Guru's Weekly Pick: August 11 - 17
- 10 Aug 2017 at 16:20
- WRITER: PORNCHAI SEREEMONGKONPOL
Every week, we sift through tonnes of activities, shows, art exhibitions and things to do. Here is our especially curated list of what's hot this week in Bangkok and beyond.
+ Screening of City of Gold, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Aug 21
Restaurant critic Jonathon Gold documents his deep and complex relationship with food and culture in Los Angeles. Chronicling hidden culinary treasures, he ventures deep into far-flung ethnic enclaves to touch the lives of the family-run restaurants of immigrant families.
7pm-10pm. Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, 518/5 Phloenchit Road. http://goo.gl/egKKYT. Free entry for members, B150 for non-members.
+ Workshop: Building Agile and Effective Multi Cultural Teams, Cyber World Tower, Aug 25
As the ideas and economies of the world become more connected, finding strength in diversity and unlocking trust cross-culturally is paramount. Brought to you by Akinasia, learn some strategic techniques for developing these essentials in any A-team.
8.30am-evening. CASEAN, Cyber World Tower, Ratchadaphisek Road. http://goo.gl/D4ZNHN. Register for single workshop today for B12,300.
+ Oil Pastel Workshop, The Commons, Aug 27
Tap into a world of colour and creativity with oil pastels. Led by artist Jaruwat of LoveSyrup, learn some key fundamentals such as colour theory, shades and tones, application technique and still-life drawing. Make sure to bring one piece of artwork along for inspiration.
1pm-5pm. The Commons, Sukhumvit Soi 55. http://goo.gl/ZHXAYi, 089-152-2677. B2,300.
+ Streaming of Mayweather vs Mcgregor, The Sportsman Sportsbar, Aug 27
Catch one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history, all in real time across nine projector screens and 20 HD televisions. Don’t miss the fight we’ve all been waiting for!
7am-11am. The Sportsman Sportsbar, Sukhumvit Soi 13. http://goo.gl/XPJ8hQ, 02-168-7241. Free entry.
+ TOKiMONSTA Bangkok debut, BEAM, Aug 13
Having performed at festivals such as Coachella and EDC, the Los Angeles based DJ TOKiMONSTA, will be in Bangkok for her first time dropping her newest mix of hip-hop, trap and R&B.
9pm-2am. BEAM, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55. http://goo.gl/CiQGQT, 02-392-7750. B700.
+ Friday’s melting w/ Dott and Jack Haze, Glow Nightclub, Aug 11
Local talent Dott and touring DJ Jack Haze are teaming up at Glow to bring Bangkok a pulsating night of sexy sound waves.
9.30pm- 3am. Glow Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 23. http://goo.gl/cSrttz. B250 includes welcome drink.
+ DJ BeatBreaker, Insanity Nightclub, Aug 11
With a global fan base, DJ BeatBreaker’s remixes and mash-ups have been used or supported by everyone in the industry from Tiesto to Lil Jon. Catch him smashing the turntables at Bangkok’s newly-relocated mega club.
10pm-late. Insanity Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 11. http://goo.gl/ziVKv6, 087-804-9542. B300 includes welcome drink.
+ Moulin Rouge Party, Vertigo TOO, Aug 12
To ring in its three year anniversary, Vertigo TOO will be celebrating with a star studded, Moulin Rouge themed night, complete with live music, multi-course set menus and drag shows at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm by Pangina Heals and her crew. Proceeds will be donated to help orphans at the Red Cross Children’s Home.
9pm-1am. Vertigo TOO, 60/F, Banyan Tree Bangkok, Sathon Tai Road. http://goo.gl/h3ixqF, 087-015-6600. B500 includes two drinks.
+ The Early Late Show Bangkok and Live Epic Gameshow, Comedy Club Bangkok, Aug 11
Fans of the late night talk shows? If so, consider this live and improvised parody of the format and gameshow. Not only will you be LOL-ing but you’ll also win some prizes too! This brand new show concept is led by an award winning Canadian comedian. With the show’s ticket, you’ll be entitled to buy grape-juice-for-adults and golden-beverage at special prices too!
8:30pm. Comedy Club Bangkok, Sukhumvit 33/1 above The Royal Oak Pub. http://comedyclubbangkok.com. B400 for advance tickets, B500 at the door.
