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Hong Kong homecoming for art space curator

Curator Christina Li is looking forward to joining Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang full-time.

7 Mar 2015 - 8:31PM

Curator Christina Li is looking forward to joining Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang full-time.

Hong Kong homecoming for art space curator
Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album became one of the greatest of all time

While on the road in 1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson suffered a panic attack. He retreated to California to write, recuperate and record instrumentals while the rest of the band continued to tour the world. When they returned, vocal recording began. The studio sessions for Pet Sounds were intensive; the band spent a week laying down the vocals for Wouldn't It Be Nice alone.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:12PM

While on the road in 1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson suffered a panic attack. He retreated to California to write, recuperate and record instrumentals while the rest of the band continued to tour the world. When they returned, vocal recording began. The studio sessions for Pet Sounds were intensive; the band spent a week laying down the vocals for Wouldn't It Be Nice alone.

Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album became one of the greatest of all time
Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats - an entertaining read

The events covered in Jon Ronson's non-fiction book The Men Who Stare at Goats seem outlandish and eclipse anything a conspiracy theorist may dream up. Mind control? Check. Psychic assassins? Check. Goat/spider hybrids? Check.

14 Feb 2015 - 10:48PM

The events covered in Jon Ronson's non-fiction book The Men Who Stare at Goats seem outlandish and eclipse anything a conspiracy theorist may dream up. Mind control? Check. Psychic assassins? Check. Goat/spider hybrids? Check.

Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats - an entertaining read
Why Malaysian Adeline Ooi is the perfect pick for Art Basel's Asia director

Adeline Ooi's passion for the finer things in life makes her the perfect fit as Art Basel's Asia director, writes Doretta Lau.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:41PM

Adeline Ooi's passion for the finer things in life makes her the perfect fit as Art Basel's Asia director, writes Doretta Lau.

Why Malaysian Adeline Ooi is the perfect pick for Art Basel's Asia director
The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick - revisiting a great heist
Play list: Shannon Young, writer

I’ve had Taylor Swift’s Blank Space on repeat since it came out – it’s so catchy. I like country artists Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry, and I recently discovered Lzzy Hale, a real rock star with an incredibly powerful voice.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:41PM

I’ve had Taylor Swift’s Blank Space on repeat since it came out – it’s so catchy. I like country artists Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry, and I recently discovered Lzzy Hale, a real rock star with an incredibly powerful voice.

Play list: Shannon Young, writer
Rewind, film: Prison on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam (1987)

Prison on Fire opens with a shot of Victoria Harbour: a brief glimpse of water, open sky and towering buildings. By the next scene, this sense of freedom and possibility is gone, replaced by a bus heading to a prison.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27PM

Prison on Fire opens with a shot of Victoria Harbour: a brief glimpse of water, open sky and towering buildings. By the next scene, this sense of freedom and possibility is gone, replaced by a bus heading to a prison.

Rewind, film: Prison on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam (1987)
Rewind book: Forever…, by Judy Blume (1975)

Since 1969, readers have devoured American writer Judy Blume's young adult novels in an attempt to figure out how to navigate the tough business of growing up. Whether it is menstruation, masturbation or dealing with a pesky sibling, Blume captures the hopes and fears important to those under the age of 18. In Forever…, she addresses teen sex and virginity.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:15PM

Since 1969, readers have devoured American writer Judy Blume's young adult novels in an attempt to figure out how to navigate the tough business of growing up. Whether it is menstruation, masturbation or dealing with a pesky sibling, Blume captures the hopes and fears important to those under the age of 18. In Forever…, she addresses teen sex and virginity.

Rewind book: Forever…, by Judy Blume (1975)
Author David Gordon's chequered past inspires his writing
Life less ordinary: gamers are eager to lead double lives again with The Sims 4

With 'The Sims 4' due soon Doretta Lau looks at the game that turns the everyday into addictive entertainment.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13PM

With 'The Sims 4' due soon Doretta Lau looks at the game that turns the everyday into addictive entertainment.

Life less ordinary: gamers are eager to lead double lives again with The Sims 4
New York band Blonde Redhead have survived the many changes in the music industry

Blonde Redhead have survived two decades in the industry by striving to do better with each album, says drummer Simone Pace.

11 Jun 2014 - 11:32PM

Blonde Redhead have survived two decades in the industry by striving to do better with each album, says drummer Simone Pace.

New York band Blonde Redhead have survived the many changes in the music industry
Arts preview: visual artist Lee Kit is a man in constant motion
Avril Lavigne has lost none of her rebellious edge

Canada's queen of rock may have matured as a performer, but she has not lost the rebellious edge that made her name, writes Doretta Lau.

