The Planner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 April, 2004, 12:00am

Exhibitions


Fotomo


Kimio Itozaki, the founder of the Fotomo technique (photography plus model), creates three-dimensional models of Japanese street scenes. The Nagano-born photographer uses a technique based on using cuttings and collages, combining technology and traditional craftsmanship. Daily, 11am-9pm. Pao Gallery, 4/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. $20, $30. For details, call 2582 0280. Ends tomorrow


Historic Photographs of Hong Kong


Denis George Crow exhibits photographs of Hong Kong shot from the 1860s to the 1960s, and sourced from Europe, America, Canada and Australia. Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo, Central. Inquiries:


2810 0065. Ends Apr 25


Celebration of Colour


A solo exhibition by Chinese ink and colour artist Song Yumin. His fantasy landscapes combine detailed architecture with vividly coloured foliage. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. Connoisseur Art Gallery, G3, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2868 5358. Ends Apr 25


Hong Kong's Food Culture


Although local food is greatly influenced by centuries-old Chinese cuisine traditions, long exposure to overseas influence has given it unique characteristics. This exhibition reviews the local fusion of Chinese, Asian and western cooking, combinations of styles, recipes and customs, and the changes that have taken place in eating establishments and food packaging. Wed-Mon, 10am-6pm; Sun and public holidays, 10am-7pm. Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1/F, Thematic Galleries 3 and 4, 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, NT. $5-$10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2180 8188.


Ends Apr 26


RE


An installation and sound performance by 18 local young artists. The exhibition focuses on helping visitors appreciate the Yau Ma Tei district. Thu-Tue, 10.30am-7.30pm. Shanghai Street Artspace, G/F, 404 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Inquiries:


2770 2157. Ends Apr 26


Oceanic Art Education Centre - Art Show 2004


Teachers and students from the centre exhibit landscape paintings and mixed media works. Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 11am-6pm. Two venues: Euro Cafe, Level 1, HK Station, Airport Express (near Exit D), and Euro Cafe, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Rd Central. Inquiries: 2420 2472. Ends Apr 28


Art Chat on Harbour


Paintings, photographs and installations by 40 artists based on the possible future of Victoria Harbour. Tue-Sun, 2pm-8pm. Museum 63, Artist Commune, Unit 12 Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd, Kowloon. Inquiries: 2104 3322. Ends Apr 30


Women of All Seasons


Eight international female sculptors who live and work in Italy present their work. The artists use various materials including stone, marble, bronze, fishing wire and terracotta to create art pieces ranging from abstract objects to female shapes. Daily, 11am-6pm. The HarbourSide, Union Square, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon. Inquiries: 2577 6262.


Ends Apr 30


Perfect


Abstract artist Sophie Dube presents small-scale acrylics on canvas. The multi-layered paintings explore the interaction of colour, line and shape, with a theme of finding the balance. Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm. China Tee Club, 1/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central. Inquiries: 2521 0233.


Ends Apr 30


1974-2004: Celebrating 30 Years of Fine Art


Galerie du Monde celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of specially commissioned works created by each of the artists represented by the gallery, and the publication of a book recording the gallery's history. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Galerie du Monde, 328 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong.


Inquiries: 2525 0529 or go to www.galeriedumonde.com.


Ends Apr 30


Fabien Verschaere


Contemporary paintings and installation works by the young French artist. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-7.30pm. Art Statements, G/F, 5 Mee Lun Street, Central (down from 85 Hollywood Road) Inquiries: 2122 9657.


Ends Apr 30


Ink Traces: Zen Daruma Paintings


An exhibition of monochromatic paintings from the early 20th century, depicting Daruma, the first Zen Buddhist patriarch, as a symbol of insight. Each brush and ink work illustrates the enlightenment of the Zen master who created it. An installation of 500 bamboo sticks formed into a hut accompanies the exhibition. Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 11am-6.30pm. Tao Evolution, G/F, 62A Peel St, Central. Inquiries:


2521 1315. Ends May 1


Into the 8th


The John Batten Gallery celebrates its seventh anniversary with an exhibition of highlights from the past seven years, new photographs by Luke Ching Chin-wa and Rick Martin, and new paintings by John Young Tse-wing. A satellite exhibition in 2 Sardines restaurant (43 Elgin St, SoHo) features the photography of Michael Wolf. Tue-Sat, 1pm-7pm; Sun, 2pm-5pm. John Batten Gallery, G/F, 64 Peel St, Central. Inquiries: 2854 1018. Ends May 1


