HONG KONG Exhibitions The Big Film Poster Show Gathering rare and original film posters from the 1940s to the 1970s, the nostalgic exhibition features stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Lee, Sean Connery as James Bond, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, and Suzie Wong along with many Hong Kong film posters. Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm. Pine Suite, 22/F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Inquiries: 2501 0599 Entang Wiharso: Hurting Landscape A series of potent and provocative images examining the socio-political and ideological landscapes of Indonesia. Tue-Sun, 11am-8pm (closed Mon). Chouinard Gallery, 1 Prince's Terrace, Mid-Levels. Inquiries: 2858 5072. Ends Sat For One Brief Shining Moment Lamma-based Christine Dodd Myers makes her debut with a 25-piece exhibition relating to the seven chakras (energies) that flow through the body. Her work, a mixture of canvas and ceramic, provides a positive view of the human psyche. Muse Gallery, G/F, 40 Ship St, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 3110 4618 or 2866 0106. Ends Sat Alannala Lau: It's Blooming The local artist's work is centred on floral motifs, with peonies, chrysanthemums and roses featuring prominently. The collection is meant to send out a positive message. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm. Grotto Fine Art Ltd, 2/F, 31C-D Wyndham St, Central. Inquiries: 2121 2270. Ends Sat Le Songe Creux (The Hollow Dream) In this culmination of 15 years' work, Frank Vigneron presents a series of ink drawings that attempts to recreate and unite two simple representations of infinity: the rectangle and the spiral. Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm (closed 2pm-3pm); Sun, 1pm-5pm; or by appointment. John Batten Gallery, 64 Peel St, Central. Tel: 2854 1018. Until Jun 7 The Virtualised World Exploring the digital art of computer-gaming, programmer Feng Mengbo investigates how the unrestrained speed and ever-changing nature of cyberspace reflect our world. Here, he offers a chance to indulge in his online game Q4U and experience the fantasies virtual life can realise. Hanart TZ Gallery, 202 Henley Building, 5 Queen's Rd Central. Inquiries: 2526 9019 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Until Jun 7 Bold + Trendy A solo exhibition of 38 oil paintings by Liu Fei, examining attitudes towards women and how they view themselves. Liu's work veers from the comical to the unsettling and near ghoulish. Schoeni Art Gallery, G/F 21-31 Old Bailey St, Central. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm. Inquiries: 2869 8802. Until Jun 9 Venice - Through The Eyes Of Pham Luam This exhibition of Vietnamese landscape artist's loving look at the romantic city has been extended to Jun 10. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm. Galerie La Vong, 13/F 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Inquiries: 2869 6863 Hoo Mojong The Shanghai-based Chinese painter is the subject of a 26-work exhibition. Regarded by many as the most famous Chinese woman painter since Pan Yu Liang. Each piece is rich in colour and texture, with bold, primary colours infused with warmth. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm. Sat, 11am-6pm. Alisan Fine Arts. 315 Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. Until June 14 Spying On Le French May For once Russian cold war technology gets some respect, thanks to the current Lomo camera craze. Quite right too - the machine is capable of some amazing images. Daily, noon-10pm. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2521 7251 Within These Walls Photographing a series of Hakka walled villages in Guangdong, Ian Masterton and Ulana Switucha captured a sense of the culture that exists in and around the walled villages and castles near Huiyang in Guangdong province. China Tee Club, 101 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Inquiries: 2521 0233 Opens June 1 until June 31 Performing Arts The Eccentricities Of A Nightingale Hong Kong Repertory Theatre brings Tennessee Williams' masterpiece to the stage. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Today-Jun 1, 7.45pm (matinees at 2.45pm on selected dates, check with ticket vendor). $180, $140, $100 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3128 8288 Oleanna The third David Mamet play to be performed in Hong Kong in as many months. Presented by the On And On Theatre Workshop, Oleanna explores the shifting balance of power between men and women by depicting how a meeting between a male teacher and his female student leads to a sexual harassment case. In Cantonese. Today,3pm. Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. $140, $90 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2794 9009 Fiddler On The Roof The enduring tale of a Ukrainian milkman's efforts to keep to tradition returns with a Cantonese-language version featuring students and staff of the Academy for Performing Arts. Today-Sat, 7.30pm and Sat-Jun 1, 2.30pm. Drama Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai. $140, $90 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3128 8288 Destination Russia Replacing Destination Scandinavia because violinist Leonidas Kavakos is unavailable, the celebrated British pianist John Lill steps in to perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Classics from Russian composers including Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov. David Atherton conducts. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. $220, $160, $100, $60 Urbtix. Call: 2312 6103. Ballet Extravaganza Three neo-classical ballet pieces present a stripped-down alternative to big, extravagant productions: Dreams Of Tenderness And Solitude by Boston-born choreographer David Allan, Stephen Jefferies' Tango Ballet Tango and Natalie Weir's sensuous The Rite Of Spring. Wed-Fri, 7.30pm, City Hall Theatre, Central. $140, $80 Urbtix; Jun 6-7, 7.30pm, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Theatre, $120, $70 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2105 9724 Viola Dolce Taiwanese violist Huang Hung-wei has performed across Asia and North America at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centre and at the Marlboro Music Festival. Here he is joined by the Hong Kong Philharmonic under the baton of Samuel Wong and performs Christopher Coleman's A Descent Into The Maelstrom, Haydn's Symphony No 103 in E flat Drum Roll and Berlioz's Harold In Italy. June 6, 8pm. Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. June 7, 8pm. Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium. $100, 80, 60. Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 9009 The Glass Menagerie Director Jessica Lefkow's final work in Hong Kong, this highlight of the Faust Festival illustrates a family struggling to come to terms with the realities of life. Mother Amanda is chained by memories of former triumphs, while her son Tom finds the weight of obligation and family duty an increasingly heavy burden. Bedridden daughter Laura finds solace in her collection of glass. A bleak outlook, yes - but Tennessee Williams' masterpiece is nonetheless enchanting. In English. June 5-7, 22-24, 8pm; June 11-13, 10.30am. Studio, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd. Inquiries: 2547 6732 Orgy Manual This one-woman show is composed of several short monologues that share the same topic: orgies. The overall aim is to abandon prudish sensibilities and gain an understanding of a misunderstood concept. Gabriella Heinz performs every character without leaving the stage. In English. June 5, 8pm; June 6-7, 7.30pm; June 7, 2.30pm. Theatre, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd. Inquiries: 2547 6732 Film The Bertolt Brecht Workshop - Film Screenings All existing short films Brecht produced are gathered together in a series of screenings. The programme aims to give an idea of his work as a director, how he shaped the theatrical production of his scripts and his relations with actors and crew. Fri, Short Film Senora Carrar's Rifles Katzgraben; Sat, The Mother. In German with English and Chinese subtitles. 7.30pm. Goethe-Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai. Free. Inquiries: 2802 0088 Extra-curricular Lunch With Anna Wu Titled The Equal Opportunities Commission: Its Impact And Challenges. The commission's chairperson, Anna Wu, will discuss the role of the statutory body in this executive-led government, and how there is room for more anti-discrimination legislation in Hong Kong. The issue rumbles on. June 2, 12.30pm. FCC, Lower Albert Rd, Central. $150 (members), $170 (guests). Inquiries: 2521 1511. Olivia Cheng's Affair With Nature A provocative title for a plant show, this exhibition by members of the Hong Chi Association for the mentally handicapped is part of the Spring/Summer Fair 2003. Under the tutelage of former Miss Hong Kong Olivia Cheng, the workshop has produced pottery to accompany so-callled 'Air Plants', which require only the moisture in the air to exist. Monday June 9, 10am-8pm. Conrad Hotel Grand Ballroom. Free. Inquiries: 2661 0709 or www.hongchi.org.hk MACAU San Isidro Pahiyas And May Flower Festival This Filipino festival is a first for Macau, Pahiyas being one of the Philippines' main harvest festivals. The two-day event will be held by Macau's Quezonian Association. Today, 10am-8pm. Plaza de Amizade (Friendship Square in front of the Sintra Hotel). Inquiries: www.home.macau.ctm.net/qz2001/pahiyas Le French May Film Series: When Cinema Meets Fashion Gallic glamour, elegance, kitsch and chic - this is the motto of Macau's French film series 2003, a passionate tribute to cinema and fashion. Co-organised by Macau Cultural Centre, Bel Canto Company and the French Consulate-General, featured flicks include Port Of Shadows (Quai Des Brumes) and French Cancan. In French with English and Chinese subtitles. Tue-Wed, 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Macau Cultural Centre, Small Auditorium. 35 patacas. Inquiries: (853) 797 7215, www.frenchmay.com , or www.ccm.gov.mo/en/ Solan's Clay Road An exhibition at the pavilion of Macau's bucolic Lou Lim Ioc Garden, it's a thematic collection - including people, animals and traditional and abstract objects - of ceramics works by Zhao Solan. The internationally renowned pottery artist, who attended school in Macau before emigrating to New Zealand, has ateliers in Auckland and Hong Kong. Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed Mon). Free. Inquiries: http://www.iacm.gov.mo Until Jun 15 Light Touches - Photographs By Anna M Kindler A joint exhibition presented by the Macau Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong. Tue-Sun (closed Mon), 10am-6pm. Gallery of The Taipa Houses Museum, Taipa Island, Taipa Village Promenade. Free. Inquiries: (853) 825 314 or (853) 827 527 Liang Piyun Calligraphy Exhibition Exhibition of 60 calligraphic works by Liang Piyun, one of Macau's most outstanding poets and calligraphers. Tue-Sun (closed Mon), 10am-6.30pm. 4/F, Macau Museum of Art, Outer Harbour. 5 patacas (HK$4.84). Free Sun. Inquiries: (853) 7919 814 or (853) 7919 800 NATIONAL BEIJING Apartment Block Life: Wang Shugang The Beijing sculptor's past work has been exhibited in Switzerland, Croatia, and Germany. Here, Wang displays his latest works: large-scale neon-sculpture and birdcage installation pieces made at his home in the Shangri-La Community. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-7pm. The CourtYard Gallery, 95 Donghuamen Dajie. For further information call (86 10) 6526 8882. Until May 31 Ear To The Ground This month's music summit focuses on the female element of the capital's live scene, and offers a cross-section of what's going on. Saccharine pop from Wild Strawberries, poppy folk punk from Happy Street, alt-folk from former model Zhang Qianqian, Brit-pop from Wuweidou and acoustic trip-hop from Long Kuan Jiu Duan. Fri, 9pm. 4 Jiuxian Qiao Lu (behind Hongyuan Apartments). 30 yuan (HK$28). Yan Club (86 10) 8457 3506 Arena Thursday's hip-hop nights mean big beats and cheap booze with selected drinks going for 10 yuan. Friday night is Korean night, while Saturday offers destruction with an all-you-can-drink special. Music is supplied by the Public Sound Bureau crew featuring DJs El-Mar, Kuang Youn, Stone and guests (40 yuan, from 9pm) 161 Lan Qi Ying, Chengfu Lu (opposite Qinghua University south gate). For further details call (86 10) 6252 1374 Beijing Hikers The club offers a scenic, three-hour walk in the Beijing suburb of Pinggu county. Every Sun, 8.30am, meeting at the Lido Hotel Starbucks. 