A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, February 14
One of our favourite live music venues, The Aftermath, will be hosting an indie electro disco night. It’ll begin with some performances from local indie bands All for One, and S A G A, then electro band Brendan Sheridan. The evening will end with some disco music featuring This Ain’t No Disco DJs Keith Holden, Dave Bannon, and drummer, Kent Foran.
9:30pm to 2am at, The Aftermath Bar, L/GF, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
Whether or not you’re effin’ grateful for your ex, PLAY will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with you for a night of dance tunes featuring Sir Scratch and DJ Neezy.
10:30pm to 5am at, PLAY, 1/F, On Hing Building 1 On Hing Terrace, Central. Free.
Haven’t got a date? Get your squad together for Valentine’s Day and eat your heart out at Te Quiero Mucho’s all-you can-eat taco night with free-flow anti-Valentine’s cocktails, including a beverage called “Your Ex’s Tears.” There’s also a “beating the crap of our Stupid Cupid piñata” option that allows you to attach a photo of your ex to an inanimate object and wail on it if you really need to let it out. To book a table, call +852 3423 3290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for Central, or +852 3460 8157 or email@example.com for Wong Chuk Hang. Credit card authorization needed for groups of eight or more.
5:30pm to 11:30pm at, Te Quiero Mucho (Central), 286 Queen’s Road Central, Central, AND Te Quiero Mucho (Wong Chuk Hang) 3/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. HK$318 (for two-hour all-you-can-eat tacos, free-flow selected cocktails, house wines, and beer for group bookings of four or more).
Entertainment and events concept Disco Bao — which celebrates the best of Cantonese disco music — will be presenting a French Valentine’s Day spin-off called Disco Baguette.
Shiny shoes, dancing queens, mayhem, and plenty of Perrier-Jouët champagne will be on offer. The soundtrack will be French ’80s music, so think Desireless, Indochine, Les Rita Mitsouko, and others. For table packages, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:30pm at, Shop 15, G/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.
LKF nightclub Sound Dept is promising “a whole new level of nightlife experience & partying: raw, rowdy, and real, with a gut-busting immersive audio-visual experience to boot.” Dang. Entry is free and includes three free drinks (two standard, and one Valentines special tequila shot).
11pm at, Sound Dept, LG/F, Malahon Centre, 8-12 Stanley Street, Central. Free.
If you and your significant other are looking for something a bit classier this Valentine’s Day, how about a night of love ballads and a six-course set menu prepared by Tony Hung at Central speakeasy The Foxglove — we can vouch for Hung’s culinary chops, having tried his food when he first took over the speakeasy’s kitchen.
The meal includes two glasses of champagne, and courses include OmniPork-stuffed morel mushrooms and Hokkaido scallop, pumpkin and scallop soup with egg white and bird’s nest, and deep-fried glutinous rice ball and rose red date cake.
7pm to 10pm at, 2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central. HK$1,980 (for two people).
Rest assured that this performance is not a practice session, but a performance by jazz trio Practice Only, whose sound combines jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and funk. The group’s name takes inspiration from a saying by American jazz pianist Art Tatum who once said “man, I’m always practicing, even on stage.”
7pm to 9pm at Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 G/F Peel Street, Sheung Wan.
Saturday, February 15
This is a charity yoga event, with proceeds going to the mental health awareness charity Mind HK. All participants will get a free coconut-raspberry peanut butter mini jar from CocoParadise. To book your slot, contact Flex Central at +852 2813 2399 or email@example.com. Donations can be made online, or in cash at the event.
4:40pm to 5:40pm at, Flex Studio HK, 3/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$280 (per person) HK$500 (for two people).
Hong Kong-based Black Sabbath tribute band Supernaut will be closing Saturday night with music by Black Sabbath (obviously).
9:15pm to 10:30pm at, The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Free.
The David Zwirner gallery presents this solo exhibition by British artist Rose Wylie called Painting A Noun…, which features several groups of related paintings and drawings that underscore the importance of memory. Drawing from a wide variety of media sources such as film, fashion photos, news images, and so on, Wylie tries to recreate these images from memory, and the result is a series of images “loosely tethered to their original referents, but tightly connected to the memories as they have developed over time.”
11am to 7pm until Saturday, February 22 at, 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Free.
The Karin Weber Gallery’s first exhibition of 2020 will feature a “dialogue on abstraction” between two artists from different cultural backgrounds: Tina Buchholtz from Germany, and Tsang Chui Mei from Hong Kong. Both draw from the school of Western abstraction (think Jackson Pollock) as well as traditional Chinese painting.
11am to 7pm until Saturday, February 22 at, Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, SOHO. Free.
We’re all feeling a bit nostalgic about old Hong Kong these days (and with the ongoing protests, who can blame you?). F11 Foto Museum will be celebrating its fifth birthday with this exhibition of photos of old Hong Kong taken in 1959 and 1960 by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken. The collection will feature 130 black-and-white photos of Elsken’s 13-month stay in Hong Kong, a city he reportedly once described as “the prettiest of harbor cities.”
2pm to 7pm until February 28 (closed on Sundays) at F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley. HK$100 (adults), HK$50 (students and seniors aged 65 and above), free for children aged 11 and under, and disabled persons.
Sunday, February 16
This exhibition will feature more than 70 original works, installations, photographs, and sculptures by Banksy, the elusive British street artist and political activist known for creating works such as Seasons Greetings, and Balloon Girl — which was famously partially shredded by its own frame after the hammer went down on it at a Sotheby’s auction in 2018.
Note that this exhibition is organized by Art Projectors Hong Kong in partnership with Last Bullet Production and HKPI, and has not been authorized by the artist.
11am to 7pm until Sunday, March 1 at, 1/F, FT Life Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay. HK$180 (standard, weekdays), HK$210 (standard, weekends), HK$145 (concessions, weekdays), HK$170 (concessions, weekends), Free (children).