaction to their first sexual contact says more about him than her. The film is a delicate celebration of life—and of life’s differences. (BS) 91 min. Cinecenter

Until now I considered myself straight. But on holiday, this hot boyish lesbian seduced me. She made me come (four times) but she wouldn’t let me make her come. The next day too. What does this mean? Is it a lesbian thing? She’s going to visit me, and I want to make her come! - One-Sided Fireworks Wow, where do you go on holiday? Anyway, yes, on your very first lesbian hookup I can imagine you might be feeling like someone left the cherry off your sundae if you didn’t get to see your seducer reduced to panting. My first thought was: stone butch, baby. She’s a woman who truly gets off psychologically by getting her lovers off physically; she doesn’t need or want to physically get off herself. When she reduces you to a quivering heap, that alone gives her a hot rush—but she can only enjoy it if she’s out of the spotlight. Enjoy, sister: just spread your legs wide, give yourself over and ride her till you’ve been sated. Or maybe she’s not a stone butch. A gender-queer alterna-motivation: she might be packing wood in her fantasy (as well as, possibly, a strap-on in her vacation luggage) and likes it when women treat her like she has a cock. Is she wearing men’s underwear? Did she brush your hand away when you got near her pussy or breasts? Try launching a dirty-talk exploration satellite: ‘I can practically feel a hard cock through your jeans.’ Keep your antenna up: if it works, you just juiced the situation to make it hotter, and now you only have to figure out whether she enjoys certain ways of getting off ‘man-style’ (maybe you finger her clit while simulating a blowjob on the strap-on) or if her personal style of masculinity requires—as with stone butches—the focus to stay on you. Or, lastly, maybe she’s just a woman who needs time. She likes hooking up, but to reach orgasm, she needs to warm up emotionally and those few tropical vacation days weren’t quite enough to make her feel comfortable. After a few more sessions, whisper in the throes, ‘When you want me to make you come, just show me how.’ When she’s ready, she may even enjoy giving lessons. If she’s coming all the way to Amsterdam for more, relax—you did everything right. Experiment and see if you can find a sexual dynamic that satisfies both of you. After all, what nicer vacation souvenir than a hot new girlfriend? Sex questions? Email to

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Special screenings The Beaver Trilogy TV cameraman Trent Harris

travelled to Beaver, Utah, to tape a talent show in which a young drag performer appeared; later he remade the tape twice; the ensuing questions of truth versus fiction and copy versus original take on a special poignancy when applied to drag. See Short List. (FC) 83 min. Pakhuis de Zwijger

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 grownups for the limitless unknown. (JJ) De Uitkijk

Before Sunset Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine

(Julie Delpy) are reunited in Paris after nine years apart in Richard Linklater’s 2004 sequel to Before Sunrise. Will they reconnect at last? Well, of course they will. There’s a fantastic scene in the back of a car, in which we witness their respective unravellings; it alone makes the movie worth seeing. Realistic? Not really, but enjoyable nonetheless. (AD) 80 min. Kriterion The Champagne Spy Spies tend to go into the profession because they are attracted to double lives and secrets. This 2007 documentary from Israel tells the story of Oded, a Parisian in his fifties who discovered as a teenager that his father not only worked for the Mossad but had come to believe in his other self. Directed by Nadav Schirman. English subtitles. 91 min. OBA Fanny & Alexander Roughly a year after Ingmar Bergman’s death, the Filmmuseum programmes his 1982, mostly autobiographical tale of the tribula-

