This week’s recommendations include film screenings, concerts, exhibitions and performances. There’s something for everyone! 

Film Skate Kitchen

11 Feb
Tartu University Church

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In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.

Writer/director Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film’s authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. Skate Kitchen precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells the story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.

Hed PE Concert

11 Feb
Tapper Club

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A true celebration of nu-metal music is coming to Estonia. On 11 February, the USA legend Hed PE will heat up club Tapper.

After their recent extensive tour of the United Kingdom, Hed PE is finally focusing on our region and brings such hits as Bartender, Renegade, Killing Time and Raise Hell to Tallinn.

Hed PE was formed already in 1994 and at the time was often called (Hed) Planet Earth. When talking about nu-metal wave bands, like Rage Against The Machine, Hed PE is seen more as an influencer than the one being influenced. Even popular bands like Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park listened to Hed PE for inspiration when they were recording their first albums.

The Neighbourhood Concert

11 Feb
Saku Arena 

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American indie-rock band The Neighbourhood is coming to Estonia for the first time as part of their world tour and presents their new album in Saku Suurhall on 11 February. 

The Neighbourhood was formed in 2011 and released their first full-length album I Love You within two years. The album stayed 39 in the Billboard 200 chart, but their song Sweater Weather gained remarkable popularity in only a few months. The band members are childhood friends, who grew up in the same neighbourhood. The band’s name became the British spelling of the word as the American version was already in use.

The singer Jesse Rutherford is exceptionally charismatic and has been called the reincarnated Kurt Cobain. Among other things, the group has a well-thought through and conceptual visual style. Black and white photo motifs and video clips have become their calling cards.

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This exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of Indrek Galetin’s work in Tallinn since 2009. It showcases a selection of striking imagery from his oeuvre, including his best-known portraiture, and two accompanying fashion films, all drawn from his enduring and vibrant career in London. This show presents the breadth of his achievements and encompasses work that has been featured in numerous international media outlets, magazine covers, feature articles and advertising campaigns.

Film The Favourite

12 Feb
Cinema Sõprus
15 Feb
Haapsalu Culture Centre

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Greek provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos once again triggers schemed manipulations, boundaries of loyalty, immoral thirst for power, traitorous vengeance in his filthiest and funniest courtroom comedy, infused by tour-de-force majestic performances, sexual intrigues, blackly absurd humour and classical music.

The Cloud Opera or The Dido Problem

12 Feb
13 Feb
14 Feb
Vaba Lava / Open Space

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The Cloud Opera is a performance about the human condition under the sky full of data.

All the information gathered in the clouds is constantly above us and might rain down in the most unpleasant or surprising ways. The information clouds are as unpredictable and uncontrollable like the weather.

Chance has never moved away from there. That’s what the Cloud Opera is about – manmade clouds as well as real ones, gathered by the winds, can surprise us by intervening at unexpected, and sometimes quite embarrassing moments. And not only with rain. The performance sets a contradiction between the intimate action of the vulnerable humans on the stage, and the massive potential for a cacophonic choir of volunteers which represent Big Data, the chaos in the cloud.

There are multiple storylines that will intertwine through a kaleidoscopic and combinatory dramaturgical scheme. They all set sail whenever they decide to (when the invisible button switches itself on).

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Still working at age 96, the Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He’s reached the top of his profession, but has little interest in celebrity and eschews the label “starchitect”.

Despite a lifetime of acclaimed work that includes the United Nations Plaza in Manhattan, the Ford Foundation, the Oakland Museum of California, and 40 years of designing new galleries for The Metropolitan Museum in New York, he has no intention of ever retiring and keeps looking to the future.

Roche’s architectural philosophy focuses on creating “a community for a modern society” and he has been credited with creating green buildings before they became part of the public consciousness. The film transcends the world of architecture to present a life philosophy we can all aspire to follow.

Exhibition The world’s biggest EKA Gallery-exhibited work

14 – 17 Feb
Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery

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The next exhibition at EKA Gallery is The world’s biggest EKA Gallery-exhibited work by PRIIT, a group of artists from EKA. The exhibition is open only for a week, on February 12–17 and is accessible 24/7.

PRIIT has said about the exhibition: “Space becomes installation and installation becomes space again. A trans-medium and multidimensional work fills the entire space and is in terms of its parameters the biggest work that will ever be shown in that gallery. What do we have to sacrifice to completely subordinate space to ourselves at the exhibition? We experience defiance at the white cube, experience a loss and rediscovery of self in the abstract information field of non-objects.”

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This year Premiere, a platform meant for up and coming choreographers, introduces the debut productions by Sanghoon Lee and Grėtė Šmitaitė.

Grėtė Šmitaitė’s What Do I Cry For? takes the pulse of sorrow. It displays a puzzle of choices, distances and dives between a person and their feelings.

Sanghoon Lee’s It Is Still Impossible to Exist at Two Places at Once experiments to be aware of the gap in between two opposites; right and left, inside and outside, action and reaction, or 0 and 1 in a mathematical binary system. A body does not stay on the one side of the concept. It exists by the feelings of shaking, judgment about what is right and wrong, identity in society and identity as oneself.

Ewert and The Two Dragons Hands Around the Moon album presentation concert

15 Feb
Võru Culture Centre “Kannel”
16 Feb
Airplane Factory

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Ewert and The Two Dragons has finished their fourth studio album called Hands Around the Moon.

The album contains 11 songs and for the production of this new LP, they tried working with many different producers from Estonia and abroad. In the end, they decided on Sander Mölder.

“I am sure, that we all will hear this album differently and that different songs will speak to each of us. For me, the album has a great liberating effect. We rediscovered the love for music and storytelling,” said the singer Ewert Sundja.

Listen to the first single on the new album Somewhere.