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‘Jesus walking on the water?’ Page 5
Don’t look back in anger Look forward in anger Pages 6-9
Amsterdam Weekly is taking a break. We’ll be back in March.
With some art, 2008 might be remembered as the year of the ugly.
Where to go party like it’s 2009. That is, if they’re not already sold out...
A silent hard night, a trek across Africa and some lost and found light.
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In this issue and...
By Arnoud Holleman
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2009-and not only because it’s International Year of Natural Fibres. The Postbank will disappear and become ING. Obama will contract the same mysterious skin disease as Micheal Jackson. China will complete the Three Gorges Dam while the NZ-lijn is ﬁnally abandoned and taken over by both inspired party organisers and Albert Cuyp market stall-keepers tired of selling their wares in the wind. Amsterdam’s major museums will remain closed while those bastards in Sweden will only get smugger with the opening of the ABBA museum in Stockholm. The year of the book will turn into the year of the cooked, as local cuisine becomes increasingly popular since potatoes will stay as cheap as chips (see www.dutchpot.nl for more culinary info). And most relevant, for us at least: our cherished and very hairy editor Steve Korver (on cover) will be leaving his post to return to his freelance roots. It’ll take us a couple of months to recover from the loss. In the meantime, donations are now being accepted for hair removal subsidies and/or bulletproof clothing. Releasing editors back out into the wild is a dangerous business indeed, so let’s be careful out there. We’ll see you in March.
Features Inbox On cabs and coffeeshops . . . . 4 Nature Calls You weasel you . . . . . . 4 Amstergraph Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . 4 A Quick Bike Fix Tunnelvision . . . . 4 Street Fashion Death of Bling. . . . . 5 Report The beauty of ugly . . . . . . . . 5 The People Versus Religion. . . . . . . 5 Features Looking back/forward . . . 7 New Year’s Party! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Film Review Brief Encounter. . . . . 17
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‘Absolute anarchy in Amsterdam’
By Mark Wedin
Number of firework victims requiring first aid on New Year’s Eve in NL.
I’m dreaming of a white weasel
1996-97: 1100 / 2000-01: 900 / 2004-05: 620 / 2007-08: 1100 Source: Consument en Veiligheid /Graph by Nicole Martens
A quick bike ﬁx By Pete Jordan
Tunnels I’m conscious of the various bike tunnels (and underpasses) throughout Amsterdam if only because while cycling through any of them, my son enjoys yelling out ‘Ooh ooh!’ The echo comes back, ‘Ooh ooh!’ (And, yeah, I yell, too. Someone had to teach the boy the joys of tunnel echoes.) The ﬁetstunnels around town provide safe routes for cyclists, enabling them to not have to cross, say, rail lines or motorways. And they even provide safe passage under some busy streets—like ones around the Zuidas. There, the raised streets allow cyclists to cross Beethovenstraat, Strawinskylaan and Parnassusweg without coming into contact with the vehicular trafﬁc. The Zuidas tunnels are very popular with cyclists. In September, the city’s trafﬁc department did some counting. Between 7.30 AM and 9.30 AM on one Tuesday morning, for example, more than 2700 folks on two wheels (many of them schoolchildren) passed through the tunnel under the Parnassusweg. But now the city wants to remove these tunnels and bring the roadways down. Cyclists would be forced to navigate their way across the busy streets. Removing those tunnels would make cycling more dangerous and less attractive in the Zuidas area, according to De Fietsersbond. The union has begun a campaign, calling on the city not to remove the tunnels. Thousands of cyclists have already signed a petition in support of this position. And you can, too! ‘Ooh ooh!’ To sign the petition in support of the Zuidas ﬁetstunnels, visit: www.ﬁetsersbond.nl/amsterdam React: email@example.com
We may not get a white Christmas, but we always get white weasels. It happens every winter. Most of the year, the fur on their backs is chestnut brown. But within a week or so, their entire bodies, save for the black tips of their tails, will be as white as their bellies. Snow white. At least, that’s what I’m told. I have yet to see one for myself. Fast and cautious, local ermines (aka hermelijns or stoats) can be a pain in the ass to ﬁnd. Unless of course, you’re a mouse, then they’ll probably ﬁnd you, with deadly accuracy. But for us non-mouse folk, the best place to spot these little furry ermines is evidently Amsterdam Noord, in and around the polders. I’ve biked around there countless times, not just looking for weasels of course, and like you, I’ve seen plenty of cows, sheep and birds. But no ermines. Naturally, whenever I mention to a friend that I’m hoping to see one, I always get a similar response: ‘Oh, those long weasel-looking things? I saw a couple last weekend.’ Bastard.
The stories I’m told have plenty of variations, with one common theme: the ermine is always spotted suddenly out of the blue, only to disappear just as the viewer realizes what they were seeing . They scurry across bike paths from one clump of reeds to another. Two mating partners will playfully run past each other. And throughout the day and night, they’re hunting. Evidently, if you accept the natural order of things, the sight of an ermine chasing down a rodent is spectacular. For such huggably soft creatures, they posses a devastating speed and razor sharp teeth, insuring their stomachs are rarely empty for long. But whatever they’re up to, they’re said to resemble graceful spirits, silently whisking across the ground, leaving only a trail of little footprints behind, easily covered by a few ﬂakes of falling snow. I can only assume that the sight of a wild ermine is a sweet thing indeed. But for now, I am left to wonder, and to dream. Got nature tips? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Submitted by: Elinor Shoham Date: Friday, December 12, 2008 11.19 AM Subject: corrupt taxis
I just saw on CNN that Amsterdam is cracking down on coffeeshops. What’s this all about—protecting our youth, right? The city council wants to close coffeeshops within 500 metres of a school. What about coffeeshops 550 meters from a school? Do the students suddenly lose interest after 500 metres and give up on weed or hash? I come from a country that spends billions suppressing weed, but I never had any problem ﬁnding it. I think that there must be another reason. Most of the targeted coffeeshops are on prime property. The Bulldog on Leidseplein is a good example. The money is going into the wrong pockets—that is, not the pockets of the city council crowd and their friends. Who do they think they are fooling? The Red Light District is another example. This is the last undeveloped area in the centre. Again, I am from a country that spends tons of money arresting and prosecuting prostitutes, but they are everywhere anyway. So this can’t be the reason. Finally, the accusation that criminals are behind Amsterdam prostitution and the strip clubs does not stand up. If this is so then Mayor Cohen and his city council cronies need to ﬁnd evidence and prosecute these people in court. Otherwise, please shut up and stop violating these people’s right to work in what is legal work. This is a democracy, if you people forgot. You cannot accuse people without evidence. I don’t know why owners from the Red Light have not sued the mayor and the city council for slander and interfering with their legal right to work. P.S.: I work in tourism, and the Red Light District is the number one attraction. We don’t need more fancy shops and cafes.
Yesterday I went out for drinks near Leidseplein. At the end of the night I went to the long taxi stand near the tram stops. There I found a row of taxis, and people going from taxi to taxi but not getting in. At ﬁrst I assumed they were a large group and were refused passage, but then I found out the taxis were refusing to drive unless people agreed to a ﬁxed price of €20 (while there are new regulations concerning having to put the meter on and charging €7.50 for the ﬁrst 2 km). It is a bit confusing to me there was no taxi driver decent enough to drive as their job dictates. Furthermore, with all the policies changing here all the time and that taxis here are not relatively cheap, I cannot believe I have to beg and have to pay such an outrageous price when I know my home is just €7.50 away. I think City Hall can be stricter with these taxi companies. I do not understand why there are ten taxis in a row standing, working like a maﬁa, and the public has to take it! I was lucky enough to catch a taxi a 100 metres down the road who explained to me that all these workers are lazy, and there is nothing that can be done. But I disagree. This driver brought me safely home and charged €7.50 and I paid €10 out of gratitude for him actually following guidelines. I cannot believe this experience I had last night, and I am sure it has been going on for some time. Why is nobody speaking out of this crime that’s taking advantage of tired people who just want to get home. Got an opinion? We want to hear it. email@example.com
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The people versus...
By Mo Veld
By Floris Dogterom
The End of Bling
Eye of the beholder
By Laura Groeneveld
DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF UGLY When artists Natalya Pinchuk and Dana Sperry read about the ongoing changes in the Red Light District, they decided to bring an interactive art project to the area. Under the title Ugly Objects, residents are invited to submit an ugly handheld object that will get ‘beautiﬁed’ by a jewellery artist. Rather than just customising the object, the artist lives with it for a whole year, before returning it to the owner. The selected owners of ugly things also have to talk with the assigned artist, about the history of the object and what is beautiful and ugly in life. Sperry and Pinchuk will document these conversations, and possibly use them as an inspiration for a documentary or short ﬁlm. But ultimately they just want to start a dialogue amongst Red Light District residents about the future hopes and visions of the neighbourhood. ‘No one knows what this area is changing towards now that the prostitutes are moving out,’ says Pinchuk. ‘We want people who live or work here to think about the changes and what they want for this area.’ According to Sperry, discussing foul objects is a conversation starter: ‘It’s eas-
ier to describe or talk about something that’s ugly than something that’s beautiful. It’s the same with Dante’s Divine Comedy; his Inferno is much more detailed and precise than his Paradise.’ For the past few days, Pinchuk and Sperry have walked around de Wallen stirring up conversations with passersby and residents about objects which they think are unlovely, or even hideous. ‘A lot of people told us: “I don’t own anything ugly, but my friends do,”’ says Pinchuk. ‘And when we were at a cafe, one guy suggested I use Dana as an ugly object for the project. I guess he didn’t know that Dana is my husband.’ Most people, however, were slightly confused. ‘When people really start to think about an ugly object, they become aware that despite its ugliness, the object is still connected to their lives,’ adds Pinchuk. ‘At that stage they might not even refer to it as ugly anymore.’ This was conﬁrmed by one passer-by, who said he thought his dog was very ugly, but he still loved it to bits. Marieke van Diepen is one of the participating artists and already has some ideas as to what she might do with her
Object by Natalya Pinchuk
unsightly item: ‘I could chop it into small pieces and turn it into a series of different objects.’ I tell her about the ugly object I handed in: a very uninviting coffee pad holder, that isn’t even mine. Does this mean that not only will the real owner have to miss it for a year, but he might also have it returned to him in small pieces? ‘Well, not necessarily,’ says Van Diepen. ‘It also depends on the owner’s story and its context.’ To be safe, I’ll just get him a new coffee pad holder. A less ugly one. More info: www.uglyobjects.com
Illustration by Tomas Schats
piece that marked the End of Bling. For weeks I tried to lure my friends The timing couldn’t be better since into joining me to pay a quick visit to Christmas time is all about selling the Rijksmuseum to get a glance of us Bling—even this cold Christmas Damien Hirst’s ‘For the Love of with the recession ofﬁcially kickGod’. My simple plan didn’t meet ing in and all. Champagne in with much enthusiasm. ‘Hirst is crystal glasses, glossy luxury passé. He’s a sell-out artist if ever industry presents, little designer there was one. And to spend such a black dresses and matching black sickening amount of money on a ties—the whole boring picture of diamond-encrusted skull, with all successful living. Instead of some the poverty in the world, is just poor homey time out to re-think our rat taste.’ To me, this is exactly why this lives, it’s just a massive celebration work is so relevant and worth queuof wannahave decadence wrapped ing up for to see with my own eyes. in made-in-China Bling decoraSo I did. tions. Who wouldn’t want to have The real thing turned out to be Hirst’s diamond skull as a nice cennothing like the images that seem to trepiece for their Christmas dinner be everywhere. ‘For the Love of table? I guess it’s good to know God’ is actually tiny, delicate and that none of us actually will... cheerfully sparkling, like nothing I Thinking about fashion alternahave ever seen before. I shared this tives I wondered if anyone will precious moment with a group of actually wear the grey and literally pre-pubescent teens who just stapled together new NO collection couldn’t get enough of the sight and that Viktor & Rolf so clairvoyantly kept examining their own facial proposed for this crisis season. It bone structure while circling the would be rather appropriate if it brightly-lit glass case in the pitch Illustration by Kelly Young weren’t still the proverbial sheep’s black darkroom that the Rijksmuseclothing since, apart from the idea um had created. Only adults kept behind this NO concept, Viktor & Rolf still belong to the old econgoing on about the monetary value of what all those diamonds omy luxury industry. But let’s suppose for a moment if we really represent, especially the huge pink diamond posted on the foredid say no to Bling... what then would be the truly new thing? head like a third eye. When I left the museum 30 minutes later to go about the rest of that afternoon’s errands, I couldn’t help but think it a good thing if a lot of youngsters would see this particuReact: firstname.lastname@example.org lar piece of art, hoping it will sink into their subconscious as the
For the love of god God isn’t the ﬁrst association that comes to mind when thinking of Amsterdam, the most liberal city in the most liberal country in the world. Still, God is everywhere in our city of sin. According to the City Hall fact sheet ‘Geloven in Amsterdam’ [‘Belief in Amsterdam’] from June 2001 (the last time they researched it), 41 per cent of Amsterdammers call themselves Christian, Muslim, Jew and so on. Incidentally, the highly informative CIA World Factbook tells me that 86 per cent of the world population adheres to some kind of faith. As an atheist you’re seriously outnumbered and you’re actually obliged to take all these religious clubs seriously, if only for reasons of self-preservation. That notion, however, presents me with a problem. All faiths, to me, are childish and therefore I ﬁnd every believer to be, well, a child. I’ll never forget the sudden change in a conversation with an Indonesian union man, who, after he realised I not only wasn’t a Muslim, but denied the existence of any god whatsoever as well, said: ‘But who made your little ears? And your little nose?’ Shocking. One moment you’re talking with a grown-up, the next you ﬁnd yourself in the company of a four-year-old. The tricky thing with discussions like this is the undemonstrable position of my atheistic argumentation. After my demise, I can’t simply buzz my religious survivors to inform them that they’ve been wrong all along. Still, I wonder who’s better off. Religion and, even more so, religious communities have an important social function, even in a country like ours. Take my father, 82 now. He has replaced the orthodox Protestantism from his youth by something I refer to as ‘Protestantism lite’. Jesus walking on the water? Forget it. But my father does like to go to church, particularly because he wants to be with people in familiar surroundings. Another advantage of having a faith is that the faithful can easily deal with many setbacks during their lifetime, in the knowledge that eternal bliss is awaiting them. Then again, the nasty catch is that it’s only after they’ve died that they’ll discover that said bliss doesn’t exist. Oh no, of course not: you can’t discover anything once you’re dead. Or can you? I think I’ll become agnostic. Because you never know. Something to report? email@example.com
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Avoiding the forced inburgering course By Linawati Sidarto This summer, I found myself on the phone to my local stadsdeel office, having heard that non-Dutch residents who had never gone through the inburgering process could take some Dutch classes for free—a deal that sounded too good to be true. When I arrived in the Netherlands ten years ago, Indonesians were exempt from the ordeal of civic integration. ‘Why?’ I asked an immigration official then. ‘Those are the rules,’ was his answer. But ten years later, I had an appointment with a consultant from ROC, an educational institution that provides Dutch classes to immigrants. As she scrutinised my ﬁle, her frown grew deeper. I started feeling uneasy. ‘I don’t suppose you realise,’ she said with a sigh, ‘that it is mandatory for you to go through the inburgering process. Those are the rules now.’ Huh? The kind woman explained to me that former integration minister Rita Verdonk (who has since formed her own populist party with the fitting name ‘Proud of the Netherlands’) had come up with a new law last year: all residents aged 18 to 65 without a Dutch passport and originating from non-EU countries must go through the inburgering process. ‘No matter whether you’ve been in Holland for thirty days or thirty years,’ the counsellor said. Our meeting turned into a venting session, mostly for the counsellor who was livid. ‘The new law has resulted in chaos. It was not feasible from day one,’ she hissed. To begin with, municipalities were supposed to inform every resident in the target group. I, for one, was never informed (but was stupid enough to ‘enlist’ myself). ‘Some municipalities did, and some didn’t. There was no uniformity,’ my counsellor said. Some people were infuriated that they were told to ‘integrate’ when they had already been an active part of their community for years. Regardless, new language schools opened and hired hundreds of teachers in anticipation of thousands of ‘integrators’ coming out of the woodwork. Of course, the turnout for the courses was much lower than expected. ‘Half of my colleagues have been let go now,’ the counsellor explained. So what about me? The counsellor had me take a onehour Dutch test. A week later she called: my Dutch was excellent, but I was still required to take a formal inburgering exam, according to Verdonk’s rules. ‘But take your time. I don’t expect the authorities to come after you any time soon. Who knows, the rules may change again before you know it.’ That settles it then. I think I’ll follow her kindly advice and stay quiet for now.
