What's On

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 June, 2004, 12:00am


The renowned Count Basie Orchestra will kick off the annual Jazz Up Series today at 8pm at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The concert is part of the orchestra's 2004 world tour, which marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder William James 'Count' Basie.

The orchestra, now under the leadership of trombonist Bill Hughes, comprises 19 professional musicians who try to preserve the traditions of its legendary founder. The group has won 17 Grammy awards.

Tickets at $400, $300, $220 and $150, with half-price concessions for students, are available through Urbtix at 2734 9009.


Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci was brilliant at both art and science. He drew a diagram of a bicycle three centuries before it was invented. The Italian artist was born in the Italian village of Vinci in 1452, but spent much of his time in Florence, the cultural centre of the Renaissance.

His drawings, which combine scientific precision and artistry, range from flying machines to water instruments and bicycles.

The exhibition Machines of Leonardo da Vinci features 16 models built according to da Vinci's ancient sketches.

The exhibition is on at the Times Square lobby till Sunday, and at IFC Mall from June 16 to 27. For more information, call 2383 3330.


Calligraphy is one of the most important elements in Chinese art and comes in many styles. A calligraphy exhibition at the Cattle Depot features recent works by local artist Jat See-yeu and Wei Ligang from Beijing.

The exhibition runs until Thursday at Museum 63, Artist Commune, Cattle Depot Artist Village. Free admission. For more information, call 2104 3322.

Machines of Leonardo da Vinci features models built according to his drawings.