tions of two children growing up in turn-of-the-century Sweden. When their father, a theatre owner, dies, their mother marries a clergyman. The sudden change from a joyful, artistic environment to the stepfather’s narrow-mindedness distresses the kids, who look to fantasy for an escape. Though you might think watching a three-hour movie in Swedish with subtitles is challenging, this is actually one of Bergman’s lighter and more accessible films. Originally made for TV, it received theatrical release and four Academy Awards. The cinematography by the late Sven Nykvist is superb, and brings a magic, haunting allure to the screen. In Swedish with Dutch subtitles. (MB) 188 min. Het Ketelhuis In the Soup The main reason to see Alexandre Rockwell’s flaky 1992 black-and-white comedy about an aspiring film-maker (Steve Buscemi) on New York’s Lower East Side—a movie one feels was made every few months during the late ’60s—is Seymour Cassel. The veteran of so many John Cassavetes films plays a petty crook with a heart of gold who suddenly appears to the hero like a fairy godfather (no pun intended, despite his compulsive displays of physical affection) to serve as his producer. Jim Jarmusch appears in a cameo, along with Carol Kane. (JR) 90 min. De Nieuwe Anita La León The North Argentinean Paraná delta is more than just an intricate maze of isles and streams. It’s also a labyrinth of hidden desires, as is the case with the homosexual Alvaro (Jorge Román), whose life has been made hell by El Turu (Daniel Valenzuela), the captain of a barge that connects the various small communities with the mainland. This black-and-white feature film debut by Argentine director Santago Otheguy oozes atmosphere, but could have done with something resembling a storyline besides the beautifully evocative pictures of rustling reeds, gloomy riverbanks and long held gazes. In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. (BS) 85 min. Filmmuseum

Mar Adentro This is the beautifully acted true story of Spanish quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, who broke his neck during a diving accident in his mid-twenties. For 30

Le Voyage du ballon rouge daily 21.45.

FILM TIMES Thursday 26 June until Wednesday 2 July. Times are provided by cinemas and are subject to last-minute changes. Film times also at

Kriterion Roetersstraat 170, 623 1708 Be Kind Rewind daily 21.45, Thur-Tues also 17.00 Before Sunset Sat, Sun, Wed 15.00, Mon 22.00 De Gebroeders Leeuwenhaart Wed 15.15 Happy-Go-Lucky daily 17.30, 20.00, Thur-Mon, Wed also 22.15, Sat, Sun also 15.15 I'm Not There daily 19.15, Fri-Wed also 16.30 El Orfanato daily 19.30, Fri, Sat also 0.00 Pippi in Taka Tuka Land Sun 13.15 Sneak Preview Tues 22.15 De Spiderwick-Kronieken Sat, Sun, Wed 14.45, Sun also 12.30 Tropa de Elite Thur-Sun, Tues, Wed 22.00, Sat also 0.15 Zebraman Wed 17.00. Melkweg Cinema Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 624 1777

De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151 Smoking and Other Crimes Sun 17.00 Smoking at the Movies Thank You for Smoking Fri 20.00. Cavia Van Hallstraat 52-I, 681 1419 Mar Adentro Thur, Fri 20.30 Smoking at the Movies Smoking Special Mon 20.30. Cinecenter Lijnbaansgracht 236, 623 6615 Happy-Go-Lucky daily 16.30, 19.15, 21.45, Sun also 11.15, 13.45 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime daily 16.15, 19.00, 21.45, Sun also 11.00, 13.30 In Bruges daily 16.15, 19.15, 22.00, Sun also 11.00, 13.45 Into the Wild daily 16.00, 21.45 XXY daily 19.30, Sun also 11.15, 14.00. Filmacademie Markenplein 1 1011 MV Marktplein NFTA Final Projects 2008 Thur-Sat. Filmmuseum Vondelpark 3, 589 1400 The Bothersome Man Euphoria Kirikou en de heks La León De muze North by Northwest Tricks Zandkasteel, Het & De Notenkraker Het Ketelhuis Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 684 0090 De Avonturen van het Molletje Sat, Mon-Wed 12.30 Blackwater Fever daily 17.00 Dunya & Desie daily 18.45 Fanny & Alexander daily 20.30 Hoe overleef ik mezelf daily 17.15, 19.30, Sat-Wed also 12.45, 15.00 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime daily 16.30, 19.00, 21.30, Mon, Tues also 14.00 Kung Fu Panda (NL) Sat, Sun, Wed 14.00 Morrison krijgt een zusje Sat-Wed 13.30, 15.15

Control Fri, Tues 19.00 Lou Reed's Berlin Sat, Mon 19.00 Once Thur 19.00. The Movies Haarlemmerdijk 159-165, 638 6016 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian daily 17.00, Sat, Sun, Wed also 14.15, Sun also 11.45 Happy-Go-Lucky daily 19.30, Sat, Sun, Wed also 14.30, Sun also 12.00 Heure d’été, L daily 19.00, Sun also 11.30 In Bruges daily 19.30, 21.45 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull daily 16.30, 21.30, Sat, Sun, Wed also 14.00 Into the Wild daily 16.45, 21.45 Sex and the City:The Movie daily 16.15, 19.15, 22.00, Sat, Sun, Wed also 13.30, Sun also 10.45. De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512, In the Soup Mon 20.30. OBA Oosterdokskade 143, 0900-2425468, The Champagne Spy Sun 15.00. OT301 Overtoom 301, 779 4913 The Saragossa Manuscript Tues 20.30. Pakhuis de Zwijger Piet Heinkade 179-181, 788 4444 The Beaver Trilogy Fri 21.00. Pathé ArenA ArenA Boulevard 600, 0900 1458 21: Las Vegas daily 13.40, 16.20, 19.00, 21.40, Sat also 11.00, 0.15 Alvin en de Chipmunks Fri 12.40, Sat-Wed 11.40, 13.45, 16.00 Drillbit Taylor daily 18.00, Thur-Tues also 13.20, 15.40, Sat, Sun also 10.50 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Sat 22.30 The Happening daily 13.00, 15.10, 17.20, 19.40, 22.00, Sat, Sun also 10.50, Sat also 0.00 Hoe overleef ik mezelf daily 11.40, 13.50, 15.50, 17.55, 20.00, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 22.10 Horton (NL) Fri-Wed 12.10, 14.20, 16.30, Sat, Sun also 10.10 The Incredible Hulk daily 11.45, 16.50, 17.50, 19.20, 21.50, Thur-Mon, Wed also 20.20, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 14.15, Thur also 12.45, 15.15, Sat also 22.50, 0.20

years, he’s been lying in bed, listening to the same sea that robbed him of his freedom. He wants to end his life, seeing no dignity left in it, but the Spanish government refuses. It’s an absolute delight to watch actor Javier Bardem using only his head to perform. In Spanish/Catalan/Galician with Dutch subtitles. (RR) 125 min. Cavia De Muze A young poet with writer’s block (Matthias Schoenaerts) goes to an Antonioni movie and falls in love with the director’s ‘muse’, Monica Vitti. Wandering through the city at night, he meets a woman (Tara Elders) with a remarkable resemblance to the Italian actress. Still, her presence doesn’t seem to be helping his poetry. This new film by Ben van Lieshout has no dialogue; the voice-over, spoken by Fedja van Huêt, is from JM Coetzee’s memoir Youth. In Dutch 72 min. Filmmuseum Once A scruffy Dublin busker (Glen Hansard, in real life the frontman of indie rock band The Frames) finds his personal groupie in a young Czech flower seller, who becomes his songwriting partner and muse. Together, they form a band and decide to record a demo tape to send to the London record executives. This tiny little film has its charms: the spontaneity of its performers, the Irish settings and lots of great folk-rock songs that help you through its 90 minutes and its thin plot, which seems borrowed from one of those early MGM ‘Let’sput-on-a-show’ musicals. But if you’re looking for more substance, Once might not be enough for you. (MB) Melkweg Cinema The Saragossa Manuscript Jerry Garcia proclaimed this 1965 Polish feature his favourite movie, having seen a pared-down version in San Francisco’s North Beach during the ’60s, and he, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola helped to restore it to its original three-hour length. It’s easy to see how it became a cult film: toward the end of the Spanish Inquisition a Napoleonic military officer is morally tested by two seductive Muslim princesses, incestuous sisters from Tunisia, and no less than nine interconnected flashbacks recounted by various characters figure in the labyrinthine plot, its tales within tales imparting some

