Thursday, 14 December: Johanna Summer Trio (Concert)
At its roots, jazz was an expression of feelings and emotions as well as a form of popular music. The Johanna Summer Trio attempts to bring back this expression of emotions in music into modern jazz, transforming the old into the new, bringing jazz back to pop music. With a somewhat improvisional style, the band incorporates elements brought from their leader’s origins in classical as well as pop-rock music. All in all, it is rather difficult to label this band as belonging to a specific jazz style, as its songs may rapidly vary from intense and chaotic to calm and soothing. A true expression of emotions, at this concert you never really know what to expect!
Beginning: 8 p.m.
Admission: Regular 10 EUR, Reduced 5 EUR
How to get there: Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information: www.jazzclubtonne.de/programm/2017/12/14/johanna-summer-trio
Friday, 15 December: Salsacional Pre-Christmas Concert
Has the winter cold put you down? Do you already miss the summer sun and want it back as soon as possible? Unfortunately, we cannot alter the weather, however, at the Salsacional’s pre-Christmas concert you can musically be taken away from the Dresden winter straight into the Carribean! As described by the band themselves, “Latin music goes straight from the ears to the hips, and evokes summer and sunshine, dancing through the night.” Composed by both Latin Americans as well as Europeans, all band members share a common passion for salsa, the traditional music from Cuba. You don’t have to know any salsa to come by and enjoy the music, but be prepared to learn quickly, as it is difficult to stay still when the conga starts playing!
Beginning: 9:30 p.m.
How to get there: Nibs Cacao Dresden, Kamenzer Str. 42b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/385233551929901/
Saturday, 16 December: Fairtrade Christmas Market
For the 5th year in a row, around 50 regional companies and vendors will be given the chance to present their products at the “Fairtrade Christmas Market” in the Dreikönigskirche. A full Christmas program awaits visitors this weekend in the church, as well as a variety of products and information stands, all with a focus on susatainable and fair trade. For those who are not able to make it on Saturday, you also have the chance to visit the market on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.. Don’t miss your chance to be there, as this special market only takes place this weekend and is definitely worth a visit!
Beginning: 10 a.m.
Admission: 1,50 EUR
How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: www.fairer-weihnachtsmarkt.de/index.php
Sunday, 17 December: Welcome Center Christmas Party
It is a tradition for the Welcome Center to invite international PhD students, PostDocs, guest researchers and their families and friends to the cosiest cinema you can imagine: Thalia Cinema in Neustadt. There is a bar and they serve one of the best coffee in town! We ask everyone to bring some finger food to share (please no soups or anything that you cannot eat with your fingers, or bring paper plates and cutlary) from your countries or just what you really like – usually we all have full bellies the whole day as the food is really amazing. Please let us know if you come to give us an idea how many people will show up, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org giving us your name, country, who is joining you and what you might bring for food. The event is for free, but we would ask you to pay for your drinks at the bar. The movie is for free as well.
Beginning: 11 a.m.
How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/758249887672920/
Monday, 18 December: ESN Café Lingua
Do you want to learn a new language and struggle to find a practice partner? Or are you new in town and want to make some connections? Why not come along to “Café Lingua”, Dresden’s Language Café? A bar-style meeting place that builds the opportunity for tandem language learning. This week the key languages are Turkish, Portuguese, and Arabic. If you are learning already, want to learn, or especially have talent in these languages and can act as an expert, you are warmly invited to come along. Germans and foreigners alike will join to celebrate diversity and build relationships, which is essential to the language learning process. You are also invited to participate even if you cannot speak or are not learning any of these three languages, as one can always find a conversation in English or in German!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there:Albertplatz in front of the Vodafone-Shop; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: http://tu-dresden.esn-germany.de/en/cafe-lingua?language=en
Tuesday, 19 December: Euro Pub Quiz
After living a few months or maybe years in Europe, do you think you can already be considered an Euro-Expert? Come and test out your knowledge about Europe at AEGEE’s last event this year, their “Euro Pub Quiz”. You may either participate alone, where you will be matched up with other players or register as a team, however, a pre-registration is necessary until April 18 on the following link: https://goo.gl/fA56vU . Even if your knowledge on the Old Continent is limited, this Pub Quiz is guaranteed fun for you and your friends, and you will have the chance to learn many new facts about this beautiful and diverse continent we all live in. This is also a great opportunity to meet new people, as everyone competes against each other in teams of four players to decide which team contains the true Euro-Experts!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.
Admission: 2 EUR per team (4 people)
How to get there: Gutzkowclub e.V., Gutzkowstraße 29-33, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 ‘Reichenbachstraße’ stop or TRAM 9, 10, 11 and BUS 66 ‘Gret-Palucca-Straße’ stop.
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1765185753787605/
Wednesday, 20 December: Tape Face “Tour 2017”
You might have seen him on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent, where he reached the finals, but even if you didn’t, this is a show definitely not worth missing! Described by Simon Cowell as the new Charlie Chaplin or Mr. Bean, Tape Face manages through his endless creativity to make your belly hurt of so much laughter without saying a single word. By always performing with tape covering his mouth, Tape Face, aka Sam Wills, he is indeed unable to speak throughout the whole show, using only his expressions and simple props he always manages to surprise his audience with unexpectedly humorous skits. Fresh out of his tour in the United States, where he managed to sell out the legendary Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Tape Face now returns to Germany for a second time, touring the country throughout the month of December and arriving in Dresden on the 20. Be quick to get your tickets as they are selling out quickly!
Beginning: 8 p.m.
Admission: 35,50 EUR
How to get there: Alter Schlachthof, Gothaer Straße 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Alter Schlachthof’ stop.