What’s On in Dresden 18 January – 24 January 2019

View from Frauenkirche (Photo: C. Reichert)

Friday, 18 January: The Great Gatsby

(Text taken from the event website) “Loud jazz, affordable alcohol and pompous parties – in the middle of the 1920s one name is on everyone’s lips: Gatsby. Nobody knows who the charming billionaire is or where he comes from but being part of his festivities is part of the daily life of every New Yorker. The young stockbroker Nick Carraway soon finds himself at one of these revelries and discovers that there is a deep secret behind the glamorous facade.” The play is based on the classic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald which regained world popularity following the 2013 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. The play on Friday will be the premiere of the adaptation by the Mentals & Maniacs Drama Association of the TU Dresden. It is one of the few plays performed in the English language in Dresden, so if you enjoy theatre but your German is not yet so sharp, do not miss the chance to watch this classic on stage! For tickets, please call the number 0351-8491925.

And if you can’t make it this Friday, we’re all going together with the Welcome Center crew on 31 January 2019 ( register here: www.ddcwelcome.de/events)

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70, 80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.

More information and tickets: https://theaterhaus-rudi.de/spielplan/the-great-gatsby

Saturday, 19 January: Mystery Magnet by Miet Warlop

Mystery Magnet is an absurd and magical show in continual transformation, where nothing is what it seems. It portrays contemporary surrealism, an experimental terrain where outlandish tenderness, desensitised cruelty, brilliant promises and an unstoppable destruction all share the same space. The observer steps inside Warlop’s mind and what do they see? Hairy beings, a choir of mannequins, gravitational darts, balloons, horse-women, people rushing off and an inflatable shark, figures with no apparent connection and sculptures that reclaim their place as theatrical creatures. “Mystery Magnet depicts an enchanted world where humour is born of sadness and magic of the prosaic”, says Warlop. A universe inspired by comics and pictorial action, with the aim of developing an endless battle of materials, shapes and colors. The result is a succession of scenes that are woven without any apparent logic, seeking to surprise the observer and to bring them, along with the actors, to the very limits of the imaginable. (Text taken from the event website)

Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

More information and tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/mystery-magnet/

Sunday, 20 January: Dresden Titans vs. Iserlohn Kangaroos

Things are not looking so bright for the Dresden Titans, Dresden’s main basketball team, this season and they need your support to fight their way into the playoffs. As part of the second division’s ProB league, the Titans are currently occupying the ninth position out of the 12 teams playing in the league, one position and two points away from the playoffs. Despite what at a first glance seems to be a rather bad performance, the league is extremely tight this year, with all teams from the third until the seventh place tied with 18 points, four ahead of the Titans. The team’s home performance has been quite satisfactory, with six victories out of the eight games played. The team’s star player, Janek Schmidkunz, who was injured since the beginning of the season is now back in the hopes to help his team into and throughout the playoffs. Come out and show your support to push the Titans towards another home victory, bringing them one step closer to a successful ending for this which has been quite a challenging season!

Beginning: 4 p.m. Admission: 10 EUR Regular, 7 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Margon Arena, Bodenbacher Str. 154, 01237 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2 ‘Prof.-Ricker-Straße’ stop.

More information (German): https://bit.ly/2FyF3sp

Monday, 21 January: Montagscafé – Eritrea Evening

How much do you know about Eritrea? What can the people of Eritrea living in Dresden recount to us and why is it that they had to leave their country to start a new life in Germany? Come out to this week’s Montagscafé and hear the stories of two different native Eritreans who are now living in Germany, one of them now working as a translator and founder of the humanitarian organization Eridac and another who had to leave Eritrea at a young age and is now coursing his high school studies in Dresden. Following their talks, there will be an open buffet for all with traditional homemade Eritrean food as well as a performance by the Dresden band Memona. The band plays music from Eritrea and Ethiopia and is inspired by famous African artists such as Fela Kuti, Tekle Tesfazghi, Tewelde Redda and others. Sounds great right? So come by and learn more about this African country and get to know new people at this Monday’s Montagscafé!

