Friday, 9 January 2015: Instrumental Trio Cobario
Cobario is a one-of-a-kind world music trio from Vienna, Austria. Beginning in 2006 as buskers in Barcelona, Rio Che and El Coba first developed the instrumental acoustic project Cobario around their two powerful guitar styles. Several months later, the extraordinary violinist Herwigos joined their ranks to complete the trio. Their unique style is probably best described as “gypsy classique”. Flamenco, Gypsy, Celtic, Slavic, Asian and contemporary influences all contribute to the unique yet familiar sound, and invite the listener to close their eyes and escape from reality. Beginning: 7.30 p.m.; Admission: €17/ €12 (reduced); How to get there: Palais im Großen Garten, Hauptallee 8, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 1,2 ‘Comeniusplatz’ stop, TRAM 9,13 or BUS 75 ‘Querallee’ stop, TRAM 10,13 ‘Großer Garten’ stop.
Saturday, 10 January: A capella show with SWINGX
The Dresden Jazz choir presents the second a capella night with songs from the jazz, rock, pop and soul genres. SWINGX is an outstanding a capella event that is not only suitable for soul and jazz fans, but for everyone who likes good music. Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €16 / €11 (reduced); How to get there: Scheune Dresden, Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’.
Sunday, 11 January: Choir Slavica
With its performance the vocal ensemble SLAVICA celebrates the Russian Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. You will hear traditional songs from Eastern Europe as well as religious hymns from the Russian-Orthodox Church. A highlight of the concert will be the performance of the choral concerto ‘Pushkin’s Garland’, which is based on verses by Alexander Pushkin and was written by the Soviet neoromantic composer Georgy Sviridov. Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: €16 / €11 (reduced); How to get there: Dreikönigskirche Dresden, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop, TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Monday, 12 January: Movie ‘The Homesman’ – Original version in English with German subtitles at Thalia Cinema
The Homesman is a 2014 American period drama film set in the 1850s Midwest produced and directed by Tommy Lee Jones. The plot is about three women living on the edge of the American frontier that are driven mad by harsh pioneer life and the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat. Beginning: 9.30 p.m.; Admission: €5; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015: Science Café: ‘Bioinformatics – How computer nerds can help biologists’
The Science Café is a regular event organized by the Max Planck Institute of Molecular 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. The topic covered this time is ‘Bioinformatics – How computer nerds can help biologists’. Studying complex biological systems is no longer possible without the support of very powerful computer-based image processing tools and bioinformatics. You will get a chance to talk to some MPI-CBG experts who use computational approaches to understand biological systems. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: GrooveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015: Cine film image movie ‘One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later’
Rigorously formal, yet humorous and full of life, Boogie Woogie’s sequence of 60 static one-minute shots surveys the industrial landscape of Benning’s native Milwaukee. Hailed as a masterwork of avant-garde filmmaking, it takes location shooting literally, offering a playful moving image. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission €5; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 15 January 2015: The Snow Queen performed by Eclectic Theatre in English
Eclectic Theatre presents Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen in a new (English-language) version by artistic director Michael Halstead. Enter a magical world and follow Gerda’s quest to find her best friend Kai, who has been carried off by the Snow Queen to her palace of ice far to the North. Along the way Gerda encounters many different characters, some of whom help her, some of whom hinder her, including a prince and princess, robbers, a talking crow and a reindeer. Sometimes funny, sometimes just a little bit scary, The Snow Queen is not only aimed at children, but also at those who like fantasy stories and fairy tales. Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: €5/€3.50 (reduced); How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70,80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.