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The Weekend Ahead: February 27 - 28

By Sophie Pettit 24 February 2016
Our dynamic city is overflowing with events and excitement this weekend. From furry fun with four-legged friends, to al fresco movies and whisky workshops, we're sending February off with a bang.

 Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour

RussellPetersWorldTour editorial Kick off your weekend with an evening of side-splitting comedy, courtesy of Canadian funny man Russell Peters. Touching down in Macau with his Almost Famous 2016 World Tour, Peters is set to win over his audience with his razor-sharp wit and gift for improv. His natural flair and fiery style has earned him an impressive sell-out record in the duration of his career - he was the first comedian to sell out Brooklyn Barclay's Arena, the first to sell out Toronto's Air Canada Centre six times, and now he is hosting the first comedic performance at Macau's Studio City Event Centre. Now that's what you call an impressive track record! When: February 26, (8.15pm) Where: Studio City Event Centre, Estr. Flor de Lotus, Macau How much: $680 - $1,580 Click here to buy your tickets

Oosh Grand Opening

oosh Dance the night away at Hong Kong's hottest new gay event. Oosh is here to spice up the city's gay nightclub scene, with international DJs taking to the decks every Friday night from here on. Let yourself go as these music maestros fill the floor with quality music until the early hours of Saturday morning. Created in partnership with Guerrilla Hong Kong, the popular monthly gay pop up, Oosh is adding a touch of je ne sais quois to Hong Kong's gay scene. Check out our interview with GJ, the co-founder. When: February 26, (9pm - 6am) Where: 45 Pottinger Street, Central How much: Free before midnight if you send your full name and email address to [email protected], or $100 including one drink Check out the Facebook event page

Dream of the Past: Ancient Chinese Court Dances

feature-dance-660x330 Watch in awe as the Hong Kong Dance Company whisks you away you on a cultural journey through Chinese history. Performing eleven dances from various periods, as far back as the Xia Dynasty in 1,600 BC, these talented performers are reviving the long-lost treasure of Ancient Chinese court dances. Inspired by their fascination with birds, these exquisite performances will bring history to life, with traditional long sleeves filling the Kwai Tsing Theatre. Read our interview with the show's choreographer and member of the Beijing Dance Academy. When: February 26 - 28, (3pm and 7.45pm) Where: Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung How much: $80 - $300 Click here to buy your tickets

Rooftop Republic Presents: Urban Farming for Kids 

rooftop republic 2 Plant the seeds for a greener future with Rooftop Republic this weekend. Youngsters love getting stuck in - especially when it comes to the great outdoors - as they get their green fingers tingling with an educational and exciting morning atop The Fringe Club. In a leafy oasis, amidst Central's skyscrapers, the passionate Rooftop Republic team will introduce your junior gardeners to the world of urban farming. Fruit, vegetables, and herbs will be the focus of this morning workshop, which includes a complimentary soft drink, a Rooftop Republic membership, and a plant to take home and nurture. You might even get a cheeky nibble of some freshly harvested herbs! When: February 27, (9.30am - 12 noon) Where: Rooftop Garden, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: $380 Click here to register your youngsters

Sai Kung Open Air Cinema Club Presents: Jumanji

open air cinema Are you ready to play? Step into a world of fantastical chaos as The Hive unleashes the madness of Jumanji on their terrace this weekend. From man-eating vines to roaring lions and ear-pounding stampedes, this fast-paced, classic movie promises to have kids and adults hooked. With bean bags, buckets of popcorn, and a complimentary drink ready for the taking, we can't wait to join Robin Williams in this epic adventure. When: February 27, (6pm - 9.30pm) Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung How much: $120 (includes popcorn and a drink) Click here to buy your tickets

hmv Presents: The Anello

[caption id="attachment_48238" align="aligncenter" width="660"]the anello Photo courtesy of Stephanie Teng Photography[/caption] Following incredible performances at Clockenflap, Art Basel, and Secret Island Party, the innovative Anello boys are ready to kick 2016 off with a bang. Their unique blend of electronic sounds, smooth R&B vocals, along with toe-tapping trumpet highlights, is proving to be a massive hit in the city. Voted Hong Kong's Best Band by HKELD, this up-and-coming duo will fill the hmv flagship store with their distinctive sound this weekend. Don't miss your chance to catch these rising stars in action. When: February 27, (8pm - 9pm) Where: hmv Bar & Restaurant, 4/F, Pearl City, 22 - 36 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay How much: $100 (free standing, including two drinks) Click here to buy your tickets

Dog Adoption Sunday

adoption sunday Hong Kong is barking mad this weekend! If you are crazy about canines, and longing for a furry companion to call your own, then get yourself down to Dog Adoption Sunday. Organised by Kirsten's Zoo Charity, a not for profit volunteer animal rescue organisation, Rude Bar will be overflowing with furry faces looking for a new home. Their adoption events have proven hugely successful in the past, with animals of all shapes and sizes starting afresh at the side of their new, adoring owner. However, before you scoop up a pooch, please paws for thought and seriously consider if you have the time, resources, and space to welcome these loyal creatures into your life. Happy adopting! When: February 28, (1.30pm - 4.30pm) Where: Rude Bar, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Freespace Happening 

freespace happening Creative sparks are flying over at the West Kowloon Cultural District this Sunday, with the return of Freespace Happening. Youngsters are spoilt for choice, with open-air drawing, instrument-making, and costume designing workshops courtesy of Community Art Network. Music from around the world will fill the air as a whole range of musicians (from Cantonese opera to African beats) step into the spotlight on the Central Lawn. Adults and kids alike are invited to step into the story, with participatory performances popping up throughout the afternoon (click here to register). So get your creative juices flowing, grab your picnic blanket, and head over to Kowloon for a colourful, relaxing afternoon in the park. When: February 28, (2pm - 7pm) Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District How much: Free Click here for more information

Malt Masters: Whisky Festival 2016

maltmasters Whether you like it neat or on the rocks, whisky lovers will be spoilt for choice at the Malt Masters Festival this weekend. Distilleries from all corners of the world will showcase their finest liquor over two days, in an epic celebration of the oaky tipple. Industry experts will be on hand to answer your questions, and masterclasses in tasting, collecting, and food pairing are scheduled throughout the weekend. Returning for its third edition, Malt Masters is now a two-day event, riding high on the success and popularity of last year. Cheers! When: February 28, (10am - 5pm) Where: Conrad Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty How much: $800 Click here to buy your tickets

India By The Bay

[caption id="attachment_48187" align="aligncenter" width="660"]nrityagram The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble[/caption] Not so keen on whisky? Not a problem! Spice up your weekend with a vibrant celebration of Indian culture at India by the Bay. This diverse celebration of classic and contemporary music, literature, theatre, and more is back for round two, following huge success in its premier year. Tuck into the culinary creations of celebrity chef and food guru Karen Anand, watch in awe as the energetic Nrityagram Dance Ensemble take to the stage, and treat your ears to a live performance of traditional folk music courtesy of Rajasthan Josh. Divided between Admiralty and Aberdeen, these colourful performances offer an escape from the chaos of the city, and an insight into the heart and soul of Indian culture. When: Runs until March 1, (times vary) Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty; Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen How much: $150 - $500 Click here for more information

Plan Ahead ...

Do not miss your chance to grab tickets to these upcoming events before it is too late! Buy tickets Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 19 - March 20, (times vary) Taste Festival - March 10 - 12, (times vary) Punchline Comedy: All Irish - March 17 - 19, (9pm - 11.30pm) The Beach Boys - March 18, (8pm) Tom Jones - April 7, (8pm)

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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