A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, January 31
LKF live house The Aftermath will be hosting a night pf hip-hop music featuring six local rappers: J Hoon, Junk!, TripleSiz, Zack Caliztus, Dozy, and X-Siman.
8pm to 1:30am at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
Local band Itty Bitty Hubby will be kicking off the weekend with a night of old Cantopop classics at one of our favourite live music venues, Lost Stars. 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.
Local indie rock bands LinkedIn Park and Practice Only will be kicking off the weekend with some live music at Sheung Wan live music venue Peel Fresco.
7pm to 9pm at, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, G/F, 49 Peel Street, Sheung Wan. Free.
Jazz guitarists Eugene Pao and Teriver Cheung will be bringing some jazz to Sha Tin this weekend.
8pm to 9:30pm at, Auditorium, 4/F, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, 11 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin. HK$160 (early bird discount) HK$200 (at the door).
This Peel Street bar and restaurant will be bringing a series of live jazz performances. This weekend tunes will be provided by Joses Liu on vocals and Geoff King Luk on guitar. Entry is free but guests must reserve a table at +852 2792 6588.
9pm to 11pm at, Dose_Peel Street, 28 Peel Street, Sheung Wan. Free, but guests must reserve a table.
Saturday, February 1
LKF live house the Aftermath will be hosting another installment of their live metal music performances. On Saturday, Hong Kong-based alternative metal group A R K M and Axiom will be performing for those of you who want something a bit heavier this weekend.
9pm to 1:30am at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
Coffee shop and bar Winstons Coffee celebrate the first Saturday of every month with HK$50 Espresso Martinis, so if you’re looking to get drunk and jacked up on caffeine at the same time, swing on by.
9am to 11pm at, Winstons Coffee, 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town. Free.
Brooklyn pizza place Motorino will be hosting a pizza-making workshop this weekend. The event starts off with wine and antipasti, then a chef will teach participants how to make their own Neapolitan pies, from tossing the dough to getting creative with traditional Italian toppings. Reservations are required and can be made at email@example.com. Entry fee includes antipasti, pizza, and free-flow Peroni, plus an option to pay extra for three hours of free-flow prosecco or wine.
The event is $298 per person plus 10 percent service charge and includes antipasti, pizza and free-flow Peroni. Additionally, guests may add three hours of free-flow prosecco or wine for $88.
3pm to 5pm at, Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai. HK$298 (plus 10 percent service charge) HK$88 (three hours free-flow prosecco or wine).
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.
Thousands of animals have died in the Australian bushfires, and the ones that have survived are severely injured. Sheung Wan haberdashery Yarn In The Works will be hosting an afternoon of knitting for anyone who’s hooked on the needle(s) and wants to make a nest or a joey pouch for some of these rescued animals. You’re welcome to bring along your own needles, hooks, and yarn, and some yarn has been set aside at 20 percent off for those who don’t have their own.
2pm to 5:30pm at, Yarn in the Works, 20 Tai Ping Shan Street, Shop B, Sheung Wan. Free.
Sunday, February 2
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).