Writer’s Block Happenings: April

As I write this, a delightful ray of sunlight comes streaming through my window, caressing my face with its silken warmth. It’s official: spring is finally here! This is the last bit of motivation we’ve all been waiting for to go outside and do something! Wondering what it is that you could be doing? Well, conveniently I just happen to have list for you right here with all the hottest, hippest and most happening happenings in and around Amsterdam for all of April! Check it out!

Frank 9 April in cinemas. Surrounding the lives of the music band members of The Soronprfbs, Frank takes you by the hand to show you the ultimate musical creativity. Not without a big portion of comedy, the film promises more adventure than any other music film has ever done.

Het grote Museumpleindebat 12 April, 4 pm @ De Rode Hoed. The big three of Museumplein will discuss its future. Expect a lot of discussion and art experts. Need I say more? I’ll be there. Tickets €6,50 for students.

Etcetera’s Book Club Reads Orlando 14 April, 8 pm @ Werkplaats. A new month, a new book. This time Etc.’s book club is reading Virginia Woolf’s ground-breaking gender-bending Orlando.

Crisis of History 14 April @ Tolhuistuin. Showing of the documentary From My Syrian Room (2014), in cooperation with Festival Cinéma Arabe, in the presence of director Hazem Alhamwi. How do you stay true to yourself in a dictatorship that wipes out your individuality like an eraser and fosters a culture of fear? The Syrian Hazem Alhamwi (1980) retreated to his room and found freedom in drawing. When the revolution breaks out in 2011, the filmmaker and artist does not dare to confront his inner demons directly. Instead Alhamwi explores his memories, from his childhood to the present day – and thus the desire for freedom of his people. Free admission, reservations @ reserveren@framerframed.nl.

Amsterdams Studenten Festival 16-17 April @ several locations. Talented students from Amsterdam and beyond will gather their creative powers to host a two-day festival this April. There will be theatre, film, music, art and more, accumulating in a spectacular after party by Wicked Jazz Sounds on the 17th. Tickets are €6 for students. More information can be found here www.amsterdamsstudentenfestival.nl.

Record Store Day 18 April @ Concerto. Come and support your favourite record stores today to save them from extinction! Concerto, a vinyl/CD/film lovers Valhalla on the Utrechtsestraat, has organized a daylong line-up of revered and upcoming bands that you can listen to in the cosily crowded store. A long list of new releases specially (re-)issued for this day will also be sold in Concerto and other stores from this day on.

De lange avond van het korte verhaal 22 April, 8 pm @ Tolhuistuin. Seven short stories have been chosen by writers Sanneke van Hassel and Thomas Heerma van Voss. Both have been reading all short story collections published between 2010 and 2014 and ultimately decided on seven of them to outline on this evening. An evening that focuses on the powerfulness of the short story. Tickets: €10,- students.

Weijers & Van Saarloos: Mijn geheim with Dan Hassler-Forest 22 April, 8 pm @ De Rode Hoed. An incidental benefit of keeping up with this agenda is that you’re allowed to stalk your own teachers. Especially if they’re at an interesting event as this one about the utility of secrets. Tickets €10,- for students.

Wijsgerig Festival Drift 25 April, from 19.30 @ De Brakke Grond. The philosophically savvy can eat their hearts out on this evening filled with lectures, debates, and other cultural festivities. The theme of this year “Toward Chaos” will certainly lead to lively discussion about paradoxical topics such as structure and order, chaos and destruction. Tickets are €6,50 for students (in pre-sale, €8,50 at the door).

 

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Writer’s Block Happenings: March

Exam week is coming up, so we thought you all could use some good advice on what to do in those delightful free days after. Or perhaps you could use a little outing this weekend to cool your nerves a bit? Regardless, you know the drill: here’s another edition of all the grooviest happenings in and around Amsterdam for the month of March.  Continue reading “Writer’s Block Happenings: March”

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.

Writer’s Block Happenings: January and February

It’s been a long since the last edition, but here we are again: it’s time for another edition of Writer’s Block Happenings! Let’s see what’s up and happing in Amsterdam in the first months of the year:

International Film Festival Rotterdam, January 21st – February 1st . The biggest international film festival of The Netherlands. New films (of which some will be released in Dutch cinemas this year and some won’t) from all over the world, award shows and cool parties.

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!).

DAWG Review #3 Release Party, January 29th 19.00 @ De Nieuwe Anita – Our friends at Amsterdam Writer’s Guild are throwing a party to celebrate the release of their third publication. Expect booze, fantastic storytelling, moving poetry, and interesting people. Free entrance.

Food Soul Festival January 30th – February 1st @ Kromhouthal. If you’re fed up with this dreary weather Food Soul Festival might prove the antidote to your wintry blues. Foodtrucks, soul music, and a tropical vibe – what’s not to love? Free entrance.

