Friday, 8 March: The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums
March 8th, the Dresden Concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden wishes all women a very happy International Women’s Day! If you are interested in attending any events related to this very special day, check out tomorrow’s tip which includes not only an exhibition but also information on the protests which will take place on Friday. Just as it should be with all aspects of life, however, today’s tip goes for men and women alike! The Jazzclub Tonne in partnership with the Societaetstheater have invited a special guest for this special day and are sure to please everyone on this Friday evening looking for good music. Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums is made up of four female saxophone players and a male drummer and plays unforgettable tones which are a product of the different backgrounds from each of the players. Bringing energetic and at the same time moving concerts, this group has attracted international attention and is an established band in the jazz world. Their name is a reference to American Billy Titpon, who following his death in 1989 was revealed to be a woman. The need to hide for years as a man is due to the fact that for many years women were not accepted and taken seriously within the jazz scene. Therefore, the band’s name is much more than just a simple reference; it is also a statement which matches well with the International Women’s Day.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 22 EUR Regular, 16 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information (German) and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1058726347646567/
Saturday, 9 March: Fe*male Intervention (Exhibition) (Demonstration on FRIDAY)
The fight for women’s rights goes back way longer than 1909, when the first National Woman’s Day, organized by the Socialist Party of America, was observed. The unheard voices of women of the past who all fought for equal rights echo onto the present with the now UN recognized observance of the International Women’s Day. Each year on March 8th, the world stops to take a closer look at all the rights that women have achieved throughout the past decades and looks forward at the long road that still lies ahead on the long and arduous path towards equal rights for both men and women. It was on March 8th, 1917, that women workers in Russia demonstrated just how strong their voices were by calling a strike covering the whole city which set in motion the Russian Revolution. This would then topple the czarist dynasty of over 300 years and within only seven days, was the catalyzer for women being granted the right to vote. Despite such victories, the world still has a long way to go until women are treated equally as men and this is the theme for an exhibition happening this weekend at Dresden’s Art School. Naturally, the exhibition opens on Friday which is International Women’s Day but continues throughout the weekend until Sunday. For those who would like to join into the protest against the patriarchy, a protest will take place on Friday beginning at 2 p.m., for more information (also available in English), please check the link below.
Opening times: Fr., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Senatsaal, HfBK Dresden, Brühlsche Terrasse 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
Sunday, 10 March: Oskar-Projekt-Trio Love Conquers All Tour
To end the weekend with style, the Oskar-Projekt-Trio will play at the Neustadt’s whole of fame. Their music is quite laid back, taking elements from jazz but at times also sounding like blues. The title of their current album, “It was all a Dream”, captures their musical style quite well as their instrumental grooves sound rather dreamy. The band doesn’t mind having a sense of humor about itself, not taking themselves all too seriously by trying to hype their concerts. The Facebook event for the concert even includes a few playful quotes, supposedly from previous concert-goers, such as, “They know how to groove but just don’t want to” or, “Their music all sounds somewhat the same: doodledoo, poodledoo” or even, “During the concert I had no problem chatting with my girlfriend”. Jokes apart, take a look at the link down below and listen to the samples on their website to decide whether these jokes are really just jokes or whether you agree. If you decide to make it to the Hole of Fame this Sunday, their dreamy music will surely take you away and get you ready for the beginning of a new week.
Beginning: 5 p.m. Admission: Free, suggested donation: 4-8 EUR; How to get there: Hole of Fame, Königsbrücker Straße 39, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
More information: www.optrio.bandcamp.com
Monday, 11 March: The Sisters Brothers
Based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. The critical consensus is that it rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways – a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men. The movie revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career and Hermann might have a better offer. Their long journey through the Northwest will test the deadly family ties that bind but could also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity. Despite being a box office bomb after its premier at the Venice Film Festival in September 2018, the movie has received widely positive reviews from critics and is certainly worth a watch.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 12 March: Shampoo Show Allstars: Benefit Concert
Get ready for another round of the Shampoo Shows and with it, some of the best music you can hear in Dresden that does not officially require a ticket. Of course, as this is a benefit concert, the organizers ask that everyone give at least a small donation but that shouldn’t be a problem when knowing that all of the donations are directed to a good cause. Each Shampoo Show brings together over a dozen of some of Dresden’s most talented musicians from various different bands who all come together for an evening to make good music and help projects directed to helping refugees while doing so. For every concert, the organizers carefully choose a non-profit organization working with refugees to receive all of the raised donations, this time around KAMA Dresden will benefit from the concert. KAMA is an acronym for “Kursangebote von Asylsuchenden, MigrantInnen und Asylberechtigten”, which translated to English means “Courses by Asylum-Seekers, Migrants, and Asylees”. That’s right, not courses for but rather courser by. The idea originated in Vienna and has been in Dresden ever since 2013, offering a platform for migrants and refugees to share their knowledge with the local community and provides a sort of fast lane for integration into the local society. Come out this Tuesday and support this wonderful project while also enjoying some high quality music.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation requested; How to get there: GroveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/826751927656423/
Wednesday, 13 March: Time Ride (Virtual Reality)
How about going on a Dresden tour this week but instead of touring today’s Dresden checking out what Dresden was like 300 years ago? Unfortunately, we have not yet managed to invent true time travelling technology but the virtual reality ride at Dresden’s “Time Ride” comes quite close! A visit lasts around 45 mins and takes you on a coach ride through the baroque Dresden. Have you ever wondered what the Zwinger looked like in the early 18th century? Today the city is still one of the world’s most marvelous sites but the city has the title of “Florence on the Elbe” for over 300 years already. Your Time Ride visit is set in three different parts: first, in the hall of the mirrors you may step into the roles of different Baroque era figures thanks to augmented reality technology. Next, in the theatre court, five different short film sequences will give you more insight into different aspects of baroque life such as food, clothing, music and dance. Finally, the awaited virtual reality carriage ride on the last stage allows you to immerse yourself in a near-perfect illusion of downtown Dresden in 1719. In one of the seven golden carriages you will make your way towards the Zwinger, which has been wonderfully decorated for the wedding of Friedrich August. Don’t miss out on this truly unforgettable experience and unique chance to see Dresden from a very different perspective.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Admission: 12,80 EUR Regular, 10,50 EUR Reduced (Online prices); How to get there: TimeRide Dresden, Taschenberg 3, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information: https://timeride.de/en/dresden/
Thursday, 14 March: Kamilya Jubran and Werner Hasler (Concert)
“Jubran and Hasler have different musical roots, but they have something decisive in common: an unbridled curiosity and desire to listen to each other’s voices. Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran and Swiss musician Werner Hasler practice open communication without cultural preconceptions. The common compositions play with Kamilya’s voice, with Arabic words and Arabic phonetic rhythms, which enter into a dialogue with the “electronic vocal instruments” of Werner Hasler and his melodies. This is the third joint project that both artists have realized together over the past 15 years. The result of each concert is fragile, indefinite and at the same time expressive and definitive – and always unique” (Text taken from the Hellerau website). The concert marks the beginning of the Tonlagen festival for contemporary music which lasts until March 24th. Following the concert, feel free to stay for the opening party led by DJ Cio D’Or.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/eroeffnungskonzert/