A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, September 28
Cool tunes and funky beats with this three-piece jazz trio at the BB Jazz Lounge, formerly known as the Orange Peel. Band includes Richard Malmsten on bass, Blaine Whittaker on sax, and Andy Gander on drums, plus a special guest.
9:30pm-midnight at, BB Jazz Lounge, 2/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Free.
To celebrate the National Day, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing two of the most well-known orchestral works in Chinese classical music — Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s Butterfly Lovers violin concerto, and Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony — and a commissioned work called Metamorphosis written by Hong Kong composer Austin Yip.
Until September 29, Fri and Sat 8pm at, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$380, HK$280, HK$180, and HK$120 (check URBTIX for details on discounts).
Here’s one for the coffee and beer lovers among us — a tasting workshop that will cover six different coffee-beer hybrids (more beer than coffee, since they’re made by a brewery, after all), during which presenters will discuss their production methods, ingredients, and tasting notes.
7pm-9pm, HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central. HK$150 (pre-sale) HK$200 (walk-in).
The Royal Geographic Society of Hong Kong presents the Asia-premiere of the Endurance Exhibition about Sir Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. The exhibition will feature photos from Frank Hurley, and there will be two talks held by Shackleton’s grand daughter, Alexandra Shackleton. This exhibition will run until December 21.
5pm-6:30pm and 7pm-9pm at, The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$150 (RGS members) HK$200 (non-RGS members).
Musica Viva presents this performance of Donizetti’s famous comic opera about a young couple in love who plot to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old bachelor, Don Pasquale, who wants to marry the girl for himself. Lol.
Until September 29, Fri and Sat 7:45pm at, Hong Kong City Hall, Edinburgh Place, Central. HK$250, HK$200, HK$150 (check URBTIX for details on discounts).
Six films spotlighting different human rights issues around the world will be screened at this week-long event organized by Amnesty International Hong Kong. The protagonists in the films include migrant workers who are building the world cup stadium ahead of the 2022 world cup in Qatar, to content moderators whose job it is to review the thousands of images that are uploaded online every day.
Until October 4 at, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. HK$85 (tickets available online or at the Broadway Cinematheque ticket booth).
Saturday, September 29
Hong Kong’s annual LGBT march is coming up very soon, and its organizers Pink Dot HK will be celebrating its fifth birthday with a fundraising party at Yojimbo. Entry ticket includes one alcoholic beverage, and the dress code for the night is pink, hero or both.
9pm at, Yojimbo, 37 Pottinger Street, Central. HK$180 (early bird) HK$240 (walk in).
About 2,000 artworks have been collected for presentation at this art fair, which, of course, is meant for buying-and-selling, but still — it’s a nice way to see a lot of quality art in one go. Guests get a complimentary drink, too. Notable artists this time around include Zeng Yinie from China, who paints ducklings with oils as part of her Little Fluffy series; and Olivier Devaux who captures backstage scenes of ballet dancers, and opera singers waiting in the wings at some of Paris’ most famous opera houses.
Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. HK$270 (two for one when buying tickets online) HK$270 (walk in).
Fans of EDM may have tuned into Above & Beyond’s weekly radio show Group Therapy. The trio — made up of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki — will celebrate the show’s 300th episode with a live broadcast from Hong Kong, and they will be joined by a roster of supporting acts that include the Anjunabeats, Ben Bohmer, Spencer Brown, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, and Andrew Bayer.
4pm to 12am at, Halls 8 & 10, AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Expo Boulevard, Chek Lap Kok. HK$892.
This workshop session will cover how you can make antioxidant-rich, probiotic kombucha at home — all the fundamental do’s and don’ts of how to obtain and maintain your SCOBY.
10am to 11:30am at, Sesame Kitchen, Room A, 21/F Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town. HK$680.
Sunday, September 30
The release of this documentary is timely considering that it comes on the fourth anniversary of the pro-democracy protests that caused the city to grind to a halt. Made by one of the producers behind the Netflix documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, Last Exit to Kai Tak follows Wong and five other activists as they come to terms with life in a post-Umbrella Movement Hong Kong. You can see the trailer here.
8:30pm-9:30pm at, Screening Room, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Road, Kowloon. HK$75 (regular) HK$60 (discount).
If you went to see Above & Beyond on Saturday, the afterparty continues at this open-air event featuring Anjunadeep. More of what you had on Saturday, only in the outdoors and overlooking Victoria Harbour.
2:30pm-10pm at, West Kowloon Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. HK$493.
A night of comedy featuring two rising stars in the Hong Kong comedy circuit. Headlining this event are Tamby Chan — who has headlined in 8 countries, won the Magners International Comedy Competition 2018: Bangkok Division, and has been selected as a finalist at numerous international comedy festivals — and Garron Chiu, a multi-time finalist in the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition, placing 3rd in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as placing 2nd in the inaugural Bangkok International Comedy Competition.
8:30pm-9:30pm at, Comixbase, 7 Mallory Street, Wanchai. HK$250.