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Hofman Jazz Club

When the SJU Jazz Podium in Utrecht closed earlier this year, jazz lovers -- and music lovers, in general -- were sad to see such an inspiring venue disappear. Fortunately, a group effort has created a new venue, the Hofman Jazz Club. Formed by HKU and Cafe Hofman, and organized by students studying music management, the club is reminiscent of 1950s-style jazz clubs, with singers/songwriters exploring jazz, soul and blues.

The Hofman Jazz Club runs most Wednesday evenings, from 9 p.m. until midnight, with the second edition tomorrow, 23 November. Entrance is free, and the club is located at Hofman Café, Janskerkhof 17A, Utrecht. For more information, check out the club's Facebook page for upcoming dates and contact information.

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Thanksgiving in Leiden

For all those Thanksgiving fans out there, the Pieterskerk in Leiden will host a non-denominational service on Thursday the 24th at 11:00. Everyone is welcome.

The Pieterskerk is a historically special place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Because they lived near the church from 1609 to 1620, the Pilgrims recorded milestones in their lives in the church, like births, marriages and deaths.

Two U.S. Presidents can also trace their ancestry to the Pilgrims. The Bush family claims Francis Cooke, who signed the Mayflower Compact and was a Leiden pilgrim. President Obama also has ancestors in Leiden. If you visit the Pieterskerk, you can read all about it.

The Mayor of Leiden will be present, and the Choir and Band of the American School will also be there to perform.

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Utrecht University Photo Assignment

Utrecht University is looking for talented student photographers with a good camera, some experience, and a passion for conveying life through the lens. The right candidate can sign up for a paid assignment to make a series of ten photos displaying the life of an international student at Utrecht University. They're looking for photos exhibiting everything from classes and group study sessions to dorm life and life in the city of Utrecht.

Those who are interested should contact Roswitha Volten for more information at r.e.s.volten[at]uu.nl

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Indie Music Festival

Le Guess Who is an annual indie music festival in Utrecht. Originally a showcase for up-and-coming Canadian acts, the festival has become a broader display of international bands. From November 24-27, more than 80 acts will take the stage across the city, including spots like Tivoli, Ekko and Rasa. Stephen Malkmus, Panda Bear, Bachelorette, and Okkervil River are just some of the acts on this year's bill. A pass for the whole festival is €75, with day tickets costing €25-27.50. Visit the website for a full list of bands, times and locations and start planning.

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Salsa Dancing Workshop

If you've ever had the urge to learn how to salsa -- the dance, not the dip -- you may be interested in a free salsa workshop taking place November 25 in Utrecht. Casa Latina and Utrecht Network joined together to create this Salsafest for both singles and couples to try. Along with the dancing, there will be drinks and tapas before and after for a small cost.

The workshop takes place at Club El Brillante, Biltstraat 337 (enter through the door at 'De wijde Doelen'). Bus 11 takes you straight to the door. The doors open at 19:00 and the dancing begins at 20:00, with drinks afterward. The workshop is free, but you do need to register through the website.

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Smartlappen Festival

Dutch music can be a bit of a love/hate thing for some people, but it's hard to deny the gezellig nature of lots of people getting together and singing old favorites. The annual Smartlappen Festival in Utrecht is a great opportunity to get into the spirit of things, as cafés and restaurants throughout the city play host to a variety of music performers, as they sing some of the Dutch classics. Even if you don't know the words, you can sway and cheer along with everyone else. It's hard not to get caught up in it all.

For three days, November 18-20, more than 20 locations around the city, both big and small, becoming music halls throughout the evening. Entrance is free, and some of the restaurants will even be hosting special Smartlappen Festival dinners. For more information on the full program and dinner options, check out the official website.

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The "Where In Utrecht" Game

If you live in Utrecht and you use Twitter, I highly recommend following WaarInUtrecht, which hosts a regular photo quiz game. The game is simple: the host posts a photo of a spot somewhere in Utrecht, and contestants DM their guess for a chance to win a prize. The prizes change regularly. Right now, in preparation for the Smartlappen Festival this weekend, they've been giving away prizes such as drinks or dinner from some of the participating cafés and restaurants. Yours truly won drinks at Oudaen! The game is a fun way to test your knowledge of the sites of Utrecht, especially the less obvious landmarks.

Another way to play the game is to buy the annual calendar. The calendar has a different photo each week for you to guess. You can tweet or e-mail your answer. The 2012 calendar has recently gone on sale at locations around the city, including the VVV offices at the Domplein. You can find an ever-growing list of places to buy the calendar on the Waar in Utrecht website, or you can buy the calendar directly through the site. The proceeds of the calendar sale go to support a charity each year. This year, they're helping Jarige Job Utrecht, which puts together a birthday party box for children between 4 and 12, whose parents depend on the Food Bank. For every two calendars sold, a gift is bought for the birthday boxes.

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The Dutch, according to expats

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th of November, Science Café Leiden and Expat Centre Leiden have organized a special event. They're curious how the Netherlands is seen in the eyes of foreigners.

Their special guest is Dr. Enrico Colzi, an Italian who has lived in the Netherlands with his family since 2006. Entrance is free, and other expats are particularly welcome to come and share their experiences.

The evening will be introduced and moderated by Professor Jos van den Broek from the University of Leiden. There is also live music, drinks, and plenty of room for discussion. The event begins at 20:00 and ends around 22:00. It will take place at the LAK Foyer, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden. For more information see www.sciencecafeleiden.nl.

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Literary Death Match
LDM-new-new2.pngIt's fast approaching: Literary Death Match will be here on 1 December. Sound interesting? They describe themselves as:
Literary Death Match, co-created by Todd Zuniga, marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol's judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare...Our ultimate goal is to perform the Literary Death Match all over the world, and to continue to showcase literature as a brilliant, unstoppable medium.

The latest event is scheduled to take place in the SMART Project Space in Amsterdam Old West. Participants include:

  • Jane Lewty (author of the upcoming Bravura Cool, chosen by Fanny Howe)
  • Najiba Abdellaoui (first woman to win the Dutch national slampionship)
  • Philibert Schogt (author of Dear Traveller),
  • Mina Witteman (author of De Zielensluiper).

The event will be hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga and Versal editor Megan M. Garr. Doors open at 19:30 and the show starts at 20:15. Drinks will take place afterwards at 22:00. The cost is €7 (preorder) or €10 at the door.

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They describe it as urban, hip, cool and original. For the third time, Flavourites is hosting an offline version of what is usually an amazing online shopping experience. From 18-20 November, visitors can see the spectacular contents of 150 online shops, on display, in Amsterdam at De Overkant.

The event runs from 10:00-18:00 all three days, and features products in fashion, interior design, gifts, and kids. There are also plenty of workshops to attend and food and drink.

For more information, just visit the Flavourites Live website. You can also buy tickets online (EUR 10 online, or 12.50 at the door).

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