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By Deniz Houston
Review of Shameless Comedy:
When I first found out I was moving to Leipzig, I started doing extensive research about the city. I would read blogs, the news, and watch videos about what my new city had to offer. One phrase I kept hearing was “all the artists and musicians (talent) that don’t make it in Berlin move to Leipzig.”
Most of the research I had read told me that Leipzig had been up and coming since the early 2000s. Now, this may have been true in the past, but after living in the city for a month, I am convinced that all of the artists from Berlin are coming to Leipzig.
On Wednesday, 8 November, I attended the Shameless Comedy Showcase hosted at Noch Besser Leben. It was a stand up comedy act followed by a live jazz performance. At first I did not understand the correlation between stand up comedy and jazz, but by the end of the show, I was so impressed by all of the performers and so entertained I did not care.
From this show, I learned that Leipzig has a lot to offer. The entertainment here might not be consistent or mainstream, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t top quality.
This Week in Leipzig
From 16-19 November, Kunstmesse in Leipzig will be holding their third annual Contemporary Art Fair. The art fair will be hosting both local and international artists. Although it is open to all artists, because of the high interest Kunstmesse has drawn, it states several times on its website that not all work will be accepted.
Unlike Leipzig’s regular art museums, this annual event attracts new work from a variety of artists that fit into Leipzig’s vibrant growing art scene. This event will be a great experience for any newcomer in Leipzig who is eager to learn more about the hype that has been associated with Leipzig’s up and coming art scene.
This year’s event will be held in “GaraGe” in Plagwitz. Tickets currently range from 3.99 to 7.50 euros, from single day passes to weekend passes offering reduced prices for students and children.
If you are tired of staring at your Netflix list, there will be a free screening of the film Free to Rock on 16 November. The film is a documentary, featuring how Rock & Roll spread throughout Eastern Europe despite the Communists’ efforts to outlaw it.
The film highlights how Rock & Roll uses freedom of expression, and how the uncontrollable desire of millions of people to express themselves through music under Communist times meant both freedom and access to the West. The featured film will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producer and a professor from TU Dresden.
The event will be held Sächsische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung and it is free and open to all visitors.
One word: brunch. Where I am from, brunch, specifically “bottomless brunch,” is basically a weekend sport. I’ll admit that I have not been on the hunt for a good brunch spot in Leipzig because I am scared I will be disappointed, but after going here for dinner, I have high hopes for the newly opened Food Kurt.
This restaurant doesn’t specialize in a single cuisine; their website highlights that their food has Mediterranean influences but that they consider most of their dishes to be international. There is no featured menu on their website, so if you’re afraid of taking risks, you might consider sitting this one out.
Food Kurt encourages guests to make reservations. The price is 20 euros per adult, and 10 euros for children 14 and under.