Director Loni Berry presents his adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray at Culture Collective Studio (3F, Chatrium Residence, 26/276 Charoenkrung Soi 70). Set in a cabaret, audiences can watch the story of the man who remains young and handsome forever, as Keithen Carter croons jazz standards. The play runs Thursday to Saturday (June 7–9, and 14-16) at 8pm, and admission is B1,000, which includes one free cocktail. In addition, on Sunday June 17th, from 4pm till 7pm, experience Juneteenth, the oldest celebration commemorating the true ending of slavery in the USA. Tickets are B500 (cash bar and buffet) and entertainment includes music, film, dance, and poetry.
Anyone who attended last year’s Hotel Art Fair at the Volve Hotel will no doubt be looking forward to this year’s edition of this always eye-popping event. This year the hotel venue will be the beautiful 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok (59/1, Sukhumvit Soi 39).
June’s Hottest Tickets
Mr. Big is an American hard rock supergroup formed back in 1988. The band was originally composed of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums)—the latter now deceased. They’ve released nine studio albums, the latest being 2017’s Defying Gravity, which features current drummer Matt Starr. The group will take the stage at the GMM Live House (8F, CentralWorld) at 8:30pm, and tickets are B2,000 and B3,000.
Don’t miss the return of Cirque Du Soleil as they bring their spectacular Toruk The First Flight show to Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani) for an 11-day run and a total of 16 individual performances. This internationally renowned Canadian circus troupe has been captivating audiences around the globe with their out-of-this-world blend of acrobatics, music and costumes, and this most recent show is inspired by the 2009 film Avatar. Ticket range in price from B1,000 to B4,000, but times vary—with evening, matinee, and late-afternoon shows scheduled on different days.
Devendra Banhart is a Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter and visual artist with a devoted cult following and nine albums under his belt. This month he’ll be doing an intimate solo gig—presented by HYHBkk Live!—at the Phornprapha Auditorium (Siam Motors Bldg, Rama 1 Rd) starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are B1,500 each, and only 350 tickets will be sold.
From Canada comes the Montreal-based electronic art-rock group Suuns, who will be bringing their mesmerizing music and lightshow spectacular to the Rockademy Thailand (120/8 Sukhumvit Soi 26). The band’s ability to mix and match different instruments, and overlay them with electronic beats, makes their music both innovative and atypical. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are B1,300.
There’s Magic In The Air
Mind-bending master magician Paul Vu is coming to the M Theatre (2884/2, New Petchaburi Rd) for one night only. This 22-year-old Vietnamese-American has wowed audiences around the world—in person and online—with his implausible illusions. However, he’s also a very active social media entrepreneur, with millions of fan followers tuning in to watch his videos that feature both outrageous tricks and instructional tips for budding magicians.
Italian Festival In Thailand
The Bangkok Music Society Choir presents I Grandi Maestri: A Walk Through the Centuries of Italian Composers at the Music Hall, Chulalongkorn University (254 Phayathai Rd). Accompanied by the Immanuel String Orchestra, the 60-person choir will perform selections from composers Vivaldi, Puccini, and Nabucco. Admission is free and the concert starts at 7pm.
The virtuoso classical guitarist Antonio Fruscella will perform a solo show at the Sala Sudasiri Sobha (Lat Phrao 41 Alley, Lane 7-2). After obtaining his classical guitar diploma in 1999, Fruscella has gone on to win many prizes in both Italian national and international competitions. The concert begins at 4pm, and admission is free.
Internationally renowned flautist Luisa Sello (right), one of the most applauded contemporary interpreters of Italian music, presents ‘Sequences Reflected’, an afternoon concert at the Sala Sudasiri Sobha (Lat Phrao 41 Alley, Lane 7-2). Admission is free, and the concert begins at 4pm.
On June 21st the Lucia Ianniello & Paolo Tombolesi Duo present a jazz program dedicated to Italian women composers of history, at 7pm at the Music Hall, Chulalongkorn University (254 Phayathai Rd). The duo also perform at The Living Room Jazz Bar, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (250 Sukhumvit Rd) at 8.30pm on the 22nd.
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the passing of legendary composer Gioachino Rossini at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre (14 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd). Italian opera singers will perform some of the composers’ most famous pieces, together with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, in a free concert that begins at 7:30pm.
For more information about the ongoing Italian Festival in Thailand 2018, visit the website at: www.ambbangkok.esteri.it
Indie From Asia
South Korean indie acoustic pop band Standing Egg consists of three members—Egg 1, Egg 2, and Egg 3—who produce and compose the music while various guest indie artists provide vocals. This month the band will be appearing live at Voice Space (197 BBD Building, Viphavadi Rangsit Rd), as part of their Dramatic Tour 2018. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are B1,500.
Although the cute name suggests otherwise, the Siamese Cats (pictured above) are actually an indie rock band from Tokyo, formed back in 2007, who have their own unique sound and style that truly sets them apart. They’ll be performing at Play Yard by Studio Bar (Lat Phrao 8 Alley, Lane 3), and the evening’s entertainment runs from 7pm till midnight—with local groups Seal Pillow and Costlywood also on the bill. Tickets are B500 at the door.
The acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra will be gracing the stage at Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University (Salaya, Nakornpatom), in a performance led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda, with pianist Yefim Bronfman. The first concert will include music from Ravel, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky, while the second show features Dvořák, Liszt, and Shostakovich. Ticket prices range from B3,000 to B20,000, and the concerts will begin each evening promptly at 7pm.