Arts & Music

A still from Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, one of the many documentaries to watch on climate change. Photo: Netflix
What a view | The best Netflix documentaries to watch on climate change

From Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis to Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, some of the best documentaries to watch on climate change.

16 Jan 2022 - 9:45AM
Netflix murder mystery series Light the Night is set in a Taipei hostess bar. Photo: Netflix
What a view | Murder, mystery and mama-sans in Light the Night, set in late 80s Taipei

Netflix series Light the Night is set in a high-end Taipei hostess bar in the late 80s, while Swagger looks at NBA’s Kevin Durant and the racial prejudice he faced.

9 Jan 2022 - 9:59AM
Annie Leibovitz, 2012. Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Hauser & Wirth
From Andy Warhol to Rihanna – Annie Leibovitz on her Hong Kong photo show

Photographer Annie Leibovitz talks about her book Wonderland and Hong Kong exhibition, and a 50-year career in which she has shot Donald Trump, Karl Lagerfeld and Kate Moss among others, and captured a naked Rihanna in Cuba.

6 Jan 2022 - 7:00PM
Handout image shows Liu Tian - The First Zhijiang International Youth Art Festival, Xiangshan Art Commune, 2019.

CREDIT:  Liu Tian
How investment in art sets Hangzhou apart from other cities in China

Shanghai may be known as China’s cultural capital, but Hangzhou’s expanding art infrastructure and laid-back ethos have created a vibrant scene.

2 Jan 2022 - 10:15AM
A still from Remember You, a Thai remake of Korean police thriller Hello Monster about the hunt for a devious serial killer. Photo: Netflix
What a view | Your antidote to New Year cheer? Netflix Thai crime drama Remember You

K-drama Hello Monster gets a Thai remake on Netflix in Remember You, while Acapulco on Apple TV+ takes viewers back to Mexico in the ’80s.

2 Jan 2022 - 9:45AM
James Fox says goodbye to Judy Davis in a still from A Passage To India. Photo: Columbia Pictures/ Getty Images
How A Passage to India changed arts academy director Gillian Choa’s life

When she read E.M. Forster’s novel at school, Choa, already a fan of 1920s fashion and literature, was drawn to the tale of racism and class tension in colonial India.

30 Dec 2021 - 7:45PM
Park Eun-bin (left) as Lee Hwi and Rowoon as Jung Ji-woon in a still from Netflix K-drama The King’s Affection. Photo: Netflix
What a view | Netflix K-drama The King’s Affection – gender swap brings gore

Korean drama series The King’s Affection on Netflix, about twins whose gender is swapped, has plenty of action and romance, but could have used sharper editing.

26 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
Lee Sun-kyun and Seo Ji-hye in a still from Dr. Brain. Photo: Apple TV+
What a view | Apple TV+ horror science fiction K-drama Dr Brain is mind-opening

In Apple TV+’s K-drama, the insane Dr Brain extracts thoughts from corpses, while BBC Earth’s more rational Dr Brian Cox unravels the secrets of the Universe.

19 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
Omicron is on everyone’s lips - figurately speaking - but where does the Greek letter come from? Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto
Language Matters | Where does the word ‘Omicron’, variant Covid-19 name, come from?

Meaning ‘little o’ in Greek, Omicron is on everyone’s lips with its designation as the latest Covid-19 variant of concern, but the letter’s shape means it’s comparatively rarely seen.

17 Dec 2021 - 5:45AM
Shafin Azim, one of the principal cast members of Hong Kong Players pantomimes, in the 2015 production of Cinderella. Photo: Shafin Azim
How Cinderella – the Panto changed a company director’s life

Acting in Cinderella the Panto showed Shafin Azim the joy of making people smile, and inspired her to take on professional acting roles

15 Dec 2021 - 5:15PM
Children  at a Christmas party at the Royal Hong Kong Lifeguard Club in December, 1978. Scenes like these were not always part and parcel of the city’s seasonal celebrations. Photo: SCMP
Then & Now | Christmas in Hong Kong was a celebration as varied as its population once

Flashy decorations, snow-covered Christmas trees and Santa Claus – they’re part and parcel of the Hong Kong festive season now, but how did the city celebrate the Christian festival in the past?

