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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 September, 2003, 12:00am

Exhibitions


2D/3D


Contemporary Indian art and sculpture from a new generation of Indian artists including Radha-krishnan, Harsha Vardhanda and Sunil Padwal. Daily, 11am-7pm. HK Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Rd. Inquiries: 2537 7634. Ends today


Jing De Zhen Porcelain & Ceramic Exhibition


The Jiangxi province city Jing De Zhen is famous for the quality of its ceramics and this exhibition and sale is of vases, bowls and ceramic-based picture. Daily 10am-10pm. UG/F Olympian Hall Exhibition Area, Olympian City 1, 11 Hoi Fan Rd, West Kowloon. Inquiries: 2155 1969. Ends today


World Of Maps


An exhibition of decorative and collectible antique maps of China, Asia and other parts of the world from 1570-1930. Today, 10am-6pm. Pine Suite, 22/F, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Central. Inquiries: 2501 0599


Self


Non-profit art organisation Upper Bunk exhibits a range of work by artists who explore how we define ourselves and our character - truthfully and otherwise. Tue-Sun, 2pm-8pm. Artist Commune, M63, Unit 12, Cattle Depot Artists Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd, Kowloon. Inquiries: 2104 3322. Ends Tue


Language Is Form


One of Hong Kong's leading oil painters, Francis Yu Wai-luen paints figures in a western style juxtaposed with Chinese characters. . Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm. Grotto Fine Art, 2/F, 31 C-D Wyndham St, Central. Inquiries: 2121 2270. Until Fri


Wonders In Deep Waters


Husband and wife team Stephen Wong and Takako Uno dived the world's oceans to capture the underwater creatures in their bold photographs. Daily 9am-7pm. 1/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Rd, Quarry Bay. Inquiries: 2844 5095. Until Fri


The Virtue Of Tranquil Beauty


Inner Mongolia-born Xue Mo holds her inaugural exhibition of contemplative oil portraits of Asian women. Based in Beijing, the artist creates work described as a return to pure painting in the Renaissance style of a Chinese Vermeer. Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, 1pm-7pm. Karen Weber Gallery, 32A Staunton St, Central. Inquiries: 2544 5004. Until Sat


World Press Photo Exhibition


This exhibition presents the results of the world's largest and most prestigious press photography contest that travels to 35 countries. FCC, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2521 1511. Until Oct 8


Human Form


Xu Wentao's series of realist-style nudes have luminous skin and self-confidence. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm. Schoeni Gallery, G/F, 21-31 Old Bailey St, Central. Inquiries: 2869 8802. Until Oct 6


93 Million (Miles From The Sun)


Simon Birch introduces 50 of his latest works, including collaborations with some of Asia's most respected artists. The emphasis is on portraits of Hong Kong's most dynamic individuals. Bark Modern Art Gallery, 1/F, 13-14 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Inquiries: 2861 3317. Until Oct 7


Ka Folk Restaurant


Three artists' impressions of the traditional Hong Kong tea house (the chan-chaan teng in Cantonese). The paintings and pieces of art will be displayed in a restaurant setting. Thu-Tue, 10.30am-7.30pm. The Shanghai St Artspace, 404 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Guided tour Oct 7, 4.30pm, reservation required. Inquiries: 2770 2157. Until Oct 11


Vocabulary


Painting can be described as being another form of language, an alphabet of information with which the artist hopes to communicate. Alexis Portilla creates depth in his abstract landscapes with individual planes of colour and line. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm. Memory Gallery, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell St, Central. Tel: 2868 6189. Until Oct 15


Hina Matsuri


Girls Festival is celebrated each year in Japan when parents display a set of dolls to wish for their daughters' happiness. Artist Fumino Hora takes it as her inspiration for a series of metal sculptures. Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, noon-6pm. 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo. Inquiries: 2810 0065.