Vietnam Behind the Lines: Images From the War 1965-1975


More than 100 paintings from the British Museum's collection, presenting unusual and arresting images of the Vietnam war. Includes works by North Vietnamese artists created between 1965 and 1975, including propaganda material and personal records. Fri-Wed, 10am-6pm. HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. Inquiries: 2721 0116. Ends May 2


Fine Dining - An Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Culinary Ware


The exhibition focuses on how ancient Chinese cookware and tableware was made and used. It also demonstrates changing traditions, like the individual servings in China in ancient times, much like modern-day tradition in the west. Wed-Mon, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. Thematic Gallery 5, HK Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin. $5, $10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2180 8188. Ends May 26


Anthology of Ink: Ancient Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Dr S.Y. Yip Collection


More than 80 examples of Chinese painting and calligraphy, including works by renowned artists of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 1.30pm-5.30pm. Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, 94 Bonham Rd, Mid-Levels. Inquiries: 2241 5512. Ends Jun 6


Treasures of the Chengde Summer Palace Exhibition


The exhibition presents about 120 exhibits from the Beijing Palace Museum, the First Historical Archives of China and Chengde Summer Palace. The largest existing royal garden in China, the Chengde Palace was completed in 1792 and was used as a summer palace by Qing dynasty emperors Kangxi, Qianlong and Jiaqin. Wed-Mon, 10am-6pm. Special Exhibition Gallery, HK Museum of History, 100 Chatham Rd South, TST. $10. Inquiries: 2724 9042. Ends Jun 7


Performing Arts


Piano Recital: Nikolai Demidenko


A visiting professor at Britain's University of Surrey, Demidenko studied at the Moscow Conservatory and has played with orchestras around the world. The programme includes works by Vorisek, Schubert and Chopin. Tue, 8pm. Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. $100, $150 Urbtix. Inquiries:


2868 0837


Fou Ts'ong 70th Birthday Celebration Concerts


Pianist Fou Ts'ong gives a recital of pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Soong Fuyuan and Chopin. Tomorrow, 8pm. HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall. On Thu and Fri, he performs pieces by Britten and Mozart with the HK Sinfonietta. 8pm, HK City Hall Concert Hall. $100-$480 Urbtix.


Inquiries: 2734 9009


Peer Gynt


The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Opera Society of Hong Kong perform Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt: The Mythic Scandinavia, composed for Ibsen's drama. Featuring soprano Eteri Lamoris. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. $60-$240 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2312 9009


Music Evergreen


A concert of classical works by four Chinese virtuosi musicians, whose ages range from 75 to 84: with Zhang Rui playing the erhu, Lu Chunling on dizi, Lin Shicheng on pipa and Lin Maogen with the zheng. Apr 25, 8pm. Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. $100-$160 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321


Guys & Dolls


The Hong Kong Singers presents the Broadway musical classic. The multinational cast of singers, dancers and actors is accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra. Opens on Thu, then daily, 7.30pm; Sat and Sun, also at 2.30pm. City Hall Theatre, Central. $230-$330 Urbtix or HK Singers. Inquiries: 2537 4180 or [email protected].


Ends Apr 27


Chinese Music Funtasia


The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra performs Chinese and western classical songs, nursery rhymes, and old English favourites, re-arranged and played with traditional Chinese musical instruments. Today, 3pm, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Theatre; Apr 25, 3pm, Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium; May 8, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre. $70 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321


Yue Opera Troupe


The Xiaobaihua Troupe of the Hangzhou Yue Opera Theatre performs full-length operas The Jade Hairpin (Apr 26), and For the Love of Pear Blossom (Apr 27), and excerpts from various operas (Apr 28). 7.30pm. Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. $160-$280 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323


Extra-curricular


Poco's Happy Easter


Easter fun, games, crafts and lucky draw with Poco the Panda and friends. In English. For children aged two to seven. Today, 11am-12.30pm or 2pm-3.30pm. Movenpick Marche Restaurant, Levels 6 and 7, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Rd. $64, $80, includes kids' lunch. Adults free. Inquiries: 2899 2912


