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September 30, 2011

Clooney Takes Hong Kong

So George was here, he came and left with not so much as even a phone call to say Ciao!  Obviously his people neglected to let him know you were in town.  Well, lucky for you when it rains international artists, it literally pours.  Over the next few weeks a host of international talents will be flooding into town and are ready to entertain and charm you with their masterful skills and captivating charisma, not to mention, a wink and an award winning smile…

Clooney Take Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Through 2 Oct, 2011
This weekend, bebop over to the West Kowloon Cultural District for the area’s first-ever outdoor music event: The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival. Presenting some of the world’s greatest jazz performers in an energetic musical extravaganza, get your hips swiveling as acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter and five-time Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard joins forces with one of the greatest living Latin percussionists Grammy Award winning Poncho Sanchez for the Asian debut of their hot new project Cubano Be Cubano Bop (7:30pm Sat). Move your feet for a flamenco and rumba fusion fiesta with one of the original Gipsy Kings at Chico and the Gypsies (9:30pm Sun) and croon the night away with Grammy nominated Freddy Cole (9:30pm Sat), the youngest brother of the famed Nat King Cole. (1-day pass $580, 2-day pass $1000, http://www.hkijf.com, Tickets: venue.cityline.com)

STOMP ’11 – FRESHER, FASTER, FUNNIER!
25 Oct – 6 Nov 2011
During your last temper tantrum you slammed doors, stomped your feet and shouted at the top of your lungs… Although not one of your finer moments, the geniuses behind STOMP have turned just this sort of behavior into an internationally acclaimed art form. After 9 years running in the West End, and 17 years on Broadway, STOMP has unveiled ‘STOMP ‘11 – FRESHER, FASTER, FUNNIER!’ inspired by their large-scale Las Vegas version, STOMP OUT LOUD.  New music and choreography join a fresh array of ordinarily mundane objects, from monster truck tires to paint cans, onto which the cast work their rhythmic magic and slick choreography to create an exuberant combination of percussion, theatre, dance and comedy unlike anything you’ve seen before. (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts – Lyric Theatre, Tickets: http://www.hkticketing.com)

Outside the Box | Frank Gehry
Through 27 Oct 2011
If you can’t manage to get your hands on one of the twelve 6,000-square foot mega-flats in HK’s first and only Frank Gehry designed building, “Opus Hong Kong” you can still get a little design inspiration from the world most celebrated modern architect at his premiere exhibition in Hong Kong, “Outside the Box.” Head down to the stunning ArtisTree gallery space in TaiKoo Place to view models and distinctive sketches of a wide variety of Gehry’s groundbreaking projects from the Guggenheim in Bilbao to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. You’ll also get a sneak preview of the soon to be unveiled Opus building on The Peak, which is set to redefine HK’s skyline with its glass-enclosed columns fringed by a series of balconies conceived as ’boat decks’. Isn’t it time you think outside the box? (http://www.gehryexhibition.com.hk/en)

Aida – Classical In Cinema Outdoor Series
5 Nov 2011
Ever since the biggest cutie in school starred in Phantom, you’ve had a soft spot for all things opera. Take your love affair to the next level with the Bregenz Festival’s award winning production of Verdi’s Aida, featuring the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, playing in Cyberport this fall on a giant open-air screen. Enjoy a night of Italian opera and dinner under the stars right in the heart of HK…no spectacles needed.  For further details visit http://www.classicalincinema.com, or to watch a preview, click here. (Tickets: http://www.hkticketing.com)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
4-8 Oct 2011
Although “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” has only been running for 15 years, its mantra is as old as time itself. This smash hit Broadway musical is described as “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Get ready for a sharp and hilarious script that covers various chapters of life with dry and witty humour.  Songs such as “Men Who Talk and the Women Who Pretend They’re Listening” will be performed by some of HK’s best musical talents.  (Fringe Club Fringe Studio, http://www.hkticketing.com)

Kinky Vicious by Liam Fitzpatrick
Through 15 Oct 2011
The photos on your iPhone could tell a story or two…  The contents of Liam Fitzpatrick’s iPhone not only recount poignant moments in time but also truly capture the spirit of our historic city.  In a series of lavishly panoramic images that belie the limitations of the iPhone 3GS camera, Hong Kong-born Fitzpatrick combines impressionist whirls of light and arresting perspectives to offer entirely unexpected images of Hong Kong. Many of the views are depopulated inspired by 19th century “Queen’s Road photographers” whose early cameras were not able to capture the speed of human movement and consequently produced unintentionally eerie images of deserted streets and empty foreshores.  Most of the images are taken of or on the water with the belief that the sea is the heart what Hong Kong is.  Expect a mesmerizing journey through the city with a uniquely insightful perspective, as well as a newfound admiration for your iPhone.  (Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street (lower), SoHo, Mon – Thurs 2:30 to 10:00pm, Fri, Sat 2:30pm to 11:00pm)

George who?



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