What's trending and happening this week

1. Art lovers shouldn't miss out on The Commons Art Weekend event today and tomorrow at Thong Lor 17. From 12-8pm, more than 10 local artists, including O Terawat, Alex Face, Tuna Dunn, Nakrob Moonmanas and Aeicha, will be gathered together for fans to have a sneak peak at how they bring their pieces to life. There will be interesting workshops, along with the highlight of the event -- "Unblanking The Canvas" whereby all the artists will work on one single canvas to create a unique mixed-media masterpiece. Visit The Common's Facebook page.

2. The Living Room at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and the Italian embassy in Bangkok will be bringing in two exceptional jazz bands from Italy to play for two nights this month. On Sept 15, Apeiron Sax Quartet will fill the venue with Baroque to contemporary jazz pieces, film soundtracks and South American-influenced numbers. On Sept 29, the Luca Ciarla Quartet will take over the venue. Led by Luca Ciarla, a leading violinist in the international jazz circuit, the quartet will play their unique contemporary jazz pieces and sounds in the Italian folk tradition. The shows start at 8.30pm with an entertainment fee of 300 baht per person. Guests who spend more than 1,000 baht will have their fee waived.

3. Premium American ice-cream brand Häagen-Dazs has introduced adorable mini versions of their famous Stickbar Popsicles. Perfect for small sugar cravings, the new mini stickbars come in four flavours -- Vanilla Caramel Almond, Chocolate Choc Almond, Green Tea & Almond, and the most refreshing one of all, Mango & Raspberry. Using the best ingredients for each flavour, the seamless chocolate coating on each Stickbar is made from Belgian milk chocolate, the green tea hails from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan and the fragrant vanilla comes from Madagascar. A single Mini Stickbar costs 50 baht and a Multipack of five costs 299 baht.

4. Those still on the fence on buying Nespresso's quick and convenient coffee machines don't need to think much further. Taking their innovation to the next level, Nespresso has designed and launched their smallest coffee machines ever. Coming in two shapes and four colour choices, the machines weigh 2.3kg, are priced at 5,500 baht and have two modes -- Espresso and Lungo. The C-Range, a simple rectangular machine, comes in Piano Black or Pure white, and the D-Range, designed in a fun triangular shape, comes in Ruby Red or Lime Green. The Nespresso Essenza Mini machine is available online or at Siam Paragon's Nespresso boutique.

5. The 24-hour shopping mall, The Street Ratchada will have its first-ever Late Night Book Fair from Sept 13-17. Publishing houses like Happening, A Book, Open Worlds, PTK, Amarin and more will be exhibiting with special discounts, and bring their authors for meet-and-greets and workshops. Interesting workshops include calligraphy classes, a bookbinding course and watercolour portrait drawings. Visit The Street Ratchada's Facebook page.


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