Friday, 11 May: Lars Kutschke Band
Every Thursday and Friday, the Jam Bar by S.K.Y., located at a prime and central location near the Postplatz offers great live music by a variety of artists from different genres. In a relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy great cocktails and other drinks while listening to new up and coming talents. This week, you can start your weekend to the sounds of the Lars Kutschke Band, led by guitarist and composer Lars Kutschke. His works fall mainly into the genres of R&B, Blues, Jazz, and Rock, though he also manages to incorporate elements from Soul and Gospel into his music. As the main guitarist and musical director for American Gospel singer Sharrie Williams since 2005, he has been able to perform in over 40 countries spread throughout 4 continents. As a producer for both of William’s albums “Here to Stay” and “Out of the Dark” he earned himself two nominations for the American Blues Music Awards. Do not miss your chance to watch this experienced and successful singer alongside his accompanying band in Dresden this Friday!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Not listed; How to get there: Jam Bar by S.K.Y., Kleine Brüdergasse 3, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information (German): www.jambarbysky.com/
Saturday, 12 May: Vegan Bake Sale 2018
Bake sales and their delicious treats are always great regardless of the time of the year. However, it may be difficult for those on a vegan diet to find alternatives which fit their dietary needs among so many sweets baked with milk, eggs, or in most cases, both. With the goal of showing how it is also possible to make delicious sweets only with vegan ingredients, the Dresden organisation ProVeg has put together a vegan only bake sale. Come by and try from a variety of cakes, pies, muffins and chocolate made exclusively with plant-based ingredients. The event is also meant to show those who eat a regular diet just how easy it may be to replace everyday items with non-animal-based based alternatives. With a growing awareness of the importance of eating less animal-based foods for our environment, this event is meant to show how doing so is not only possible but can also be delicious!
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kugelhaus am Wiener Platz, Wiener Platz 10, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 10 ‘Hauptbahnhof’ stop.
Sunday, 13 May: Huge Flea Market on the Horse Racing Field
Do you know what is Dresden’s largest sporting facility? Perhaps the Dynamo Stadium, or the whole sports complex at the Ostragehege? Surprisingly, it is the rather unknown horse racing field, with an area of around 43 hectares, that is, a whopping 430000 square meters. With so much open space, there is no better location in Dresden for an over-sized flea market than here! Each second Sunday of the month, Dresden’s horse racing tracks transforms itself into a huge open air market, with people from all around the city bringing out the hidden treasures from their homes to put them on sale. Here, you will find the traditional antiques and art pieces as is usual for a flea market, as well as used everyday items, ranging from kitchen utensils all the way to clothes. Alongside the flea market you may also take part in guided tours through the race tracks or perhaps just enjoy a cold beer listening to live music at the large beer garden that will be set up. For those who would like to visit as a family, the organisers are also putting together a children’s play area including a small children train. Come by, enjoy a pleasant afternoon and while at it, you might find a new favourite piece of art which is just what your living room is missing!
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Galopprennbahn Dresden-Seidnitz, Oskar-Röder-Straße 1, 01237 Dresden; BUS 65, 87 ‘Pferderennbahn’ stop or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Dresden Reick’ stop.
Monday, 14 May: Cellomania in the Martin Luther Church
Joseph Haydn, known as the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet” was at the forefront of the development of chamber music and also made important contributions towards the development of the cello as a solo instrument. During the classical period, composing works exclusively for the cello was anything but common, yet Haydn left behind two of the – to this day – most technically challenging cello pieces, his Concert in C-Dur and Concert in D-Dur. Both make for the perfect repertoire for a “Cellomania” concert performed by two soloists, whose vivid interpretations of this genial composer go to show just how vital the current cello scene is. The concert, with a duration of around 2 hours, will begin and end with works by Mozart, with both concerts by Haydn at the centre-point. On stage, German-Canadian Johannes Moser, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” will play alongside German Daniel Müller-Schott, ranked among the world’s best cellists of his generation, who may be heard on all of the foremost international concert stages. The event is part of the larger classical music festival “Dresdner Musikfestspiele”, taking place this year from May 10 to June 10 and bringing world-class music to venues spread throughout the city.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Prices ranging from 10 EUR to 45 EUR; How to get there: Martin-Luther Kirche, Martin-Luther-Platz 5, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Straße/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 15 May: Murder on the Orient Express
“Murder on the Orient Express” is a 2017 mystery drama film based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The movie stands out as it is one of the few productions in recent decades to have used 65mm film cameras, giving it a truly vintage look. On his way home, the famous detective Hercule Poirot takes the legendary Orient Express – but instead of a relaxed journey there is work waiting for him: a passenger was found, killed. The murderer must be someone on the train and as an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead on its tracks, the world’s most famous detective must interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. A classic and still modern criminal story, known by so many – but yet always surprising! The film will be shown as a part of the “Unifilm” project, which brings movie classics into German university movie theatres. Every two weeks, two movies are shown at the medicine university Carl Gustav Carus, whereas one movie is shown in its original language, mainly English, and the second in German. Entry is open to all. For all of this year’s movie showing, please check out the link below.
Beginning: 8 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: Unikino am Klinikum, Fiedlerstraße 42, 01307 Dresden; TRAM 6, 12 or BUS 62 ‘Augsburger Straße’ stop.
More information: http://www.unifilm.de/studentenkinos/dresden/unikino_am_klinikum
Wednesday, 16 May: The Doors Alive
The magic of the 1960s is back with the cover band “The Doors Alive”, which pays a tribute to the American rock band “The Doors”. The original band was formed in 1965 in Los Angeles and was well known for being one of the most controversial and unique rock acts of the 60s, mostly because of vocalist Jim Morrison’s lyrics as well as his charismatic yet unpredictable stage persona. The band played a large role in the counterculture movement of the decade, some even considering it to have played a center role. The band’s impact and music were recognized forever with its induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. To make sure their memory lives on, “The Doors Alive” performs with a style very similar to that of the original band. This Wednesday, you have the chance to relive rock classics such as “Light my Fire”, “When the Music’s Over”, “Riders on the Storm” an many others. The cover band has sold out many venues worldwide and are now finally touring Germany, so do not miss your chance to watch their live performance in Ostpol this week!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 18,30 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
Thursday, 17 May: #minaret by Omar Rajeh
The bombs that fell on Aleppo were one of the factors behind the surge of refugees which has recently shaken Europe to its foundations. It is for this reason that we have invited Omar Rajeh to appear with his latest production #minaret. His work deals with the destruction of Aleppo. Can a city die? And along with it the values, ideals, principles, stories and culture that made it what it was? The minaret of the Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo dominated the entire city for almost 1,000 years. Now it lies in ruins. #minaret is a coming-together of contemporary dance, the visual arts and live music, inspired by Aleppo’s legacy of classical music. The piece takes us into the heart of the city and asks questions about destruction and memory. Last year, the Lebanese director Omar Rajeh opened the festival Mashreq to Maghreb with his piece Beytna. The performance is a part of Hellerau’s event “B-Europe”, happening from May 14 to May 21, and takes a look at what is Europe as an institution and beyond and whether it needs any sort of ‘Plan B’.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 16,50 EUR Regular, 8,80 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.