Culture Calendar Jan. 11-14

New semester, new things to do while you should really be studying.

Kick off the weekend a day early, as one does as a student, with a free movie. Rockefeller is holding another Rock Cinema, where they show a new movie in the concert space. This week it’s «The Commuter» starring Liam Neeson, about a man on a commuter train, who gets drawn into some kind of conspiracy that could have a big payout – or could result in harm to his family. Does it look like a train-based version of «Taken»? Yes, which is why you should watch it.

Feeling like you need some culture in your life to impress people? On Friday you could check out «The Dirty Art: A Celebration of Norwegian Urban Art, Vol 5». Sounds sufficiently artsy and cool to impress a first date, or some new friends. It screams, «I like art, and also urbanism, which is so hot right now.» The event is described thus: «4 local graffiti, urban, and street artists take to our walls to create a single large scale, multi-layered, and interactive work that audiences are encouraged to take home with them.» Sounds bizarre and fun.

Or there’s always dancing, and Blå delivers as usual. DJ-duo Spilt Melk is playing, and will apparently be «jævelig groovy,» which is really all I ever want.

Saturday is all about the parties. To begin with there is of course Semesterstartsfest at Chateau Neuf, which always promises to be hopping – but does it deliver? I wouldn’t know because I never go, but you should.

From there you could go to one of the coolest Oslo venues, Leiligheten, for «a night of soulful sounds.» Or if you’re less into reggae and rocksteady, and more into «doom, fuzz, and psych music» (please don’t ask me to explain, because I can’t), it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump over to Revolver.

If it’s Sunday and you can’t be bothered to get up and take a tur around Sognsvann with those Norwegians, round off your weekend with another movie, though this one is probably a little more highbrow than «The Commuter». The cozy airport-themed (don’t ask) bar MIR, located in Grünerløkka, will be showing «Gaea Girls». This documentary gives a rare look into the world of female professional wrestling in Japan, and what it takes to succeed. The showing is free, with English subtitles. Get there a few minutes early to grab a surprisingly comfy reclaimed airplane seat.

The Commuter

The Dirty Art

Spilt Melk


Get Ready! at Leiligheten

Fuzzfeast at Revolver

Gaea Girls