Each year on Loy Krathong—the night of the 12th lunar month (usually in November)—Thai people gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing onto the water beautiful lotus shaped rafts decorated with candles, incense, and flowers. The sight of thousands of candlelit krathongs reflecting on the water is a truly magical site, and there are plenty of places in Bangkok where you can witness the festivities. Riverside locations include: Asiatique, Wat Saket, Phra Athit Pier, Saphan Taksin bridge, and the Maharaj Lifestyle Mall. Popular lakes and ponds to observe the festivities include: Lumphini Park, Benjasiri Park, and Benjakiti Park.
In the United States the fourth Thursday of November is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day, a time for families to gather together and celebrate with a feast that includes traditional dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, glazed ham, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Expect several Bangkok hotels and American style restaurants to get in on the festivities by offering festive feasts of their own.
NOVEMBER’S HOTTEST TICKETS
In a follow-up tour to coincide with the TV series Bolt of Talent, where multiple Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton searches for his next protégé in Asia, the American-born pop culture icon will be performing live in concert at Muang Thai Gmm Live House (8F, Central World). Doors open at 7pm, and tickets range in price from B2,500 to B8,500 for the special ‘Meet & Greet’ package.
If you don’t have a ticket yet for the first ever Thailand appearance by the red-headed, UK-born singer songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran, chances are you might never get one (the initial run of tickets sold-out almost immediately). But… hope springs eternal. The coveted tickets for this much anticipated concert—at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani)—range in price from B1,800 to B5,500.
For an evening of psychedelic indie rock, don’t miss Western Australia’s own Pond, who bring their far-out pulsating psych-rock epic sounds to Nakarin Space (399/1 Srinakarin Rd, Huamark) for one night only.Admission to the gig is B2,000.
Voted one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician Magazine, American blues, jazz, and rock guitarist Robben Ford will be wowing local guitar geeks when he and his band take the stage at the Himmapan Avatar Theatre (Show DC complex, Jaturatid Rd). Having collaborated with everyone from Miles Davis to Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, and Kiss, this music industry legend is finally getting his own time in the spotlight. Tickets are B2,600, B2,300, B2,000, and B1,700.
Witness the debut performance of Alt-J—winners of British Mercury Prize in 2012—at Moonstar Studio 8 (Ladprao Soi 80). Hailing from Leeds, UK, this guitar, bass and sampler group began as a quartet but this year they released their 3rd studio album, Relaxer, as a trio. Tickets are B2,290 and showtime is 9pm.
FRENCH FESTIVAL IN THAILAND
The annual La Fete Festivial of French culture has several events this month, including a street art performance by Le G Bistaki entitled Cooperatzia. The show, which consists of five actors and actresses, will transform the Museum of Siam (4 Sukchai Rd, next to Wat Pho) into a showcase for French classical music. Expect the unexpected! Admission is free and start time is 7pm. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/lafete.festival
ITALIAN FESTIVAL IN THAILAND
November 4, 10, 11, 19
As part of the Bangkok International Piano Festival the ongoing Italian Festival in Thailand 2017 presents three outstanding performances this month. On Saturday the 4th acclaimed pianist Pietro Bonfilio will be at the Siam Ratchada Auditorium (Fortune Town, Basement Floor) for a 7pm show. Tickets can be purchased at the venue. Then—on Friday the 10th at 7pm, and Saturday the 11th at 4pm—Stefano Bollani performs with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, combining classical music with jazz from every genre at the Prince Mahidol Hall (999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd, Salaya). Finally, on Sunday the 19th don’t miss the solo piano performance by Giuseppe Albanese, one of the most soughtafter Italian pianists of his generation. The show is at the Sala Sudasiri Sobha (Lat Phrao 41 Alley, Lane 7-2) and begins at 4pm. For more information about upcoming Italian Festival in Thailand 2017 events, visit the official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/italianfestivalthailand
November 17-19, 24-26
Over the two weekends Beam nightclub and the entire 72 Courtyard complex (72, Sukhumvit Soi 55) will transform each day—from 4pm to 2am—into an array of multiple music stages, food and bar pop-ups, live art performances, and plenty of other quirky attractions, including an epic slide and a star-watching hanging net. The DJ line-up features international names like Skream, Cashmere Cat, HVOB, No Regular Play, Swindail, and Teenage Mutants, while local talents include the likes of The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, DCNXTR, and Beam’s resident kick-ass DJs. Tickets are B1,500 for 3 days, and B2,500 for all 6 days, and can be purchased at: go.eventpop.me/beamfest2017.
THAI CRAFT BEER FESTIVALS
November 17-19, 24-25
There are two big beer events this month, beginning with The Great Thai Beer Festival, running from November 17th to the 19th, organized by Changwon Express in collaboration with Flow House (120/1, Sukhumvit Soi 26). Later in the month, the second edition of the Thailand Brew Festival gets underway from November 24th to 25th, at Quaint Bangkok (23, Sukhumvit Soi 61), organized by Smiling Mad Dog distributors.
November 10, 17
There’s hilarity every Friday at the Comedy Club Bangkok (Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 above The Royal Oak pub) but on November 10th at 8:30pm don’t miss a special appearance by Comedy Central legend Tom Rhodes—a truly international stand-up comedian with over 30 years in the game. Tickets are B600 in advance (B800 on the door). You can also catch Tom Rhodes on the 9th in Phuket (Underwood Art Factory), on the 11th in Pattaya (Robin Hood Tavern), and on the 12th in Hua Hin (Ace Bar & Bistro). Then, on November 17th at 8:30pm, another Comedy Central star—Alex Hooper—drops by the Comedy Club Bangkok. For this performance he’ll be sharing the stage with famed LA comic Jerry Brandt. Don’t miss this zany doubleheader! Tickets are B500 in advance, and B700 on the door.
November 2-4, 9-11
Circle Mirror Transformation, written by Annie Baker, is an award winning modern play that questions the idea of what acting actually is, making audiences question what it is to act, and how people go about learning how to do it. It’s an absorbingly natural yet outrageously funny play—appropriate for audiences aged 15 and over—and will be performed at the
M Theatre Blue Box Studio (2884/2 New Petchaburi Rd) on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and the following week on the 8th, 9th, and 10th. Showtime each evening is 7:30pm. Tickets are B500 each, and available on the Bangkok Community Theatre website.
A very special Indian play is coming to the M Theatre (2884/2 New Petchburi Rd) after a performance run of 994 shows in India and numerous other countries. The play is entitled Yugpurush-Mahatma Ke Mahatma (Man of the Era-The Leader of the Leader), and is based on the life of Shrimad Rajchandraji, a Jain saint, poet and philosopher who was considered the spiritual mentor of the great Indian apostle of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi. They kept in active contact, and exchanged as many as 200 letters, which are still preserved in Mumbai, and the script of the play developed from these. Note that the show on Saturday November 18th will be in Hindi, and the show on Sunday November 19th will be in English. Showtime each evening is 7pm, and ticket prices start from B500 (and extend up to B5,000 each for those interested in making VIP donations).