Until Oct 18


Let's Hide In The Park


Hong Kong artist Stephen Lam enjoyed years strolling in New York City's parks and his exquisite photography lovingly recalls Manhattan's Central Park and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Tue-Sun, noon-10.30pm. Agnes B's Librairie Gallerie, 22 Elgin St, Central. Inquiries: 2869 5505. Until Nov 16


Performing Arts


Guitar And Violin Recital


As part of the Italian Music festival virtuoso guitarist Massimi Scattolin and violinist Nicola Granillo perform works by Niccolo Paganini, Astor Piazzolla and Pablo de Sarasate. Today, 8pm. Theatre Two, HK Convention Centre, Wan Chai. $150, $200 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3106 8302


Macbeth


Verdi's four-act 1865 opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy of madness, murder and mayhem about the weak king and his wicked wife stars baritones, Gary Simpson and Marco Chingari and sopranos Xiuwei Sun and Francesca Patane. Davi Stern (son of violinist Isaac Stern) conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Society Chorus. Performed in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Today, 7.30pm. $120, $240, $360, $500, $650 Urbtix. For further information, call 2268 7321


The Adventures Of Robin Hood


Uncle Dave's Big Day Out presents the classic tale of the adventurer who robbed the rich to feed the poor. Cheer on Robin and his merry men and jeer the Sheriff of Nottingham. For children aged two to nine. Today, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Grappa's Country, Jardine House, Central. $150-$180 (includes a pizza, sandwich and soft drink buffet) HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2114 7139 or www.chunkyonion.com


Huehuetl


The four-piece group perform the ancient music and dances of the Indian Mayas and Aztecs for free today, 4pm-6pm. Indoors, HK Cultural Centre, TST. The performers are available for hire on Mon. Inquiries: 2758 6209


Ibrahim Ferrer


The Buena Vista Social Club presents a return performance of the Cuban septuagenarian singer, in Hong Kong to promote his Grammy-award winning album Buenos Hermanos. Oct 10, 8.30pm. Grand Hall, HK CEC, Wan Chai. $780, $1,080 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3128 8288


Extra-curricular


Synergy 24 Drum Competition


As part of the HK Drum Festival, the HK Chinese Orchestra is holding the first round of the synergy 24 drum competition in which junior, intermediate and senior groups will compete to play in the Majestic Drums II concert. Today, 11am-5pm. HK Cultural Centre, Piazza C, TST. Free. Inquiries: 3185 1601


Oliver! Auditions


Faust is holding auditions for adult roles in the musical Oliver, based on Charles Dickens' novel. Those with a penchant for singing, dancing and acting could find themselves performing in the show, which will take place from Mar 17-27, 2004. Today, 1pm-5pm; Sep 29, 6.30pm-10pm. 34/F, One IFC, 1 Harbour View St, Central. Inquiries: 2547 7150, or [email protected]


Water Ski and Skateboarding Champions


The annual open water ski and skateboarding championships brings together more than 60 water skiing and wakeboarding athletes from all over the world. There will be flips, spins and acrobatic stunts. Today, 9am-6pm. Chong Hing Water Sports Centre. Inquiries: 9439 8333


Same Sex Marriages


Voice your opinions and join the debate as the Kowloon branch of the HK Philosophy Cafe considers same-sex marriages. Tue, 7.30pm. Museum Cafe, HK Museum of Art, TST. Visit groups.msn.com/-HongKongPhilosophyCafe


Contemporary Asian Art Forum


The Asia Art Archive and the International Association of Art Critics bring together artists, curators and art professionals from Asian countries to discuss building networks in the contemporary Asian art world. In English and Cantonese. Tue, 5.45pm-9.30pm. Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. Free. To reserve seats: 2815 1112 or [email protected]


Contemporary Asian Art Forum


The Asia Art Archive and the International Association of Art Critics bring together artists, curators and art professionals from Asian countries to discuss building networks in the contemporary Asian art world. In English and Cantonese. Tue, 5.45pm-9.30pm. Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 2815 1112


Macau


Yu Un Calligraphy And Paintings Exhibition


The exposition commemorates the 50th anniversary of Macau's Yu Un Calligraphers' and Painters' Association. Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed on Mon). Gallery of the Macau Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, G/F, City Hall, Largo do Senado. Free. Inquiries: (853) 791 814. Until Oct 5


Chinese Paintings By Chio Hoi-Ian


Exhibition by the winner of the 'best young painter' award by Macau's Artists Association. 10am-7pm Exhibition Hall of the Macau Military Club. Free. Inquiries (853) 714 000. Until Oct 12


Figurative Bronze Sculptures By Jacques Le Nantec


Exhibition by Macau-based artist Jacques Le Nantec, who has created bronzes of nude and semi-nude women for four decades, regarding his works as 'love declarations to the eternal feminine gender'. Exposition by the branch of the Lisbon-based Orient Foundation at the Casa Garden (next to the Luis de Camoes Park and Protestant Cemetery). Daily, 10am-7pm. Free. Inquiries (853) 554 699. Until Oct 12


