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Guru's Weekly Pick: Sep 8 - 14

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. Enjoy!

ACTIVITIES

+ Spartan Race Thailand, Siam Country Club, Sep 9

Take on one of the globe’s toughest endurance obstacle courses alongside hundreds of other athletes and competitors. If this sounds like your cup of tea then it’s time to channel your inner warrior and brave the five-km course equipped with over 20 obstacles! Cash prize for first place is B25,000!

From 7am. Siam Country Club, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri. www.spartanrace.co.th. B1,650- B2,500 to join, depending on you choice of race.

+ Under the Sea 2D Paper Craft Workshop, Tentacles N22, Sep 9

Get crafty this weekend with this special workshop that will teach you all about 2D paper craft techniques. Learn all the nifty tricks of folding, cutting, separating picture elements and choosing materials to come up with your masterpiece under the theme of “Under the Sea”. The workshop will provide you with coloured paper, a pen knife and materials for your final piece. No experience is needed!

1pm-5pm. Tentacles N22, Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Soi 22. m.me/tentaclesn22. B1,500.

+ Cake Pops & Financiers Workshop, The COMMONS, Sep 16

Everyone knows good things come to people who bake. So come make adorable cheesecake pops and bite-size financiers with the whole family at The COMMONS, Thonglor, on Saturday! British pastry chef Davina Pickering will be showing you how to make the most delicious creations for a perfect weekend treat.

10am-11am. The Commons Kitchen and Bar, The COMMONS, 3/F, Thonglor Soi 17. 02-712-5245. B750 per set.

+ Marble Ceramic Hand-Building, HUBBA-TO, Sep 17

Artist duo Elso + Hero will teach you how to create marbling ceramic pieces with your own hands. Learn hand-building techniques and how to paint to create the marbling effect. The fee includes clay and the firing and glazing of your very own pottery. It opens to six people only.

1-4pm. HUBBA-TO, Habito Mall, 3/F, Sukhumvit Soi 77, Soi On Nut 1/1. goo.gl/HTPucP, 02-118-0839. B1,800 per person. 


PARTIES

 

+ Transmission Festival 2018, BITEC Bangna, Mar 17, 2018

Transmission Festival Asia recently announced its return along with the release of its after-movie. Founded by Czech-based event organiser United Music Events in 2005, the trance fest will be back in Bangkok with help from Create Intelligence and Pure Pleasure Entertainment. The second edition of Transmission in Bangkok will take place at BITEC's latest addition Hall 100 to accommodate its massive stage. Other details have yet to be revealed. Keep yourself posted at its website and event page below.

www.transmission.events/th, bit.ly/TMBKK18.
 
+ The Queen Victoria’s Cabaret Closet Wednesday, Maggie Choo's, Sep 13

Wednesdays can feel like Fridays too, if you know where to go to. Maggie Choo's and G-Spot Entertainment offers a mid-week fun-filled evening. Enjoy a welcome drink before 10pm before three rounds of cabaret shows with fabulous host Pangina Heals starting at 10pm, 11pm and midnight. The G-Spot resident DJs will spin their magic from 11pm. No sandals please.

From 7.30pm. Maggie Choo’s, 320 Silom Road. bit.ly/2gEUo00, 087-015-6600 to reserve a table. Free entry, buy-one-get-one deal from 7.30-9pm, 30% off of Moët & Chandon champagne.
 
+ 90s Throwback Dance Party!!, Game Over Lounge, Sep 13

Another midweek gathering to cheer you up will take place at Game Over. There will be throwback jams (duh), lip-sync battle and giveaways. There are also prizes for those who show up in a group as your favourite band, TV or movie characters from the 90s. Free entry.

From 8pm. Game Over Lounge Thailand, Liberty Plaza, Thong Lor. 02-170-7684. Free entry. 
 
+ BROOKS, Levels, Sep 14

Known for his collab with Mar+in Garri× (who topped DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for 2016) in their track BYTE, Dutch producer and DJ Brooks will perform his debut gig in Thailand at Levels. He mesmerises the crowd with electro house and future house and his recent original If Only I Could gained over two million streams on Spotify within three months.

9pm-2am. Levels Club & Lounge, Sukhumvit Soi 11. goo.gl/cWrjV9. B350 at-door ticket comes with one drink.


SHOWS

+ Dudesweet presents YED Talks#02, ChangChui, Sep 9

With the Tedx talks in Bangkok done and dusted for the year, Dudesweet brings you a mischievous, tongue-in-cheek twist presenting the YED Talks (“Your Everyday Devastated”). The speakers at this “conference” will each give 15-minute talks in Thai on various topics from a National Artist who was accused of being a communist to someone talking about post-sex-change-operation self care. The talks will either have you laughing or crying (probably both), but will be sure to create one helluva entertaining evening. The talks may contain explicit language.