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull daily 11.50, 14.40, 17.15, 20.10, Thur also 12.55, 15.55, 18.55, 21.55, Sat also 23.00 Iron Man daily 21.00 De Kronieken van Narnia: Prins Caspian Fri-Wed 12.30, 15.30 Kung Fu Panda (Imax) daily 13.10, 15.30, 17.45, 20.00, 22.15, Sat, Sun also 10.45, Sat also 0.30 Kung Fu Panda (NL) Sat 14.30, Wed 11.00, 13.10, 15.20 Made of Honour daily 18.20, 20.50, Thur also 13.30, 16.00, Sat also 23.10 Plop en de Kabouterschat Wed 12.30, 14.20, 16.10 Sex and the City: The Movie daily 17.30, 18.30, 20.30, 21.30, Thur-Tues also 14.30, Thur also 12.30, 15.30, Sat-Tues also 14.30, Sat also 23.30 Sneak Preview Tues 21.00 Snuf de Hond in oorlogstijd Fri-Wed 13.30, 15.40, Sat, Sun, Wed also 11.20 Taken daily 18.40, Thur also 12.10, 14.20, 16.30, Sat also 23.55 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Fri-Wed 12.00, 14.50, 17.40, 20.40, Sat also 23.40 What Happens in Vegas Thur-Tues 13.30, 16.10, 18.50, 21.20, Sat, Sun also 11.15, Sat also 23.35 Winx Club en het geheim van het verloren rijk Sat, Sun 10.25. Pathé De Munt Vijzelstraat 15, 0900 1458 21: Las Vegas Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.30, 15.30, 18.30, 21.30, Sat 10.30, 13.15, 16.20, 19.15, 22.15 Be Kind Rewind Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.40, Sat 15.15 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Wed 12.10, 15.10, 18.10, 20.30, 21.15 Drillbit Taylor Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.10, 19.30, Sat also 10.15, 12.30, 21.10 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Sat 22.30 The Happening Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 13.15, 15.20, 17.30, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 19.45, 22.10, Sun also 11.00, Wed also 22.00, Sat 11.45, 14.15, 16.30, 18.45, 21.15, 23.30 Hoe overleef ik mezelf daily 19.10, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 12.40, 14.45, 17.00, Sat also 10.15, 12.10, 14.20, 16.45, Sun also 10.30 How She Move Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.00, 16.20, Sun also 11.40, Sat 11.20, 13.45, 16.10 In Bruges Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 16.45, 19.15, 21.50, Sat 17.45, 20.30, 23.15 The Incredible Hulk daily 19.00, 21.45, Thur-Tues also 16.15, Thur-Sat, Mon, Tues also 13.30, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 12.45, 15.15, 18.00, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 20.40, Sat also 11.00, 12.00, 14.45, 17.30, 20.15, 23.00, Wed also 21.15 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.15, 17.15, 20.20, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 21.40, Sat 16.50, 19.40, 21.30, 22.40 Iron Man Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues 18.45, 21.35, Sat 18.30, 22.00 De Kronieken van Narnia: Prins Caspian Wed 12.50, 16.00 Kung Fu Panda (NL) Sat 14.00, Sun 13.30, Wed 12.00, 14.20 Made of Honour Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 21.00, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 13.10, 15.45, 18.20, Sun also 10.40, Wed also 18.30, Sat 11.30, 14.30, 17.00, 20.00 Morrison krijgt een zusje Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.20, Sun also 10.20, Sat 10.50, 12.50, 15.00

of the flavor of The Arabian Nights and occasional echoes of Kafka (mainly in the eroticism). Directed by Wojciech Has. In Polish with English subtitles. (JR) 182 min. OT301 The Terminal Steven Spielberg’s 2004 fairy tale about a refugee with no papers living in an airport has little to do with the true story that inspired it or the plight of stateless people in general. But as a warmup for your summer holiday, why not? With Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 129 min. Rialto Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley’s 1994 novel about Washington spin doctors has been adapted to the screen by first-time director Jason Reitman, who preserves its libertarian zeal and acid satire of Beltway amorality. Aaron Eckhart plays a fast-talking spokesperson for the tobacco industry, Robert Duvall an ageing tobacco lion, Rob Lowe a vain Hollywood superagent, William H Macy a persnickety liberal senator. (JJ) 92 min. De Balie La Vie en rose Any director would have had a hard time adapting Edith Piaf’s eventful life—filled with neglect, disease and death—into a 140-minute movie, yet Olivier Dahan eschews any pretence of coherence. Seemingly at random, he jumps through time, barely differentiating between important and less relevant events. We get to see the winning match of Piaf’s lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan, but not her role in the French resistance. Both Piaf and Marion Cotillard (giving a remarkable, fragile performance as ‘The Little Sparrow’) deserve better. In French with Dutch subtitles. (BS) Pathé Tuschinski

Zebraman Takashi Miike’s exquisitely funny 2004

take on the superhero genre. A middle-aged schoolteacher (Sho Aikawa) is faced with disrespect in both private and professional life. To escape the frustration, he dresses up as Zebraman, the masked crusader he remembers from a TV show that was pulled after seven episodes when he was a little boy. Unexpectedly, his private hobby puts him in the middle of an intergalactic crisis. In Japanese with Dutch subtitles. (RN) 115 min. Kriterion

