Wolfgang Haffner Jazz Trio

March 28
Goethe Institut in collaboration with the Barefoot Gallery presents Wolfgang Haffner Jazz Trio featuring Wolfgang Haffner (drummer), Lars Danielsson (bassist) and Huber Nuss (pianist) from Germany.
Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel/Germany in 1965. He started playing drums and piano at the age of six. He began his career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted by German Jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff. The Band played Festivals including the Paris Jazz Festival and the Jazzfest Berlin. Haffner later became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers ‘‘Passport,” with whom he played for 11 years, touring Europe and South Africa. From 1994 to 1995 he was the drummer in the Band of one of the greatest female singers of all times, Chaka Khan. In 1994, he joined the US Fusion Superband METRO with Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman and Anthony Jackson. In 1997 Haffner and his long-time colleague Roberto Di Gioia started their successful Group “Zappelbude.’’

Haffner worked with many great Jazz Artistes including Pat Metheny, Michael and Randy Brecker, Larry Carlton, Bill Evans, Earl Klugh, Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove, Johnny Griffin, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Pass, Bob James, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Pat Martino, Eddie Daniels, Mc Coy Tyner, Art Farmer, Pee Wee Ellis, Esbjörn Svensson, Joe Sample, Fred Wesley, Roy Ayers, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Robben Ford...), also with artistes and Bands like Jan Garbarek, Michael Franks, “Die Fantastischen Vier,” No Angels, Stefan Raab Helge Schneider, Xavier Naidoo, Sasha, Wolfgang Niedecken, Konstantin Wecker, DePhazz, Lalo Schifrin, NDR Big Band Hamburg and the WDR Big Band Cologne.

Haffner has played in Festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Paris, Chicago, North Sea Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, San Diego, Geneva, Amsterdam, Nice, Stockholm, Madrid, Oslo, Zurich and London. He toured more than 50 countries (Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Chile, Uruquay, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia Columbia, Portugal South Africa, USA, India, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Italy, Jordan, Poland, Hungary, Thailand, England, Spain, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Russia and China).
In 2002, Haffner formed the Wolfgang Haffner Band which toured Europe. When not performing with his own Band he plays with the Nils Landgren Funk Unit of Sweden. Haffner has played on about 350 Recordings, including 11 albums under his own name.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: Barefoot Gallery, Goethe-Institut, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7


Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday
By some strange malevolent happenstance, the designers seem to have left five whole working days between weekends. Clearly, for some of us, this gap is far too long to endure and a call for corrective action is almost a physical response. Although the Sri Lankan Government does grant the highest number of public holidays in the world, it is just not good enough.
Therefore, the reappearance of the Colombo Pub Quiz on the social calendar is very welcome. You will notice, the quiz is symmetrically placed between two working days at either end -equidistant, as it were, from the weekends. Thus, it provides an oasis in the middle of the week, where journeymen traversing the vast desert of the five-day working week can stop awhile and quench their thirst.

Venue: Barefoot Cafe, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please speak to Jehan Mendis: 0773-527969 or Navin Ratnayake : 0777-763650
Quizmasters: The Colombo Pub Quiz, 207/8 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7


The War Reporter

March 25 to 28
Written by German playwright Theresia Walser and translated for performance by Asoka de Zoysa, ‘The War Reporter’ has its measured beginnings in a mêlée of nerve-wracked award ceremony attendees and the mysterious appearance of one young reporter with news of war.

Directed by Jake Oorloff and Ruhanie Perera the performance is a collaboration between Goethe-Institut, Sri Lanka, the German Cultural Centre, and the theatre company Floating Space.
‘The War Reporter’ brings together a cast of performers that include Tehani Chitty, Ashini Fernando, Venuri Perera, Imani Perera, Minari Fernando, Lilanka Botejue, Chinthaka Fernando, Niren Neydorff, Gehan Blok and Christopher Stephen.

Venue: Goethe-Institut, No. 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.


Annual Francophone Film Festival

Bonjour Cinema

Until March 23

For Adults

March 21
Gilles’ Wife (La Femme De Gilles) by Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium, 2004, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Home by Ursula Meier (Switzerland, 2008, 98 minutes)
Time: 7.p.m.

March 22
Private Madness (Folie Privé) by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, 2004, 67 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Crossed Tracks (Roman De Gare) by Claude Lelouch (France, 2007, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

March 23
Crossed Tracks (Roman De Gare) by Claude Lelouch (France, 2007, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Not Te Cps, Not The Blacks, Not The Whites (Pas Les Flics, Pas Les Noirs, Pas Les Blancs) by Ursula Meier (Switzerland, 2002, 89 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

For Children

March 21
Loulou And Other Wolves (Loulou Et Autres Loups) by Grégoire Solotareff, Jean-Luc Fromental (France), 2003, 1 hour 5 minutes)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

March 22
Special Children’s Programme (Special Enfants) (Belgium, 2007, 1 hour)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Venue: BCIS Auditorium (BMICH)
Entrance: Free
Language: Subtitled in English


