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Book events galore

The Netherlands is a great place to be if you're a fan of the literary world. Authors visit frequently to promote their books and connect with their Dutch (and expat!) audience. Here are a few book signings that are coming up in September and in Den Haag:

Borderkitchen has a couple author events approaching. First, on Tuesday, September 13th, author Michel Houellebecq will talk about his latest novel, The Map & the Territory, at 8pm in Den Haag. A little later in the month, on Wednesday, September 21st, author David Vann will also be in Den Haag to present his book, Caribou Island. This event also starts at 8pm. Please see the Borderkitchen website for more information.

The ABC Treehut in Den Haag will host a number of authors in September. On Friday, September 16th, poet Douglas John McLean will perform as Mr Elastic Brain: The Life and Poems of Sid Ozalid. This event runs from 7-9pm. The next day, Saturday, September 17th, author Carolyn Vines will host part of an ongoing seminar series called The ABC's of Writing and Publishing a Book. The theme is "The Publishing Process," and it takes place from 2-4pm. See the ABC Treehut website for details on bot of these events.

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Rene Wirths: The Thing Itself
e_662.jpgGreat art abounds in Rotterdam. For example, until September 18th, you can enjoy an exhibition by German artist Rene Wirths called The Thing Itself, at the Kunsthall.

From the Kunsthal website:

"Wirths has translated a wide range of three-dimensional objects into two dimensions on canvas: a paintbrush, a sewing machine, a ball, scrunched-up paper, and a variety of chairs and bicycles. The objects have been illustrated from above or from the side using a time-consuming painting process. His chosen subjects are built up of layers piled one on top of the other as it were, first using bold brush strokes before applying fine strokes and minute detail. Wirths allows his objects to 'pose' in his daylight studio. The objects are illustrated on canvas without context and without distraction from their surroundings. The paintings are all about what you see, what is evident, and all isolated from the rest of reality."

The Thing Itself takes place at the Kunsthall in Rotterdam. It is located in Mueseumpark at Westzeedijk 341. Adults pay € 7.50, and CJP and students up to 26 years pay € 4.50. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 11am-5pm. If you have questions you can contact them at communication (at) kunsthal.nl.

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Amsterdam Fringe Festival

It is already in full swing but I thought to mention that the Amsterdam Fringe Festival is here. What is the Fringe Festival? As they describe it: "10 days // 80 theatre groups // 25 locations // performance, live art, (music) theatre, dance & uninhibited energy."
What also makes it interesting is that the locations are spread throughout the city, so if you want to enjoy the arts AND get to know the city better, this gives you a good chance to do both. The festival includes local and international groups, so don't worry about language issues and be prepared to experience something new.
I recommend reserving your tickets online, you can use international credit cards, as later these performances could be sold out when you try and get tickets last minute at the box office. While you're on the website you can also make use of the alphabetical listing of performances; get ready to have a whole lot of choices!
The Amsterdam Fringe Festival is going on now thru September 11th and there is sure to be something for everyone.

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PICNIC Festival 2011

September is here, and with it comes many great activities, exhibitions and things to do in the Netherlands. One example: the PICNIC Festival. It is a three-day event (held annually) that blurs the lines between creativity, science, technology and business. This year's theme is Urban Futures, and the focus is on sustainability, infrastructure, society, design and media.

If you're interested in attending, first head over to the ABC blog. They are offering a 20% discount on both festival Passe-partouts and Day Tickets. If you're interested, go to the PICNIC registration page and use the promotional code ABCPIC20 before completing the payment.

PICNIC Festival 2011 takes place from 14 to 16 September at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam. ABC will also be there, with a special selection of great books.

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Jan Fabre: Hortus/Corpus

If you don't have any plans tomorrow, there's a great exhibition open until the end of the day. It's artist Jan Fabre's Hortus/Corpus. This activity is perfect too, considering the beautiful weather we're currently having in the Netherlands. Why? Because it's at the Kröller-Müller Museum, which is located in a beautiful area of the Netherlands. And the exhibition itself is spread out on the grounds of the Kröller-Müller Museum. Head on over, enjoy the sun and some wonderful art!