5 Feb 2014 - 10:36PM

Canada's queen of rock may have matured as a performer, but she has not lost the rebellious edge that made her name, writes Doretta Lau.

Avril Lavigne has lost none of her rebellious edge
Mamoz
17 Mar 2011 - 12:00AM
Mamoz
La Piola
24 Feb 2011 - 12:00AM
La Piola
Martini Bar
13 Jan 2011 - 12:00AM
Martini Bar
My Life: Ivanka Trump talks family, branding and China

In a 2012 interview, the businesswoman and daughter of America's next president talks about working in real estate, what's good and bad about being  a Trump, and her daughter's Chinese lessons

16 Nov 2016 - 6:22PM

In a 2012 interview, the businesswoman and daughter of America's next president talks about working in real estate, what's good and bad about being  a Trump, and her daughter's Chinese lessons

My Life: Ivanka Trump talks family, branding and China
Orchestral Manoeuvres

Godspeed You! Black Emperor don't often give interviews. (They declined to do so for this article.) The Montreal post-rockers don't have a frontman or leader.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:56PM

Godspeed You! Black Emperor don't often give interviews. (They declined to do so for this article.) The Montreal post-rockers don't have a frontman or leader.

Orchestral Manoeuvres
A lifelong love of literature
30 Dec 2012 - 3:10PM
A lifelong love of literature
Musician keeps it personal
3 Feb 2013 - 4:50PM
Musician keeps it personal
Rewind book: James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

British writer Roald Dahl (1916-1990), author of the beloved children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox, began his career writing short stories for adults.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:38PM

British writer Roald Dahl (1916-1990), author of the beloved children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox, began his career writing short stories for adults.

Rewind book: James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
Karen Mok's 20 years as Hong Kong's golden girl
Dream work: the Buddha Machine

On a sunny spring afternoon, Christiaan Virant of the Beijing duo FM3 stopped to have a coffee in Causeway Bay. He was in Hong Kong to source new rubber cases for the next Buddha Machine, a small device that plays music loops taken from FM3 songs.

5 May 2013 - 3:27PM

On a sunny spring afternoon, Christiaan Virant of the Beijing duo FM3 stopped to have a coffee in Causeway Bay. He was in Hong Kong to source new rubber cases for the next Buddha Machine, a small device that plays music loops taken from FM3 songs.

Dream work: the Buddha Machine
Adam Johnson hangs a tale

Earlier this year, American writer Adam Johnson learnt he had won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Orphan Master's Son via text message.

14 Jul 2013 - 3:28PM

Earlier this year, American writer Adam Johnson learnt he had won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Orphan Master's Son via text message.

Adam Johnson hangs a tale
Canadian singer Grimes proud to be a nerd

Claire Boucher, the Canadian musician who has been recording and performing as Grimes since 2010, has blossomed into an international pop star in the space of a year. 

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44PM

Claire Boucher, the Canadian musician who has been recording and performing as Grimes since 2010, has blossomed into an international pop star in the space of a year. 

Canadian singer Grimes proud to be a nerd
BOOK (1979)
27 Feb 2011 - 12:00AM
BOOK (1979)
Homecoming queen: Emmy the Great

One rainy day late last month, Londoner Emma-Lee Moss, better known as recording artist Emmy the Great, was back in Hong Kong where she was born and learnt her first instrument.

19 May 2013 - 2:25PM

One rainy day late last month, Londoner Emma-Lee Moss, better known as recording artist Emmy the Great, was back in Hong Kong where she was born and learnt her first instrument.

Homecoming queen: Emmy the Great
Room to show: Katie de Tilly

On a recent afternoon, a French collector stops in at art dealer Katie de Tilly's gallery, 10 Chancery Lane, in SoHo. 

24 Mar 2013 - 3:30PM

On a recent afternoon, a French collector stops in at art dealer Katie de Tilly's gallery, 10 Chancery Lane, in SoHo. 

Room to show: Katie de Tilly
HK's Literary Festival promises a wealth of talks and readings by top authors
In full flight: Erica Jong

Erica Jong - author of the 1973 best-selling novel Fear of Flying - posed the following question last month on Twitter: "When you have your 15 minutes of fame, you're very busy, but what happens after?"

14 Jul 2013 - 3:20PM

Erica Jong - author of the 1973 best-selling novel Fear of Flying - posed the following question last month on Twitter: "When you have your 15 minutes of fame, you're very busy, but what happens after?"

In full flight: Erica Jong