Ho Kom-tong: A Man for All Seasons


Andrew Tse gives an illustrated lecture about his great-grandfather, a member of the prominent Ho family and the man responsible for building the recently preserved Kom Tong Hall in Mid-Levels. In English. Tomorrow, 7pm. Jewish Community Centre, King David Room, 70 Robinson Rd, Mid-Levels. Free. Register for attendance at [email protected]. Inquiries:


2589 2660


The Strategic Importance of Manufacturing, Technology and Innovation to HK and the


Pearl River Delta


A discussion of a wide range of issues relevant to the area's development. Speakers include Professor Michael Gregory of Cambridge University and C.D. Tam, chief executive of HK Science and Technology Parks. In English. Tue, 6.45pm-9.15pm. HK Central Library, Causeway Bay. Reservations required, e-mail [email protected]. Inquiries:


2609 7453


Are Diplomats Sent Abroad to Lie for Their Country?


British Consul-General Stephen Bradley will discuss. Tue, 12.30pm registration. The Helena May Club, 35 Garden Rd, Central. $300, $320, including lunch, wine and soft drinks. Inquiries: 2537 5133


A Passion for Jewellery


Daniela Mascetti, head of Sotheby's jewellery department in London, discusses her 30 years of experience with stones and jewels. Thu, 3pm-5pm. Island Shangri-La Hotel. $500. Inquiries and reservations: 2822 8189


Ghost Writing and Biographies


The Women in Publishing Society presents guest speakers Winsome Lane, Gene Mustain and Neri Tenorio. Apr 28. 6.30pm registration, 7pm-8.30pm speakers. Hughes Room, Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lr Albert Rd, Central. $60, $100. Registration: [email protected]. Inquiries:


www.hkwips.org


Film


The 28th Hong Kong International Film Festival


At various venues around Hong Kong. $30-$55. For full details and ticketing information, see www.hkiff.org.hk. Ends Wed


Novel Drama Melodrama


As part of the film festival, the HK Film Archive screens Cantonese and Putonghua literary adaptations created in the 1950s and 60s. Cantonese classics until Apr 30, followed by Putonghua classics from May 1-30. Some films have English subtitles. 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho. $30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900 or www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp


Mars Odyssey


A 40-minute sky show that takes the audience on a virtual journey to Mars, the planet considered most likely to be able to support life because of evidence of water in the planet's soil. Daily, 2.40pm and 6.10pm. Sun and public holidays, extra show at 11.10am. Space Theatre, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. $24, $32 Urbtix and the Space Museum. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends May 24


MACAU


Festival of Pak Tai -


Cantonese Opera


The day-long opera show will be held at a purpose-built theatre made of bamboo outside the Taoist Pak Tai Temple on Taipa Island. According to lore, Pak Tai defeated the demon king, who had been terrorising the universe. As a reward, he was given the title of Superior Divinity of the Deep Dark Heaven and True Soldier of the North. Wed, performances from dawn to dusk. Taipa Village. Free. Inquiries: (853) 333 000, or www.macautourism.gov.mo


Evening Musicale


Open-air music show along the scenic Carmo Promenade on Taipa Island. Sat, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Taipa Village, Amphitheatre on Avenida da Praia. Free. Inquiries: (853) 827 103 or www.iacm.gov.mo


9th Macau Myanmar Overseas Chinese Water Festival


Macau is the home of thousands of overseas Chinese immigrants from Myanmar who continue to celebrate the annual water festival. A host of activities from Fri to Sun, including cultural shows, street parades, a water festival carnival and a photo exhibition at Macau's Unesco Centre. Free admission. For details, call (853) 553 995 or go to www.macautourism.gov.mo


XXIV Macau Schools Dance Competition


The contest is divided into two parts for secondary and primary schools. Macau Cultural Centre, Grand Auditorium. Organised by Macau Government's Education and Youth Affairs Bureau. Sat, 7.30pm; Apr 25, 9.30am and 2.30pm. Free.


