Tips for the upcoming week
(13 – 19 March 2015)

The colours are slowly returning to our city with spring approaching... (Photo: L. Mendes)
The colours are slowly returning to our city with spring approaching… (Photo: L. Mendes)

Friday, 13 March: Blues & Folk by Brettel

For Friday evening we suggest a visit to the pub Tir Na Nog in Dresden. Besides having a drink you can listen to Brettel, a Dresden-based musician. He is known for playing old Blues & Folk songs and also covers famous singers and bands such as The Beatles or Johnny Cash. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: unknown, How to get there: Tir Na Nog, Bischofsweg 34, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.

Saturday, 14 March: Guided Tour of Dresden Royal Palace in German and English

In the heart of the city’s historic centre, the Residenzschloss Dresden (Dresden Royal Palace) is both the historic point of origin and the current centre of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections). August the Strong had a series of rooms constructed to represent his wealth and power as an absolute monarch. After years of reconstruction, the full experience of this late baroque synthesis of the arts is once again accessible to visitors of the original rooms. Saturday’s guided tour includes Neues Grünes Gewölbe (New Green Vault), Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber), Fürstengalerie (Gallery of Princes) and Rüstkammer (Armoury) and will be guided in German and English. Meeting point is the information desk in the small courtyard of the royal palace. Beginning: 2 a.m.; Admission: €12/ €7.50 (reduced) + €4.50 (guided tour); How to get there: Residenzschloss, Sophienstraße (entrance from Schloßstraße or Taschenberg), 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop, TRAM 1,2,4,8,9,10,11 ‘Postplatz’ stop.[diff]=0#day14

Sunday, 15 March: 3D Exhibition ‘The New Image of Mars’

Today is your last chance to visit the exhibition “The New Image of Mars” which features and celebrates amazing 3D images taken of the Red Planet by a special camera mounted on the ESA probe ‘Mars Express’, which has been circling mars for over 11 years. Use this chance to physically see the impressive high-resolution pictures, showing and changing our view of our planetary neighbour’s geology. The exhibition is brought to you by the German national aeronautics and space research centre (DLR) who operate the ESA spacecraft’s High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) which took these stunning pictures. Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Foyer of ‘Haus der Presse’ (House of the Press), Ostra-Allee 20, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Haus der Presse’ stop or TRAM 6,10,11 ‘Kongresszentrum’ stop.. (for background info)

Monday, 16 March: Monday music at the Dresden Academy of Music

Dresden definitely is a city of music. If you would like to benefit from the great skills of the students of the Dresden Academy of Music in a more casual setting, check out their weekly Monday Music open-stage night. Organised by the academy’s student council, it’s your chance to experience music students showing off their skills first-hand, while it’s theirs to get some real-life practice for their next big gig or audition, try something experimental on a curious audience or simply get exposure to learn to ward off stage fright. In the audience, don’t sweat, just relax and enjoy. Beginning 7.30 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: small concert hall at Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber”, Wettiner Platz 13, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 1,6,10,44 and BUS 94 stop ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ or TRAM 1,44 and BUS 94 stop ‘Schweriner Straße’. (permanent announcement)

Tuesday, 17 March: Science Café “Light”

The Science Café is a regular event organized by the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG). There is no podium and there is no question of limited opportunities – the whole dialogue is up to you. This time you can experience casual one-on-one discussions with experts on LASERs and OLEDs over a beer or coffee. They will also discuss how light is used in research and medicine and how light influences our circadian rhythm. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: GrooveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

Wednesday, 18 March: Kingsman – The Secret Service (in English with German subtitles)

The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Beginning: 10.45 p.m.; Admission: €6.50/ €6 (reduced); How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

Thursday, 19 March: Sväng (FIN)

Sväng is a Finnish quartet with each member of the group playing a harmonica and other type of mouth organ. Their music may sound as a mix of a touch of Howlin’ Wolf, hints of anarchic fiddle playing, traditional Baltic runo song, and a jumping minuet: prepare yourself for the latest journey into the unknown from those frolicsome and feisty Finns, Sväng. The territory here is often quite scary, but scarily good. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €16/ €12 (reduced); How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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