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Volume 5, Issue 38

2-8 OCTOBER 2008

‘It is a bit fucked up.’

Adriaan, waar is Bassie?

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Post Post CS






Where have all the fake babies gone? Lost amidst the bureaucracy.

Where have all the activists gone? To an award show, for proper accolades.

Where have all the Muslim jokes gone? Azhar Usman has most of them.

Umbrella openings, a red cinema festival and Turkey Now!

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By Arnoud Holleman

It’s all about those important connections. While the former occupiers of Post CS have settled into new digs, much of the digging of the NZlijn is still as slow as ants in winter. While the activism of the 1980s is experiencing a backlash, populist pit-bull Rita Verdonk was forced to admit, after much denial, that she used to be a member of the Pacifist Socialist Party. While a big bearded man can make good jokes about Muslims, Geert Wilders continues to make bad ones. While blackbirds have been recast as flying doves of peace, the stock exchange is crash landing. (And, let’s just take a quick moment for an intelligent, appropriate response to the vote against the Wall Street bailout: Wooohoooo!) While this summer Fortis bank launched an ad campaign with the slogan ‘Here today, where tomorrow?’, this autumn the answer seems to be ‘they’re gone’. While it was announced that the Amazon rainforest will disappear by 2030, NASA’s Phoenix lander has found proof that there was water on Mars. So who’s coming with us? New Amsterdam, here we come!

Features Inbox Dutch French . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Nature Calling Blackbirds . . . . . . . . 4 Feature Fake baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Amstergraph Squat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A Quick Bike Fix Zuidoost. . . . . . . . 5 Street Fashion Simple jeans . . . . . . 6 Report Action! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The People Versus A high bridge . . 6 Profile Azhar Usman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Main feature Post Post CS . . . . . . . . 8 3 Questions The Moi Non Plus . . . . 13 Lekker Bezig Piet Jan Blauw . . . . . 16 Film Review Zuster van Katia . . . . . 17

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Batterball bread Submitted by: Oud Zeikwijf ( By: email Date: 29 September Subject: language limbo When I was a student in Tokyo, one of the first things I learned about the Japanese was their eagerness to adopt English phrases to adorn Tshirts, mugs and other wares. The American students found this highly amusing, because the Japanese would never (and I mean never) get the English right. There would always be some twist on the words that would make it typically Japanese. You could read things like: ‘Walking on a sunny morning. Enjoying Laifu!’ or ‘Eet ‘n drink ‘n have a nice good time!’ and even: ‘Feering so merri!’ At the time I did not get half of the jokes. Now I understand. The Dutch do it too. But in French. Since the Dutch never consider the French good at anything except for cuisine, the examples that pop up in my mind are about cooking and eating. Once I bought a cup of margarine with the text ‘beur culinaire’. I was stunned to the point of having to take a picture of it for the sake of documentation. Ask a Parisian, and he will translate this as ‘gourmet nigger’ or something more fitting to their own racial situation in the suburbs of Paris. It is not something you want joyfully melting in your pan. Ever heard of a loaf of bread called Pompidou? It was a popular brand at my Albert Heijn until I explained to the staff that they were actually selling Balkenendebrood. The bright mind that came up with that name had let itself be carried away by the word’s charming sound. Or he was confusing it for Pompadour, a voluptuous marquise and mistress of a former king of France of the Louis’ series. He obviously did not know he was referring to a middle-aged toad-like president instead. They promptly replaced it by ‘boule au beurre’ which to me sounds as ridiculous as ‘butterball’. Again, not really an item you associate with a nice and puffy (and butter-free) loaf of bread. Which brought me to step back and contemplate my own French: do I actually still master that language after all these years in Holland? Perhaps the French of today are also calling their bread ‘butterball’? It would not surprise me. Especially since a few years back it became trendy to order a ‘poussin’ at restaurants. It always horrified me. To me, a ‘poussin’ was a nice fluffy adorable little thing that runs around freely in my imagination, and not a piece of roasted meat lying on its little back with its legs tied off. So here I was, the Don Quixote-for-the-correct-use-of-the-French-language-abroad, remonstrating the poor waiter who had dared presenting me with such an atrocity on the menu, and making it clear that we dealt with nothing less than a ‘poulet’. That is until I travelled back to France for Christmas and noticed to my great dismay, that my good friends there had also extended their oral preferences to that kind of paedophilic delicacy. Living abroad is thus not just about losing your country and your roots, it is also a sure way to enter a language limbo, a vocabulary purgatory where you’ll float between several spheres of influence, endlessly ping-ponging back and forth from your mother tongue to the language everybody speaks around you, never knowing whether you’ll end up in heaven... or in hell. Got an opinion? We want to hear it.

Nature calling By Mark Wedin

Illustration by Claudie de Cleen

Flying activists For much of the year, Blackbirds are highly territorial. They stake out their breeding grounds, sing songs to make their borders known and chase away intruders that come near. But every year, round this time, many of them come together for a common cause. Migration. It usually happens at night. And with their main colouring matching the dark sky, it’s difficult to see them without proper gear. It helps, for example, if you’re a member of the Konijnklijke Luchtmacht (Dutch air force). Before sending up their F-15s for test runs, normal operating procedure requires the air force to check the radar—just a routine to make sure the sky is clear and safe for their fighter jets to play war games. Recently, it was reported that they saw a beautiful pattern bleeping across the screen—a flock of Blackbirds, 1000 metres high, migrating under the cover of darkness. Famous for their highly varied songs and warbling, this is one of the birds’ quietest moments—group flying in the dead of night. It’s also their strongest display of solidarity. Blackbirds have songs for breeding and songs for territory. They also have songs for alerting others to the

presence of threats—house cats being their biggest problem. They even have a specific high-pitched call when large birds of prey are seen. So it seems an easy stretch of the imagination to consider, especially at this time of year when normally competing males and females put aside their differences, that they might also have songs for peace. Now bear with me. The Dutch air force simply saw them on their screen. Their instruments didn’t broadcast the sounds they were making. But maybe, while soaring amongst the clouds, a little melody was released, over and over, intended for those fighting men, who couldn’t hear a peep. Tweet tweet tweet. All we are saaaaying, tweet tweet, tweedaleet tweet, is give peace a chaaaance. Tweet tweet. Tweedaleet tweet. Tweet. After the flock passed, the Luchtmacht promptly sent up their jets for more test runs. Special thanks to Gus van Duin, bird expert. Got nature tips?

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By Marlous Veldt

INVENT... AND THEN KILL YOUR DARLINGS Art students create a baby and then find out it’s harder to make it disappear. Last weekend, Sanne Jongbloed—a healthy baby girl weighing seven pounds at birth—turned one month. At the same time, she has been dead since 4 September. Sanne’s short life was an art project of ten second-year students of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, who were simply warming up their minds for the new school year during a HKU workshop on privacy. Now two of them will be in court for lying to the government. Their facilitator Tunc Tupcuoglu, originally a designer from Istanbul but nowadays a mixed-media artist residing in the Volkskrantgebouw in Amsterdam, gave the students the assignment ‘STEAL A FACE, STEAL A PHRASE & PUT THEM IN A CASE’. ‘That first day I lost control of the class a bit,’ he admits. ‘It was my first workshop as a teacher and you know how classes can be. The [future] father of the baby was listening to his iPod.’ But something happened on the second day when he asked the students to go ‘undercover’ and invade somebody’s privacy without the person finding out. One girl followed a Russian man and tried to steal his password while he was checking dating sites in an internet cafe. Two other girls followed a fellow named Ringo into a local ‘free shop’ and turned the puzzle he donated into a portrait of him. And one student stalked a pregnant woman and decided to have her baby. A

Sanne Jongbloed, a girl. Kind of.

fake one. Two days later, father Robin and uncle Guido took a video camera to city hall and filmed how Robin officially registered Sanne as mother Marijke’s daughter. ‘I was shocked that it is so easy, we didn’t even have to produce the baby,’ says Tupcuoglu. ‘Or actually, I was more shocked when they got child support papers. Super stupid!’ Tupcuoglu now feels that the process was quite naive, but during the workshop the group evolved into a real—and very competitive—family. ‘Like, “we have to be the best group!”, “let’s think outside the box!” and “let’s make this fake baby as real as possible!”’ Looking back, he wonders if it was a coincidence or if he inspired this power. ‘I felt like the best football coach. The one that can make a champion out of anything. Once we got into our roles, everybody was really into it.’ Tupcuoglu encouraged his students to play with reality as if they were in a fantasy world. A painful detail is that Tupcuoglu himself is struggling with Dutch bureaucracy for a residence permit. ‘It is a bit fucked up. I might still have to go back to Turkey, while Sanne doesn’t even have blood and already has papers. But I didn’t tell this to the students, because it was already a concept’ At the end of the five-day project, reality kicked in anyway. Although their classmates loved the project, the stu-

dents—out of the happy family workshop space—were getting nervous about the lies. ‘During our presentation someone shouted “Sanne should live!” from the back of the hall. But we had to kill her,’ says Tupcuoglu with regret. Which is, of course, more complicated than bringing her to life. When the students informed city hall of Sanne’s death, they found out that the baby can only be killed after they are taken to court for making a false claim. ‘And if the court takes a very formal stance,’ says Pluup Bataille of the city of Utrecht’s communication office, ‘the students will have to prove to the judge that the child doesn’t exist.’ But although charges have been filed, the mayor has invited Tupcuoglu and Sanne’s parents and their teacher for a personal conference. As Tupcuoglu predicted earlier, ‘it’s considered niet goed to lie to the Dutch government. But if it’s for art’s sake you can say you’re sorry and they can forgive you.’ Tupcuoglu still finds the decision to kill Sanne difficult. ‘If it was my project, I really would continue. I would love to lie. But I didn’t want to push them to lie with me. Fake or not, Marijke has a baby and Robin is a father. Imagine you are 19 and you suddenly realise you have a baby.’ For 19-year-old students, he thinks the statement that there is a hole in the system of Dutch bureaucracy is enough. Taking the project to a next level is something he considers more fitting for him and his friends. Asked what he has learned from his first project as a teacher, Tupcuoglu says he should probably feed the students’ process more. ‘Still,’ he says, ‘I think these ten students will never do something boring again. Really. Whatever they do.’ More info at:

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‘Here today, where tomorrow?’ Amstergraph Amsterdammers on proposed

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A quick bike fix By Pete Jordan

Zuidoost Several years ago, I used to visit a friend in Amsterdam Zuidoost twice a week. Though she lived near a metro station, rain or shine, I always cycled down there. Each ride varied as, randomly turning left or right, I let the bike paths lead me along (and through) the large Bijlmer apartment blocks. I hadn’t cycled down that way for awhile until last week. This time, though, when I hit Zuidoost, I immediately got lost. Didn’t I used to turn right here? And didn’t I used to ride through a big building there? My route’s most notable landmarks— the apartment blocks—were gone. In their place: low-rise buildings and a new street pattern. Slowly I wound my way through the new neighbourhood before stumbling upon a familiar bike path. Since Amsterdam Zuidoost has so greatly metamorphosed in recent years, it’s wonderful that a brand new bike map devotes itself to the area. Schatten van Zuidoost perfectly compliments two other recently-issued bike maps. One—the updated and revised Amsterdam op de Fiets (covering the metropolitan area from Zaandam to Zuidoost)—is great for deciphering the best way to cycle across town. The other—Stadsregio Amsterdam op de Fiets (covering an area stretching from the North Sea coast, north to Alkmaar, east to Almere and south to Hilversum)—is excellent for mapping day trips from the city. All three maps are available from local bookstores and map shops. React:


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 The people versus...

Street fashion

By Floris Dogterom

By Mo Veld

Fashion depression

Illustration by Tomas Schats

A bridge too high On Westerdokseiland, the former shuntingyard west of Centraal Station turned new housing estate, 15 threshold-free houses will be built. That’s good news for wheelchair users. But getting there proves to be difficult, says Ton Blans of the Gehandicaptenplatform Amsterdam Centrum Drempelvrij (Platform for Handicapped People Amsterdam Centrum Threshold-Free). The platform advises the stadsdeel council on organising the public space in such a way that it is accessible for disabled people, too. On Westerdokseiland the advice came too late. The Han Lammersbrug, the bridge that connects the island with the Westerdokskade, is steep—really steep. An able-bodied person on a bike has to make an effort to get over the bridge, but a person in a wheelchair simply can’t. Blans, who sits in a wheelchair himself, says the bridge was built years before the plans for the special houses for handicapped people were made. ‘Once wheelchair users live in those houses, they will need to get to Haarlemmerdijk for their daily shopping. But the shortest route, over the bridge, is inaccessible. The only thing they can do is use the other bridge that is closer to ’t IJ. But that means a detour of almost one kilometre, which requires too big an effort for many handicapped people.’ Roel Kupers, who is project manager for the development of Westerdokseiland on behalf of Projectbureau Zuidelijke IJoever, of the City of Amsterdam, says in a reaction that the detour is absolutely not one kilometre. ‘The detour is 200 metres max from the threshold-free houses and 300 metres max from the apartments next to the Han Lammersbrug. And if you know somebody in the first building, he or she can let you in so you can short-cut through that building. There is a wheelchair elevator.’ He adds: ‘Technically it wasn’t possible to construct a bridge that was less steep. But I can imagine that handicapped people are frustrated that they are robbed of the shortest route.’ Ton Blans of the Platform for Handicapped People: ‘Is the detour really only 300 metres max? I’ll go there in my car and check it on the milometer.’ Still, says Blans, ‘there is no real solution for this issue, unfortunately. There won’t be a lower bridge. But I do hope that the government has learnt something from this case.’ Something to report?