Fong Yim-Fun: The Life And Work Of A Cantonese Opera Artiste


Focusing on the colourful life of Cantonese opera's legendary 'Queen of Female Principals', Fong Yim-fun, this exhibition includes costumes, librettos, and the screening of seven of her films. Every Sun. Macau Museum on Fortress Hill. Inquiries: (853) 335 141 or visit www.icm.gov.mo. Until Oct 12


Bill Plympton Retrospective


A selection of the famous American animator's comics creations and rare animation drafts. Fri-Oct 19, 10am-7pm. Macau Cultural Centre, Foyer and Conference Room, Free. Exhibition to be followed by films The Animation World Of Bill Plympton (Oct 10-19) and In Conversation With Bill Plympton, (Oct 11 and 18). Inquiries: (853) 797 7215


Between Truth And Creation


Exhibition of sculptures at the Casas-Museu da Taipa. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. Taipa Village Promenade. Inquiries (853) 825 314 or www.iacm.gov.mo. Until Oct 26


Ancient Ceramics From Hac Sa Beach


Ceramics excavated at Hac Sa Beach on Macau's Coloane Island in 1985. The Neolithic pieces, 3,500 to 6,000 years old, prove that Macau's human settlement predates the the Portuguese in the 16th century by several millennia. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm. 4/F, Macau Cultural Centre, Macau Museum of Arts. 5 patacas (free on Sun). Visit www.artmuseum.gov.mo.


Until Nov 5


Photographs From The French Foreign Affairs Archives, 1860-1914


Ethnographic or Eurocentric - depending on one's political leanings - photo exhibition by the French Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau and Alliance Francaise of Macau in conjunction with Macau Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau. A French colonialist look at 'the natives' in the late 19th and early 20th century. Macau Museum of Art, 3/F, Macau Cultural Centre, Outer Harbour. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm, 5 patacas, free on Sun. Inquiries: (853) 791 9800 or visit www.artmuseum.gov.mo.


Until Nov 23


National


Beijing


Dunhuang Oils


Cheng Tianliang takes his inspiration from the Mogao Caves and blends traditional eastern practice and his own personal technique to show a range of oils. Daily 10am-9pm. Yun Zhou Gallery, Rm 8, 1/F, Kempinksi Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu. Inquiries: (86 10) 6465 3388 ext 5735. Ends today


Hans Van Dijk Polaroids


After the Dutch artist Hans van Dijk died, the Polaroid photographs that form this exhibition were found in his flat. This posthumous exhibition also marks the passing of the man, who together with artist Ai Weiwei and Frank Uytterhaegen, set up the loft-gallery CAAW in Beigao. Wed-Sun, 1pm-6pm. China Art Archives and Warehouse, Caochang Dicun, Jichang Fulu. Inquiries: (86 10) 8456 5152. Until Tue


Transformation


A fascination with nature means Chongqinger Cao Jinping, graduate of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, displays paintings of butterflies, streams and rusty chains to symbolise both the healing and destructive forces in life. Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Schoeni Art Gallery, Rm 904, 9/F Tower B, New Town Soho, 88 Jianguo Lu. Inquiries: (86 10) 8580 2142. Until Oct 10


Guangzhou


Art Of Flower Arranging


Cai Jingying, who runs a flower design studio, will be leading classes in flower arranging. A graduate of the Chicago Flower Art Academy and a practitioner of the Japanese art of flower arranging, Cai has decades of experience. Every Mon-Tue, 11am-12.30pm. Terrace Cafe. 480-560 yuan (HK$452-$528) for four classes (includes flowers and vases). Guangzhou Luhu Golf and Country Club. For further details and inquiries: (86 20) 8350 7777


Shanghai


Cultural Revolution Artefacts


Not everything was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution as this exhibition of more than 50 original works demonstrates. It includes needlepoint, woodblock printing, posters and dazibao, or woven silk portraits. Daily, 10am-3pm. Propaganda Poster Art Centre, Rm BOC, 868 Huashan Lu. Inquiries: (86 21) 6211 1845. Until Tue


Redland


Dvir Bar-Gal's photography may capture the grey monotones of China's urban areas, but he lightens the effect with unpredictable bursts of colour. Art Sea Studio & Gallery, No 50, Moganshan Lu, Building 9. Inquiries: (86 21) 6227 8380. Until Tue