Plop en de Kabouterschat Wed 12.15, 14.15, 16.20 Sex and the City:The Movie Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.00, 15.00, 18.10, 20.00, 21.20, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 16.30, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 13.00, Sun also 10.15, 13.15, Wed also 16.45, Sat 10.45, 12.45, 16.00, 17.15, 19.30, 21.00, 22.45 Sneak Preview Tues 21.30 Snuf de Hond in oorlogstijd Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.30, Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed also 12.15, Sun also 10.15, 12.20, Sat 10.40, 13.00, 15.30 Studio 54 Wed 21.00 Taken Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 17.10, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 22.00, Sat 18.00, 23.40 What Happens in Vegas Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues 13.45, 16.00, Thur, Fri, Sun, Mon, Wed also 18.40, 21.10, Sun also 11.20, Tues also 18.20, Sat 11.10, 13.20, 15.45, 18.15, 20.45, 23.10. Pathé Tuschinski Reguliersbreestraat 34, 0900 1458 Bangkok Dangerous Tues 10.00 The Bucket List daily 12.15, 14.45 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Wed 12.30, 16.00, 20.00 Funny Games (US) Fri-Tues 20.45 Happy-Go-Lucky Fri-Tues 17.15 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime daily 12.15, 15.30, Thur-Tues also 21.30 Into the Wild daily 16.30, 21.15, Thur-Tues also 13.00 Kung Fu Panda Sun 10.00 Scar (3D) Fri, Sat 23.45 Sex and the City:The Movie Fri-Wed 13.30, Fri-Tues also 17.00, 20.30, Thur, Wed also 18.00, 21.15, Thur also 13.00 The Strangers Wed 13.00 La Vie en rose Thur 13.30 What Happens in Vegas Thur-Tues 19.00. Rialto Ceintuurbaan 338, 676 8700 Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens daily 17.45, 19.30, 21.15, Sat, Sun also 14.45 La Graine et le mulet daily 21.30 In memoria di me daily 19.45, Sat, Sun also 15.15 Paul dans sa vie Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 19.15, Sat, Sun 17.00 The Terminal Fri, Sat 23.00 The Trap daily 17.30, 22.05 Le Voyage du ballon rouge daily 21.00, Sat, Sun also 15.30. Studio K Timorplein 62, 692 0422, Be Kind Rewind daily 19.30, Fri-Mon, Wed also 17.15 Dunya & Desie Thur-Sun, Tues, Wed 19.15 Horton (NL) Sat, Sun, Wed 15.15 Morrison krijgt een zusje Sat, Sun, Wed 15.15 El Orfanato daily 21.45 Rietveld Eindexamenfilms Mon 22.00 Saiyan Chitchor daily 21.15, Sat-Mon, Wed also 17.00. De Uitkijk Prinsengracht 452, 623 7460 Un Baiser s'il vous plait daily 19.00 Le Ballon Rouge & Crin-Blanc Sat, Sun, Wed 17.15 Kung Fu Panda (NL) Sat, Sun, Wed 15.00, Sun also 12.30 Paris daily 21.00, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 16.30, Sun also 13.00.

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26 June-2 July 2008

WEEKLY CLASSIFIEDS Ads are free, space permitting. They will be posted both to the paper and online. Guaranteed placement is available for a small fee; see our website for details. Ads may be published in English, het Nederlands or whatever language is best for you to communicate your message. How to submit an ad: via our website at, by fax at 020 620 1666 or post to Amsterdam Weekly, De Ruyterkade 106, 1011 AB Amsterdam. Deadline: Monday at 12.00, the week of publication. AD OF THE WEEK MASSAGE YOUR SOUL! Listen to the music of Hallon, an international band, formed in international Amsterdam. YOU can help them play at Paradiso by voting. Sms ‘ik wil 13’ to 5040 (70 cents) so they can give you a wonderful soul massage which will enlighten your spirit! Check out the competition at

