Weekend Warrior: October 11-13

A still from the German film <em>Balloon</em> about two families who try to escape from the German Democratic Republic in the 70s in a self-built hot air balloon. It will be the opening film screening at the German film festival Kino 2019. Screengrab via YouTube.
A still from the German film Balloon about two families who try to escape from the German Democratic Republic in the 70s in a self-built hot air balloon. It will be the opening film screening at the German film festival Kino 2019. Screengrab via YouTube.

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

Friday, October 11

Still-Life by Jennifer Steinkamp

LA-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp is well known in the art world for her 3D animations and video installations. Now, Steinkamp will be bringing her immersive work to Hong Kong, including a “unique garden sanctuary.”

The central installation is a critical nod to the 16th-century genre of Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings, where normal everyday objects are carefully placed to offer visual allegories about the fragility of life and passage of time. In Steinkamp’s reimagining of still life, she animates fruit-bearing plants that “move and collide in a poetic dance that celebrates life and regeneration through the natural environment.”

10am to 7pm (Friday) and 11am to 7pm (Saturday) until October 26 at, Room 407, 4/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Free.

Kino 2019 German Film Festival

The Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong will be presenting their German film festival featuring 10 films released in 2018 and 2019. The festival’s opening film is Balloon, which is based on real-life stories of two German families who escaped the communist east by getting into a homemade hot air balloon.

Other films in the lineup include the drama A Regular Woman, based on the true story of the honor killing of a young Turkish woman in Berlin; the thriller The Collini Case, a courtroom drama in which the defendant has killed a man apparently on a whim; and the comedy Sweethearts, which follows the misadventures of two mismatched women — a professional criminal and her panic-stricken, single-mom hostage — as they run from a relentless detective following a botched diamond robbery. Check the website for screening times and ticket prices.

Until Sunday, October 20, Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, AND Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive, 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, AND Premiere Elements, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$56 to HK$90.

Food’s Future Summit 2019

Asia Society will be hosting this summit aimed at driving dialogue over how to build a more sustainable and vibrant food ecosystem. This two-day summit will feature talks, showcases, meals, and product launches.

8:30am until Saturday, October 12 at, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. HK$630 (Asia Society members) HK$630 (non-members’ day pass, summit only) HK$1,050 (non-members’ two-day pass, summit only).

Louise Nevelson & Yin Xiuzhen

Louise Nevelson is an American sculptor known for creating monochromatic wooden wall pieces. Yin Xiuzhen is a Chinese contemporary artist known for her colorful sculptures and installations. Pace will be presenting a two-person exhibition that juxtaposes the works of these two opposites, and explores the relationship between their respective styles of expression. The exhibition runs until November 15, and Yin will be present at the opening reception.

11am to 7pm (closed on Sun) until November 15 at Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central. Free.

Titanic The Musical

Face Productions will be presenting this staging of the Tony Award-winning musical about the sinking of “the ship of dreams.” Unfortunately (or thankfully, depending on your feelings about the James Cameron epic) no Jack and Rose onboard this ship.

The musical tells the stories of those on board the doomed ocean liner from a wide cross-section of human life — from boiler room workers to first-class attendants to the captain himself — featuring a range of passengers from the poorest, who scraped together their life savings to purchase third-class tickets to America, to some of the wealthiest men and women of the Edwardian age, including John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim.

8pm to 10pm, 3pm to 5pm at, Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai. HK$245 to HK$350 (adult), HK$175 to HK$250 (students, concessions, and disabled), HK$175 (wheelchair).

Saturday, October 12

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.

Carbon Brews 1st Anniversary Party

Local brewery Carbon Brews celebrates turning one year old this weekend at craft beer joint Second Draft. Selected craft beers will be free-flow while stocks last, there will be a buy-one-get-one offer, free snacks, and a lucky draw. Entry is free, but click here to register and to take part in the lucky draw.

3pm to midnight at, Second Draft, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang. Free.

TBC HK’s Improvised Murder Mystery

If you enjoy Whose Line Is It Anyway? AND Murder, She Wrote then you might enjoy this night of improv with a murder-mystery twist.

7:30pm to 10:30pm at, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley Street, Central. HK$100.

Sunday, October 13

October Discovery Bay Market

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 Main Plaza, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau. Free.

The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation

If you’ve always wanted to take a selfie with No-Face or walk into the forest to visit Totoro, then good news: You might just get that chance here at this exhibition which will feature 3D models of iconic scenes taken from the studio’s beloved films, bringing its traditional pencil and paper illustrations and animated graphics to life. For years, Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation studio behind these characters and founded by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki — has been wowing audiences with beautifully animated masterpieces that feature fantastical worlds, lovable characters, and stories that resonate with young and old alike.

11am to 10pm until November 3 at Portal 6311, 1/F, 18 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay. HK$168 to HK$208 (adults, online) HK$118 to HK$148 (students and concessions), HK$360 to HK$450 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child), HK$188 to HK$228 (adults, at the door), HK$128 to HK$168 (students and concessions, at the door), HK$408 to HK$540 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child at the door).

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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