Inquiries: (853) 988 0734 or go to


www.ccm.gov.mo


Cinema Sans Frontieres (Movies Without Borders)


Highlights from the 28th Hong Kong International Film Festival screened over 10 days at the Macau Cultural Centre starting from Fri. Daily screenings start at 5.30pm or 8pm, with some late-night shows starting at 10.30pm. Screenings include That Day by Chilean Raoul Ruiz, and Taiwanese Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn. Small Auditorium. 40 patacas. Inquiries and details: (853) 700 699 or


go to www.ccm.gov.mo. Ends


Apr 25


China and the West: Cultural Influence and Innovation


Second part of a diverse visual arts exhibition focused on artistic innovation and 'new trends in local visual arts'. Organised by Macau Cultural Institute. Tap Seac Gallery, 95 Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. Free. Inquiries and information: (853) 335 141 or go to www.icm.gov.mo. Ends Apr 26


Two Years of Experiences


Drawing exhibition by 26-year-old Macau painter and fine-art teacher Tim Ip Wai-tou. The exhibition is part of the New Art People Project that encourages young Macau artists to display their works in public. Wed-Mon, noon-7pm. Ox Warehouse, Old Ladies' House


Art Space, Avenida do Coronel Mesquita (near greyhound canidrome). For more information, call (853) 530 026, or go to www.olhartspace.org.mo.


Ends Apr 28


Modern Ceramics in Macau:


Five Artists


Exhibition by five Macau artists that took Mother Nature as their subject. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. Taipa Houses Museum, Taipa Island, Avenida da Praia. Five patacas. For more information call (853) 827 103, or go to www.iacm.gov.mo. Ends


May 2


Community Fever - In Love with Our Community Multimedia Art Exhibition


This alternative arts exhibition aims to give visitors 'a deeper understanding of the space and culture of our lives'. Wed-Mon, noon-7pm. Ox Warehouse, Old Ladies' House Art Space, Avenida do Coronel Mesquita (near the greyhound canidrome). For more information: (853) 530 026, or go to www.olhartspace.org. Ends May 9


national


BEIJING


My Smile


Zheijiang-born artist Fang Tianyuan exhibits traditional calligraphy works inspired by his original interpretation of Buddhism. Daily, 9am-6pm. Beijing New Millennium Art Gallery, 2/F, Diyang Building, 2 Dong Sanhuan Beilu. Inquiries: (86 10) 8453 6193. Ends Fri


Beijing Symphony Orchestra


The orchestra performs Academic Festival Overture, Op 80, The Pines of Rome, and Brahms' Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68, under the baton of Irwin Hoffman. Fri, 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall, Zhongshan Park, Xi Changan Jie. 30-380 yuan. Inquiries and information: (86 10) 6559 8285


Shaolin Kung Fu Show


The Songshan Shaolin Martial Art Troupe displays its prowess. Fri and Sat, 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theatre, 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie. 60-300 yuan. Inquiries and information: (86 10) 6551 9366


David Copperfield Magic Show


The US celebrity magician brings his magic back to Beijing. Tue-Sun, 7.30pm. Capital Gymnasium 100-1,800. For ticket inquiries:


(86 10) 8857 7030


Xiao Hong


A solo exhibition by the artist whose oil paintings feature bright colours and scenes of rich farmland and country scenes. Daily, 9.30am-7pm. Qin Gallery, 1-1E Enjoy Paradise, Huaweili, north of Beijing Curio City. Inquiries: (86 10) 8779 0458. Ends Apr 28


Beneath the Surface


Australian artist and Beijing resident Kinta Buck presents a photographic exhibition. Daily, 10am-8pm. Imagine Gallery, Shangri-La Hotel, Feijiacun, Cuigezhang, Laiguangyingdonglu. Inquiries: (86 10) 6438 5747,


or go to www.imagine-gallery.com.


Ends Apr 29


Shadow and Shape


Black and white photographs focusing on the beauty of spring and nature in Beijing. By Hungarian photographer Judit Stowe. Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm. Chenchangfen Gallery, Rm A211, Branch of National Library of China, 7 Wenjin St. Inquiries: (86 10) 6612 6999. Ends Apr 30


Monks of Shaolin Temple


Works by award-winning photojournalist, Heiming. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm. 798 Photo Gallery, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Dashanzi Art District. For more information:


(86 10) 6438 1784 or 6437 5284. Ends Apr 30


GUANGZHOU


Flute Recital


An evening of flute classics. Tomorrow, 8pm. Xinghai Concert Hall, Chamber Hall. 33 Qing Bo Lu, Er Sha Island. 40-80 yuan. Inquiries: (86 20) 8735 2222, extension 312


Hong Kong International


Poster Triennial 2001


An exhibition of more than 200 posters drawn by artists from the mainland, Japan, Switzerland, Poland, Britain and the US. Organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is on tour. Daily, 9am-5pm. Guangzhou Art Museum, 13 Lu Hu Lu, west of Lu Hu Park. 20 yuan. Inquiries: (86 20) 8365 9202.


