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The Weekend Ahead

Strap in folks, it’s a mega-weekend. Music and the arts are about to do a hostile takeover of the city this Friday through Sunday, and we should collectively be loving it, I know I am. Right, where to start – so, Le French May is rolling on with it’s French stuff, we have three festivals this weekend (three?!) – one music, one music AND arts, and one health & wellness by way of Outlook, Shi Fu Miz, and Iris respectively. There’s performance and science forming an uneasy alliance for the sake of the children with Dr. Bunhead’s Blast Off, and a heap of standalone gig with Cigarettes After Sex, Kittens, and The Village People all doing their thing this weekend. No excuse to stay in.


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YourMum Presents: Cigarettes After Sex

The ambient pop collective make their Hong Kong debut, bringing their brand of hazy pop nirvana to KITEC MusicZone. Led by songwriter Greg Gonzalez, Cigarettes After Sex have gained a rabid global following as their four currently released singles rack up millions of plays across YouTube and Spotify. With their highly anticipated debut LP due to be released this year, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor.

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When: May 12, (7.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: KITEC Music Zone, G/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $490
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Dr. Bunhead’s Blast Off!

It’s not always easy to get kids to engage with science. How do we remedy that? Well obviously, stick a bald maniac on stage to address the really big questions – like ‘does your brain get sucked out of your ears if you go into space without a spacesuit?’ This, along with stunt bananas, the first hamster in space, and a mini rocket launch should get even the least retentive of children to stare in wide-eyed horror (and wonder).

When: May 12, (7pm); May 13, (1pm & 5pm); May 14, (11am & 3.30pm)
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
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Gin & Jazz at Tiffany’s New York Bar

For the ultimate night of razzle dazzle fun, head to the InterContinental Grand Stanford’s brand new Gin & Jazz night. 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: May 12, (9.30pm)
Where: Tiffany’s New York Bar, Lobby Level, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: $298 per guest (includes one cocktail and one snack platter – bargain!)
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Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music

Local craft brewers Moonzen Brewery and Junk experts/recently turned gig organisers are joining forces for a night of cold craft and hot rock & roll! As well as sipping on some delicious craft beers, some of Hong Kong’s hottest indie acts will take the stage by way of The David Bowie Knives, DP, The Sleeves, and Still Minds. Beer and bands, it’s a beautiful thing.

When: May 13, (7pm)
Where: Moonzen Brewery, 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong
How much: $200 (early bird); $250 (door, both include a pint of craft beer)
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Family Market in Wong Chuk Hang

Returning bigger and better for its second edition, the Family Market in Wong Chuk Hang is the epitome of a lovely little Saturday. For mum and dad, there’s top eats, drinks, and shopping to be had, and for the little ones, there’s a plethora of activities for all ages as well as arts and crafts and even a magician! This one isn’t just for the locals in Wong Chuk Hang, it’s well worth a visit out there.

When: May 13, (10am – 5.30pm)
Where: 9/F, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road (5 minutes’ walk from the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station and One Island South parking)
How much: Free
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Fly Presents: Kittens

Expertly balancing low grinding electronic beats, heavy rap, and future beat, Kittens has carved out a formidable name for herself in the highly-competitive international DJ scene, earning the support of some of the most influential artists of our time, including longtime mentors, Usher, and Kid Cudi, whom she supported on her 2013 tour. Her aggressive style of DJing, made through quick cuts inspired by her foundation as a hip hop DJ and harder track selections often leave people pleasantly shocked to find she is not as soft and fluffy as her name might suggest.

When: May 13, (10pm – 4am)
Where: Fly, G/F, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central
How much: $200 (with two drinks and two shots)
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Golden Sounds of the Platters and Johnny Elvis Thompson

Hailed as one of the foremost tribute bands of the iconic American vocal group, Golden Sounds of the Platters not only engage their audiences with their smooth harmonies, but bring a unique, oft-forgotten sense of showmanship to their performances. They’ll be prefaced on stage by the amazingly-named Johnny Elvis Thompson, winner of the Elvis National Award (yep, that’s a thing), and is considered one of the best impersonators of The King. This is certainly unique as far as live shows go in Hong Kong and that can only ever be a good thing.

When: May 13, (8pm)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10
How much: $480 – $880
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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
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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
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Outlook Festival

It might be the only underground bass festival in Hong Kong, but damn, it does it well. Outlook Festival will see some of the finest acts – from both home and away – take the stage with genres like house, techno, dubstep, reggae, dub, hiphop, garage, grime, and electronica all being represented. This is one of the most unique festival offerings we’ve had in the city for some time, don’t pass it up.

When: May 13, (midday – 11pm)
Where: Whitehead BBQ, Ma On Shan
How much: $175 – $385
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Magnetic Soul Presents: A Night of Drum and Bass with DJ Bailey

Resident Metalheadz DJ, co-founder of Soul In Motion London, Serato Artist and Mi-Soul radio, a presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, Ministry of Sound Radio presenter and original Inta-warrior, DJ Bailey’s career has been long, diverse, and celebrated. His sets today are as full of fresh and innovative music are they were in 1995 when Kemistry & Storm recruited him for Goldie’s now-legendary Blue Note Sunday Sessions. Whether in a club, on radio, or online, Bailey’s commitment to shining a light on exciting new musical talent is beyond question.

