The Planner


Hallucinatory Authenticity

Wu Haizhou's paintings of a world where colour and brushwork, and strong personalities are intertwined. Today, 10am-7pm, VA Gallery, MW3 M Floor, The Peninsula, Salisbury Rd, TST. Inquiries: 2368 1068. Ends today

The Heart of Goodness

Frances Tong's photographs of the Fukushima landscape taken before the March 11 quake; proceeds go to the Friends of Fukushima and Green Field Foundation to benefit Fukushima nuclear victims, and the revitalisation of farmlands in Hong Kong and the mainland. Daily, 11am-9pm, SR Gallery Cafe, 3/F Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay. Inquiries: 9108 7181. Ends Sat

Solo Exhibition by Kingsley Ng


Video and other works by the local artist that attempt to draw viewers into an utopian space at the threshold of consciousness. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-7.30pm, Sun, noon-5pm, Osage Soho, LG Shop 1, 45 Caine Rd, SoHo. Inquiries: 2537 0688. Ends Jan 8

Places I Haven't Been

Photographer Fan Ho, painters Amy Tai and Stephanie Sin, and screen printer Tao Hongling's works express where they want to go. Sat-Sun, 2pm-6pm, Blue Lotus Gallery, Wah Luen Industrial Building Block A, Floor 5, Unit 24, 15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung St, Fo Tan. Inquiries: 6100 1295. Ends Jan 20

Performing Arts


Nanyin Concert - Those Lamentable Bygone Days

Vocalists Tong Siu-yin, Leung Hoi-li and Ng Wing-mui perform works including Love's Yearning and Nocturnal Lament. With Chinese surtitles and English synopsis. Dec 12, 8pm, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 5/F Sheung Wan Municipal Services Bld, 345 Queen's Rd Central, Sheung Wan, HK$100-HK$180; Dec 17, 8pm, Tai Po Civic Centre, 12 On Pong Rd, Tai Po, HK$100-HK$180; and Dec 18, 8pm, Chiang Cheng Studio Theatre, HK Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, HK$200 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325



Vocalist Maria Pia De Vito and British pianist-composer Huw Warren perform Italian songs. Dec 13, 8pm, Y.C. Cheng Lecture Theatre, L5 Science Tower, Ho Sing Hang Campus, HK Baptist University, 224 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon Tong, free, booking required. Inquiries:

Great Masses


Jerome Hoberman conducts the HK Bach Choir performing works by Dvorak, Stravinsky and Bruckner. Dec 13, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$80-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 9659 8687


Twice as Good Productions' multimedia performance of Adam Rapp's play centring on a former piano prodigy who recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart. In English. Dec 14-17, 8pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$200, HK$250 Urbtix. Inquiries: 6104 2468


A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection adapts William Shakespeare's romantic comedy and transposes its story to Hong Kong circa 1900. In English with Chinese surtitles. Dec 15-17, 7.30pm, also Dec 17, 2.30pm, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, 111 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$100, HK$160 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2520 1716

A Wonderful Christmas Time

The HK Women's Choir performs works including Santa Baby; proceeds go to Harmony House. Dec 15, 7.30pm, The Helena May, 35 Garden Rd, HK$550, reservation recommended. Inquiries: 9674 9181

online inLove

Jim Chim Sui-man directs PiP Theatre's comedy about romantic relationships that play out online. In Cantonese. Dec 15-18, 20, 22-24, 30-Jan 1, 7.30pm, also Dec 17-18, 24, 2.30pm, HK Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$155-HK$295 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2294 8004

The Wind in the Willows

Faust International Youth Theatre presents the children's tale centring on four anthropomorphised animal characters. In English. Dec 15-17, 7.30pm, also Dec 17-18, 2.30pm, Dec 18, 11am, HK Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$243, HK$270 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2547 9114

Beating the Classroom

Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio's non-verbal physical comedy production about three naughty students who compete to earn the affection of a female classmate who is top of their class. Dec 15-18, 8pm, Dec 17-18, 3pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$90-HK$250 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2144 5335

Beyonds the Words

iStage performs Elton Lau Ho-cheung's drama about the hidden fears and secrets of people. In Cantonese. Dec 15-17, 20-21, 23, 25, 8pm, also Dec 17-18, Dec 24, 3pm, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Rd, Kwai Chung, HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3116 1341

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Australia's Weeping Spoon Productions blends puppetry, music and animation to present an exploration of the deep blue sea. In English with Chinese surtitles. Dec 16-17, 3pm, also 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323

The Nutcracker

The HK Ballet performs the ballet about a girl whose Christmas present, a nutcracker shaped like a soldier, comes to life. With choreography by Stephen Jefferies, music composed by Tchaikovsky and musical accompaniment by the HK Sinfonietta. Dec 16-18, 20-24, 7.30pm, also Dec 17-18, 24-26, 2.30pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$1,000 (from Dec 23: HK$140-HK$1,000) Urbtix. Inquiries: 2105 9724


The HK Dance Company performs an experimental dance theatre work choreographed by Rico Cheung that is inspired by flamenco. Dec 16-18, 7.45pm, also Dec 17-18, 2.45pm, 8/F Platform, HK Dance Company, 8/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Rd Central, Sheung Wan, HK$120 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3103 1806

A Fantastic Journey @ X'mas

Jumbo Kids Theatre's multiarts production about a girl named Ah Lui who is given a 'Fantastic Train' ticket that sends her off on an extraordinary journey one Christmas. In Cantonese. Dec 16-17, 8pm, also Dec 18, 3pm, Tuen Mun Town Hall, 3 Tuen Hi Rd, Tuen Mun, HK$100, HK$120; and Dec 23-24, 8pm, Dec 25, 3pm, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, 111 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$100, HK$130 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2146 9466

The Isle

Bonni Chan (who also stars with Lee Chi-man) and Janice Poon direct Theatre du Pif 's production of Paul Poon's play about a couple's encounter on a remote island. In Cantonese with English surtitles. Dec 16-17, 8pm, Dec 18, 5pm, HKRep Black Box, 8/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Rd Central, Sheung Wan, HK$180 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2904 2030

Zimmermann plays Beethoven

Andreas Delfs conducts German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra playing works by Dvorak, Brahms and Beethoven. Dec 16-17, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$140-HK$380 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030


Fresh Wave 2011

The HK Arts Development Council presents short films and one feature film, including the following one. Dec 9-18. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 Inquiries:

Urban Alienation

Four short films including: Benjamin Freidenberg's Guided Tour, centring on a Jerusalem street painter who sees the world as made up of two groups of people - observers and the observed (in Hebrew with Chinese and English subtitles); and Lee Cheuk-pan's Cyber Bully, a dark schoolyard drama revolving around a secondary school student who becomes the target of a demeaning campaign on the internet and the fellow student who exposes the video's star who also becomes a victim of bullying (in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Dec 12, 9.50pm, Dec 17, 5.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Datong: The Great Society

Evans Chan Yiu-shing's docudrama about Qing dynasty political reformer Kang Youwei (Liu Kai-chi) who went into exile in Sweden. Also starring Lindzay Chan. In Cantonese, Putonghua, English and French with Chinese and English subtitles. Dec 12, 5.30pm, 7.40pm, Dec 13, 9.50pm, AMC Pacific Place, AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, HK$75 Inquiries: 2265 8933