Every year the Goethe Institute Thailand (18/1 Soi Goethe) presents their Open Air Kino event, with a different German film being screened every Tuesday at 7:30pm (running until February 28). This open-air cinema series gives viewers an insight into German cinema and the work of contemporary German film directors, and many of the selected films have won cinematic awards. In cooperation with both the Swiss and Austrian Embassies in Thailand, the diverse programme also showcases film productions for those respective countries. The screenings this month include the drama The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Jan 10th), the children’s classic Heidi (Jan 17th), Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Jan 24th), and 4 Kings (Jan 31st). All films will be shown in German with English and Thai subtitles, and admission is free.
Get ready for the first Bangkok show of Ryan Hemsworth, at Live RCA Bangkok (Royal City Avenue, Rama 9 Rd). This Canadian artist and producer has released popular remixes of songs by some of the biggest names in music, including Kanye West, Beyonce, and Lorde, blending hip hop production with an indie pop sound. The show, featuring the 26-year-old along with local bands, will kick off at 7pm. Tickets are B750 in advance, and B850 at the door.
This month, Live RCA Bangkok shines again as the venue also plays host to Kartell, the iconic figure and spearhead of the trendy French label Roche Musique. The Paris-based artist revolutionised the local electronic music scene with his distinguished style made of House tones, and coloured by Nu-Disco and R’n’B accents. In addition, the young producer has collaborated with international artists, including Karma Kid and Lianne la Havas, whose remixes exceed one million views on YouTube. Supported by local DJs Dark White, the show gets underway at 9pm. Tickets are priced at B350.
Acclaimed stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes—now celebrating his 30th year in comedy—is coming to Bangkok for one night only, performing at the Comedy Club Bangkok (Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, above The Royal Oak pub). Rhodes, who has built a career on his stand-up specials, a sitcom, a travel show, and even a late-night talk show, has been described by The New York Times as a “natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism”. Tickets for the Bangkok show are just B600 in advance, or B800 at the door. And if you can’t catch his local appearance, Rhodes will also be performing on January 8th in Hua Hin at the Red Piano Restaurant (Soi Kanjanomai), and on January 14th at the Royal Phuket Marina (68 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Rd). Don’t miss your chance to see this comedy legend.
Now in its 8th edition, Made by Legacy is back with their American-style flea market—bringing together lovers of all things vintage and retro. Expect over 150 booths, offering large collections of vinyl, fashion, lifestyle products, furniture, and arts and crafts. There will also be plenty of food vendors on hand for in-between bargain snacking. This time, the retro fest will be held on the 10th floor rooftop of the Fortune Town shopping mall (1 Ratchadaphisek Rd), close to the Rama 9 MRT station. The market is open from 3pm to midnight on both days, and the entry fee is B120 per person.
The Japanese post-rock band Mono will be making a stop in Bangkok as part of their world tour—supporting their new album, Requiem for Hell—at Live RCA Bangkok. This is the band’s 9th album, and unlike the last album this new 5-track recording reintroduces strings, resulting in greater dynamics and wider range and colours in sound. Amidst echoes of beautiful, gentle, soft strings, and the sudden surges of explosive noise, one discovers the essence of the group’s decidedly original orchestrated sound. Doors open at 7pm with local bands Inspirative, and Hope the Flowers, providing support. Early-bird tickets, priced at B1,200, are available until January 10th, after that, it’s B1,500 to get in.
When was the last time you fed your poetic soul? This month, the Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy Collective presents SoulVilla, a theatre performance featuring some of Bangkok’s most prolific poets and spoken word artists. Collaborating with some of the city’s rising musical talents, the event brings a fusion of poetry and music with artists from all over the globe. The event is produced and directed by Aarti Saikia, and will take place at the auditorium of the Alliance Française de Bangkok (179 Wireless Rd). The evening gets underway with a cocktail reception at 7pm, followed by the show at 8pm. Tickets are B750 (B600 pre-sale) and include one cocktail at the reception.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is get more fit, this month offers plenty of runs and marathons taking place throughout the city. Run for a good cause at the 19th Charity Midnight Run with all proceeds going to two major charities—Chalerm Prakiat HRH Princess Sirindhorn School, which supports the education of children whose parents died of AIDS, and Baht for a Better Life, a project dedicated to offering educational opportunities for underprivileged children. The run starts on Saturday at midnight and the start and finish point are at the Amari Watergate Bangkok hotel (847 Petchburi Rd). The cost to register is B800, and runners can choose between the 6 km and 12 km courses.
Punk’s not dead, at least not this month in Bangkok as legendary old-school punk rockers Millions of Dead Cops (MDC)—who first formed as a group in Austin, Texas, back in 1981—storm the stage at the Soy Sauce Bar (11/1, Charoenkrung 24). Tickets are just B200, and the body-slamming evening also features back up by opening acts The Elected Officials, License To Kill, Cold Black Vines, and Lord Liar Boots. Start time is 7pm. If your eardrums can handle the punishment… don’t miss it!
The preliminary rounds of the Magners International Stand-Up Comedy Competition get underway at the Comedy Club Bangkok, starting at 8pm each evening. Once again the search is on for Bangkok’s best local English language stand-up comedian and audience votes (and laughs) count! A total of 10 comics a night will battle it out for a prize purse of B20,000 in a show hosted by Brian Aylward (Canadian Comedy Awards Winner), and headlined by Ireland’s hottest comic, Aidan Killian. Tickets are B250 in advance, B350 at the door, with drinks specials all night.