5pm-10.30pm (doors open from 3pm). ChangChui, Sirindhorn Road. goo.gl/3uogHD, 062-593-2224. After-talk shuttle bus available. B800.

+ FKJ Live in Bangkok, HEAVEN Bangkok, Sep 15

FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), aka Vincent Fenton, returns to Bangkok for his biggest performance here to date. The French electronic producer has been a music fest veteran, having performed at Coachella, EUPHORIA, CRSSD and Lightning in a Bottle. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist began his musical journey during his early teens. He released his first self-titled studio album in March.

9pm-midnight. HEAVEN Bangkok, Zen World, CentralWorld, Rama I Road. goo.gl/fmVFta. B1,290.

+ Memories Do Not Open Asia Tour, Impact Challenger Hall 1, Sep 15

2017 is turning out to be a good year for music fans in Bangkok (although your wallet may take a bit of a beating). Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the EDM-pop duo known as The Chainsmokers, are coming to Bangkok! Well-known for hits like #Selfie, Closer and Something Just Like This (a collab with Coldplay), they’ll be rocking the Big Mango on Sep 15. Nick Martin, a rising DJ from Greece who signed with Armada Music earlier this year, will warm up the crowd for them too. Tickets are on sale via ThaiTicketMajor.

8:30pm. Impact Challenger Hall 1, Muang Thong Thani. goo.gl/k6P8iG. B2,000, B3,000 for standing tickets.

+ Dream Theater Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour Live in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Sep 27

Bangkok seems to be on a throwback vibe as we welcome the progressive rock group, Dream Theater back to our city. The band is returning to Thailand on Sep 27 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of its all-time hit album Images & Words. With the album ranked in the Rolling Stones’ “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”, fans are in for a treat as the metal maestros will be performing all of Images & Words, taking everyone back in time with numbers like Pull Me Under, Another Day, Metropolis Part 1 and Under a Glass Moon. Whether you saw them live last time in 2012 with A Dramatic Turn of Events or have followed their tracks from vinyl to YouTube, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

8pm. Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani. goo.gl/eo4QeX. B2,000.

+ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Creative Industries at M Theatre,Sep 29-30 & Oct 6-7

Hopes, struggles, passions, and an eclectic group of six-graders. All this spells out the hilarious Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is now being performed right here in Bangkok. Under the direction of Michael J Allman, Bangkok Community Theatre will be performing this entertaining winner of two Tony Awards. Book those tickets now for this I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-Y adorable show!

7.30pm with 2pm matinee on 7 Oct. Creative Industries, M Theatre, 2/F, Phetchaburi Road.

www.bangkokcomunitytheatre.com. B850.


ART

+ Exhiblitz, Chiang Mai, Until Sep 30

OK, it’s not Bangkok but if you’re an art fanatic then you should really be in Chiang Mai right about now, which is currently being dubbed as the Art Capital of Southeast Asia. Emerging Chiang Mai artist Supinya “Goy” Kankanakul’s exhibition consists of a series of limited edition Giclée prints from recent works, taking place in four different locations across the city of Chiang Mai during this beautiful month of September. The locations include Clark Gallery, U.N. Irish Pub , Bakery and Restaurant, 2Gether Bar and Restaurant and Jethro’s Lounge.
 
Various locations across Chiang Mai. For more information, contact 081-783-3279, email brianbeerwah@gmail.com or visit www.exhiblitz.com.

+ Cut&Paste: The Black Pig, Sathorn 11 Art Space, Sep 16 Until Oct 1

Luke Satoru, our favourite American-born artist with Thai and Japanese heritage, is back with another exhibition. During “Cut&Paste: The Black Pig”, he will be cultivating his own visual narrative through tattooing and painting that’s stimulated by his multicultural upbringing as well as his experiences living in the melting depot of Bangkok. His versatile skill sets include mediums such as fine jewellery, painting and graphic design. “The Black Pig can’t change he or she is a pig but elects what kind of pig he/she wants to be”. We’re excited.

Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm. Sathorn 11 Art Space, Sathon Soi 11. www.fb.com/sathorn11artspace, 02-004-1199.

+ Pause (A Reflection On Disarray), Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Until Sep 26

This exhibition is the first dual exhibition by Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch and Udom Udomsrianan. Both artists question human behaviour and how we react to our circumstances. The artists’ first ever collaboration piece will give viewers an insight into Supanichvoraparch and Udomsrianan’s artistic approach to dealing with adversity, furthermore challenging us to reflect on our own perspectives.

