Tips for the upcoming week
2 March – 8 March 2018

Dresden at night (Photo: L. Mendes)

Friday, 2 March: Jason Miles’ Kind of New ft. Theo Croker

Start off your weekend with this concert by an all-star electric jazz band, which manages to connect past and present. By all-star this is not meant to be taken as an understatement, as Jason Miles has worked with many important names from Jazz, Rock, and Pop, including but not limited to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and David Sandborn. No wonder he is considered as one of the best and most well-known keyboard players in the electro-jazz scene, currently considered to be the Quincy Jones of modern music. Last year, Miles released the last of his genius strokes with “Kind of New”, an album inspired on the legendary “Cellar Door Session” from Miles Davis. Alongside him two other great musicians will be on stage, the trumpet master Theo Croker, who Wynton Marsalis labelled as phenomenal. Second front man and Grammy award winner is the saxophone player Jay Rodrigues, former side man for name like Prince, Ray Baretto, Elvis Costello, and many more. With so much talent on one stage, this is without a doubt a concert you do not want to miss!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 21,90 EUR Regular, 15,30 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop..
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Friday, 2 March: Welcome Center Event! Regular’s Table

What to expect on a common Irish pub night?  Right! Cold brewed Guinness, food and sports! If you are interested in checking out a new location join Friederike & Rudi at the “Irish Fiddler” in the Dresden-Neustadt! There’s a good chance to listen to some live music, watch some footy on the TV and try some beef-stew, cottage pie, fish ‘n’ Chips with your Guinness, Pale Ale or Cider. No need to register. Just come by. There’s no fixed time frame, only a relaxed evening with fellow researchers.

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Irish Fiddler, Alaunstraße 62, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop or TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

Saturday, 3 March: Classix in Cosel Palace (Violin and Piano Concert)

The Coselpalais, built in 1765, is one of the best-known baroque buildings in Dresden. Badly damaged in the Second World War, it was restored true to the original in an elaborate reconstruction process. One of the best ways to visit the palace is during one of the many piano concerts that take place inside it on a nearly weekly basis. This week, Annette Unger, a former music student at the Dresden Academy of Music and later one of the youngest musicians to have gained the title of professor at the same institution will be playing her violin alongside Rieko Yoshizumi on the piano. Yoshizumi studied music at the famous Geidai college in Japan and later continued her studies at the Detmold Music College in Germany. Both are truly top-class musicians and have recorded numerous cds with their music. Alongside each other they are a show to be seen, even more so in such a beautiful setting right in the heart of the wonderful baroque city of Dresden.

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 18 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festsaal im Coselpalais, An der Frauenkirche 12, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
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Sunday, 4 March: Free Entrance to the Porcelain Collection

Since the beginning of this year, the Dresden State Art Collections is offering free entrance to one of its museums every Sunday starting at 3 p.m.. This week, you have the chance to take a look at the world’s largest porcelain collection outside of China held within Dresden’s porcelain collection at the Zwinger. The museum contains pieces from China, Japan, and also Meißen – which was the first place in Europe to produce the “white gold”. August the Strong’s obsession with porcelain is the main reason for the collection of the over 20000 items now in possession of the state and exposed to visitors in one of Dresden’s most beautiful buildings. The collection presents not only the finest china but also various precious vases, groups of figures and life-sized sculptures, modelled after the animals owned by the Saxon-King. Be sure to arrive as soon as possible, as the museum is only open until 6 p.m.!

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Porzellansammlung, Zwinger, Theaterplatz 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

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Monday, 5 March: Welcome to Europe? (Exposition)

War, persecution, poverty – there are a number of reasons why people must leave their homes towards a new land every year. Worldwide around 65 million people are now on the move according to the United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees. Sadly, these people are unwanted inside the European Union, where a legal immigration is only made possible to a comparatively  small number of people. Most, however, do not give up due to the established borders and rick their lives in the Mediterranean sea to make their way into Europe in the hopes of a better life in an unknown land. The exposition is meant to bring not only the stories of these hundreds of thousands of refugees to light but also focuses on the help provided by various non-governmental agencies. Doctors Without Borders has been providing medical help on the edges of the European Union ever since the year 2000 and began a search and rescue team in the mediteranean in 2015. On Monday this is your last chance to visit this exposition, so if you are interested make sure to either make it there prior to or until Monday!

Opening Times: Mo, Wed, Fr 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. , Tu 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Thu 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Galerie Stuwertinum (3 Floor in the Studentenwerk), Fritz-Löffler-Straße 18, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 or BUS 66 ‘Reichenbachstr.’ stop.
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Tuesday, 6 March: Carmen (Live from London)

Carmen is the most famous opera by French composer Georges Bizet and overall one of the most famous pieces for this genre, with songs such as Habanera and the Toreador song now well-known even for the general public. When released, the public was not entirely prepared for the exciting combination of passion, sensuality and violence, and the work underwent harsh critique at first. Bizet passed away a short time later and was never able to experience the success that his Carmen would later achieve: the opera went on to be performed over 500 times in Covent Garden alone. In this new production originally planned for the Frankfurt Opera, Barrie Kosky has set this popular opera in a new angle. The Australian director is one of the most sought after opera directors in the world and has now given Carmen a version that is far from the the traditional view, including music composed by Bizet that is rarely ever heard and giving the main character a new voice. Luckily you do not have to make it all the way to London on Tuesday to experience this wonderful production, as the show will be broadcasted live straight into the Rundkino on the Prager Straße!

Beginning: 7:45 p.m..; Admission: 20 EUR Regular, 16,50 EUR Reduced ; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
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Wednesday, 7 March: International Women’s Day Book Club

The Women’s Caucus of the Democrats Abroad group is organizing a special book club to celebrate International Women’s Day, observed on March 8. Described by the group as “more than a book club”, it is meant to provide a space where ideas may be exchanged, for the discussion of political affairs as well as to engage both women and men who are interested in supporting gender equality and community change. The book chosen for the current book club session is Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography. Roosevelt’s long and eventful life was filled with rich experiences and courageous actions. Married to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States’ 32 president, she led women’s organizations and youth movements and fought for consumer welfare, civil rights, and improved housing. After her husband’s death in 1945, she worked as a UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, and diplomat. Her autobiography constitutes a self-portrait no biography can match for its candour and liveliness, its wisdom, tolerance, and breadth of view – a self-portrait of one of the greatest American humanitarians of our time. Be sure to check out the link below to confirm your participation if you are interested!

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Café Story, Wormser Str. 30A, 01309 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 or BUS 63, 64 ‘Spenerstraße’ stop.
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Thursday, 8 March: Jazz Plus Soup

Great music and great soup, what better way to spend a nice late-winter evening? We hope that the cold will soon be behind us, but while the arctic winds still manage to make it to Dresden, some soup and music is definitely a great way to keep warm. This week at the Bürgerzentrum Waldschänke in Hellerau, enjoy the music from a new Dresden duo. Trumpet player Florian Brandl from Munich met his so-called “soul-brother”, guitarist Florian Schultz from Berlin, during his studies at the music college in Dresden. Their new project seeks to create energy filled but also emotional and expressive music. The majority of their repertoire is made up of Brandl’s compositions with influences from jazz, classical and pop music, all of which blend together in a playful manner. In fact, Brandl seems to feel at home with a mix of different musical genres, creating his music with a style similar to that of Sam Rivers, Don Byron, Johannes Enders, and Gabor Bolla.

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation Based; How to get there: Bürgerzentrum Waldschänke, Am Grünen Zipfel 2, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Am Hellerrand’ stop.

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