Coffeestop? By Jaro Renout Anyone who knows Amsterdam a little bit must have noticed a cold and conservative wind of change blowing through the city lately. In particular, our famed coffeeshop culture is heavily under siege from forces in parliament that have obviously gone over to the dark side. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since our fair country is now governed by a raggedy coalition of Christian fundamentalists and rambling socialists. But given the fact that America is spending billions of dollars in a war on drugs that is currently being won by the other side—a bunch of lazy ass pot smokers and what not—one could carefully draw the conclusion that A) peo-
ple want drugs really badly, B) they’ll get it anyhow, C) repression is too expensive and D) it doesn’t work. However, our government felt the urge to give the Grand Illusion of a drug-free Holland another go. For now its focus is on closing 43 coffeeshops situated within 250 metres from a secondary school. No one involved believes this is going to have any effect whatsoever, because a vigorously implemented law already makes it virtually impossible to sell soft drugs to minors. Furthermore, some school teachers foresee ‘delivery boys on mopeds’ who might have stronger stuff for sale as well. And let’s face it, no school kid is going to buy a bag of weed in plain sight of his own principals anyway. Within the city council there’s still a lot of discussion on this topic and only the Christian-Democrats believe in their own radical plan to close all coffeeshops by 2011. Mayors all over the country have expressed their concern about this absurd target, and seem willing to revolt over it. So it ain’t over yet. Next year will be an important one for the future of Dutch drug policy. It seems that we have no choice but to make a clear stand, the old rabbit-out-of-a-hat gedoogbeleid is no longer an option. We either legalise or ban soft drugs all together. Needless to say, should we have the guts and clairvoyance to ﬁnally make the step to legalisation, God, the pope and all his merry men will be very sorry they ever brought it up.
The future of bulging briefs By Willem de Blaauw ‘Ironically, our plan for 2009 is a show we originally planned for 2008,’ says Koos van den Berg, better known as Coco Coquette from the transvestite theatre collective Chicks with Dicks. ‘We were planning a show called Zeevrouw, a parody on that super cheap textile chain Zeeman, when this
whole “let’s clean up De Wallen and put fashion designers instead of prozzies behind windows” came up. ‘As the Dutch naaien can both mean “to sew” and “to fuck’’, we soon saw the innuendo of these designers taking over the naaien from the sex workers. So we came up with the show De Dekmantel, about an old-fashioned brothel, ‘In den Vroolycken Naaidoos’, that is forced to turn into a naai-atelier in order to keep making money. But except for a sewing machine in the window, behind closed doors it’s business as usual.’ The show, with Eileen Wayback, Molly Strychnine and Coco Coquette playing the hookers Patty, Marga and Jose (funnily enough, also the names of the ladies of that camp ’70s group Luv) quickly sold out. At time of print there are only tickets left for the extra performance on 4 January at the Winston. And although it’s rather hilarious, the show also seriously questions the whole vertrutting movement playing out in De Wallen and the fear of losing something that’s unique to our city.
Feeling ﬂush in hard times By Marlous Veldt Is it possible to feel poor, but not be poor at all? Frugal living and bad accounting have presented me with a balance sheet of €18,000 in outstanding invoices. Outstanding with reliable clients, meaning that if I start sending those invoices the money will be in my bank account somewhere next month. Help! 2008 has been a year of hard work, a two-month travel adventure from Estonia to Moldova that I don’t remember much about and more hard work. Now, for 2009, limitless possibilities are on the horizon. A year to cross the oceans as a freighter shipmate or play the carefree bum in a castaway surfers’ town. But I can’t make myself book a plane ticket. I seem to be stuck in Amsterdam.
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her impression of the evening speedily on location and sharing it with the listeners directly, with the story immediately published on her blog. Another rising storyteller at Mind the Gap is Thijs de Boer. He started writing only two years ago, and his ﬁrst omnibus bundle will be published before next summer. He’s even read at the Crossing Border festival in Den Haag and twice in De Avonden on Radio 1. For De Boer and McCreadie, reading their stories to listeners is a good way of promoting their work while receiving direct feedback. ‘Sometimes the crowd laughs when I didn’t intend to be funny. It’s thrilling to see how your story comes across,’ says McCreadie. On the public side, De Boer says listening to a storyteller is a more inspiring way to spend your evening than in front of the TV. ‘It opens up your mind to someone else’s world and encourages you to use your own imagination,’ says De Boer. ‘Besides that, stories are the only things that really last. Everything in the world comes and goes. We all die, and everything we carry with us eventually is little more than a burden. The only thing that’s left in the end is stories: they’re lighter to carry with you.’
It’s time to realise that going out is shit By Sarah Gehrke Is there a way to transform this city—or my place in it—into a happy corner, where there are no deadlines and instead friends come round for chats and dancing in the living room? Maybe I should rent the shop downstairs and sell the stuff that I, as a woman sitting on money, don’t need anymore. Then listen to the customers while they buy the crap that I’m clearing out. Or maybe I should invest in therapy sessions to accept the fact that Amsterdam is just sticky and doesn’t need a reason to keep people tied down who are too restless to escape. There might be cash in that as well.
It’ll still be trippy
The two most popular pills evidently are Morning Glory and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose. ‘We’ve always had these pills,’ says Schwerk. ‘Only now that we can’t sell mushrooms, they’re becoming more popular.’ Her stoned friend next to her smiles and says, ‘You shouldn’t just write about ’em man. You got to try the stuff.’ Right you are. Maybe 2009 will mean the return of gonzo journalism. In a big way.
The year of the storyteller By Isabel Serval
By Mark Wedin 2009 will be the year that many casual mushroom trippers ﬁnally take the plunge and go hardcore. Yep, thanks to the bastards we call bureaucrats and politicians, the banning of magic mushrooms has many—or at least me—considering other hallucinogenic options. Like DMT. Oh, how that powdered devil has tempted me for too long. In the past, mushrooms always satisﬁed my need to see beyond the usual day-to-day fare, but since I’ve now got to get them illegally, I might as well ﬁnally bone up and explore the many other trippy choices. I’m not sure if I’ve the balls for any of this stuff, but 2009’s as good a time as any to ﬁnd out. ‘Well, these pills here are similar to LSD,’ says Anne Schwerk. She works at Kokopelli, a branch of the many Conscious Dreams smartshops around town. She says they’ve got a whole line of pills, most of them stronger than mushrooms, and fully legal. ‘Technically, the seeds used in these pills are legal all over Europe. Even in America, but there they have to package them carefully, so as not to show they’re a “drug”, but more of a “herb” or something.’ The line of pills she shows me is somewhat staggering, boasting all sorts of trips: light and short, long and heavy, and one made for nervous bastards like myself who get terrible stomach problems from hallucinogens.
There’s a financial crisis, hallucinating fungi are illegal, De Wallen is being tidied up and clubs and pubs smell of BO and flatulence because nobody’s smoking. What a relief, there’s good news too: storytelling is on the increase. Early night life goes cosy: snuggle up, lean back and enter the wondrous world of stories. ‘Stories make your mind expand,’ says Shayne McCreadie, with a broad smile and glistening eyes. She reads her spoken columns every two weeks on Friday evening at the Van Gogh Museum. McCreadie, a Media and Culture student at UvA, also tells her stories at Mind the Gap. This monthly open mic night at Studio K has been a success since starting last June. ‘I like that it’s open to all forms of literary expression, especially since it’s not easy to make yourself heard if you haven’t published an actual paper yet,’ she says. Mind the Gap initiator Efﬁe Baert says this is exactly the idea: an open, cosy and inspiring monthly evening. ‘It doesn’t matter whether people are listening to local celebrity Blackstarr, or a ﬁrst-timer. Everybody’s treated with the same amount of respect.’ Now Baert is looking to expand the event. McCreadie also incorporates new media with old story traditions: she writes live blogs at Mind the Gap, typing
Why do people go to bars? They go to bars to a) drink, b) hear music and c) meet other people. All these things used to be great. But times have changed. It ﬁnally hit me last weekend, returning from a freezing smoking break, needing half an hour to fight my way back through a crowded bar, alternately being hit on and hit, both by idiots, and arriving to ﬁnd both my bar stool and my beer gone. The only thought that stopped me mourning the loss of said beer was that it had been one of those watered-down miniature drinks anyway, so I didn’t even miss it that much. That’s when it dawned on me. This isn’t actually fun. For a while, I refused to accept it and went to fetch a new beer. Whereupon I realised I was asked for quite a lot of money for little return. I’m not very good with money. I usually only start thinking about it when it stops being there. But those who have a less abstract notion of it than myself might even ponder global ﬁnancial crises as they slam down another €30 for a round. Then there’s the music. Needless to say, it’s usually not so good. Under the inﬂuence of alcohol, one might try and improve the situation by requesting songs—seldom a successful or digniﬁed venture. And just when you’re drunk enough to think all the idiots are actually fun people, the music is great to sing along to and you can’t really recognise the numbers on the bank notes you’re passing over, they throw you out. And you have to cycle home through the blistering cold knowing that the next morning you’ll probably have a ﬂu on top of your hangover. It took me a while, probably because my judgment was clouded by fond memories of the summer, when there are terraces, excitement and warm air. But here’s the solution—just don’t go out. Stack up the fridge, invite over friends whose fun-ness factor you trust, and have a non-quiet night in. You can put on some great tunes, have drinks that are cheap and nice, smoke as many cigarettes as you want, and never worry about a curfew. That’s it, my friends: staying in is the next big thing. Well, at least until the spring comes. ___
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The Chocolate Expedition—Photos by Frits Lemaire, Friday, Tropenmuseum.
SUNDAY 21 DECEMBER
Fashion: Christophe Coppens—No Reference
Art: Lost & Found
Whatever may rouse the DIYer in you—tightening of the global purse strings, winter weather, reality TV shows—you won’t want to miss Christophe Coppens’ installation. Not only are the Belgian designer’s pieces being uniquely shown as works-in-progress, but you can help him stitch. Those who are handy with needle and thread are invited to assist putting the ﬁnishing touches on the collection of 33 couture accessories. And who knows where the objets d’art will land? Brussels-based Coppens has bonneted members of the Belgian royal family and singer Roisin Murphy frequently appears on stage in one of his surrealist capes or Alice in Wonderlandian hats. For visitors sans inner couturier, No Reference will still be an interesting display of pageantry: on just how Coppens is spending the €20,000 H+F Fashion Award he received last year. (Karina Hof) Platform 21, 14.00-18.00. Until 18 January.
Nearly everybody has one—a little collection of useless things that are impossible to throw away because they are nice, or funny, or cool. But you only ever come across these things in the process of moving house, or a very thorough cleaning extravaganza. Then you look at them and they make you smile—but the rest of the time they just rot away in the back end of some cupboard. Unless you’re an artist. Those lucky people have a profession that allows them to take useless things and make something out of them that might still be useless, but is looked at by a large quantity of other people. Here’s where Lost & Found comes in. They ask around in their network of artists and other interesting people, and make them hand over their things, and then organise events where all that is exhibited. Completely useless. But funny, and nice, and cool. (Sarah Gehrke) Escape, 21.00, €9.
FRIDAY19 DECEMBER Photography: Frits Lemaire—The Chocolate Expedition In 1951, chocolate producer Van Houten commissioned a ﬁlm about the harvesting of cocoa beans in Ghana. A team was picked, that included the photographer, cameraman and tribal art expert Frits Lemaire, and they drove a military truck from Weesp via Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Alger, Sahara, Kano and Lagos to ﬁnally arrive in Accra. It was an old-fashioned adventure. This exhibition of Lemaire’s photography shows the Sahara as a desert but not as deserted: with its waves of sand, mines of salt and oasis dwellers. Besides voodoo, the Tropenmuseum now has another excellent reason to visit it. (Steve Korver) Tropenmuseum, 10.00-17.00. Until 14 June 2009.
SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER Rock: Amsterdam Hard It’s a merry ol’ potluck of the city’s underground scene tonight with a band for every taste— as long as your taste embraces the rocky, rootsy and/or rancid. Representative is Amsterdam’s psychobilly legends Asmodeus who are saying farewell after 15 years of being the band Elvis would join if he ever rose from the dead as a blood sucking zombie. Also featured are the salon anarchists Human Alert, the surﬁng birds Los Tiki Boys, the tasteless rockers The Works, the rockin’ raw bluegrass boys The Pedro Delgados, the sex blues duo 69ers and—the only non-Amsterdam act—.357 String Band who pump out an amphetamine-fuelled streetgrass. It should all be joyous as fuck. (Steve Korver) Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 19.00, €15 + membership.
TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER Gospel: The Very Best of Black Gospel When the nuts start cracking at the ballet house, it’s time for gospel at the Concertgebouw. This year, the rather unhumbly-titled ‘Very Best of Black Gospel’ features some dozen singers and musicians from all corners of the US and from as far off as South Africa, offering high-spirited renditions of mainstays—‘Whole World in His Hands’, ‘Oh, Happy Day’ and ‘Down by the Riverside’—along with chestnuts of the Christmas season. No great innovations here, just a tradition kept aglow. They’ll surely raise spirits and fill the hall with full-throated warmth—and who could want for anything else. (Steve Schneider) Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 16.00, 20.15, €36.12/€42.50.
Electronica: Kraak & Smaak You know you’ve made it when American cop shows with initials in their titles are using your songs. Leiden’s upbeat, funky breaks trio Kraak en Smaak scored just that with feelgood single ‘Squeeze Me’ earlier this year. That said, they don’t really need CSI’s help—the song’s own video, of flick-book trick photography was cool enough for Kanye’s tick of approval. Their most recent album Plastic People, has been a huge break-out overseas, allowing them to tour the world, sell out New York gigs and appear on US talk shows. Onstage, it switches between DJ and band mode, but this week’s show will see a busy stage with singer, MC, drums, bass, keyboards and percussion to leave a crunchy after-taste. (Colin Delaney) Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.00, €12.50 + membership.
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AGENDA: MUSIC Must see: Pop
High Places Sunday 21 December, SMART Project Space. Boy meets girl in Brooklyn and they go about making fun electronic pop. It’s way more abstract than The Postal Service, but also way more rewarding. 20.00, €7
cross between Elvis Presley and Che Guavera’—so a fat guy in a sparkly jumpsuit who loves cigars and sparked a million stenciled t-shirts on campus? Sounds awesome. That said, the Swedes do know how to rock, getting uber-producer Rick Rubin’s tick of approval, as they’re signed to his label. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 21.15, €10 + membership
Thursday 18 December
Friday 19 December
World: Cho Mu Win giving Amsterdam a taste of Burmese culture with the help of the saung (Burmese harp), an ancient national instrument that resembles a rearing scorpion. Tropentheater, Kleine Zaal, 20.30, €17
Classical: Cuarteto Latinoamericano The Mexican quartet performs Villa-Lobos, Lavista, Revueltas, Orbon and Ginastera. Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, 20.15, €37
Rock: Face Tomorrow Inﬂuenced by big names like Radiohead, Muse, Tool and At the Drive-In, this Dutch act make powerful yet melodic indie rock. Support by punkers Tenement Kids. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.30, €10 + membership Classical: Ives Ensemble Stravinsky once said about his music: ‘It is a rare form of kleptomania.’ Of course fellow composer Vanilla Ice knows all about that. Tonight’s programme asks you to ‘stop, collaborate and listen’ to the way Mozart, Schumann and Liszt have inﬂuenced and inspired modern-day composers. Muziekgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €25 Jazz: Metropole Orchestra & Ronnie Cuber Accompanied by New York baritone sax player Ronnie Cuber, the Metropole Orchestra swing through the big band sound. Bimhuis, 20.30, €16 Soul: Jamie Lidell The master of new soul, taking the old and giving it some new. ‘Another Day’ feels like he’s been brought up on the Big Chill soundtrack while ‘A Little Bit of Feel Good’ and ‘Hurricane’ are retro-cool stripped of any pretentiousness. Support from Chop Wood. Melkweg, The Max, 21.00, sold out Rock: The (International) Noise Conspiracy With the demise of Swedish rockers Refused, singer Dennis Lyxzen went on to form The (International) Noise Conspiracy with the aim of blending music and politics, ‘a
Jazz: dOeK Festival #7 Exploring the outer limits of improvisation, this two-day festival throws timing and structure out the window in favour of chance and chaos. Playing tonight is The Ed Prubufu Four, Eke and Eric Boeren’s Seven. Bimhuis, 20.30, €16 Rock: New Model Army Old dudes from England still angry 28 years after forming. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, €16 + membership World: Laziz Pop, rock, R&B and funk from the Arabic world. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.00, €10 Jazz: Sinas Eight-piece act Sinas wants to heat your Dutch winter with some Latin jazz and get you dancing with their heavy percussion and sexy rhythms. Ay, Carumba. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 23.00, €8 World: We Love Seksen—Goksel Turkey comes to Paradiso with hot Turkish pop star Goksel performing live as part of Club Pera’s special We Love Seksen Istanbul ’80s party. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 23.59, €15
Saturday 20 December Classical: Christmas Concert One of Amsterdam’s best concerts over the festive season, Oude Kerk celebrates with baroque works by German composer Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer. Oude Kerk, 16.00, €15
Experi-mental! Musical insanity at dOeK on Friday and Saturday.
