A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week's recommendations include film screenings, concerts, exhibitions and performances. There's something for everyone!"
Monday, 11 February
"Skate Kitchen" film screening (in English)
Tartu Electric Theatre
In the first feature film 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 skater girls and worked closely with them, and the resulting authenticity combines with poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. "Skate Kitchen" accurately 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
Club Tapper, Tallinn
A true celebration of nu metal music is coming to Estonia. On 11 February, US legends Hed PE will heat up Club Tapper.
After their recent extensive tour of the UK, Hed PE is finally focussing on our region, and will be bringing such hits as "Bartender," "Renegade," "Killing Time" and "Raise Hell" to the stage in Tallinn.
Hed PE first formed in 1994, and at the time was often called (Hed) Planet Earth. In the nu metal genre, Hed PE can be considered more influencer than influenced, with popular acts including Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park citing them as early influences.
The Neighbourhood concert
Saku Suurhall, Tallinn
As part of their world tour, American indie rock band The Neighbourhood is coming to Estonia for the first time, promoting their new album with a concert at Tallinn's Saku Suurhall on 11 February.
Formed in 2011, the Neighbourhood released their first full-length album, "I Love You," within two years. The album reached just 39th in the Billboard 200, but their song "Sweater Weather" saw remarkable popularity in the span of just a few months. The band consists of childhood friends who grew up in the same neighbourhood. The band adopted the British spelling of the word as the American spelling was already in use.
Singer Jesse Rutherford is exceptionally charismatic and has been called the reincarnation of 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.
Monday, 11 February - Thursday, 4 April
Indrek Galentin exhibition "Undefined Perfection"
Museum of Photography, Tallinn
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.
Tuesday, 12 February - Thursday, 14 February
"The Cloud Opera or the Dido Problem"
Performing Arts Centre Vaba Lava (Open Space), Tallinn
"The Cloud Opera" is a performance about the human condition under a 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 as 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 brings to the stage a contradiction between the intimate action of vulnerable humans and the massive potential of 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).
Tuesday, 12 February - Sunday, 17 February
Exhibition "The World's Biggest EKA Gallery-exhibited Work"
Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) Gallery, Tallinn
The next exhibition at EKA Gallery is "The World's Biggest EKA Gallery-exhibited Work" by PRIIT, a group of artists from EKA. Accessible 24/7, the exhibition will only be open for a week.
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."
Tuesday, 12 February / Friday, 15 February
"The Favourite" film screening
Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn / Haapsalu Cultural Centre
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, darkly absurd humour and classical music.
Wednesday, 13 February
Kumu Documentary: "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" (in English)
Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn
Still working at age 96, 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 focusses 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.
Thursday, 14 February - Saturday, 16 February
Premiere 2019: "What Do I Cry For?" and "It is Still Impossible to Exist at Two Places at Once"
Stage of Independent Dance (STL), Tallinn
This year's edition of Premiere, a platform meant for up-and-coming choreographers, introduces the debut productions by Lee Sanghoon 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.
Lee Sanghoon "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 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.
Friday, 15 February / Saturday, 16 February
Ewert and the Two Dragons "Hands Around the Moon" album release concert
Võru Cultural Centre Kannel / Airplane Factory, Viljandi
Ewert and the Two Dragons have finished their fourth studio album, "Hands Around the Moon."
The album includes 11 tracks, and this time the band tried working with several different producers from Estonia and abroad, ultimately settling on Sander Mölder.
"I am sure that we all will hear this album differently and that different songs will speak to each of us," said singer Ewert Sundja. "For me, the album has a great liberating effect. We rediscovered the love of music and storytelling."
Listen to the first single off the album, "Somewhere," here.
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla