October 13, 23, & 26
This month there will be three official holidays in Thailand, two of which are sombre occasions commemorating the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Friday October 13th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of King Rama IX, and has been set aside as a national holiday. Thursday October 26th is the scheduled date for the late monarch’s official funeral, and as such it is a holiday for most businesses—banks, government agencies, and others—but not all. To read more about this culturally and historically significant event, turn to our special commemorative feature (starting on page 78). Finally, Monday October 23rd is Chulalongkorn Day, an annual holiday that remembers the still revered King Rama V.
October 4, 31
Bangkok’s bastion of beer lovers know that Oktoberfest actually runs from mid-September to early October, and this year it finishes—officially—on October 4th. However, expect several local bars and restaurants to carry on the fun well into the month. Another seasonal celebration drawing near is Halloween, which isn’t celebrated widely in Thailand but closer to the date look for many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to be getting into the general “spirit” of things.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL IN THAILAND
A photography exhibit at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (939 Rama 1 Rd), entitled ‘Spirituality in Southeast Asia’ features the captivating images of Andrea Pistolesi. Intimate and evocative, these photos are from the collection featured in the book Spirituality in Southeast Asia, dedicated to the diversity and intensity of the religious experiences in this part of the world. This exhibit is also being presented in memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Professor Trungjai Buranasomphom Recital Hall at Silpakorn University (22 Baromratchochonnanee Rd) is the venue for a piano recital by Luciano Bellini, a composer, conductor, and pianist who has written both symphonic and sacred music, as well as opera, ballet, electronic music, and songs for theatre, film, and TV. Showtime is 7pm and admission is free.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned Italian dramatist and author Luigi Pirandello, there will be a staging of the work L’Uomo Dal Fiore in Bocca (“the man with the flower in his mouth”), at the Music Hall at Chulalongkorn University (254 Phaya Thai Rd). The piece is a dialogue between a man who knows he is going die soon, and another man, who lives without questioning death. However, in this version the second character is a pianist, and the dialogue between the two becomes a remarkable example of the deep and mysterious connection between words and music. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.
The Music Hall at Chulalongkorn University (254 Phaya Thai Rd) welcomes to its stage Italy’s Nicola Tariello Quintet for an evening of music entitled ‘Sotto Le Stelle del Jazz: The Music of Paolo Conte’. Nicola Tariello is a young and talented trumpeter, and together with his quintet he will reinterpret some of the most evocative moments of the writing of the legendary Paolo Conte, bringing together different harmonies and jazz styles. The show begins at 7pm and admission is free. And if you miss this gig catch the same quintet the following night—Thursday, October 19th—at The Living Room jazz bar in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel (250 Sukhumvit Rd). Showtime is 9pm.
Fiorenzo Pascalucci is one of the most successful pianists in Italy at the moment, and this month he will be doing a solo piano recital here in Bangkok. His intensely personal and emotional interpretations showcase the works of composers such as George Gershwin and Claude Debussy. The recital begins at 7pm in the Music Hall at Chulalongkorn University (254 Phaya Thai Rd), and admission is free.
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FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
The Contemporary World Film Series continues at TK Park—on the 7th floor of CentralWorld (999/9 Rama I Rd) with the 2014 Kenyan film Veve, directed by Simon Mukali, being screened on Sunday October 1st. This Kenyan-German production tells the tale of a bold politician who uses power and money for his personal and political ambitions. This screening is supported by the Embassy of Kenya, who will serve a variety of Kenyan snacks, and coffee and tea, after the screening. Kenyan Ambassador HE Patrick Wamoto will introduce the film. Start time is 4pm, and admission is B20. For reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The Bangkok Screening Room, a 52 seat alternative screening room located in the Woof Pack Building (Sala Daeng Soi 1), is holding the first ever Irish Film Festival in Thailand, presented by the Irish Embassy. The festival will be screening three classic Irish movies, starting with The Quiet Man (1952), starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The other films are Ryan’s Daughter (1970), directed by David Lean, and Sing Street (2016), the tale of a Dublin teenager who forms a rock ‘n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model. Tickets are B120 for adults, and B90 for children, students, and BKKSR members. All screenings are presented in English, with Thai subtitles. Check the festival website for exact screening times and dates.
October 2, 9, 16, 30
There are four screenings this month at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd, Maneeya Center, Penthouse), which are part of the ongoing Monday night film series. On October 2nd catch The Circle, in which a young man in 1950s Zürich falls head over heels in love with a transvestite, and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. On October 9th don’t miss the award-winning documentary Man On Wire, the riveting true story of Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire walk between the World Trade Centre’s twin towers on August 7th, 1974. On October 16th the film will be Bolshoi Babylon, which pulls back the curtain on the scandals and infighting plaguing this iconic Russian institution. Finally, on October 30th check out The New Rijksmuseum, an engrossing look behind-the-scenes as Amsterdam’s famed museum undergoes a major renovation.
All films are free for members, B150 for non-members.
If you love cheeses, especially the stinkin’ good ones that come from France, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, and England, then you won’t want to miss this month’s edition of Cheese at SO: For the Love of Cheese. Held on the first Friday of the month, at Mixo Bar up on the 9th floor of the SO Sofitel Bangkok (2, North Sathorn Rd ), this foodie event features two full hours of free-flow wine tipples with over 25 types of cheese nibbles ranging from Comté to Brillat-Savarin and Raclette—all served alongside artisan breads, cold cuts, charcuterie, and more. There’s even a live DJ providing the tunes. The event runs from 7pm till 9pm and is priced at B999++ per person. Call 02 624 0000 to make a reservation.
The Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) is presenting the Tony-award winning play The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at Creative Industries – M Theatre (2884/2, New Phetchaburi Rd). The family-friendly story revolves around an eclectic group of 6th graders, each eager to win the local spelling bee (each for very different reasons). Hilarious and touching, with catchy songs as well, it’s a marvellously entertaining bit of theatrical fun. The Friday and Saturday shows (October 6-7) begin at 7:30 pm, while the matinee performance on Saturday October 7 begins at 2pm. Tickets are B850, and those who buy online will receive information about how to become an audience contestant.