Friday, 16 February: Keegan McInroe & Friends (Concert)
The charismatic and exceptional Texan singer and songwriter Keegan McInroe will this year once more make a stop in Dresden during his European tour. The band led by McInroe is composed by 6 other members, playing the guitar, keyboard, harp, bass and drums. Known for his striking bourbon polished voice, he brings together classic protest songs with blues. Accompanied by other talented musicians, get ready for a night along the entire jazz and folk spectrum, with songs ranging from acoustic ballads all the way to wild electronic bluesrock. Without a doubt this is a great way to end your week and put you in the mood for the perfect weekend!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation Based; How to get there: Die 100, Alaunstraße 100, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/129857527817057
Saturday, 17 February: Big Garden Bed Giveaway
Are you passionate about gardening but just don’t have enough space to practice this hobby in your apartment? Maybe you’ve been considering planting your own vegetables in an organic manner or perhaps you are looking for an activity to clear your head from work, now you have the chance to have your own little garden bed to plant whatever your heart desires! The Golgi Park intercultural garden project brings together locals and expatriats to a place where everyone may meet to discuss ecological issues and above all, to garden. It offers 70 garden beds, given to either individuals or groups alongside with a basic stock of gardening tools and related products. It is open to everyone at all times, if you are not interested in getting a garden bed but would like to get to know the project better, just come by on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to meet with the project organizers. If you are completely new to gardening, the organization also offers regular workshops and is open to take in any questions you may have.
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Interkultureller Garten Golgi Park, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: http://en.hellerau.org/golgi-park-info
Sunday, 18 February: Kathrin Pechlof Trio (Concert)
The alto saxophone and the bass are regular instruments found in any jazz band but include a harp and you get the Kathrin Pechlof Trio band! Pechlof is one of the few harpists present in the German jazz scene but goes to prove that this instrument not only fits but definitely fits very well with jazz music! She plays alongside the renowned saxophinst from Berlin Christian Weidner and award-winning bassist from Cologne Robert Landfermann to create exciting tones with a somewhat improvisational style to it. Although indisputably modern, this music is remarkable for its lyrical beauty, narrative depth and wealth of subtle dynamic nuances. Three outstanding instrumentalists come together here to play their very own brand of intriguing and soulful chamber jazz. All in all, the trio succeeds in making beautiful music with remarkably few notes.
Beginning: 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation Basis; How to get there: Saxstall, Dorfstraße 87, 01731 Pohrsdorf bei Tharandt; S-BAHN S3 until ‘Tharandt’, then change to BUS 363 towards Klingenberg until ‘Abzweig Fördergersdorf’ stop.
Monday, 19 February: Shape of Water (Movie)
This American fantasy drama film premiered in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the “Golden Lion” for best film in the competiotion. It went on to receive 13 nominations for the 90 Academy Awards and won two Golden Globes, for best director and best original score alongside another five nominations. Many critics declared this to be Guillermo del Toro’s best film ever since the modern classic Pan’s Labyrinth. The film tells the story of Elisa, a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high security government lab in 1962 in Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret – a mysterious, scaled creature from Soth America that lives in a water tank. As she develops a bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies on the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße‘ stop.
Tuesday, 20 February: The American West (Concert)
Before founding the band “The American West”, Matthew Zeltzer toured the United States and released his successful EP “Desert Tortoise”. This raised the attention of various music observers across the country, some evene including him on the list of “top ten artists to watch”. With a distinctive voice, reminiscent of young folk heroes alongside moving lyrics and exciting rhythms, “The American West” oscilates from solo-acoustic pieces to more incremented songs with the help of a pedal electric gutar which alone sounds like a six-people band. Come out on Tuesday to perhaps what may be considered Dresden’s most traditional and well-known jazz club and watch this great American band as they pass through Dresden in the European tour.
Beginning: 9 p.m..; Admission: Free/Donation Based; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 21 February: New Creations (Modern Dance)
The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company. On Wednesday’s premier, Godani will present two new works which will become part of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company’s repertoire. New ideas, new choreography, new set design, new costumes and new music composition. Godani wants to provide the Hellerau audience with a fresh vision of two different universes and, at same time, keep the same high level of dancing. For one of these works Godani has chosen to collaborate with set designer Matthias Bringmann, Looking forward to our premiere in Hellerau. On a relatively conceptual level, be sure to make it to one of the presentations if you enjoy modern dance. If you cannot make it to the premiere on Wednesday, be sure to check out the link below for other dates, as there will be further presentations until the 5 March.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 12 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
Thursday, 22 February: Open Bottle Night
Every Thursdays and Fridays, anyone has the chance to try five different beers from the Neustadt’s Craft Beer Store. The store, due to its advantageous location inside the beautiful “Kunsthofpassage” (art courtyards) and its large assortment of beers from around the world has in itself become a touristic attraction in Dresden’s bohemian neighborhood. If you have never been to the Craft Beer Store but enjoy a good bottle of beer, then this is definitely a must! If you get the chance to visit the store on an open bottle night such as this Thursday, even better, as you get the chance to try beers from across the taste spectrum and also across the world. Since every open bottle night features five different beers, you might even want to come back next week for more! Be sure to be in the store early though, as the event is open to anyone but has a limited number of participants.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 2 EUR; How to get there: Hopfenkult – Der Craft Beer Store, Görlitzer Straße 25, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.