Weekend Warrior: November 16-18

Hong Kong Pride Parade 2017. Photo via Facebook/Hong Kong Pride Parade.

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

Friday, November 16

German Film Forum: Phoenix

This gripping German noir-ish emotional thriller is set in the immediate aftermath of World War II and follows a Jewish woman called Nelly, who survives the concentration camps and returns to Germany with a disfigured face. Her ex-husband Johnny, believing Nelly to be dead, does not recognize her, and in a case of mistaken identity gets Nelly to play the part of his wife so that he can get his hands on her inheritance. Click here to watch the trailer.

7:45pm-9:30pm at, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$60 (Check URBTIX for ticket discounts).

Jazz+ : Ray Speaks Jazz × Golden Hits

As part of the Fringe Club’s “Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe,” Jazz+ is a series of cross-over performances between jazz and other genres that will be happening every month from October until May 2019. This performance will feature host band Ray Speaks Jazz, led by Ray Wang (guitar). Joining him onstage are Yiti Chapman (vocals), Sukie Sing (piano), Ben Lo (bass) and Jackie Chan (drums).

9:30pm-11:30pm at, Fringe Dairy, The Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. HK$180 (On the day) HK$150 (Advance, and Fringe members) HK$120 (Students).

Growing Pains: A New Solo Exhibition by Matt Gondek

This is the sophomore solo exhibition of LA-based “deconstructive pop artist” Matt Gondek, whose work features images of your favorite Disney characters … but with melted faces. The title refers to the artist’s own personal and artistic struggles as he navigates the pressures of a rising artist.

2pm-9pm until November 25 at, Wai Yip Street 133, 1/F, 133 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong. Free.

Sip and Shop Early Christmas Fair

Early Christmas shopping with a glass of wine in hand? Awesome. The Fringe Club Sip and Shop Pre Christmas Fair is back this weekend, and although the space is tiny, there’s just enough of a selection for you not to feel rushed or stressed when buying gifts for your loved ones.

11am-8pm until Saturday, November 17 at, Fringe Gallery, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Free.

Saturday, November 17

Hong Kong Pride Parade 2018

It’s been an interesting year of LGBT-related news in Hong Kong, from the government officially recognizing same-sex partnerships for spousal visa applications, to a landmark ruling by the city’s highest court ruling that the Immigration Department were wrong to deny a spousal dependent visa to a British woman as her UK civil partnership was not recognized in Hong Kong. But there’s still a long way to go in terms of equality for the city’s LGBT community, including same-sex marriage.

2pm-11pm at, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. Free.

Hong Kong Pride Parade 2018 Official After Party

When you’ve had fun at Hong Kong Pride Parade, don’t worry, the party continues at Armani/Privé. There will be music, performances from drag queens, and a lucky draw. Proceeds from the night will go towards the operating costs for Hong Kong Pride Parade.

10pm-3am at, Armani/Privé, 2/F and Terrace, Landmark Chater, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central. HK$250 (at the door) HK$200 (if purchased from souvenir booth).

Inaugural Hong Kong Eco Film Festival

This event will have films, workshops and talks, and will bring together eco-warriors, film lovers, and anyone who is passionate about nature and caring for the environment.

9:30am-6pm at, The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan. HK$380 (day pass).

Danish Christmas Bazar 2018

The Danish Seaman’s Church in Hong Kong will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar to raise money for the church and social events for people in the community. There will be hotdogs, beers, smorrebrod (open sandwiches), candy, cheese, licorice, Skagen watches and leather bags, clothes, jewelry, artwork, a tombola, and a lottery.

10am-7pm at, Danish Seaman’s Church Hong Kong, Mariner’s Club, 2 Container Port Road, Kwai Chung. Free.

South Island Art Discovery Walk

Described by the organizers as the “Brooklyn of Hong Kong”, the South Island Cultural District has, in recent years, increasingly become known as a growing art community in the city. This is a two-and-a-half hour walk around the area that will take you to a part of the city where the industrial buildings have been converted into art galleries, and where the exteriors of many of these buildings also have been adorned with wall art.

2pm-4:30pm at, Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit A, Circle K. HK$350.

Sunday, November 18

HK (queer) zine culture now and then

This event will feature a talk by local activist and Hong Kong Pride Parade co-founder Connie Chan and co-founder of local risograph studio Ink’chacha Ranee Sio-ieng on the history of Hong Kong’s zine culture, and the phenomenon of queer independent publishing during the 1990s and 200s. WhatsApp +852 9202 4053, and email queerreadslibrary@gmail.com for enquiries.

2pm-4pm at, Music Room, Eaton Workshop, Eaton Hotel, Jordan, Kowloon. Free.

Sai Kung Autumn stall with lmpactHK

ImpactHK is a charity that has been helping get some of the city’s homeless off the streets and into homes and jobs. To raise funds, it will be selling crocheted and knitted items for those of you looking to buy something handmade as Christmas gifts.

11am-6pm at, Momentai, Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. Free.

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