The Planner

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 June, 2003, 12:00am


Red Babies

Chinese artist Yu Chen provides an insight into how aspects of portraiture are now a major part of Chinese contemporary art. Her method is to parody revolutionary styles of old, replacing the faces of leaders with podgy-faced babies. Funny, yet unsettling. Schoeni Art Gallery, G/F, 21-31 Old Bailey St, Central. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm (closed Sunday and public holidays). Inquiries: 2869 8802 or

Within These Walls

Photographing a series of Hakka walled villages in Guangdong, Iain Masterton and Ulana Switucha capture a sense of the culture that developed in and around the enclosed villages and castles near Huiyang. China Tee Club, 101 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central.

Inquiries: 2521 0233. Until June 31.


Jim Thalassoudis' work explores the irony of the inaccessible freedom of the sky. His signature style is to work on panels: one will be a skyscape and the other a gold-leaf panel with base colours that fuse through the gold leaf to enhance the subtle hues in the clouds. Bark Modern Art, 1/F 13-14 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Mon-Fri, 12pm-7pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-6pm. Inquiries: 2537 7271. Until July 4

Focus At The Frontline

Organised by the Hong Kong Press Photographers' Association, the exhibition features more than 100 images from 21 winners of the Photojournalistic Account of 2002 Contest. Categories include: spot news; general news; portraits; sports; features; nature and environment; and photo essays. Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. Daily, 9am-10pm. Inquiries: 2582 0200. Until July 13

My Beautiful Hong Kong

The Los Angeles-based Marques de Jadraque, commissioned in 1982 to paint Pope John Paul II, has cast his gaze over Hong Kong. His cityscapes provide a welcome reminder that this is one of the most visually striking places in the world. Pop down on a Saturday this month and you can enjoy homemade fresh roasted turkey and garden herb sandwiches with drinks. Art films are screened continuously on Saturdays. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, 10 Chancery Lane (off Old Bailey St), SoHo, Central. Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11.30am-6pm. Inquiries 2810 0063. Until Jul 19

Meaning, Par Chance?

Adrian Young has been involved in visual communications all his career, working as a designer in Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. This exhibition is the culmination of nine months in Hong Kong and his experience of the ensuing communication issues. 5 O.P.T Studio/Gallery, 5 Prince's Terrace, Mid-Levels. Inquiries: 2536 9818 or

Performing Arts

Summer Piano Fiesta I - Andre-Michel Schub

The New Yorker has been labelled 'the American Pollini' by The New York Times music critic Harold Schonberg. Here, Schub will perform Grieg's Holberg Suite and Piano Concerto in A Minor, as well as Strauss' Ein Heldenleben. Today, 8pm. Cultural Centre Concert Hall. $280, $190, $120, $90 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2312 6103

Capering Notes

A night of Chinese music performed on traditional instruments such as the zhonghu and dizi, courtesy of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. The programme includes the Hua Mulan Overture, The Little Cavalry Boy and High Mountains And Flowing Water. Today, 8pm. City Hall Concert Hall, Central. $150, $130, $110, $90 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 9009

The Glass Menagerie

Director Jessica Lefkow's final work in Hong Kong is the highlight of the Faust Festival. It illustrates a family struggling to come to terms with the realities of life. Mother Amanda is chained by memories of former triumphs, while her son Tom finds the weight of obligation and family duty an increasingly heavy burden. Bedridden daughter Laura finds solace in her collection of glass animals. A bleak outlook, yes, but Tennessee Williams' masterpiece is nonetheless enchanting. In English. Today, 8pm. Studio, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd. $240 ($190 members) HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2547 6732

Dai Bad The Sailor

The Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir presents a night of song and humour in this performance of the play by Norman G Owen, EV Roberts and John Walsh. Today, 7.30pm. Mariners Club, TST. $220 includes supper.

Inquiries: 2817 1052


After the sell-out success of their recent concerts, the rockers are taking to the stage yet again to celebrate 20 years in the business. Someone, somewhere, just can't get enough of them. Today-Jun 23, 8.15pm. HK Coliseum, Hunghom. $400, $200, $100 Urbtix.

Inquiries: 2734 9009

Jennifer Larmore

The mezzo-soprano is accompanied by Antoine Palloc on piano, and together they will perform favourites from Mozart's Idomenec and The Marriage Of Figaro, Bizet's Carmen and pieces by Rossini and Herbert. June 24, 8pm. Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Tsim Sha Tsui. $400, $300, $200, $120 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 9009

Men Expo

Described as an 'atypical men's comedy', Creation Brand's Men Expo examines the changing face of Hong Kong from 1986 to the present day through the trials and tribulations of a group of straight and gay men, via an array of stories. In Cantonese. June 25-29, 7.30pm and 9.30pm (2.30pm and 4.30pm matinees on June 28-29). Sai Wan Civic Centre Theatre. $150 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 9009

One Act Comedies

The madcap stories of David Ives and Christopher Durang are brought once more into the dinner theatre sphere by the American Community Theatre. Directed by Elissa Rosati. In English. June 27-28, 8pm. Grappa's Country, LG/F, Jardine House, Central. $385 (includes dinner and show). Inquiries: 2521 2322


Three Documentaries

By Tammy Cheung

Secondary School, Rice Distribution and Loving: the filmmaker's open style leaves it to the viewer to make the connection between what's on screen and the subjective viewpoint. Rice Distribution and Moving, today, 7.30pm. Secondary School, tomorrow, 5.30pm. Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. $50 HK Ticketing.

Inquiries: 2824 5329

The Psychic Labyrinth Of Murnau

F W Murnau (1888-1931) is regarded as the master of light and shadows in film. Of the 21 films he made in his lifetime, 12 have survived. The Hong Kong Film Archive presents this full retrospective on the highly influential German master of expressionist film-making. Bravely experimental works such as Nosferatu, Faust and Tabu demonstrate the genius of this pioneer of film. Lecture Hall, Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui. $50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088

Night Scene

EXIT & Thinking Out Loud

Live music to get Lan Kwai Fong rocking. Those who found themselves in the Valley Tent after the Rugby Sevens may remember EXIT. For those who don't, now is the chance to catch them in a somewhat more intimate setting. They will be joined by Thinking Out Loud. Today, from 9pm. Bar George, Lan Kwai Fong. Free. Inquiries: 9371 6664

Perfecto Breaks: Lee Coombs

Asia Tour

Coombs will be supported by Frankie Lam and Yin, among others. Today, 11pm-6am. Queen's Club, Theatre Lane, Central. $180 (in advance from HMV), $230 (door). Inquiries: 2522 777


SoHo Street Carnival

The post-Sars parties are exploding into existence now as summer beckons. Staunton Street in Central will be closed to traffic from the junction on Old Bailey Street down to the junction with Graham Street, enabling al fresco dining, a beer tent and acoustic acts playing rock, jazz, world and folk music, and street performances ranging from dance, cartoonists and street theatre to poetry readings. Tomorrow, 10am-6pm.