Ends Fri


Chinese Paintings by Lai Shaoqi


In memory of the master Lai Shaoqi, the museum displays collections of his Chinese paintings. He was once regarded as one of the best artists in the world. His works are also printed on the Yang Cheng Tong cards. Daily, 9am-5pm. Guangzhou Art Museum 13 Lu Hu Lu, west of Lu Hu Park. 20 yuan. Inquiries: (86 20) 8365 9202. Ends Apr 30


Passageway, Overgoing


German contemporary artist Wolfgang Laib exhibits eight pieces made from materials such as rice, marble and beeswax that relay a sense of unearthly peacefulness. Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm. Guangdong Museum of Art, 38 Yan Yu Lu, Ersha Island. Five-15 yuan. Inquiries: (86 20) 8735 1468. Ends May 16


Bronze Exhibition


Featuring more than 120 antique bronze pieces from Bao Ji in Shanxi province, regarded as the home of bronze culture. Most of the works are from the Western Zhou dynasty, and bear inscriptions. Daily, 9am-5.30pm. Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of King Nanyue. five-12 yuan.


Inquiries: (86 20) 8666 0885. Ends May 31


SHANGHAI


Concert: Shanghai Conservatory of Music Orchestra


The orchestra performs excerpts from well-known operettas, under the baton of Lin Yousheng. Fri, 7.15pm. Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall, 20 Fenyang Lu. 60-220 yuan. Inquiries and information: (86 21) 6431 1792


Contemporary Chinese Oil


Painting Exhibition


A selection of paintings demonstrating eastern and western cultural influences. Shanghai Eye Level Gallery. Inquiries: (86 21) 6234 0599. Ends Apr 25


Twins


Hong Kong sculptor Lam Laam creates a series of pottery works while you watch. Her work will reflect the idea of Hong Kong and Shanghai as twins. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. The Pottery Workshop, 2/F, 220 Taikang Lu, Shanghai. The creation process ends on Saturday, and the pieces will then be exhibited until May 1. Inquiries:


(86 21) 6445 0902


Jazz


Live jazz performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9.15pm to midnight. Upstairs at Red, 284 Anfu Lu, between Wulumuqi Zhong Lu and Wukang Lu. Inquiries: (86 21) 5403 7997


Spirit of the Dance


Another Irish dance sensation - on the lines of the hugely successful Riverdance - Spirit of the Dance combines the energy and rhythm of traditional Irish dancing with the flash and fire of flamenco and salsa. Fri-Sun, 7.15pm. 120-580 yuan. Shanghai Grand Theatre, 300 Renmin Da Dao. Inquiries: (86 21) 6372 8701


TAIPEI


Nacho Duato & Compania Nacional de Danza


The National Spanish Dance Company arrives for its Taipei debut, with a performance combining traditional improvisational percussion with dance. Thu-Sat, 7.30pm. National Theatre. NT$400-$2,500.


Inquiries: (886 2) 2343 1647


NSO Opera: Don Giovanni


See the theatrical brilliance of Mozart's opera, presented by the NSO with director Stan Lai. Fri-Sat, 7.30pm. National Concert Hall. NT$ 400-$2,000. Inquiries and information: (886 2) 2343 1587


Taipei Li-yuan Chinese Opera Theatre, Traditional Art Performance


Lee Bao-chuwen and members of his theatre will perform selections of Chinese Opera every Fri and Sat in April, 8pm. NT$880. EYE, 113, Zhongshan N. Rd, Sec. 2, Taipei. Inquiries: (886 2) 2568 2677 or www.taipeieye.com


Reflections of the Seventies on Taiwanese Arts


Art pieces created in the 70s by Taiwanese artists reflecting the events the island was facing at that time. Tue-Sun, 9.30am-5.30pm. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 181 Sec 3, Chung-shan N. Rd, Taipei. NT$30. Inquiries: (886 2) 2595 7656, or www.tfam.gov.tw. Ends May 9