150/100 yuan (covers round-trip bus transport, guide service and refreshments. Hikers are advised to bring their own lunch and water). For more details visit www.bjhikers.com GUANGZHOU Lynn Harrell And The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra Cellist Lynn Harrell is one of the most respected performers in the world of classical music. He has worked with many of the major symphony orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago symphonies and the London Philharmonic. Add to that list the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with conductor Yu Long, who will perform a Dvorak cello concerto in B minor, Op 104, and Tchaikovsky's symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64. Thu, 8pm. Xinghai Concert Hall, 33 Qing Bo Lu, Er Sha Island. 100-250 yuan. Bookings and inquiries: (86 20) 8735 2222 ext 305 Asian Field By Antony Gormley Hundreds of helpers from Xiangshan Primary School and students of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art worked on this underground car park installation of more than 200,000 clay figures. Presented by the British Council China. 105 Zhongshan Dao, Xinhau Garden, Huajing Xinzheng, Guangzhou. Inquiries: www.britishcouncil.cn . Until Jun 11 SHANGHAI Bruce Zhou And Friends Bruce Zhou and friends perform every Saturday this month. Zhou's repertoire includes songs about ordinary people and their lives, such as You Are Looking At Me, Pray and Baby. Every Sat, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, Lane 311, 2 Zheng Tong Lu (by Guo Ding Lu). Inquiries and ticket prices: (86 21) 6511 2380 The Russian National Circus One of the top 10 circuses in the world, the Russian National Circus makes a two-month guest appearance. Expect a big line-up of exotic animals and daredevils such as elephant trainer Kornilova, tiger-keeper Ladesova, and bear tamer Balovich. Daily, 7.30pm. Shanghai Grand Stage. 50-580 yuan. Bookings and inquiries: (86 21) 5665 6622 ext 2027. Until Jun 30 TAIPEI Keep It Real Swedish vocal team The Real Group hit town for one night only. These guys have jammed with the big names from Bobby McFerrin to Van Morrison, and have sold more than half a million albums worldwide. Wed, 7.30pm. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Cnr Chunghsiao E Rd & Kuang-fu South Rd (SYS Memorial Hall MRT station). Inquiries: (886 2) 2773 3369 REGIONAL BANGKOK & CHIANG MAI Thai Life Several walls of photographs - both digital and on film - of upcountry Thai life can be seen at this popular and stylish restaurant, near the Landmark Hotel. Marc Schultz's exhibition attempts to capture elements of Thai Buddhism and tradition that he sees fading away. Daily, 8am-late. Anna's Cafe, Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit. For more details call [66 2) 653 2395 Chiang Mai University Art Museum Artists from northern Thailand explore the rapid transformation of society. Artists include the prominent Kaewkaw na Chiangmai and Komkrit Jianpinitnan. They use video, photography, installation art and mixed media. Daily. CMU Art Museum, Nimmanahaeminda Rd, Chiang Mai. Free. Inquiries: (66 53) 218 280 SEOUL Swan Lake This re-interpretation of Swan Lake has won more than 25 international awards, including a Tony Award on Broadway. The show, produced by Adventures in Motion Pictures, lands in South Korea in time for the 30th anniversary of the British Council Culture Centre. LG Art Centre. 40,000-100,000 won (HK$256-HK$640). Inquiries: (82 2) 2005 0114. Ends Jun 1 International Modern Dance Festival Hyper-Cool Cacophony is the theme of this year's festival, which has attracted troupes from Asia, North America and Europe. Among the highlights is the multimedia performance of Japanese troupe Dumb Type and the performance of Double Points 1 & 2 by The Emio Greco I PC from the Netherlands. Daily programme, times vary. Arts Theatre of Korean Culture and Performing Arts Centre of Dongduk Women's University. 20,000-60,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 738 3931 or www.modafe.org . Until Thu Wonderland Deresa Choi Dance Company presents the third instalment to the Movement And Technology Series which has been ongoing this year. The famed choreographer has previously been invited to perform at the famed La Ferm du Buisson in France. In this performance, technology is incorporated to create surreal spaces in which to stage her minimalist pieces. May 29-31, 8pm. Jayu Theatre, Seoul Arts Centre. 