A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, February 1
Teenage Fanclub first formed in the late ’80s as a scrappy indie band, and since then have released 11 studio LPs and two compilations, cementing themselves as one of Britain’s most-loved cult indie bands (Liam Gallagher famously called them the “second-best band in the world,” after Gallagher’s own band, Oasis). They’ll be performing live in Hong Kong for the first time, and among certain music geek circles, it’s a not-to-be-missed show.
7:30pm to 10pm at, The Vine Church, 29 Burrows Street, Wan Chai. HK$490.
This solo exhibition features a series of oil paintings by Chinese female artist Shen Ling, who uses her work to express her interpretation of human complexity.
11am to 7pm until Saturday, 9 February at, H Queen’s Hong Kong, 80 Queen’s Road, Central. Free.
Eaton Hotel’s cocktail bar will be hosting beatboxer INK who wowed crowds when took to the stage at Leo Ku’s Magic Moments concert in 2007, and singer-songwriter Yeung Tung, who is known for her emotional and gloomy electronica pop sound. Yeung is also known by her crass and materialistic alter-ego Ruby, one half of the duo GTB who performed at Clockenflap last year.
9pm at, Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road. Free.
Berlin-based Australian DJ Andy Hart will be behind the decks in Sheung Wan this weekend. He’s been described as one of the most influential faces of the Australian music scene, he’s a former member of the famous Melbourne Deepcast, and one-third of the collective Wax’o Paradiso who has been organizing parties in Melbourne for years at Social Club, and in Berlin recently at About Blank with a momentum for them at Sugar Mountain Festival in 2017, where they played a proper Boiler Room session.
11pm to 5am at, 宀 Club, 279 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan. Free.
Hong Kong Shax Theatre Group is made up of a group of University of Hong Kong students, united by a love for Shakespeare, who perform one of the Bard’s plays every year. This weekend they bring you the Merchant of Venice, a tale of love and hate, sacrifice and revenge, friendship and enmity. The performance will be in Cantonese.
8pm at, Studio 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, University of Hong Kong. HK$200 (Standard) HK$120 (Full-time student).
This panel of doctors and historians will be focusing on the issue of disease, in particular the memories of and lessons learned from the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. Panelists will discuss how the doctors who were treating patients at the time remember the epidemic, and how historians contextualist the disease in the larger fabric of Hong Kong’s modern history. Event is free but guests must RSVP.
7pm to 8:30pm at, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.
Wontonmeen is a hostel that’s hosted a slew of small and intimate jazz nights, and this weekend they’re back with another session. Taking to the stage on Friday is a trio made up of vocalist and guitarist Jabin Law, guitarist Isaac So, and double bassist Tsz On Chiu.
8:15pm at XS, G/F 135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon. Free.
Saturday, February 2
You’re gonna need something to carry all those lucky red packets (lai sees), so why not join this knitting workshop where you’ll learn how to make your own piggy clutch bag for yourself (or someone you know aged 11 and under). Price includes one ball of Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn. Needles will be provided to be used during class.
12pm to 2pm at, Yarn in the Works, 20 Tai Ping Shan Street, Shop B, Sheung Wan. HK$450.
Local guitarists Jason Szeto and Mario To will be performing a set that fuses jazz, blues, rocks and other genres at this Wan Chai book shop.
8:30pm to 10:30pm at, MOSSES, 14 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai. Free.
Sunday, February 3
This free event will include an exhibition of photographs from Burkina Faso, a sketch creation workshop, a live performance by violinist Den Lok and Japanese guitarist Akihiro Kawasaki (who will be playing a set that fuses Japanese rock with classical music), and also, a coffee tasting. Eclectic? Yes, yes, we’d say so.
2:30pm to 5:30pm at, NIDO ASIA, 254 Hollywood Road, Central. Free, but donations welcome.
This open mic cabaret variety night will feature comedy, cabaret, music, dancing, and drag. Entry is free but tips accepted (just do it), and people who volunteer to perform get a free drink. No topic is out of bounds — controversial, disgusting, or taboo, all cool. Expect a night of creativity and fun in an inclusive environment. Note for those interested in performing — cabaret acts that need more preparation (i.e. music track or instrument set up, and any performance longer than five minutes) need to pre-register. Registration starts at 7:30pm.
8pm until late at, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central. Free.
This exhibition is held by the group Moving Moving Images (MMI), a group that makes moving images performances who have performed in Shanghai, Taiwan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. This show features a series of Chinese New Year images that MMI said will “make you merry like a piece of glutinous Chinese New Year cake.” The Jockey Club will be closed from February 5 to February 7 for Chinese New Year.
2pm to 8pm until February 17 at, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei. Free.