Old Shanghai Stars


These movie stills from the 1930s recall a time when stars were impeccably dressed and behaved. By appointment only. Sat-Sun, 1pm-6pm. Unique Hill Studio, Rm 301, Tian Long Apt, 907 Tian Yao Qiao Lu. Inquiries: (86 21) 5410 4815. Until Tue


Green Tea


Single career woman Wu Fang thinks she has the perfect way to judge if a suitor is husband material - she reads the green tea leaves on their first date. Though Chen Ming Liang doesn't believe in tea leaves, he does think he is made for Wu Fang. Starring Jiang Wen and Zhao Wei. Directed by Christopher Doyle and Zhang Yuan. English schedule follows Chinese. Inquiries: UME International Cineplex, 4/F, No 6, Lane 123 Xingye Lu. Tel: (86 21) 6373 3333. Until Tue


Industrial Romance


This exhibition features contemporary jewellery made from nuts, bolts and steel wire by Jiang Qiong'er and Leon Lu. Daily, 10am-10pm Q&W Design Gallery, Gallery, No 25, 181 Taicang Rd, North Block, Xintiandi. Call (86 21) 6326 2140. Until Tue


Silver Exhibition


This exhibition brings together jewellery, functional pieces and everyday objects from its earliest origins to its zenith in the Qing dynasty. Daily 11am-10pm. Cang Bo Gallery, Unit 2, No 9, North Block Xintiandi. Inquiries: (86 21) 6336 5862. Until Oct 15


Taipei


Taiwanese Artists Today


The works of local modern artists are exhibited in Taipei's first museum to focus on contemporary art. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. Museum Of Contemporary Art, 39 Chang An West Rd. NT$100 (HK$23). For further details, call (886 2) 2552 3720 or www.mocataipei.org. Until Nov 30


Bangkok


Siam Flair


Think you're sexy and smart? Why not enter the Miss CM2 Beauty Contest organised by the Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. Prizes worth half a million baht are to be had. Applications until Oct 15. Inquiries: (662) 255 6888


Light In An Atmosphere Of Faith


Chatchawan Rodklongtan's gentle, lambent acrylic paintings are a must-see for anyone who likes a bit of religion with their art, or who needs an injection of inspiration. Exhibition Hall, River City complex, Yota Rd. Today, 10am-8pm. Inquiries: (662) 237 0077


Ink Extremis


Here is a chance to check out more than 450 posters by German students using innovative design and cutting-edge materials to decry the resurgence of right-wing extremism in their country. Visit the Goethe Institut, South Sathorn Soi 1. Inquiries: (662) 287 0942. Until Tue


Mike Del Ferro


Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mike del Ferro will show the 5th Bangkok International Dance and Music Festival that Holland is about more than dykes, tulips and stoners' cafes. The Dutch master spans the jazz spectrum playing everything from Dixieland to salsa. Sat, 7.30pm. Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Rd. 300-1,200 baht (HK$58-HK$233). Inquiries (662) 204 9999 or www.thaiticketmaster.com


Seoul and Busan


Blush


Wim Vandekeybus, a leading contemporary dance choreographer, is in Seoul with his young ensemble, Ultima Vez. Blush, their latest production, combines dance with multi media. Today, 4pm. LG Art Centre. 30,000-60,000 won (HK$202-HK$404). Inquiries: (82 2) 2005 0114, www.lgart.com


Ikko Tanaka


This Japanese graphic artist designs everything from company logos to calendars. The Japanese Foundation presents 50 of his works to highlight the state of Japanese design since 1945. Japan Cultural Centre. Free. Inquiries: (82 2) 2122 2820. Ends today


Marc Chagall


The Bouquet In The Sky Of Paris and The Lovers In The Grand White Bouquet are two of the oil paintings on display. Daily, 10am-6pm. 8,000 won. Sun Gallery. Inquiries: (82 2) 734 0458, www.sungallery.co.kr. Ends Sep 30


Ibrahim Ferrer


One of the stars from Wim Wenders' Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer has left his shoe shining days behind to perform to a world that can't get enough of his music. Fri, Sat, 6pm. LG Art Centre. 40,000-80,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 2005 0114, www.lgart.com


