Concert with Reinis Young

Reinis_Young_soloMonday 8th May, Concert with Reinis Young Solo. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm.

Reinis Young is a traveling guitar player from Riga, Latvia who has played all around Europe for years sharing his exceptional guitar skills and original songs using different kinds of guitar playing techniques – including tapping, percussive, and finger-picking. Reinis has traveled a lot. He started to compose his own solo music when he was busking on a street while he was hitchhiking all around Europe and Asia. Recently he has started to play more official concerts instead of busking – so far he has performed in Europe, as well as in New Zealand and Cyprus. His music is not so far from The Flamenco Thief, that is no surprise they are touring together. Reinis Young has released four solo albums – Plika ģitāra (2013), Draugu orķestris (2015), Gaišs (2016) and Tumšs (2017). The last album was released together with his band Reinis Young Trio. https://soundcloud.com/reinis-young […Lees verder]

Other Cinema: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989)

Tongues_Untied_Marlon_RiggsSunday May 7th 2017, Other Cinema: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989). length: 54 mins. Doors 20:45, Film 21:00. Discussion afterwards

“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act”
Marlon Riggs’ essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. It opened up opportunities for dialogue among and across communities. […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Poison

170423_poison_smSunday 23rd April 2017, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Poison (1991), directed by Todd Haynes. 86 minutes. In English. Doors open at 20.30. At 21.00, screening.

The feature debut movie of the now famous Todd Haynes (Safe, Carol, Velvet Goldmine). When Haynes made this project he was still an obscure filmmaker mostly known only in the gay community. But when an American Senator named Jessie Helms publicly attacked the film it made the headlines and the flick was suddenly catapulted into art house cinemas and even won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Poison was inspired by the transgressive writings of the French author Jean Genet, who was both a criminal and a poet. The narrative structure is quite experimental, reflecting the wildness in Haynes’ later biopic about Bob Dylan I’m not There. So instead of having a single storyline, it has three narrative paths… ‘Hero,’ ‘Horror’ and ‘Homo’, and each is depicted in a different style – color, black & white, and documentary. For example, ‘Horror’ is modelled after an old-fashioned sci-fi melodrama from the 50s, and is about a scientist who is able to distill the human sex-drive into a single fluid. When things go out of control it unleashes a sexual plague across mankind, a clear reference to the aids epidemic.

The imagery is dynamic and bold, the music score is great, and the end result is absolutely unique. But this is a film for people who want to explore, rather than have a comfortable viewing. For example, it doesn’t make it easy for the audience to know how to react to many scenes. It can shift from moments of intense beauty to visceral queasiness… almost to a dizzying degree. It can be both enchanting and provocative. This is a small indie gem that is almost forgotten today, but which still packs a punch after all these years. […Lees verder]

Colombian evening, Wiwa community, photo exhibition & more

wiwaMonday April 17th 2017, Colombian evening, Wiwa community, photo exhibition & more. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Wiwa community is an indigenous group that lives in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta one of the most biodiverse region nearby the Caribbean Coast in Colombia. Since they have been in the middle of the armed conflict and most recently the intervention of transnational companies, they are in a process of strengthening their communities through cultural practices, particularly traditional music. Music for them is one of the most important intangible resources and through the practice of music the knowledge regarding with nature and social behave is transmitted along generations. In recent years, in our dialogue with wiwa communities they found useful to register some of the sounds and stories of music as part of their educational process. On that concerning, together with the musicians and the authorities of the community of Siminke, we started to develop an idea of a documentary about the importance of the music as a tool of resistance and social mobilization, according to with the needs of the communities and issues that they faced such transnational projects. We want to share with the people interest in Amsterdam part of the work that we have been doing together through a photography exhibition and a fragment of the material recorded until now. Since we are doing this process without profit interest, which means, with our own resources and have to take with us the film equipment to the village, we are looking for strategies to support the travel but also we always bring to the communities some elements that are demanding for them sometimes such medicines, school supplies, and food. […Lees verder]

“Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPL Struggle”. Documentary and Discussion Night

NODAPLSunday 16th April 2017, “Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPL Struggle”. Documentary and Discussion Night, 9pm.

Screening sub.Media’s first episode of Trouble, a brand-new monthly show offering an in-depth anarchist analysis of current struggles, tactics and movement dynamics. Trouble will broadcast first-hand accounts and perspectives from organizers on the ground, with the aim of cutting through the fog of misinformation that often clouds our understanding of the world, and provoking people into taking bold, collective action.