When: May 13, (11pm – 6am)
Where: Mazu, 1/F, Cosmos Building 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong Central
How much: $150 (early bird); $200 (advance)
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Iris: Your Escape 

UPDATE: EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 27-28. Summer’s just around the corner so now’s as good a time as any to start looking after your health in the short and long-term. What better way to do that than at Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness festival. With a two-day schedule jam-packed with yoga, meditation classes, an array of sports and activities, and more than 60 health and wellness vendors selling burgers and crack (just kidding, it’s probably apples and various salves), Iris is well worth a look if you’re looking to maintain or kickstart a more healthy lifestyle.

When: May 13, (midday – 9.30pm); May 14, (9am – 6pm)
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
How much: $280 – $880
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Village People 40th Anniversary Tour With Special Guests Bjorn Again

They sang of the untold virtues of the YMCA (where you can have a good meal apparently), they wanted you to join the Navy, now, The Village People want you to come to The Venetian Macao to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. Featuring original founding members Felipe Rose and Alexander Briley, Village People combine their tunes with fabulous choreography and those famous outfits – Native American, GI, Cop, Biker, Cowboy and Construction Worker – for a night of outrageous fun. If that isn’t enough 70s nostalgia for you, then you’ll be chuffed with the warmup act Bjorn Again – this Abba tribute band are oft considered one of the best in the biz.

When: May 12 & 13, (8pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macau
How much: $280 – $880
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Shi Fu Miz

The arts and music festival returns bigger and better with two days of pure revelry. It’s a bit of a monster lineup over the weekend but here it goes, expect to see Fred P. AKA Black Jazz Consortium, Soichi Terada, Jacques, JAKAM, Hidaka, Taku Hirayama, and FuFu & the Gang on the Saturday. On Sunday, you have ACID ARABRainbow Disco Club: Kikiorix & Sisi, La Mamie’s, Toshio Mastuura, and Midori/Menace on the Sunday. This, as well as heaps of workshops and activities.

When: May 13 & 14 (Saturday: 1pm – midnight; Sunday 9am – midnight)
Where: Life Base, Pui O, Lantau Island
How much: $350 – $700
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 Swire Sunday Family: Peter & The Wolf and More

The Hong Kong Philharmonic team up with Swire (I think they sell houses or something), to introduce the kids to the endless joys of classical music. In one fantastic program, the HK Phil play through three beloved children’s classics by way of the timeless Peter & The Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, and Britten’s magnificent Who’s Who. “Kiss Kiss Kids” radio personality Chu Fun will be taking on storytelling duties throughout the duration.

When: May 14, (3pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $120 – $380
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East Meets West by Ron English

Know as the ‘Godfather of Street Art’, Ron English’ week long exhibition will explore the pop prankster’s billboards from the early years of the New York street-art movement as well as the in-depth world of POPaganda, then and now, with a few surprises. ‘East Meets West’ aims to show how street art began in the streets of New York in the early 1980s for English, whose creations irrevocably shifted the boundaries between popular culture and fine art. Featuring new works in his solo art exhibition, new figure releases, and a merchandise store, the show promises a fresh take on the American artist’s iconic signature playful style.
When: Until May 14, (midday – 8pm)
Where: The Qube at PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
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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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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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
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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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Phantasmagoria

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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Le French May Jazz Series Pays Tribute to the Legends of Jazz 

There’s something particularly romantic about the idea of French jazz, and now we have it in Hong Kong as part of this year’s Le French May. In this three-day festival, audiences can enjoy scintillating tributes to jazz legends Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, and the Asian debut of “At Work”.  “At Work” is a collection of pieces that subtly suggest the essence of freedom of swing within the realms of jazz and will be performed by a world-renowned quartet of musicians including Geraldine Laurent; Paul Lay and video-maker Olivier Garouste pay a unique and vibrant tribute to Billie Holiday, bringing her career, music – and particularly her passion – back to life for the 21st century, and on the third evening, listen to  award-winning jazz trumpet player Stephane Belmondo pay tribute to Chet Baker.
When: May 13 & 14
Where: Hong Kong City Hall – Theatre
How much: $380 / $280
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The Coming Week

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
Book Online: CITYLINE / TICKETFLAP
Or Call: +852 2598 1222 / +852 2111 5333


Quinary & World Class Present: The Residence

In celebration of Quinary’s 5th Anniversary, the famous bar will be transformed into The Embassy, inside and out, with the exterior taking on the brick complexion of the Nassau Brewing Company and the interior capturing the underground brick vaults, once used for ageing beer, that will house the New York bar. The Embassy is two bars in one, with a smaller more luxurious invite only space known as The Residence where guests are treated to rare and fascinating experiences of classic drinks and oddities from around the globe.

When: May 15 – 17, (6pm – 11.45pm)
Where: The Embassy Pop Up at Quinary, G/F, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: $500
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