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The Weekend Ahead – May 19 – 21

May continues to be quite kick-ass this weekend with another selection of rather good live entertainment by way of seminal stage show West Side Story, music with Third Party, and the Kingdom Hearts orchestra serving techno fans and geeks respectively (no judgement here, I’m going to the orchestra personally). There’s sardonic, sarcastic, and superlatively British comedy with Whose Line is it Anyway? Plus, the Affordable Art Fair returns. Good stuff.

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West Side Story

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows the love story between Tony and Maria set amidst a vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. Performing classic numbers like Tonight, Somewhere, America, and I Feel Pretty, the acclaimed musical promises high energy dance routines and stunning performances. It’s only here for just under a month so make you get in there as tickets will no doubt go like hotcakes.

When: May 18 – June 18
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $330 – $3,482
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Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair’s 5th edition continues in its mission to make beautiful art available to everyone in the socio-economic spectrum and develop a culture for appreciation and collecting in Hong Kong. The event will feature over 100 galleries with a range of interactive art education activities tailored for Hong Kong art lovers and beginners. As well as serving as the perfect hub for first-time buyers, there’ll be a unique opportunity to learn more about art techniques and creative processes with one of the artist-led tours on painting, prints, photography, and sculpture hosted by the talented team from Alter Modernist.

When: May 19, (midday – 9pm); May 20-21, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 3DE, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
How much: $68 – $120
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David Ives’ All in the Timing and Paul Johnson’s A Minor Case of Murder

Two comedic stage shows that masterfully explore timing, love, existentialism, and wordplay. David Ives first presented the original “All in the Timing” Off-Broadway in 1994, in a show that included six very different comedy shorts. In a 2013 revival, he added eight extra scenes. This performance will present the original six, which are all unique but share the underlying theme of timing and love. Making its Hong Kong debut in this double bill with “All in the Timing” is Paul Johnson’s “A Minor Case of Murder”, an original and hysterical piece that asks the question, “does my story fit the evidence presented here?”

When: May 19 & 20, (8pm)
Where: The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $200 ($160 for Fringe Club members)
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World Whisky Day 2017

Enjoy whisky from all over the world with over 50 bottles on offer for you to taste at an incredibly reduced price, meaning you can widen your whisky knowledge while doing some glass-swirling mingling at the same time. With brands such as Ardbeg, Macallan, Kavalan, Amrut, Bowmore and loads more available for as low as $50 a dram, it’s the perfect opportunity to expand your whisky knowledge.

When: May 19 & 20, (6pm – 10pm)
Where: Garage Society, 19/F, 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
How much: $350
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Underground: Rustic #2

After the rousing success that was Rustic #1, Hong Kong’s biggest live music collective, Underground, is back with another dose of exceptional live acoustic music. Expect a chilled atmosphere with Jules O’Brien, Sea Island & Ferry, Huckleberry Friend, and two-thirds of Tango & Snatch, but with a twist – the usually raucous punk-rockabilly outfit will be treating you to a never-before-seen stripped down acoustic set.

When: May 20, (8pm – 11.30pm)
Where: Morrison Cafe & Bar, ​​284 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan
How much: $110 (advance), $150 (door)
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Pure: De-stress Yoga

Pure instructor Frankie Chan, will be teaching a gentle “De-stress Yoga” class in the lush green and open space of Tamar Park. Aimed at connecting the body and mind to improve breath awareness, the class will help to develop a better sense of balance and stability. The class is totally free for members of Pure and non-members alike, all you need is a yoga mat and you’re good to go, so check it out!

When: May 20, (4pm – 5pm)
Where: Tamar Park, Admiralty
How much: Free
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Third Party at Pacha Macau

Since the release of breakout hit Release, childhood friends from the UK, Jonathan Macaire and Harry Bass have been committed to making every original cut as personal as possible. With remix duties for Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sigma’s UK Number 1 ’ Nobody To Love’, Third Party seals the deal on their universal appeal. Expect an indoor festival atmosphere with ace tunes spinning into the wee hours.

When: May 20, (11pm – late)
Where: Studio City Macau,, Estr. Flor de Lotus, Macau
How much: $100 (advance); $200 (door – both include one drink)
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A Breath of Hope – Living With Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Hong Kong, and approximately 3,900 Hong Kong people died from this in 2014, accounting for 28% of all cancer deaths. The two most important things in the fight against lung cancer is first of all, having money readily available to further research into eradicating it, and secondly, financial and emotional support for those who are suffering from it. A Breath of Hope seeks to do both, the public are invited to take photos at booths set up at iPLAZA in Tsim Sha Tsui and send calligraphy postcards with good wishes to support lung cancer patients. For every photo taken, shared, or every postcard sent, A Breath of Hope’s organiser will donate five dollars to St. James’ Settlement to support cancer patient care.

When: Until May 21
Where: iPIAZZA, iSQUARE, Tsim Sha Tsui (Peking Road)
How much: Free
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Outlet Presents: Till Von Sein

Outlet’s debut summer series kicks off in major style with the one and only Till Von Sein (Dirt Crew, Suol Trenton Records, Morris/Audio). Till ranked 12th in Traxsource’s Best Deep House DJs of 2016 and is one of the most enthusiastic and widely respected house artists around. He will be pumping deep beats into Sunday evening, supported by Romain Wax (Wax On/ Wax Off | FR).

When: May 21, (1pm – 10pm)
Where: Fofo Rooftop, 2-8 Wellington St, Central
How much: $366.50
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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra

If you know what Kingdom Hearts is, you’ll probably wet your knickers at the coming of this event, if you don’t, you’ll probably treat it with the same quiet indifference that one would treat original flavoured crisps. In a nutshell, Kingdom Hearts is a video game series that merges the characters of another video game series (Final Fantasy) with some of Disney’s most enduring characters. Whether that sounds like a load of old tosh to you or not, it doesn’t detract from the fact that the series has an outstanding soundtrack, and seeing it performed live on stage will illicit the kind of nostalgia that will reduce grown adults to tears.

