Friday, 22 February: D/Troit + Upon My Soul
D/Troit, Denmark’s finest soul band is once again in Dresden and comes to prove how Northern Soul may have a completely new side to it. It is nearly unbelievable to say that this authentically sounding band has its home in Copenhagen out of all places. Frontman and singe Toke Bo sings with such passion that it would be completely plausible to assume he had lived half of his life living in the Motor City of Detroit and then spent the other half touring the American South. Accompanied by an unbelievably talented band, backed by the guitar, a keyboard, bass and drums, as well as the occasional supporting vocals, an undeniable mix of Motown sounds and modern vibes crystalizes on stage. Do not miss your chance to listen to some of the best funky soul grooves as well as to experience one of Europe’s most high-energy live concerts! D/Troit became known in Hamburg during last year’s Reeperbahn Festival for having transformed the local club Indra into a true sauna, now they hope to achieve the same in Dresden this Friday!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 13,30 EUR; How to get there: GroveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/187654532132310/
Saturday, 23 February: Boulder King 2019
For those who are not familiar with bouldering, it is a form of rock climbing performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls and done entirely without any use of ropes. Although the sport could be performed completely equipment-free, climbers generally use at least appropriate climbing shoes to ensure a better grip on the boulders. Dresden is home to quite a few bouldering arenas spread throughout the city, some are even among the largest in Germany! Normally the halls are split into themed areas, each offering its own challenges and if that were not enough, the hall changes its climbing patterns every week, providing a new challenge even for the most experienced climber. For this weekend, the operators of the Dresden Climbing Arena have thought out a special challenge for some of the best boulderers of Germany who will come together for this year’s Boulder King Championship. If you are an experienced boulderer and would also like to participate, you may register beforehand for 15 EUR and in case there are still any free spots on the day, you may register on the spot for 18 EUR. For anyone who would just like to watch, the qualifying climbs will take place from noon until 6 p.m. and the finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. as the five best male and female climbers all compete against each other.
Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kletterarena Dresden, Zwickauer Str. 42, 01069 Dresden; BUS 62 ‘Agentur für Arbeit’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/249430162619259/
Sunday, 24 February: Glühwein at Hoflößnitz
Spring is as good as already here but since it is here a month earlier than planned, glühwein season still isn’t over at one of Saxony’s most traditional and famous winery in Radebeul. In fact, it could even be said that now is an even better time to drink glühwein as your drink will not get too cold too fast and you will not have to go through the trouble of having your hands freeze while holding your glass. Well, to be honest maybe that is just an excuse to drink some more delicious glühwein but regardless of the true motivation behind, a weekend trip to Radebeul is always worth it! For anyone who has never been to the Hoflößnitz winery then this weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to do so as a few stands will be set up along with a stage playing live music. The wonderfully romantic setting amid vineyards on the hillside overlooking the Elbe make it seem as if though this winery were set in the wine regions of Italy or France. It is virtually impossible to come and not be tempted to drink a glass of the delicious house wine and now while temperatures are still relatively low, some of their very own special glühwein. The forecast for this weekend predicts a truly inviting weather to sit in the sun and enjoy a wonderful glass of wine, definitely a great experience!
Beginning: 12 p.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Hoflößnitz, Knohllweg 37, 01445 Radebeul; S-Bahn S1 ‘Radebeul-Weintraube’ or TRAM 4 ‘Landesbühnen Sachsen’ stop, then walk for 10 mins.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/369221913838472/?event_time_id=369221993838464
Monday, 25 February: French Evening at Montagscafé
Attention all Francophiles! This Monday, the Montagscafé opens its doors as usual on every Monday afternoon but this time not for a special workshop, concert or speech; instead, this week’s edition is here to celebrate French culture. French culture has managed to spread throughout the globe as one of the most recognizable in the world. Everyone has at least a slight idea of how the French language sounds like, what French movies are like, and the French cuisine has established itself as one of the world’s finest and highly acclaimed. For this Monday’s schedule, the organizers have a short France knowledge quiz, followed by a large and delicious buffet full of French delicacies. The evening’s special guest is Johanna Bussemer from the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung, who will give a small talk about the “Gilets jaunes” and their current impact in France. Finally, the evening’s highlight arrives at around 8 p.m., as Antoine Villoutreix from Berlin/Paris will play live and kick off the evening’s party to the best French style!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2750377415186765/
Tuesday, 26 February: The Mule
The latest Clint Eastwood film is here! The Mule is a crime drama film produced and directed by Eastwood, who also plays the lead role. The entire screenplay is based on a New York Times article, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick, which recounts the true story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran who became a drug courier for the Sinaloa Cartel in the ‘80s. As the article already suggests, the film follows the story of a 90-year-old horticulturist and war veteran who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel. Having grossed over $145 million, The Mule received mixed reviews from critics, who called it “poignant and charming” and praised Eastwood’s performance, but also noticed the lack of true dramatic heft. An intriguing story directed and acted by legendary Clint Eastwood, this is definitely a great watch for a Tuesday night.
Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 27 February: Dresden Organ Cycle
The Dresden Organ Cycle was born in 2006 as a joint project between the three main old city churches. It is a wonderful chance to get to know some of the most astounding architectural pieces of our city not only from the outside but also from the inside and to experience the sound of their imposing organs. This week, the Frauenkirche and its unconventionally positioned but nonetheless jaw-dropping organ welcomes organist Christian-Markus Raiser from Karlsruhe. Born in 1962 in the small village of Eschental in Baden-Württemberg, Raiser studied church music at the state university for music in Stuttgart. After having been taught by some of the greatest organists of his time as well as having completed a number of mastery courses, he became the main organist of the Stuttgart Evangelical church in 1991, where he continued until 1996. For five years, beginning in 1995, he taught organ literature and organ improvisation at the state school for music in Heidelberg. Ever since 1996, he is the main organist for the evangelical church in Karlsruhe. Throughout his career, he has been invited to numerous international concerts and has made appearances in radio as well as television shows. For his concert, he will be playing works by Bach, Kittel, Hoyer, as well as a few of his own compositions.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR; How to get there: Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
Thursday, 28 February: Toy (Concert)
Toy is a band from Brighton, East Sussex led by singer Tom Dougall who manages to make his songs sound soothing but at the same time quite nerve wrecking. The band’s style is quite difficult to describe but once you hear it, you recognize that this is good music played by talented musicians. Made up of a mixture of shoegazing and krautrock sounds, the band also incorporated elements from post punk and acid funk into their rich and awe-inspiring songs. At a first glance, it seems like a band playing nothing other than avant-garde experimental sounds, discovering new boundaries for music by trying out new unconventional beats paired with an interesting sounding melody. However, upon listening a bit more, it becomes clear that they have a well-defined style which with time grows in the listener, who then slowly becomes more and more interested until it is impossible to listen away. It is not without reason that Toy has managed to attract the attention of the largest representatives of the British press such as The Guardian, the BBC and NME, all of whom have reported quite positively about the music performed by this band with a high potential for success.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 15,40 EUR; How to get there: Beatpol, Altbriesnitz 2A, 01157 Dresden; BUS 91, 92, 93, 94 ‘Schunckstr.’ stop or TRAM 1, 12 ‘Cossebauder Str.’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/738418333204889/