A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, February 7
Three-piece rock’n’roll band The Side Burns will be kicking off the weekend at Wan Chai live house The Wanch.
9pm to 11pm at, The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Free.
Clockenflap favorites and Hong Kong-based indie rock-pop band Esimorp will be releasing their debut album Roar Like The Ocean at this performance at one of our favorite venues, MOM Livehouse. Listen to the album here.
8pm to 11pm at, MOM Livehouse, B39, Seven Seas Shopping Centre, 117-121 Kings Road, North Point. HK$180.
Jazz ensemble Tjoe w/NTBM (meaning: not-to-be-missed) is a collective of some of Hong Kong’s most adventurous/offbeat jazz musicians led by guitarist and composer Tjoe Man Cheung. The performance will be split into three sessions, and patrons will be able to order food and drink during the 20 minute breaks in between sessions.
8pm-9:50pm at, Lost Stars Livehouse Bar & Eatery, G/F, Shop 506,11 Li Tak Street, Square Mile, Tai Kok Tsui. Free, but patrons must buy food or drink from the eatery.
New craft beer and southeast Asian grill joint Taps & Bites will be hosting its grand opening party this weekend. There will be free-flow selected craft beer, finger foods, and giveaways.
5pm at, Taps and Bites, G/F, 7 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai. Free.
Saturday, February 8
Participants of this workshop will be taught the basics of dip pen calligraphy, and will receive one-on-one guidance before going off to mix your own vibrant colors for your calligraphy. There are spots still available since the time of this article’s publication — could be a good one if you’re looking to do something creative this weekend.
10am-1pm at Kalo Make Art, Room 201, Ivy House, 18-20 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$950 (per person) HK$1,600 (for two).
If you’re a fan of jazz music of the big band variety, Hong Kong group the Big Band Express, Deborah Mannas, and guest vocalist Dennis Chan will be kicking off Saturday night with a program of their signature “swinging, snazzy, jazzy, funky, groovy” sound.
8pm to 10pm at, MM Café & Lounge, Basement, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road Central, Central. HK$230.
Tea-inspired cocktail bar Tell Camellia will be hosting this cocktail workshop where you will learn about and experience a selection of teas while learning how to pair them with spirits to make a great cocktail.
4pm to 6pm at, Tell Camellia, 45 Pottinger Street, Central. HK$400.
A group of Hong Kong artists will be getting together for a night of music, cabaret, storytelling, poetry, comedy, and more to raise money for endangered Australian wildlife who have lost their habitats as a result of the bushfires. Happy hour until 9:30pm and all proceeds will go to wildlife charity Wires.
8pm at, Social Room, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley Street, Central. HK$300.
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 9
New Jersey Italian restaurant Frank’s Italian has made a name for itself serving up great Italian-American food with great music to boot, and it also makes no secret of the fact that it loves to play vintage vinyl records in the background as you eat.
They’re also known for hosting Sunday vinyl markets, so if you’re looking for something new to add to your collection, head on over. There will also be listening stations, vintage turntables, open decks, and food and drink.
12pm to 5:30pm at, Frank’s Music, 79 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
Hong Kong-based illustrator Pearl Law‘s distinctive illustrations have graced the covers of publications like the South China Morning Post and Time Out Hong Kong. She’ll be hosting another solo exhibition that will focus exclusively on cyanotype, a type of photography printing that produces a picture or photo as a cyan-blue print.
12pm to 7:30pm until Sunday, February 9 at, ODD ONE OUT, G/F, 14 Francis Street, Wanchai. Free.
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).