Around town

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 12:00am


Around town

The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette

Photographs of French performance artist Ramette in mediative positions which defy gravity and logic. A Le French May event. Opens today. Daily, open 24 hours (lighting provided 6.30pm-midnight), Avenue of Stars, TST Promenade, TST, free. Inquiries: Ends May 29


Exhibition featuring a giant walkable map made up of 60,000 photographs and a 20-metre-long LomoWall. Daily, 10am-10pm, Open Piazza and 2/F Atrium, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay. Inquiries: 2118 8900. Ends May 3

City University Pulitzer Prize Lecture

US writer Robert Olen Butler reads from his works and discusses them with City University of HK faculty member Rodney Jones. In English. Apr 28, 6.30pm, Wei Hing Theatre, 6/F Amenities Building, City University of HK, Kowloon Tong, free, registration required at Inquiries: 3442 8870

The Urban Design of Concession: Tradition and Transformation in the Chinese Treaty Ports

Architect-planner-urban designer Peter Cookson-Smith talks about changes in the main Chinese Treaty Ports over the past 150 years. In English. Apr 28, 6.30pm, The Helena May, 35 Garden Rd, Central, HK$70 (HK$50 Royal Asiatic Society members), booking required. Inquiries: 2813 7500

Chinese Opera Festival 2011: Lecture Series on the Appreciation of Kunqu Opera

Koo Siu-sun, a University of HK honourary lecturer, discusses the 'Chuan' generation of Kunqu performers in Hong Kong, Apr 29, 7.30pm; and researcher Cheung Lai-chun discusses Kunqu role types and their performance, May 6, 7.30pm. Both lectures: In Cantonese. Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

Philosophy Cafe

Clifford Setyono moderates a discussion on whether life plans do anything other than induce stress. In English. Apr 29, 7.30pm, Cafe O, 61 Caine Road, Mid Levels, discussion free. Inquiries: 9179 0283

The Fifth HK Mineral Fair

Event featuring displays of mineral specimens, fossils and related items. Apr 30, 10am-7pm, BGCA Auditorium, 3 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, free entry. Inquiries: 2857 3464

JCCAC Arts & Crafts Fair and Open Day

Event featuring artist open studios, art activities and exhibitions. Apr 30-May 1, 1pm-7pm, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin St, Shek Kip Mei, free. Inquiries: 2353 1311

Business Meets Design

Direct Design International and Native Union founder John Brunner, Innermost design house founder Steve Jones and Lifestyle Centre founder Tony Wong discuss the idea and practice of integrating design into business. In English. Apr 30, 4.30pm, Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, HK Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, free, registration required. Inquiries: 3793 8448

2011 Bun Carnival

Climbing fiesta featuring demonstrations of bun tower climbing techniques and safety measures by the HK Mountaineering Union. May 1, noon-6pm, soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, free entry. Inquiries:

Birthday Of Lord Buddha Festival

Special celebration activities include: Buddha bathing ritual, May 4-10, 9am-4.30pm, Hall of Great Hero, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau; and cultural variety shows (featuring Shaolin kung fu demonstrations, face-changing displays and acrobatics), May 4-7, 9-10, noon-12.45pm, 2pm-3pm, May 8, 3.30pm-5.14pm, stage outside the Hall of the Great Hero, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau, free entry. Inquiries: 2985 5248

The Fight for Fair Financial Services: A Battle the Consumer Movement Must Win

Consumers International vice president James Guest talks about the abuses of consumer rights within the financial system, the critical elements of the G20 campaign, and what consumers around the world can do to help secure their financial futures. In English. May 4, 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

Internet Censorship and Nationalism in China

Astrid Chang, a Chinese University of HK anthropology graduate student, lectures on censorship contributing to a 'paradoxical nationalism' in China. In English. May 4, 7pm, HK Museum of History, 100 Chatham Rd, TST, free. Inquiries: 9746 9537

How Safe Are the World's Banks?

