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The Weekend Ahead – April 28 – 30

It’s another long weekend and as such, there’s a ton of stuff on. Le French May kicks off, and although the arguable ‘big events’ don’t really come till later in the month, there’s some bon (we’re culture vultures here at Localiiz, I didn’t even have to look up that one) events by way of the Le French GourMay taking over Stanley Plaza in a tidal wave of croissants and the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule rolling on at Statue Square Gardens. If you’re not keen on that, but maybe fancy some live performance, this is one of the strongest weekends of the year for it with Thriller Live, Fatboy Slim, and the Underground’s Anniversary party. Have a good one!

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Localiiz’s 5th Anniversary – April Socialiizer

Remember our last Socialiizer? If you were there then you’re probably frothing at the mouth right now, getting ready to camp outside the venue until our next event, waiting for your fix like a sociable, less depressing junkie. If you weren’t there, you should come to this one! We’re turning five, and we plan to celebrate in a big way. As well as some serious partying, we’ll be supporting children’s charity Pathfinders, as well as giving away some ace prizes, and just doing some general mingling. Doesn’t that sound amazing? If you’re still not convinced, here are some reviews of our last event (as told by Localiiz staff), “It was the best ever” and “I’m still crying tears of joy” were just some of the glowing reviews being bandied around the office. Wowee!

When: April 26, (7pm – 9pm)
Where: Halcyon, Shop 1, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham street, Central
How much: $250 (includes two hours of open bar!)
Click here to buy tickets

Buenos Aires Rock Club

A dedicated rock night in Hong Kong. Every week? Pinch me. Not that we’re saying that venues/events with rock-leanings don’t exist in Hong Kong, and there’s a healthy selection of live options most nights of the week. But, in terms of just a venue, playing rock music in the speakers, nights like that are a bit thin on the ground. Enter Buenos Aires Polo Club, dropping the poshest word they have in their name, the sophisticated Argentine steakhouse will dim the lights and crank the volume every Thursday as well as serve up some tasty cocktails. Glorious.

When: April 27, (10pm – 3am)
Where: Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: Free (to enter)
Click here for more information

10×10 Charity Event

Instead of opting for the more traditional, arguably stuffy style of charity event that usually consists of a dinner/gala type arrangement etc, this event will take on a kind of ‘Dragons Den’ style guise wherein three innovative, grassroots Hong Kong charities will make a pitch to the audience and guests decide where your money goes. Under a theme of “Invisible Hong Kong”, the charities pitching on the night are Mission for Migrant Workers, Society for Community Organisation SOCO and Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong. Tickets are $1,000 each and on the night you will be given two $500 ‘charity dollar’ vouchers which, after hearing the pitches, you will pass to the charity (or charities) you would like to support.

When: April 27, (6.30pm)
Where: Metta, 21/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
How much: $1,000 – $2,500
Click here to buy tickets

Fatboy Slim LIVE at Pacha Macau

The seminal house legend returns to Macau after his sensational performance last year. With hits such as “Praise You”, “Rockerfeller Skank”, and “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”, Norman Cook could play every weekend and still pack the house. This time around though, we’re being treated to his newest track “Where U IZ” complete with his signature rhythms. It’s Fatboy Slim, let’s be honest, you know it’s gonna be epic. Also, it’s worth mentioning how stupidly cheap this is – $200 is a steal. Seriously.

When: April 28, (10pm – 6am)
Where: Pacha Macau, Studio City, Estrada de Istmo, Cotai, Macau
How much: $200 (advance), $250 (door)
Click here to buy tickets

Gin & Jazz

For the ultimate night of razzle dazzle fun, head to the InterContinental Grand Stanford’s brand new Gin & Jazz night (pictured above). Held every other Friday evening, this fantastic affair mixes the most amazing gin cocktails, the most delicious cheese platters, and the most delectable jazz you are likely to find in the 852. You will literally feel transported back to the “roaring 1920s” as you sip on your ice-cold Hendricks and kick back to the sensational vocals of New York singer Cristina Gatti of popular band, Postmodern Jukebox. If you’re looking for a romantic Friday night with your “sweetheart”, this is absolutely your spot!

When: April 28, (9pm – midnight)
Where: Pacha Macau, Studio City, Estrada de Istmo, Cotai, Macau
How much: $298 per guest (includes one cocktail and one snack platter)
Click here to buy your ticket

Thriller Live

Watched by 4 million people, performed in over 30 different countries close to 5,500 times. The numbers speak for themselves, this show is something special. Direct from London’s West End, where it’s now in its record-breaking ninth year, Thriller Live is a 90-minute, high-energy explosion of pop, rock, soul, and disco that takes the audience on a magical audio-visual journey through Michael Jackson’s astonishing 45-year musical legacy. As well as experiencing his legendary live performance and innovative dance routines, fans can expect to hear their favourite Jackson songs perfectly rendered by the exceptionally talented cast.

