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The Weekend Ahead: March 19 - 20

By Sophie Pettit 15 March 2016

Whether you are soaking up Good Vibrations with the Beach Boys, enjoying a pint of Guinness and some Irish comedy in honour of St. Patrick, or getting active with the Hysan Fun Run, there are plenty of things to keep you busy this weekend.

All Irish Punchline Comedy Club Show

punchline The big day may have passed, but the St Patrick's Day celebrations are still going strong in the city. Laugh yourself senseless with three of Ireland’s finest stand up comedians, as the hugely popular All Irish Punchline Comedy Club Show returns for another round. Quick-witted comic Andrew Stanley is sure to have you in stitches with his audience participation, then it's over to the king of hilarious anecdotes, John Lynn. Last, but not least, is Ireland's award-winning TV star, Karl Spain. Don't miss out on the pre-show happy hour and Indian buffet. When: March 17, (8pm); March 18 – 19, (9pm) Where: Tamarind, 2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai How much: $350 ($150 for the pre-show buffet) Click here to buy your tickets

The Beach Boys with the HK Phil

The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice to dance the night away to the distinctive harmonies and catchy tunes of America's most celebrated band, The Beach Boys? Well, Don't Worry Baby because the original surfer dudes are in town. With a little help from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, these 1960s heartthrobs will fill the Queen Elizabeth Stadium Arena with their classic tunes in a two-night bonanza. With a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, eleven Top-10 singles in just five years, and an incredible 50 years of performing under their belts, this night of Fun Fun Fun is not to be missed. When: March 18 - 19, (8pm) Where: Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai How much: $380 - $1,580 Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out our interview The Beach Boys

Boujis Presents: Back 2 Back Fridays

boujis Boujis' monthly music battle is back for its March edition, and this time DJ Re:Flex and DJ Blaze are stepping into the ring. Funk and hip-hop are the order of the night, with DJ Re:Flex (aka Roger De Leon) championing the decks alongside the club's Saturday night resident DJ Blaze. What better way to kick off your weekend than with a night on the dance floor? When: March 18, (10pm - 5am) Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central How much: Free Click here for more information

 Operation Leprechaun II

operation leprechaun Oh my Guinness! Operation Leprechaun is back for round two, and on a mission to beat last year’s fundraising total of $15,000. Join hundreds of spritely leprechauns at Kinsale on the waterside in Kennedy Town for the first discount bundle of the day – delicious Irish stew and a pint of Guinness for just $100! Enjoy $50 Guinness and Whiskey at Solas from 3pm, and round off the day with a selection of half-price drinks at Rúla Búla, while live folk music fills the air. Leprechaun outfits will be on sale at all three participating bars for $200, with all proceeds going to LauraLynn children’s hospice in Dublin, and Hong Kong’s Love 21 Foundation. If that’s not enough to persuade you to avoid the chaos of Pottinger Street, then an extra free drink should do the trick. See you there fellow leprechauns! When: March 19, (Kinsale, 3pm; Solas, 6pm; Rúla Búla, 7.30pm – 9pm) Where: Kinsale, Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town; Solas, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central; Rúla Búla, G/F, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central How much: $200 (includes a suit and a drink) Check out the Facebook event page

 Appreciate Hong Kong - Outdoor Music Performances

haw par music foundaiton Celebrate Hong Kong's rich heritage with an afternoon of enchanting music in the spacious PMQ courtyard, courtesy of the Appreciate Hong Kong campaign. This third installment of al fresco music events features performers from the Haw Par Music Foundation, including Anonymous Quartet (pictured), Hong Kong Children's Orff Band, and a host of other talented solo artists and groups. This newly created not-for-profit foundation envisions a tuneful future for Hong Kong, working to renovate the Haw Par Mansion, and create an accessible venue for the public to learn and preserve the art of Chinese and Western music. You can't beat a bit of culture at the weekend! When: March 19, (4.30pm - 6pm) Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central How much: Free Click here for more information

Handel's Semele Opera

semele Well-known classical and biblical stories will come to life this weekend in George Frideric Handel's Semele opera. Large scale chorus numbers will tell of Icarus and his fatal desire to fly to the sun, and a princess hungering for immortality, in this fine example of Handel's seamless blend of drama, conflict, and sensuality. Performed in English, under the guidance of conductor Nicholas Kok, the timeless operatic genius of this Baroque composer is an experience not to be missed. When: March 17 and 19, (7.30pm) Where: Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $95 Click here to buy your tickets

Hysan Healthy Hike and Run

hysan Dig out your running shoes and warm up those muscles because the Hysan Healthy Hike and Fun Run is back for another round. Three trails of varying length and difficulty, (5km, 13km, or 21km) will take runners through some of the most beautiful scenery Hong Kong has to offer. Organised by Hysan property developers, the community event is a great way to get the whole family up and active, with athletes of all ages welcome to take part. Registration is now closed, but we wish all runners the best of luck and look forward to cheering them across the finish line! When: March 20, (8.30am) Where: Tai Tong Shan Road BBQ, Tai Lam Country Park, New Territories How much: Free to spectate Click here for more information

Hong Kong Flower Show

hk flower show real one Treat your senses to an explosion of vibrant colours and fragrant aromas before the annual Hong Kong Flower Show comes to an end. Exquisite arrangements, landscape displays, and potted plants-a-plenty are just waiting to be admired, so get down to Victoria Park and feast your eyes on these beautiful gifts of nature. The Mediterranean "snapdragon" (aka Antirrhinum majus) is taking centre stage this year as the theme flower. Music performances, floral art demonstrations, and fun games are scheduled throughout the weekend, making it the perfect family outing.