When: May 21, (4pm)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau Island
How much: $480 – $1,380
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Le French May – Paris Dark Light

Chosen for his poetic interpretations of the locations featured in his photographs, Michel Setboun is a stellar representative of the French art scene. His exhibition Paris Dark Light, composed of thirty-two photographs of Paris and eight photographs of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, is a showcase of the variety of lifestyle offerings of the international terminal of France’s capital.

When: Until May 24
Where: Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
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Le French May – Régis Gonzalez: Close to Black

Presenting the latest of the famed French artist’s drawings, Close to Black will feature both portraits and landscapes. In his portrait work, Gonzalez delves beyond the functional aspects inherent in a person’s face, looking to tap into the madness and fear present within. His landscapes encompass much of the same despite dealing in a wildly subject matter, the marrying theme being that the artists looks to observe beyond the natural forms.

When: Until June 10, (1pm – 7pm)
Where: Charbon Art Space, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road
How much: Free
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Le French May – Inventing Le Louvre: From Palace to Museum Over 800 Years

Showcasing the universality and vitality that has been the staple of the Musée du Louvre since its beginnings, From Palace to Museum is a wonderful collection that illustrates the diversity and richness of the museum’s exhibitions. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the history of Le Louvre – from the origins of the very idea of a museum, born of the royal collections of François I and Louis XIV, to modern times, marked by renovations and profound changes (both architectural and functional). Along the way, the exhibition explores the contributions of Napoleon I and the visionary ideas of the “Republics” and intellectual movements that followed.

When: Until July 24 (Monday, Wednesday to Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – 10am to 7pm; Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays)
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
How much: Adults: $20; Group of 20 person or more – $14; Full-time students, people with disabilities and one accompanying minder and senior aged 60 or above – $10
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Le French May – Nicolas Buffe: The Dream of Polifilo

The extraordinary French artist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong features his signature location-sensitive mural drawings, large scale cut-out sculptures, and new works inspired by the vibrations of Hong Kong. From room to room, visitors will be invited to live in an ‘allegorical dream’, as if progressing through an adventure, dotted with various discoveries, games and surprises, between the lightness of a theme park and the seriousness of an exhibition creating a unique and rewarding juxtaposition.

When: Until May 29, (10am – 8pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall – Exhibition Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: Free
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Hong Kong Upside Down

An exploration of Hong Kong’s mesmerising cityscapes from the perspectives of two talented creatives. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze points his camera upwards and expresses Hong Kong’s vertical élan in a series called ‘Vertical Horizon’ while Tugo Cheng investigates Hong Kong from a bird’s eye view as revealed in ‘City Patterns’.

When: Until June 24
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 1606  Chai Wan Industrial City, 160 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan
How much: Free
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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Punchline Comedy Club presents Whose Line is it Anyway?

The Punchline Comedy Club returns to Hong Kong with their biggest show yet, the live stage show of the original British TV hit, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Starring five of the shows stars: Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Richard Vranch, Steve Steen, and Ian Coppinger! The Club has already staged this sell-out show in Hong Kong before, to sell-out crowds and John Moorhead, The Punchline Comedy Club founder expects the same reaction this year.

“Whose Line is it Anyway?” remained a massive hit in the UK for over a decade and now enjoys the same success in the USA after Channel 4 sold the show to NBC. For strangers to the show, it lets five performers pit their wits against YOU, the audience, by playing out scenarios in a style and setting of your choice. The whole show is totally improvised from the Shakespearean scenes to the Broadway musicals; the only difference is the audience decides what the performers say and sing about!

When: Thursday 18 May, Friday 19 May (SOLD OUT), Saturday 20 May
Where: Tamarind, 2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai (20th May)
Kerry Hotel, 1/F, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon (18th May)
How much: $350
Pre-Show Buffet: $180 / 7-9pm
Happy Hour Drinks: 6pm TO 7:30pm
Or Call: (+852) 2598 1222 / (+852) 2111 5333

The Coming Week

YourMum Presents: Salyu

Introduced to the world in 2001 starring in Shunji Iwai’s celebrated film All About Lily Chou-Chou, both the movie and Salyu’s character quickly achieved cult phenomenon status. Based around a fictional singer, Lily Chou-Chou, the film project went on to produce an album and two related singles to popular acclaim. Further movie-based notoriety followed when Quentin Tarantino spotted her talent and selected her track Kaifuku Suru Kizu as part of his own cult smash Kill Bill. Salyu has also collaborated with the likes of Yo Hitoto, Tatsuya Kokufu, and Zentaro Watanabe, and of course on her cutting edge Salyu x Salyu project co-created and produced with electronic mastermind Cornelius. Her latest album, 2015’s Android & Human Being has been followed by a string of successful live dates including a sold-out debut show in Taiwan.

When: May 22, (7.30pm – 10pm)
Where: KITEC Music Zone, G/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $490
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 The Faust Festival 2017

The annual celebration of live theatre returns in its 18th year. The Faust Festival is an opportunity for the young and talented members of the esteemed theatre group to perform onstage and share their passion with audiences. Whether you’re looking for a classic children’s story faithfully told, or innovative new shows for young adults and family groups alike, this year’s Faust Festival has something for everyone with a staggering 28 shows playing over the festivals roughly three-week run.
When: May 23 – June 11
Where: McAulay Studio Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Habour Road, Wan Chai; Y Studio, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
How much: $125
Click here to buy tickets

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