Virunga (Human Rights Weekend) January 31st @ De Balie – In light of the Human Rights Weekend, De Balie is screening Virunga, previously shown at IDFA. In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. Virunga is on the Academy Award short list for best documentary. HRW day passes and passe partouts @ debalie.nl

Firebird: Symphonic Cinema January 31st & February 3rd 20.15 @ Concertgebouw – Famous for his Symphonic Cinema series, Lucas van Woerkum will be showing his interpretation of this fairy tale in film alongside the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra. In collaboration with actors of Dutch theatre company Nationale Toneel, this will be an unforgettable evening out.

Etc’s book club presents: Americanah, February 3rd 20.00 @ Werkplaats – new month, new book. This time Etc’s cozy book club is all about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel that tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to the US for a university education and stays there for work. Selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review. Free entrance.

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.

Don’t forget there’s a whole slew of events from the last few weeks that might still be going on! The complete list of events is always featured on the right of the page, so use the search function if you’re looking for info on a specific event that’s not on the above list. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition!

Writer’s Block Happenings – To Christmas and Beyond!

The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean there are not awesome things to do out there! This is your final dose of WB-approved activities happening in and around Amsterdam for the year, but we hope these will tide you over to 2015. Enjoy, and we’ll see you next year!

December 8, 4-6 pm – Boston Tea Party @ Leeuwenkuil P.C. Hoofthuis In light of the upcoming 241st anniversary of the renowned Boston Tea Party event, the Amsterdam Americanist Society (AAS) and Etcetera have joined forces to organize a High tea. The High Tea will consist of a couple of teachers that will give a small talk about the event itself. There will also be a multitude of cakes and tea. E-mail Etcetera if you want to attend!

December 9, 8 pm – Geesteswetenschappen onder vuur (SLAA) @ Perdu
Engage in a discussion about the humanities, organised by SLAA (Stichting Literaire Activiteiten Amsterdam). More info and tickets: http://www.slaa.nl/events/geesteswetenschappen-onder-vuur.

From December 10 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (3D) Ah, it’s Christmas time again! This means a new Hobbit film is hitting the cinemas and again causing disputes amongst fans and haters. A thrilling adventure or a soulless film that’s merely exploiting Tolkien’s legacy? It’s for you to decide! In selected cinemas all over Amsterdam.

December 11 – Etcetera’s Drinks! @ Molly Malone’s from 20.00 It’s time for another edition of our infamous drinks.

December 11 – Evening with James Wood (De Gids) @ De Rode Hoed
Titled ‘Serious Noticing: Life, Death, Detail’, this evening’s theme centers around James Wood’s book How Fiction Works. Wood is a British literary critic, one of the most prominent ones in English literature. Tickets €11,50 for students.

From December 14Frozen Sing-a-Long Did you think that the Frozen hype finally ended? Think again! It’s back and now your fellow cinemagoers can even yodel “Let It Go” along with you! Don’t forget to bring popcorn and earplugs. In selected cinemas all over Amsterdam.

December 14, 4 pm – Emily Dickinson (SLAA) @ De Nieuwe Liefde
Poetry Sunday with the fantastic works of Emily Dickinson. Tickets are €10,- for students.
http://denieuweliefde.com/programmas/emily-dickinson.343.html

From December 18 – What We Do in the Shadows A hilarious mockumentary from the creators of Flight of the Conchords and Eagles vs. Shark that follows four vampires from very different centuries. Promises to be the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead. We hope you like fake blood. In selected cinemas all over Amsterdam.

December 19 FGW Gala 2014 @ Odeon 22.00-04.00 Are you into prom dresses and suits? Come join your fellow humanities’ students at our annual prom. Tickets are €10, you can bring non-UvA related dates and friends.

December 19 (20:15) and 20 (16:00, 20:15) – Kiss Me Kate the Musical @ Universiteitstheater The Windmill Theatre Group associated with our English department have joined up their creative spirits to create their version of this entertaining Cole Porter musical. Come to support them and have a great time!

December 19, 8.30 pm – Hoe overleef ik ironie? (Dutch) @ De Balie
Explore the thin line between sincerity and irony. Discussion with amongst others Joost de Vries, writer of the essaybook Vechtmemoires. Tickets (€7,50 for students) and info:
http://www.debalie.nl/agenda/programma/hoe-overleef-ik….ironie%3f!/e_9757607/p_11685792

 

Don’t forget there’s a whole slew of events from the last few weeks that might still be going on! The complete list of events is always featured on the right of the page, so use the search function if you’re looking for info on a specific event that’s not on the above list. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition! Happy holidays from the WB Happenings team!