When: Runs until March 20, (9am - 9pm) Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay How much: $14 entry fee Click here for more information

Indian Holi Festival

holi festival Fancy escaping Hong Kong this weekend? Then head to Macau for the most vibrant festival in the calendar - the Holi spring festival. Guests are invited to don white clothes and shower each other with colourful powder and paint to signify the sharing of love. What better way to gather your nearest and dearest, and express your appreciation for one another? Hosted on the black sands of Hac-sa Beach, there is no doubt this shoreline will be a lot more vibrant when the Holi festival-goers have had their way! When: March 20, (2pm - 5pm) Where: Hac-sa Beach Barbecue Area, Taipa, Ilhas, Macau How much: 150MOP (includes two drinks and colour powder) Check out the Facebook event page

 Park Stickney Amazing Jazz Night Show

park stickney This Sunday, internationally acclaimed Jazz harpist, Patrick Stickney, is touching down in the city. Renowned for his improvisation and natural flair with the strings, Stickney will dazzle the crowd with his new collection of Chinese-inspired works that are sure to get the toes tapping. It's been over two years since he last performed in our city, and with a hectic schedule of performances across the world, and a prestigious tutor role at London's Royal Academy of Music, there is no knowing when he'll be back. When: March 20, (7.30pm - 9pm) Where: 5/F Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road Central How much: $300 Click here to buy your tickets

The BNP Paribas Museum of Béthanie

BETHANIE Are you hungry for history? Celebrate the restoration of Béthanie, a French Mission Sanitorium dating back to 1875, with a historical tour. This Grade II historic building, now home to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is now open to the public, with tours in both English and Cantonese being held throughout March. Tucked away in Pokfulam, this charming collection of buildings is well worth a visit. Wander around the octagonal cowsheds, admire the breathtaking Béthanie chapel (with its replica stained glass windows, altars, and statues), and check out the epic view of the Peak from the Sir Y K Pao Studio. Make sure you visit the basement museum which showcases the history of French Missionary activity throughout Asia over the past three centuries, sponsored by BNP Paribas. Très bon! When: Runs until March 31, (Monday – Saturday and public holidays, tours run hourly 11am – 5pm; Sunday, tours run hourly 12 noon – 5pm) Where: The Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus – Bethanie, 139 Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam How much: $25 Click here to get your tickets

Hong Kong Space Museum Space Theatre 

image_gallery-c6c55f5c-f168-4d33-ac54-5933dd4a119c-2 Unlock the mysteries of the universe and follow in the footsteps of ground-breaking astronomers in the half-hour show, Decoding Starlight. You will learn all about the glittering wonders of the universe as high definition images of stars are projected across the theatre. Don't fancy rocketing into outer space? Check out Robot, a movie which takes you on a truly fascinating adventure into the worlds of these mechanical miracles, from the first space robot handyman to modern day robot butlers. Don't forget to check out the full schedule of movies being screened this weekend. When: Decoding Starlight - Runs until October 31, (3.50pm or 7.20pm); Robots - Runs until August 31, (1.30pm, 5pm, or 8.30pm) Where: Stanley Ho Space Theatre, Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: $24 - $32 Click here to buy your tickets

 M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

[caption id="attachment_50132" align="aligncenter" width="659"]Bloodline Series Bloodline Series - Big Family No. 17-1998, courtesy of Zhang Xiaogang[/caption] Celebrate the evolution of Chinese contemporary art as it unfolds in front of your eyes at this debut exhibition, courtesy of the M+ Sigg Collection. This world-class, comprehensive stockpile of Chinese art totals 1,150 works, of which over 80 are on display at the ArtisTree event space. The diverse mix of paintings, sculptures, and installations trace the influence of the Cold War, globalisation, and urbanisation on the growth and development of the creative movement spanning four decades. The M+ Sigg exhibition also offers a sneak peek into the artistic offerings of the M+ museum - Hong Kong’s new hub of visual culture which opens its doors in 2019. When: Runs until April 5, (11am – 8pm daily, except 11am – 5pm on April 5) Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

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 Plan Ahead ... 

Don't miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it's too late. Sign up! TrailWagger - April 16, (10am) Buy tickets! Art Central – March 23 – 26, (click here for special Localiiz discount!) Thunder From Down Under – April 3, (7pm and 9pm) An Evening With Tom Jones Live – April 7, (8pm) Le French May 2016 - May 1 - June 30, (times vary) The Philadelphia Orchestra - May 19 - 20, (8pm) Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events.

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Sophie Pettit


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.