coming up #25 (amsterdam)

A few weeks ago, the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk was voted to be the ‘best shopping street in the Netherlands’ by NLstreets Awards 2011. When biking home the other day I stopped to see what these large daffodils were, hanging outside many of the stores on the street. They were given to each shop along the street to congratulate their win! Coming up in Amsterdam this week…

  • It’s your last week to visit the lovely Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401; see previous post) for the exhibitions ‘Siebe Swart: Land of Air and Water‘ and ‘Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories’ (both till Sunday 26 Feb).
  • Interested in photography? Head to the Kahmann Gallery (Lindengracht 35), of Roy Kahmann who is the owner of the photography magazine GUP Magazine. There will be a selection of works on display by internationally-known photographer Willem Diepraam. Via The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 1-5pm.
  • Finally, the 84th Annual Academy Awards will take place upcoming SUNDAY! That’s soon! Have you seen all the ‘Best Picture’ nominees? Some of the nominees are still showing in movie theaters across Amsterdam, think The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo and War Horse, as well as My Week With Marilyn (with Michelle Williams who is nominated for ‘Best Actress’), The Iron Lady (with Meryl Streep who is nominated for ‘Best Actress’) and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (nominated for ‘Best Cinematography’). Check the websites of the following movie theaters: The Movies (Haarlemmerdijk 161), Cinecenter (Lijnbaansgracht 236), Kriterion (Roetersstraat 170), Pathe De Munt (Vijzelstraat 15) and Pathe Tuschinski (Reguliersbreestraat 26-34). Get going!
  • In addition, there are two Oscar-related events! The first is at Pathe De Munt (Vijzelstraat 15), where for €25 on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 Feb, you have the chance to watch a whole host of Oscar-nominated films like Drive, The Iron Lady and The Artist. The other is at De Balie (Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10), where on Sunday, after a screening of Monsieur Lazhar (nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’) at 10pm, there will be a live broadcast of the Oscar ceremony, which will take until six in the morning. All this will cost you only €8. Via
  • From Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 Feb, various locations in Amsterdam will be hosting the 14th edition of the Sonic Acts Festival, with the theme of ‘Travelling Time.’ Founded in 1994, this biannual festival has “questioned, examined, assembled and exhibited contemporary and historical developments at the cutting edge of art, technology, music and science.” The kickoff of the Sonic Acts Festival will take place at Paradiso (Weteringschans 6) with a keynote speaker, George Dyson, as part of the the Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @. Additionally, there will be a series of Master Classes held by artists that will take place in different locations in Amsterdam from Monday 20 Feb to Thursday 23 Feb. Check the website for a full list of events.
  • On another note, there is a new exhibition opening at the Van Gogh Museum (Paulus Potterstraat 7) on Friday 24 Feb, ‘Dreams of Nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky.’ This is the first exhibition dedicated to the symbolist landscape in Europe and the 70 paintings of nature from the period 1880–1910 on display will offer a new perspective on this intriguing movement.
  • And on Sunday 26 Feb, there will be an English-language ‘Sunday Lecture‘ starting at 2pm (free with entrance to the museum) with Richard Thomas from the University of Edinburgh. He will be discussing ‘Europe 1900: New landscapes for changing times.’
  • Last movie-related note: the 1000th edition of Sneak Preview will take place at Kriterion (Roetersstraat 170) this Tuesday 28 Feb. The screening starts at 10.15pm and costs 5 euros.

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.


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