A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, September 27
Globe on Tour — the Shakespeare Globe’s touring ensemble — are in Hong Kong and you can catch them this weekend performing one of three plays: Comedy of Errors, Pericles, and Twelfth Night. The plays will be performed exactly as they would have been staged in the 17th century, with a minimal and stripped back set and a small troupe of actors taking on multiple roles each.
Comedy of Errors is a play about mistaken identity featuring one pair of twin brothers (both named Antipholus) and their twin servants (both named Dromio) — chaos then ensues when both sets of twins end up in the same city. Pericles (Friday) is a romance play that features “music, miracles, and the constant presence of the sea” about Pericles, Prince of Tyre, who’s forced to flee his own kingdom, and Twelfth Night tells the story of fraternal twins Sebastian and Viola, who are separated in a shipwreck and seek refuge in a new land.
All plays, incidentally, explore themes concerning refuge, displacement, and belonging.
2:45pm and 7:30pm until Sunday, 29 September at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai. HK$595 to HK$795 (adult) HK$495 (adult, yard) HK$395 (adult, restricted view), HK$495 to HK$595 (concessions) HK$395 (wheelchair).
Asia Society will be hosting this screening of Still Human, a dramedy about the relationship between a middle-aged disabled man and his young caretaker. The film has won plaudits for its touching portrayal of the relationship between a Filipino domestic worker and her employer, and was one of the big winners at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, nabbing statuettes for Oliver Chan Siu-kuen (best new director), Anthony Wong (best actor), and best newcomer for Crisel Consunji, who plays the domestic worker Evelyn, and who will also be at the event for a Q&A session.
6:30pm to 9:45pm at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. HK$200 (Asia Society members) HK$350 (non-members).
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. This is your last chance to catch this exhibition before it finishes, but in the mean time you can check out some of the matchboxes here.
10am to 7pm until September 29 at H307, Veranda, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.
VeggieWorld and K11 Natural are co-hosting this vegan lifestyle festival to coincide with the end of summer. There will be a vegan market featuring 30 local brands, and workshops on living green.
3pm to 5pm (Fri), 11am to 9pm (Sat and Sun) at K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Free.
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.
11am to 7pm (closed on Sun) until November 15 at Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central. Free.
Comedians Jeff Innocent and Jeremy O’Donnell will be kicking off the weekend with a night of stand up at Eaton Club. If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat beforehand, Delaney’s Wanchai will be giving 20 percent off all food before all Punchline Comedy Club shows — all you have to do is present a hard copy of your ticket, enjoy your meal, and then head on a cab to Eaton Club.
9pm until Saturday, September 28 at Eaton Club, 5/F Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central. HK$350.
Saturday, September 28
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, then this might be a good one: a classical music concert with Paddington Brown, the bear with the blue coat and red hat with a taste for marmalade sandwiches. The show sees Paddington taking in his first concert, with a performance of Herbert Chappell’s Paddington Bear’s First Concert, Poulenc’s Les Animaux modèles, and the sixth movement of Copland’s The Red Pony Suite.
3pm and 5pm at Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. HK$420, $360, $280, $180.
Comedians Ben Quinlan, Mohammed Magdi, and Andy Curtain will be tickling some funny bones this weekend at Rula Live. Tickets include two drinks, and Rula Live will also be extending their happy hour until 10pm.
8pm to 10pm at Rula Live, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. HK$200.
To celebrate BB King’s birthday month (September 16, but you already knew that didn’t you?), Chit Chat studio will be holding a dance party with live music from Ram Cheung and Isaac So, who will be performing a selection of hits from the king of blues. Remember to bring your own drinks and snacks; the entrance fee covers the cost of room hire and pay for musicians.
8:30pm to 12:30am at Chit Chat Studio, 22-24 Tak Cheung Building, Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan. HK$100.
Sunday, September 29
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).
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.
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.
“Off-Broadway diva” EtherEyes will be presenting a night of show tunes and dance for the musical lovers out there. There will also be a sign-up spot for fledgling singers to perform if you feel like you can belt out Defying Gravity.
7pm to 10pm at The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$150 (early-bird) HK$200 (at the door).