Marilyn Manson


South Korea is finally allowing the shock rocker, who is never far from controversy, to perform in Seoul. Denied entry in 1999 and 2001, Mason has agreed to comply with certain censorship regulations, which means no defiling of religious or national symbols. Best of luck, Marilyn. Sat, 7pm. Olympic Park Fencing Stadium. 70,000-88,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 3141 3488 or www.allAccess.co.kr


Pine Mushroom


The pine mushroom is one of the most exquisite mushrooms in the world. Harvest season is beginning, and the Yangyang area in Gangwon province is opening its wholesale mushroom market to the pulic. Visiters get a chance to collect wild mushrooms. Yangyan in Gangwon province.15,000 won. Inquiries: (82 3) 3670 2239, or www.yangyang-gun.gangwon.kr-/festival. Until Oct 5


Busan International Film Festival


The eighth edition of Korea's largest film festival opens with Doppelganger, an existential thriller by Japanese film director Kurosawa Kiyoshi. More than 240 films are lined up, with 30 world premieres and nearly 90 Asian premieres. The nine-day festival ends with Park Ki-hyoung's Acacia, a visually stylish horror tale of a young boy. Oct 5-7. Busan, southern Korea. Ticket prices vary. For programme details and inquiries: www.piff.org


Singing With The Hearts Of The Portuguese


Popular Portuguese songstress Misia celebrates the tradition of fado, the country's haunting folk music. She will be taking the stage with Jose Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar and several other musicians. Oct 17, 8pm. LG Art Centre. 30,000-60,000 won. Inquiries: (82 2) 2005 0114 or www.lgart.com


Dream Of The Audience


The curator at Ssamzie Space shows works by the late Korean-American artist, Theresa Hak-kyung Cha, to examine immigration. Ssamzie Space. Inquiries: (82 2) 3142 1693. Until Oct 26


500 Years Of Chosun Dynasty Dress And Ornament


Newly restored clothes of the first Chosun king and other traditional dresses. Royal Museum in the Deoksu Palace. Inquiries: (82 2) 771 9952, www.royalmusuem.go.kr. Until Oct 12


Singapore


International Cantonese Opera Festival


This extravaganza features the 55-member Guangzhou Hong Dou Cantonese Opera Troupe and China's Plum Blossom Award-winners Ou Kai Ming and Liang Shu Qing. Renowned artists such as Hong Kong's Peggie Lui along with Ye You Qi from China will also perform. Today, 2pm, Esplanade Recital Studio, S$31-S$51 (HK$140-HK$230) and today, Tue-Thu, 7.45 pm. Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, 28A Kreta Ayer Rd, S$11-S$51. Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg


Music In The Bird Park


Stars of the Bird Park and Singapore Chinese Orchestra team up to perform musical pieces about birds and nature, including Mynahs' Bath, Skylark Romanian and The Golden Rooster Heralds The Daybreak. Sat, 7pm, Jurong Bird Park, S$5. Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg


Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto


Former Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra music director Libor Pesek makes his Singapore Symphony Orchestra debut with the music of fellow countryman Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No 7. Penang-born, London-based pianist Dennis Lee will also perform Rachmaninov's popular Second Piano Concerto. Sat, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall, S$12-S$60. Inquiries: Sistic outlets (65) 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg


Beautiful Thing


The Toy Factory's production of Jonathan Harvey's controversial play about the awakening love between two teenage boys returns. Wed-Oct 26. Toy Factory At The Attic, 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd Level, S$22. Inquiries: www.toyfactory.org


Half A Century Of Chinese Woodblock Prints Featuring a series of over 100 wood blocks exemplifying the birth and evolution of China's historic Woodbloock Print Movement. 9.30am,-8pm (Tues-Sat), 1pm-5pm (Sun-Mon). Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Free. Inquiries: (65) 6336 3663. Until Oct 29


Spirit Of Wood


For its first exhibition, the Asian Civilisation Museum is presenting The Art of Woodcarving in the Northeast Malay Peninsula, a unique collection of 150 artefacts from ancient to modern, royal to mundane. Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place. Mon, noon-6pm, Tues-Sun 9am-6pm. Inquiries: (65) 6332 7798.


Until Nov 30


Tokyo


Sounding Spaces


Six artists and three teams from Japan and abroad create nine different sound installations. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. 400-800 yen (HK$28-HK$55). NTT Inter Communication Centre. Inquiries: www.ntticc.or.jp. Ends today


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