+ Kids Comedy Magic Show & Stand-up Comedy Magic - Justin Rivera, Comedy Club Bangkok, Aug 13
The club’s first kids’ comedy magic show with Justin Rivera is co-presented by BKK Kids and Curtain Up Drama and Magic! As seen on Comedy Central and America’s Got Talent, Justin Rivera is a double treat, being an internationally noted magician and comedian. His kid-friendly show will include interactive comedy and wow-inducing magic shows. Later on the same day, he will have a stand-up/magic show where he’ll be joined by special guests. Don’t miss a chance to be highly entertained by this seasoned funny guy who has performed at renown comedy clubs in the US such as The Improv, Comedy Store and Laugh Factory.
2pm - Kids Comedy Magic Show, 8pm - Stand-up Comedy Magic. Comedy Club Bangkok, Sukhumvit 33/1 above The Royal Oak Pub. Kids Comedy Magic Show - http://goo.gl/VuyFPs, Stand-up Comedy Magic - http://goo.gl/Pt5RKS. Kids Comedy Magic Show - B450 per person for a family of four, B500 per child, B600 per adult. Stand-up Comedy Magic - B600 for advance ticket, B800 at door.
+ Dangerous Woman Tour, IMPACT Arena, Aug 17
Kudos goes to Ariana for organising One Love Manchester and performing alongside some of the world’s biggest names in music to raise funds to help the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing and their families. The pint-sized pop diva will be hitting high notes and whistling tones at IMPACT Arena as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Within three studio albums, the American songstress has amassed impressive hits and collabs such as Break Free, Bang Bang (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj), Love Me Harder (with The Weeknd), Into You and Side by Side (with Nicki Minaj). We can’t wait to hear her vocal gymnastics (which we wonder where it comes from, given her petite frame) live.
7:30pm. IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani.
http://goo.gl/POS11w, 02-262-3838. B2,500, B3,500, B4,500, B5,500, B6,500, B11,000 for Hot Seat Experience, B24,500 for VIP Meet & Greet Experience.
+ All-4-One Live in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Muangthong Thani, Aug 19
This will be a trip down memory lane for the 90s kids out there! American R&B group All-4-One, best known for hits like I Swear and I Can Love You Like That, will come to serenade fans in Thailand. Pek Palitchoke will open for them too. Tickets are on sale now via ThaiTicketMajor.
Thunder Dome, Muangthong Thani, Nonthaburi. http://goo.gl/BY7cX9, 02-262-3456. B1,500, B2,000, B2,500, B3,000, B4,000.
+ Foo Fighters, IMPACT Challenger Hall 2, Aug 24
We’re long overdue for another performance by the American rock band FooFighters. It was founded in 1994 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and the last time they performed here was back in 1996. They’ll knock you out with some of their greatest hits such as Everlong, Best of You, The Pretender and more. Seating and standing tickets can be purchased from ThaiTicketMajor.
7pm. IMPACT Challenger Hall 2. http://goo.gl/wQk3SO, 02-262-3456. B2,500, B3,500, 4,500, B5,500, B6,500 for seating tickets, B5,000 or B6,000 for standing ticket
+ When Watched: Gracelee Lawrence Solo Show, Bridge Art Space, Aug 19 – Sep 16
Witness a solo show by artist Gracelee Lawrence when she tries to show viewers how, it would seem, technology has infiltrated how we physically experience the world around us. She is a sculpture artist and artist first and foremost, so we are interested to see how she will roll this out. “For the digitally tethered, life is at the intersection of the virtual and the physical”.
Wed-Mon, 10am-8pm. Bridge Art Space, Charoen Krung Soi 51. http://fb.com/bridgeartspace, 089-666-2051.
+ Weaving Narratives: Awaken by Kma Sirisamphan, S.A.C Subhashok The Arts Centre, until Sep 10
This will be Kma Sirisamphan’s first bronze sculpture solo exhibition. The whole series is derived from personal and shared life experiences, pulling from his perceptions of dealing with growth, success, failure and the seeking for value in life. All the pieces express not only the full range of his cheeky and intellectually subtle language of sculpture but also show his wonderful outlook on creating.
Tue-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. S.A.C Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39. http://fb.com/sacbangkok, 02-662-0299.