I love living in Amsterdam for many reasons. It has a nice human scale, and yet there’s lots of boldness, creative energy, innovative rejuvenation and a good constant flow of people from all over the world joining in or passing through. But—and there has to be a ‘but’—even though Amsterdam is connected to the cosmopolitan globe, some layers of the cake seem to be missing. The icing on the cake for instance. We’re more of a homemade apple pie kind of town. Delicious, but not all day every day. Take fashion. Just before I went on my short summer holiday break, I hit a major fashion depression. One day I had to do Kalverstraat, which I normally try to avoid, because I got this press coupon for a free pair of Levi’s. ‘Yeah!’, I thought. But the experience was not so ‘yeah!’ I won’t bother you with the fact that I was sent to the most mainstream Levi’s store—as opposed to one selling more high-end lines—to eventually choose a rather mainstream pair of black jeans, which I am, in the end, very pleased with. (Jeans are meant to be just that, a good pair of simple jeans to wear your own unique way, and that’s fine, even for a fashion dame like myself.) But having to wander Kalverstraat with my digital

Leica ready for action was not exactly lifting my mood. Call me an elitist, I don’t care, I just want some damn icing on my cake once in a while! Luckily Saskia van Drimmelen invited me to her ‘Painted By’ presentation the next week. Saskia was one of the most successful designers of her generation, showing in Paris and selling worldwide for over a decade before she had this personal meltdown a couple of years back. Yes, fashion is tough, but her comeback with ‘Painted By’ is ever so sweet. This ‘slow fashion’ collaboration between several Dutch fashion talents and a handful of Bulgarian women who still master these nearly forgotten handicraft techniques just brought me back to my senses. The eerily elegant tableau vivant presentation in this fancy style garden hidden behind one of those 17th-century estates on the Photo by Mo Veld canals was just the delicately iced and tastefully decorated petit four that I craved. Amsterdam definitely has a ‘touch of class’; it’s just not on the surface. React:


By Isabel Serval

BOOSTING THE IMAGE OF ACTIVISM Protesting isn’t as funky these days as it was perceived to be in the ’80s. That much became clear recently when GroenLinks MP Wijnand Duyvendak resigned from parliament after he admitted stealing documents from the government in 1985, which contained secret plans for the construction of nuclear plants. Rather than being recognised as a good citizen, parliament and the media accused Duyvendak of being a thief and a liar. The politician could only apologise and distance himself from his former methods. A group of young and old leftist activists called ‘Trots op Acties’ (proud of activism/protest), however, believe it’s time to show pride once more. ‘It was the government who lied and you revealed the truth. You should be proud of that!’ said Carrie Jansen, writer and renowned political activist from Rotterdam, to Duyvendak, as they gathered in De Balie to pay tribute to memorable protests last weekend. The best protest to occur between 1968-2008, according to a jury of renowned activists, was the occupation of abortion centre Bloemenhove in Heemstede in 1976. Abortion wasn’t legal

until 1984, and minister Van Agt intended to close it. Young women stationed themselves inside the building for about a week, preventing police from taking action. This protest, accompanied by the famous slogan baas in eigen buik (boss of your belly), kept the clinic open and paved the way for the legalisation of abortion. The winner of the most fun protest was a simulated emergency exercise of a nuclear disaster in 1987. The protesters intended to demonstrate that evacuating Zeeland following an accident at the nuclear plant in Borssele would be impossible in a timely enough manner. They dressed up in white suits and ‘tested’ many citizens for radioactivity along the highway. The simulation was executed so professionally that the police believed the events were real and helped the activists with traffic organisation and even assisted in packing up when they were done. It wasn’t until the evening news that it became apparent it was a protest. The public award went to the dismantling of all gates around a camp for young fugitives in Deelen in 2003. The

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youngsters were imprisoned there, and the activists took the gates apart without breaking anything, avoiding accusations of causing damage. The fugitives joined in themselves, and were seen cheering afterwards on the news. During the evening, Duyvendak said he misses the spirit of activism of the ’80s. The 250 people who gathered, however, seemed eager to proceed with protesting and get over the image crisis they’ve succumbed to of late. Only time will tell if they succeed. More info:

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MUSLIMS NEED A GOOD LAUGH Long black hair. A bushy beard. And let’s not forget those piercing brown eyes. Meet Azhar Usman, the massive co-founder of the Allah Made Me Funny tour. By Sharida Mohamedjoesoef

There is an underlying power dynamic at play here. The problem with doing self-deprecating comedy is that you are part of the in crowd. You are in on the joke. If others—non-Muslims—are making fun of you, laughing at you rather than with you, it can be easily considered demeaning in nature. The fact of the matter is that Muslims today are at the shorter end of the stick when it comes to the power balance, whether on a political, social or cultural level. I would challenge non-Muslim comedians to come up with material that people can laugh at together.

The Ayatollah of Comedy. Bin Laughin’. Those are but two of the qualifications former lawyer Azhar Usman has earned himself as a stand-up comedian. The cofounder and star of the Allah Made Me Funny comedy tour has performed in over a dozen countries on five continents, including the US, the UK and a handful of Arab countries. The Chicagobased comedian was recently in the Netherlands to jazz up Ramadan Festival 2008. But don’t worry. The man will be back in April 2009 to do some more gigs. Once a lawyer, now a stand-up comedian? Why this career switch? I was practising law for a brief time. Badly. And I was doing stand-up comedy for fun. Also badly. But I got better and I began to fall in love with stand-up comedy, because of its raw and organic nature. Eventually, it reached a point where there was enough interest, enough demand for my artistic work to sustain a livelihood. Who doesn’t want to pursue their dreams and tell jokes for a living? I decided to shut down my legal practice. Around the same time, I would say by the design of God, I met with Preacher Moss, who is the founder of the Allah Made Me Funny Tour. We hit it off immediately. After that we never looked back. You began your stand-up career after 9/11. Coincidence? Not really given the fact that stand-up comedy is an art of protest that was born out of the angst of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties. In the US in particular it has always been used by disenfranchised groups such as African Americans, Jewish Americans and gay Americans. These groups have taken up the mantle of stand-up as an art form, because it is such a raw and unadulterated speaking of the truth. After 9/11 the American Muslim community felt like they were being pulled in two directions insofar as their loyalties were concerned. Can I be a Muslim and be American? My act is an exploration of those anxieties. I talk to them in a way that is hopefully constructive, and I shine a light on not only what’s wrong with America and some of its policies and attitudes, but also on what is wrong with us as Muslims. We are not saints or angels. We have our own faults, our own flaws.

Are Islam and humour compatible? Islam is a religion that teaches you how to raise your moral character. But that doesn’t mean you stop being a human being. Humour is a part of being a human being. In fact, Prophet Muhammad was known to be a humorous man who loved a good laugh. But if your underlying question is whether I can do blasphemous jokes or engage in dirty language at the expense of my religion, the answer is ‘no’.

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‘Humour is a part of being a human being. In fact, Prophet Muhammad was known to be a humorous man who loved a good laugh.’

Muslims can respond highly sensitively when jokes are made at their expense. What is your take on this? Muslims need a good laugh, like anybody else. The rest of the world needs to hear Muslims laughing, and Muslims being able to joke about the tensions of the world, but also about themselves. What I notice is that Muslims like to

express themselves at protests and rallies, which in my view often achieves nothing more than increasing Muslim blood pressure. Are jokes about Muslims solely the prerogative of Muslims?

So do you censor your own work then? It is the mark of a free society that it should have free exercise of speech. If you don’t like a book somebody has written, the more intelligent and effective answer is to respond by writing your own book rather than resort to book burnings in the streets or try to prevent publication and all this nonsense. That said, I am not a shock comic. I am not interested in offending people. And of course being a Muslim who takes his religion seriously, there are some moral parameters that I observe. I don’t do heretical or blasphemous jokes, nor do I use foul language, which in my opinion is not only unbecoming of somebody who ought to be expressing himself more intelligently, but also a copout. So yes, I do filter my own material.

Foul language a copout? Stand-up comedy has become littered with the use of foul language, thus losing some of its artistic value. Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian whom I respect tremendously, doesn’t really curse on stage, he calls cursing and blue jokes the great shortcuts of standup comedy. If you resort to these types of humour, then maybe you are not as good a comedian as you thought you were. More info:



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Post Post CSers: where are they now?

This week the Stedelijk Museum had to leave the Post CS building—their home for the last four-and-a-half years. But what happened to the rest of the people who were kicked out of there three months ago, and how do they look back at their time in Post CS? Well, their views are varied... But they do agree on a few things. No one misses not being able to open their office windows. Other important features of Post CS seem to have been the concierge, the burglars, the temporality and the tramps. Oh yeah, and the community spirit... It’s a spirit the city tries to keep alive in the ‘Duintjer CS’ building on Vijzelstraat, where many of the companies, including Mediamatic, have moved to. But that’s another issue not everyone seems to agree on... By Sarah Gehrke Photo by Allard van der Hoek

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Mannschaft Who are you? Rob Meerman (RM) and Andreas Schofl (AS) of design company Mannschaft. Where are you now? In the Duintjer CS. What’s the difference? (RM:) There was more interaction in Post CS. Here there’s less communication in the hallways. But we’re really happy here. Much is better for the occupants. For example, in Post CS you couldn’t open the windows. (AS:) And the air conditioning was always broken. (RM:) Of course, this place is not as cool. But Post CS was a sort of island. You’d never leave it: You’d work there, you’d go for lunch there, you’d party there... The only thing you didn’t do there was sleep. Although, have you heard of the tramp? He was living above the men’s toilets on the fifth floor—in a little space above the ceiling. (AS:) And they only found him out after half a year! (RM:) It’s also much safer here. There were a lot of break-ins in Post CS. But the fact that Post CS was temporary was good. Keeps you fresh. Fondest Post CS memory: (RM:) It was a great place to be. All day long things were happening. One day, we saw a performance of an opera singer on our lunch break in 11. She came in on rollerskates... Things like that don’t happen here. This is, after all, much more of an office building.

Pieter Frank Who are you? I’m I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. Where are you now? In the ‘Duintjer CS’. What’s the difference? Post CS was a unique creative pool. But I find that here I have more contact with others. I think in Post CS that varied, depending on which floor you were on. For me, there’s more interaction here. I went to Post CS when I had just graduated in Groningen. All of a sudden I got a call saying I could get a space there. I came to Amsterdam without even having a house, and spent the first few weeks sleeping in my studio and on friends’ sofas. Post CS was almost like a brand name. When you said you worked there it was automatically assumed that the stuff you did was good, that you were creative... That’s something that still has to grow in this building. One of the disadvantages of Post CS was that it was so unsafe. Constantly, somewhere was being broken into. This building is much more professional. Fondest Post CS memory? It’s the anarchistic element that you miss a little here. That someone would practice wheelies with their BMX in the hallway every day. One day, I even saw a motorbike speeding past my office.’

Arnoud Traa Who are you? I’m a sound designer. My company is called De Auditieve Dienst. Where are you now? I now work from home. I’ve got a studio in my attic. In my time in Post CS I came to realise that my requirements for a workplace are quite widespread. I was sharing the studio with five other companies and I had my sound cabin there. And sometimes it would be a little difficult to get into a proper work flow... That’s why I decided not to move into the Vijzelstraat building. Also, regarding the cost, it was all a bit vague. There were many promises, but everything remained very unclear. I think a few people signed their lease there without even knowing how much they’d eventually pay. What’s the difference? I thought it was great in Post CS. But I also think that the way it was presented was a bit exaggerated: ‘IT IS BRUISEND!’ You know, there were also quite a few ugly things there. No air, no light... In that respect, I’ve got it much better here now. And I also get outside much more now, just going for a quick drink in town. Fondest Post CS memory? Henk, the concierge. He was such a merchant: we were just youngsters, setting up our first studio. And he knew all these people who’d do stuff for us, and then usually everything went wrong. Back

F E AT U R E then, we’d think: ‘How mean, to set us up like that.’ But looking back now, it was actually quite fun.

Ruben van Leer Who are you? In Post CS, I did audiovisual live projects. I’d bring together different people: fashion designers, musicians... For the last half year, I was artist in residence at 11. And I think I was a bit of a prototypical Post CS-er. Where are you now? I don’t have a studio right now, but next month I’m gonna move to a new place on Prinsengracht. I decided not to go to the Duintjer CS for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the name alone made me not want to go. I had the impression that they were trying to make a new Post CS in that building, and that just won’t work. And it’s too expensive. For me, the Duintjer building represents commerce. That Post CS was temporary was, on the one hand, one of its qualities. But on the other hand, it also served as a stupid excuse. People want to tear down that building

‘There were tramps in that building. One day they stole all the computers of a sound installation. I think that’s a really nice story—it’s so typical.’ because they want to make money. So they put that label on it: ‘Temporary equals good.’ What’s the difference? I think Post CS was the most important place in Amsterdam. It was all about fun. Really important things happened there, in an unpretentious manner and invisible for gemeente and city. The city has thrown so much away by shutting it down. Much more than they could know. Everything was possible in Post CS. You could graffiti the walls. You could even break the walls down. And in that new building, there’s a fucking bank in there! It just shows how the world evolves around money. What’s also really typical is that we had to get out of the Post CS building to the minute. And now it’s still empty! That serves to show how inhuman it all is. It’s another example of how it’s all about money. Fondest Post CS memory? There were tramps in that building. One day they stole all the computers of a sound installation. I think that’s a really nice story—it’s so typical. I’ve got a lot out of being there. I’ve met so many people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It didn’t bring me buckets of money, but it was very special.

Harry Bloch Who are you? I’m a graphic designer. Where are you now? I now have a new studio, near Czaar Peterstraat. I decided not to move to the Duintjer building, because their proposal wasn’t interesting to me. It’s way more expensive, almost twice as much as in Post CS. And it’s ugly. It’s really office-like—not a lot of charm. What’s the difference? A lot of people from my floor in


Post CS went to the Duintjer building, because of the community spirit. But I wasn’t really part of that, because I was a late comer. I’m not really the classic Post CS-er, I’m afraid. I didn’t even have one of the studios with a nice view. Fondest Post CS memory? One day I dropped my keys in the lift shaft, and they went all the way down. But I got them back, because of these guys that [...]. But you can’t publish that!’ You know, I quite liked it there, but I really like it here, too. It’s all got its advantages and disadvantages. One thing that was annoying was when I moved in there, they had already decided it would be demolished, so they stopped repairing things. So much was broken! And the internet connection... Write that! It was the coolest media building, and it had the shittiest internet connection ever!’

Maike Vernooij Who are you? I was the manager at Club 11. Where are you now? I’m currently busy starting up a new club/restaurant/bar/exhibition space, together with Olaf Boswijk, who did the programming for 11, Daan Steures, the former 11 club manager, and with the help of the former 11 owners. The concept is almost set, now we’re looking for a space. What’s the difference? It’s not easy to find a new location. We want something that is temporary again, and because it’s also going to be a club, we have to be careful about noise restrictions. We believe that temporality generates energy. One reason for people to go to such a club is that it might be the last time. Also, the rent for temporary places is cheaper and that leaves more money for cultural expenses. And of course, those places are often exciting locations. Fondest Post CS memory? Especially the beginnings of 11 were fantastic—simply because it was really chaotic. Many times we wouldn’t have water, or there were power cuts. And those things force you to find quick solutions. One time, when we didn’t have water but had to clean the place quickly, we used bottles of Spa Rood, with soap... I’d never experienced things like that before! And although there were so many different companies in the building, there was a real sense of community. But that was much stronger in the beginning than at the end of the four-and-a-half years... that’s another good thing about temporality. The chaos forced us all to work together, and to help each other.

Time to ask the expert.... Alexander Valeton had an office in Post CS as well, with his production company Het Blauwe Oog. The same company published Post CS—Het Boek, which offered an overview of all the companies and artists that occupied the building. So... What was special about Post CS? Firstly, there was a lot of interaction between the companies. Officially, the building was not a broedplaats—but it was a place where that concept worked very well. Secondly, it was situated at a very good location within the city—very central, very well-known. Then there’s the temporary character. This leads to concentrated energy: You have to do this and that, because in a short while, the chance will be gone. And you have to have your office there because then you’ve been part of it all. The fact that there was a bar, and the Stedelijk, gave the whole building a public character. And it added to the positive overall feeling: People liked to come there. I think the renovation plans for the building were a shame. Putting a new dress on an old lady won’t make her a hottie. It’s a pity. Why can’t a nice old building not stay a nice old building?... More info: Post CS—Het Boek is published by Het Blauwe Oog.



