One famous and one nearly forgotten American Bard

It was a cold evening, but as usual, the welcome was warm. So after showing our tickets and obtaining programs, my friends and I quickly found seats. I was especially looking forward to this performance, as the recital would be of works by my favorite poetess.

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What does Easter mean to you?

Last weekend, I entered a church. Not because I am religious, but because for the first time in my entire life, this church was completely open to visitors.Usually, one can only admire the distant interior from behind a grill. As an art addict, of course I grabbed the chance to wander all over the place.

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Cotton in bloom – at Leeuwarden’s Frisian Museum

Flowers everywhere: swirling in wonderful patterns and brilliant colours which will delight you. You are shown 16th century bedspreads, printed fabrics, clothes, accessories, a centuries old kimono, a modern tent. Videos explain traditional methods, used to produce prints. Or they show how centuries old methods, which are slowly disappearing, can be used to create modern art. This wonderful exhibition revolves around … chintz!
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Exhibition: Maria Sibylla Merian at an Amsterdam Canal House

Blue sky, spring sun, garden waking up. Museum café open and offering the chance to sit in the small, quiet garden – provided the weather allows it. Most Sunday afternoons, there are concerts in one of the rooms of this Amsterdam canal house. It is now called the Cromhouthuis Museum.

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Book review: “The American Princess” by A van der Zijl

While researching a biography, about Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Dutch author Annejet van der Zijl came across one of his aunts. Not a real aunt, but an “adopted” one. The aunt became godmother to his eldest daughter, Beatrix. The aunt was American.
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Exhibitions to visit in the Rodin Year

Of course you know his “Thinker”. It is one of the best known sculptures in the world. Perhaps you have seen “The Kiss”, or his “Balzac”, or “Burghers of Calais”. Or you may be familiar with his sketches and drawings? Or his unorthodox private life?

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Book review: Pussy Riot – How to start a Revolution by N. Tolokonnikova

The English translation was supposed to be available from autumn 2016. The German version was published spring 2016. The Dutch and Flemish translation hit the market a few weeks ago. Yet the large international web-based book shops state it is “unavailable”. Has Pussy Riot’s greatest fan, Mr V. Putin, bought up all copies?

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An introduction to Bob Dylan’s literary world

It was an astonishing performance. An hour of texts and music which influenced Bob Dylan, as well as his own lyrics and versions. The words, meanings, messages mainly written during the 1950s and 1960s were eye-openers. Last chance to attend: 28th of March 2017 – in Amsterdam.

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