+ (Un)composition, Gallery Ver, until Sep 30
The first solo exhibition by artist Latthapon Korkiatarkul who has a deep interest in creating pieces that extend beyond the traditional rules of composition. The artist has bravely experimented with different techniques and a variety of methods which beautifully express a sense of perseverance and persistence in his practice. The paintings will not only challenge your perception, but may also entice you to question the spaces beyond the rectangular frame.
Wed-Sun, 12pm-6pm. Gallery Ver, Sathu Pradit 15. http://fb.com/galleryver, 02-103-4067.
+ Michael Britton 2017 Workshop Tour, Paron School of Art, throughout Sep
The international master artist Michael Britton will be stationed at Paron School of Art in September giving a series of full day (10am - 6pm) workshops as part of his workshop tour, which will see him also visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Choose between the following workshops: “Introduction to Oil Painting”, Sep 5; “Elements of Landscape Painting”, Sep 12; “Secrets of Harmony & Beauty in Painting”, Sep 19 and “Painting the Portrait in Oil”, Sep 26. To sign up, head to www.artacademy.com/2017-workshops.
Sep, 10am-6pm on various days. Paron School of Art, Sukhumvit 26. http://fb.com/ParonSchoolofArt, 089-795-8765.
+ Made In Thailand, Oskar Bistro, Aug 17-26
For nine days, Oskar Bistro is teaming up with environmentally savvy local farmers to launch a farm-to-table initiative, helping pioneer direct support for the agriculture industry in Thailand.
7pm onwards. Oskar Bistro, Sukhumvit Soi 11. http://goo.gl/fYeeKq, 097-289-4410.
+ New Doughnuts, Krispy Kreme, until Aug 31
Krispy Kreme is introducing three new doughnuts this month. Choose from the Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut, Vanilla Latte Doughnut or the Mocha KremeDoughnut for a limited time only!
Hours vary. http://krispykreme.co.th. B35 per piece.
+ 18th World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Sep 4-10
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and San Pellegrino have partnered up to invite 11 of the world’s top chefs to Bangkok for a culinary showcase. These Michelin level chefs will be preparing set menus that will be available at all of the hotel’s in-house dining venues.
Hours vary. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Road. http://siam-bangkok.anantara.com. 02-126-8866.
+ Big Friday: The Opera Night, Party House One, Aug 11
Indulge in a special European gala dinner prepared by master chef Gilles Poitevin while enjoying modern and classical samplings from Thailand’s pop-opera band, Fivera.
6.30pm-9.30 pm. Party House One, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, Rama I Road. Rsvp 087-989-2525. B4,000 per person, group pricing available.
+ New Fusion Menu, All Au Bon Pain stores, until Aug 30
To ring in its twentieth birthday, Au Bon Pain will be releasing brand new menu items! Make sure to try the new fusion dishes available throughout August at all stores in the Kingdom.
Hours vary. http://goo.gl/k1GTSz.
+ Come and Celebrate My First Birthday, dusitD2 Khao Yai, Until Nov 30
Whether you’re into scenic hiking trails, vineyards, outdoor infinity pools or petting adorable bunnies and alpacas, you’re sure to be excited about this special deal DusitD2 is offering in Khao Yai. To celebrate its first anniversary, Dusit is inviting guests to enjoy a daily dining credit of B500+ as part of their “Come and Celebrate My First Birthday” package. You can indulge in the international cuisine at Musi Grill, or opt for a unique al fresco dining experience in Cocoon – a treetop dining pod with mountain views. With loads of benefits on offer, the package also includes breakfast for two. Book to stay anytime between now and Nov 30. Luscious wildlife, an on-site petting zoo and a climbing wall – how’s that for a first birthday party?
dusitD2 Khao Yai, Moo 18, Pak Chong. http://goo.gl/Xe1qfL, 044-003-000. From B3,200+ per night.