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Photo by Jason Evans

Adem, Saturday, Paradiso, Kleine Zaal.



Festival: Robisco Festival 2008

Classical: Nederlands Kamerkoor

The Robisco Festival is an entire month of diverse entertainment—music, poetry, literature, theatre and comedy—by a host of artists and performers from Senegal, Indonesia, Brazil, Scotland and the Benelux. The emphasis this year is on combinations; thus writers, theatre makers and poets will share the stage with musical circus acts, as well as pop and jazz musicians. Every day of the week this month (except Mondays) you’ll find a daring combination of artists blending a variety of global musical traditions into a true 21st–century sound. Tonight, São Paulo native Nelson Latif will play the cavaquinho, combining Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique to produce melodic phrasing with distinct bebop and Brazilian syncopations. Teaming up with world music specialist Joeri de Graaf on guitar, they form Choramundoa. A special treat this evening will also be festival organiser Felix Strategier’s contribution of sung poetry by Brazilian national hero Carlos Drummond de Andrade. For the full programme, see (David Lee) De Roode Bioscoop, 20.30, €16.

Just in time to shame the Dutch government for cutting its subsidy by a kneecapping 60 per cent, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is offering yet another canny, adventurous and found-nowhere-else programme. With facility and daring, the evening hop-scotches across 300 years of Western musical history, contrasting works by the 17th-century giant Heinrich Schütz—whose mastery of modal, polyphonic writing made him a profound precursor to Bach—with selections by the 20th-century German composer Hugo Distler, whose choral compositions were an avowed response to his beloved forebear. Distler committed suicide rather than serve in the Nazi army—another illustration of the influence of politics on art. (Steve Schneider) Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €23.

Rock: Built to Spill Formed in Idaho in 1992 with no idea about what kind of music they wanted to make, Built to Spill have developed an enjoyable habit of sidestepping clichés and sounding like nobody else. There’s a charming making-it-up-as-we-go-along openness to their songs, which can switch from triumphant riff roller coasters to reflective indie lullabies in a heartbeat. At this gig they’re playing through their classic Perfect From Now On album from 1997, undoubtedly with one or two bonus surprises. They don’t make it over to Europe that often, so jump at the chance and grab yourself an earful of actionpacked, heartfelt indie. (Ben Blench) Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €12 + membership.

Caspar David Friedrich—The German Romantic Landscape The paintings by Caspar David Friedrich have often been disputed. Although he is now generally regarded as the most important painter of the German early romantic movement, his landscape paintings have been criticised for several reasons. Evoking associations with a fatal nationalism has been one of them. Other people simply regard Friedrich’s work as near-kitsch. And especially poorly-educated voices have found it hard to believe it would be possible at all to combine the words ‘German’ and ‘romantic’. Of course, we at Amsterdam Weekly would never say such a thing. Instead we say: go to this exhibition! It’s the first one that’s brought over Friedrich’s works from the St Petersburg Hermitage, and it also puts them in context with works from predecessors, contemporaries and followers. And finally, his paintings really are quite beautiful. Honest. (Sarah Gehrke) Hermitage Amsterdam, daily 10.00-17.00, €8.

SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER Singer-songwriter: Adem This nu-folk maestro made his name performing in post rock band Fridge, alongside Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), who was in town for some freaky tomfoolery at B-OOST last weekend. But it was the stark prettiness of his 2004 solo debut Homesongs that set him apart from the regular singer-songwriter crowd, and even the American psych-folkies like Devandra Banhart. Every calm and controlled beat of a string or piece of percussion rang perfectly together, and touring with his own remarkable acoustic ensemble, audiences were typically left in silent-awe at the recreations. The follow-up, Love and Other Planets (2006) never resonated with the same magic—it was nice but never quite perfect. Now his most recent album, Takes, is delivered with a twist: it’s a covers collection. So perfection ain’t necessary, as it’s all about the charm of his deconstruction of songs by the likes of dEUS, PJ Harvey, Björk and Aphex Twin. A charm that will easily transfer to the stage in today’s early shift. (Steven McCarron) Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 17.00, €7.50 + membership.

Art: Umbrella Art Keep an eye out this Saturday for extraordinary looking umbrellas. UmbrellART, an ‘international road show’ by art collective Xstreets, will have its members strolling around town, showing off 40 unique hand-made umbrellas by domestic and international artists. The collective aims to take art out to the streets so that it’s accessible to everyone. Some of the artistic contributors include fashion designer Merel Boers, graffiti legend Zimad and renowned street poet Laser 3.14. The umbrella tour starts at 15.30 on the Nieuwmarkt and ends at 18.00 at Chiel van Zelst’s gallery Chiellerie, where the collection will be on display for a week. (Isabel Serval) Chiellerie, Daily 14.00-18.00, free. Until 9 October.

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AGENDA: MUSIC Must see: Rock

Malkovich Akhnaton, Friday 3 October Another cool local band throws in the towel after eight years. Noise was always their thing, and they did it oh so well. Mmm, angular, ferocious, loud waves of noise. Support from Den Haag metalpunks Dominatör, plus a pretty cracking afterparty follows, as this ain’t a funeral. 20.30, €8


cuyp, Noordpool, 21.30, €8 Rock: 3voor12 Weekly live radio show, tonight with Dearhunter (pop/rock) and The Moi Non Plus (rock). Desmet Studios, 22.00, free, tickets:

Thursday 2 October

Electronica: Alaska in Winter Melodic, experimental electro pop by Brandon Bethancourt. Course, it helps to explore Balkan cool as well as electro-soundscapes, and have Zach Condon of Beirut as a vocal guest on your album, among others. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.00, €7.50 + membership

World: Leticia’s One Woman Latin Band The marimba-playing, singing percussionist shares her many spicy talents. Badcuyp, Zuidpool, 20.00, €4/€9

Friday 3 October

World: Mariachi Tierra Caliente Big sombreros, full costumes and all those blaring instruments make up this, the only authentic mariachi group in town—and arguably the best in Europe. They got their start on a street corner here, 20 years ago on Queen’s Day and they’ve been turning up the heat ever since. Werkteater, 20.00, €15 Classical: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Daniele Gatti conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral Sixth and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €20/€50 Jazz: John Abercrombie Quartet A master of psychedelic jazz, this electric guitarist has been broadening his horizons with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron. Together they intwine jazz with folk, raga, gypsy and African music. Bimhuis, 20.30, €20 Rock: Built to Spill Fuzzed-up ’90s indie guitar rock fronted by Doug Martsch. You could argue that Built to Spill aren’t so relevant in 2008, and yeah, those guitar solos wind on. But you should never take for granted their slacker riffs everyone still remembers Pavement so fondly for, while Martsch’s lyrics have always been heartbreakingly emotional without the whining of modern emo. See Short List. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €12 + membership Rock: On Tour! Bands away from home include two from Portland, Oregon—Cafeteria Dance Fever (garage, retro ’60s) and Hey Lover (bluesy punk)— with fast punkish Brits Downdime and avant-garage rockers from Arnhem Autorace. OCCII, 21.00, €6 World: Quasimodo Trio All the heavy sex appeal one would expect from a modern tango trio. Bad-

Pop/Rock: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Rather chipper acoustic indie pop. Recent CD Pershing was released back in spring, the perfect time of year for their sunny vibe. Let’s hope they can meliorate chilly autumn nights too. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 19.30, €6 + membership Pop/Rock: 50 Jaar Nederpop Live! Celebrating 50 years of Dutch pop history with short sets from the likes of Bløf, Boudewijn de Groot, De Dijk, Krezip, Jan Akkerman, Piet Veerman, Gruppo Sportivo, Sandy Coast, Voicst, Spinvis and Junkie XL. Heineken Music Hall, 19.45, €39 World: Zuco 103 Popular Brazilian-Dutch dance grooves. Support from Steye. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.00, €14 + membership Jazz: Gordon Grdina Trio, Michael Bates Outside Sources Forward thinking Vancouver jazz outfits embrace elements from the world, hardcore and classical music scenes. Bimhuis, 20.30, €15 Rock: Kill Hannah Eighties cheese rock gone emo. Wrong, oh so wrong! Billy Corgan apparently said this make-up friendly bunch were the future of Chicago rock. What a shame for such a great city. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €11 + membership Classical: Nederlands Kamerkoor Performing motets by Heinrich Schütz and Hugo Distler. See Short List. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €23 Experimental: Carte Blanche A healthy dose of pure piano improvisations by Bart Wolvenkamp, supported by lovely video mixes from Reneé Keuken. Bethaniënklooster, 21.00, €12 Singer-songwriter: Sabrina Starke Upcoming Rotter-

50 years of Nederpop, but there’s still time to get it right...

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dam diva, presenting her debut CD and single ‘Do For Love’. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.30, €7.50 + membership

Saturday 4 October Jazz: New Cotton Club All Stars House rhythm section with an invited horn player. Cotton Club, 16.30, free Singer-songwriter: Adem Wonderfully soft acoustic goodies from this Brit songwriter. See Short List. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 17.00, €7.50 + membership Classical: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest Pianist/conductor Christian Zacharias leads the orchestra through Haydn’s Fourth Symphony in D, Von Weber’s Konzertstück in F and Schumann’s Third Symphony in E minor. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €10-€37.50 World: Quatro Ventos Arguably the best Dutch representatives of Portugeuse fado, led by singer/guitarist Emanuel Pessanha. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €21/€31.50 World: Sean Noonan’s Brewed by Noon A fantastic aural assault by this acclaimed New York percussionist and his African polyrhythmic jazz punk. The stories by Malinese singer Abdoulaye Diabate are framed by Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s virtuoso bass playing and raw guitar duels by Aram Bajakian and Marc Ribot. Bimhuis, 20.30, €18 Hiphop: Last Man Standing Monthly freestyle battle where the audience decides the winner, now also held in this new location. No Limit, 21.00, €5 Rock: The Moi Non Plus A loud, uncompromising duo from Amsterdam, combining drums, guitar, samples and vocals into loud energy driven art/noise rock, referring to bands like Liars, The Lapse, KC & The Sunshine Band and Sonic Youth. They keep it simple, scare small children, and kill flies with one swift swipe of their Godzilla-styled paws. Support from Adept, who really deserve their own party, but were too shy to ask. Bitterzoet, 21.00, €6 (€10 incl CD) Reggae: Ziggi & The Renaissance Band Rich Rotterdam reggae by way of St Eustatius. Tipped as the big reggae thing last time round, now he’s touching base with every venue in the country in promotion of new CD In Transit. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.30, €14 + membership Punk: The Riplets These all-women Rotterdam punks are finally gonna call it a day. It’s a real shame, but at least they’re not gonna fade away quietly. Expect a full-on, noisy celebration of all things Riplet. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.00, €10 + membership

AGENDA: MUSIC/CLUBS 3 questions:

The Moi Non Plus Bitterzoet, Saturday 4 October, 21.00 Though we’re all still mourning the inaction of Amsterdam’s Blues Brother Castro, those strapping young lads (and lass) who swaggered around, breathing fiery rock ’n’ roll on stages around town, there’s a new, hip formation in town, currently plugging the gap. Former Castro screamer, Leon Caren, has swapped guitar for drums, and teamed up with former-Sal member Bas Morsch, to make a Liars-style minimalist guitar/samples/percussive racket. With the duo’s new self-titled album officially launched this weekend with a party/gig at Bitterzoet, now’s the perfect opportunity to ask Caren—also the mafia boss behind Subbacultcha!—the infamous 3 Questions. Course, we hoped at least some of the answers wouldn’t relate to Subbacultcha! Music for rocking?: ‘Song: ‘We Fenced Other Houses With the Bones of Our Own’ by Liars. We’re Doomed, We’re doomed. Album: HEALTH by HEALTH, one of the most exciting bands of the past couple of years.’ Music for mellowing?: ‘Song: ‘It’s Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)’. It's violent but kinda mellow. Album: I See a Darkness by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. It's dark but kinda mellow.’ Music for loving?: ‘Song: ‘Bang’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You ain’t a baby no more baby, you ain’t no bigger than before, baby. Violent but kinda lovin’. Album: Women by Women. A killer record, making for a schizo kinda lovin’.

Hiphop: Bun B Hard rap from one half of Texan duo UKG. Though his rhyming partner died last year following an accidental overdose, one more UKG album is set to follow early next year, featuring tracks from their sessions before Pimp C passed. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €16 + membership World: Stefka Original Spanish-language songs by a quartet that mix chansons with Arabian sounds and flamenco guitar. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 21.00, €8

Sunday 5 October

Monday 6 October

Jazz: Selected By Together Anne Jelle Visser (Opernhaus Zürich) and Sergio Carolino (solo tuba player in the Orquestra Nacional do Porto) form the ‘low frequency pocket band’ 2BAS and friends. Shared musical ambition, a passion for their instrument and friendship brought these two tuba virtuosos together. The drummer today is Michael Lauren. Bimhuis, 12.00, €21

Pop/Rock: Infadels Dance-friendly guitar pop. Support from Nobody Beats the Drum. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 19.30, €15 + membership

Classical: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest See Saturday. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 14.15, €10-€37.50 Classical: Combattimento Consort Amsterdam Chamber music on period instruments by the 18thcentury composer Biber. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 14.50, €25.50-€29.50 Singer-songwriter: Elliott Murphy Prolific American writer/performer. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 15.00, €10 + membership Classical: Strijkorkest Metamorphosen In front of the string orchestra will be Ties Mellema, wielding that rare beast known as the classical saxophone. Programme includes R Strauss’s Metamorphoses, Van Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico No.3 and Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto. English Reformed Church, 15.15, €10 World: Marmoucha’s Suikerfeest A post Ramadan chaabi special featuring sets from Kamal el Abdi, Milouda Al Hoceimia, Zina Daoudia and upcoming Dutch talent Yassine Samar. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 17.00, €19.50 Jazz: Warm Bad With the atmosphere of a New York piano bar, top vocal guests will join pianist Amir Swaab and DJ Rudy. Sugar Factory, 17.00, €10


Classical: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest See Saturday. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20,15, €10/€37.50 Americana: Jimmy Lafave Country and folk singer-songwriter from Texas. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.00, sold out Experimental: DNK-Amsterdam DNK takes to the water for a heavy night of New York drone and noise. Sets from Axolotl and Brooklyn duo Mouthus. Stubnitz, 21.00, €5


Wednesday 8 October Classical: Alfred Brendel The legendary pianist performs Berio, Mozart and Mahler with the Tonhalle-Orchester, led by David Zinman. For the price of a ticket, you could instead pick up one of Brendel’s complete Beethoven sonata box sets. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20,15, €64.50-€75.50 Classical: Cappella Amsterdam Performing works from Sweelinck’s Cantiones sacrae and Franse psalmen. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €23 Contemporary: Spinifex Orchestra The Spinifex Orchestra plays a wild mix of styles. On their new album Triodia, founders Gijs Levelt (Amsterdam Klezmer Band), Ned McGowan and Tobias Klein offer space to great Dutch talents like tenor player Jasper Blom and trombonist Joost Buis. Bimhuis, 20.30, €15 Singer-songwriter: Stephen Stills It’s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young without Crosby, Nash & Young. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €30 + membership