When: Until September 3, (show times can be found here)
Where: The Parisian Theatre, Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau
How much: $180 – $480 (ferry and hotel packages available)
Click here to buy tickets

Breaking Brew – Import Beer Club #20

The concept is simple, get together to try a few different beers. Share your thoughts and at the end of the night, pick a beer champion. The Import Beer Club brings great beers from all over the world together with great people from all over Hong Kong. If you have an interest in good brew, you’ll be in good company.

When: April 29, (8.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: Platform/Opendoor Cafe, 1/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $200 (advance), $240 (door)
Click here to buy tickets

 The Underground 13th Year Anniversary Party

The live music scene in our city has grown exponentially in the last 13 years. In terms of giving a platform to talented local acts and giving live music lovers all over the city and beyond a place to go, no one can hold a candle to The Underground. Come toast to 13 more years at Orange Peel this weekend in what is sure to be an epic birthday bash. It wouldn’t be an Underground party without some live music, and in that regard, this anniversary party doesn’t disappoint. Tunes will be provided by four ace bands by way of The Boogie Playboys, Ocean Boulevard, Andy is Typing, and last, but certainly not least, the amazingly-named, The Mongcocks.

When: April 29, (9.30pm, first band on at 9.45pm)
Where: Orange Peel, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central
How much: $110
Click here to buy tickets

“MELODIA” Theatrical Experience

This April, one hundred of Hong Kong’s most promising young triple threats storm the stage to present an original musical MELODIA – a piece created by Cirque du Soleil composer and singer duo Violaine Corradi and Rose Winebrenner in collaboration with Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister.

When: Until April 29
Where: Queen Elizabeth Stadium
How much: $160, $120 (Concessions $ 80, $60; Schools $60)
Click here for more details

Container Port Tour

You’ve seen the Big Buddha, you’ve done the Peak, and you’re looking for a different kind of tour. Well, the Hong Kong Yacht Club is here to help. Our city is home to one of the biggest, busiest container ports in the world – I know the word “container port” is hardly synonymous with fun and excitement, but this is a genuinely fascinating tour on the water of a site that is intrinsically linked to Hong Kong’s past and future.

When: April 29, (11am – 3pm)
Where: Pickup & Drop off at Central Pier 10
How much: $760 (under 18s), $900 (adults)
Click here to buy tickets

Le French GourMay: French Traditional Market @StanleyPlaza

The famed market returns to Murray house! Your gastronomic Gallic dreams are about to come true as a dizzying selection of fresh seafood, vegetables, saucisson, pâté, cheese, and wine are available, all among a typical French setting. Le French GourMay grocers will also bring the best of the Champagne region to match with a large choice of French delicacies. As well as a litany of delicious food and drink, there will be live music, VR experiences, and much more!

When: April 29 – May 1
Where: Stanley Plaza, Stanley
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Out in HK Tennis Open 2017

Hong Kong’s first ever (and long overdue) LGBT+ tennis tournament lands in Tsing Yi this long weekend! This non-profit event aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for the LGBT+ community in Hong Kong as well representing a push for a more inclusive approach to Hong Kong society in general. The event requires registration so sign up now to avoid disappointment!

When: April 29 – May 1
Where: Tsing Yi Park, Tsing Luk St, Tsing Yi
How much: $250 (includes dinner upon the conclusion of the competition)
Click here to register

Handmade Hong Kong

Believing in the value of handmade goods, the act of creating, and old-fashioned community spirit, Handmade Hong Kong will bring together local artisans to sell everything from fine jewellery, eco-friendly stationery, baby accessories, vintage clothing, organic goods, house-ware, and more.

When: April 30, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Café Sausalito, 201 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Da Zhang Wei

As the lead singer and guitarist with his hugely successful former band, The Flowers, from the age of 15, Beijing native Da has been a celebrity since his teens. Since he has not yet succumbed to overt pressure, hard drugs, and alcohol, this could probably count as the most important tour so far in his growing solo career. The concert will include not only classic songs by The Flowers such as “Xishuaishuai” and “Biershuang”, with influences of punk, hip hop and techno, but his more recent solo electronic dance music.

When: April 30, (8pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau
How much: $280 – $1,280
Click here to buy tickets

Hsiao Chin: Important Works in the 1960s

A unique insight into the career and work of pioneering Taiwanese abstract artist Hsiao Chin, which largely consists of curved and straight bold lines and shapes, touching upon concepts surrounding oriental spirituality with abstract symbolism. This is the last weekend for the exhibition so if you haven’t been yet, it’s last chance saloon folks. 

When: Until April 30, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: 3812 Gallery, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Michael Wolf: Tokyo Compression

Exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time, the PRIX PICTET shortlisted work is a beautifully confrontational collection. By concentrating on the details of each face and each subway window, Wolf enables the viewer to connect immediately with the emotion, regardless of whether the viewer has ever experienced such overcrowding. Wolf focuses exclusively on faces and figures, and creates with his radical aesthetics, immensely intense images.