13 Dec 2021 - 8:45AM
Nigella Lawson goes full-on festive in Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas. Photo: Fremantle Media
What a view | Christmas TV 2021: Netflix romcoms, holiday food and Mariah Carey

What’s on this Christmas? From Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas to Netflix romcom Love Hard, here are the television treats available for the end of 2021.

12 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
Ye Feifei is principal ballerina with the Hong Kong Ballet. She will dance the lead role in The Nutcracker at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Performances begin on December 11. Photo: Dickson Lee
Profile | Hong Kong Ballet’s Ye Feifei on Nutcrackers old and new

Hong Kong Ballet principal dancer Ye Feifei tells Kate Whitehead about her introduction to dance in Shenyang, China, the thrill of The Nutcracker, and how she’s risen to the pinnacle of her profession.

13 Dec 2021 - 7:59AM
A health worker prepares to give a Covid-19 vaccine shot. Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionary have chosen “vaccine” and “vax” as 2021’s words of the year. Photo: EPA-EFE
Language Matters | Why ‘vaccine’ and ‘vax’ have been chosen as 2021’s words of the year

With vaccines representing scientific progress during Covid-19, two dictionary publishers have chosen ‘vaccine’ and ‘vax’ as the 2021 words of the year.

18 Dec 2021 - 1:54PM
An image of Clara’s family in The Nutcracker, an upcoming production by the Hong Kong Ballet. Photo: Hong Kong Ballet
Why Hong Kong Ballet’s Nutcracker production is a love letter to the city

Hong Kong Ballet’s profile has never been higher and, despite the pandemic setting back its international ambitions, the company is set to wow the city with its upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

5 Dec 2021 - 10:15AM
A still from Netflix series Japan Sinks: People of Hope, an adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks. Photo: Netflix
What a view | The world burns in Netflix disaster series Japan Sinks: People of Hope

Netflix series Japan Sinks: People of Hope and Apple TV+ show Invasion explore the apocalypse in different ways – in one it is caused by human activity, in the other by aliens).

5 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
Handout image of Jerome Hoberman, current Music Director - The Hong Kong Bach Choir, rehearsing with The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

CREDIT: Jerome Hoberman
Profile | Hong Kong Bach Choir conductor Jerome Hoberman on his New York youth

The American music director and conductor of the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra tells Kate Whitehead how he turned around an amateur group into something special.

6 Dec 2021 - 11:36AM
A spectacular scene of Verdi’s epic opera entitled ‘’Aida’’ staged at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Pokfulam.
When Hong Kong became Ancient Egypt for Verdi’s opera Aida in 1991

Pyramids and a giant sphinx were added to Hong Kong’s skyline for an extravagant outdoor production of Aida, and the elite mixed with operagoers and rowdy Rugby Sevens fans.

30 Nov 2021 - 9:15AM
Chef and presenter Paik Jong-won (right) chats with Korean celebrities including actress Kim Hee-ae (left) over soju and snacks in Netflix’s Paik’s Spirit.. Photo: Netflix
What a view | Paik’s Spirit on Netflix is a warmhearted look at Korean drinking culture

In Paik’s Spirit, chef Paik Jong-won dives into Korean drinking culture as he chats with Korean celebrities over beer, soju and snacks about friendships, hangover cures and whatever else crops up.

28 Nov 2021 - 9:45AM
The Grey, The Thrill, The Prey, ink and pen on paper 56x76cm 2020.jpg

CREDIT: Roberta Boffo
Can you see the shapes in these crazily detailed drawings at Hong Kong show?

Roberta Boffo’s showcase of 20 original art pieces at the HKI Gallery in Wan Chai were inspired by calligraphy and feature ink, pen on paper, and acrylic on canvas.

26 Nov 2021 - 4:15PM