While you're there, you can also enjoy the pieces the museum is famous for: a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art, a large collection of van Gogh's work and a sculpture garden.

The Kröller-Müller Museum is located on Houtkampweg 6, in Otterlo.

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Utrecht's Uitfeest

Sunday, September 4, marks the opening of the Utrecht cultural season. As always, the event is celebrated with the Uitfeest, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture. Neude will be serving as a meeting place, with music, food, drinks, and presentations by Joris Linssen and Eva Brouwer. Catharijneconvent is the site of the official launch of the season, with various presentations and performances. Arie Abbenes, the Dom's carillonneur for 25 years, will be performing a farewell concert as he retires. Meanwhile, the Stadsschouwburg will be celebrating its 70th birthday with a variety of concerts and programs. If you're feeling a bit more political, head to the Stadhuis for a political satire performance.

Along with the official website, this year you can also download an official Uitfeest App for your iPhone or iPad, so you can keep the schedule with you as you visit the different events.

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Sunday Streekmarkt

Sure, Sunday, September 4, is a Koop Zondag (shopping Sunday), but if you want something a bit different or maybe a bit more organic than you might find in your local AH or other grocery, visit the Streekmarket in Utrecht this Sunday. The market has moved from its past location in the northern part of the old city to the city's oldest shopping street, Twijnstraat. The picturesque street will be lined with vendors offering a mix of organic and specialty items, such as vegetables, meat, coffee, honey, candy, chocolate, wine and more. Many of the vendors usually offer some free samples to make your decision even easier and more tempting. The market runs from 11:00 to 18:00, and you can find out more about some of the vendors at the market's official website.

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Winkel Van Sinkel

Het Meisje en Het Paard
It's hard to miss the Winkel van Sinkel on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. Besides being a picturesque building right on the most famous canal in Utrecht, it's also got a great terrace area to sit outdoors, enjoy the scenery, and people-watch. But there's much more to the building. Along with the bars and cafés inside, the building is also home to a number of regular events to appeal to a broad number of people.

For example, every Wednesday evening, at 18:30, you can go get a palm or tarot card reading. Each Tuesday evening, stitcher and knitters and other thread/yarn enthusiasts can attend the local Stitch 'n Bitch gathering from 19:30 to 23:00. During the weekends, the events change from week to week, with dance parties, salsa and tango nights, jazz concerts and film nights, just to name some of the upcoming events.

Tomorrow, September 1, there is a free jazz/big band concert at 21:00. Saturday, fans of '80s and '90s music can get into the groove at the We All Love '80s & '90s dance party. Tickets are €10 in advance and €15 at the door. The event starts at 23:00 and runs until 5:00.

For more information about upcoming events and information about ticket purchases, visit the official website.

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Expat blogging at Expatica Netherlands

Are you an expat? Do you blog, and want to find a larger audience for your work? Expatica Netherlands is now helping to facilitate this process. From Expatica:

Our Blogs section serves as an outlet to share your stories, experiences, and lessons learned from being an expat in the Netherlands. Think of it as an online magazine and scrapbook of tales! We've made it simple, fun and fast to use in four easy steps...Share your blog with others, view other expat entries, and help us build a blog site for expats, by expats at Expatica Netherlands.
For more details, see the full text. They will feature the best blogs on their homepage.
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Ladies rugby in Leiden

Any females out there ever wanted to play rugby in the Netherlands? The ladies rugby
club in Leiden (DIOK) is looking for new players. They seek players between 16 and 45
years old with any level of experience.

Interested? They are holding open training sessions on Tuesday 6, 13, 20 and 27
September from 20:00-21:30.

Perfect timing, with the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand starting next month! For
more information, contact them at info@damesrugbyleiden.nl.

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