Dear readers of mine, how are you coping with the winter-situation? Yes, I’m back to one of my beloved subjects for the sole reason that, this week, I am actually feeling the greyness of winter kicking in. While last week I wrote about learning to appreciate the cold season, now, all of a sudden, I feel SO white. I can only dream of tropical rhythms, cocktails, sun-kissed bodies walking around, large smiles + bright eyes, light clothing, open shoes, long days, the scent of some coconut body lotion in the air. Something like this. While the aforementioned is not exactly around the corner, I do what I can to cheer up my mood with stuff that makes my heart beat faster. In case you’re dealing with the same heaviness, listen: it’s not going to get better if you don’t do anything about it. You have got to play an active role in this ( is it very obvious that I’m self-talking here?)
One of my antidotes to the seasonal blues are parties were I can dance, dance, dance to some of my favorite hot rhythms: samba, cumbia, african and middle-eastern drums, turkish folk, swing, good-old rock’n’roll, you name it. That’s why you see those programs so often on the Amsterdive’s weekly agendas ( check what’s on for the coming Friday and Saturday!). Don’t forget that every listed event includes a link to its website, and free events are signaled as well. To get updates please like Amsterdive’s Facebook page. And if you did it already, you have a place in my heart, obviously.
Tue, 31st, 20.00 | Girlhood ( Céline Sciamma) | De Balie
Cinema. The troubled life of a group of girls living in the suburbs of Paris. A ‘coming of age’ movie which will be the starting point to a discussion about identity, at De Balie. Free entrance for We Are Public pass holders.
Wed, 1st, 21.00 | Westergasfabriek live | Westergasfabriek – free entrance
Concert. If you didn’t know, now you do. Every Wednesday evening there are live concerts at Pacific Parc and at The Brewerij Troost. This time you get to hear the blues and rhythm singer and guitarist Arthur Ebeling ( at Pacific Parc).
Thu, 2nd, 20.30 | Opening Ed van der Elsken – De Verliefde Camera | Stedelijk Museum
Exhibition. Impossible not to look forward to Van der Elsken’s exhibition at Stedelijk, one of the biggest icons of Dutch photography of the 20th century. The opening is tonight!
Fri, 3rd, 08.00 | Silence #2 | Oude Kerk
Concert. This one is special: an early morning concert at the old church. According to the program, it is a musical reaction to “the hectic city center”. I’m so going to try to wake up on time! Free entrance for We Are Public pass holders.
Fri, 3rd, 21.00 | Night of Samba | MixTree ( OT301)
Music. Samba: the word itself summarizes everything you might want to know about the combination music + dancing + infinite joy. SambaSim, with their 8 member band, is going to guarantee our weekend starts in the best of fashions.
Sat, 4th, | Brazilian Carnaval in the Brewery | Oedipus Brewery
Music / party. Because you (I) can never get enough of samba. And I wouldn’t miss a concert by Roda da Holanda for anything in this world.
Sun, 5th | Badplaats Winter Sessions w/ Capti Rando | Volkshotel – free entrance
Storytelling + concert. Listening to a concert inside of a bathtub placed on a rooftop. Relaxing the limbs from all the weekend dances. Staring at the horizon of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Don’t forget your beach costume.