Around town

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am

Around town

Journey to the West

Painter Wong Sau-ching's visual diary of his visits to Tibet and Xinjiang. Daily, 9am-9pm, 1/F Lobby, Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 2132 8601. Ends May 15

Charity Luncheon and Fashion Show

Fund-raising event featuring a fashion show, art show, live and silent auctions and a raffle prize draw. Proceeds go to Watchdog Early Education Centre. Mar 31, 11am-2.30pm, Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Rd, Aberdeen, HK$800-HK$1,500. Inquiries: 9683 6887

Sotheby's HK Spring Auctions 2011

Auctions of: wine, Apr 1-3, 10am; items from The Ullens Collection - The Nascence of Avant-Garde China, Apr 3, 6.30pm; Southeast Asian paintings, Apr 4, 10am; 20th-century Chinese art, Apr 4, 4pm; contemporary Asian Art and Clean Air Network Charity Auction, Apr 4, 5.30pm; Chinese paintings; Apr 5, 10am, 2pm, jewels and jadeite, Apr 6, 2pm, 5pm; watches, Apr 7, 10am, 2pm; imperial Chinese porcelains from the Meiyintang Collection, Apr 7, 6.30pm; rhinoceros horn carvings from the Edward and Franklin Chow Collection, Apr 8, 10am; vestiges from China's imperial history, Apr 8, 11am; and Chinese ceramics and works of art, Apr 8, noon, 2pm. Preview and exhibition: Daily, 10.30am-6.30pm (except for on the collection and/or category auction date), Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, free entry. Inquiries: 2822 8142

From Contemporary Curatorial Practice in Taiwan to the Future of Curatorial Action in East Asia

Historian Chiang Po-shin, of Tainan National University of the Arts, discusses curatorial practices in Taiwan and curatorial trends in East Asia. In Putonghua. Apr 1, 6.30pm, Laboratory, Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, free, registration required. Inquiries: 2815 1112

Australia: From Rainforest to Reef

Earthwatch Institute Australia director of research Andy Donnelly talks about the challenges facing Australia's marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In English. Apr 1, 7.30pm, HK Football Club, 3 Sports Rd, Happy Valley, HK$150 (Royal Geographical Society members HK$100), includes dinner, booking recommended. Inquiries: 2583 9700

Where Memories Linger - Leslie Cheung in Asia

Memorial gathering for singer-actor Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing featuring video screenings of his concert performances in various parts of the continent. Apr 1, 8.30pm, Piazza, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, free. Inquiries:

Creative Handmade Market

Animal-themed crafts market co-presented by Art for Mood and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Apr 3, 1pm-6pm, 7/F, 215 Portland St, Mong Kok, free entry. Inquiries:

Islamic Frontiers of China and the Silk Road

China Research and Exploration Society chairman Wong How-man lectures on the effects Islam has had on China over the past 1,500 years. In English. Apr 4, 7.30pm (reception, 6.30pm), HK Football Club, 3Sports Rd, Happy Valley, HK$150 (Royal Geographical Society members HK$100), includes dinner, booking recommended. Inquiries: 2583 9700

Empress Dowager & I

HK New Century Press publisher Bao Pu and Earnshaw Book chief editor Derek Sandhaus discuss Sir Edmund Backhouse's autobiographical account of life in Peking at the turn of the 20th century among the Manchu nobility. In English. Apr 6, 1.15pm (lunch, 12.45pm), Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$180 (members HK$150), includes lunch, booking required. Inquiries: 2521 1511


Barney's Space Adventures

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Mei Live presents a musical in which purple dinosaur Barney and his good friends BJ, Baby Bop and Cousin Riff go on an exciting adventure to the Perfectly Purple Planet. In English. Apr 2-3, 5, 11am, Apr 2, 3pm, also Apr2, 4, 7pm, 3, 5, 2pm, Apr 3, 5, 5pm, Kitec, 1Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, HK$100-HK$500 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 8203 0299

Xue Wei plays Beethoven

Yip Wai-hong, Gabriel Leung and Law Po-kwan conduct violinist Xue Wei and the HK Children's Orchestra performing works by Wagner, Borodin, Yip Wai-hong and Beethoven. Apr 2, 8pm, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, 72 Tai Ho Rd, Tsuen Wan, HK$80-HK$140; and Apr 3, 3pm, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$160 Urbrtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321

Alibaba and 40 Thieves

Czech puppet troupe the Naive Theatre Liberec's puppet tale about an Arab youth who discovers a thieves' cave filled with treasures. In Czech with Chinese and English surtitles. Apr 7-8, 8pm, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central; and Apr 9. 8pm, Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd, Sha Tin, HK$140, HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323