Classical: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest See Saturday. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €10-€37.50 Rock: Kayak & Friends Dutch prog rockers celebrating 35 years of flutes and bird twitter. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €20 + membership Rock: Sjako! Haarlem power rock trio, presenting new CD Lucky Spots. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 21.30, €7 + membership Jazz: Casa Jazz Monthly do with Arthur Heuwekemeijer and, this time, drummer John Engels working under the theme of Bill Evans. Casablanca Muziek, 22.00, free

King Kong Best Of Habbekrats present: Mike Latina of Drunken Lion Soundsystem, Clyde and Pappi Loyd. And they say it will be hot... Bitterzoet, 23.0004.00, €7.50 klinch: Electronation with Acid Symphony Techno electro night klinch is teaming up with techno electro giants Electronation tonight, and they have ensured it will be a right bash by inviting over Acid Symphony: a dozen crazy Finns with one Roland bassliner each and one drum machine between them. After their performance there’ll be more Finns behind the decks up until the wee hours. Melkweg, The Max, 23.00-05.00, €13 + membership Discocult presents: Fort Knox Five On the flyer there’s a scary man with a beard and a racy lady. Legends have been made out of this stuff. But the Fort Knox Five, who are not pictured, have got a pretty legendary CV themselves. Just come and listen... Sugar Factory, 23.59-05.00, €10

Saturday 4 October

Jazz: Michiel Borstlap’s Eldorado Electrifyingly groove-happy tunes from the jazzy keyboardist. Sugar Factory, 21.00, €11

Tuesday 7 October

Softcore Interesting name for a party. We will not comment on it, neither with puns nor with seriousness. All we will say is that this party is presented by the Heykids and that DJs include Boys Noize, Sharkslayer, Kid Rêve & Bum Hey, BIN and quite a few more. Studio 80, 23.00, €10

Thursday 2 October Blue Note Trip Weekly jazz and dance fusion featuring DJ Maestro and special guests. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.30-late, €8

Friday 3 October Fuck Yeah Indie you can dance to, with DJs 666, Pat, Sick Boy and a special guest. Club 8, 22.0004.00, €5/€7 Inferno Afterparty With a live performance by Devil’s Jam. There’ll be a guitar, a saxophone, an electric wind instrument, a bass, and, of course, beats—made by a person, with their mouth. Host of it all is DJ Moki. De Duivel, 22.00-04.00, free

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. What’s that drone? Not the engines of Stubnitz, just DNK taking to the water.

X Marks the Spot The Umbrellart opening party brings on arty street action galore with a breakdance crew and some live painting. And music: by Die Schallplattenpolizei, Fredee Brazil and more. And the best thing is: the first 50 visitors get a special gift! OT301, 21.00-03.00, €5 Rednose Allstars ‘The new hope’, they announce. And to make sure there will indeed be something new, residents Steven de Peven and Aardvarck have invited over electro-hiphopper James Pants, of Stones Throw Records fame. Club 8, 23.00-04.00, €6 Cosmic Disco A chance to get all spaced out with Marco & Orpheo, San Proper and Antal. Meanwhile in the bar: A down-to-earth birthday party for Clubkrang. Flex Bar, 23.00-05.00, €8 Jungstar—Rebranded! Rebranding can be a dangerous thing for a company. Customers might get confused if they’re still buying the same product


A G E N D A : C L U B S / G AY & L E S B I A N / S T A G E / E V E N T S

they’ve put their trust in for years. Tradition, after all, is a value that is not to be underestimated. And the many names on the bill for this party only add to the confusion. But hey, you clubbers, why don’t you overcome your fears and try something new for a change? Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €12

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Dogtroep chaos, as the performance troupe wind down in spectacular style. above the Coentunnel, (Thur-Sun 20.30), €23.50/€27 Comedy: easyLaughs Comedy improv in English. Two different shows every Friday night. CREA Muziekzaal, (Fri 20.30, 22.30), €8, €5 (late night)

Hutspot A two-in-one serving: in the main room eRRorKREW offer some underground techno, while upstairs you can boogie till you drop as rockabilly meets bossa nova with the Amsterdam Beat Club. Paradiso, 23.30-05.00, €12.50

Dance: Shoot the Moon An award-winning jewel by Nederlands Dans Theater I resident choreographer duo Lightfoot León, combined with new creations by renowned guest choreographers Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite. Het Muziektheater, (Sat 20.15), €20.50/€36.50

Gemengd Zwemmen Two rooms of swimmingly diverse noise. The Max goes old school with Balkan Beats; in the Oude Zaal, there’s alternative dance, pop, rock and indie hits. Melkweg, 23.59-late, €9


Sunday 5 October Dubcity Aaah, dub parties...didn’t know they still did that! And to keep up with the old school theme, there’ll also be outdated video games. And a smoking room. Bitterzoet, 21.00-03.00, €7.50

Party: Runawaybrides to Dakar Benefit Party DJs, live jazz, percussionists and dance acts, all performing for a good cause. Sugar Factory, (Fri 19.00), €7.50

Wicked Jazz Sounds Jazz, hiphop, broken beats, nu-jazz, funk and Afro sounds, as classic vinyl collides with live musicians. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €9.50

Lecture: Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century The first in a series of seven lectures, this one bearing the theme ‘Media’. With Kaja Silverman (US) and Laura U Marks (CA). Oude Lutherse Kerk, (Fri 20.00), €7.50


Art/Talk: Friday Night ‘New Meets Old’: On the launch of the 125 Favourites exhibition, chairman of the Rembrandt Association, Jan Maarten Boll, and the young collector Kai van Hasselt talk about collecting art. Van Gogh Museum, (Fri 20.00), museum entry cost

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Thursday 2 October Potato Soup French chef & DJ Benjamin cooks a fresh fusion of pop and world music to modern chill out and groovy house music for the Amsterdam priks. Also: After Shopping Cocktail Sale! Everything must go! Cocktails €5. PRIK, 21.00, free

Friday 3 October

Common Ground De Nieuwe Anita, Thursday 2 October to Sunday 5 October A veritable flock of artists from every creative field bring old and new works to match each day’s theme, the only overlying principle being that the formats are mixed with each other, such as fine dining with cinema or a reading followed by performance art. A click on reveals the many lovely people involved. Various prices.

Party: Lezzie Chill Out The name says it all. Chat, chill, dance and/or flirt. And sip sexy cocktails. Cafe Sappho, 21.00, free Party: Secret Garden Party to celebrate the end of Ramadan organised by Secret Garden, an organisation for Arabic gays and lesbians, with Arabic music and various performances. De Heilige Zeug, 22.00, €5 DJ night: Friday Weekend Madness Start the weekend with a bag at this happy homo hang-out. DJ Danny spins electric beats from today and yesteryears. Getto, 22.00, free

Saturday 4 October Party: Bear Necessity Four floors of fur fest at this dance party for hairy guys, whether you’re muscled, thin or a bear. International DJs behind the decks and a fun, up for it crowd showing their hairy pecs. Odeon, 22.00-04.00, €12.50/€15 Party: Suikerfeest End of Ramadan (Suikerfeest) party, organised by Stichting Nafar and Habibi Ana with DJ Abdel, belly dancers, orchestra Syriab, singer Chaaibi Rai and snacks from all over the world. COC, 22.30, €10/€12.50 Party: Perverts The name says it all. Cruisey, sexy, kinky party for guys that like it hard. DJ Jimmy Stokes. Strict dress code: leather, rubber, uniform, skin, naked, army, sportswear. Church, 23.00 04.00, €12.50 Club: M.U.L.T.I.S.E.X.I. Fashion is favour! This monthly party is a bit of everything really—part glam-ish, part punk-ish, part electro-ish, topped with a slightly underground/alternative touch, plus great decorations. It’s gay, but very mixed and that just adds to the overall attraction. DJs include CLEO, BIN, Delfos and Mr & Mrs Cameron. Studio 80, 23.00-06.00, €9.50

Wednesday 8 October Dining: Getto Burger Queens Feeling hungry? Today all burger dinners at this funky restaurant/bar are just €10. Tuck in and enjoy. Getto, 18.00, €10

STAGE Opening Theatre: Sexappeal A little lunch theatre is the perfect addition to your diet. This one, a co-production of Bellevue and Mugmetdegoudentand, is about three ageing actors auditioning for the role of their lifetime. Hopes are high, and so are the stakes. In Dutch. Theater Bellevue, (Thur, Fri, Sun, Tues, Wed 12.30), €14 Music/Theatre: Rome & Juli’s Posse A contemporary reworking of Romeo and Juliet. It’s set in the world of street gangs, accompanied by rap music, and the protagonists are funkily renamed. Hmmm... But this one’s made for the youth, and maybe the audience will be too young to remember the many other times this has been done. Theater Bellevue, (Thur-Sat 20.30), €15 Dance: Back Forgotten Angle Theatre Collective presents choreographer PJ Sabbangha’s explosive duet for two young women. Accompanied by some Nigel Kennedy-styled Vivaldi. Frascati, (Fri, Sat 21.30), €14 Theatre: Foreplay (Reigen) Old Arthur Schnitzler’s sexually provocative play Reigen, adapted from 1890 Vienna to 2008 Pretoria. Frascati, (Sat, Sun 19.30), €14 Dance: Zoo This production turns in a veritable zoo of monstrosities, animal instincts, myth, manipulation, bestiality and beauty. Choreographed by Gabriella Maiorino. Theater Bellevue, (Mon 20.00), €13.50 Music/Theatre: Brieven naar Zee A musical theatre show based on the letters that a woman named Aagje Luijtsen wrote to her husband, who sailed the seas for the East India Company. Although the texts are 200 years old, they retain a timeless story of love,

Turkey Now! Striking before the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush.

desire, fear and hope. In Dutch. Theater Bellevue, (Mon-Wed 20.30), €13 Music/Theatre: Later is te laat Theater Artemis take you with them into the weird and wonderful world of the French poet Jacques Prévert. Also, but not exclusively, suited for kids. Theater Bellevue, (Tues 20.00), €13.50 Theatre: Ifigeneia in Aulis Timelessness—nobody does it as well as the Ancient Greeks. Set on the brink of the Trojan War, Euripides’ tragedy centres around a war that is justified with dubious arguments. Toneelgroup Amsterdam’s new production, directed by Robert Woodruff, will premiere on the 12th, but tryouts can already be seen today and throughout next week. Stadsschouwburg, (Wed 20.30), €18

Ongoing Theatre: Salaam Are Muslims scary and violent and are they intolerant to other believers, or are the media images we receive about Muslims biased and prejudiced? In this solo performance, Ashraf Johaardien portrays a large collection of Cape Town Muslims, based roughly on the stories that he collected from his childhood, and questions stereotypes and fears we harbour and nurture. In English and Afrikaans. Frascati, (Thur 22.00), €14 Performance: With Guest Appearances By... A performance installation by Sarah van Lamsweerde based on a picture gallery concept. In English. Hetveem Theater, (Thur, Sat, Sun 20.00, 20.45, 21.30), limited capacity: reservation details at Music/Theatre: Inside Out The famous jazz singer Hedwig Hammerstein and stewardess Titia Mooileven are good for each other. They combine their careers, their relationship and their social lives. At least until an unexpected political event on 11 May 2006 about the Dutch citizenship of Ayaan Hirsi Ali becomes a fly in their perfect ointment. By Mugmetdegoudentand. In Dutch. De Brakke Grond, (Thur-Sat 20.30), €14 Performance: To Be to Not Be A final burst of

Book presentation: Drawings on Writing Presenting the new book filled with technically unreadable forms of communication, from experimental Arabic calligraphy to unusually (in)expressive musical notation, dance notation, secret CIA codes and pictograms. Perdu, (Fri 20.30), €6 Lecture: Mensonterende praktijken Sylvia Borren and Sanne Kroon talk about various forms of modern trafficking of humans, followed by a guided tour of the Red Light District. Sure to be popular with city officials, who keep ‘cleaning up’ the area. In Dutch. De Burcht van Berlage, (Sun 13.00), €7 Quiz: CREA Filmquiz Show off your film knowledge. All genres and time periods included. Register up to four-person teams at (Warning: likely to be heavily populated with students.) CREA, Muziekzaal, (Sun 14.30), €2.50 Talk: Women Inc. Weekly talk revolving around women’s issues. Tonight Rivka Galchen and Connie Palmen speak with Daan Roovers, under the subheader ‘Read my Lips: Tot de dood ons scheidt—liefde en verraad.’ In Dutch. Pakhuis de Zwijger, (Mon 20.00), €7.50 Discussion: The Globalised Crystal Ball #10 Ongoing talks about possible problems and solutions for the next millenium, considering what superpowers and politics and everything in the world will be like then—the main assumption being that humans will still be around. Tonight with feminist/activist Wendy Harcourt and Ugandian journalist Richard Kavuma. In English. De Balie, (Tues 20.00), €8 Sport: Ping Pong Bar Drink beer and play paddle tennis. OT301, (Tues 21.00), free Lecture: Café Mediterranée V The fifth part in a series subtitled, Cultural Meeting with the Middle East, this edition brings cultural professionals from the region to talk about Arabic and Islamic art. In English. Felix Meritis, (Wed 15.00), free Art: X Marks The Spot Roadshow by art collective Xstreets, presenting various works on the street from notables like American graffiti king Zimad, street philosopher Laser 3.14, clothing designer Merel Boers, Italian artist Mr Wany, Italian doll maker Maoma, cartoonist WZL and stencil artist Action starts at Nieuwmarkt at 15.30 and ends at Chiellerie at 18.00. Also an afterparty from 21.00-03.00 at OT301. Various locations, (Wed 15.30-03.00), free Festival: Turkey Now! An assortment of Turkish delights starts here, from Eurovision 2003 winner Sertab Erener, Turkish/Kurdish music by the Mikail Aslan Band and classical wonders by violinist Cihat Askin, to offerings of native film, photography, modern dance and the opera Dilek performed by theatre group RAST. See Various locations, (Wed), various prices

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AGENDA: ART Art: Opening

including artists like Rembrandt, Breitner, Sluijters, Appel and Dumas. Nieuwe Kerk (Fri-Wed 10.0018.00, Thur 10.00-22.00), until 26 October Sonic Voices, Rocking Hard Audio artist Nathalie Bruys co-curates this exhibition, showing a personal selection from very diverse approaches, each making use of sound and music. The works have been created by young artists with highly varied backgrounds, all with a sincere love of music, audio and art in common. Montevideo/Time Based Arts (Tues-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 2 November

Opening David Verbeek Photos of Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei by the film director. Filmmuseum (Mon-Fri 09.00 -22.15, Sat, Sun one hour prior to show-22.15), opens Thursday, until 29 October

