View into the inner yard of the Dresden Royal Palace in winter time (photo: C. Kleindienst)

Thursday, 5 January: Blue Note Open Mic Night (Jazz Impro)

Every first Thursday of the month great musicians play great songs, accompanied by a great entertainer as moderator. For singers, friends of good music and people who just like to celebrate. And if you want to be on stage yourself, check the website and maybe next month people will cheer you up!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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Friday, 6 January: Love & Friendship (movie)

Jane Austen’s books are always a good template for films, nearly 36 exist and her most famous work “Pride and Prejudice” alone already inspired 14 directors. But this movie of Whit Stillman is about the rather unknown early book “Lady Susan” and turns out as a big surprise. Kate Beckinsale plays a widow who is looking for potential husbands with enough money to fulfill her needs and shows the vanities of the noble Snob-society in a unique and funny way. Don’t miss that masterpiece that is absolutely no boring historical film, but a satire on society and love in former times.
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: 7€: How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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Saturday, 7 January: Taryn Simon (art exhibition)

A Soldier is Taught to Bayonet the Enemy and not Some Undefined Abstraction, that is the interesting title of an exhibition with pictures of Taryn Simon. American artist Taryn Simon turns our attention to the margins of systems of power, where control, its disruption, and the contours of their constructions become visible. By a methodical visual and textual insistence and a highly careful mode of tracing, depicting and presenting, the artist not simply mirrors the systems she sets out to examine, but supersedes them in her rigorous application of their logic.
Beginning: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission: 10€, 7,50€ if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Albertinum Dresden, Georg-Treu-Platz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.

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Sunday, 8 January: Kasper kauft ein Haus (Puppet Theater)

Kasper’s grandmother isn’t feeling very well she suffers from cough. Her doctor recommends a little house in the nature where she can recover from her disease. Kasper, as a good grandson, starts looking for a nice place right away. But in the forest he meets two guys who are eager to get his money. Who? You will see if you join this beautiful play, a big fun for young and old!
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: 5€ for kids, 6€ for adults; How to get there: Zschoner Mühle, Zschoner Grund 2, 01156 Dresden-Podemus; TRAM 1,12 ’Gottfried-Keller-Straße/Roquettestraße’ stop and then BUS 92 ’Ockerwitz’ stop.

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Monday, 9 January: Bernadette La Hengst (concert)

As part of the Monday café in the theater “Kleines Haus”, the unique singer Bernadette La Hengst will play a concert. As her name already reveals, she is not making normal music. By combining keyboard, guitar and beatbox, she creates awfully catchy melodies that will stay in your head for weeks! In her texts she is taking a closer look on the connections between life and politics or money and love while making you dance the whole night.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Kleines Haus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Tuesday, 10 January:Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (movie)

This goes out to all the Star Wars Fans between you. Rogue One is the first movie that has nothing to do with all the “classic” films. It is supposed to fill the gap between Episode III and Episode IV. The rebels are trying to get the secret building plans of the Death Star to fight the Empire and form a group of people who don’t seem to fit together. But they are united by the same purpose and fight for freedom. Rogue One is a dark film that shows the terrible sides of war and is thereby nowadays extra relevant.
Beginning: 10:30 p.m.; Admission: 8€; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

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Wednesday, 11 January: Der Herr Polaris (concert)

Bruno Tenschert is the man behind “Der Herr Polaris”, a man who seems to be sad quite often but that helps him to create beautiful songs, full of melancholy and sometimes even a bit happiness if you take a very close look. Together with his band he combines guitars, organs and the scratchy sound of old records in such a careful way that his music is close to perfection. Personal stories of his life round off the experience and will make you think about for a long time.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 8€; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.

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