JOBS OFFERED READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD? Are you a skilled person and experienced in a Sales and Service Centre? Do you speak English in combination with Dutch and French? We are the call center for AF/KLM. Interested? Check our website READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD? Are you a skilled person and experienced in a Sales and Service Centre? Do you speak English in combination with Dutch? We are the call center for AF/KLM. Interested? Check our website HARD ROCK WANTS YOU We are currently hiring for all staff positions, including servers, bartenders, and back of house support. No appointment necessary, just come in and ask for an application form. Bring a passport photo and valid ID. No phone calls please. Max Euweplein 57-61 or come accountant (Judith) Complito Damrak 32 for details. ance officer (Judith) PA speakKITCHEN WORKER A ing native English (Christine) kitchen worker is needed for a restaurant for cleaning and UNDUTCHABLES Order washing dishes. Please come Management Representative to Damrak 32 for details. French, Order Management START ASAP Experienced Representative Dutch, TransTILER needed for busy ren- lator Spanish, Credit Manageovation company, EC/EU res- ment Rep. Spain, Summer, idents only, some heavy lift- part-time job for native English, ing required, knowledge of Italian, French, German and, installation, materials, tools Nordic speakers living in Amsand components a must salary terdam based on skill level. Send CV FINANCE ENGLISH AND to SPANISHDo you want to start THE OPEN UNIVERSITYLiv- or continue your career in ing in The Netherlands but Finance and speak fluent want to study in English? You English plus Spanish, Italian can with the Open Universi- or Greek? Please send your ty! For full details visit our web- CV to: gabriela@adamsrecruitsite or request a prospectus, quoting NEAJAC Tel: 070 360 CUSTOMER SERVICELook7443 Email: netherlands@ ing for a job in Customer vice in an international enviARE YOU FRENCH?Are you ronment, with good salary and looking for a part-time job for benefits? Do you also speak 28 hours per week? If you are fluent English plus Swedish, interested in a customer ser- Danish, Dutch, German, or vice position in a city close to Spanish + Portuguese? Send Amsterdam where you can your CV to: work part-time, please send me your resume in English SPANISH AND GERMAN and in word format at: alessia TRANSLATORSInternational company in Amsterdam DO YOU SPEAK NATIVE looking for qualified and/or FRENCH OR RUSSIAN?Are experienced Spanish and you looking for a career as German translators. Intersales executive within an inter- ested? Please send your CV national organization in Ams- to: gabriela@adamsrecruitterdam (only full-timer!)? If

PROJECT MANAGERIizt is a digital production house, based in Amsterdam, working for leading media agencies. We are looking for an experienced project manager with strong communication skills (including Dutch), a passion for internet, and proven organizational abilities. Contact you are looking for a new chalHOTEL RECEPTIONIST A lenge, please send me your two star hotel located on resume in English and in word Damrak is looking for young format at: alessia@adamsreand nice receptionists for day and evening shifts. Imme- CAREER IN FINANCE Are diate vacancy. Please email you looking forward to pursuyour CV to ing a career in finance? I am for details. currentlyrecruitingfor2account WAITRESSES NEEDED Waitresses needed for a restaurant. Immediate vacancy. Experience is preferred. Please send your CV to

