Weekend Warrior: July 27-29 — Stand-up comedy, beer festival, art-meets-film, and jazz

Island Jazz Orchestra and Malaysian comedian Dr Jason Leong. Photos via Facebook.

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.

Friday, July 27

CBAHK Summer Beer Festival

Eight breweries. Sixteen beers. Each one brewed especially for this three-day beer festival organized by the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong. All you can drink for just HK$350, and you can vote for your favorite at the end.

Until July 29; Fri and Sun 6pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-4pm at, The Globe, Garely Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. HK$350.

Metallica VS Nirvana Tribute Night

Because nothing says Friday night headbanger’s ball at the Hard Rock in LKF… right? Anyway, if beginning the weekend to Enter Sandman or Heart-Shaped Box sounds like your kind of thing, here it is.

9:45pm-2:30am, Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong, LG, LKF Tower, 55 D’Aguilar Street, Hong Kong. HK$350.


Saturday, July 28

700 Coens’-drawings of Coen Brothers’ film characters (Part 1)

Hong Kong-based caricaturist and illustrator Stephen Case unveils the first part of a personal art project where he aims to draw 700 characters — and colorful extras — from films directed by the Coen Brothers. They will also show different Coen Brothers’ films during the exhibition, so stay tuned for the screening schedule.

Until September 23. 2pm-8pm, Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon. Free, but donations welcome.

Crisis at home! Eat up and support the shelter home for migrant domestic workers, the Bethune House!

Bethune House has been a sanctuary for domestic workers fleeing abusive employers in Hong Kong. But it is running out of funds and relies on donations to keep its doors open. To raise funds, it is inviting everyone to vegetarian restaurant So Boring, which will be serving guests Asian fusion foods for a good cause.

7pm-9pm, So Boring, 6 Tak Cheong Lane, Kowloon. Free, but donations welcome.

Ambitious with Jason Leong

Malaysian comic Dr. Jason Leong is becoming one of the fastest rising stand-up comedians in south east Asia, and our sister site Coconuts KL are fans of his latest tour Ambitious. Last year he appeared on Comedy Central and was their comedian of the month in August, and fans of 9GAG might remember Leong from this short clip from one of his gigs on WhatsApp groups. He has performed to sold-out arenas in his native Malaysia, and will be touring multiple cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Delhi, Mumbai, and then Penang, Johor, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and finally Kuala Lumpur.

9pm-11pm, Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, Basement 1, 1 Connaught Place, Central. HK$280.

Big Band Night — Live at Fringe Dairy

The Fringe Club’s weekly big band night has been a staple of the city’s jazz scene, bringing you everything from George Gershwin to Cole Porter. This weekend, music will be brought to you by the Island Express Jazz Orchestra, which specializes in large-ensemble arrangements by modern jazz composers. The group is made up of 17 members, from music professionals to businessmen, and they will be performing originals by Bob Mintzer, Pat Metheny and Matt Catinggub, as well as fresh arrangements of the standards.

9:30pm, Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. HK$180 (on the day), HK$155 (advance and Fringe club members), HK$124 (students and seniors).


Sunday, July 29

Hidden Agenda presents: Do Wat I Wanna Do

For those of you who want to end your weekend with a bit of thrash metal, underground music venue This Town Needs — otherwise more widely-known as Hidden Agenda — has five bands line-up to get your head banging. They are Maniac, CharmCharmChu, Daybreak on Monday, The ancient Mental, and Vanish.

7:30pm-11pm. This Town Needs, 1/F, Commercial Accommodation, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$220 (walk in), HK$160 (advance)

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