In “Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPL Struggle.” sub.Media looks beyond the mainstream narratives surrounding the Standing Rock encampment to get a better understanding of some of the camp’s overlooked dynamics, including serious disagreements over which tactics to use to best stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

sub.Media is an independent grassroots media collective and a video production ensemble aiming to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. sub.Media: http://www.submedia.tv/

ASEED Food Autonomy Festival (FAF) Benefit

aseedfafThursday 13th April 2017, ASEED Food Autonomy Festival (FAF) Benefit. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

ASEED Europe will host a benefit to raise funds for the Food Autonomy Festival. The festival will bring together groups working towards food autonomy from Amsterdam and beyond. There will be practical workshops on composing, urban gardening and more, along with presentations and discussions about food sovereignty, agroecology and agricultural collectives. Food groups from around Amsterdam will be present to talk about their projects. In the evening there will be a meal, bands and bar. The festival will take place in the Bajesdorp on May 6th. Come and eat with us at the Joes, where we will cook a delicious meal with vegan waffles for desert, hear more about the festival and help us to pay the numerous costs involved in hosting the event! […Lees verder]

Other Cinema: Paris is Burning (Jenni Livingston ,1991)

ParisIsBurningSunday 9th April 2017, Other Cinema: Paris is Burning (1991) by Jenni Livingston. Doors 20:30, Film 21:00, we make popcorn ♥

Documentary filmed in the late 1980s, which chronicles the ball and voguing culture in New York City, involving African-American, Lationo, gay and transgender communities. The documentary is considered an invaluable exploration of New Yorks “Golden Age” and race, gender, class and sexuality in America.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open after 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Get together with Gabriel Pombo da Silva – Ex-prisoner

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Consequences on the human being we call prisoner
What does it mean to be a ex-prisoner

Friday, 07th of April, 19h @ Joes Garage

Tonight, we welcome Gabriel Pomba da Silva in Joes Garage and dedicate the evening for being together finally. We start the evening with food around 19h, the talk starts at 20h – we will celebrate.

Gabriel is a still non-compliant anarchist ex-prisoner. After 33 years, thereof nine years in a high security prison in Aachen, he became free in June 2016, even though the Spanish state would like to deprive his liberty again, until 2032.

Gabriel rose up in a poor neighborhood in Vigo, Galicia. His non-conformity, posture, achievements and writings in the cell did and do motivate many people inside and outside the prison walls. Solidarity actions for his release has been conducted in Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Chile, Mexico and Argentina.

Last year, his case gained attention again. He was supposed to be released on the 17th of May but was further hold in custody at the prison C. P. la Moraleja, in Dueñas. On the 9th of June, he finally left prison.

Tonight, Gabriel is going to talk about his history and experience being in detention for 33 years – in prisons in different countries, under different life regimes, in isolation – the impact on the human being inside the walls and outside, when being free again – and the solidarity with ex-prisoners.

A little more Infos:

Letter from anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva, outside the prison walls at last (Spain)

Audio de Gabriel Pombo Da Silva (in spanish)

– Prison was created for the poor [pdf]

Anarcho folk punk night with Paper Wings + Mercurius Rising + Ash Ludd

PaperWings4Thursday 6th April 2017, Anarcho folk punk night with Paper Wings + Mercurius Rising + Ash Ludd (Uk). Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. bands from 8:30pm till 10pm.

Paper Wings, politically driven folk punk band from Liverpool, UK. 5 piece consisting of a mandolin, violin, banjo, guitar, cajon and vocals by everyone. Fast, loud & angry whilst managing to squeeze in sweet harmony and melody. They originally started as a group of friends who played in the street to earn some change at early hours of the morning to drunk passers by. Eventually a proper band was accidentally formed and they began gigging on the UK’s DIY punk + festival scenes. Their messages range from cooperation to freedom of gender expression to attacking financial advisors’ ideologies and corrupt politicians. Second time they play at Joe’s Garage.
Mercurius Rising are 3 piece anarco acoustic ska punk band, playing at punk gigs, folk night, squat parties, raves, street corners, camp fires and festivals.
Ash Ludd is a DIY folk-punk singer-songwriter based in England. He likes to travel, busk, play unplugged shows and make stuff. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket, Jia Zhangke, 1997)

The_PickpocketSunday 2nd April 2017, Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket) from Jia Zhangke, 1997. 111 minutes. Language: Mandarin/Jin Chinese. Subtitles:English. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

Tonight we will screen the film Xiao Wu or Pickpocket, directed by Chinese director Jia Zhangke and starring only non-professional actors. The film plays in the 1990s, which is a transitional period in China away from communism and towards capitalism. The lead character, a pickpocket on the fringes of society, is struggling to cope with the rapid changes.

What’s so great about this film is that it perfectly and honestly captures the atmosphere of 1990s China, an era when many just overcame their hunger. This place was so poor and culturally remote that few took the effort to document anything. This time did however lay the basics for the current superpower of 1.3 billion. Even if only for that reason, this is a film worth to be seen!

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open after 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

April 2017 at Joe’s Garage

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March 2017 at Joe’s Garage

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AAA Infocafe: “Being Anarchist in the 21st century?”

Friday March 31st 2017, Talk and Discussion about concepts of Anarchism and Autonomy and their practice in the here & now. Starts at 18:00.