Wine buffet

March 24
A range of wines … a buffet of pate, roasts, vegetables, cheese, crackers and asparagus, courtesy of Sun Agro Farms…live music…
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Prophet Muhammad’s B’day celebration

The Sri Lanka Islamic Society (SLIS) had organised Holy Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday celebration and distribution of exercise books, stationery and uniform materials for school children at the SLIS Secretariat, Borella, Colombo recently. Here, Chief Guest Sri Lanka Freedom Party Colombo District organiser Fawzan Anver distributing the set of books and uniform to a student. Government Information Department Deputy Director Al Haj Hilmy Mohamed, SLIS President Ruzaik Farook , Javid Munawwar and Marshad Barry are also in the picture


Vintage car rally

Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC) organised a vintage car rally to mark its 105th anniversary recently.

Chief Guest, Governor Western Province, Alavi Moulana being conducted to the venue. From (L) Deputy Commissioner, RMV, Anuradha Wijekoon, Past President, Rajah Sinnathuray, President AAC, Dhammika Attygalle, Member of the Vintage Car Owners’ Club, Ebert Silva, President of the Vintage Car Owners’ Club, Farih Fauz, Secretary AAC, Anton Kandiah


Commissioner of Elections recognises Menike

The Commissioner of Elections recently accepted Menike as an organisation recognised by the Elections Secretariat to monitor elections in Sri Lanka.
Chandrasiri de Silva, Chairman of the Centre for Monitoring Free and Fair Elections and Democratic Rights - Menike - Presenting their final report on the Presidential Election 2010 to Dayananda Dissanayake, the Commissioner of Elections at the latter’s office. Also in the picture is Samara Jayasena, the Secretary of Menike


National Day of Islamic Republic of Iran

The members of the Central Tennekumbura Y.M.M.A, of Kandy, participated in the celebration of the National Day of Islamic Republic of Iran held at Trans Asia Hotel recently. Here Mohammed Nagoorpichai Life General Secretary and S. Razeek, project Director of the association with Mahmoud Rahimi Gorji Ambassador of Iran and Ajith C.S Perera, Chief Executive, Chartered Analytical Chemist, Venerable Banagala Upatissa, Chief Sangha Nayake of Japan and President of Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka


Nalanda Junior Old Boys Association

AGM 2009/2010
March 21

The AGM will be held with the honoured patronage of the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education and Former Principal, Nalanda College, Hemantha Premathilake.
All old Nalandians are cordially invited!
Venue: Colombo New Town Hall (Near Public Library, Colombo)
Time: 2 p.m. onwards



March 21
Degree Show, an exhibition of installation and paintings by the Visual Arts and Design and Perming Arts Unit of the University of Kelaniya and the Barefoot Gallery
Venue: Barefoot Gallery Colombo, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)

Until March 24
Giraga, Wasantha Namaskara’s 64th art exhibition of paintings
Venue: Namaskara Art Gallery, 175, Dikpitiygoda Road, Dalugama, Kelaniya
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Until April 8
AWA Show 2010, an exhibition of paintings by the artists of the Association of Women Artists (AWA) Manori Jayasinghe, Sajeewani Hewawitharana and Yamuna Munasinghe commemorating the International Women’s Day.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 5:30 p.m.

March 21
Coloured Ballpoint pen on Canvas – 2010, an exhibition of ballpoint painting by Mangala Madanayake
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo Auditorium
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


March 29
An Islamic lecture organised by Dharunnadhvah Lilkhairiyath, an Association of Muslim Men and Boys, on the topic ‘Islam – A Religion of Peace’ by As Sheil M.H.M. Yahya (Falahi/Bin Noori) Insha Allah, immediately after Luhar prayers
Venue: Al- Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque) 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14.

Sports Day

March 27
Al Iman Schools, Early Learning Centre, Empowering Excellence in Education, 5D, Peter’s Lane, Dehiwela will be having their very first sports day
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Mount Park, Station Road, Mt. Lavinia


March 24
Russian film: The Flight: This film is based on works by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. The 1920s Civil War in Russia, routed by the Red Army, the panic-stricken White Guards were fleeing the country. Like a headlong avalanche, they carried along those who wouldn’t accept the new power. Among many who fled abroad from the Crimea were Roman Khludov, head of the general staff of Wrangel’s Army, a hangman and executioner; Sergei Golubkov, a university professor; Serafima Korzukhina, wife of a St. Petersburg businessman who renounced her to save his own skin, and others. Their lives in a foreign land took different turns, but they were all destined to go through a bitter re-evaluation of their former ideals and personal dramas. One of the world’s best screen adaptations of M. Bulgakov’s prose – his novels “The Flight” and “White Guard” and libretto “The Black Sea” dedicated to M. Frunze. Literary consultant of the film – the author’s widow Yelena Bulgakova.
Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


March 26
Sihinawalata Pata Denna
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.


March 21 and 22
Workshop of arts has been organised by the Academy of Art College in collaboration with Mahabodhi Shokanji Kindergarten to enhance art skills in children

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.