Thursday, 18 January: Werewolf Evening
Every night, while the villagers are asleep, vicous werewolves roam the streets, slowly killing the village’s inhabitants one by one. In an attempt to save his fellow villagers, a doctor also awakes every evening, searching for those who might have been attacked by the werewolves or even in an attempt to save himself. In this mythological place, seers also have the power to see the werewolves at night. As each day begins, the villagers gather in the town center and discuss who is it they believe may be a werewolf. For their own safety, they decide on who is it they should kill, hoping every day that they will kill the right villagers so as to be safe from possible werewolves. Experience this fun and classic party game this Thursday at the Count Down student club, games may be held in German or in English, and if you’ve never played this game before, don’t worry as the evening aways begins with an explanation and a simple version of the game. Come by and enjoy a very bloody night!
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Studentenklub Count Down, Güntzstr. 22, 01307 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 13 ‘Straßburger Platz’ stop.
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Friday, 19 January: Blume – Jazz Jazz Jazz from Berlin!
There’s no better way to start your weekend than with a jazz-filled evening! This Friday, enjoy a musical adventure with the band Blume from Berlin at the Kukulida cultural center in the Neustadt. Blume, as most of you may know by now, is the German word for flower, but while some people may express their feelings with flowers, Blume does it through their music. They describe themselves as a band made up of four dudes from Berlin, with Wanja Slavin on the saxophone, who plays with such intensity you might even be afraid. Magnus Schriefl plays the trumpet and is never afraid to go off on some crazy improvisation in the middle of their songs. If the melody seems to be falling apart, Bernhard Meyer jumps in, bringing back some harmony with his bass while Peter Gall makes sure that it all stays in rhythm with the drums. If you enjoy jazz, then be sure not to miss it!
Beginning: Around 9 p.m; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kukulida, Martin-Luther-Str. 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner-/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
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Saturday, 20 January: Bach Cantata & Mozart Requiem
Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (I had much grief) was composed in Weimar in 1713 and stands out through its richness and emotional deepness as one of the masterpieces of the composer’s church music. First played in 1714, Bach catalogued the work as e per ogni tempo (and for all times), indicating that its general theme was suitable for any occasion. Themes such as grief and sorrow and its transformation into comfort and hope are explored in the text and replicated in the music. Mozart’s Requiem requires little introduction, it’s dark orchestral arrangement evoking dramatic images as well as the masterfully connected harmony and melody have made it one of the most famous choir pieces of all times. Enjoy these two masterpieces of musical history performed by the Dresden University Choir on Saturday in one of Dresden’s lesser-known yet beautiful churches, the Auferstehungskirche in Plauen. Be sure to get your tickets early at a discounted price, available at the TUD Glaspavillon on the Mommsenstr. 9.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Full price, 8 EUR Reduced, Early Bird Tickets for 12,50/6 EUR; How to get there: Auferstehungskirche Dresden-Plauen, Reckestraße 6, 01187 Dresden; BUS 62, 63, 85 or S-BAHN S3 ‘S-Bahnhof Dresden Plauen’ stop.
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Sunday, 21 January: Bolshoi Ballet Live! – Romeo & Juliet
Pair up your concert on Saturday with this presentation directly from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for a weekend filled with the best of the refined arts. Making it all the way to Russia for a ballet performance might sound like a little bit exaggerated unless you are a true die-hard ballet fan, but this Sunday you won’t have to fly anywhere to experience the world’s most famous classical ballet company first hand. Sit comfortably in one of the Rundkino’s movie theater seats and enjoy Romeo and Juliet on the big screen as it is performed live in Moscow. A ballet in three acts, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, it follows what is probably the world’s most well-known love story, recounting the events in the city of Verona of how Romeo, of the Montague family, falls helplessly in love with Juliet, of the rival Capulet family. Both will try to put their family differences aside as they seek to stay together, leading to a tragic finale.
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Regulrar, 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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Monday, 22 January: Minimalism – A Documentary About the Important Things
Have you ever wondered if the things you own actually do bring happiness in your life? Is it possible to live a happier life with less material belongings? These and other questions are explored in this documentary which takes the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. The movie shows what happens when families, architects, artists, journalists, and even a former Wall Street broker strive to live a meaningful life with less. Considered the most successful indie production of 2016, this is a great opportunity to watch it and participate in the discussion that will follow afterwards.
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kino im Kasten, August-Bebel- Str. 6, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Strehlener Platz’ stop or BUS 66 ‘Weberplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 23 January: Tuesday Night Jump
Tango might be sensual, salsa is sexy but swing is nothing but true fun! Come and enjoy the music, the smiles and the dance in this swing evening on Tuesday evening. To ensure the best live music, the Dresden BigBand will be performing, although if you just happen to not like their style, don’t worry, there will also be a DJ. If you think you can’t dance, that shouldn’t be a problem, as the event will start with a short beginners course, where you can learn all of the lindy hop basics such as bouncing, hoping, dancing and smiling! The organizers guarantee that whoever is able to walk is also able to dance, so come out to the scheune and enjoy yourself while you shake your body on the dancefloor!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
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Wednesday, 24 January: Tasty Wednesday (Beer Tasting)
Are you a beer fan but sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of different kinds of beer out there? Does it seem impossible to try more than two or three different types before your wallet begins to seem empty and your steps are no longer straight? At Zapfanstalt’s weekly “Tasty Wednesday” event, you have the chance to try 20 different beers out of the tap, each for the small amount of 1 euro filled in a smaller tasting glass. This is your chance to become a true beer-tasting master, but maybe try and go slow, the event is held every week so there is no rush to try and taste all 20 kinds in one evening! For those who find the 20 different beers out of the tap not to be enough, that shouldn’t be a problem, as this Neustadt bar also has over 100 different bottled beers in stock!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Zapfanstalt, Sebnitzer Str. 15, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13, “Alaunplatz” stop.