Pieter Hugo: The Hyena & Other Me Photos by 2008 KLM Paul Huf Award winner Pieter Hugo, made while travelling in Nigeria with a group of animal charmers and their hyenas, monkeys and snakes in tow. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00 -18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 2 November

LAND Photos by André Mérian showing the landscape of humanity, with overflowing cities, shopping centres and the like. Maison Descartes (Mon-Thur 10.00 -19.00, Fri 10.00 -17.00), opens Thursday, until 8 November

ExperimentaDesign Three ongoing exhibitions that make up the programme for the design biennale. Sunday Adventure Club takes place at Groenburgwal 44 (Staalstraat 7a/b); Droog Event 2: Urban Play takes place at Onder de Brug (De Ruyterkade 153-157) and the IJ waterfront; and Come to My Place can be found in the Westerhuis Gallery (Westerstraat 187). See Various locations (Wed-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 2 November

100 Jaar Academie van Bouwkunst Showcasing graduation photos and maquettes from graduation projects over the past 100 years. Zuiderkerk (Mon 11.00-16.00, Tues-Fri 09.00-16.00, Sat 12.00-16.00), opens Friday, until 28 November 125 Favourites The Rembrandt Association celebrates its 125th anniversary with a five-part exhibition: key purchases from its history; returned Dutch artworks; old (non-Dutch) masters; comparatively modern works (Chagall, Matisse and De Kooning); and acquisitions from the last ten years. Van Gogh Museum (Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.0022.00), opens Friday, until 18 January 2009

Marijn van Kreij: Tomorrow is Humourless Large wall paintings, combined with drawings in various formats and styles, transform the space of SMBA into a colourful, anarchistic interplay of diverse artistic forms. Central aspects of Van Kreij’s work such as appropriation, copying, citation and redefining return in this powerful three-dimensional installation. Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 2 November

Free Spaces Zuidas: Artists in Residence Group exhibition displaying their conceptual vision of what should and shouldn’t be done with the Zuidas. Platform 21 (Thur-Sun 12.00-18.00), opens Friday, until 2 November

Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

Terug van Weggeweest Landscapes painted by Maarten Welbergen during his European travels. Punt WG (Daily 10.00-22.00), opens Friday, until 12 October

Olie en Onrecht in Nigeria

Amsterdam Bevalt! Black-and-white photos of 30 famous native Amsterdammers taken by Maarten Corbijn, AKA Corb!no. Faces include John Kraaijkamp Sr, Patrick Kluivert, Sacha de Boer, Simon Vinkenoog, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Ed van Thijn, Matthijs van Nieuwkerk, Jaap van Zweden, Clairy Polak and Danny de Munk. Melkweg Galerie (Wed-Sun 13.00-20.00), opens Saturday, until 30 November

Photography by Kadir van Lohuizen highlighting the broad injustice, largely created by the oil industry, in Nigeria. (Daily 10.00-22.00)

Maartje Jaquet/Marcel Prins Photography & video and sculptures & constructions by the two artists, all with an animal theme. Royal Gallery (Wed-Sun 12.0018.00), opens Saturday, until 26 October New Leipzig School A younger generation of painters at Leipzig has created their own artistic vocabulary with tremendous craftsmanship which at the moment is driving the world crazy—in a good way. This is the first Dutch exhibition of the new movement, with particular focus on major trend-setters Neo Rauch and Matthias Weischer. CoBrA Museum (Tues-Sun 11.0017.00), opens Saturday, until 11 January 2009 The Artists at Work Ronald Nijhof and Su Tomesen. Presenting the 3-D installations ‘Das Zwischen’ and ‘Red Space’. Petersburg Project Space (Thur-Sat 13.00-18.00), opens Saturday, until 18 October Umbrella Art Forty different umbrellas made or designed by 40 different artists from around the world.


OBA, opens Tuesday, until 27 November

The idea was started last year when artist IVES found an umbrella on a local tram here and began drawing on it. This is part of their European road show, which will continue rain or shine. See Short List. Chiellerie (Daily 14.00-18.00), opens Saturday, closing Thursday [onderzoek] Sculptures by Erik Buijs which look like confused, hairless little people but is in fact an ironic commentary on humanity and its surroundings. Galerie Bart (Thur, Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 12.00-17.00), opens Saturday, until 8 November Als Casablanca Photos of Detroit by Marco Bakker, taking inspiration from Christine Otten’s recent novel Als Casablanca. OBA (Daily 10.00-22.00), opens Tuesday, until 7 December

Museums Art in Redlight The Red Light District is a hotbed of industriousness; a port of call for ladies of the night, seamen and designers. Now for the fourth year in a row, you can discover a mixed group of

Amsterdam’s ‘Heroes’ at Melkweg Galerie. But where’s the Glutton?

painters, sculptors, designers, photographers and multimedia artists displaying their work in the area. Oude Kerk (Mon-Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.30), closing Sunday ‘Druksel prints’ by Werkman A presentation by the Stedelijk Museum dedicated to the ‘druksel prints’ of Hendrik Werkman, who, in the ’20s, developed the technique of printing parts of a print one at a time to compile the total image on a page. Van Gogh Museum (Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun 10.00-18.00, Fri 10.00-22.00), until 12 October Stad uit de School Designs by former students of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. ARCAM (Tues-Sat 13.00-17.00), until 25 October Black is Beautiful A journey of discovery though the history of art, which for the first time aims to highlight the attractiveness of the black person in the art of the Lowlands. It turns out, many great masters have portrayed black people. Their fascination will be illustrated in 135 paintings, drawings and manuscripts from collections here and abroad,

Censuur! Exhibition offering an overview of groups, institutions and individuals who’ve had dealings with censorship and the various forms of resistance against it, dating from the 17th century to the present. Persmuseum (Tues-Fri 10.00 -17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00), until 9 November If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution III The third edition of this travelling platform for performance-related art embraces the theme of ‘masquerade’, with an exhibition and, of course, an ongoing performance series (see for schedule). Curated by Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher. De Appel (Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 9 November Miyako Ishiuchi: Photographs 1975-2005 The first European retrospective of Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi. While the artist brought attention to herself at Biennial 2005 in Venice with her collection Mother’s, the remainder of her work had not yet been presented collectively in Europe. Exhibited in Foam are ninety photographs from the series Yokosuka Story, Apartment, Endless Night,, 1906 to the Skin and Mother’s. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00 18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 16 November Cy Twombly: Photographs 1951-2007 Photos by the renowned American artist, in celebration of his 80th birthday, As a photographer, Twombly still has the eye of a painter, who explores rather than captures his subjects—still lifes, flowers, interiors, seascapes. His ‘dry prints’, a specialised version of colour prints from a copy machine, are being shown for the first time in the Netherlands. Huis Marseille (Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 23 November



Amsterdam Weekly_02-08 October 2008

Lekker Bezig

By Luuk van Huët

Galleries Stefan à Wengen—Nightology Paintings by the Swiss artist. Witzenhausen Gallery (Hazenstraat) (Thur-Sat 12.00-18.00), closing Saturday John O’ Carroll Drawings, paintings, books and sculptures by the English artist, much of it based on archaeological findings, which he witnesses first-hand two months every summer, making accurate drawings at digging sites in Egypt. Galerie Roger Katwijk (WedSat 12.00-18.00), closing Saturday Silent Times Drawings and oil pastels from Lies Neve. AYAC’S (Fri, Sat 13.00-17.30), closing Saturday Soul Mirrors Travel through nightmares and fairy tales, as seen through the work of Andrea Lehman, Griekse kunstenaar Tassos Missouras and Zwitser Leopold Rabus. Galerie Hof & Huyser (Tues-Sat 13.0018.00), closing Saturday Delight Group exhibition with artists inspired by various African countries and cultures. Arti et Amicitiae (Tues-Sun 13.00-18.00), closing Sunday Identity, Power and Association The work of nine South Africans. What ties them together is their process of liberation and euphoria, the freedom of expression and breaking away from traditional ties, but also subtle assertions and explorations of identity, power and attachment. Part of the Afrovibes festival. Chiellerie (Daily 14.00 -18.00), closing Sunday Kunst in de Hal Various galleries come together to present the work of a number of artists in one group exhibition. Participating are galleries Wit, Maria Chailloux, Roger Katwijk and Witteveen. Loods 6 (Daily 11.00-19.00), closing Tuesday Leven op de maan Recent works on paper by Tomas Hillebrand and Marijke Sjollema. Galerie Smits (WedSat 13.30-17.30), closing Wednesday Neil Clements, Alex Dordoy, Morag Keil Och! Three Scottish artists present their latest paintings and installations. Grimm Fine Art (Thur-Sun 12.00-18.00), closing Thursday Hinke Schreuders, Manon Bovenkerk, Awoiska van der Molen Embroideries, drawings and photographs from the three talented artists. Wetering Galerie (WedSat 12.30-17.30), until 11 October Better Spectacles Recent works on paper by Nik Christensen, who reinvents everyday objects, setting them in the foreground of figurative landscapes. Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Wed-Sat 12.00 18.00), until 11 October Spade-Scrape Artist James Beckett pays hommage to Wilhelm Riphahn, city architect in pre-war Cologne. Van Zijll Langhout (Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00), until 15 October

Piet Jan Blauw, weird instrument builder ‘I guess you can call me an artist, even though I just do the things that I like. I believe life is a continuous challenge: I’ll be 65 next year but I feel age has nothing to do with it. ‘I was building kinetic objects in the ’70s and ’80s which incorporated light, sound and interactive elements. When I began they were huge but they started to shrink in size until they became portable and I started to use them as musical instruments. I also convert existing instruments; for example, there was this performance in San Francisco where I linked a standard keyboard to the frequencies of 36 different radio stations. I also use the Theremin principle, where you can control the volume and pitch of a sound by moving your hand around an antenna. I still think analogue, so for me a computer is still a piece of machinery. I was one of the early circuit benders, so to speak. ‘I’m working on a project with Jaap Drupsteen, a graphic designer who is famous for designing the Dutch passport and the Dutch money. We now have a show that lasts for almost an hour. We both perform: I play my self-built instruments, Jaap plays bass and he’s responsible for the motion graphics that are projected on a huge screen in the background. It’s two old geezers on stage! ‘I’ve also collaborated with DJ Isis on a track called ‘Eenhoorn’. We performed together at the Mysteryland festival, and we’ll also be at the Amsterdam Dance Event later this month. ‘One of my most memorable performances was in Mexico, where I was slated to perform together with the local legend Jorge Reyes. I saw banners with my name on them everywhere, and the venue was this huge pyramid. Every member of the audience was clad in white, and they were all holding lit candles while a full moon loomed overhead. I was stoned as a shrimp before I even reached the pyramid. The flaming torches that lit it certainly didn’t help. The atmosphere was so incredible that the subsequent performance went all by itself.’

OUTLINE Oetewalerstraat 73, 693 1389

Frascati Nes 63, 626 6866

Pakhuis de Zwijger Piet Heinkade 179-181, 788 4444

Galerie Bart Bloemgracht 2, 320 6208

Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8, 626 4521

Galerie Gabriel Rolt Elandsgracht 34, 785 5146

Perdu Kloveniersburgwal 86, 627 6295

Galerie Hof & Huyser Bloemgracht 135, 420 1995

Persmuseum Zeeburgerkade 10, 692 8810

Galerie Juliette Jongma Gerard Douplein 23, 463 6904

Petersburg Project Space Frans de Wollantstraat 84

Aromatique Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 11b, 624 0044

Galerie Roger Katwijk Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 198-200, 627 3808

Platform 21 Prinses Irenestraat 19, 344 9449

Arti et Amicitiae Rokin 112, 624 5134

Galerie Smits Fokke Simonszstraat 29, 06 43001833 Galerie Wies Willemsen Ruysdaelkade 25, 470 1073

Punt WG Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 15, 618 7848

Getto Warmoesstraat 51

Radar Gallery Eerste Rozendwarsstraat 17-H, 06 2416 3300

Grimm Fine Art Hazenstraat 24, 422 7227

Rembrandthuis Jodenbreestraat 4, 520 0400 Royal Gallery Koningsstraat 37, 06 290 28461

Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, 788 2150

Heineken Music Hall ArenA Boulevard 590, 0900 300 1250

Bitterzoet Spuistraat 2, 521 3001

Hermitage Amsterdam Nieuwe Herengracht 14, 530 8751

Slewe Gallery Kerkstraat 105A, 625 7214

Blow Up Gallery Hazenstraat 67, 665 3435

Hetveem Theater Van Diemenstraat, 626 9291

SMART Project Space Arie Biemondstraat 105-113, 427 5953

11 Oosterdokskade 3-5, 625 5999 Akhnaton Nieuwezijds Kolk 25, 624 3396 ANNO Westerstraat 35/49 De Appel Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10, 625 5651

Foreign Ground Works by young internationals: Erik de Bree, Danielle Itzhaqi, Yehudit Mizrahi and Masha Osipova. Ververs Gallery (Thur-Sat 12.00 17.30), until 17 October

De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151

Uit de Tijd Diverse works by Maartje Korstanje, Iede Reckman, Tarja Szaraniec, Frank Ammerlaan, Thijs Rhijnsburger, Lucia Luptáková, Koen Delaere, Caroline E Prisse, Jan Van Der Ploeg, Erik Mattijssen, Aldert Mantje, Ad de Jong, John Blake, Eli Content, Jan Henderikse and Nan Hoover. De Service Garage (Wed-Sun 12.00-18.00), until 19 October

More Info

Fotogram Korte Prinsengracht 33, 624 9994


The Photo Academy Award 2008 Starring the short-listed works. Among the prizes: an exhibition in Foam and publication in de Volkskrant and Elle. Fotogram (Mon-Thur 09.30 -21.00, Fri, Sat 09.30 17.00), until 17 October

Activist Videoclips A PLANETART presentation of several rebellion videoclips, shocking film material and confrontational works of art. Volkskrantgebouw (MonFri 12.00-17.00, Sat 14.00-17.00), until 18 October

Photo by Joost Benthem

ARCAM Prins Hendrikkade 600, 620 4878

Badcuyp 1e Sweelinckstraat 10, 675 9669 Bethaniënklooster Barndesteeg 6, 625 0078 Bijbels Museum Herengracht 366-368, 624 2436

De Brakke Grond Nes 45, 626 6866

Huis Marseille Keizersgracht 401, 531 8989

De Burcht van Berlage Henri Polaklaan 9, 624 1166

Hup Gallery Tesselschadestraat 15, 515 8589

Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina Veemkade 576, 419 3368

Jan van der Togt Museum Dorpsstraat 50, Amstelveen, 641 5754

Cafe Sappho Vijzelstraat 103, 423 1509

PRIK Spuistraat 109, 06 4544 2321

De Service Garage Stephensonstraat 16

Souterrain Messinastraat 38 Stadsschouwburg Leidseplein 26, 624 2311 Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Rozenstraat 59, 422 0471