Economist-journalist Leo Goodstadt discusses why US and British officials failed to halt the market abuses behind the 2007 financial meltdown, how China's banks were hit and why Hong Kong suffered comparatively limited damage. In English. May 5, 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

Forgotten Souls

Author Patricia Lim talks about her book on the social history of Hong Kong cemetery. In English. May 5, 6.30pm, The Helena May, 35 Garden Rd, Central, HK$70 (HK$50 Royal Asiatic Society members), booking required. Inquiries: 2813 7500

ArtWalk DB

Showcase of works by Lantau Island artists and exhibition of international street art; proceeds (such as those via donations and the evening's art auction) go to MADaboutART. May 6, 6pm-10pm, DB Plaza and restaurants on D Deck, Discovery Bay, free entry. Inquiries: 9037 2983

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Festival to thank the Taoist God Pak Tai for its blessing and protecting Cheung Chau, May 7-11. Activities include: ceremony inviting deities from temples around Cheung Chau, May 7, 10am, Pak Tai Temple Plaza, ritual marking the start of Bun Festival, May 7, 9pm, Pak Tai Temple Plaza; Chinese opera performances, May 7-14, 7.30pm-11pm, Pak Tai Temple Plaza; bun festival parade, May 10, 2pm-4pm, from Pak Tai Temple Plaza and back via Pak She and other streets; bun scrambling competition, May 11, midnight, soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground; distribution of buns, May 11, 9am, Pak Tai Temple Plaza, free to watch. Inquiries:

Cemetery Walk

Writer Patricia Lim leads a walking tour through Hong Kong Cemetery. In English. May 7, 10.30am, Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, HK$200, includes post-walk lunch, booking required. Inquiries: 2813 7500

Wine Walk 2011

Fundraiser featuring opportunities to sample wine, meet chefs and enjoy canap?s at 19 restaurants and wine cellars; proceeds go to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. May 7, 2pm-6pm, various addresses, SoHo, HK$300. Inquiries: 3583 5678

Birthday of Tam Kung

Festival activities at Shau Kei Wan include: a kung fu performance, May 8, 1.30pm-4pm, in front of Tam Kung Temple; procession with people dressed as gods from popular fairy tales and decorated floats, May 10, 9am-11am, starts at Shau Kei Wan Main St East and concludes at Tam Kung Temple; parade featuring performances such as lion, dragon and unicorn dances, May 10, 11am-noon, starts at Shau Kei Wan Main St East and concludes at Tam Kung Temple, free to watch:

Feldenkrais Workshops

Theatre du Pif artistic director Bonni Chan conducts workshops on the Feldenkrais Method that combines gentle exercises with body-awareness training. In Cantonese and English. May 9, 16, 23, 30, 4pm-5.30pm (Class A), 7pm-8.30pm (Class B), Theatre du Pif, Rm 901, Hua Fu Building, 111 Queen's Rd West, Sheung Wan, HK$600 (for four sessions), registration required. Inquiries: 2904 2030

The English Language: Its Literature & Aspects of British Culture in Pre-Independence Singapore, Post-Independence Burma & Indonesia and Post-War Japan

Institute of Language in Education director Verner Bickley discusses the English language's use and influence in various Asian territories during and after they were colonised. In English. May 9, 6.30pm, Aston Institute, 5/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Rd, Wan Chai, HK$90 (English-Speaking Union members HK$75). Inquiries: 2186 8449 (Mon-Fri mornings only)

Disaster in Japan: Two Months On

Krista Mahr, associate editor of Time, and University of HK history department chairman Charles Schencking review the post-earthquake humanitarian effort, the effectiveness of rehabilitation efforts, and the economic, environmental and social impacts of the disaster on Japan; proceeds go towards ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Japan. In English. May 11, 7pm (reception, 6.30pm), Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Rd, Central, HK$300, registration required. Inquiries: 2103 9511


Art For Baby

Examples of monochromatic images that scientific evidence suggests babies most respond to by artists including Gary Hume, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Julian Opie. Daily, 10.30am-9.30pm, Espace Louis Vuitton HK, Louis Vuitton Maison, 5 Canton Rd, TST. Inquiries: 2992 3129. Ends Sat

MYO X Harriet Yeung: Magical Variations of the Swan Concert

Synthia Ko, Edmund Cheung King-chung and Wu Chung-fung conduct the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of HK performing works such as Rossini's William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture; also featuring actress Harriet Yeung. In Cantonese. May 2, 3pm, Jockey Club Auditorium, HK Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, HK$120-HK$800 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2521 7673

Riverdance: The Farewell Tour

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises and Abhann Productions present a showcase of Irish music, song and dance. May 3-7, 10-14, 8pm, also May 7-8, 14-15, 2pm, May 8, 15, 7pm, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$350-HK$950 [HK$350-HK$850 on May 15] HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 8203 0299