Tue-Sun, 10am-7pm. Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. www.fb.com/rcac84, 02-422-8827.

+ Bangkok Art Book Fair 2017, Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Sep 7-10

Head on down to the BANGKOK ART BOOK FAIR 2017, an annual event which will see collaborations with artists, designers, illustrators, indepe

+ Bangkok Art Book Fair 2017, Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Sep 7-10

Head on down to the BANGKOK ART BOOK FAIR 2017, an annual event which will see collaborations with artists, designers, illustrators, independent publishers, small publishers and Thailand’s contemporary art organizations. Entry fee is B60 per person. Children under 12 years of age can enter free of charge!

6pm-9pm. Bangkok CITYCITY Gallery, Sathon Soi 1. www.fb.com/BKKABF, 083-087-2725.

+ Art Weekend, The Commons, Sep 9-10

Go show your support for local artists such as O Terawat, ALEX FACE, Nakrob/moon/mars/nut, Supmanee C, Pianissimo Press, LoveSyrup, Him HP, Nut.Dao and more at The Commons during the first instalment of its Art Weekend. There will be opportunities to pick up original pieces, join enriching workshops, meet artists and see how each of them bring their own works of art to life... from scratch. Don’t miss the highlight of the event, “Unblanking the Canvas”, where all the attending artists will work on one single canvas to create a unique mixed-media masterpiece!

12pm-8pm. The COMMONS, Thong Lor 17. www.fb.com/thecommonsbkk, 089-152-2677.

+ The Land Of Virtue - The Land Of Karma, Ardel Gallery Of Modern Art, Until Oct 1

This exhibition by Anupong Chantorn features sculptural works created after thinking about good and bad deeds according to the beliefs of heaven, earth and hell found in Buddhism. The artist points out the value and truthful meanings of Buddhism by applying characters in Apaya Bhumi that appear in ugly physical forms while committing evil deeds, together with monk robes and alms-bowls, which have also been modified to symbolise the ill-wishers in disguise. This exhibition poignantly brings to attention those within our society who abuse the advantages of monkhood.

Tue-Sun, 10:30am-7pm. Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Boromratchonnanee Road. www.ardelgallery.com, 02-422-2092.


FOOD

+ Progressive Dinner Above The Clouds, Centara Grand At Centralworld, Until Oct 31

Dine at not one, not two, but three of Centara Grand’s restaurants for a progressive dining experience that will heighten your senses due to the fine dishes as well as the... well, height. Start the journey on the 54th floor at UNO Mas with assorted tapas and sangria, move up one floor to Red Sky restaurant where you can choose between two courses and end the night at CRU Champagne Bar on the 59th floor. Just don’t look down.

From 6pm. Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Rama I Road. Call 02-100-6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th. B2,999++.
 

+ Le Du X Labyrinth Exclusive Collection, Le Du, Sep 13-14

Michelin-starred chef Han Li Guang from Singapore’s Labyrinth is teaming up with Le Du chef Thitid Tassanakajohn for two days only to bring diners a special Asian dining experience. The duo will be cooking up a number of modern interpretations of Asian dishes like Pork cheek “char siew” and River prawn with shrimp paste and black jasmine.

6pm-10pm. Le Du Restaurant, 399/3 Silom Soi 7. Visit www.ledubkk.com, 092-919-9969, email info@ledubkk.com. B2,900++, additional B1,800++ for wine pairing.

+ New Signature Menu “Simply Collective Eternity”, Q & A Bar, Ongoing

Fan of cocktails? Q & A bar has added 15 drinks under the theme “Simply Collective Eternity” that have been meticulously experimented with and researched before being crafted. It’s a must for those who like “adult beverages”. Just don’t go posting it on social media.

Mon-Sat, 7pm-2am. Q & A Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 21. Visit qnabar.com, 02-664-1445, email contact@qnabar.com.
 
+ Magnum Play Space, Central Embassy, Sep 8-10

You know what goes well together? Ice cream and playgrounds. That’s exactly what Magnum has done with the Magnum Play Space that’s only open for a limited time. Do some climbing with “Almond Climbing”, be a kid with the “Chocolate Slide” and relax from all that exercise on the “White Almond Bean Bags”. And finally, do away with all the activity by making a personalised Magnum at the Magnum Bar.

10am-10pm, Level G Atrium, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Road. Visit www.fb.com/MagnumThailand.