Chiellerie Raamgracht 58, 320 9448

Joods Historisch Museum Jonas Daniel Meijerplein 2-4, 531 0310

Church Kerkstraat 50-52

Loods 6 KNSM Laan 143, 418 2020

Studio 80 Rembrandtplein 17, 521 8333

Club 8 Admiraal de Ruyterweg 56B, 685 1703

Maison Descartes Vijzelgracht 2A, 531 9500

Sugar Factory Lijnbaansgracht 238, 627 0008

CoBrA Museum Sandbergplein 1-3, Amstelveen, 547 5050

Melkweg Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 531 8181

Suzanne Biederberg Gallery 1e Egelantiersdwarsstraat 1, 624 5455

COC Rozenstraat 14, 623 4079

Melkweg Galerie Marnixstraat 409, 531 8181

Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 2-6, 671 8345

Montevideo/Time Based Arts Keizersgracht 264, 623 7101

Consortium Veemkade 570, 06 2611 8950

Muziekgebouw Piet Heinkade 1, 788 2010

Irene Kopelman—Scale: 1:2.5 An ongoing series of artistic presentations. Kopelman is invited by guest curator Eva Fotiadi. OUTLINE (Thur-Sat 13.0017.00), until 25 October

Cotton Club Nieuwmarkt 5, 626 6192

Het Muziektheater Amstel 3, 625 5455

UvA: Special Collections Library Oude Turfmarkt 129, 525 2141

CREA Muziekzaal Turfdraagsterpad 17, 525 1400

De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512

Van Gogh Museum Paulus Potterstraat 7, 570 5200

De Heilige Zeug Warmoesstraat 121

Nieuwe Kerk entrance on the Dam, 638 6909

Van Zijll Langhout Brouwersgracht 161, 06 2825 9620

Desmet Studios Plantage Middenlaan 4A, 521 7100

No Limit Geldershoofd 80

Ververs Gallery Hazenstraat 54

Sanne Sannes Rare vintage works by Dutch photographer Sanne Sannes, who perished in a car accident in 1967. Renowned in the early ’60s for using photography as a means to create autonomous art, he was known as the ‘photographer of tomorrow’. Hup Gallery (Tues, Thur, Fri 10.0017.00), until 21 November

De Duivel Reguliersdwarstr 87, 626 6184

OBA Oosterdokskade 143, 0900-2425468

Verzetsmuseum Plantage Kerklaan 61, 620 2535

English Reformed Church Begijnhof 48, 624 9665

OCCII Amstelveenseweg 134, 671 7778

Volkskrantgebouw Wibautstraat 150

Felix Meritis Keizersgracht 324, 626 2321

Odeon Singel 460, 624 9711

Werkteater Oostenburgergracht 75, 330 8832

Filmmuseum Vondelpark 3, 589 1400

OT301 Overtoom 301, 779 4913

Wetering Galerie Lijnbaansgracht 288, 623 6189

Flex Bar Pazzanistraat 1, 486 2123

Oude Kerk Oudekerksplein 23, 625 8284

Witzenhausen Gallery (Hazenstraat) Hazenstraat 60

Foam Keizersgracht 609, 551 6546

Oude Lutherse Kerk Singel 411, 623 1572

Zuiderkerk Zuiderkerkhof 72, 552 7987

Ingrid Baars Powerful images of the female form built up with various photographic layers and elements. Blow Up Gallery (Thur, Fri 14.00-18.00, Sat 13.00-18.00), until 25 October

Casablanca Muziek Zeedijk 26, 06 1220 0519

There really are many more art listings online at

Stubnitz Odinakade, NDSM-werf

Theater Bellevue Leidsekade 90, 530 5301 Tropenmuseum Linnaeusstraat 2, 568 8200

Amsterdam Weekly_2-8 October 2008

Film review

AGENDA: FILM By Massimo Benvegnù

Het zusje van Katia Opens Thursday at Het Ketelhuis, Kriterion.

KATIA’S SISTER IS NO UGLY DUCKLING Mijke de Jong’s new film doesn’t make for easy watching but is so worth your time. What do you do, as a challenging filmmaker who has received much acclaim? Well, you stay true to yourself and look for trouble.

FILM Amsterdam Weekly recommends.

New this week Aanrijding in Moscou A recent hit from Belgium at the last Cannes Film Festival, this Flemish romantic comedy (sounds strange, eh?) is set in the proletarian suburb of Ghent called Moscou (Moscow). Matty (Barbara Sarafian) is somewhat unhappily married to Werner (Johan Heldenbergh), and they have three children. One day she bumps, literally, into truck driver Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet), and she has to start making choices which might affect the other members of her family. A funny, poignant debut by director Christophe van Rompaey, based on a script by Pat van Beirs and Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem. 102 min. Het Ketelhuis, Rialto

Bottle Shock Loosely based on true events, this light-bodied comedy is set in scenic 1976 Napa Valley, where Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman), founder of the Chateau Montelena winery, has staked his business on developing the perfect chardonnay. Across the Atlantic, British oenophile Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), his Parisian wine shop failing, dreams up the ‘Judgment of Paris’, a blind tasting competition to pit traditional French labels against the upstart Californians. Rickman adds a welcome astringency to a story padded with such fictional characters as a free-loving intern (Rachael Taylor) and a freeloading bon vivant (Dennis Farina). (AG) 108 min. Pathé Tuschinski

Death Race This violent remake of the cult favorite Death Race 2000 (1975) retains little of the original’s tongue-in-cheek humor; instead writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson, who’s built his career on video-game adaptations like Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil, targets the enormous gamer fan base. A disgraced race-car driver (Jason Statham) is framed for murder by a ruthless prison warden (Joan Allen in full icequeen mode) so she can make him the star attraction of her phenomenally successful reality TV show. Contestants in heavily armored cars cross road markers that activate their firepower and boost them to the next stage of the race. Co-stars Tyrese Gibson and Ian

Mijke de Jong’s previous film, Tussenstand, a hyper-realistic mise en scene of a bitter divorce, done basically with two main actors and only a handful of loca-

McShane are among the few characters spared from immolation, evisceration, or decapitation, presumably so they’ll be around for the sequel. (AG) 89 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Radeloos Paco (Marius Gottlieb) has to cope with the death of his father. Yara (Marloes van der Wel) wants to go to art school, but her mother (Renée Soutendijk) pushes for her to become a model and starve herself. The two try and look for comfort in each other. Adapted from Carry Slee’s novel by director Dave Schram and screenwriter Maria Peters, Radeloos brings a faithful portrait of troubled adolescents to the screen. 110 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Sagan Originally produced and shot as a two-part TV miniseries, this biopic of French writer Françoise Sagan has been subsequently trimmed down to feature length by its producer and given theatrical distribution. Sylvie Testud, as Sagan, carries the show here. Directed by Diane Kurys. In French with Dutch subtitles. 117 min. Cinecenter, Pathé Tuschinski Shanghai Trance The feature debut of Dutch filmmaker David Verbeek is made up of three separate love stories edited together, all taking place in contemporary Shanghai. Poor boy Xu Yu watches his love interest leave when her suddenly rich family moves to a chic new district. Popular nightclub DJ Calvin and his girlfriend realize that their party lifestyle must come to an end. And Dutch architect Jochem (Tygo Gernandt) relocates to Shanghai and falls for the beautiful Zhang Yi. In Chinese with Dutch subtitles. 100 min. Filmmuseum Het Zusje van Katia Mijke de Jong’s new film after her award-winning turn with Tussenstand proves to be another extreme cinematic experience. See review above. Het Ketelhuis, Kriterion

Still playing 3:10 to Yuma Period westerns are so unfashionable and costly that they usually require a top-drawer script to get off the ground - and this one, adapted from an Elmore Leonard story and its 1957 movie version, travels with an arrow’s clean arc. Christian Bale is a one-legged Civil War veteran who can’t keep his ranch and young family solvent, Russell Crowe is the notorious bad man who steals his cattle (and most of their scenes together). When Crowe is captured, Bale signs on to help deliver him through Santa Fe’s striking Diablo Canyon to the prison train of the title,

Survived Death Race 2000? Let’s see if you can make it through the remake.

tions, took home Golden Calves for Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Sound and the Dutch Film Critics Award at last year’s Nederlands Film Festival. So, in a way, it makes a lot of sense that de Jong’s entry at this year’s festival is an even more extreme project, Het Zusje van Katia. Katia’s sister (Betty Qizmolli) is a preteen girl, the daughter of a Russian prostitute (Olga Louzgina), who lives in Amsterdam-Noord. Then of course there’s also another daughter, Katia (Julia Seijkens), a 17-year-old blonde beauty, who is adored by her sister. Katia’s sister spends her days doing very little, apart from walking around Centraal Station until it’s time to take the ferry across the IJ to patiently wait for Katia to come home and cuddle with her a bit. It would be too simplistic to see Katia’s sister as the family’s ugly ducking. Early on in the film there’s a hint that she might have been the result of an unwanted pregnancy, perhaps even the offspring of one of her mother’s clients. What is striking, however, is her incredibly candid attitude towards life, and the lives of those around her. Only a teenager can go to such extremes of wonder and purity, and this film apparently embraces extremes: as much as Katia’s sister is somewhat rejected by the world that seems to pay no attention to her, she is also at the centre of almost every frame

where the poor rancher will collect a $200 reward. 3:10 to Yuma harks back to the 50s westerns of Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann, with their elemental journeys and damaged men. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) draws good performances from both leads as they wrestle with the predatory power structure of the old west. (JJ) 117 min. Kriterion, Pathé De Munt The Accidental Husband This is a hotchpotch of genres: romcom, screwball comedy and a little Bollywood sauce. Relationships guru and radio host Dr Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) advises one of her listeners to call off her wedding with fireman Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The jilted Sullivan then decides to give Lloyd a taste of her own medicine, making her hesitate about her upcoming marriage with well-off and dependable businessman Richard Bratton (Colin Firth). Torn between two suitors, the charming Sullivan and the uptight Bratton, you’ll never guess with whom Lloyd will walk to the altar... with its half-hearted script, contrived plot, silly stereotypes and ludicrous coda, The Accidental Husband is unsurprisingly embarrassing. Directed by Griffin Dunne. (GR) 90 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Babylon AD Mathieu Kassovitz is one of those potentially great directors, yet to fulfil their potential in Hollywood. The fact that he publicly distanced himself from this muddled action sci-fi flick, citing the interference of the infamous meddling producers at Fox, doesn’t exactly raise any of the already deflated hopes for this film. If you are desperately longing for another patented Vin Diesel brooding anti-hero performance, or if you’re a big fan of Maurice Georges Dantec’s original novel, go check it out at your own expense and peril. Personally, I think it would be better to wait for the inevitable Director’s Cut on DVD. (LvH) 90 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt The Bank Job Press materials say this British thriller was ‘inspired by’ the September 1971 robbery of Lloyds Bank in London, but screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have been quoted as saying they drew on a ‘deep throat’ informer familiar with the hushed-up case to ‘incriminate high-ranking police officers, the secret service, politicians and a prominent member of the royal family’. The movie’s heist plot tends toward the generic, with Jason Statham conned into assembling a crew of yobs to tunnel under the bank and rip off its safe-deposit boxes. But the elaborate conspiracy theory that unfolds around them, artfully choreographed by director Roger Donaldson (Thirteen


of the film. We only glimpse what goes on around her, as she walks around trying to capture bits of conversation from tourists strolling by, and ultimately befriending John Turner (Ian Bok), a born-again Christian who tries to preach the Bible to those who have just arrived in Amsterdam. At home, things don’t go as well. Katia falls for an Italian backpacker, and she believes that he’s her ticket to a better life, not realising that she’ll have to buy that ticket herself by working at a strip joint. Meanwhile, mother is not pleased that her daughter is following in her footsteps. Fights start getting nasty, and she moves out of the house to stay with a boyfriend. So the small one is left home alone, but no matter how badly things go, she still tries to keep it up. Based on the novel of the same name by Andres Barba, Het Zusje Van Katia is a film that doesn’t take any easy ways out. In different hands, it could have exploited the topic of Eastern immigration, or turned Katia’s sister into a cherubic angel, a teenager Amelie or a female Forrest Gump. De Jong instead goes for the most unsettling choices, coming to terms with such material, which easily shifts from drama to more farcical moments, always leaving the audience challenged. The end result makes for an extremely peculiar cinematic experience, ultimately rewarding to those willing to take the risk. ___

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Days), is fascinating: supposedly the crooks kept all the cash and jewellery, but their sponsors in the MI5 were really after sexually explicit blackmail photos of Princess Margaret and other aristocrats that were being held by the revolutionary Michael X. 110 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt

Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis A smash box office

hit in France, this effervescent comedy is about prejudices and the differences between the north and south of France. To help his depressed wife, post office manager Philippe Abrams (Kad Merad) tries to cheat his way into a transfer to the Côte d’Azur, but when he’s discovered, he’s relegated to the dreaded Nord-Pas-de-Calais region with its freezing cold weather and inhabitants who speak the ‘Ch’timi’ dialect. But lo and behold, Abrams actually likes the North, and befriends locals, especially postman Antoine (Dany Boon, who also co-wrote and directed the film). Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis loses parts of its fun for non-francophone audiences, but there’s still enough left to enjoy this gentle and hilarious story. In French and Ch’timi with Dutch subtitles. (GR) 106 min. Pathé De Munt, Studio K Brideshead Revisited Many viewers will immediately associate Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited with its 1981 TV adaptation starring the unforgettable Jeremy Irons. Now director Julian Jarrold brings a compressed version to the screen: in mid-’20s Oxford, young middle-class Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) befriends upper-class flamboyant Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw), who invites Charles to his magnificent home. There atheistic Charles meets Sebastian’s sister Julia (Hayley Atwell) and their


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deliberately blurring many of the usual boundaries between documentary and fiction while staging a kind of psychodrama with his nonprofessional actors. The results are both hysterical and unforgettable. (JR) 90 min. De Nieuwe Anita

Special screenings The Age of Innocence Martin Scorsese’s ambitious and sumptuous 1993 film version of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel about New York society in the 1870s manages to be both personal and true to its source. Incorporating chunks of Wharton’s socially knowing prose in the narration (regally spoken by Joanne Woodward), it tells the story of a young lawyer (Daniel Day-Lewis) who’s engaged to marry a debutante (Winona Ryder) but who falls in love with her married cousin (Michelle Pfeiffer), a somewhat disreputable countess, and never succeeds in doing very much about it. (JR) 133 min. Rialto

L ‘Avventura The controversial, highly charged 1960 masterpiece that put Michelangelo Antonioni’s name on the international map. It’s a work that requires some patience—a 141-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement—but more than amply repays the effort. The ambiguous title adventure begins on a luxury pleasure cruise. The disconsolate girlfriend (Lea Massari) of a successful architect (Gabriele Ferzetti) mysteriously disappears on a remote volcanic island, and the architect and the woman’s best friend (Monica Vitti) set out across Italy looking for her, becoming involved with each other along the way. In the course of their epic travels, Antonioni paints a complex portrait of a crisis in contemporary values and relationships. His stunning compositions and choreographic mise en scene made him a key Italian modernist director of the ’50s and ’60s. In Italian with English subtitles. (JR) 141 min. Filmmuseum