When: Until May 13
Where: Michael Wolf’s Viewing Room, Block A, 5/F, Unit 4, Kailey Industrial Building, 12 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Roland Flexner – Ai Weiwei

Exhibiting the works of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei together for the first time, this exhibition takes a look at the friendship and relationship of the two renowned artists, showcasing Flexner’s iconic ink paintings alongside a previously unreleased body of work by Ai, which includes his series of New York’s paintings.

When: Until May 13, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: Massimo De Carlo, 301-302A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Le French May x Louis Vuitton: Time Capsule Exhibition

A journey that revisits landmark innovations in technology and design. Travelling from 1854 to the present day, the story is told using rare and celebrated objects selected from the Louis Vuitton archive. Concurrent with the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR, and the 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee of Le French May, Hong Kong has been chosen as the first stop for Time Capsule. The exhibition begins with French artisans demonstrating traditional leatherwork skills that remain as relevant today as they have throughout the past century.  The exhibition then follows a visual timeline of landmark moments in the Louis Vuitton story, focusing on five key aspects such as the Codes of the House, Journeys around the World, Elegance and Beauty in Motion, Icons of the House, and a Celebration of the House’s Past and Present links with Hong Kong.

When: Until May 14, (10am – 8pm)
Where: Statue Square Gardens, Chater Road, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture

M+ Museum’s first exhibition exploring popular culture through the aesthetics of androgyny and gender fluidity. Featuring over 90 works dating from the 1960s to 2016, Ambiguously Yours focuses in particular on the 1980s and 1990s, widely recognised as the heyday of Hong Kong popular culture, looking at how the widespread experimentation and creativity of that period has had a lasting influence on the visual culture of today.

When: Until May 21
Where: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
For more information click here


Australian illustrator Chloe Bennett’s Phantasmagoria showcases a collection of pop-art visuals, exploring the glorification of mundane and pedestrian objects. The main exhibition will feature five of Bennet’s aerosol on canvas works, three of which are inspired by Eastern food. The specially commissioned ‘Brain Food’ serves as a play on the Cantonese staple of dim sum, where two bright hued brains and a dish of soy sauce are presented in a bamboo steamer basket. Get it? It’s called Brain Food, and it’s a picture of a brain – as food. Good thing you have us here to explain all this super deep, sub-textual art stuff.

When: Until July 8
Where: 1 – 5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Find out more here

Abstraction of the World

A group exhibition borne from a collaboration between Duddell’s and Biennale of Sydney, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the Biennale’s 21st edition. Abstraction of the World will focus on how cosmic space and natural phenomena have been depicted in abstract art from the Asia Pacific region, presenting works by acclaimed and respected artists from the region including Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), George Tjungurrayi (Australia), and Haegue Yang (South Korea / Germany).

When: Until July 10
Where: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

The Underground Presents: Planetrox China 2017

Do you dream of international fame and stardom? Is your band stuck playing in your mum’s basement? Are you nodding your head and crying while reading this? Well, the good people of music collective Underground understand, and they’re here to help. They’ve teamed up with Planetrox – a global music competition with an aim to unearth some of the best new bands around and expose them to the world at large. The winning band from each participating country will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at the Envol et Macadam festival in Quebec, Canada. So what do you do? Register by May 5 (here), submit your best original song, then get out there and spread the word to canvass some votes!

When: Registration open until May 5
Where: From the comfort of your own home
How much: Free to enter
Click here for more information or to register

The Coming Week

Rum Barber Pop Up at the Mandarin Oriental

Transporting guests to something reminiscent of an old-school, private gentleman’s club, the Rum Barber pop up will offer traditional shaving, hair, and grooming services to the more discerning of men in the city. In addition to scoring yourself an enviable trim and treatment, there’ll be a host of prestigious rums available for proffering, including the ultra-premium Havana Club Máximo Extra Ańejo from Cuba. With three bottles imported to Hong Kong and exclusively available at the Rum Barber Pop Up.

When: Launches May 4, (5pm – 8pm)
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central
How much: Free (to enter)
Click here for more information

Lily & Bloom X Little Burro X DJ Re:flex

Following the success of last year’s Cinco De Mayo party, Little Burro is re-joining forces with Lily & Bloom to once again bring the American-cum-Mexican fiesta to the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. Get stuck into an array of Little Burro’s authentic Mexican eats while DJ Re:flex spins. Lily & Bloom’s contribution to proceedings includes some as-yet-not-specified-Mexican-food. Delicious. Last but not least, the first 100 patrons through the door on the night will receive a complimentary shot of Don Julio Tequila Blanco, and late-night table bookings with a minimum spend of $4,000 will receive a bottle of Don Julio on the house. 

When: May 4, (5pm – 2am)
Where: Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham St, Central
How much: Free (to come inside and sit on a chair, will probably get awkward though if you don’t order something)
Click here for more information

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