Air on a string
Up there with the funniest things Outtakes has seen since taking on the gigs job four years ago is an air guitar competition organised by a cable television channel in 2006.
A few local rock stalwarts and some brave members of the media took to the stage of the now-defunct Edge on Wyndham Street, banged their heads to some rock classics, played heavy metal solos on imaginary guitars and generally made fools of themselves.
It was a 'so bad that it's good' moment, which is why we have a soft spot for parties such as Glam Rock Winter Bash: Air Guitar Heroes being held at Soda on November 29.
Air guitar competitions are taken very seriously. At the Air Guitar World Championships held in Finland, contestants are graded on 'ability to rock', technical discipline and the 'airness' of their performances.
At the Soda event, aspiring air guitarists will show up in glam-rock gear and battle for a HK$500 bar tab. There will also be prizes for best glam outfit and best glam hairstyle. To find out how to enter, call Natalie Belbin on 3175 8439
A night with the French
Hong Kong's best Thursday night party has to be Par Ici, a monthly French music event at Volar in Central that has bought out some top-tier European DJs including Justice, Boys Noize and Djedjotronic.
Organised by the irrepressible Pierre Hurel from event company PyR2, Par Ici has done more than most to introduce local audiences to the sounds that have been huge across Europe this year - and the 14th instalment of the party series is upon us tonight.
The headline act is Soliman, a French DJ who drops a range of minimal and techno on three turntables. Soliman previously worked for well-known French electronic label Ozore Age, and has now earned a name for himself as host of the hot Parisian party, Minimalyze This.
Soliman will perform at Volar tonight from 10pm, and entry is free before midnight for those on the guest list (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), or HK$150 thereafter.
Screaming into town
An online buzz has been building recently about next week's performance by Taiwanese act, Vanish, one of the founders of the island's 'screamo' scene.
The five-piece from Taipei are undertaking a four-date south China tour that will also take them to Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and will be promoting their latest CD, To Make Sacrifices for this Will.
In Hong Kong they'll appear with like-minded local acts Mensheng, Embryo and Los En Found at the Hang-Out Youth Outreach Centre, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho. The gig starts at 7.30pm and entry is HK$90.