Recycle Zarqa, Jordan’s second largest city with close to one million people, was the birthplace of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia before being killed by American forces in 2006. Many in town knew al Zarqawi, and Zarqa continues to be a source of new recruits to jihad. In this documentary, shown at Sundance and Rotterdam in 2007, Jordanian/Palestinian filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad follows the daily life of an Islamic man in one of Zarqa’s poorest neighborhoods, revealing the rhythms of Jordanian life against the backdrop of the ‘war on terrorism’ that reaches into the living rooms of many Muslim families. In Arabic with Dutch subtitles. 80 min. De Uitkijk

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Secret Sunshine Filmmuseum, all week. Brief Encounter This is the film that established

Last Days of Shishmaref In Alaska, there are things that are even worse than Sarah Palin. Take for example what’s happening to the Inupiaq Eskimo community of Shishmaref, in the northwest corner of the state. The native land is threatened by the sea as a result of global warming, and the 600 inhabitants of Shishmaref will soon be forced to move to the mainland and become the first community of ‘climate refugees’. This documentary by Jan Louter is part of a larger project that draws attention to the situation in this part of the World, which also includes a website, a photography book, an exhibition and an educational course. (MB) Rialto

(1963), and perhaps his subtlest, still yields new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings. As emblems of sexual tension, divine retribution, meaningless chaos, metaphysical inversion, and aching human guilt, his attacking birds acquire a metaphorical complexity and slipperiness worthy of Melville. Tippi Hedren’s lead performance is still open to controversy, but her evident stage fright is put to sublimely Hitchcockian uses. With Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy (and does anyone besides me believe that Mrs. Brenner was having an affair with Dan Fawcett?). 120 min. Filmmuseum

David Lean’s reputation, before he went on to such bombastic exercises as Lawrence of Arabia and Ryan’s Daughter and shifted from being—as Lindsay Anderson well put it—England’s white hope to England’s white elephant. Though based on a short play (and screenplay) by Noel Coward that rarely rises above the level of the old women’s magazines, this 1945 tale of the chance meeting and almost affair of a bored suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) and a married doctor (Trevor Howard) in a provincial railway buffet does manage to zero in on some of the more depressing aspects of English middle-class life. The film thus survives more as a social document than a genuinely compelling drama. With Cyril Raymond and Stanley Holloway. (DD) 85 min. Pathé Tuschinski

Brave Story The anime version of Miyuki Miyabe’s best-selling fantasy novel. Wataru is an ordinary 11years old school boy whose peaceful life suddenly breaks into pieces due to a family tragedy: his father leaves home to be with his mistress and his shocked mother attempts suicide. Left alone, Wataru decides to change his mistaken fate and embarks on a journey to meet the Goddess of Destiny. Through a mysterious door presented to him by his friend Mitsuru, Wataru steps into a land of magic and monsters. In Japanese with Dutch subtitles. (SI) 108 min. Melkweg Cinema

Grbavica Esma lives with her 12-year-old daughter Sara in Grbavica, a district of Sarajevo. Desperate to go on a school trip, the young girl begs her mother to acquire a certificate proving her father died a shaheed—a war martyr—entitling her to a discount. But when Esma instead struggles to pay the full fee herself, it becomes clear to Sara that her father’s story isn’t as black-andwhite as she had always believed. With its intense and performances, Jasmila Zbanic’s full-length directorial debut provides emotionally raw insight into post-war Balkan life. In Bosnian with Dutch subtitles. Kriterion

Punishment Park Peter Watkins has specialized in political forms of pseudodocumentary throughout his career, including a treatment of historical subjects done in the form of TV news shows. In 1971, he made his only major feature in the U.S., a terrifying look at a future America where civil liberties are suspended,

Catholic mother (Emma Thompson). Bedazzled by their opulent world—and estate—he gets caught up in a web of faith, love, passion and guilt, which will mark him for life. Performances are fine and everything looks lush and sumptuous, but despite its grand themes the film remains oddly unaffecting. (GR) 130 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé Tuschinski

family business, is a neurotic mess, and his younger sister just quit her studies. It’s an unusual Italian comedy, known originally as Non pensarci. In Italian with Dutch subtitles. 105 min. Filmhuis Griffioen, Kriterion

Written (really?) and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, with Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Kim Kardashian and (of course!) Carmen Electra. 90 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt

Cordero de Dios The debut of Argentinean director Lucía Cedrón tells the story of a family torn apart by the military regime of dictator Videla. Its central figure is Guillerma, whose father died during the junta, after which she and her mother fled to Paris. The film opens with the kidnapping of Guillerma’s grandfather in 2002; gradually, Guillerma learns what really happened. The glamorous-looking cast and soft-focus lighting are somewhat out of step with the grim events, yet the film has its moving moments, especially when dealing with Guillerma’s childhood memories. And it is praiseworthy that Cedrón dared to tackle the painful subject of the junta in all its moral complexity. In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. (MM) 91 min. Rialto

Il Dolce e l’Amaro When his father dies in prison, Saro Scordia (Luigi Lo Cascio) is taken under protection by a powerful mafia boss (Renato Carpentieri). Growing up in Sicily in the 1980s, Saro leads a regular life, falling for a local school teacher, Ada (the lovely Donatella Finocchiaro) and having a distant friendship with Stefano (Fabrizio Gifuni), who’s ‘on the other side’ and studies to become a judge. But whenever the boss needs him, Saro meets his duties as a criminal, until one day he’s forced to make a choice. More than traditional Italian mafia movies, Il Dolce e L’Amaro resembles Goodfellas (plot, voice-over structure) or a good episode of The Sopranos, so it can’t be that bad. (MB) 98 min. The Movies, Rialto

The Dark Knight There is nothing camp about Christopher Nolan’s second (and vastly superior) outing in the Batman franchise—although Christian Bale’s slightly ridiculous, husky voice as Batman could still use some fine tuning. Gone are the days of Burtonesque villains and nippled crusaders. This is as grim and realistic as it gets. In Nolan’s Gotham City there are no superheroes or supercrooks, just very disturbed people—notably Batman’s nemesis the Joker, who, in the late Heath Ledger’s incarnation, has never been more deranged nor more menacing. (His inventive pencil-disappearing-trick probably won’t find its way to children’s parties anytime soon.) A haunting (and haunted) masterpiece. (BS) 152 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Disaster Movie If you’re still not tired of those parody movies that Hollywood keeps churning out almost on a monthly basis, this one intends to spoof pretty much everything from Indiana Jones to Juno and High School Musical. Do we need to comment again on how lame the actual jokes are? Will they ever stop making those?

Het Echte Leven Martin (Ramsey Nasr) is a young film-maker, ready to start shooting his new film, starring his girlfriend Simone (Sallie Harmsen). But when the male protagonist bails out of the project, Martin is forced to cast crew member Dirk (Loek Peters), who has no previous acting experience, as Simone’s love interest. Het Echte Leven, the opening picture at the Nederlands Film Festival, is the fourth feature film by Robert Jan Westdijk (Zusje, Phileine zegt sorry). Het Ketelhuis, Kriterion, Pathé Tuschinski

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Calimucho Director Eugenie Jansen’s new film follows the travails of a small family circus in the Netherlands that has difficulties breaking even. Here Jansen utilises performers from an actual circus, with its melting pot of characters coming from Germany, Romania, Morocco and the Netherlands. And to add one more ethnic twist, the circus director’s daughter has an affair with a young hired-hand from Morocco. With Dicky Kilian, Ellie Teeuw and Tarek Hannoudi, written by Natasha Gerson. Het Ketelhuis, Rialto Caos calmo Pietro (Nanni Moretti), while enjoying a day out at the beach with his brother Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), saves a woman from drowning. When they head home, he finds out his wife has died unexpectedly. His grief takes him from his TV executive desk to a bench, where he sits every morning waiting for his ten-year-old daughter to finish classes. Life circles around him, and Pietro starts observing all the little bits of action happening in the square, trying to find a new meaning to his existence. Look out for a cameo by Roman Polanski. Based on the award-winning novel by Sandro Veronesi. In Italian with Dutch subtitles. (MB) 105 min. The Movies, Rialto Ciao Stefano A washed out, ageing rock guitar player (Valerio Mastandrea) returns from Rome to his hometown in the Italian countryside. He hasn’t become a rock star, merely a session man looking for the next paid gig. Plus his girlfriend just dumped him, so what a perfect time to go back to native Rimini. Once there, he finds out that his dysfunctional family has gotten worse. His retired father only thinks about golf, his big brother, who runs the

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The Magnificent Seven John Sturges’s 1960 western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s action classic The Seven Samurai. What was wonderful in the Kurosawa film— the recruiting and training of the mercenaries— becomes formulaic Hollywood fare here, but the iconheavy cast definitely helps out. With Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, and Robert Vaughn. (DK) 126 min. Filmmuseum

Elegy Adapted from Philip Roth’s novella The Dying Animal, this film charts the older man/younger woman dynamic. After work, sixtyish, self-centred and hedonistic professor of literature David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) has three things on his mind: sex, sex and more sex. When he meets dazzling young student Consuela (Penélope Cruz) he starts rhapsodising about her breasts, but Consuela wants a true relationship. Kepesh, mesmerised by her and acutely aware of his age, veers between possessiveness and his desire not to get emotionally involved. Elegy has

Secret Sunshine Lee Shin-ae is a widow in her early 30s and a former concert pianist, who’s left Seoul with her young son, Jun, to make a new life in the southern town of Miryang. When her car breaks down on the outskirts, the boss of an auto repair shop comes out to lend a hand. We follow Lee Shin-ae as she tries to fit into her new hometown, but gossip abounds, and the local pharmacist tries to convert her to Jesus. The latest film from Lee Chang-dong received several plaudits at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In Korean with Dutch subtitles 142 min. Filmmuseum Still Life Most of what we read about China nowadays is about their incredible economic rise. Rest assured that behind the veil of success, misery is to be found. Film-maker Jia Zhang-ke (Unknown Pleasures, The World) seems dedicated to showing us other aspects of a culture locked in massive change. His new film Still Life is a stunningly shot drama of people lost in the chaos of progress, in a city literally drowning as it is slowly engulfed by the reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam. Shot entirely on high-definition video, Still Life looks and feels like a documentary; and while the story itself is not, the background of the drowning city is very real indeed. As such, this blend of fiction and the real paints an alienating and disquieting picture of a country where the individual is merely an obstacle to progress. In Mandarin with Dutch subtitles. (RG) 108 min. Filmmuseum De Wisselwachter A railway switchman (Jim van der Woude) lives alone in a house by the tracks until a female passenger (Stéphane Excoffier) accidentally gets off the train there and can’t go home again. Directed by Jos Stelling (1986). In Dutch. 97 min. De Balie

classy performances and is nicely shot, but is also quite gloomy and prone to philosophical platitudes. Roth’s humour is sorely missed. Written by Roth and Nicholas Meyer and directed by Isabel Coixet, with Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper and Deborah Harry. 107min. (GR) 107 min. Pathé Tuschinski, De Uitkijk Estômago Drifter Raimundo Nonato (João Miguel) arrives penniless in a big Brazilian city and lands a job at a snack bar for food and lodging. But when he ends up in the kitchen, it turns out Raimundo is surprisingly talented, working miracles with the simplest of ingredients. His cooking not only wins him the affection of prostitute Íria, who is happy to sleep with him in return for good food, but a wealthy restaurant owner offers him a dream job. Course, things are never as they seem in this delicious comedy drama from Brazil. In Portuguese with Dutch subtitles. 100 min. Cinecenter, Pathé Tuschinski Factory Girl Edie Sedgwick was Andy Warhol’s superstar for a little while before getting cast out of the Factory, having an affair with Bob Dylan and subsequently dying in her sleep before reaching her 29th birthday. The rise and fall of the troubled starlet feels strangely current in our celebrity-crazed post-Britney society, while at the same time utterly depressing in its familiarity. Sienna Miller bares body and soul to successfully play the charming socialite, while Guy Pearce doesn’t romanticise Warhol, but portrays him as the immature, conniving vampire he probably really was. Directed by George Hickenlooper, with Hayden Christensen as the Dylan figure. (LvH) 99 min. Kriterion Le Fils de l’épicier A road movie of sorts, with a very French twist. The story is a bit flimsy: a young man (the grocer’s son of the title) helps his parents when they’re in trouble and sorts himself out along the way. The film’s strength is in its humane view of its characters and painterly eye for the landscape. As Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) grudgingly drives his dad’s delivery van around, his brusqueness doing little for his sales

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or relations with the old clientele, we’re treated to breathtaking wide-angle shots of Provence. Close friend Claire (Clotilde Hesme), former femme fatale Lucienne (Liliane Rovère) and increasingly senile father Clément (Paul Crauchet) play crucial, and sometimes very funny, roles while Antoine adjusts to his new life. Eric Guirado directed this feel-good film with an eye for the individual. In French with Dutch subtitles. (KE) 96 min. De Uitkijk The Forbidden Kingdom When a white, kung-fu obsessed geek is entrusted with a magical weapon by his mortally wounded pawn-shop owner, he suddenly finds himself in ancient China on a mission, involving the first ever smackdown between Jet Li and Jackie Chan! Even if both stars are past their prime, their fighting scenes, using acrobatics and wire works, with a only a little help from CGI, are still a joy to behold. And while the film is clearly aimed at a teen audience, older ‘chop sockey’ fans will probably get a kick out of it as well. (LvH) 113 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt


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) 118 min. Studio K, De Uitkijk 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


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. The film becomes a meditation on the human need for human company, framed against some of the most glorious scenery the world has to offer. A triumph for Sean Penn as a director, backed by a custom soundtrack from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. (AD) 140 min. Kriterion, The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé Tuschinski Lake Tahoe A teenager crashes his family car and desperately looks for a way to fix it before going home. On his way, he meets a bizarre parade of characters who provide some mild, dry comedy bits. Borrowing heavily from the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley and Aki Kaurismaki, Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke is able to bring in a laugh or two, but ultimately his Lake Tahoe lacks the concrete sense of humor to be a successful comedy, while it doesn’t have enough depth for a strong social observation on Mexican youth. In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. 85 min. Cinecenter, Rialto Mamma Mia! The Movie You’ll either love or hate this remake of the hit musical. Here’s the litmus test: is your body gyrating at the thought of an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth,

