Writer’s Block Happenings: February

Aaaaaand… we’re back! Wondering what’s up, hip, and happening in and around Amsterdam during the rest of February? Check it out below!


Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet @ Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Those kids can dance! For a night of envy and excellent ballet you should definitely visit the Junior Company’s tour this month in Amsterdam. Although, I would still recommend you to not try this at home… Tip: students get to buy tickets for €15,- an hour in advance! Check the website for more information: www.operaballet.nl.

Five Truths, Katie Mitchell @ Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam – Definitely a must for those who love theatre and Hamlet. A seemingly simple visit to the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam for this installation will blow your mind. The Five Truths installation, directed by Katie Mitchell, takes as its inspiration five of Europe’s most influential 20th century theatre directors. It explores the difference between their work and examines how each of the five practitioners would direct the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ongoing at the Stadsschouwburg from Monday January 5th until Saturday April 4th 2015. Don’t forget to check the website (http://stadsschouwburgamsterdam.nl/voorstellingen/filter) for other special programmes of Katie Mitchell.

Het debutantenbal @ De Balie, Saturday 7 February 8 pm – Interested in writing a novel? Then this night should not be left unattended. A night about writing your first book with in the presence of a great amount of Dutch writers. Tickets €10,-: http://www.debalie.nl/agenda/podium/het-debutantenbal/e_9758368/p_11722231/.

De Idee #7 @ SSBA Salon, Friday February 13th 20:30 – on Friday the 13th the SSBA is hosting their seventh philosophical talk show. This edition will centre around the theme “class”. Topics will be class systems, the elite, school classes, stereotypes, etc. Tickets are €7,50.

Book My Valentine @ P.C. Hoofthuis, February 17th. Etcetera’s book club is introducing their first ever book-themed alternative speed-dating event! It doesn’t matter whether you’re single or not, bring your favourite book and talk about it with strangers and friends in short rounds of 7 minutes. Doesn’t that sound like seven minutes in book lover’s heaven?

Rebel Without a Cause @ EYE, Filmhallen, from February 19 – EYE and De Filmhallen are showing a restored edition of the at the time groundbreaking Rebel Without a Cause (1955). The film that portrays generational conflicts and youth culture, made a star out of James Dean and gave him the status of a cultural icon.

Cinema Egzotik’s Spaghetti Night @ EYE, February 20th 8PM – Martin Koolhoven and Ronald Simon’s filmclub is hosting a spaghetti western evening in EYE. Death Rides a Horse (Petroni, 1967) and For a Few Dollars More (Leone, 1965) will be screened.

De avond van het essay @ Perdu, Friday 20 February 8 pm – For those lucky enough to speak Dutch, this night centres around a selection of essays from Baudelaire, Adorno, Barthes, Didion and Willem Jan Otten. A must for every writer, fiction or non-fiction. €5,- for this literary evening.

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in cinemas from January 22nd – Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Biutiful, Babel) latest film tells the bizarre story of a washed-up actor in the days leading up to the opening of a new Broadway play. Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and many others.

Mr. Turner in cinemas now – with the releases of Whiplash, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, there’s a substantial amount of geniuses playing the main role in films. It’ll be hard to choose if you don’t own a Cineville pass (so yes, buy one!). Mr. Turner, however, not showing cliché dialogues, but a natural and believable storyline of a painter who can be great without being socially awkward, is truly refreshing in this line of new films. O, and it’s very British (bonus!).

Inherent Vice in cinemas from February 5th – Paul Thomas Anderson’s much anticipated adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name.

Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory, exhibition until 12 April @ EYE – EYE’s exhibitions have always been fantastic. When they showed the works and films of the Quay Brothers, it was hard to leave the exhibition room at closing time. Now with Jean Desmet, EYE has become my new home. This pioneer of Dutch cinema just keeps you coming back for his witty and sharp silent movies. You’ll probably need a day or three to see it all. Entrance: €7,50 and EYE also accepts Museumkaart.

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