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Must see: Jazz
Photo by Ilya Mauter
Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band Paradiso, Grote Zaal, Sunday 21 December. Is he just going to get up and tell jokes with punchlines emphasised by a drum roll or a kazoo? Maybe bad jokes accompanied by a tuba bellow? Nope, Woody Allen plays the clarinet, has done so since he was an adolescent. His moniker, ‘Woody’ even comes from his idol, clarinetist Woody Herman. So does (real name) Allan Stewart Konigsberg still carry the same neurosis while playing lively, uptempo New Orleans jazz and scoring €74 a head for it? You tell me. 21.30, €74
Punk: Amsterdam Hard It’s a huge line-up of punk rock, psychobilly, bluegrass and surf tunes as bands Los Tikis Boys, Human Alerts, The Pedro Delgados, ’69ers, .357 String Band and Asmodeus celebrate a merry hard Christmas, while also saying farewell to Asmodeus after 15 years of psychobilly silliness. See Short List. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 19.00, €15 + membership Pop/Rock: Krezip Led by singer Jacqueline Govaert this Dutch band celebrated their ten-year anniversary last December at the Heineken Music Hall. A year on, it’s a farewell show at Paradiso. Support from Hit Me TV. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 19.30, sold out Pop/Rock: Hope Box Xmas Event Tonight the Winston Kingdom hosts Turn It Loose, Flying Style and The Hope Box Band to bring some yuletide cheer to your ears (and wallets). Winston Kingdom, 20.00, free Classical: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest ’T is the season to be jolly with swaying waltzes, upbeat polkas and a programme of seasonal classics, conducted by Yakov Kriezberg. Expect plenty of sleigh bells. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €36/€42.50 Experimental: DOeK Festival #7 On the second day of this experimental/improv festival catch D/L/T, Wollo’s World and the Scrutinizers—the latter featuring cellist Frances Marie Uitti, electronics by Cor Fuhler and bassist Wilbert de Joode. They’ll make amazing sounds, but it’s obviously not really for the Britney fans. Bimhuis, 20.30, €16 Classical: Opera Trionfo/Nieuw Ensemble An operetta in pure vaudeville style, Arthur Honegger tells the story of King Pausole of Tryphème and his 365 wives. Lucky bugger. Muziekgebouw, 20.30, €33.50 Singer-songwriter: Nina June Soulful and bluesy, Nina June studied at the rock academy in Tilburg and has this year released debut record Little Dreams, with tinges of jazz, soul and country. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 21.30, €10 + membership
Sunday 21 December Heavy: Metalfest: Morbid Angel/Kataklysm/Marduk Metal bands’ logos are always written like they’ll take your eye out. I guess it’s cool if you’re 14––which might go a way to explaining the start time for this mini-fest that along with major acts Morbid Angel, Kataklysm and Marduk, includes Keep of Kalessin, Aborted, Arsis Hail of Bullets and Carach Angren. Don’t forget to tape your ﬁngers into throwhorns position—it’s going to be a long night. Melkweg, The Max, 15.00, €28 + membership Singer-songwriter: Selma Blending folk with Eastern influences, this afternoon show sees her launch her debut CD Umbrellas. Badcuyp, Noordpool, 15.00, €6 Classical: Christmas Concert See Saturday. Oude Kerk, 16.00, €15 Classical: Messiah The Koor van de Nederlandse Händelvereniging perform Handel’s masterpiece Messiah in lead up to Christmas. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 19.30, €26.50/€30 Rock: Tribute 2 Jimi Hendrix A tribute night to the master who, on November 27 would have turned 66 were it not for the great rock ’n’ roll curse of dying at 27 years of age. Tonight Midnite Gypsies with support by JimiX (featuring Van B King) will bring him back. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 20.00, €16 + membership
Monday 22 December Experimental: The Present Having produced the likes of Animal Collective, Panda Bear and Born Rufﬁans, Rusty Santos steps out from behind the production desk and into the limelight, albeit the niche limelight of left-field indie soundscaping, with new project The Present. Expect electronic soundscapes, African rhythms, guitars and vocals, and fans of the above bands plus Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Atlas Sound should check him out. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 20.00, €6 + membership
An indie treat. Check out The Present on Monday.
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AGENDA: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Parties
By Jessica Hartman
Where to party like it’s 2009! Old=New Part of New Year’s Eve is always looking back on what has been, so Sugar Factory is happy to take you on a dazzling audio tour to relive the best techno, house, disco and acid hits of 2008. The guides for this night include DJs Steven de Peven vs Carlos Valdes, Tom Trago, Arjuna Schiks and Lupe. Get yourself polished up with a hip makeover if these hits from a bygone year start to make you feel a little quaint. Sugar Factory, 0.10-05.00, €35 (early bird)/€50 (after 20 December) The Arc of Goa: New Light Celebration On the IJ you can dance to whatever ﬂoats your boat. In different areas of Stubnitz and Moby King you can enjoy, amongst others, psytrance, electro punk house, electro, reggae, minimal techno and ambient. In the bar there’s live music and an art performance. Also, champagne and cocktails are available to keep you ﬂoating. And worry not, there are ferries to and from Stubnitz all night. MS Stubnitz & Moby King, 23.00-08.00, €30 (early bird, via website)/€45 (at door) Ride in to 2009 Don’t get the blues on New Year’s Eve but move on to modern rock ’n’ roll and ska with live bands The Works, The Shenanigans and the quirkiest DJs in town. You can even strut your stuff in the dance competition! And of course, there’s good hooch to go with it. Maloe Melo, 20.00-late, €17.50 Dead Celebrities Party Kriterion and Klik! present this ghoulish party. So don’t be a stiff—loosen your limbs all night long to the sound of (a)live bands and DJs. There’s no spiritless hanging in your theatre seats allowed either; respect for the deceased means you have to keep on dancing. Meanwhile, watch short films with, of course, a whole lot of funky dead people. Be careful not to get (too) wasted though... Filmtheater/Cafe Kriterion, 01.00-07.00, €12 Rebirth at the Oude en Nieuwe Anita If your head is fertile with good ideas for 2009, show it off while sticking it out of a painted pregnant woman during a fruitful photo session. Also, be inspired by these great live-acts: The Stoet will rock the disco cradle and the place will be overflowing with theatre performers. As always at this homely cafe, there’s going to be good ol’ oliebollen and bubbles to baptise the new-born year. De Nieuwe Anita, 21.00-05.00, €15 Het Knotsgekke Kermisbal (Freakishly Fun Fairground) If 2008 left you spinning, you might as well start 2009 by going round the bend some more. Those who aren’t troubled by vertigo can go wild at this party held on the 1st to the 3rd floors. DJs Mr. Wix, De Draaivriendinnen, Robotrock, Salvador and surprise acts will transform your night into one big roller coaster ride. ___ Club 8, 21.00-late, €30
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Hiphop: M.O.P Rap classics like ‘Anti Up’ and ‘Cold As Ice’ put M.O.P on the scene. Then 50 Cent snatched ’em up for his G Unit label but fortunately the Mash Out Posse haven’t made any trips to the candy store, remaining hard and gritty or ‘keeping it street’ as they say in the hood. Support by Zwart Licht, Hef, Adonis, Crooks, Mo & Brakko. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.45, €15 + membership Jazz: Jazz Juice The odds are in the ladies’ corner as SaraLee Vos joins the group, who’re already full of femme fatale attitude, bringing the old into the new and making the room jump and jive to Jazz Juice. Sugar Factory, 21.00, €9
Tuesday 23 December Electronica: Kraak & Smaak Mixing funk, house and rap, Leiden locals Kraak & Smaak will celebrate the closure of a big year courtesy of break through album Plastic People. While Boxing Day will see them perform a DJ set at Westergasfabriek, catch them tonight in full band mode. Support from recent Grote Prijs finalists TheFringe. See Short List. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.00, €12.50 + membership Funk: The Dutch Rare Groove Revue With a huge collection of ’60s and ’70s artists forming the house band along with guest of honour Jan Akkerman, the Dutch Rare Groove Revue will bring back the funk and soul perfectly for people who remember it, and those younger who’re keen to dig through music history. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €12 + membership Rock: L.I.N.E This up and coming Dutch band have, in their brief career, played Eurosonic, Huntenpop and Bevrijdingsfestival, with their debut EP being received well. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 22.30, €7 + membership
Wednesday 24 December Jazz: Boi Akih What’s normally a duo in the form of singer Monica Akihary, writing in her ancestral tongue of Moluccan (in Indonesia to save you Googling it) and partner Niels Brouwer, tonight become a quartet with bassist Ernst Glerum and drummer Owen Hart Jr to add a little umph. Bimhuis, 20.30, €16 World: Mdungu Locals invoke the spirit of Africa with their take on Afrobeat, funk and roots music, led by saxophonist Thijs van Milligen. Winston Kingdom, 22.30, €10 Electronica: Memphis Maniacs This Christmas Eve come celebrate the way only the King could. The Memphis Maniacs take your classic dance and rock hits, mash ’em up together and then stick an Elvis impersonator out front. Stupid and fun, it’s not for the musical chin strokers out there. Stay on afterwards with DJs Wipneus & Pim from midnight. But just remember, don’t be too naughty or Santa won’t stop at your house. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 22.30, €12.50
Thursday 25 December
AGENDA: MUSIC Classical: Anna Fedorova Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova presents Chopin’s ballads, sonatas and more. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 20.15, €28.50/€33 Rock: Claw Boys Claw/Cosmic Psychos After 11 years without a record release Claw Boys Claw returned in 2008 with Pajama Day, a descent into swampy rock and garage punk. So what better way to send out the momentous year than with a big show at the Max? And in the double bill, there’s the equally awesome garage punk of Aussie stalwarts Cosmic Psychos, who somehow influenced the likes of Mudhoney and Pearl Jam despite being from Melbourne. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, €17.50 + membership Jazz: Paul van Kemenade So good was his set at Tilburg jazz fest Stranger Than Paranoia, that saxophonist Paul Van Kemenade and his merry men will play it again tonight. Bimhuis, 20.30, €18 Hiphop: Missin’ Link Eindejaars Parade Dutch hiphop reprezent, yo! Convincing? Thought not— best leave it to the guys that know what they are doing: Kohfie Konnect, Jawat!, U-niq, Turk & Spacekees, Cartes & Kleine Jay and Extince. Bo! Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €15 + membership
Sunday 28 December Classical: Calefax Pan The Calefax Reed Quintet arrange and interpret music from over eight centuries, from early music, to classical and Jazz. Tonight a range of friends and fellow musicians like Hanco Klok, Tetzepi Bigtet and Wouter Snoei will join them. Muziekgebouw, 19.30, €11 World: Benefietconcert Marokko Fonds A fundraiser night for the Moroccan charity attracts chaâbi singer Daoudi to the stage for a lively show. Melkweg, The Max, 20.30, €35
Monday 29 December Jazz: Winterreise 2 The second Winterreise, Yuri Honing’s annual show at Paradiso sees him team up with singer-songwriter Huub van der Lubbe to perform various poems from Gerrit Komrij, Jean Pierre Rawie and Paul van Ostaijen to name a few, accompanied by Nico Brandsen on Hammond organ and Louis Debij on drums. The sound of blues spirituals will accompany Van Der Lubbe’s preaching. Later, accompanied by Janne Schra and Leine, Honing will play an electronic based set using beats, loops and new compositions. Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 20.30, €17.50 + membership Jazz: New Cool Collective Led by Benjamin Herman, the New Cool Collective return to Sugar Factory—it’ll be a zoot suit riot, for sure. Sugar Factory, 21.30, €7.50
Tuesday 30 December
Classical: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conducted by Mariss Jansons with Latvian soprano Elina Garanca, ﬁll your stockings with a Christmas Day matinee of Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni, Chapi and Strausse arias. Sure beats visiting the in-laws. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 15.00, €50/€60
Pop: Van Dik Hout Pop rockers Van Dik Hout, who broke out in ’94 with hit ‘Stil in Mij’, are a little older and hopefully a little wiser (no head-butting butterﬂies as their ’97 album title suggested). Paradiso, Grote Zaal, 19.30, sold out
Friday 26 December
Singer-songwriter: André Manuel en de Ketterse Fanfare Dutch singer-songwriter and comedian brings his new band André Manuel en de Ketterse Fanfare to play his old tunes with a new band shine. Paradiso, Kleine Zaal, 21.00, €8.50 + membership
Classical: Don Kosaken Chor Russland Traditional Cossack folk and Russian liturgical music to turn the Dutch winter even colder, as Marcel Nicolajevich Verhoeff conducts the all-male choir, with musical accompaniment from the Moscow Festival Ensemble. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 14.15, €29.50/€31.50 Heavy: Omission To misquote Sir Elton John, ‘Boxing Day night is alright for fighting’, especially with this rocking local line-up; Omission, Rush ’n’ Attack and ...And So We Escaped. Winston Kingdom, 22.00, €6
Saturday 27 December Soul: Alain Clark & Friends He’s a soul(pop) man! Alain Clark is from Haarlem but you’d think he was from Harlem as his video for latest single ‘Blow Me Away’ has Alain cruising the streets and subways of New York, presumedly looking for Curtis Mayfield’s ghost. Point being, Clark plays HMH and brings with him a bunch of mates. Heineken Music Hall, 20.00, €25/€29.50
Electronica: zZz Dark and gritty with the punk ethos of ‘simplicity’, the local duo of Björn Ottenheim (vocals and drums) and Daan Schinkel (organ) make danceable rock mixed with swampy sleaze and gothic grunge. Seductive stuff. Support from Adept. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 21.00, €12.50 + membership
Wednesday 31 December Classical: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble While you might want to be layering your stomach with a greasy meal in preparation for the big night, instead try this New Year’s classical concert. Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, 15.00, €21 Jazz: New Year’s Eve Concert Featuring Ernst Reijseger, Martin Fondse, Barockpuppies, Theatergroep Flint, Alan Gunga Purves, Jorge Brinkmann Trio, VoiceOverCello and Neslon Latif, if one of these dudes doesn’t play ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at midnight I’ll eat my trilby. Bimhuis, 20.30, €38
Organ rock ’n’ roll from zZz on Tuesday 30 December.
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Must see: Clubs
Inmotion met Sebo K
Rebel Up! Soundclash
Melkweg, Oude Zaal, Friday 19 December.
OCCI, Saturday 20 December.