REGIONAL


BANGKOK


Northern Glory


Thailand's northernmost province of Chiang Rai is a source of inspiration for many artists, with its cherry blossoms, fields of flowers, tea plantations and colourful hilltribes. Chiang Rai-born painter Sombong Sarasap has organised an exhibition which showcases works by talented artists from the north including Damrong Wong-opporat, Chalermchai Kositpipat and Thawan Datchanee, and the proceeds from sales will go to build an art museum. Wed-Sun, 8.30am-4.30pm. Bangkok National Gallery. Chao Fa Rd. Inquiries:


(66 2) 281 2224. Ends Apr 30


Ultra Stoush


A troupe of shiny bug-eyed superheros fight strange monsters in Ultraman Elite, a live action show based on the much-loved Japanese television series. Shows at 1.30pm, 4pm and 7pm, Fri-Apr 25 and Apr 30-May 2. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Chaeng Wattana Rd. 300-800 baht. Inquiries and information: (66 2) 551 5555, or www.majorcineplex.com


Cut a Rug


Everything the discerning home owner could want and more - that's what's promised at the Bangkok International Gift and Houseware 2004 Fair. Browse 2,500 booths showcasing products from almost 1,000 companies, including gifts, carpets, decorations, handicrafts, textiles and stationery. Open to the public on Fri and Sat. Inquiries: (66 2) 512 0093


A World of Colour and Poetry


Brush-wielding Spaniard Gines Serran-Pagan offers up his collection of vivid work to art buffs in an exhibition entitled A World of Colour and Poetry, featuring paintings done during stints with the indigenous peoples of Tahiti, Japan's rural fishermen, and Native Americans, among other global adventures. 100 Tonson Gallery, Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd. Inquiries: (66 2) 684 1527. Ends May 9


Operatic Licence


Puccini's Chinese-themed opera Turandot is incomplete, as the master composer died before finishing it. Thai opera lovers will get to see a new ending by local composer Somtow Sucharitkul, who believes he has preserved Puccini's 'powerful sense of theatre''. Nancy Yuen stars as the slave girl, with New York-based tenor Marc Deaton roaring through the role of the barbarian prince. May 12 and 13, 8pm. Thailand Cultural Centre. Ratchadaphisek Road. 600-2,000 baht. Inquiries:


(66 2) 2544787, or go to www.bangkokopera.com


SEOUL


Swan Lake


The famed Russian Bolshoi Ballet brings its precision of movement and grace to South Korea to stage one of ballet's most beloved pieces. Principals Galina Stepanenko and Ekaterina Shipulina will perform Odette/Odile, while Vladimir Neporozhny and Rusian Skvortsov will take the part of Prince Siegfried, with Dmitry Belogolovtsev and Ruslan Pronin as the evil genius. Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts, central Seoul. Wed-Fri, 7.30pm; Sat, 6pm. 50,000-200,000 won. Inquiries:


www.balletbolshoi.com


Dance of Desire


Eric Cunningham and Michael Carr adapt the Irish legend Children of Lir to create a musical. 40,000 to 80,000 won. Dom Art Hall in the Children's Grand Park, Seoul. Inquiries: www.danceofdesire.co.kr


Ends Apr 25


Art and Science Station


The newly opened Seoul Station includes a digital art exhibition with works including Pedestrian by Paul Kaiser, and Shelley Eshkar, Kunstbar by Steve Whitehouse and Teetering by Dave Jones. Seoul Station. Inquiries: (82 2) 2121 906. Ends Apr 30


23rd International Modern


Dance Festival


This annual showcase opens on Wed, and features avant-garde dance companies from around the world, alongside some of Korea's most celebrated dance companies. Performers include Emio Grego from the Netherlands, Chunky Move from New Zealand, Peeping Tom from Belgium, Xavier Le Roy from Germany, Brian Brooks and Clint Lutes from the US. Prices vary. Inquiries: www.modafe.org. Ends May 2


SINGAPORE


Bruckner's Fourth Symphony


Gunther Herbig will conduct the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's romantic Fourth Symphony with Chinese violinist Qian Zhou performing the demanding solo. Sat, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. S$12-S$75. Inquiries: (65) 6348 5555 or go to www.sistic.com


Maksim - The Piano Player


Charismatic Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica is known for his energetic technique in The Flight of the Bumble-Bee and will perform pieces from his latest album, The Piano Player. Sat, 8pm. Kallang Theatre, Stadium Walk. S$69-S$149. Inquiries and information: (65) 6348 5555