AGENDA: FILM pouring on the schmaltz with one happy, catchy ABBA song after another? Be honest. That’s what we thought. Now grab the phone and invite your friends. (AG) 108 min. Cinema Amstelveen, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski Mongol At last, here’s proof that a bold, big-budget epic from the Eastern steppes can compete with the classics from Hollywood and New Zealand. This German/Russian/Kazakh coproduction is the first of a planned series of biopics on the life of the legendary Genghis Khan, and the bloody battles, excellent cinematography and sprawling locations are very impressive. However, the first act of the film suffers from repetition and Asano Tadanobu’s practically saintly Genghis is a little hard to take. The utter anticlimax of an ending also makes Mongol hard to recommend. In Mongolian with Dutch subtitles. (LvH) 120 min. Kriterion North by Northwest Hitchcock’s classic 1959 comic mistaken-identity thriller. Cary 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. What more could you ask for? 136 min. Filmmuseum Savage Grace Julianne Moore is the perfect fit in yet another portrayal of a woman on the verge of a mental breakdown. In this tale based on real events in the lives of Brooks and Barbara Baekeland, director Tom Kalin specifically decided to focus on Barbara’s unhealthy relationship with her son. Moore immerses herself in her portrayal of beautiful Babs, who, having married far above her social and intellectual level, has turned into an affected, needy woman. The film could have done without the end titles informing us of the fate of Barbara’s equally twisted son, which underline the exploitative nature of the story and undermine the potency of the final shot. (BS) 96 min. Cinema Amstelveen Tropic Thunder This movieland farce gets off to a rousing start with fake coming attractions for a horrid fat-suit-and-flatulence comedy, a mawkish Oscar-bait drama about a mentally disabled man, and a Brokeback Mountain knockoff set in a medieval monastery. The rest of the movie, in which a small crew of spoiled actors and inept filmmakers struggle to shoot a Vietnam epic in the jungle, never lives up to the hilarity of the opening, partly because the large-scale production smothers the gags but mostly because those gags are so easy to smother. With Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, and Nick Nolte, all of them upstaged by Tom Cruise in a spellbindingly grotesque cameo as a bald, pudgy studio executive. (JJ) 107 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? Morgan Spurlock’s long-awaited follow-up to Super Size Me purports to be a search for Bin Laden, but in fact it’s just a jocular fact-finding tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The director travels around the world, seeks out worthwhile subjects, and puts himself at some risk to pose fairly dim questions, his effort culminating in a Pepsi Generation wrap-up that insists we all want the same things. The narrative emphasizes how much danger Spurlock is in and how noble he is to embark on all this while his wife is back in the US expecting their first child; it’s a little insulting to all the real reporters who’ve died in the field looking for hard information, not weak indie comedy. (JJ) 93 min. Pathé Tuschinski

Edited by Massimo Benvegnù. This week’s films reviewed by Lisa Alspector (LA), Massimo Benvegnù (MB), Shyama Daryanani (SD), Angela Dress (AD), Don Druker (DD), Kate Eaton (KE), Sarah Gehrke (SG), Andrea Gronvall (AG), Jack Helbig (JH), Luuk van Huët (LvH), JR Jones (JJ), Dave Kehr (DK), Iris Maher (IM), Peter Margasak (PM), Mike Peek (MP), Julie Phillips (JP), Gusta Reijnders (GR), Kim Renfrew (KR), Jonathan Rosenbaum (JR), Martin Rubin (MR) and Bregtje Schudel (BS). All films are screened in English with Dutch subtitles unless otherwise noted.


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Kung Fu Panda (NL) Fri 17.10, Sat, Sun 10.15, 12.25, 14.35, 16.45 Mamma Mia! The Movie daily 17.25 Meet Dave Thur-Tues 12.40, 14.50, 17.00, Sat, Sun 10.40 Mirrors daily 13.40, 16.10, 18.50, 21.20, Sat, Sun also 11.10, Sat also 0.10 My Best Friend's Girl Sat 22.40 Radeloos daily 12.30, 15.05, Thur-Mon, Wed also 18.00, Sat also 10.00 Sneak Preview Tues 21.00 Space Chimps (NL) Wed 13.15, 15.15, 17.15 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (NL) Fri-Sun, Wed 13.00, 15.20, Sat, Sun also 10.45 Super Agent K9 daily 15.00, 19.45, 22.10, Sat, Sun also 10.20, Sat also 0.20 Superhero Movie daily 17.40, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 22.25 Tropic Thunder daily 13.50, 16.20, 18.45, 21.15, Sat, Sun also 11.20, Sat also 23.40 Wall-E (NL) Fri-Sun 12.20, 14.45, 17.10, Sat, Sun also 10.10 Wanted daily 12.15, 14.30, 16.50, 19.20, 21.50, Thur-Mon, Wed also 20.45, Sat, Sun also 10.00, Sat also 0.15 Wild Child Thur, Mon, Tues 13.00, 15.20 De Zeven van Daran: De Strijd om Pareo Rots Fri-Sun, Wed 11.30, 13.30, 15.50. Pathé De Munt Vijzelstraat 15, 0900 1458 3:10 to Yuma Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 21.10, Sat, Sun 20.45 The Accidental Husband daily 17.15, 19.45, Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed also 12.05, 14.30, Thur, Fri, Mon, Wed also 22.10, Sat, Sun also 11.30, 14.15, Sat also 22.30 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Wed 12.45, 15.30, 19.00 Babylon AD Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 19.30, 22.00, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 12.00, 14.15, Sat, Sun also 10.30, 13.15, 18.25, 20.55 Bangkok Dangerous daily 20.50, Sat also 23.20 The Bank Job Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 20.30, Thur, Mon, Tues also 12.10, 14.45, 17.30, Sat, Sun also 19.15, 22.00 Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 13.10, 15.45, 18.25, Sat, Sun also 11.45, 14.30, 18.00, Sat also 23.30 De brief voor de koning Sat, Sun, Wed 13.50, Sat, Sun also 11.10 The Dark Knight Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 20.00, Thur, Mon, Tues also 12.50, 16.10, Fri, Wed also 16.35, Sat, Sun also 16.00, 20.30 Death Race daily 13.30, 16.15, 19.00, Thur-Mon, Wed also 21.45, Sat, Sun also 10.45, Tues also 22.05 Deception daily 20.15, Sat also 23.00 Disaster Movie daily 16.30, 18.40, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 12.00, 14.00 Eagle Eye Sat 22.45 The Forbidden Kingdom Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues 16.45, Sat, Sun also 15.45, Sat also 23.25 Mamma Mia! The Movie Thur,Fri, Mon-Wed 19.15, 21.50, Sat, Sun also 17.30, 20.00 Meet Dave Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 14.40, 17.00, Sat, Sun also 13.00, 15.15 Mirrors Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 13.00, 16.00, 18.45, 21.30, Sat, Sun also 12.05, 14.50, 17.40, 20.20, Sat also 23.15 Radeloos daily 12.15, 15.00, 18.30, 21.15 Sneak Preview Tues 21.45 Space Chimps (NL) Wed 13.05, 15.10, 17.20 Tropic Thunder Thur-Tues 12.45, 15.30, 18.15, 21.00, Wed 15.15, 21.25, Sat also 23.35 Wall-E Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 12.15, Sat, Sun 10.35 Wall-E (NL) Fri, Wed 12.00, 14.15, Sat, Sun 11.00, 13.45 Wanted Thur, Fri, Mon-Wed 12.30, 18.00, 20.45, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 15.15, Sat, Sun 11.15, 14.00, 16.45, 19.30, Sat 22.15 Wild Child daily 12.55, 15.20, 17.45, Sat, Sun also 10.25 De Zeven van Daran: De Strijd om Pareo Rots Fri-Sun, Wed 14.45, Fri, Wed also 17.30, Sat, Sun also 10.15, 12.30, 17.00. Pathé Tuschinski Reguliersbreestraat 34, 0900 1458 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Wed 16.00, 18.15 Bottle Shock daily 15.45, 18.30, 21.00, Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed also 13.00 Brideshead Revisited daily 12.15, 15.15,18.15, 21.15 Brief Encounter Sun 10.30 The Bucket List Thur, Tues 13.30 Het Echte Leven daily 19.30, Thur, Sat-Wed also 13.45 Elegy daily 16.00 Estômago daily 21.15, Thur, Fri, Mon, Tues also 12.15 Into the Wild Fri, Sun-Wed 20.30 Mamma Mia! Singalong Wed 21.00 Mamma Mia! The Movie daily 12.00, 14.45, 18.00 Sagan daily 16.30, 21.45 The Seven of Daran: Battle of Pareo Rock Sat, Sun, Wed 12.45, 15.30 Vliegen naar de maan (3D) Sat, Sun, Wed 12.30, Sat, Sun also 15.30 Wanted Thur-Tues 21.30, Thur, Fri, Sun-Tues also 18.45, Fri, Mon also 12.30, 15.30, Thur, Tues also 16.15 Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? daily 19.00. Rialto Ceintuurbaan 338, 676 8700 Aanrijding in Moscou Thur-Tues 19.30, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 17.00, Thur-Sat also 21.45, Sat, Sun also 12.30, Wed also 19.40 The Age of Innocence Sun 11.00, Wed 19.00 Calimucho Fri, Sun, Wed 14.45, Sun-Wed 21.45 Caos calmo Thur-Tues 19.45, Fri-Sun, Wed 15.15, Sat, Sun also 12.45 Cordero de Dios daily 19.15, Fri-Sun, Wed also 15.00, Sat also 13.00 Il Dolce e l'Amaro daily 22.00, Thur-Tues also 17.30 Lake Tahoe daily 17.15, 21.30 Last Days of Shishmaref Sat 16.00 Pure Coolness Wed 19.30. Studio K Timorplein 62, 692 0422, Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis daily 17.30, 20.00 Happy-Go-Lucky daily 17.15, 19.45 In Bruges daily 22.15 Wall-E Sat, Sun, Wed 15.15. De Uitkijk Prinsengracht 452, 623 7460 Elegy Thur-Sat 17.00 Le Fils de l'épicier Thur-Sat 21.00, Sun, Tues, Wed 21.15, Sun also 15.00 Happy-Go-Lucky Sun, Mon, Wed 17.00 Recycle Thur-Sat 19.15, Sun, Mon, Wed 19.30, Tues 17.00 Wall-E Sat, Wed 15.00, Sun 13.00.


Amsterdam Weekly_2-8 October 2008


By Nanci Tangeman

Eat to the beat De Engelbewaarder Kloverniersburgwal 59, 625 3772 Open daily noon - 01.00, 03.00 weekends Lunch daily, dinner from 17:30 Cash, PIN There are no hep cats in our house. The closest we have is an orange tabby, and even he cowered when I dusted off my clarinet after a couple of decades and blew into it, just to see what would come out. What came out was not pretty. In fact, my entire block slammed their windows shut. But I took a hep cat vow this summer. It was at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Dr Lonnie Smith in his turban was groovin’ (that’s hep cat lingo) with the Lou Donaldson Quartet. I said to Partner-in-all-things-syncopated, ‘We’ve got to do this jazz thing more often.’ So here we are on a Sunday afternoon, headed to where all the hep cats go on a Sunday afternoon, De Engelbewaarder on the Kloveniersburgwal, with its live jazz session from 14.00 to 19.00. We pick up two (former) euphonium players on the way. We’re ready to jam—or at least listen to other hep cats jam. Only one problem. All the hep cats are on holiday. No jammin’ today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay for dinner. There’s a wide array of cheap Palm beers on tap to help us work up an appetite. We order a round and study the menu on giant blackboards at the polished wooden bar. Tables are set up on what seems to be the stage. As my cat

(and neighbours) would attest, this will be my only chance to be on the platform at the De Engelbewaarder on a Sunday. We make a bee-line to the stage seating. The windows are large and there’s a great view of the canal. The lack of music disappoints us, but the food does not. I order the vegetarian curry (€12), a mix of fresh green beans, carrots, mushrooms and spring onions in a sweet red sauce. Two giant sesame rice balls ogle me from the bowl. They are soft inside and allow me to soak up every spoonful of the curry sauce. Partner orders duck (€13). He is expecting a breast, but receives moist legs with a mix of roasted red and green peppers. The accompanying square of polenta is custard-like inside with a bit of a crust on top. Delicious! The euphonium duet orders sea bass (€13) and entrecôte (€15). The meat of the fish is tender, as is the entrecôte, which is covered in a light Bearnaise sauce. Surprisingly, it’s not as rare as most eetcafe entrecôtes—comparable to a US-style ‘medium’. The extra bowl of frites (€2) is worth every cent. Though it’s known mostly for its jazz these days, De Engelbewaarder was once a literary cafe. But no need for black turtleneck sweaters and berets. The atmosphere is casual; the music, even when it’s canned, is good. But canned music isn’t a problem any more because Sundays are jammin’ again at De Engelbewaarder. I heard the other day that the musicians are back from holiday. Get there early for a good seat. And, of course, don’t forget to bring a fellow hep cat or two with you. ___

Two giant sesame rice balls ogle me from the bowl. They are soft inside...

A night in the life...

By Sarah Gehrke

It’s not what you think, really

a similar style of bar. The interior is all Seventies, in a tasteful way. Upstairs, there’s a little restaurant part, and the food is reportedly quite good. And yes, the predominant colours are indeed golden and brown. One of the walls downstairs is covered in tiles with different patterns (golden). There are comfortable leather sofas (brown) by the window. It’s very nice to hang here and watch everyone and have a few glasses of wine on a Sunday night. However, on a Saturday the atmosphere is probably a lot less laid-back —this is one of the bars where people go before they go to clubs, everyone having made themselves pretty and being slightly nervous and expecting big things to happen. After the impolite girls have left, I wonder aloud if they shouldn’t have warned me if they really thought what they thought. ‘They were probably just blown away by my brazenness,’ says my friend. We then start talking about more important things, like buying socks and underwear. ‘I always do my sock and underwear shopping at the same time, you see,’ says my friend. ‘That’s why I really don’t understand that I always have more socks.’ I can’t help but wishing the girls would have heard this. It would’ve most certainly cleared up the idea that he was a bold swinger making the moves. ___

Golden Brown Jan Pieter Heijestraat 146 Opening times: Sun-Thur 12.00-01.00; Fri, Sat 12.00-03.00 Cash, PIN The girl looks at me with a strange half-smile. As her friend comes back from the toilet, she leans over to her, whispers something in her ear and points at us. ‘What, really?’ her friend squeals. They continue talking, suppressed laughter, hands over mouths... Considering they’re only about half a metre away from us, all of this is quite obvious and, one might say, even impolite. But they have a good reason. Half an hour before, the friend I’m here with was here with another friend, who also happens to be a blonde girl. She left before I came, and he went to drop her off before he came back to meet me. Thus, apparently, our table neighbours think my friend is speed-dating in a dishonest manner. Although you apparently can’t expect much girl solidarity in this bar, it is still a lovely place. Golden Brown was set up by the same guy that used to have Bep and now has Waldorf, and it’s

Beer price: €2.20 for a vaasje (Heineken). Emergency food: Finger food. Special interior feature: The ceiling is laminated, i.e. looks like a floor. Thankfully, this is not the place where one would get very, very drunk, so it is quite unlikely that any confusion regarding location orientation should arise. Predominant shoe type: Elegant yet trendy. Typically ordered drink: White wine. Tune of the night: ‘Forget Me Nots’ by Patrice Rushen. This is very interesting, because the very same song was sampled by Will Smith for ‘Men in Black’. And now guess who did an album called Meninblack. Yes (ha!)—it was The Stranglers! Now this is what I call sticking to a concept. Mingling factor: Low. Very, very low. State of toilets near closing time: Slick, like the rest of the bar.

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