Shinedoe and 2000 and One receive guest Sebo K from Berlin and get the party going with techno and house. 23.00-late, €13
World music from every corner of the planet is what Rebel Up! features. This time, an East-African special with Andy Moore and guests. 22.30-04.00, €4
CLUBS Thursday 18 December Bloemetjes Buiten: Prom Night Just like in Beverly Hills 90210: Winston hosts a proper prom night, with dates, corsages, the works. Unlike in Beverly Hills 90210: they play old school hiphop with a rock ﬂavour and there’s a live performance by Aïsha. Winston Kingdom, 21.00-03.00, €15 for two BonBon Amer Lamme Tonnie (Rednosedistrikt), Wannabe A Star and Jordanair host the night and get the weekend going. Bitterzoet, 22.00-03.00, €7.50 Vreemd maakt het heet met wat rode peper Vreemd seems to be going strangely culinary this winter. This time it’s a hot night with Bart Skils of VOLT, Traffic and Static fame, along with DJs Florian Rath and Matthijs Groos from Minimaal Feestmaal. Sugar Factory, 23.30-05.00, €9.50 Blue Note Trip Melkweg’s weekly jazz party with DJ Maestro and guests. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.30-late, €8
Friday 19 December Amsterdam BeatClub With the mission of bringing the glamour and sleaze into Amsterdam. Retro and burlesque, go-go dancers and cult films are the key words. Winston Kingdom, 22.00 04.00, €10
Disco Exota Gstring, Zip and Noir present disco, italo, house, new wave, funk and afro. Club 8, 22.00-04.00, €6 Gerrit Rietveld Academy As arty-farty a party as it can get, as it’s the afterparty to a Rietveld student exhibition. Guests will be artists from every medium, and there will be live performanes, too. Hosted by DJs Dim Browsk, Getoutski, DoMinggus and 2Left2Right. Sugar Factory, 22.00-05.00, €10 Major League: Hard as Fuck #1 Rude boys— quite literally. Well at least they’re honest. Jungle and drum & bass are on the bill, with some big names. Melkweg, The Max, 23.00-late, €16
Sunday 21 December Second Chance Sunday Friday night, Saturday night, weekend over? Ah come on, might as well make it a hat-trick with this electro and Britpop night. Winston Kingdom, 23.00-03.00, €5 Wicked Jazz Sounds Jazz you can dance to. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €9.50 Zonde! Naughty and saucy, Zonde! finishes the weekend. Paradiso, 23.30-05.00, €7.50
Monday 22 December
Drie Keer Niks/Cosmic Disco Space race boogies with Shiny Shady, Herrie Gekkehuis, O.Boogie and Marco and Orpheo. Flex Bar, 23.30-05.00, €7.50
Cheeky Monday Local and international heroes host this true skool jungle and drum & bass party. Winston Kingdom, 21.00-03.00, €7
We Love Seksen: Göksel A ‘70s, ‘80’s and ‘90s theme, plus a fascinating title. Paradiso, 23.5905.00, €17.50
Wednesday 24 December
Saturday 20 December Live Soul, hiphop and disco are on the menu, served by DJs Lil’Vic, Danny de Funk and guests. Bitterzoet, 23.00-04.00, €7.50 Earth 9th Anniversary Per, Terry Lee Brown Jr and Timewriter, plus many others. Paradiso, 23.0005.00, €20 Jungstar Rock Off TheFringe are the live act this evening, with tunes delivered by Flexican, The Walk, Beesmunt Soundsystem and Rogerseventy. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €12.50 Undercover/Club Krang Cleo, Vance, Juliette vs Ana, PPF, Flowing and Giom and Shadow Dancer hide behind the decks. Flex Bar, 23.00-05.00, €10
Forget traditions. Sonic Warfare is what it’s all about this Christmas.
Funky Foolish MC Complex, live acts, DJs and an open stage for jamming, plus funk, soul, turntablism, hiphop, dubstep, rock, reggae... A perfect chrizza night for all the little MCs in town. Bitterzoet, 20.00-03.00, €7.50 G.P.S. Afrobeat, reggae, ska, Latin, salsa, raï, Balkan beats, bhangra, baile funk, dancehall. With this new party, Winston position themselves globally. With DJs Zjelva, MPS Pilot, Zjelva and Bazz ’n’ F, and a live performance by Mdungu. Winston Kingdom, 21.00-03.00, €10
Thursday 25 December The Basement X-Mas Edition Hosting are DJs Waxﬁend, MBA, Abstrack, Qlick and Goodfellas. Melkweg, The Max, 23.00-late, €13
Blue Note Trip See Thursday 18. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.30-late, €8
Friday 26 December Best of Supermarkt Did you know that ‘The Shopping Cart’ is a famous techno dancing move? Come here and somebody may show you. Or not. DJs Super de Boer and Leroy Rey cash in with a selection of house and electro. Bitterzoet, 23.00-04.00, €7.50 Wildvreemd Christmas Night Dreaming of a vreemd Christmas? Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. It might even be wildvreemd. DJs Kirch and Jeroen Kok, Motor City Drum ensemble and VJ Vingerverf. Sugar Factory, 23.59-05.00, €9.50
Saturday 27 December Amsterdam BeatClub Attention hip cats and cool chicks—the BeatClub is back and brings us DJs, specials and live performances galore. Christmas may be over, the time to celebrate certainly ain’t. De Nieuwe Anita, 20.00-01.00, €7.50 New House Collective by 365mag.com 365mag.com hosts a night of completely uncompromised house. People are so excited that an afterparty is already in the works. Before the afterparty: Federico Molinari, Le Chien Perdu, Anoesjka, Ksakye and Tom Ruijg. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €12
Sunday 28 December SFFEERVOL Bitterzoet ﬁnishes off the weekend with Motown, hiphop, and DJs Cream and Manga, Snelle Jelle, Melly Mel and much more. Bitterzoet, 20.0003.00, €5, free before 22.00
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Second Chance Sunday See Sunday 21. Winston Kingdom, 23.00-03.00, €5 Wicked Jazz Sounds See Sunday 21. Sugar Factory, 23.00-05.00, €9.50 Sonic Warfare—PT 12—2 Year Birthday Bash Happy War (Christmas Is Over). Hudson Mohawke, Orthodox, Gemmy, Zomby, Lukid, DJ + B2B Nika and Heny G join forces for a night of electro, drum & bass, and reggae. Melkweg, Oude Zaal, 23.00-late, €12
Wednesday 31 December De Grote Vinnie, Donnie & Sjakie Show Aforementioned Vinnie, Donnie and Sjakie will hopefully take their show’s name seriously and have you party into the new year with a musical mayhem. Winston Kingdom, 00.30-late, €20 Old = New, hosted by Jungstar, Vreemd & Unk Sugar Factory makes it clear that the old year’s favourites will be the ones of the new one, too. Electro, tech house and minimal, spun by familiar and new faces Steven de Peven, Carlos Valdes, Tom Trago, Lupe and Arjuna Schiks. Sugar Factory, 0.10-late, €50 NYE: Border Community with James Holden & Fairmont Not just James Holden & Fairmont, but also Crackhouse ABC, Aron Friedman, Brent Roozendaal and Carlos Valdes are here for the Melkweg New Year’s party. Melkweg, 22.00-late, €35 Oud + Nieuw Party like it’s 1999! Or 1969! Or... Indeed, the theme will switch hourly, and the musical highs of the past 40 years will be celebrated. Burlesque, punk, acid, today—this will be one marvellous time machine. Paradiso, 22.00 late, €40 Welcome to the Future Go forward to the future with Catz ’n’ Dogz, Quazar, Julien Chaptal, 3 Channels and many others. Studio 80, 22.00-late, €30
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 by New York-based singer-songwriter Pashly, short ﬁlms and a mini DJ set by Jessica. De Nieuwe Anita, 20.00-01.00, €5
Friday 19 December Party: Women’s Night DJ R plays a selection of foottapping and hip-shaking hits for the ladies. Dudes are welcome if accompanied by a female friend. Cafe Sappho, 22.00-02.00, free Sex club: XXX Leather Popular and steamy menonly fetish sleaze and dance party. Strict dress code: leather, rubber, uniform, army. DJs Jon Doe and Jimmy Stokes, plus visuals by VJ Eddi Bal. Club JVG, 22.00-04.00, €23/€30 Party: (Z)onderbroek This popular afternoon dance party is now held in the evening. It’s also known as ‘boners in briefs’ as it’s all about dancing and fooling around wearing sexy jock-straps, Y-fronts or boxers. Church, 22.00-04.00, €5
Saturday 20 December Party: Christmas Saloon Holland’s first country & western dance club for gays and lesbians throws a special pink Xmas party with soup, snacks and lots of dancing. You can even bring your own C&W CD to dance to. CREA Cafe, 17.00-22.30, €5 Party: Roze Filmdagen Closing Party Seen enough flicks? Get rid of your numb bum and get some life back in your body at this cheap booze dance party. Vrankrijk, 22.00-03.00, €TBC
Thursday 18 December Festival: Pink Christmas First edition of this—much criticised—gay and lesbian Xmas festival along the Reguliersdwarsstraat and nearby locations. Includes cultural parties, debates and a special church service. See centre spread and www.pinkchristmas.nl for details. Ends 28 December. Various locations, (Daily), various prices Party: GLÜhwein Party Obviously there will be lots of Glühwein at this Girls Like Us party, plus a showcase
Sex club: S.O.S. Note that this hot afternoon party is now held at Club Church and not at the Eagle. The concept has stayed the same though. S.O.S. still isn’t about that Abba song, but all about Sex on Sundays. Nude or underwear, it doesn’t matter. Anything goes (quite literally). Church, 16.00-20.00, €8
Theatre: Pax Islamica IV: Sawm The fourth in a series of five humorous and philosophical performances inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam. This one’s about fasting and, incidentally, about the 12th-century Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyám, about the joys and terrors of mixed marriages, and about Kentucky Fried Chicken. In Dutch. Frascati, (18 December 20.30), €14
Wednesday 31 December Party: New Year’s Sleaze Strictly speaking this party starts on 1 January, but what the heck, you have to get the ﬁreworks out the way ﬁrst. Sleaze boys, women, drag queens are all welcome—it’ll be a blast. Dress code: sleazy (obviously) Church, 00.30-late, €12.50 Party: Angel Cruise New Year’s Eve party hosted by De Engel on the Supperclub Cruise (behind Central Station, leaving from Pier 14). With DJs Doug Gray, Jerry Black and Ronny Rocks. Sailing between 23.0000.30 and 01.30-03.30. Supperclub Cruise, 21.00-05.00, €35 Party: Turn Off The Time New Year’s Eve Party with DJs Showbizliz and Dennis Hupla and free bubbles all night. Cafe Sappho, 22.00-late, €20/€24
Happy hour: Ladies Night No doubt pussies galore as it’s Ladies Night at this happy homo and lesbo hang-out. Special cocktail happy hour for the lezzie ladies between 22.00-23.00, plus other surprises. Getto, 22.00, free Party: Ladz Dance night for lads, scallies, skaters, gabbers, sneakers and sportswear boys. A bit like being at the gym, but with alcohol and without the equipment. Oh, and much more cruisy. Church, 22.00-04.00, €8/€10 Party: UNK Dance party for fags, slags, hags, bags and straights. DJs Lupe and buddies spin electro, techno, minimal and baile funk. Club 8, 23.00-04.00, €8
Pink Christmas: gay Santa fantasies explored to their full potential.
Theatre: Amateurs Inspired by Krysztof Kieslowski’s ﬁlm Amator, this is a play about a couple who used to want to change the world with their art, but never exceeded amateurism. Thus the new world never came, their dreams grew old, and so did their love. Frascati, (18, 19 December 21.00), €14 Theatre: Sneeuwwitje van Oranje A Snow White parody in which the evil witch is suspiciously similar to Queen Beatrix, the faraway land is prosperous, all families have two cars, and there are things like political polls. Expect a fairytale with ‘songs, midgets and a man in a dress.’ Theater Bellevue, (18, 19, 21, 23-28 December 12.30), €14
Party: Oudjaarsfeest New Year’s Eve party with oliebollen, champagne, ﬁreworks and DJs. Saarein, 22.00-late, free
Performance: Roll With It A project consisting of performances, a band, a website, a tour, and this ever-changing theatre show about ‘Club Roll With It’: ﬁve men who are regularly coming together looking for themselves and each other. Gasthuis, (18-20 December 20.00), €14
Theatre: Het Temmen van de Feeks Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew has been running for a while now but is still being performed due to its ongoing success. With Hans Kesting as Petruchio and Halina Reijn as Katharina. Stadsschouwburg, (1820 December 20.30), €10-€27.50
Theatre: Alles is Goed There are two people left on earth. A ﬂock of deer are trying to protect them—but in denial, the people hide the deer in their fur coats. An absurdist and amusing performance asking the question of how we, as humans, are doing? Are we dying out, or are we just getting started? Theater Bellevue, (18-20 December 20.30), €16
Party: Pre-Xmas Drinking Relax and get in the mood for Xmas with a drink or ten. Saarein, 16.0001.00, free
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Wednesday 24 December
Party: PinQ Party It’s not gonna be a silent night at this party, organised by PinQ Radio, with DJs Sugar Cane, Ruud van der Peijl and Fierce Ruling Diva. Flex Bar, 22.00-04.00, €7.50
Dance: Giubileo Hungarian Krisztina de Châtel is celebrating her company’s 30-year anniversary, inviting a number of guests such as Stephen Shropshire, MIchele Pogliani and Massimo Molinari. Expect a dance spectacular. Stadsschouwburg, (21 December 16.00), €10-€25 Dance/Performance: If I Can’t Dance Tonight Part of If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. This afternoon it’s a performance show that involves the visitor in the question of how artists handle performance these days. It features a discussion and dance. De Brakke Grond, (21 December 16.00), €14 Theatre: Kamp Holland The Dutch media is rife with stories on ‘our boys’ in Afghanistan but what is life in Kamp Holland really like? This play is inspired by the the personal stories of serving in a Dutch camp. In Dutch. Stadsschouwburg, (24 December 14.00, 27-30 December 20.30), €10-€27.50
Cabaret: Underdog Jochen Otten might be the underdog, but that doesn’t matter because a) he has a cunning plan he will share with us in his show and b) he’s damn funny. Theater Bellevue, (18-20 December 20.30), €13 Music/Theatre: Goal As Dave Chapelle once said, ‘What’s a black man without his paranoia?’ Garra is a top-footballer who seems to have it all—except for confidence in his own success. His paranoia in the things surrounding him start to take him down. A musical show with a central role for DJ All Star Fresh. Frascati, (19 December 20.30), €14 Theatre: De Koopman van Venetië Theu Boermans and De Theatercompagnie do what they do best: Shakespeare. Shakespeare does what he does best: love, greed, hate, tragedy, ambivalence, lightness, blood thirst and women dressing up as men. And Pierre Bokma as Shylock does alright, too. Stadsschouwburg, (22, 23 December 20.30), €10-€27.50
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AGENDA: EVENTS Must see: Event
Midwinterfeest NDSM-werf, 20-24 December. Solstice activities, including a cultural market, ice rink, food, drink and stories. Yes, stories. See www.ndsml.nl. (17.00-0.00), free
EVENTS Performance: Winterparade Once again, the Gashouder will host the Parade’s winter edition. And it’s just like the actual Parade—theatre, dance, ﬁlm, food and also the Big Ball Bounce Orchestra. The wintry festivities conclude on 31 December, which is, understandably, a bit more expensive, just like everything that night. Gashouder, (Daily 17.30), €35/€55 Film: Film Unmuted—New Sounds for Silent Films 06 A new film series in the Goethe instituut where silent films will be shown with a live soundtrack performed along with it. Goethe Instituut, (19 December 19.30), €5 Film night: Info/Film avond LGBT activisme in Latijns-Amerika Rebeldia Rosa, the LGBT group of youth organisation Ojalá is hosting an info/ﬁlm night on sexual diversity in Latin America. There will be live interviews with Latin LGBT activists, cocktails, Latin music, and the Uruguayan ﬁlm XXY, which has won several international awards. Latijns Amerika Centrum, (19 December 19.30–22.00), €2.50 Film/Music: Thaïs The New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of the Massenet opera, beamed live into Amsterdam’s plushest cinema hall. Pathé Tuschinski, (20 December18.00), €32.50 Craft Fair: Christmas Craftymarkt If you like the handmade goodies on Etsy, or just generally enjoy quirky hand-made art and items that are both fun and aesthetically pleasing, deﬁnitely check out this winter market with a difference—there’ll be no Indian panpipe buskers in sight. Instead, upcoming designers, artists and generally creative folks will gather and sell items from jewellery and tablecloths to dolls and accessories. So sort out those final Christmas prezzies without resorting to AC/DC socks from H&M. Well, okay, get the rock ’n’ roll socks too. Jan Maijenplein, De Baarsjes, (20, 21 December 12.00-21.00), free Photography: Fotoboekenmarathon To underline the new found importance on photography books, Huis Marseille will host a marathon featuring more than 20 famous Dutch photographers that have recently published books. Huis Marseille, (21 December 11.00-18.00), €5
Event: Wed and Walk Want to get married before Christmas? Got a spare €40 still kicking around your wallet? Then make a reservation at wed-and-walk.com and get married this Saturday. There’s no hassle. The rings, dress, suits and bouquets have all been arranged—you just need that special someone. Not that you should necessarily spring a surprise on that special someone. Rather, it’s more about skipping all the negatives—and family members if need be. Studio K, (21 December 13.00-20.00), €40 Poetry/Music: Carte Blanche: Kees ‘t Hart The launch of a new series in de Balie in which writers and artists get the opportunity to make the night their own—first in line being Kees ‘t Hart. He’s created a programme with writers he admires, each reading from their work. He himself will read one of his poems, and to close festivities, the eight-piece Frank Zappa cover band, Uncle Meat, will perform. De Balie, (21 December 15.00), €9 Performance: Boom’s Christmas Show Enjoy a comedy show and a festival holiday menu; all at the same time. Boom Chicago has created a festival holiday extravaganza that includes a multimedia comedy show, a three-course meal and an open bar (if you go for the most expensive ticket). Boom Chicago, (22-24, 26 December 18.30), €52.50-€99.50 Event: Serve the City Feel like giving back this Christmas? Serve the City has organised a number of volunteer projects that all take place on 23 December. These projects include entertaining elderly people, feeding the homeless or having dinner with a transgender woman. Well, that one’s already taken but for the full list of options check out www.stcamsterdam.nl. Various locations, (23 December), free The Comedy Christmas Dinner Show Ah, so Boom Chicago and Comedy Cafe are doing... pretty much the same thing. However, the Comedy Cafe offers a four course meal, instead of three. And, of course, here the comedy is primarily in Dutch. Comedy Cafe, (25, 26 December 21.30), €27.50 €69.50 until Friday 26 December Festival: Tangomagia For the love of tango, this sixday programme features workshops from international tango stars, demonstrations and live performances, marking the 11th edition of the festival. Venues this time include Loods 6, De Duif, Hotel Arena, Crea, Stayokay, Studio de Wit and Beurs van Berlage, and whether you’re desperate to see a host of Argentine maestros strut their stuff or work the ﬂoor yourself, there’s something for all tango lovers. See www.tangomagia.com. Various locations, (2631 Dec at various times), various prices
Summer arrives in the middle of December at Winterparade.
