Weekend Warrior: September 20-22

Filipino LGBT coming-of-age film <em>Billie And Emma</em> will be shown in the final few days of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. <i>Photo via HKLGFF</i>
Filipino LGBT coming-of-age film Billie And Emma will be shown in the final few days of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Photo via HKLGFF

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


Friday, September 20

The Hive Screening: Bonnie and Clyde

Co-working space The Hive will be hosting this outdoor screening of the classic film Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the notorious crime duo. The admission fee includes one drink and a serving of popcorn.

7pm to 9:30pm at The Hive Central. HK$50.

Opening | 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 this two-person exhibition that juxtaposes the works of these two artists, and explores the relation between the two artists and their respective styles of expression. This exhibition runs until November 15, and Yin will be present at the opening reception.

6pm to 8pm at Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central. Free.

Sustainability Documentary Night + Free Vegetarian Dinner

Shan Studios will be hosting this free screening of The True Cost, a 2015 documentary about society’s obsession with “fast fashion,” and pulls the curtain to reveal the factory workers who help fuel our fashion consumption. There will also be a discussion on what we can do beyond using paper straws, living plastic-free to be more sustainable and kinder to the environment, and reduce our carbon footprint. A free homemade vegetarian and vegan buffet dinner will be served. Entry is free but donations welcome.

6:30pm to 9pm at Shan Studios, 902 Sun Hing Industrial Building, 46 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Free.

Young Hysan: Anti Everything

Local rapper Young Hysan will be bringing forth “skull shattering trap bangers and trans-galactic 4D psychedelic experiences” at this solo concert called Anti Everything. The concert will feature supporting acts Billy Choi and Seanie P, Tommy Grooves, and Tyson Yoshi.

7:30pm at E-Max Music Zone, G/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. HK$280 (advanced).

Film Screening: No

Indie live house This Town Needs will be screening the film No, about the time Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, under increasing international pressure to legitimize his regime, decides to hold a referendum on whether or not the people of Chile will keep him in power, and caught up in it all is a young ad executive played by Gael García Bernal.

8pm to 11:30pm at This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Chun Street, Yau Tong. HK$120 (includes one drink).

Opening: Wing Po So, From the Body to the Body Through the Body

Wing Po So will present her first solo exhibition with de Sarthe called From the Body to the Body Through the Body, which features work on the artist’s ongoing exploration of Chinese medicinal materials. Through the use of corn — which is one of the most commonly used Chinese medicinal ingredients — Wing creates a “fictitious archeological reality” that includes petrified habitats and fossilized bones of a prehistoric crustacean-like creature made of clay and corncob, and an eleven-meter-long cocoon installation made mainly of dried corn silk. This is your last chance to catch this exhibition before it closes.

11am to 7pm until September 21 at de Sarthe Gallery, 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Free.

Pre-Party: Shi Fu Miz Festival Autumn 2019

Music festival Shi Fu Miz will be celebrating its fifth edition in late October on Cheung Chau Island. But before that, there’s a pre-party at Picada, and also a chance to win two lots of weekend passes. Music will be provided by local DJs Marco Yu, Guido Balboa, and Robbie 3000.

9pm to 4am at Oasis Terraca, 3F 29 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

HKLGFF was first founded in 1989 and is said to be the oldest LGBT film festival in Asia, and the event brings audiences a wide range of short and feature-length films from heart-warming comedies to heart-breaking dramas from around the world that explore the LGBTQ experience. For its 30th year, the festival will be presenting a jam-packed schedule featuring screenings and panel talks.

The festival will be closing this weekend, but you can still catch some of the festival films, like My Big Gay Italian Wedding about a happily engaged man who comes out to his very traditional Italian family by bringing over his fiancé; Butterfly — which made it onto our list of iconic LGBT films from Hong Kong — about a married high school teacher who has to hide her sexuality because of societal norms and family pressure, and suddenly finds herself forced to confront her sexual identity after embarking on an affair with a free-spirited female singer-songwriter; and Billie And Emma, a Filipino coming-of-age film about two teens who fall in love, but things soon become complicated when one of them becomes pregnant.

Until Sunday, September 22 at AMC Pacific Place, Ll 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road; Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yaumatei; MOViE MOViE Cityplaza, 5/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing; The ONE, 6-11/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; PREMIERE ELEMENTS, 2/F ELEMENTS 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon; Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.


Saturday, September 21

What The Folk Music Festival

It’s not quite Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17), but that doesn’t mean you can’t go and get “folked” (their pun, not ours.) Bands performing include Pete and Iris, Benzine, The Young Bucks, Ballychunder, Le Groupe Electrogène Fanfare Club, and The Naggin Eejits.

6pm to 5am at Rula Live, G/F, Grand Progress Building, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Free.

Sake Walk 2019

If you’ve ever wanted to know what makes a great sake, then this sake walk is for you. Jebsen Fine Wines is hosting the event, which will feature more than 80 sakes from 14 breweries across Japan, which guests will get to try and buy.

12pm to 10pm at House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$280 (entry with 10 tokens) HK$100 (entry only).

Very Natural Actions: Opening Reception

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 its own in isolation.

11am to 8pm at JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.

Keeping Our Voices Free

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. To coincide with the 19th international literature festival in Berlin, German PEN are calling for a Germany-wide reading for Hong Kong to express solidarity for the pro-democracy movement in the city. Meanwhile, PEN Hong Kong will also be hosting their own reading to coincide with this event.

7:30pm to 9:30pm at Kafnu Hong Kong, 2/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom. Free.


Sunday, September 22

Shaolin Fez featuring special guest Gretchell Yaneza

Jazz rock band Shaolin Fez will be closing the weekend with an afternoon concert presented by the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival in Hong Kong Park.

2:30pm to 3:30pm at Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park. 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).

Matchbox Days Exhibition

Since January 22, 2019, Hong Kong-based artist Rachel Smith has been filling one matchbox per day with a “visual commentary of the past 24 hours” — imagine a sort of micro-diorama. The project began as a coping mechanism for her growing anxiety and the panic attacks she started experiencing around the start of the year. The project was only meant to last 30 days, but Smith soon passed that mark, and the result is a visual diary in novel form. You can check out some of the matchboxes here.

10am to 7pm until September 29 at H307, Veranda, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.

Tai Kwun 101

As Tai Kwun approaches its one year anniversary, it will be displaying 101 objects related to its previous life as the Central Police Station.

11am to 8pm until Thursday, September 22 at Duplex Studio LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01 & Site-wide, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.

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