Weekend Warrior: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Screengrab via YouTube.
Screengrab via YouTube.

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


Friday, November 29

Parpaing Papier from France and Shumking Mansion

Hong Kong-based psychedelic rockers Shumking Mansions will be joined by French four-piece band Parpaing Papier for a night of live music at The Wanch — which, incidentally, features on our list of best live music venues in Hong Kong. If you like punk-rock-pop music and psychedelic funk, head on down.

9pm to 11:30pm at, The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Free.

Moonlit Movies presents: 10 Things I Hate About You

It’s almost December, which in Hong Kong means it’s time for the Moonlit Movies’ outdoor movie screenings. They’ll be kicking off the weekend with a screening of 10 Things I Hate About You, the American romcom released 20 years ago and based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. For those of you who have somehow managed to avoid teen classic for two decades, it revolves around new guy Cameron, who falls head over heels for popular girl Bianca, who isn’t allowed to date until her abrasive older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), has a boyfriend. Not one to give up, Cameron enlists the high school bad boy, Patrick (Heath Ledger, in his breakout role), to woo Kat, and hijinks predictably ensue. Doors open at 6pm, and remember to bring a blanket; it’s starting to get chilly.

8pm at, The Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central. HK$80.

The Hive’s Christmas Market

Christmas is right around the corner — well, kinda — but it’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas shopping.

12pm to 8pm at, The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan. Free.

Go Nuts! exhibition opening

Club Third will be hosting this solo exhibition by Beijing-born, Hong Kong-raised artist Elaine Keung called “Go Nuts,” which aims to challenge our perceptions of, and blur the boundaries between, high and low art. The paintings are made using traditional brush and acrylic, yet contain pixelated or graphic design elements, and feature a playful character “going nuts.”

12pm to 7pm until Saturday (closed on Sundays), December 21 at, Club Third, Shop no. 2, G/F & Cockloft, Fook On Building, 192 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun. Free.

The Hong Kong French Film Festival 2019

The Alliance Française de Hong Kong will be presenting the 48th edition of the Hong Kong French Film Festival, which will screen over 40 films across two categories: Retrospective, which celebrates the French New Wave of the 1950s and ’60s; and French Cinepanorama, which highlights some of the best new French film releases of the year.

Films on show this weekend include The Truth, about a stormy reunion between an actress mom and her daughter after the mom publishes her memoirs; A Brother’s Love, about an unemployed academic called Sophia who “temporarily” moves in with her older brother Karim, but their bond is tested when Karim falls in love with Sophia’s doctor; and Fahim, the Little Chess Prince, based on the real-life story of an 8-year-old chess prodigy who’s forced to flee Bangladesh and arrives in Paris with his dad.

Until Tuesday, December 10 at, Various locations. HK$80 and upwards.

SALES: Live in HK

U.S. lo-fi minimalist pop group SALES will be making their debut Hong Kong performance at TTN. If you’re a fan of artists like Beach House, The xx, Boy Pablo, and Japanese Breakfast, then give SALES a listen. The indie group are known for his such as “Renee,” and “Chinese New Year.”

7:30pm to 10:30pm at, This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$360.


Saturday, November 30

Music Market

For those of you looking for something a bit more vintage to give to someone for Christmas, check out this secondhand vinyl market. Browse or expand your vinyl collection, or if you have some records or used gear that you’d like to sell, that’s welcome too, but you will need to sign up here.

You can also drop your business card for a chance to win a free intro DJ lesson, and students of Sol Passion Music will be performing throughout the day.

12pm to 6pm at, Sol Passion Music, 4F, Tung Kin Factory Building, 200 – 202 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, Quarry Bay. Free.

DragJam

This weekend drag show takes place on the last day of November, so it’s only appropriate that the theme of this DragJam is Lady Gaga meets Nightmare Before Christmas. Doors opens at 7:15pm, performance begins at 8pm. Tickets should be obtained online as there are a limited number of at-the-door tickets available. There will be a bar with cocktails and beer. Remember to bring change.

7:15pm to 10:30pm at, The Hive Spring, 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang. HK$150.

Moonlit Movies: Grease

Setting aside the fact that the girl has to completely change everything about herself to win the boy, this comedy about high-schoolers in the ’50s is still a classic, and who would turn down a sing-along to hits like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” and “You’re The One That I Want”?

8pm at, The Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central. HK$80.

Isle of Birds Exhibition

Did you know that Hong Kong is home to more than 530 species of birds? One person who tried to capture some of them is urban sketcher Gary Yeung, who was last spotted by the Coconuts HK team sketching the Hong Kong Way, and who is best known for his pen and paper sketches of the city. He will also be hosting an exhibition displaying his sketches of birds native to Hong Kong at this cozy gallery in Wan Chai. Some of the birds Yeung sketched include Eurasian tree sparrows, spotted doves, and a fork-tailed sunbird. This is your last chance to catch this exhibition before it closes on Sunday.

1pm to 7pm until Sunday, December 1 at, Part-Of Gallery, 16 Sik On Street, Wan Chai. Free.

Hong Kong the way it was, by Ed van der Elsken

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, December 1

Moonlit Movies: Romeo + Juliet

Sunday evening’s outdoor film will be Baz Luhrmann’s loud, very ’90s, and slightly unconventional adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers, and a soundtrack that included a remix of “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kym Mazelle, and “Lovefool” by The Cardigans.

8pm to 11pm at, Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park. HK$80.

Notes On The Future

This solo exhibition by artist Eric Fok features his signature paintings that amalgamate various historical eras into a single painting. In this exhibition, the artist attempts to envisage the future of Hong Kong and Macau on a series of woodblock paintings. It’s an exhibition that invites the viewer to imagine the future, while also remembering to engage with our past.

11am to 7pm until Saturday, December 7 at, Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, SOHO. Free.

City of Darkness by Greg Girard & Ian Lambot

Blue Lotus Gallery will present this exhibition featuring photographs of the famous and long-gone Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. For more than 50 years, the walled city was a source of fascination for observers; it began as a squatter settlement, and later became known as the most densely populated place on earth, a lawless labyrinth where crime, commerce, and community co-existed.

Nearly 30 years on from the Walled City’s demolition — Kowloon Walled City Park now sits in its place — this project will offer a unique insight into the people who lived there.

11am to 6pm until Sunday, December 8 at, Blue Lotus Gallery, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Free.

Very Natural Actions

This exhibition is part of the Emerging Curators Project, and explores the relationship between “an art object and the practice that results in the art object.” It invites guests to explore how contemporary art has shifted its focus away from “art for art’s sake” and towards viewing objects on their own in isolation.

2pm to 8pm (Mon) and 11am to 8pm (Tues to Sun) until 31 December at JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.

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