This week’s recommendations are based on movie screenings at Artis, Kumu and Tartu Electric Theatre as well as on a broad selection of concerts starting with techno, pop and impro, ending with Pärt, Grünberg and Piaf.

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On January 15 at 7 p.m. there will be the screening of Disaster Artist making-of at Artis cinema.

The film is an adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s 2013 non-fiction book of the same name and chronicles the unlikely friendship between budding actors Tommy Wiseau and Sestero, which results in the production of Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, widely considered one of the worst films ever made.

There will be a special event after the film screening – An Evening Inside The Room with Greg Sestero – 30 min behind the scenes documentary about The Disaster Artist, live audience script reading, Q&A, book signing.

On January 16 at 7 p.m. Best F(r)iends Vol 1 & 2 will be also screened. The duration of the film is 190 min with intermission. After the film, there will be a Q&A with Greg Sestero and co-star Rick Edwards.

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Theodore Parker is a guitarist, electro-acoustic musician, and improviser. He has created improvised music for dance, performance installations, and theatre. He currently pursues PhD studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Jaanus Siniväli is a creator of contemporary multidisciplinary pieces, double bass player and electronic musician. He is active in playing contemporary music and free improvisation. His main performance setups include double bass, DIY based modular synthesizer and double bass with foot controllable modular synthesizer.

Improtest is a concert series that brings improvisational music from local and foreign authors to the local audience. The concerts have been taking place since 2005 once a month.

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As part of a personal quest, for over 30 years director Hermann Vaske asked the world’s most famous personalities the same question: “Why are you creative?” 

His subjects included: David Bowie, Ai Weiwei, Björk, Wim Wenders, Philippe Stark, Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Nobuyoshi Araki, Quentin Tarantino, Bono, Nick Cave, Stephen Hawking, the Dalai Lama, Marina Abramović, Vivienne Westwood, Takeshi Kitano and many others.

“Einstein wanted to know why God created the world. I wanted to know why people are creative. A naive and stupid question that brought me the most unique cast in the world.”

Free of charge!

Edith Piaf and World War II

16 Jan
Jõhvi Concert Hall

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Piaf’s songs, life in wartime France, excerpts from Remarque’s “Arch of Triumph”, mood-setting light and soundscape.

Rebecca Kontus (vocals)
Tiit Kalluste (accordion)
Joel Remmel (piano)
Taavo Remmel (double bass)
Üllar Saaremäe (Rakvere Theatre)

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Music is an important tool for theatre, but the sound and theatre language have even more collaborative moments. Just as the puppeteer awakens the puppet, the musician turns the notes on paper into music.

Argo Vals (live electronics) and Oliver Kulpsoo (lighting design) have performed together since 2017. For a long time, Argo’s focus in his solo career has been on playing the guitar. But he is also intrigued by the variety and movement between different and opposite producers of sound. In recent years he has utilised drum machines and started using more sound effects. For this show, Oliver has built a specific, minimalistic and playful lighting solution.

A night dedicated to the artistic creation of Sven Grünberg Traces Inside You

18 Jan
Theatre Vanemuine
19 Jan
Estonia Concert Hall

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Programme: works by Sven Grünberg
Vox Clamantis
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve

Sven Grünberg: “The musical mental scenery of Traces Inside You could suit people, who would, just for a moment, wish to pull away from this world that has gotten overly intense, to achieve clarification, luminance, and peace, a moment of silence before the storm that awaits us in our everyday lives, and if the fortune smiles, we could all enjoy it together. Let us all be creatively wise.”

Paul Kalkbrenner’s concert Parts of Life

18 Jan
Tallinn Creative Hub

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Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner is a unique international talent. After several chart-topping albums, amassing millions of fans and headlining festival mainstages around the world he has become one of techno’s biggest superstars.

Paul Kalkbrenner’s demanding productions are full of energy; they exist to take listeners away from the everyday, from the weekly grind, into rapture—into art, ecstasy, absurdity friendship, hope and love.

His eighth album, Parts of Life (released 18.05.2018), comes a decade after his Double Platinum selling LP Berlin Calling, and feels similarly definitive for an artist who has spent the last 10 years topping charts and performing his singular strain of grand techno to ever-growing audiences. It’s a definitive record for Paul, deeply personal, imbued with invigoration, a raw embodiment of Paul’s inimitable grand techno sound.

Film In the Aisles

18 Jan
Tartu Electric Theatre

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A wonderfully tender hymn to unsung heroes, full of magical realism: they are everyday people, full of complex, yet subdued emotions, working at a big box store somewhere in the Eastern German province.

Christian (Franz Rogowski, also starring in Transit) is new to the superstore. He silently plunges into this unknown universe: the endless aisles, the eternal order of the warehouses, the surreal mechanisms of the forklifts that his older colleague Bruno from the drinks department introduces to him. Marion (Toni Erdmann lead Sandra Hüller) from the confectionary department likes to have a laugh with Christian. When he falls in love with her, the entire warehouse is rooting for him. Both sense a breath of fresh air … In the Aisles is a unique choreography of people and things, desires and dreams by director Thomas Stuber.

Kalana Saund Winter Wonder

18 Jan
The Club of Different Rooms

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Kalana Saund Winter Wonder is a Tallinn-based top-notch hot-shot mini-festival of the Hiiumaa seaside summer festival, ranging from deep pop and new hip-hop to a highly respected house and techno.

BIG HALL

Live:
Mart Avi
Djerro
Una Bomba 50+

DJs:
Mari-Anna Miller
Rain Tolk
Heivi S

LIL PARTY HALL

Live:
Weston + Double V and Sauce Blanc
Väike Kelder

DJs:
Lill Slim
$trada
roosberg_

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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, awarded with the Grammy Award, is one of the most well-known Estonian music collectives in the world – their extensive repertoire ranges from baroque music to the works of the 21st century. The chamber choir has a decade-long strong link with the music of Arvo Pärt. At this concert, the conductor Kaspar Putniņš ties together the works of Arvo Pärt and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Kaspars Putniņš
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Ene Salumäe (organ)