STREATS Singapore International Latin Festival 2004


The hottest Latin party in town with performances by Kachimba 1551 (Japan), percussionist group Wicked Aura (Singapore), Latin House DJ Nicolas Matar (US) and Victor Hugo, Europe's biggest salsa star. Sat, 5pm-2am, and Apr 25, 5pm-10.30pm. Fort Canning Park. S$29. Inquiries: (65) 6296 2929 or www.ticketcharge.com.sg


Poorna Chandrika


A dance production for the family by Bhaskar's Arts Academy about the story of a little girl lost in a dark forest only to be saved by a gypsy couple. Sat-Apr 25, 8pm. Victoria Theatre. S$10-S$20. Inquiries and information: (65) 6336 6537


Donald Sultan: Prints and Drawings


Acclaimed American artist Donald Sultan presents his trademark flowers and fruits. Tue-Sat, 9.30am-8pm; Sun-Mon, 1pm-5pm. Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Free. Inquiries: (65) 6337 7800. Ends Apr 25


China Now!


Featuring a solo exhibition by Luo Qing and a group exhibition by six leading contemporary Chinese artists. Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, noon-7pm. Art Seasons. Free. Inquiries: (65) 6221 1800. Ends


May 15


The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition


A must-see for any fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels with original costumes and props from the three films, as well as exclusive interviews and film footage. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm; (Fri-Sat, until 8.30pm). Singapore Science Museum. S$12-S$20. Inquiries and information: (65) 6425 2500 or www.science.edu.sg/lotr


Ends Jun 6


Encounters with Modernism


Highlights of 20th-century art from the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, including works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Daily, 10am-7pm (Fri until 9pm). Singapore Art Museum, S$1.50-S$3. Inquiries: (65) 6332 3222. Ends Jun 6


TOKYO


Othello


The Royal Shakespeare


Company arrives from Britain to present this riveting drama. With African actor Sello Maake ka Ncube in the title role and Lisa Dillon as the female lead. Le Theatre Ginza. 8,000-20,000 yen. Inquiries: (81 3) 3490 4949. Ends Apr 28


Chameleon Man


A new work by dancer and choreographer Yukio Ueshima. Apr 28-30, 7pm; Apr 29, also at 2pm. Spiral Hall, 3/F, 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. 3,500-4,000 yen. Inquiries: (81 3) 5458 0548


Tokyo International Comedy Festival


A week-long festival of


international comedy featuring artists and performers from


around the world, as well as the best of local talent. Fuji


Television Headquarters,


Mediage and Symbol Promenade Park. Odaiba waterfront. Apr 29-May 9, 10am-7pm. Inquiries and prices: (81 3) 5500 9015


Two Great Impressionist Trends


Monet and Renoir exhibition. Daily, 10am-7pm. Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyu Bunkamura, 224-1, Dogenzaka (Shibuya station). 600-1,300 yen. Inquiries: (81 3) 3477 9252 or www.bunkamura.co.jp.


Ends May 9


Testimony of Life: Ancient Roman Portraits from Vatican Museums


A stunning historic exhibition. Tue-Sun, 9.30am-5pm (Fri until 8pm). National Museum of Western Art, Ueno station (Park exit), Ueno Koen 7-7, Taito-ku. Tel: (81 3) 3828 5131. 900-1,300 yen. Ends May 30


Die Pratze: Mentally Shocking Arts Collection 2004


A festival in two venues


showcasing Japanese


theatre and performance. 2F, 1-26-6 Higashi-Azabu,


Minato-ku (Azabu Die Pratze), 2-12 Nishi-Gokencho, Shinjuku-ku (Kagurazaka Die Pratze), 2,800-8,000 yen. Inquiries:


(81 3) 5545 1385 for Azabu; (81 3) 3235 7990 for Kagurazaka. Ends May 5


Rethinking Modernism in Japan 1900-2000 (Part 1)


Art exhibition. Tue-Sun


10am-5pm. The University Art Museum, Ueno station, Ueno Koen 12-8, Taito-ku. 1,000-1,500 yen. Inquiries: (81 3) 5685 7755, or www.geidai.ac.jp/museum. Ends Jun 20


Urbtix: 2734 9009


Urbtix/CityLine


credit-card booking: 2111 5999


Fringe: 2521 7251


CityLine: 2317 6666


HK Ticketing: 3128 8288


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