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2061220863914104/

Alternative Event: Vibrations – a concert for inner and outer peace (Cooperation with Peace Slam Dresden)

We swing, every day. We are in constant motion. Sometimes a person strikes a chord with us, sometimes it may be nature or a piece of music, words or pictures. The vibration can be for better or worse. We can swing together or swing against each other. We always swing around an imaginary center, around our inner peace. Even though we often do not really know where it actually lies. The concept of peace is challenging. It comprehends inner as well as ‘outer peace’ – the latter concerning all of us living together as a local and world community. And where that outer peace lies, sometimes we know even less.

The entrance is free. Donations are possible to the work of the Mic4Peace parent society, Memorare Pacem – Gesellschaft für Friedenskultur.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: SLUB (Klemperer-Saal), Zellescher Weg 18; Bus no. 61 ‘Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek’ stop.

More information: www.facebook.com/events/575198006266103

Tuesday, 22 January: Aquaman

Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis, goes on a trip of a lifetime. Heir to the underwater kingdom, he must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother, Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world. Not only does this adventure compel him to come to terms with his real identity, but it also forces him to discover whether he is entirely worthy of fulfilling his own destiny: becoming a king. The movie is based on the famous DC Comics character of the same name and marks the sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is the first full-length feature film centred on the character and is the highest grossing instalment of the DCEU as well as the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018. It received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, with praise directed at the lighter tone, direction, and cinematography, but criticism aimed at the convoluted plot, dialogue, and runtime.

Beginning: 4:15 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ Stop.

Wednesday, 23 January: Free Music Classes

If you decided to learn a new musical instrument as one of your 2019’s year resolutions or if you have just always wanted to learn the guitar or the drums and never had the chance to do so, now is the perfect time to do so! The Weltclub Dresden is offering an incredible opportunity of learning one of these two instruments completely free of charge. Of course, if you would like to make a donation in return it will certainly be more than welcome. The group meets every Wednesday for guitar classes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and drum classes from 6 to 7 p.m.. If you would like to attend, all they ask is that you write them a short note letting them know you would like to come through the Facebook-link listed below. You do not have to bring your own instrument. With such an incredible offer as this, there is no excuse to push off the dream of learning a new instrument any further, just join the group and hopefully within a few weeks you will already be able to impress friends and family with your newly acquired musical skills!

Beginning: 4:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Weltclub Dresden, Königsbrücker Str. 13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/357909508128179/?event_time_id=357909521461511

Thursday, 24 January: Repair Café

As products steadily become cheaper and cheaper due to economies of scale as well as a shift of production to countries with lower labour costs, it has become ever so more common to simply discard and replace our devices from the moment they stop working. However, it is important to ask oneself to what extend this practice is at all sustainable. By doing so, we often end up being responsible for the often quite dirty and environmentally damaging mining of more metals as well as all of the pollution effects that are related with the transport and processing of these raw materials into our industrial goods, which then in turn also need to be shipped all the way from faraway lands to finally reach us, the consumer. Our ease of access to electronics has disconnected us from the entire production chain which lies behind these goods, however, it is still there and still does cause an impact on our planet. In an attempt to reduce the unnecessary disposal of such goods, the RepairCafé Dresden was founded in 2012 and has ever since helped thousands of people to repair their broken products and save them from ending up in the trash. The idea is simple: anyone is welcome to bring any small or medium products (no large home products such as washing machines please) in need of repair, be it a shoe with a lose sole or your Christmas lights from last year that no longer work. After talking to one of the helpers, you will be given the tools to try and repair the product yourself, if you are unable to do so you may ask for help at any moment. If extra parts are needed, the helpers will advise you on where to get them and you may bring them next time with you. In the end you should leave the café with a functioning product and the best part, the whole service is free of charge. Of course, if you would like to give a donation as a sign of gratitude, it will be more than welcome and essential for the continuation of this wonderful project.

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Streetwork-Büro “sofa 9”, Rosenbergstr. 12, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2 or BUS 61, 64, 85 ‘Zwinglistraße’ stop.

More information and other dates: https://repaircafe.fueralle.org/termine

 

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