+ Goddess Retreat with Mel Wells, Anantara Layan Phuket, Oct 27-31
Anantara Layan Phuket is offering a one-of-a-kind retreat this October to give you ladies a mind-and-body restoration. They’ve teamed up with Mel Wells, wellness guru from the UK and Hollyoaks alumnus, who is a certified health coach and bestselling author of The Goddess Revolution. Her empowering vibes have been hailed by Women’s Health, Hello!, Cosmopolitan and more. This four-day retreat promises to set women free from negative mentality so that they can fall in love with their bodies. The retreat encourages emotional, physical, and nutritional restoration through spa experiences, cooking classes, Muay Thai lessons, paddle boarding and playtime with elephants in a sanctuary. The chefs at Anantara will make sure you’re well fed throughout all this with a dedicated menu of healthy and wholesome dishes. You’ll also get private coaching from Wells that is not currently available anywhere else. What’s more, the beautiful Layan Residences where participants will be staying all include a live-in butler to cater to your every need. At the end of the stay, Wells will be throwing a Goddess Beach Party so all can celebrate their new happy relationship with their bodies. Due to the exclusivity of this retreat, bookings are made by application only.
Anantara Layan Phuket, Moo 6, Soi 4, Layan Beach. http://goo.gl/jpV5Mt, 076-317-200. B85,000 per person until Aug 31, B103,000 per person from Sep 1.
+ AirAsia Introduces 2 New Direct Flights to India, AirAsia, Until Aug 13
Already flying direct to Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Kochi, AirAsia will make lovers of the Taj Mahal state even happier as it introduces two new direct flights: one to Jaipur and the other to Tiruchirappalli, both four times a week from Don Mueang International Airport. Jaipur, aka the Pink City, is the gateway to the world-famous Taj Mahal while also being the home of other awesome architectural treasures. Tiruchirappalli also boasts its own unique treasures, such as the Ucchi Pillayar Rock Fort built on one of the world’s oldest rock formations which is said to be 3.8 billion years old. Better start packing and planning because these new flights are on sale at special prices until Aug 13 only! Book to travel from Sep 29, 2017 until Aug 28, 2018.
www.airasia.com, 02-515-9999. From B1,690 per way for Tiruchirappalli, B1,990+ per way for Jaipur.
+ THE DARK TOWER (directed by Nikolaj Arcel)
Who’s in it?
Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey.
What’s it about?
A gunslinger named Roland Deschain (Elba) from an alternate dimension known as the Mid-World, is the last of his kind. He journeys to reach “The Dark Tower” to protect it from the Man in Black (McConaughey) who wants to destroy the tower which will in turn destroy the universe.
Why watch it?
It’s the official continuation of Stephen King’s highly acclaimed series of novels. But even if you haven’t read any of the books, it’s a gunslinger played by Idris Elba going against a sorcerer played by Matthew McConaughey. Gunslingers, sorcerers, monsters, Elba and McConaughey. Do you need other reasons?
+ CARS 3 (directed by Brian Fee)
Who’s in it?
Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt.
What’s it about?
Lightning McQueen (Wilson) is now a seasoned racer, but new kid on the block Jackson Storm (Hammer) is set to dominate the legendary racer. Can McQueen catch up with the changing times and prove he’s still the best racer around?
Why watch it?
Talking cars but not Transformers.
+ ANNABELLE: CREATION (directed by David F. Sanberg)
Who’s in it?
Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson.
What’s it about?
After the death of their daughter years earlier, a doll-maker and his wife open their home to a nun and a number of girls from an orphanage that closed down. Their relief is short-lived, however, when Anabelle, the dollmaker’s possessed creation, sets her eyes on tormenting the newcomers.
Why watch it?
Just seeing photos of the doll already scares the crap out of us.
+ BEAR GRYLLS: MISSION SURVIVE
Sat and Sun, 11:30pm
RTL CBS Extreme Ch. 338
Drinking your own pee? Eating bugs? Sleeping on rugged terrain? Awaken the adventurer in you by snuggling up in a blanket on your couch and watching Bear Grylls, the ultimate outdoors-man and sometimes on-the-edge-of-crazy puts a bunch of people through all the things we’ve mentioned.
+ THE CROWN (SEASON 1)
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jon Lithgow.
The first season of the highly acclaimed Netflix series starts with a young Queen Elizabeth prior to ascending the throne. She marries Prince Philip and later on has to juggle her personal life and responsibilities and soon thereafter has to take on the responsibility of being Queen. Available on Netflix.
Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert.
A man is stuck in an hour of his life that repeats over and over again: one where he finds himself naked in an elevator and has to get to his wedding. Available on Netflix.