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AGENDA: ART Art: Museum
Opening Kerst op Solder A Christmas-themed exhibition focusing on the religious part of the party as opposed to the buying presents part. Well, it is in a former church after all. Come marvel at paintings, nativity sets in the Neapolitan tradition, and many baby Jesuses. Or is that Jesi? Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.00), opens Thursday, until 18 January 2009 Different Strokes Artist Shoe, or Niels Meulman, is the brain behind Calligrafﬁti: calligraphy and grafﬁti combined into one form of art. This exhibition displays a collection of song titles available in the record store, in which the exhibition is held, while others are fictitious. Rush Hour Records, opens Friday, until 18 January 2009 Museumplein 1891-2020 With new developments to Museumplein planned for the future, this exhibition looks back and forward: from 1891 to 2020. Zuiderkerk (Mon 11.00-16.00, Tues-Fri 09.0016.00, Sat 12.00 -16.00), opens Friday, until 31 December 2009 Unexpected Dresses for Undeﬁned Ceremonies Artist Murugulas may have come from a lineage of costume designers, but never touched a needle until he came to Amsterdam and found beauty in recycling Waterlooplein leftovers. In his exhibitions, the possibilities of the costumes he has created from ‘trash’ are demonstrated—then afterwards they go on sale. iLLUSEUM (Sat, Sun 15.00-21.00), opens Friday Bert Nienhuis Photographer Bert Nienhuis is one of the Netherlands’ better-known photographers, having worked for magazine Vrij Nederland since the ’70s. In that time, he shot portraits and documentary series for the magazine—but he is still most famous for taking pictures of Dutch celebrities. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), opens Monday Gekleurde Beelden One hundred coloured-in, originally black-and-white prints displaying Palestine. The American Colony Photographers, from Palestine’s American colony, had perfected the art of colouring in photographs. The prints show a 19th- and 20th-century Palestine, but also a beautiﬁed one; an idealised country oblivious to the tensions that exist in it. Joods Historisch Museum (Daily 11.00-17.00), opens Monday, until 22 February 2009
Museums Palestine 1948 On 14 May 2008 it will be exactly 60 years ago that the State of Israel was founded. This long-term presentation shows how this event affected the lives of individual Palestinians. Tropenmuseum (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 4 January 2009 Renzo Martens: Episode 3 Tied in with the opening of IDFA, Episode 3 is the name of a ﬁlm and exhibition that touches upon the construction of a documentary and the film-maker’s role. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the objectivity of documentaries are explored by Martens, which is also the subject of this accompanying exhibition. Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00), until 4 January 2009 Stefan Zweig, weerbaar tegen fanatisme An international travelling exhibition designed by Austrian artists to help you discover the literary skills and philosophies of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, who committed suicide with his wife in 1942, despairing at the future of war-torn Europe. OBA (Daily 10.0022.00), until 5 January 2009 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 11.00 -17.00), until 11 January 2009 De wereld van Christiaan Andriessen A chance to view a hundred pages from the sketch diaries of Dutch artist Andriessen, originating from 1805 to 1808. Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 11 January 2009
Monika Bielskyte: A place to wash the heart Foam, until 18 January 2009. An installation by the Lithuanian artist Monika Bielskyte; projections of images from Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Laos with accompanying text. (Sat-Wed 10.0018.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00)
Speaking Out Loud A multimedia exhibition dealing with the act of speaking, reading and writing. Includes diverse works by Tim Etchells (UK) and Vlatka Horvat (CRO), Mukul Patel (UK) and Manu Luksch (AT), Christoph Keller (DE), Jaromil (IT) and Jodi (NL), and many more. Montevideo/Time Based Arts (Tues-Sat 13.00-18.00), until 17 January 2009 Caspar David Friedrich and the German Romantic Landscape For the ﬁrst time ever, all the works by Caspar David Friedrich from the collection of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg will be loaned for a special exhibition focusing on this renowned German artist. His paintings and drawings are at the centre of the exhibition, but they are surrounded by works by contemporaries, predecessors and followers. Hermitage Amsterdam (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 18 January 2009 Helen Levitt: In the Street A retrospective of work by the renowned American street photographer Helen Levitt, famed for portraying the dynamics of New York street life from 1930 onwards, paying special attention to the innocent and adventurous world of children at play. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.0021.00), until 18 January 2009 Kees Scherer: Photographic Explorations A selection of vintage prints from Scherer’s extensive oeuvre. As a photojournalist, in the ’50s and ’60s he published numerous reports of his global travels in Dutch newspapers and magazines, belonging to a generation of photographers that opened up photographic reporting to the wider public. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.0018.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 18 January 2009 Viviane Sassen: Flamboya This collection of photos by Sassen explores the memories of her youth in Africa, and poses questions on the constraints of the photographic medium and the regular Western stereotypes about Africa. It features both old and new work, including the images for which Sassen won the 2007 Prix de Rome. Foam (Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur, Fri 10.00-21.00), until 18 January 2009 Building India An exhibition presenting the architecture and urbanism of contemporary India, as seen through the eyes of five young Indian architects. ARCAM (Tues-Sat 13.00-17.00), until 24 January 2009 Herman Brood Museum Jan van der Togt, Erven Brood and Brood’s former manager Koos van Dijk have worked together to compile an exhibition of the rocker/artist’s most important works, including some never before seen pieces. It features paintings, drawings, graphics and special items, such as the originals from the children’s book Biggetje Bennie, items of clothing, musical instruments and the cactus given to Brood by Bono. Jan van der Togt Museum (Wed-Sun 13.00-17.00), Amstelveen, until 25 January 2009
Jacob Backer: Rembrandt’s Opposite The Amsterdam artist Jacob Adriaensz. Backer (1608/9-1651) was one of the most successful painters of the Golden Age. Four hundred years after his birth he is now being honoured with a major retrospective of his ﬁnest works. The exhibition makes clear why this virtuoso painter was so highly regarded by his contemporaries: his vivid use of colour and accurate touch gave his paintings an unprecedented allure. Rembrandthuis (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00), until 22 February 2009 It’s All Glamour and Glitter Exploring the evolution of the evening bag—from Fendi clutches to Leiber’s sparkly cupcakes. You’ll also be able to marvel at bags by designers such as Cartier, Valentino, Gucci, Lacroix and more. Tassenmuseum Hendrikje (Daily 10.0017.00), until 1 March 2009 Water in Photography Marnix Goossens has been granted the distinguished documentary assignment Document Nederland, portraying the tendency of the Dutch to keep on seeking new relationships with ever-rising water, as well as earthly problems caused by climate change and rising sea levels. As a counterpoint and supplement to this exhibition, a small retrospective of water-related photography from the past has been compiled from the Rijksmuseum’s rich photo collections, offering photographs by Balthasar Burkhard, Naoya Hatakeyama, Roni Horn, Asako Narahashi and Syoin Kajii. Huis Marseille (Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00), until 1 March 2009 Protest! Campaign Posters from 1965 ‘A woman’s right to choose’, ‘Say no to nuclear weapons’, ‘No home, no throne’ and more classic posters paint a picture of prominent societal issues over the past 40 years. Who was protesting and how? And what were the protests about? Verzetsmuseum (Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat-Mon 11.00-17.00), until 29 March 2009 Welcoming the Stedelijk Museum: Sacred Fire Presenting around 100 highlights from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum under the theme ‘religion and spirituality in modern art’. Nieuwe Kerk (Fri-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur 10.00-22.00), until 19 April 2009 Vodou A grand exhibition about voodoo on Haiti, featuring more than 250 spectacular objects from one of the most important collections in the country: the Lehmann collection. The exhibition aims to show how these objects and their accompanying rituals are a part of the daily life. Tropenmuseum (Daily 10.00-17.00), until 10 May 2009 Stedelijk in de Stad—The Construction Cabin on Tour The Stedelijk’s artistic version of a construction cabin is touring the city from the Oosterdokseiland to the Museumplein, passing via Noord, Centrum, IJburg, Slotervaart, Zuid-Oost, Oost, Westerpark and De Baarsjes. See www.stedelijkindestad.nl. Various locations (various times), until 1 December 2009
Quiet sights of the origins of our crazy Christmas tree-decorating holiday at Kerst op Solder.
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Galleries Nicky Hoberman: Girls Series Big-headed, largeeyed gals populate the paintings of this English artist, who presents her first solo show in the Netherlands. Galerie Hof & Huyser (Wed-Sat 13.0018.00), closing Friday Helgi Thorsson: Garry and Berry Go Ga-Ga Icelandic artist Thorsson presents a solo exhibition of life-sized gnomes (he calls them ‘elvur’), monsters and figurines from a forgotten pop world. Fantastical music, video, drawings and paintings are also on show. Galerie van Gelder (Tues-Sat 13.00-17.30), closing Saturday Stephan J Englisch This German artist specialises in night photography, with this aesthetically pleasing series focussing on Amsterdam at night. Galerie Bart (Thur, Fri 11.00 -18.00, Sat 12.00 17.00), closing Saturday Myra de Vries: Changing Landscapes In this new series of paintings, De Vries combines landscapes and figurative elements from her immediate surroundings with grim fairytale-like fantasy realms. AYACS (Fri, Sat 13.00-17.30), closing Saturday Roos van Lierop Artist and poet Roos van Lierop uses paper, fabric and old newspaper to make collages, inspired by humans, or humanesque forms. This exhibition presents recent paintings, drawings, collages and an installation. Beeldend Gesproken (Wed, Thurs 13.30 -18.30, Sat 14.00 17.00), closing Saturday Koud Resident artists of De Service Garage, including the likes of Arik Visser, Benjamin Roth, Erik de Bree, Charlott Markus, Daan Hofstede and Frank Ammerlaan, help to celebrate the first anniversary of the space. De Service Garage (Wed-Sun 13.0018.00), closing Sunday Bart van Leeuwen Marking forty years of distinctive and atmospheric fashion photography by the Dutch artist (b.1950). Blow Up Gallery (Thur, Fri 14.00 18.00, Sat 13.00-18.00), until 27 December Peter Pontiac’s Gaga Satan Presenting Peter Pontiac’s comic work: called Gaga Satan, the exhibition mainly features drawings of devils that
he has made through the years. The opening is combined with a party, from 20.00 until 04.00. De Duivel, until 30 December GUP 3 year birthday bash The Amsterdam-based photography magazine Gup celebrate their 3-year anniversary with an exhibition that will display an overview of the photography the magazine has featured over the last three years of their existence, including work by photographers Morad Bouchakour, Daido Moriyama, Desiree Dolron, Danielle van Ark, Audrey Corregan and many others. SMART Project Space, until 4 January 2009 Nathalie Lété: Wonderland An installation featuring carpets, illustrations, ceramics and textiles with two or three dimensional elements, all encompassing a fantasy world of birds, flowers, insects and folklore. Soledad Senlle Gallery (Mon-Sat 11.00 17.00), until 10 January 2009
Latijns Amerika Centrum Nieuwe Herengracht 29
Aromatique Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 11b, 624 0044
Melkweg Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 531 8181
AYACS Keizersgracht 166, 622 8579
Melkweg Galerie Marnixstraat 409, 531 8181
De Baarsjes Filips van Amondestraat 12
Montevideo/Time Based Arts Keizersgracht 264, 623 7101
Badcuyp 1e Sweelinckstraat 10, 675 9669
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 624 6604
De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151 Beeldend Gesproken Borgerstraat 102, 612 1847 Bimhuis Piet Heinkade 3, 788 2150 Bitterzoet Spuistraat 2, 521 3001 Blow Up Gallery Hazenstraat 67, 665 3435 Boom Chicago Leidseplein 12, 530 7300 De Brakke Grond Nes 45, 626 6866 Cafe Sappho Vijzelstraat 103, 423 1509 Church Kerkstraat 50-52 Club 8 Admiraal de Ruyterweg 56B, 685 1703 Club JVG Jan van Galenstraat 24
Philip Akkerman More self-portraits from this Dutch painter, who’s been using himself as subject matter for almost three decades. Torch Gallery (Thur-Sat 14.00-18.00), until 17 January 2009
The 30 favourite works of Teo Krijsman Dutch photographer Teo Krijgsman displays a series of his 30 favourite photographs. Featured are pictures from Rome, Venice, Florence, and more, some funny, some weird, all special. Hotel Arena, until 20 January 2009
Last chance to cathch Stephan J Englisch’s night photography at Galerie Bart.