20,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 521 4602 Big Bad Sound System Subline brings together a line-up of drum and bass DJs from Korea and Japan. The line-up includes, from Japan, DJ Inza, DJ Yusuke and DJ Shimizusawa, and Subline's own DJ Fujiwara and DJ Murf. The VJ will be Ziro with Ray Thought, from Japan, MC'ing. May 31, 10pm. Mr Boston (near Princess Hotel). 20,000 won (on the door), 15,000 won (in advance). Inquiries: (82 11) 9389 0821 or www.subline.co.kr Brand New Heavies Groove, funk and acid jazz are the hallmarks of these cool cats who refuse to go away. The band are touring to promote their new album, defiantly titled We Won't Stop. Jun 8, 6pm. Sejong College, main auditorium. 40,000-80,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 784 5118 SINGAPORE Fantasy Of Carmen Following the successful performances of Flamenco Sensacional in March, Ballet Flamenco Sol de Espana is back again with famed Japanese flamenco dancer Yoko Komatsubara. Featuring top flamenco dancers from Spain and Japan, the show depicts a woman so pure to her passionate instincts that she is constantly looking for love. Tues-Wed, 8pm. DBS Art Center, S$35-S$65 (HK$158-HK$292). Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg Gala Concert - Mikhail Pletnev Plays Beethoven Pianist Mikhail Pletnev joins the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for two nights dedicated to the German composer. The first night they will play Concerto 1, 2 and 5 (also known as the emperor) and the second night, concerto 3 and 4. This is the first time in 20 years that the complete cycle of piano concertos has been performed by a single pianist in Singapore. Fri-Sat, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall, $22-$122. Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg A Musical Conversation with Tan Swie Hian The Singapore Arts Festival 2003 opens with a world premiere mixing music, poetry, calligraphy with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and award-winning artist and writer Tan Swie Hian. A specially commissioned calligraphy concerto, by Hong Kong composer Law Wing-fai based on a Tan poem, will invite Tan to weave his brush in dialogue with the orchestra. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre Hall, $17-$63. Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg Singapore Street Festival The 16-day carnival will showcase professional and amateur creative talents. An incongruous blend of highlights include rap, street opera and breakdance performances. Daily, various venues. Inquiries: www.singaporestreetfestival.com . Until Jun 15 TOKYO Japan Blues Carnival 2003 Featuring rock legend Ike Turner, the distinctive Louisiana-based Cajun singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sonny Landreth, and others. Today, 4pm. Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Open-Air Stage. 6,800 yen (HK$455). Inquiries: (81 3) 5453 8899 Akaoni Daiko This international group offers a compelling drum performance. Shakohachi master Christopher Blasdell also takes part. May 29, 7.30pm (free session, Jun 1, 4pm-9pm, The Museum, Ogikubo). Bar Isn't It? Roppongi. 2,500 yen (including one drink). Inquiries: (81 3) 8947 3701 Roppongi Hills - The Global City The newly opened office and entertainment development is packed with boutiques and restaurants and boasts a good view from the Mori Arts Centre (52/F Mori Tower). Now showing is The Global City: A New Vertical Landscape, a study of different urban designs, which seems in part an effort to validate the project under way in one of Tokyo's downtown heartlands. Daily. 1-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Inquiries: (81 3) 3561 3141. Until Sep 21 Treasures Of The Romanovs And Russia An exhibition of the opulent treasures of the tsars, including over US$100 million (HK$778 million) in gems, spangled costumes and rich paintings of the Romanov line beginning with Peter the Great in 1672 and ending with Nicholas II in 1917. The exhibition boasts pieces from five museums, including the State Diamond Fund of the Russian Republic. Daily. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Free. Inquiries: (81 3) 3823 6921 or check out www.tobikan.jp . Until Jul 6 For a complete listings service visit totallyhk.scmp.com.