Weekend Warrior: 10 wonderful things to do in Metro Manila this weekend of Jan 22-24

HAVE SOME SOUL
Jan 22.
Coconuts Manila’s favorite Flippin’ Soul Stomper is performing at The Bar@1951 on Friday night. If you haven’t been to a Soul gig, here’s a good gateway to all the fun — The Bar boasts of the city’s best bohemic crowd. 9pm. 1951 M. Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila. Free

LISTEN TO A GUITAR AND TRUMPET DUO
Jan 22.
Over at Tago Jazz Cafe, a guitar and trumpet duo will perform on Friday night. If you’re tired of the full band set-up and can’t care less for DJs and what not, this is the place to be. 9pm. 14 Main Ave, Cubao, Quezon City. PHP100

TRIP ON BEETHOVEN
Jan 22.
Do something different and catch this performance. Pianist April Dawnena Merced Misa, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna will perform the Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and the monumental “Erocia”. This should be fun. 8pm. Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater, CCP Compound, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Ticketworld. Tickets start at PHP309

WATCH A PLAY
Jan 22-24.
Swear by the Moon is an interesting take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Produced by the Langgam Performance Troupe, the this restaging only features four cast members with Romeo as a girl, and Juliet a boy. If that boggles your mind, well then, you know you need to go see it. 6pm (Jan 22), 1pm & 6:30pm (Jan 23 & 24). Institute of Women’s Studies, Nursia Building 931 Estrada St, Malate, Manila. Tickets start at PHP200

COLOR YOUR HEART OUT
Jan 23.
Ah, but the adult coloring book craze has yet to finish. On Saturday, National Book Store is having an adult coloring festival with workshops, signings, and a ton load of coloring. Yes, color, because who knew there were so many tips and tricks to this? 10am. Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala, Makati. Free

DO THE CONGA
Jan 23.
Party Manila is a new party company that seeks to enliven Metro Manila’s party eksena. How? By doing regular weekly pub crawls. The first of such lot happens on Saturday — four pubs plus a club right in Makati. To make it even better, Party Manila will attempt to do the longest conga line Makati has ever seen. They’ll need you for that. 7:30pm. Heckle and Jeckle, Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati. Free

CELEBRATE THE 8TH BIRTHDAY OF ATTRACTION! REACTION!
Jan 23.
Long-standing gig production Attraction! Reaction! is eight years old! Celebrate its birthday on Saturday with sets from Oh Flamingo, Ang Bandang Shirley, The Purple Chickens, Ciudad, and more. 8pm.196-A Katipunan Extension, Quezon City. PHP200

CHECK OUT FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA
Jan 23.
 Francis Inferno Orchestra is a DJ from London who’s been spreading the groove in Melbourne. On Saturday, he’ll be spinning at Time Makati along with Malasimbo festival director Miro Grgic, Javi Vargas, Samantha Nicole and more. 10pm. 7840 Makati Avenue, Makati. +63906 2658136

DO THE REGGAE
Jan 24.
If you can’t remember the last time you went to B-Side for an Irie Sunday, it’s been too long. Check back in this Sunday when Island Paradise and On The Spot will take on the decks — along with resident DJs. 9pm. B-Side at The Collective 7274 Malugay St, Makati. Free

HAVE A KOREAN FEAST
Until Jan 27.
There is a Korean festival at Sofitel Manila. The hotel has flown in Chef Jang Bo-If for special dinners, Korean cooking classes, a Kimchi-making course, and more. Check out Sofitel’s website for more details. Sofitel Manila, Atang Dela Rama Street, Manila. Starts PHP1,500

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