With our fancy new issue out on the streets and the weekend almost upon us, we decided to share three events that really stood out with our readers.
The WonderWagon is an old bus made new. Now equipped with a crystal chandelier and a grand piano, it’s filled with music and entertainment. On a tour through Reykjavík’s art and music scene, it will stop at some interesting places and offer its passengers the chance to personally get to know local authors, painters and musicians as they present their works and host workshops.
-The tour starts out from the entrance of Harpa on Friday afternoons at 17:00 on May 8, 15, 22, 29. Admission is 6,000 ISK
Iceland Symphony Orchestra Presents: Chaplin – Modern Times
Do you just not get Tinder? Does your computer ever inexplicably refuse to do the same task it did yesterday? Have you ever accidentally wiped an entire hard drive in an attempt to save a simple document? You are not alone. People have been struggling through technological improvements since a cave man tried to convince his friend that the wheel really does make things easier if you learn how to operate it properly. In the 1936 silent film ‘Modern Times’, Charlie Chaplin bumbles through an industrialised world to a score he composed himself. Stop thinking about prospective “accidents” that could befall your work computer and take a break to come see the film accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
-Harpa, May 8 at 19:30 and May 9 at 15:00. Admission from 2,400 ISK
Good Moon Deer Album Release Party / Solaris Sun Glaze
Good Moon Deer is an electronic music project that has been gaining popularity fast since its appearance in off-venue shows during Iceland Airwaves 2011. The project is the brain-child of Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson (Good Moon Deer is a simplification of his unpronounceable Icelandic name), who is sometimes joined by drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson. They are finally releasing their first album ‘Dot’, which will be downloadable for free online on May 7, and to mark the occasion, they’re throwing a party at Paloma where they will also be joined by disco/house DJ Solaris Sun Glaze, the alter ego of self-proclaimed hipster Atli Bollason.
-Paloma, May 9 at 23:00, free admission! Oh and get your free track here!
If those events don’t tickle your fancy, here are a few other noteworthy ones happening this weekend:
Lady Boy Records LB009 Release Party: Jóhann Eiríksson / Harry Knuckles / O|S|E| / Nicolas Kunysz
Celebrating the release of their LB009 limited edition cassette, Lady Boy Records has put together a formidable roaster of DJs, including Jóhann Eiríksson, Harry Knuckles, O|S|E| and Nicolas Kunysz.
-Paloma at 21:00, 500 ISK
Himbrimi / DJ Dagbjört
Himbrimi, a group that describes itself as a dramatic Scandinavian-style pop band is putting on a free gig. DJ Dagbjört then keeps the party going.
-Frederiksen Ale House at 22:00, free admission!
This ambitious collaborative music project between Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands sees numerous artists from the three countries come together in song, and is performing tonight. The ensemble includes Unnsteinn Manúel Stefánsson and Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, and is led by Samúel Jón Samúelsson.
-Harpa at 21:00, 3,800 ISK
Owls of the Swamp / Scott Mertz
Australian indie folk band Owls of the Swamp is joined by eclectic roots-y and soulful Scott Mertz from Louisville, Kentucky.
-Café Haiti at 19:00 and KEX Hostel at 21:00 on Sunday
Dutch physics student-slash-electronic musician, Kevin Verwijmeren, attempts to combine melodies and patterns to create a landscape of sound at this intimate art house venue.
-Mengi at 21:00, 2,000 ISK
Third Mikkeller Running Club Outing
In case you love running, and you love fancy fancy beer, you should consider joining the Mikkeller Running Club. It’s been been running since the end of February, and is staging its third run on Sunday. The run starts at Hverfisgata 12 at 11:30 with two different routes available, both five and ten kilometres.
-Hverfisgata 12 at 11:30, free admission (but you’ll probably sweat a lot)
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