Joods Historisch Museum Jonas Daniel Meijerplein 2-4
ARCAM Prins Hendrikkade 600, 620 4878
Alias The Melkweg gallery closes off the year with this exhibition by Fjodor C Buis: a series about the big guys in sports—and their nicknames. The fact that prominent sportsmen and -women are awarded a nickname when they’re famous enough to evoke national pride is explored in a number of portraits and with a touch of humour. Melkweg Galerie (Wed-Sun 13.00-20.00), until 11 January 2009
No Reference Last year, Christophe Coppens was the first winner of the H+F Fashion Award. The Belgian designer received a €20,000 cash prize to realise a special project. This project encompasses an accessories collection, a forthcoming book and this exhibition, all tracking and revealing his unique process of creation. See Short List. Platform 21 (Thur-Sun 12.00-18.00), until 18 January 2009
Jan van der Togt Museum Dorpsstraat 50, 641 5754
CoBrA Museum Sandbergplein 1-3, Amstelveen, 547 5050 Comedy Cafe Max Euweplein 43-45, 638 3971 Concertgebouw Concertgebouwplein 2-6, 671 8345 Consortium Veemkade 570, 06 2611 8950 CREA Cafe Turfdraagsterpad 17, 525 1423
Muziekgebouw Piet Heinkade 1, 788 2010 NDSM-werf TT Neveritaweg 15, 330 5480 De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512 Nieuwe Kerk entrance on the Dam, 638 6909 OBA Oosterdokskade 143, 0900-2425468 OCCII Amstelveenseweg 134, 671 7778 Oude Kerk Oudekerksplein 23, 625 8284 Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8, 626 4521 Platform 21 Prinses Irenestraat 19, 344 9449 Radar Gallery Eerste Rozendwarsstraat 17-H, 06 2416 3300 Rembrandthuis Jodenbreestraat 4, 520 0400 Rush Hour Records Spuistraat 98 Saarein Elandsstraat 119, 623 4901 De Service Garage Stephensonstraat 16 SMART Project Space Arie Biemondstraat 101-111 Soledad Senlle Gallery Sloterkade 171, 615 1395
De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111
Stadsarchief Amsterdam Vijzelstraat 32
De Duivel Reguliersdwarstr 87, 626 6184
Stadsschouwburg Leidseplein 26, 624 2311
Flex Bar Pazzanistraat 1, 486 2123
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Rozenstraat 59
Foam Keizersgracht 609, 551 6546
Studio 80 Rembrandtplein 17, 521 8333
Frascati Nes 63, 626 6866
Studio K Timorplein 62, 692 0422
Galerie Bart Bloemgracht 2, 320 6208
Sugar Factory Lijnbaansgracht 238, 627 0008
Galerie de Rietlanden Exposities Rietlandpark 193
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Amsterdam Weekly_18-31 December 2008
By Marie-Claire Melzer
Brief Encounter Opens on Thursday at Filmmuseum
COOL AS A CUCUMBER An almost mathematical ﬁlm about falling in love survives the test of time. The best thing about falling in love is that suddenly everything seems wonderful. Every place you go together is great, and things your friends might say become completely irrelevant. Love somehow places you outside the ‘normal social
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New this week Anywhere But Home Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon are San Francisco professionals who’ve spent three happy years together without ever meeting each other’s divorced parents. After heavy fog grounds their flight to Fiji, they’re forced to spend Christmas Day shuttling from one awful family gathering to another, and another, and another. Every holiday season brings at least one big-studio comedy about people who despise their relatives but finally accept, with a sigh, that family is what matters. This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck (Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen). (JJ) 82 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Australia Seven years after Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann returns with this frothy historical romance set in his native land during the run-up to World War II. The story is a shameless knockoff of The African Queen, with Nicole Kidman, as white and perfect as a porcelain doll, arriving from the UK to take over her late husband’s ranch and Hugh Jackman, his mighty pecs glistening with sweat, helping her drive 1,500 head of cattle to market. Onto this narrative Luhrmann has grafted two interesting chapters from Australian history: the government’s mass relocation of mixed-race children to white families in the ’30s and Japan’s aerial bombardment of the Northern Territory in the days after Pearl Harbor. In keeping with the nationalistic good feeling, the cast includes such iconic Australian actors as David Gulpilil and Bryan Brown. (JJ) 165 min. The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski
order’, and that’s a fantastic feeling. But when things go wrong, it can also make you feel horribly lonely. No ﬁlm in history captures this better than David Lean’s Brief Encounter. The ﬁlm is an adaptation of a play by Noel
Huddersfield The everyday routines of a group of friends in a sleepy Serbian town is interrupted by the arrival of Igor, who moved to England in the ’90s and is back to visit his hometown for the ﬁrst time. They all get together to celebrate his return but what begins as a cheerful high school reunion party of close friends with a lot of catching up to do, turns into an emotional confrontation full of bitterness, anger and grim soulsearching. Adapted from an acclaimed play by Ugljesa Sajtinac, the debut ﬁlm by Ivan Zivkovic is a confronting and powerful drama that brings to surface the unresolved conﬂicts and open wounds that stir up the Serbian ‘lost generation’. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 95 min. SMART Cinema Standard Operating Procedure The Abu Ghraib case will be prosecuted in culture for years to come; already the documentary community has responded with several titles. But this ﬁlm by the masterful Errol Morris gets closer to the actual events than any of them, with probing interviews of soldiers who were involved and careful scrutiny of the hundreds of photographs retrieved from three digital cameras at the prison. Lynndie England, notoriously pictured with a naked prisoner on a leash, and Sabrina Harman, who gave a grinning thumbs-up beside the gray face of an Iraqi corpse, powerfully recall the ugly emotional environment inside the 372nd Military Police Company. Harman’s photos helped expose what happened, but Morris argues that the photos also functioned as a cover-up: prosecution of the case centered on them, leaving free and clear many of those higher up the chain of command. (JJ) 116 min. Kriterion
Still playing Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex Uli Edel vividly
portrays the development of the most radical and aggressive left-wing movement in post-war West Germany: the Red Army Faction (RAF). Unfortunately, Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are just too likeable to be taken very seriously as bloodthirsty terrorists. Although the film paints a realistic picture of what it was like to be young and antiestablishment in the ’70s—music and all—it fails to answer questions that arise naturally. What was the ideology of the RAF? Why is it that violence seems to become an end in itself? And why, after the arrest of the initial leaders, is the second generation even more aggressive than the first? Still, the devastation caused by desperation within and the
Coward, which tells the story of a married woman who falls in love with another man. When ﬁrst released in 1945 it was a box-ofﬁce failure in native Britain, but the French came to its rescue: at the Cannes Film Festival of 1946 it won the Grand Prize. More than 60 years later, Brief Encounter remains as cool as a cucumber, owing somewhat to the ﬁne script by Coward, who handled the subject of adulterous love in a subtle and mature way—no wonder the French loved it. Protagonist Laura (Celia Johnson), for example, is no Glenn Close-kinda monster, nor the victim of a brutal husband. She is just a normal, happily married woman. The scenes of Laura and her lover Alec (Trevor Howard) are alternated with homely scenes of Laura and her husband (Cyril Raymond), a kind and humorous man. The continual juxtaposition of those two situations gives the ﬁlm true emotional depth. And the acting of Johnson and Howard, aided by Coward’s memorable dialogue, is superb. Then there is the originally structured style of direction from Lean. The opening sequence, for instance, utilises an awkward, but effective way of introducing the main characters. The camera ﬁrst follows a conductor ﬂirting with the bar-lady at the cafe on the railway station. Only afterwards does attention ﬂit to a corner of the room, where Laura and Alec have been seated all the while. From a distance they
decline of the RAF is all there, in explicit and sweeping action scenes. In German with Dutch subtitles. (KE) 150 min. Cinecenter, Kriterion, The Movies
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. Studio K Body Of Lies Just another spy ﬂick about the already outdated War On Terror, this time courtesy of Ridley Scott. CIA-spook Leonardo DiCaprio uncovers an evildoing scheme in Jordan and tries to keep the world safe from evildoers with the help of his chunky boss/family man, played by Russell Crowe. It stands to reason why Carice van Houten had her part cut from the ﬁlm: DiCaprio’s character would seem impotent, nuts, or queer as a show pony to rather spend his days hanging out with sweaty guys with beards, than to stay home for some old fashioned marital bliss with our Carice. (LvH) 128 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Boy A Adapted from a novel by Jonathan Trigell, this wrenching drama fictionalises the notorious 1993 murder of toddler James Bulger by a couple of ten-year-old truants in Merseyside, England, and the public outcry over the killers’ release in 2001. A rehabilitated murderer (Andrew Garfield), trembling with hope, is given a new identity and quietly paroled, but his heartfelt desire to start over is immediately threatened by the British tabloids, whose screaming headlines demand to know where the monster is hiding. The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he’s running from a part of himself. (JJ) 100 min. Kriterion Bride Flight To escape personal drama and the suffocating environment of post-WWII Netherlands, three young families decide to emigrate to New
Too much saccharine sweet holiday joy? The horror of Standing Operating Procedure will help bring you back down.
seem an ordinary couple, but when the camera moves closer, one can tell from their faces something is horribly wrong. It transpires that they’re saying goodbye forever. Then a female acquaintance bumps into them, ruining their ﬁnal moments together. The woman, accompanying Laura on the train home, simply won’t stop talking, and it’s through her constant chattering that Laura’s pain and sadness become unbearably palpable. As the story unfolds backwards, the ﬁlm then moves on to the happier moments shared by Laura and Alec, again making use of the surroundings to express their emotions. British director Lean (1908-1991) is now most famous for epic spectacles such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, but he began his directing career in the 1940s making intimate ﬁlms about ordinary people. Brief Encounter is widely recognised as the highlight of this period. Initially Lean had wanted to become an accountant, like his father. It may explain why he succeeded in creating such a precise, almost mathematical ﬁlm about that unsettling state of mind called love. As well as this newly restored print, another four of the more ‘romantic’ Lean ﬁlms—Blithe Spirit (1945), The Passionate Friends (1949), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984)—will be screening at Filmmuseum starting this week. __
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Keanu Ruins Some Classic Sci-fi The Day the Earth Stood Still, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt
Zealand. The husbands leave ﬁrst to look for work and accomodation, and their brides meet on a fateful 1953 trip from London to Christchurch. Directed by Ben Sombogaart from a script by Marieke van der Pol, with Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver and Elise Schaap as the three young women, and a special appearance by Rutger Hauer. 130 min. Cinema Amstelveen, The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski, Studio K
Burn After Reading The latest offering of the Coen
brothers is many things at once: it’s a spy ﬁlm spoof, a comedy of errors, a great metaphor for the paranoia brought about by the war on terror and a clever deconstruction of narrative film-making itself. But it’s the stellar cast including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand, who all get to behave like knuckleheaded dumbasses, pompous nerds and slick sleazeballs, that will probably draw the bulk of the crowd, and rightfully so. If you don’t mind being subjected to a little cinematic horseplay by those rascally Coens, you’re in for a treat. (LvH) 96 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé De Munt, Studio K 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. Studio K
Amsterdam Weekly_18-24 December 2008
pletely gripping. Harvey Keitel is the young mobster on the rise; Robert De Niro is his brutish, irresponsible nemesis, whom he’s determined to love. With Amy Robinson, Cesare Danova, and George Memmoli. (DK) 110 min. Kriterion
Special screenings Auf
der anderen Seite Two coffins pass through the Istanbul airport; for the people left behind, life takes unexpected turns. Fatih Akin’s new film tells the story of six people in Germany and Turkey whose lives are connected by two deaths: the widower Ali and his son Nejat; a woman named Yeter, her daughter Ayten, who meets a girl called Lotte; and Lotte’s mother (Hanna Schygulla). After a sad film about love, Gegen die Wand, Akin has made an optimistic film about mortality, families and forgiveness. The film seems heavily edited—it’s clear the director had a lot more material—but the episodic character of the film saves it from appearing pieced-together. Akin’s screenplay won top honours at Cannes. In German with Dutch subtitles. (SG) 122 min. De Uitkijk Blithe Spririt Passably good, but it should have been better, what with Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, and Margaret Rutherford reading the Noel Coward lines. Though the play was all of four years old in 1945, director David Lean gave it the ‘classic’ treatment—he didn’t stage it, he stuffed and mounted it. Photographed in brilliant British Technicolor by Ronald Neame, who also collaborated on the screenplay. With Kay Hammond, Hugh Wakefield, and Joyce Carey. (DK) 96 min. Filmmuseum
Brief Encounter This is the ﬁlm that established
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. See review on p.23. (DD) 85 min. Filmmuseum Crazy Love This jaw-dropping true crime video documentary by Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens neatly balances tabloid headlines and unfathomable intimacy. Burt Pugach and Linda Riss met in the Bronx in the late ’50s, when he was a high-rolling ambulance chaser and she a stunning 20-year-old; their love affair soured when he welshed on his promise to divorce his wife, and from there the story descends into a thicket of lies, cruelty, and passion run amok. Klores and Stevens don’t have much to work with visually besides talking heads, old photos, news clippings, and stock footage, but with a narrative this insane, that’s more than enough. (JJ) 92 min. De Nieuwe Anita
The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion animated ﬁlm is a tale about the havoc that ensues when Jack Skellington, the pipecleaner hero of Halloween Town, decides to take over the duties of Santa Claus. The result is at worst a macabre Muppet movie, at best an inspired jaunt. The songs (music and lyrics by Danny Elfman) are fairly good and the set designs are ingenious. (JR) 75 min. Kriterion
The Nightmare Before Christmas Kriterion, Monday 21 December
Il Deserto Rosso Michelangelo Antonioni’s ﬁrst color feature (1964) uses colours expressionistically, and to get the precise hues he wanted, he had entire ﬁelds painted. The ﬁlm came at the end of his most fertile period, just after L’Avventura, La Notte, and L’Eclisse, and it isn’t as good as the ﬁrst and last of these, but the ecological concerns look a lot more prescient today. Monica Vitti plays a neurotic married woman brieﬂy attracted to industrialist Richard Harris, and Antonioni does eerie, memorable work with the industrial shapes and colours that surround her; she walks through a science ﬁction landscape dotted with structures that are both disorienting and full of possibilities. In Italian with English subtitles. (JR) 118 min. OT301 Doctor Zhivago David Lean’s 1965 adaptation of Pasternak’s romance of the Russian Revolution is intelligent and handsomely mounted, though it doesn’t use its length to build to a particularly complex emotional effect. It’s a thin, snaky epic with more breadth than body, rather like watching an entire Masterpiece Theatre chapter play in a single sitting. Omar Sharif doesn’t have the dimensionality an epic lead requires, but Julie Christie shines brightly in support. (DK) 197 min. Filmmuseum Glass Lips Polish surrealist Lech Majewski is a real problem, a ﬁlm-maker of extraordinary visual talent whose thematic material seems conﬁned to the sort of Catholic sexual hang-ups Martin Scorsese worked through in his student ﬁlms. This wordless 2006 feature, adapted from Majewksi’s installations at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and originally titled after Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, centers on a young man in a mental institution and his awful reveries of childhood and his parents’ perverse mar-
A Lemming didn’t jump off a cliff. Walt Disney kicked it.
riage. Stigmata, breast milk, pig carcasses, and forced meals of canned dog food are the dominant motifs, rendered with such compositional flair that you may actually forget how trite they are. (JJ) 99 min. SMART Cinema
Hiroshima Mon Amour Alain Resnais’ truly revo-
lutionary 1959 film about the ‘impossible love’ between a French actress and a Japanese architect. Integrating past and present, poetic images and documentary footage, music and Marguerite Duras’ dialogue, the ﬁlm achieved a structural balance of such emotional and intellectual power that audiences were stunned. Its rearrangement of temporal and emotional impressions is now old stuff for ﬁlmmakers (and even directors of television commercials), but Resnais’ contributions to the New Wave are virtually incalculable. In French with English subtitles. (DD) 91 min. OT301 Lemming A bizarre psychological drama likely to catch the eyes of David Lynch fans, Lemming by French ﬁlm director Dominik Moll. The story focuses on the troubled relationships brewing between two couples—engineer Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas), Bénédicte Getty (Charlotte Gainsbourg), his boss Richard Pollock (André Dussollier) and his wife (Charlotte Rampling). Weird behavior initially erupts between the four of them at a dinner party. In French with Dutch subtitles. (SM) 129 min. Rialto Mean Streets Martin Scorsese’s intrusive insistence on his abstract, metaphysical theme—the possibility of modern sainthood—marks this 1973 film, his first to attract critical notice, as still somewhat immature, yet the acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is com-
A Passage to India David Lean’s overanalytic direction manages to kill most of the meaning in EM Forster’s haunting novel of cultural collision in colonial India, reducing Forster’s complexities of point of view to a pat tale of an uptight British virgin (Judy Davis) who freaks out in the face of some dimly perceived native ‘sensuality’. Still, Lean’s method affords its small pleasures: he approaches every project as a strategic challenge, and his way of maneuvering characters in and out of the action has the elegance of a sophisticated battle plan. Though Lean apparently spent a good deal of time on location, the ﬁlm’s most successful evocations of exotic landscape arrive through lovely, blatantly false matte paintings. (DK) 163 min. Filmmuseum The Passionate Friends HG Wells wrote the source novel for this 1949 British drama about love and betrayal among the upper crust. If you could not get enough of Brief Encounter, this is deﬁnitely the ﬁlm for you. David Lean was not orignally attached to direct it, and entered the production when the previous director Ronald Neame left. Still, he did a pretty ﬁne job. With Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, and Claude Rains. (MB) 95 min. Filmmuseum The Shop Around the Corner There are no art deco nightclubs, shimmering silk gowns, or slamming bedroom doors to be seen, but this 1940 ﬁlm is one of Ernst Lubitsch’s finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range that takes place almost entirely within the four walls of a leathergoods store in prewar Budapest. James Stewart is the earnest, slightly awkward young manager; Margaret Sullavan is the new sales clerk who gets on his nerves—and neither realises that they are partners in a passionate romance being carried out through the mails. (It’s the original of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan vehicle You’ve Got Mail.) Interwoven with subplots centred on the other members of the shop’s little family, the romance proceeds through Lubitsch’s brilliant deployment of point of view, allowing the audience to enter the perceptions of each individual character at exactly the right moment to develop maximum sympathy and suspense. (DK) 98 min. Pathé Tuschinski Silent Night, Deadly Night Dressed as Santa Claus, a serial killer gives the gift of gore. Nuff said. 85 min. Cavia
Amsterdam Weekly_18-24 December 2008
Cargo 200 How the hell Aleksei Balabanov manages to get away with such a bleak, damning portrait of contemporary Russia while giving Putin the finger without receiving a polonium enema is a mystery to me. His Putin-esque depraved, impotent police ofﬁcer has to investigate the murder he committed and the kidnapping of a girl he shackled to a ﬁlthy radiator, while her fiancé returns in a body bag from Afghanistan as the titular Cargo 200. It might be a potent, well-made metaphor for the last spasms of the Communist regime, but it’s a thoroughly dark and depressing ﬁlm to say the least. In Russian with Dutch subtitles. (LvH) 89 min. Filmmuseum
Changeling Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) lives alone with her 9-year-old son, in Los Angeles in the late 1920s. One day, her son is missing. When, ﬁve months after the disappearance, a child by the same name is found in the Midwest, the L.A. police, desperate to look good in the eyes of the public opinion, rounds up the fanfare, the press and Mrs. Collins, for a triumphant re-union of Mother and Son. With the only problem that the boy is not the right one... Much like in Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River, Clint Eastwood here shapes another extremely complex narrative on a very disturbing subject. Those willing to be exposed to such a gut-wrenching tale will be rewarded with one of the year’s finest films. (MB) 141 min. The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski Cloud 9 This German entry at the latest Cannes Film Festival presents the classic love triangle we’ve seen so often in other ﬁlms, only this time we get to see old folks get down and dirty. Dressmaker Inge (Ursula Werner) has been married with Werner (Horst Rehberg) for more than 30 years. However, she falls for Karl (Horst Westphal), a 76-year-old customer. It’s a very touching and realistic portrayal of love and sex, that can apparently take you to ‘Cloud Nine’, no matter the age. It can also make a good double-header companion with recent documentary release Young@Heart. In German with Dutch subtitles. 98 min. De Uitkijk Un Conte de Noël French director Arnaud Desplechin sets this overstuffed drama in the northern provincial town of Roubaix, his birthplace, which he also considered in his 2007 documentary L’Aimee. A dysfunctional clan gathers there for the holidays, arguing over a compatible bone-marrow donor for the leukemia-stricken mother (Catherine Deneuve); hovering like a ghost is the memory of the ﬁrstborn son, whose death has polarized his sister (Anne Consigny) and black-sheep brother (Mathieu Amalric). Characters occasionally address the camera, which helps disentangle the competing story lines of madness, adultery, and betrayal. With Emmanuelle Devos and Chiara Mastroianni. In French with Dutch subtitles. (AG) 150 min. Cinecenter, Het Ketelhuis
The Darjeeling Limited A year after their father’s
funeral, brothers Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) meet aboard a train for a journey of spiritual healing. The fact that they have not spoken to each other in a year doesn’t prevent them from getting straight into the family’s old dynamics, which involve manic tics, substance abuse and sexual escapades. But soon both the emotional and the physical baggage starts to fall away. Wes Anderson’s delicious comedy is a rich plate for ﬁlmgoers, entertaining and poignant, just as it should be. (MB) 108 min. Kriterion The Day the Earth Stood Still A remake of the 1951 sci-ﬁ classic, based on the short story ‘Farewell to the Master’ by Harry Bates. A robot lands in Washington
AGENDA: FILM DC, controlled by a powerful alien, apparently willing to destroy the planet. In the 2008 remake you’ll get plenty of special effects, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. 103 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Eat For This Is My Body Michelange Quay’s live action feature debut is an absorbing, dreamlike descent into the deep heart of Haiti. Storylines follow three members of a local family, three women at different stages in their lives. But what is more important here is the startling imagery used by Quay to render Haiti’s mystical atmosphere. In French with English subtitles. 105 min. SMART Cinema Entre Les Murs François Marin (François Bégaudeau) is a French teacher in a Parisian high school. At the beginning we see him as he approaches both old and new colleagues as the school year starts, but from that moment on, we’ll only see him inside the classroom, facing the everyday problems of being a teacher in a multicultural environment. This year’s Palme d’Or winner from Laurent Cantet is a clever adaptation of the autobiographical book by François Bégaudeau, who basically plays himself in the movie, thus giving it a documentary touch. In French with Dutch subtitles. 128 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Rialto High School Musical: Senior Year (OV) The third and presumably last installment in the Disney franchise—this time young lovers Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens are seniors getting ready for college and putting on one last show. Released in the Netherlands in both dubbed and subtitled versions. 112 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt
Hunger The directorial feature debut from artist
Steve McQueen tells the story of IRA member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike in the Maze prison. But the history lesson is all in the opening titles. What follows next is an incredible filmic tour de force, both for the filmmakers and the audience, as we’re taken into the hell of Sands and his inmates. Imagery and events portrayed here are definitely not for the squemish. As far as we know this is fiction, while, by contrast, the Abu Ghraib images were not, yet we can’t help but being profoundly disturbed by McQueen’s work. 96 min. Filmmuseum
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. De Uitkijk
Into 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
Don’t we all want to head Into the Wild at this time of year?
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 Jagdhunde This bittersweet comedy from Ann-Kristen Reyels set in the remote northern German region of Uckermark focuses on the tribulations of Lars (Constantin von Jascheroff), a sixteen-year-old living with his father. En route to spend the Christmas holidays with his mother in Berlin, he misses his train while trying to defend mute girl Marie (Luise Berndt) from the local bullies. They become friends, but then on Christmas’ eve, Lars’ mother shows up with a new boyfriend in tow... Shown at the Berlinale in 2007. In German with Dutch subtitles. 86 min. Filmmuseum Leonera Julia (Martina Gusman) wakes up in her Buenos Aires apartment. She’s covered in blood and two male bodies are lying on the ﬂoor. She goes to work in a trance state, then on the way back she ﬁnally realises what happened and asks for help. Accused of murder and sent to jail, Julia ﬁnds out that she’s pregnant, and she decides to give birth and grow her son in prison anyway. Directed by Pablo Trapero (Crane World, El Bonaerense). In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. 110 min. Kriterion, Rialto Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Great, more animated talking animals and goofy antics! While the sequel to Madagascar is unlikely to change this cynical perspective, it’s not all bad. While the animation itself is not as dazzling as your average Pixar flick and the overall feel of the film is quite bland, the voice cast (including the last performance by the late Bernie Mac) is quite good, even though Sascha Baron Cohen as the Lemur King is becoming grating. While there’s not much to recommend besides the hilarious penguins, there’s not too much to fault
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here either. Like porridge or macaroni and cheese, kids will dig it. (LvH) 89 min. The Movies, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum Is it right to make fun of the on-going restoration problems of the Rijksmuseum? This humorous documentary by Oeke Hoogendijk, which has just been screened at IDFA, takes us behind the close gates of the construction site, and introduces us to an extremely interesting gallery of characters who now grace the corridors of the Rijksmuseum, including architects, concierges, politicians and demonstrators. 110 min. Het Ketelhuis El Olvido New documentary by director Heddy Honigmann (The Underground Orchestra, Forever) focuses on old waiters and bartenders working in Peru, telling stories from their lives and their country. We all know bartenders know a lot of jokes, but they are also masters in the art of surviving with style, dignity and poetry in a world which is out of control. Honigmann makes them talk about the gigantic inﬂation in Peru, the fall of the middle class, the corruption, the violence of Shining Path and that of the local Army. You’ll deﬁnitely feel like having a cocktail afterwards. In Spanish with Dutch subtitles. 92 min. Rialto
Oorlogswinter Michiel is a fourteen-year-old boy
in a small town in The Netherlands in 1945. The Germans are still occupying the country. He has an uncle in the Resistance, Ben (Yorick van Wageningen) whom he considers his hero. Meanwhile, he looks down on his father (Raymond Thiry), the mayor of the town, who chooses not to take sides. Michiel is considered too young to join the Resistance, but then one day he gets a chance to help a wounded RAF-pilot (Jamie Campbell Bower). By redeﬁning heroism, the new Martin Koolhoven ﬁlm ﬁts in a tradition of Dutch war films questioning strict boundaries between ‘good’and ‘bad’, which started with the 1977 classic ﬁlm Soldaat van Oranje. (MM) 103 min. Het Ketelhuis, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski
Amsterdam Weekly_18-24 December 2008
Pride and Glory Like so many movies about police, this chest-thumping cop opera seems less concerned with their actual lives than with how we want to feel about them: for law-and-order conservatives, there’s the usual huffing about the thin blue line, topped off by the obligatory funeral with bagpipes; for bleeding-heart liberals, there’s a righteous cop (Edward Norton) making a lonely and principled stand against corruption in the department. Director Gavin O’Connor (Miracle) intended this as an homage to his father, a New York City police detective, but the finished product, amped up by macho screenwriter Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces), is the sort of brutal, lumbering, and cliched thriller that only widens the divide between police and those they protect. (JJ) 125 min. Pathé De Munt
Quantum of Solace The second instalment of
the rebooted Bond franchise is chock-full of action, stunts and wanton destruction of elaborately designed luxurious sets. The ubiquitous product placement is somewhat negated by said wholesale destruction of it, and while the narrative is nothing to write home about, it moves the film along quite nicely. The selling point of the film is Daniel Craig in his incredible portrayal of James Bond and the understated, yet crucial connection with M, played by Dame Dench. It might be a blockbuster for the masses, but it was made by master film craftsmen with wit, style and intelligence. (LvH) 106 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski Religulous American comic Bill Maher is no stranger to (religious) controversy: in 2001 his talk show was canceled when Maher contended that 9/11 hijackers were anything but cowards. In this new documentary Religulous, Maher travels the Globe to question, cajole and often openly mock
FILM TIMES Thursday 18 December until Wednesday 24 December. Times are provided by cinemas and are subject to lastminute changes. . De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 553 5151 3 Needles Fri 22.00 Adventures in Dating - Men Fri 20.00 Bangkok love story Fri 22.00 Breakfast with Scot Thur 22.00 Chuecatown Sat 20.00 Identities Thur 20.00 Made in Holland Doc: Jan Mesdag zingt Brel Thur 20.00 Manuela y Manuel Sat 22.00 Pageant Sat 20.00 Roze Filmdagen The Sensei Fri 20.00 Thriller Night Sat 22.00 Two Looks Thur 22.00. Cavia Van Hallstraat 52-I, 681 1419 Adventures in dating - women Fri 20.00 Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror Thur 22.00 One Night Stand Fri 23.30 Rick & Steve Sat 22.00 Roze Filmdagen Shelter Sat 20.00 Silent Night, Deadly Night Triple X Selects: The best of Lezploitation Fri 22.00 The weird and the wonderful Thur 20.00. Cinecenter Lijnbaansgracht 236, 623 6615 Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex daily 15.30 Burn After Reading daily 19.15, 22.00 Un Conte de Noël Thur, Sun-Wed 16.00, 19.45, Sun also 11.00, 12.30, Fri, Sat 15.15, 18.30, 21.45 Entre Les Murs daily 16.00, 19.00, 21.45, Sun also 11.15 Vicky Cristina Barcelona daily 16.30, 19.15, 21.45, Sun also 11.15, 14.00. Cinema Amstelveen Plein 1960 2, Amstelveen, 547 5175 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Sun 15.30, Wed 13.30 Bride Flight Thur-Sat, Tues 20.30 Het kleine spookje Laban Tues 11.30, Wed 13.30 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (NL) Sat 15.30, Sun, Tues 13.30, Wed 11.30 Piet Piraat & het Zwaard van Zilvertand Sat 13.30, Sun, Wed 11.30, Tues 15.30. Filmmuseum Vondelpark 3, 589 1400 Blithe Spririt Thur-Sun 19.15 Brief Encounter Thur-Mon 17.30, 19.30, Tues 21.30, Wed 19.30, 21.30 Cargo 200 Fri-Sun 17.15, Mon, Wed 21.15, Tues 21.45 David Lean Doctor Zhivago De Drie Rovers Sun-Wed 13.45 Filmbanktour #21: Out of Everywhere Tues 19.45 Hunger Thur-Mon 21.30, Tues, Wed 17.30 Jagdhunde Thur-Sat 21.15, Sun 15.30, 21.15, Mon-Wed 17.15 Passage to India, A The Passionate Friends Mon-Wed 19.15
the faithful of the mayor monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and the Islam, with a little swipe at Mormons on the side. A lot of the humor in Religulous is based on rudeness and the breaking of taboos. Whether or not you will actually enjoy the film depends largely on your tolerance for this particular brand of funny and on your own belief system —or lack thereof. (LvH) 101 min. Kriterion Shotgun Stories Jeff Nichols’s feature debut is a brooding, laconic drama that concerns three unnamed brothers whose drunkard father abandoned them and their embittered mother years ago. After subsequently sobering up, he discovers religion and starts a second family that the trio awkwardly meets for the ﬁrst time at his funeral. There’s also an undercurrent of biblical revenge that lends the narrative a sense of violent menace and an almost continuous tension. At the center of the film is a keenly understated performance by Michael Shannon as the eldest of the cast-off sons. (JK) 92 min. SMART Cinema Twilight If I were a vampire, I’d want to be like the ones in Twilight—they never get stakes hammered into them, they all look like models, they can hang out in the daytime (in fact sunlight makes their skin glisten like diamonds), and they make up the coolest clique in school. This adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer never rises above the level of a teen soaper. Kristen Stewart is the heroine, who moves to a small logging town in Washington State and falls for pouty classmate Robert Pattinson; the director is Catherine Hardwicke, who debuted with Thirteen and has been sliding ever since. (JJ) 121 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Vicky Cristina Barcelona Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), fall for an aggressive Latin lover (Javier Bardem) in Barcelona. The new