Writer’s Block Happenings: Weeks 47 & 48

It’s time for another edition of Writer’s Block Happenings! Let’s see what’s happing in Amsterdam in the upcoming weeks:

  • London Jazz Festival Bimhuis, 19 November 8.30 pm

During Bimhuis’s 40 Years of City Links programme, the London Jazz Festival has been invited to do an exchange. Make sure to be here for the best London jazz: http://bimhuis.nl/concerten/london-jazz-festival—bimhuis.

  • IDFA 19 – 30 November

Amsterdam’s documentary film festival. Student tickets €7,50: www.idfa.nl

  • Film Screening: Inside Llewyn Davis P.C. Hoofthuis, 20 November: 19.30

Etcetera’s Book Club is hosting a film screening of the Coen brothers’ latest film about a struggling folk musician in Greenwich Village in 1961.

  • Simone de Beauvoir (SLAA) Tolhuistuin, 25 November 8 pm

SLAA (Stichting Literaire Activiteiten Amsterdam) presents a night of discussions and lectures about Simone de Beauvoir. Feminism, Sartre, and literature are key elements. Don’t miss out, student tickets €5,-: http://www.tolhuistuin.nl/agenda/slaa-alles-welbeschouwd-het-leven-en-werk-van-simone-de-beauvoir

  • Kunst, kapitaal en avant-garde De Balie, 29 November 10.30 am

In light of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, De Balie’s hosting a discussion about the financial value of art that is nowadays auctioned for millions and millions of euros. A morning about the art market that has undergone radical changes with quite an impressive panel: Beatrix Ruf (Director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Olav Velthuis (Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam), Matthew Slotover (Co-founder Frieze) and artist Zachary Formwalt. Student tickets €7,50: http://www.debalie.nl/agenda/programma/kunst-kapitaal–avant+garde/e_9491548/p_11647645

  • RIJKSAKADEMIEOPEN 2014 Rijksakademie, 29 and 30 November 11 am – 7 pm

The weekend every artist and art lover has been waiting for! All of Rijksakademie’s artists invite you for a sneak peek in their studios. There will be live radio, tours, performances, film, and presentations: http://www.rijksakademie.nl/NL/rijksakademieopen.

Don’t forget there’s a whole slew of events from the last few weeks that might still be going on! The complete list of events is always featured on the right of the page, so use the search function if you’re looking for info on a specific event that’s not on the above list. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition!

Writer’s Block Happenings: Weeks 44, 45 & 46

Writer’s Block Happenings, this time featuring 50% more weeks! Wondering what’s hip and happening in and around Amsterdam? Wonder no more:

  • Talk Writing & Drink Booze! The 6th of November, Writer’s Block is hosting an evening full of alcohol and literature. Get to know the new board and get hold of our latest issue at the Crea Café from 20.00 and onwards.
  • KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival From 4-9 November, EYE is hosting the animation festival for adults, including Pixar, political animated shorts, and Comedy Central. Day pass/Unlimited Pass €32,50/€60. Tickets for single screenings tba.
  • Opening Vivian Maier exhibition On the 6th of November, Foam is going to open a new exhibition of street photographer Vivian Maier. Exhibition lasts till 28 January.
  • Harry Mulisch Festival Don’t forget, Dutchies have great literature too! On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 november, De Balie will discuss Harry Mulisch’s works. Student tickets €7,50.
  • Mark Rothko exhibition @ Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, till the 1st of February 2015. An incredible amount of monumental works by Rothko are exhibited at the Gemeentemuseum of The Hague. Tickets are €13,50 for students.
  • IndieBingo and Beer Tasting. Music Valhalla Paradiso is hosting a bingo and beer-tasting event on the 4th of November. Prizes to win and beer to drink! Need we say more? Tickets are €5 and doors open at 19.00.
  • The Waste Land Get a better understanding of T.S. Eliot’s poem at De Balie. Student tickets €7,50. Oh, and guess who’ll be teaching a speed workshop of The Waste Land? It’s our very own Jane Lewty!
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her. The first two installments of a collection of three films about a couple’s relationship. Starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. In theatres from the 30th of October.
  • Interstellar. After travelling through dreams in Inception, Christopher Nolan’s latest film explores space travel and it’s prone to be a showstopper. In theatres from the 6th of November.
  • Mommy. The latest film by Canadian filmmaker and wunderkind Xavier Dolan about a widowed mother struggling with raising her difficult son. In theatres from the 13th of November.
  • Samba. Remember Intouchables? Those responsible for that heart-warming film have now come up with Samba, a story a migrant from Senegal who works as a dish washer in France. Starring Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. In theatres from the 13th of November.

Don’t forget there’s a whole slew of events from the last few weeks that might still be going on! The complete list of events is always featured on the right of the page, so use the search function if you’re looking for info on a specific event that’s not on the above list. Do you happen to have a really good suggestion for the next edition of WB Happenings? Let us know through writerssblock@gmail.com, and we might include your suggestion in the next edition!