TRAVEL

+ SACICT plern CRAFT, Ayutthaya, Sep 9-10 & Sep 16-17

Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, or SACICT, will host two weekend events dedicated to local art and wisdom at two temples in Ayutthaya. From Sep 9-10, witness the beauty of Thai stucco and Siraphorn puppet show at Wat Pra Si Sanphet. Join a workshop to make court dolls. The last weekend of the craft fest will take place from Sep 16-17 at Wat Chaiwatthanaram where attendees will get to enjoy the magnificent lai rot nam (gold appliqué on black lacquerware), miniature elephants and a toy workshop. One-hour workshops take place three times a day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

www.sacict.or.th, www.facebook.com/sacict.

+ KTC Privileges, X2 properties, Until Jun 30, 2018

They say loyalty is its own reward, but KTC credit card is giving extra thanks for your membership. It has teamed up with luxury accommodation brand, X2, to bring special privileges to all KTC members. Members get 15% off the best rate for any accommodation room type with X2, X2 Vibe, and Away as well as 15% off on the website rack rate for yacht cruises. Book directly with the participating hotels and pay with your card. If you’re not already a member, you’ll be missing out! Sign up at bit.ly/2uPcS19 02-123-5000, www.ktc.co.th

+ Suite & Villa Sensation, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Until Oct 31

Get back to nature with green season spa retreats with Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. The monsoon season might be wet but it doesn’t have to dampen your romantic beach holiday. Phi Phi Island Village is offering special packages for couples to get away and snuggle up in luxurious villas on the tropical island. You can relax in romantic indulgence with the “Lover’s Care Package”, a two-and-a-half-hour sesh including a private milky Jacuzzi, a Phi Phi coconut scrub and aromatherapy massage. To raise the pampering game, try the three-hour “Blissful Package” including a floral footbath, body balancing salt scrub, back stress relief massage, Indian head massage and a healing hot stone massage. Moreover, until Oct 31, castaway couples can enjoy the special privileges of the Suite & Villa Sensation promotion. It comes with one in-room afternoon tea, daily turnout treats, daily Jacuzzi infused with a choice of energising crystals or relaxing oils and more.

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, 49 Moo 8, Ao-nang, Muang, Phi Phi Islands, Krabi. 075-628-900, phiphiislandvillage.com. B7,450 per couple for Lover’s Care Package, B10,850 per couple for Blissful Package, goo.gl/7FWwhM to book Suite & Villa Sensation.


MOVIES

+ IT (directed by Andrés Muschietti)

Who’s in it?

Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis.

What’s it about?

Based on Stephen King’s chilling novel, the film follows a group of kids who affectionately call themselves “The Losers’ Club” being terrorised by a thing they name “It”, a being which has the ability to turn into its prey’s worst fear. Fittingly, “It” takes the form of the creepy Pennywise the Clown most of the time.

Why watch it?

Isn’t a creepy clown everyone’s worst nightmare? Also, this is probably where JK Rowling got her idea for the Boggart in Harry Potter.

+ THE PROMISE (directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit)

Who’s in it?

Numthip Jongrachatawiboon, Apichaya Thongkham.

What’s it about?

After their parents go bankrupt due to the 1997 financial crash, two best friends, Boum and Ib, decide to commit suicide on the unfinished condo tower their parents invested in. Ib goes through with it. Boum doesn’t. Now a mother, Boum discovers that her daughter’s sleepwalking episodes reminds her a lot of her Ib, and she has the sinking feeling that Ib is haunting her for not keeping her promise to never leave Ib’s side.

Why watch it?

The Sathorn Unique Tower, the famous abandoned building here in Bangkok, is already creepy enough, so this just raises the fear factor and spookiness surrounding that building.
 
+ GIRLS TRIP (directed by Malcolm D. Lee)

Who’s in it?

Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish.

What’s it about?

Four BFFs decide to have a no-holds-barred girls trip to the Essence Festival at New Orleans where chaos and hilarity ensues.

Why watch it?

Four hilarious ladies on a The Hangover-esque outing.
 
+ THE GLASS CASTLE (directed by Destin Daniel Cretton)

Who’s in it?

Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson.

What’s it about?

Based on the life of Jeannette Walls who wrote the memoir the film is based on, the movie follows how her parents, an alcoholic and an artist, struggled to raise her and her siblings as they constantly moved around and lived in poverty.

Why watch it?

It’s a heartfelt and true story with one heck of a cast. 


NETFLIX

+ UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (SEASON 1-3)

Follow the many adventures of Kimmy Schmidt as she tries to adjust back into modern society after being kept in a bunker with three other women by a doomsday cultist for 15 years. Now, joined by her roommate Titus Andromedon, landlady Lillian Kaushtupper and wealthy socialite Jacqueline White, Kimmy’s optimism and naïveté brings about a slew of hilarious experiences in New York City.

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