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& spacious. 300/month. + HOME WANTEDFinnish full time working female in need Internet. call 0634219257 LONG TERM APARTMENT of home starting in August. 65 M, 2 rooms, ground floor Max rent 350 /month. Studio or room in a shared house. apartment in Amsterdam Please contact: elf_in_green Oud Zuid. Fully furnished. Garden facing south west. Quite neighborhood. Park- HOUSING WANTED I’m a ing permit. Short cycling to US expat looking for a nice city center. Close to tram 1 small studio / 1 bedroom apart& 17. 1,400 , exclusive utili- ment in Amsterdam centre. ties. Entrance September. It has to be decently furnished Contact: Galit 0617292579 or and under 900 per month (inclusive). Please email me if you have something. nrpaSUNNY ROOM AVAILABLE In Amsterdam Oost. Fully furnished. Internet, washing NEED BY AUG 1 2008 My machine, shared kitchen, bath- husband will be obtaining room and garden. 450 /month his Masters degree in Amsincl. Available from NOW until terdam in 2008-2009 and we mid September or longer. If are looking for a nice apartinterested please contact by ment, preferably close to the mail at center. We will be arriving in Amsterdam (from the U.S.) or call 0645492869 Aug 1. We hope to find an APARTMENT IN CENTER apartment for less than Historical apartment, newly 1000 /month inclusive. henrenovated, modern fur- nished(90m2), 5 min walk to central station, big living, big SEEKING ROOM/APT. bedroom, bathroom, wash- Friendly 30 something Euroing machine, dryer, cable TV, pean American seeking LCD etc. For couple or one affordable room (500-600 ). person. 1.750 incl. Info: Henk Clean, responsible, mature, gay, non-smoker - background van der Heide: 0625095701 in theater and peace education - currently lives in the Pijp HOUSING WANTED - working for international SEEKING APARTMENT foundation and seeking new Grad student moving to Ams- home. Contact Federico at terdam shortly seeking apart- ment between August 2008 and July 2009. Honest/respect- ROOMMATERoom available ful/neat individual. ero- in center of Amsterdam 10 minutes from CS nice area in moderne apartment from 24 RESEARCH ROOM / FLAT june till 28 august. 0611246402 French girl, 24, designer I am PER DIRECTFull-time workin Amsterdam since 1 month ing British male (26) looking and a half. My roomate’s parfor a small cosy place per ents are going to come back direct. Clean, quiet and so I need a place for July 1st relaxed. Willing to share also. to 1 August (maybe more) I liam 06247 am very responsible, quiet 72144 and tidy, budget beetween 300 and 500 for a room fleur- ROOM WANTED 23 yrs old Irish male looking for a room in Amsterdam area from JulyLOOKING FOR STUDIO Sept. 300-400 max. Contact: From July. I need it near by the Amsterdam Centrum and or phone 06119974055 also I need it for two persons SHARED HOUSING (couple) Max price 600 Call me: 0629472417 SHORT TERM ROOMLookNEW HOUSE WANTED ing to rent a room for a one Working and trustable guys month from beginning of July are looking for an apartment till beginning of August. If (2 or even more bedrooms) you have available place Available from 1st of July. If please let me know m.bucek possible for a long period. ontact: ROOM/S WANTED!! LookAUGUSTI am hoping to rent ing for an APT or ROOM, 2/3 an apartment in Amsterdam bdrms apt or single room for for the month of August. I a long or even short period. am a single woman, but will Available as soon as possihave friends coming to vist bile. Working and responsible me over the weekends so person. Contact: 0616855972 need at least 2 bedrooms. or

LOVELY STUDIO APT. Furnished apartment in de Pijp available for three months, possibly longer starting 24th of June. Perfect for one person or a couple. Lots of plants PROJECT MANAGEMENT and sunlight. If interested Taylor Nelson Sofres, a major please call: 0624861231 international market research company is looking for a full VISIT BERLIN?!Fabulous & time Project Manager (Client light apartment with spectacService Department) to sup- ular view over Alexanderplatz, port international online field- Mitte (center). Starting from work. Organized, problem- 50,- per night. www.missfish solving and enthusiastic indi- .net/alexbartdelouwere@gmai assistant positions in Amster- vidual. Multi-cultural envi- dam, great locations! English ronment. Contact: eap_work ROOM IN WEST Room for rent JULY & AUGUST in Witte is the only required language, if you are interested, please CRAFTSPEOPLEWANTED! de Withstraat. Close to Kinker- Please help! contrarymary9 ROOMMATE - HOOFDsendmeyourresumeinEnglish (EXPERIENCED DORP Furnished shared AND straat. Room is bright, warm

21 house incl. Freecarpark, spacious bedroom, livingroom, kitchen, bathroom,washing machine,Internet. Area Near Schiphol. Looking for Professional for L/S term rent from 1 July 2008. Eur 550 p/m incl. utilites plus 1 month adv. call 0618880737 or gngoiri HOUSE FOR SHARINGOne nice room for rent in Amsterdam; For 1 person in a shared house close to the center for 250 Call 0625347770 ROOM FOR JULY/AUGUST Available July 20th through August. Sharing with two relaxed Kiwis. Large double room in well furnished spacious apartment 5 min cycle from Zuid station and WTC. Great balcony with morning sun, broadband internet, TV, hi-fi, DVD, dishwasher, washing machine. 650 all incl.


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Amsterdam Weekly: Vol 5 Issue 26, 26 June-2 July 2008  
Amsterdam Weekly: Vol 5 Issue 26, 26 June-2 July 2008  

Time for the smoke to clear.