A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, January 10
Hong Kong-based illustrator Pearl Law’s distinctive drawings have graced the covers of many publications, such as 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.
Wan Chai gallery ODD ONE OUT will be hosting this exhibition, which will run until Sunday, Feb. 9.
6pm to 8pm at, ODD ONE OUT, G/F, 14 Francis Street, Wanchai. 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.
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).
The University of Hong Kong’s Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting this exhibition of photos of China’s coast taken from 1908 to 1909 by Hungarian photographer Dezső Bozóky. A naval officer with the Austro-Hungarian Navy, Bozóky first left Hong Kong for Canton, before traveling to Fujian province, Shanghai, and Beijing, documenting the countryside and cities, along with their inhabitants. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the final years of the Qing dynasty before it fell in 1911.
9:30am to 6pm until Friday, January 17 at, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Free.
Kick off the weekend with a night of jazz music at the LKF venue BB Jazz Lounge, with tunes provided by the Antoine Richard Gypsy Swing Quartet, and the house band For Beats kicking off the show at 9pm. Entry fee includes two standard drinks at the bar. To reserve your table call +852 2641 2880.
9pm to 12am at, BB Jazz Lounge, 2/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong. HK$380.
Jazz ensemble Tjoe and 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.
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.x
Saturday, January 11
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.
Jazz quartet Molala — featuring famed Hong Kong jazz guitarist Eugene Pao — will be performing a set at Soho jazz venue Peel Fresco this Saturday. Pao will be accompanied by Scott Dodd on bass, Blaine Whittaker on sax, and Charlie Foldesh on drums.
9:30pm at, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, G/F, 49 Peel Street, Soho, Sheung Wan. Free.
LKF live house The Aftermath turns one year old this weekend, and since its opening, it’s hosted a roster of events like comedy nights, cabarets, art exhibitions, and live music. To celebrate the anniversary, they’ll providing free beer between 7 and 8pm and 10 and 11pm, and there will be performances from bands like rock outfit Other Theories and punk rock group Two Finger Salute. There’ll also be stand-up performances from Tamby Chan, Garron Chiu, Ailee Slater, and much more.
7pm at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong. Free.
Chinese composer Tan Dun is best known for his work on the films Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, and The Banquet. In this concert, Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Evelyn Chang (piano), and Lyn Zhu (cello) will be performing the composer’s Martial Arts Sonata Cycle, which will feature highlights from the three films with a screening of key scenes accompanying the performance.
7:30pm at, JC Cube, Tai Kwun. HK$480 HK$380.
9:15pm to 11:45pm at, The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Free.
Hong Kong-based Italian writer and journalist Valentina Giannella will be at indie bookstore Bleak House Books to talk about her book We Are All Greta, about the teenage climate activist (and Time Person of the Year) Greta Thunberg. Written for young and old alike, the book is designed to answer questions about climate change and how we can all play our part by curbing emissions. Children are welcome at this event.
2:30pm to 4pm at, Bleak House Books, 27/F, Unit 05, 7-9 Pat Tat Street, Well Tech Centre, San Po Kong. Free.
Sunday, January 12
Asia Society will be hosting this screening of Still Human, a Hong Kong dramedy about a middle-aged disabled man and his young Filipino caretaker. The film has won plaudits for its portrayal of the relationship between the domestic worker and her employer, and was one of the big winners at last year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, nabbing statuettes for Oliver Chan Siu-kuen (best new director), Anthony Wong (best actor), and Crisel Consunji (best newcomer), who plays the domestic worker Evelyn.
The screening is co-presented with Splash Foundation, which provides free swimming lessons for low-income communities like domestic workers.
6:30pm to 9:45pm at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. HK$100 (Asia Society members and non-members), free for Splash swimmers, Splash alumni and domestic workers.
K11 Art House will be hosting this screening of the now-iconic Sofia Coppola film Lost In Translation about two lost and lonely people — a jaded film star and a young wife — who meet in Tokyo.
6:45pm at, 4/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$85.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee includes antipasti, pizza, and free-flow Peroni. There will also be soft drinks for kids.
3pm to 5pm at, Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai. HK$50.
This handmade craft market will feature local and independent vendors selling their handmade and self-designed wares. There will be bags, jewelry, home accessories, fine art, stationery and paper crafts, and children’s accessories. Promo for the market promises visitors that it’ll be packed with one-of-a-kind and limited edition items.
11am to 6pm at, Discovery Bay. Free.