Arts reviews

Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra:We Got Rhythm, Let's Swing & Drum

About three quarters of the way through this celebration by the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra of the percussive aspects of big band jazz, Drum Jam founder Kumi Masunaga sashayed on to the stage beating one of her collection of hand drums, and took over the show.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:59pm

Reviews: Lio Kuok-wai Plays Mozart, Contemporary Dance Series, Drama: Dance

Lio Kuok-wai Plays Mozart

Lio Kuok-wai Plays Mozart

Hong Kong SinfoniettaCity Hall Concert HallReviewed: March 27

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am

Reviews: La Traviata

Reviews: La Traviata

The San Carlo Theatre of Naples is one of the world's oldest opera houses, and its production of Verdi's La Traviata was traditional in both its virtues and its flaws. Grand in scale and distinguished by some magnificent singing, it was over-long and had little of the realism that has revolutionised opera in recent decades.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Restaurant review: RaIronMen

RaironMen. Photo: Nora Tam

Abura soba (HK$120) is a "dry" ramen (the soup was served on the side) that had thick noodles with a rich, intense dry seafood sauce, and was served with cured Okinawa pork belly, bamboo shoots and crunchy almonds. The broth served with shio ramen (HK$110) was lighter and more chicken flavoured than the one served with the abura soba, and the pork belly had been rolled and then braised. Caesar salad ramen (HK$120) didn't taste like its namesake but we liked it, with its bright green broth topped with umami foam that tasted of parmesan. Beef consommé with Kagoshima A5 wagyu (HK$380) was the most indulgent ramen. The broth was light but intense in flavour, the grilled beef wasn't overcooked in the hot broth, and the asparagus was al dente. Alsaka king crab with Hokkaido sweet corn (HK$280) had the heaviest broth. The soft crab meat and crunchy corn were contrasts in taste and texture. Hokkaido egg (HK$20) was beautiful, with a firm but tender white and a jelly-like yolk.

21 Feb 2013 - 1:45pm

Chamber music festival hits and misses

Jerusalem four: Sergei Bresler, Ori Kam, Pavlovsky, Kyril Zlotnikov

Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

Tuesday and Wednesday

26 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

CSRC orders underwriters and auditors to review listing applicants

An investor wonders over the future of his stock amid a deep slump in the market. Photo: Reuters

The mainland securities regulator has ordered underwriters and auditors to conduct in-depth checks on nearly 900 listing applicants, at a time when it has suspended new share sales to bolster investor confidence.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

The Comedy of K makes stunning comeback

City Contemporary Dance Company's closing show this year was a welcome revival of celebrated choreographer Helen Lai's 2004 The Comedy of K. The "K" refers to Franz Kafka (1883-1924), the Prague-born Jewish writer whose life and work inspired the piece, which reflects the surrealism and existentialism central to his oeuvre.

22 Dec 2012 - 4:06am