Yasmine Hamdan is a woman that gave blood to many a vampire-enthusiast’s heart with her cameo appearance in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. She’s quite an impressive woman, that Yasmine. It’s the self-assured (and very gorgeous) appearance in Jarmusch’s ode to darkness that lets her take center stage just when she starts to sing. Listen to the somber tones of a deep and well-controlled baritone, radiating the desire of a brooding volcano to erupt. Match it with a very feminine appearance in black western clothes to evoke quite an intriguing and beguiling picture.
It’s Straßenfest season here, it seems! After the Leipzig quarters of Reudnitz (east) and Südvorstadt (south) had their street festivals over the past few weekends, it’s now the west side’s turn. Georg-Schwarz-Straßenfest will take place along the street of the same name, which cuts from Leutzsch to the Lindenau area, all day Saturday, May 9. The handy little flyer inside this post gives you a map of the participating locations.
Here’s our Wednesday listing of non-dubbed (OmU, OF, OV, etc.) movies being shown at Leipzig cinemas for the next seven days. They usually have German subtitles, so you can still access the movie if you don’t know the original language but know some German. This movie week, the Iranische Filmtage, or “Iranian Film Days,” continues at the Cinémathèque in der naTo, and the periodically running feature, Russisches Kino, or “Russian Cinema,” is still on at Cineplex. Our listing indicates, when possible, which language they are being played in, the genre, etc. For movie descriptions, just click on the titles.
This weekend was so packed with things to do in Leipzig that I almost just stayed home from the sheer pressure of making the decision. In the end I opted for my passion, dance. And what better place to experience that than at TANZOFFENSIVE. It’s a two-week festival organized by The Lofft that takes place every two years and never disappoints me. This year’s theme is “Show.” They are seeing how close contemporary dance can get to circus, street dance and social dance and still be considered an art form.
Happy Labor Day! Today, on the 2-month anniversary of The Leipzig Glocal, I am proud to announce that we’re ready to take the next step on our Web publishing journey. I say “we” because this can only be done with the help of the people who will be contributing their talent to this blog on a regular basis, as of now. On Monday, May 4, we are turning the blog into a “webzine” – meaning more like an online-based magazine than a traditional blog.
I highly recommend you taking part of your Labor Day weekend to visit Spinnerei in Plagwitz, the big old textile mill that has been turned into the most famous set of art galleries in Leipzig. It’s the 10th anniversary of the galleries’ spring open house or “go around” (“Rundgang”); so expect some extra special –…