Join the village people As far as live music venues go, the Cattle Depot Artists Village in To Kwa Wan is one of Hong Kong's best-kept secrets, with a range of more arty gigs often staged inside the complex's century-old structures. It's a bit of a mission getting to the old slaughterhouse in the run-down Kowloon district, but those who make the effort are welcomed by a creative, free-thinking atmosphere that extends to the residents' work, regardless of whether it's traditional art, video or music. A couple of such shows will be held at the village this month as part of Arts & Community Online, a project presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Cattle Depot Art Festival Association. Apart from the exhibitions, seminars and workshops held during the March 14-April 13 event, and community activities, live music fans would do well to head over on March 22 to catch top local indie bands The Pancakes, My Little Airport, Oliver and The Yours. A more challenging event will be held on March 29 when local musicians such as Alok (right), Sin: Ned and Wilson Tsang explore vocal alteration, improvisation and non-traditional use of instruments. All the activities are free. For inquiries, call 2529 0087. Something funny going on The TakeOut Comedy Club has been raising more than a few smiles during its open-mic sessions in SoHo, and will this week be raising the roof at the cavernous Cliq club in Lan Kwai Fong. Tonight, Cantonese-speaking fans of stand-up comedy will be entertained by comedians Fab, Chris Chan and C.W. Lau, while tomorrow night the laughs will be provided by English-speaking funnyman Vivek Mahbubani, named 'Hong Kong's funniest person 2007', but we're not sure by whom. Doors to the venue - located at 2/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace - open at 9pm and entry costs HK$150. Peabody going Underground Those tireless champions of indie rock at The Underground have scored something of a coup by securing Australian band Peabody for an upcoming showcase. The Aussie rockers perform a blend of jangly pop, fast-paced rock and post-punk, and have appeared at large-scale events Down Under including the Big Day Out and Homebake festivals. Peabody will be appearing on April 9 at The Cavern in Lan Kwai Fong alongside the awesome David Bowie Knives. Entry to the gig costs HK$100.