No rain or gray sky will get you depressed in this no-so-spring-like week, I promise. So here are some ideas to keep up your spirits…
THE OASIS OF MATISSE – Starting the weekend with art is always a perfect choice. It gives us perspective to tackle the next working week. Stedelijk is opening today the biggest exhibition on Henri Matisse in the Netherlands so far and flocks of tourists are expected during the weekend. If you don’t care about taking the first Instagram pic, just go during weekdays. You have time until August 16th.
BO SARIS IN CONCERT – Someone called him the Dutch Robin Thicke, but I hope there’s a little more brain in there. There is some soul, that’s for sure, and if you need to warm up your heart with a little funk, this might be the right venue. At P60 in Amstelveen.
TINKEBELL “DIY” – This Dutch artist gave haters a lot to talk in the past years for skinning her own dying cat and making it a purse. What can I say, people show their affection in different ways. This time, she will show at DeBalie the rough cut of a documentary she made in Kabul, looking after the disappearance of an Afghan man, expelled from the Netherlands.
SATURDAY 28 – SUNDAY 29
EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL – For those who feel brave enough for an alternative weekend, at Filmhuis Cavia there are screenings from 25 international artists and more than five hours of cutting edge films.
LOCAL GOODS SATURDAY MARKET – Still a good option to find some shelter from the rain, while having a bite at the food stalls in De Hallen.
OPEN TORENDAG – Despite weather forecasts, this might be one of the rare occasions to visit the 21 historic and modern towers in Amsterdam. Let’s hope you can enjoy some view through the rain.
RIJKSMUSEUM LATE NIGHT – If going to the museum during the day is too mainstream for you, the Rijksmuseum late night openings might be the perfect solution. On selected evenings in March and April you can enjoy the Late Rembrandt exhibition with live music and a drink in your hand.
ELECTRIC RUN – As the sun goes down, the fun goes up. Enjoy an easy 5km run near the Olympisch Stadion with light shows and electronic music. Or if you’re a lazy ass, just show up for the after party.
LAVINIA MEIJER – Take some time for a coffee at Concerto in Utrechtstraat at 4:30 to enjoy a little harp concert for the new upcoming album of this wonderful artist. Entrance is free.
SNEAKER MARKET – Are you a sneaker freak? Then come to Roest to find customization corners, traders and much more.
PURE MARKT – Markets, markets everywhere! But if you’re in Amsterdam Oost, this traveling food market deserves to be seen. This time will be in Frankendael Park and this might give you the occasion to try De Kas for dinner too.
MOKUM OTHERGROUND CREATIVE MARKET – If you’re looking for creative gifts, this small market organized by OT301 will host local artisans and artists.
BIG, OPEN & BEAUTIFUL – Time for serious topics: at Parkhuis de Zwijger there’s a talk about big data opportunities to create a better world, looking at the bright side of it. Free entrance.
AWOLNATION – In concert at Melkweg, this electro-rock band from Los Angeles, better known for their hit “Sail”.
FREE WORKSHOP AT BIMHUIS – If you’re a musician or you just loved Whiplash, fell free to show up, like every Tuesday, at Bimhuis. Free entrance for musicians and audience from 8pm, where improvisation is a must and enjoyment comes natural.
CINEMASIA – This interesting festival about Asian Cinema starts today at the Kriterion and lasts until April 6th. Screenings are almost all with English subtitles, except for the opening screening of The Last Wolf, by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
BITCOIN WEDNESDAY – If you’re brave enough to invest in Bitcoin, you might find useful this monthly conference with world experts about this topic. At Parkhuis De Zwijger for free.
LINDYPOP – Do you want to swing like in the roaring 20ies? Take a free dance lesson at Tolhuistuin and show off your moves.
COR WAS HIER – At Huis Marseille the exhibition of Cor Jaring, the Dutch photographer who gained international fame through his photographs of the Dutch ‘non-violent anarchist’ Provo movement and his portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their ‘Bed-In for Peace’ in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in 1969.
FOAM – Full of new exhibitions: Broomberg & Chanarin, Geert Goiris and Regine Petersen.
LATE REMBRANDT – Besides the great masterpieces permanently exhibited at Rijksmuseum, now you can see also admire over 100 of the paintings, drawings and prints that Rembrandt produced in the final phase, when his popularity at the time faded away because of, among other reasons, his bad temper.
BILL VIOLA -Enjoy two of his most jaw-dropping video installations, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) and Fire Woman. At Nieuwekerk.