S.O.S. Kleine Zeehond Sun-Wed 14.00. Het Ketelhuis Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 684 0090 De Boer Die Zou Emigreren Sun 11.00 Un Conte de Noël Thur-Tues 17.00, 20.45 De Drie Rovers Sat-Wed 13.15, 15.15, Sun also 11.15 L'Empreinte de l'Ange Thur-Sun 17.15, Thur-Tues 19.30 Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum Sun 10.30 Niko en de Vliegende Brigade Sat-Wed 12.45, 15.00 Oorlogswinter Thur-Tues 19.15, 21.30, Sat-Tues also 14.30, 16.45, Fri also 16.45, Wed 14.30 S.O.S. Kleine Zeehond Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed 13.00 Wit Licht Thur-Tues 21.45. Kriterion Roetersstraat 170, 623 1708 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Sat-Wed 13.30 Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex Thur-Mon, Wed 21.30 Balkan Kino Klub Sat 19.00 Boy A daily 21.45 The Darjeeling Limited daily 17.00, Fri, Sat also 0.15 De Drie Rovers Sat-Wed 15.00 Into the Wild daily 16.45, Sat, Sun also 14.00 De Kleine Ijsbeer Sat-Wed 13.15 Leonera Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 19.15 Mean Streets The Nightmare Before Christmas Mon 22.00 Religulous daily 19.30, Fri, Sat also 23.45 S.O.S. Kleine Zeehond Sat-Wed 15.15 Sneak Preview Tues 22.15 Standard Operating Procedure daily 17.15, 19.45, Fri, Sat also 0.00 Vox Populi Thur-Sun, Tues, Wed 22.00 Wall-E (NL) Mon-Wed 14.45. The Movies Haarlemmerdijk 159-165, 638 6016 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Sun, Mon, Wed 12.00 Australia daily 17.00, 20.15, Sat-Mon, Wed 13.45 Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex daily 16.45 Bride Flight Sun-Wed 11.30 Burn After Reading daily 20.00, 22.00 Changeling daily 19.00 Entre Les Murs daily 21.45, Fri-Wed 16.30, Sat-Wed 14.00 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Sat-Wed 15.00, Sun-Wed 13.00 Vicky Cristina Barcelona daily 17.30, 19.30, 22.00, Sat-Wed 14.30, Sun-Wed 12.30. De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 06 4150 3512 Crazy Love Mon 20.30. OBA Oosterdokskade 143, 0900-2425468 Afﬁnity Thur 19.30 I Can't Think Straight Sat 19.30 Roze Filmdagen The world unseen Fri 20.00. OT301 Overtoom 301, 779 4913 Il Deserto Rosso Tues 20.30 Hiroshima Mon Amour Sun 20.30. Pathé ArenA ArenA Boulevard 600, 0900 1458 A.R.O.G. daily 12.40, 15.20, 21.20, Fri-Wed also 10.00, Sat also 0.05 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden daily 12.05, 14.15, Fri-Wed also 9.55 Anywhere But Home daily 13.30, 15.50, 18.10, Fri-Wed also 11.20, Sat also 0.15
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Woody Allen moves on to the continent after three features set in the UK. But how is it? Well, it’s worse than Match Point, but better than Cassandra’s Dream. Chaster than Mighty Aphrodite but sexier than Small Time Crooks. Lighter than Crimes and Misdemeanours but heavier than The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Longer than Sweet and Lowdown and shorter than Hollywood Ending. It’s no Annie Hall or Manhattan, yet it’s pretty much Woody Allen. Anything Else? (MB) 96 min. Cinecenter, The Movies, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski Vox Populi The latest ﬁlm from Eddy Terstall (Simon) deals with an ambitious and flamboyant leftwing politician in a midlife crisis, Jos Fransen (Tom Jansen). Some weeks before the election, his daughter, young actress Zoë (Tara Elders) becomes involved with the simple and straightforward military policeman Sjef (Johnny de Mol). Not only is Tom whole-heartedly welcomed by his daughter’s new inlaws, he also becomes inﬂuenced by their outspoken ideas on immigrants and demagogic political views. Due to Fransen’s refusal to take a position in these matters he is losing votes, so he realizes that uttering the opinions of the common man could be a guarantee to political success. A satire on the current Dutch political scene. 100 min. Kriterion Waltz With Bashir The opening film of the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht, Waltz With Bashir follows in the steps of Persepolis with its use of animation to deal with adult, political and contemporary themes—in this case the 1982 Lebanon war. Director Ari Folman attempts to share his personal experience of the war by interviewing friends and witnesses, whom he turns into animated figures, thus creating a visual hybrid of documentary and fiction. In Hebrew and German with Dutch subtitles. 90 min. Rialto
Australia daily 14.00, 17.30, 20.00, 21.00, Fri-Wed also 10.40 Body Of Lies daily 20.30, Sat also 23.15 Changeling daily 18.20 The Day the Earth Stood Still daily 12.00, 14.30, 17.00, 19.30, 22.00, Sat also 0.30 High School Musical 3: Senior Year (NL) daily 12.50, 15.10, Fri-Wed 10.30 High School Musical: Senior Year (OV) daily 13.50, 16.10, 18.30, Fri-Wed also 11.30 Kurtlar Vadisi daily 16.40, 19.10, 21.40, Sat also 0.00 Madagascar (NL) daily 12.10, 13.10, 14.20, 15.15, Fri-Wed also 10.00, 11.00 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa daily 18.00, 20.10, 22.20, Sat also 0.30 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (IMAX) daily 12.30, 14.40, 16.50, Fri-Wed also 10.20 Niko en de Vliegende Brigade daily 12.20, 14.10, 16.00, FriWed also 10.20 Oorlogswinter daily 12.15, 14.50, 17.10, 19.50, Fri-Wed also 9.50 Piet Piraat & het Zwaard van Zilvertand daily 11.50, 13.45, Fri-Wed also 9.55 Quantum of Solace daily 13.00, 15.30, 17.50, 20.20, 21.10, FriWed also 10.10, Sat also 22.50, 23.40 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi daily 17.20, 20.45 Saw V daily 22.10, Sat also 0.20 The Day the Earth Stood Still (IMAX) daily 19.00, 21.30, Sat also 0.10 Twilight daily 16.30, 19.15, 21.50, Sat also 0.20 Wit Licht daily 15.40, 18.15, 20.50, Sat also 23.30 The Women daily 17.40, Sat also 23.30. Pathé De Munt Vijzelstraat 15, 0900 1458 Anywhere But Home Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 13.30, 16.00, 19.00, Sun-Wed also 11.15, Sat 10.40, 13.00, 15.15, 17.45, 20.15 Australia Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.15, 16.15, 20.00, Sat 13.15, 17.15, 21.15 Body Of Lies Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 18.30, 21.30, Thur also 12.10, 15.20, Sat 19.00, 22.15 Burn After Reading Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 22.05, Sat 23.00 Changeling Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 18.00, 21.15, Sat 19.15, 22.45 The Day the Earth Stood Still daily 18.45, 21.45, Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed also 13.00, 15.45, 17.45, 20.45, Sun-Wed also 10.20, Sat 11.30, 14.30, 17.30, 20.30, 23.30 High School Musical 3: Senior Year (NL) Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.30, 15.30, Sun-Wed also 10.15, Sat 11.00, 13.45, 16.45 High School Musical: Senior Year (OV) Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 16.45, Sun-Wed also 11.30, 14.00, Thur, Fri also 12.05, 14.20, Sat 10.15, 12.40, 15.15 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.50, 15.20, 17.15, 19.45, 22.15, Sun-Wed also 10.40, Thur also 12.40, 14.50, Sat also 11.15, 14.00, 16.30, 18.30, 20.45, 23.15 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (NL) Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.45, 14.10, 15.15, 16.40, Sun-Wed also 10.30, 11.45, Thur, Fri also 12.00, Sat 10.15, 10.50, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00, 16.15, 17.25 Niko en de Vliegende Brigade Fri, Sun-Wed 12.10, 14.15, 16.30, Sun-Wed also 10.15, Sat 10.30, 12.35, 14.45, 16.50 Oorlogswinter Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.00, 14.30, 17.00, 19.30, 22.00, Sat 10.20, 12.45, 15.30, 18.15, 21.00 Piet Piraat & het Zwaard van Zilvertand Fri, Sun-Wed 12.40, 14.50, Sun-Wed also 10.45, Sat 11.20, 13.40, 16.00 Pride and Glory Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 21.40, Sat 22.50 Quantum of Solace Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 14.45, 18.15, 21.00, 21.50, Sat-Wed also 11.40, Thur also 12.00, Fri also 12.05, Sat also 14.15, 17.00, 17.45, 19.30, 22.30, 23.15
Wit Licht Eduard Zuiderwijk (Marco Borsato) lives in Uganda, where he runs his own restaurant business. A personal drama and the political turmoil in the country will abruptly change his status. Dutch singer Borsato picks a string of heavy subjects (war, child soldiers, etc.) for his acting debut. Written and directed by Jean van de Velde. 120 min. Het Ketelhuis, Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt, Pathé Tuschinski The Women Diane English, the creator of Murphy Brown, gathers a ‘who’s who’ cast with high female star wattage for a sappy, contemporary remake of George Cukor’s 1939 classic. More fodder for those ‘Girls’ Night Out’ at the movies that apparently work out pretty well at the box ofﬁce. 114 min. Pathé ArenA, Pathé De Munt Young This documentary by British director Stephen Walker about a Massachusetts rock choir where the choristers’ average age is 81 could easily have become tacky and sappy, but instead Young@Heart is surprisingly humane and upbeat. Songs such as Should I Stay or Should I Go, Forever Young and Fix You take on new meaning when sung by people on the brink of death. The choristers’ humour, lust for life and determination are infectious, and the standing ovations at each show well deserved. Perhaps it’s not so bad, being old. (KE) 109 min. Rialto Edited by Massimo Benvegnù. This week's ﬁlms reviewed by Massimo Benvegnù (MB), Angela Dress (AD), Don Druker (DD), Kate Eaton (KE), Sarah Gehrke (SG), Andrea Gronvall (AG), Luuk van Huët (LvH), JR Jones (JJ), Joshua Katzman (JK), Dave Kehr (DK), Steven McCarron (SM), Marie-Claire Melzer (MM), Robert Neugarten (RN), Gusta Reijnders (GR), Jonathan Rosenbaum (JR) and Bregtje Schudel (BS). All ﬁlms are screened in English with Dutch subtitles unless otherwise noted.
Saw V Sat 23.40 Twilight Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 12.00, 15.00, 21.20, Fri, Sun-Wed aslo 18.20, Thur also 18.30, Sat 12.15, 15.45, 18.40, 21.30 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 19.15, Sat 20.30 Wit Licht Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 19.10, Sat 20.00 The Women Thur-Wed 17.30, 20.20, Sat 19.45, 22.40. Pathé Tuschinski Reguliersbreestraat 34, 0900 1458 Australia daily 16.30, 20.30, Thur-Sat, Mon-Wed also 12.00, Sun also 12.50 Bride Flight Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 15.45, Sat 13.30 Changeling daily 18.00, 21.15, Thur, Fri also 12.15 L'Empreinte de l'Ange daily 13.45, 19.00, Fri-Wed also 11.15 Madagascar (NL) daily 15.35, Sat-Wed also 11.05, 13.20 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 13.15, 18.45, Sat-Wed also 11.00 Oorlogswinter daily 13.45, 16.15, 19.00, 21.30, Fri-Wed also 11.15 Quantum of Solace daily 16.15, 21.30 The Shop Around the Corner Sun 10.30 Thaïs (Massenet) Sat 18.00 Vicky Cristina Barcelona daily 14.15, 16.45, 19.15, 21.45, FriWed also 11.45 Wit Licht Thur, Fri, Sun-Wed 21.00. Rialto Ceintuurbaan 338, 676 8700 Cherry Blossoms Thur-Tues 19.30, Fri, Sun, Wed also 16.00 Duckumentary 44.7° N, 178.1° E Sat 16.00 Entre Les Murs daily 19.00, 21.30, Fri, Sun, Wed also 16.15, Sat also 13.00, Sun also 13.30 Lemming Wed 19.30 Leonera daily 21.50, Fri-Sun, Wed also 14.45 El Olvido daily 19.45, Sat also 12.45, Sun also 12.00 Waltz With Bashir daily 22.00, Sat, Sun 13.45 Young@Heart daily 17.15. SMART Cinema Arie Biemondstraat 101-111, 427 5951 Eat For This Is My Body Sat, Mon-Wed 22.15 Glass Lips Fri, Sat-Wed 22.00 Huddersﬁeld Fri 20.15, Sat-Wed 20.00 Shotgun Stories Fri 20.00, Sat, Mon-Wed 20.15. Studio K Timorplein 62, 692 0422 Anubis en het pad der 7 zonden Sat-Wed 15.00 Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis daily 22.15, Thur, Sat-Wed also 17.00 Bride Flight Thur, Sat-Wed 19.45 Burn After Reading daily 20.00, 22.00 Caos calmo daily 17.15 Wall-E (NL) Sat-Wed 15.15. De Uitkijk Prinsengracht 452, 623 7460 Auf der anderen Seite Thur 21.30 El Calentito Sat 21.30 The Chinese Botanist's Daughter Fri 21.30 Cloud 9 Thur, Fri, Tues 17.00 Corazones de Mujer Thur 19.30 De Drie Rovers Sun-Tues 13.30 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime Sun-Wed 19.15 Kinderklassieker Sat, Wed 13.30 L'Empreinte de l'Ange Sat-Mon, Wed 17.00, Sun-Wed 21.30 Love My Life Sat 19.30 Pusinsky Fri 19.30 Roze Filmdagen Wall-E (NL) Sat-Wed 15.00.
Amsterdam Weekly_18-31 December 2008
FOOD & DRINK
By Alec Shuldiner
Predictable Muang Thai Overtoom 455, 618 0024 Open daily 17.00-21.30 Cash only You have had, I expect, the unhappy experience of hearing back from an acquaintance that a restaurant you recommended wasn’t to their liking. It can be something of a puzzle, especially when your own meals there have always satisﬁed. Just an off night? Bad luck for your friend but of no real relevance to the restaurant you know and love. But what if it wasn’t simply a matter of chance? Perhaps you recommended the restaurant too casually, or miscommunicated its qualities. Perhaps the restaurant was one—and there are many—where the face it shows depends very much on what is ordered. Muang Thai is one such eatery. It offers delicious Thai food—so long as you know what to order. The appetisers, for example: skip them. The soups, stars of the Thai kitchen, are pretty insipid. And even the quality of the main courses, the curries most particularly, depend on how you order them. Ask for Keang Kiew Whaan Kai (chicken with green curry), for example, and you will receive a reheated portion from a large steel container filled some hours before. Order the same dish with shrimp and it will be made fresh. I admit I have never tried the two side by side, but do I really have to? I’ll tell you what I always order: the spicy beef salad, that
green curry with shrimp, and Pad Thai with tofu. Delicious. The Pad Thai (equally good with other fillings) is much more than a noodle dish—it doesn’t keep well if you’re the sort who likes leftovers, but you will be well motivated to ﬁnish it. The green curry is buttery and rich, with a satisfying degree of heat; to suck the last of it from the shrimp tails is good eating. But the beef salad is the best. Spicy, sour, fresh, I find myself sneaking back to my fridge to have just one more morsel. It truly pained me to have to skip all this for my review, but in good conscience I thought it only responsible to test my own theory in advance of publication. I ordered three dishes, plus Tom Khaa Kai (a coconut chicken soup) and sate. The soup, though made with a good coconut base and thigh meat, was ﬂat and too sweet without a balancing spiciness or much in the way of a lemongrass ﬂavour. The sate of overcooked chicken was simply cloying and the beef ‘mas saman’ curry likewise. A squid with Thai basil dish had some heat, but little else to recommend it, and the chicken and vermicelli salad, while nicely doused in vinegar, was otherwise unremarkable. Next time, it’s back to the tried and true. Like many of its sisters, Muang Thai is really a takeaway place elevated to restaurant status by a scattering of tables. If you prefer to eat your dinner amidst a constant stream of locals picking up their orders and delivery boys rushing in and out, be my, or rather their, guest. Otherwise, call it in (online ordering is also a possibility). ___
The green curry is buttery and rich, with a satisfying degree of heat
A night in the life...
By Sarah Gehrke
Lovely motherfuckers Marnixstraat 164-166 Open Mon-Thur 13.00-01.00, Fri 13.0003.00, Sat 15.00-03.00, Sun 15.00-13.00 Cash only ‘Piemelhoofd,’ says the girl outside, repeatedly. She’s talking about her little brother. ‘So he just made that word up, when he was around ten!’ She thinks it’s brilliant. And then she explains to us how piemelhoofd isn’t a Dutch swearword but a literal translation of ‘dickhead’, but that her little brother hadn’t learned English when he invented it, and how that makes her think her little brother is a reincarnation of someone American. And then we have ﬁnished our cigarettes, say our goodbyes to her, and walk back inside. Soundgarden is typiﬁed by the happy throwing-around of swearwords. It is quite usual here that someone talks at you telling a story containing a whole litany of swearwords—and sometimes the story is even about swearwords, too. Furthermore, it is the kind of bar where the word ‘motherfucker’ is used as a regular means of addressing someone. In a loving way. Because Soundgarden is a very friendly bar. You might not think so immediately, when you walk in to face loud and very guitar-heavy music, walls
Beer price: €1.90 for a vaasje (Budels). Emergency food: They do a lovely tosti! Special interior feature: A table football table. Predominant shoe type: Battered. Typically ordered drink: Beer in large quantities. Smoking situation: There’s a new and ‘shiny’ smoking room in the dartboard corner. Yes, approaching arrows might give a whole new sense to ‘smoking kills’—still, the choice of location is highly logical since it is downright impossible to play darts while not smoking. Tune of the night: Disputed. ‘Any of Jeroen's Billycore stuff,’ says Russell. ‘“The Life I Live” by Q65,’ says Jeroen. ‘Tool are the best fucking band in the Kosmos,’ says the table. ‘TNT’ was also on, though no ‘Hells Bells’. But my personal favourite was ‘I don’t need no doctor’, by the Demented Scumcats. Mingling factor: Medium to high. State of toilets near closing time: Yeah... let’s not go there.
and tables scribbled with messages of doom (or band names), two (!) pinball machines, and the bunch of people sitting at the bar that you can only tell apart by their different tattoos or styles of facial hair. But then these same people at the bar smile and offer you a bar stool. In short, the karma's good. There's also a good set of bar people, and an equally good set of regulars. Sometimes the latter offer surprising sights: Every Monday, for example, there's a man with black-rimmed glasses frantically scribbling on huge sheets of paper. No one knows what exactly it is that he scribbles. It might be expressions of genius. It might be expressions of idiocy. Or it might be a healthy combination of both. Because it's useless to try solving unsolvable mysteries, we just go for another smoke. This time we try out the smoking room, where we meet a thin man who tells us about a Hell's Angel he used to know. 'He had a totally burnt-off face--looked scary as fuck. And then he had this normalpeople mask he could put on, but that looked even scarier. Especially when he rode his motorbike. Sometimes the mask blew off... and sometimes he would just ﬂick it to the side at a traffic light. He could make people change lanes whenever he wanted.' Ah, good story. But now I really have to put away the notebook. I need to get in another round of beer. ___
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Amsterdam Weekly_18-31 December 2008
Amsterdam Weekly_18-31 December 2008
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