Starting December 1
The Bangkok Screening Room has lots of interesting screening
selections this month, starting with The Space In Between, in which performance artist Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process (various screening times, Dec. 1-13). Another very non-mainstream film screening this month is Embrace of the Serpent, a blistering and poetic film by Ciro Guerra inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who travelled through the Colombian Amazon in search of the sacred and psychedelic Yakruna plant (various screening times, Dec. 1-10). Finally, an intriguing Thai film this month is Lovesucks, a romantic comedy-drama from director, Manatsanun Phanlerdwongsakul (screening, Dec. 2-10).
This month the Bangkok Community Theatre is presenting Aladdin, done in classic British pantomime style. Based on the ancient Arabian folktale, in which poor boy Aladdin finds a genie in a magic lamp, the show promises to be a fun-filled spectacle. There are afternoon matinee shows on both Saturdays at 2:30pm, while Sunday the 4th and 11th have matinees at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. The shows take place at M Theatre (2884/2 New Petchaburi Rd), and tickets are B950 (includes a drink and a mince pie). Tickets for children under 13 are B700 (matinees only).
Two special guests will be joining the Comedy Club Bangkok’s open mic stand-up comedy show on Friday, December 2nd. Come and enjoy the show featuring Edinburgh Fringe comedian Steve Halcrow, and Bangkok-based British stand-up artist Tristan Botly, as well as some of the city’s other seasoned comedians. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are B250 in advance, available at ComedyClubBangkok.com and The Royal Oak pub (Sukhumvit Soi 33/1), and B350 at the door, and include drink specials.
When it comes to strange tales of life on the road for a struggling rock
group, few can compare to the journey currently being undertaken by Expedition Voskhod, who will be performing at Jam (41 Soi Rong Nam Kang) this month. Their chaotic caravan consists of a band, a cinematographer, and an artist, all of whom teamed up to drive their two old Soviet-era Volga cars on a 24,000 km route through Asia. “Our adventure will be filled with live gigs, creative collaborations, and exciting encounters,” says Ilya, the leader and mastermind of this project. Showtime is 9pm and tickets are B200 (includes a drink).
Come to Ce La Vi nightclub (39F, Sathorn Square Tower), on Friday, December 2 from 6pm-7:30pm for a special event in support of Action4Diabetics, or A4D. One of the key initiatives of the charity, to help achieve their goal, will be the announcement of the plans for their 3rd annual fund raising gala event, scheduled for March 2017—aiming to be the biggest event by A4D so far. Action4Diabetics was set up to provide aid, educate, inspire and train children as well as, young people suffering from type 1 diabetes. A4D supports clinics, for diabetic children in Thailand and Southeast Asia region, they provide nutrition programs, organize family camps, and personal development trainings including online support.
Fans of legendary indie band Yo La Tengo (their name is Spanish
for “I have it”) are eagerly anticipating the arrival of these American alt icons. The concert, which takes place at VoiceSpace (Vibhavadi Rangsit Frontage Rd), is being presented as part of the Singha Light Live Series. Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, the band began life back in 1984 as a husband/wife duo—Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley—before adding two more members into the final line-up. Over the years the band has released more than a dozen studio albums, incorporating everything from folk, garage, noise rock, shoegaze, indie rock, and dream pop into their tunes. They often get compared to the Velvet Underground, and were chosen to play them in the 1996 movie I Shot Andy Warhol. Don’t miss this rare chance to see Yo La Tengo live in concert. Showtime is 8pm and tickets are B1,500. www.ticketmelon.com
Join in on the big Run for King 2016 marathon event, which takes place at Lumphini Park. The race, which also commemorates the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will begin at 5:30am and participants can choose either the 10.5k run—a course that travels in and around the park area—or the 2k walk. To register, or to find out more info, visit the official Facebook page.
Wine lovers get set for the 5th edition of the Great Wines of Italy event, presented by James Suckling at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (494 Rajdamri Rd). This is the region’s largest premium wine event featuring the best wineries and wines of Italy from more than 80 prestigious Italian brands and boutique wineries. All wineries and wines showcased have been hand-selected by James Suckling, the world-famous wine critic, for their quality and character, reaching top scores of 90 points and above. Tickets are B1,299.
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This Saturday night, Kontraband is going to be spreading the gospel of forward-thinking music at Dark Bar (2nd floor, Ekkamai mall). Resident DJs, Azek, DeLorean, and Will are going to be playing a mix of alternative Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Dub Techno, UK Garage, Bass, Footwork, Jungle and Drum’n’Bass. They’ll have with them a special sound system to make sure the guests get the best clubbing experience. Entrance fee is B200 (includes Absolut Vodka Shot), or B350 (Absolut and standard mixer). For more info visit www.facebook.com/KontrabandBKK
Set aside this evening for the Christmas Charity Dinner taking place in the 21st floor Crowne Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park. The dinner—which is co-presented by the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce—will be raising funds for the children living with disabilities at Camillian Home, in Latkrabang. The tickets for this amazing four-course Italian meal are B3,500 each, and the dress code theme is white, gold, and blue. The evening’s festivities get underway at 6pm. For reservations, or more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld (999/99 Rama 1 Rd) is getting into the art scene this month with a show entitled Mikey’s Vie en Rose. The 19-year old Mikey has chosen a “pink period” theme, infusing a rose-tinted flavour into his dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, visions of a haunted world. Born Michael Jiraros, the youngster had a dramatic childhood in the North of Thailand, eventually ending up orphaned and alone. Through a series of events his work came to attention of Somtow Sucharitkul. Mikey now works out of a private studio in Somtow’s house and plans to continue his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. The exhibition will be opened by H.E. The Ambassador of Austria, and start time is 5pm.
The year-long Italian Festival in Thailand ends on a high note this month—a very high note—when the Sala Sudasiri Sobha (158/20, Ladprao 41) presents a Night at the Italian Opera. Famous Italian tenor David Sotgiu and maestro Nat Yontararak will perform a marvelous duo, in a musical performance that begins at 4:30pm (admission is free).
Australian folk singer Ange Takats will perform the songs of Joni Mitchell, the legendary Canadian songwriter, including songs such as “Blue”, “Both Sides Now”, and “River”. She will be performing for free at the Queen Bee (25/9, Sukhumvit Soi 26), and will be joined by Bangkok jazz-fusion band Saranac led by pianist Akarawin Opassuksatit Opassuksatit. This is the first concert Joni Mitchell tribute to ever take place in Thailand. For more information: www.facebook.com/events/122314104920437
Until March 14
The world-famous photojournalist Steve McCurry, best known for his “Afghan Girl” portrait—often regarded as one of National Geographic’s most iconic front covers—will launch a four-month-long exhibition dubbed A Lifetime of Work, featuring the best portraits from throughout his career. The exhibition, held at the newly opened House of Lucie gallery (1, Ekkamai Soi 8) will include both large- and small-scale portraits that McCurry has captured around the world across numerous international and civil conflicts, including several that have never before been exhibited.