A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, November 23
AIDS Concern will be screening this drama film, that is said to be the first Hong Kong film about transgender issues, and has been described as the Chinese version of The Danish Girl. The film centers on a man named Travis who on the surface appears to be a happily married middle-aged man with two grown-up children — but Travis identifies as female, and follows his decision to transition from male to female. The story then explores the repercussions that that has on his family. This film received two nominations and won one of them (best supporting actor for Ben Yuen) at last weekend’s Golden Horse Awards, or the “Oscars of Asia.” Watch the trailer here. Part of the ticket price proceeds will go to AIDS Concern’s general fund to support local education and prevention work.
7pm to 10pm at, Golden Harvest’s The Sky Cinema, 1/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon. HK$300.
Wang Wen has made a name for itself as one of China’s leading post-rock bands. Since appearing on the scene in 1999, they have released nine albums. Their music has been described as narrating “stories of their inward journey, sometimes gentle and joyful, sometimes bitter and mournful.
8pm-11pm at, This Town Needs, 1/F, Commercial Accommodation, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$240 (advanced).
Phillips auction house will be presenting this exhibition featuring 28 artworks from anonymous street artist Banksy. The selling exhibition will include original pieces and a range of prints, all from some “European Collection” of his. Don’t expect there to be any art-shredding antics, though…
10am to 7pm at, Phillips, 14/F, St George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central.
The Gutai Group refers to a radical, post-war artistic movement founded in Japan as a response to more traditional art forms. In the Gutai movement, the artists focused on large-scale multimedia environments, performances, and theatrical events and emphasizes the relationship between body and matter in pursuit of originality. GUTAI-JIN in Hong Kong represents the first gallery exhibition to show the relevant artists under the title of “GUTAI-JIN”. There will also be an opening reception and gallery talk on the spirit of Gutai with Shuji Mukai, one of the most prominent figures of the Gutai association. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
5pm to 8pm at, Whitestone Gallery, 7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queens Road Central, Central. Free.
This art exhibition looks at our strong connections with food with themes ranging from food safety to capitalism, mythology, and hegemonism. It has been described as a “feast for the senses”, and features work from artists from Hong Kong, Thailand, China, and Japan.
11am to 7pm until December 12 at, Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.
Saturday, November 24
Early-bird tickets are sold out, but a limited number of standard tickets are still available for this electronic music festival which will feature Roman Flügel, Extrawelt, Jacques Greene, Leon Vynehall and others.
12pm to 11pm at, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan. HK$840.
Winter is coming. *cue dramatic music* No, seriously, winter is coming in HK, and you’re gonna need to wrap up warm, here’s a class that teaches you how to make a cowl scarf for yourself. Or to give to someone as a gift. All you.
2:30pm to 5pm at, 20 Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan. HK$460 (includes yarn).
This exhibition features works from seven artists — Missy Hyper, Joe Lam, Kayla Wong, Kenn Chan, Ruby Law, Kit Chan and Bubble Air — who use a combination of visual art and interactive media to demonstrate the psychological journey of coming out in five steps: confusion, exploration, struggle, accepting your own sexual orientation and living yourself.
10am to 10pm until Sunday, November 25 at, 4/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai. Free.
Do your bit for the environment and join this Lamma Island beach cleanup which comes at the end of the Zero Waste Startup Weekend event from a month ago. Meet on Central Pier four at 1:30pm to catch the 1:45pm ferry. Volunteers can also join their do-gooder companions for dinner and drinks at the end of the event back in Central.
1:30pm to 7pm at, Lamma Island Beach. Free.
Learn the basics of graffiti from some graffiti masters at this workshop. It’s 10 percent off if you bring a friend. For bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org, but spaces are limited.
11am to 8:30pm at, HK GRAFF PHD, 18 Yip Shing Street, Kwai Chung. HK$600 (materials included).
Sunday, November 25
Jazz ensemble Tjoe w/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, and they will be performing at Peel Fresco every Sunday until the end of the year. Check them out here.
9pm-midnight at, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 Peel Street, Soho, Sheung Wan.