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July 19, 2013

Dive In To The Arts

Days spent swimming in warm waters, lounging on day beds and feeling the sand crunch under your toes. Nights starting with decadent feasts followed by champagne and cocktails that have you spinning ‘til dawn. While we all love a good beach day, now’s the time to towel off your bronzed limbs and trade your teeny bikini for your festival finest. The city’s concert, dance, cinema, and arts scene is heating up and just waiting for you to dive in…

Rihanna Diamonds World Tour

Today is the greatest day you’ve ever known… or maybe we’re talking about Tuesday, August 13 when The Smashing Pumpkins come rocking into town (AsiaWorld-Expo). Are you all out of love this summer? Bring back the romance with Air Supply on August 11 (AsiaWorld-Expo) or cross a new divide at an almost sold out show by Linkin Park on August 15 (AsiaWorld-Expo). Come September, typhoons won’t be the only reason to break out your umbrella –ella –ellagood girl gone bad Rihanna is coming to Macau with her Diamonds World Tour (CotaiArena), and has added an additional concert date on Saturday, September 14, after the first one sold out in minutes. You hadn’t heard? Where have you been all my life?! 

Le Crazy Horse Paris

Usually you’re the one swinging from the chandeliers…this summer, why not leave it to the professionals? Macau’s most sultry and scintillating talent will be turning up the temps at Club Cubic over the next few months with Franco Dragone’s captivating cabaret TABOO, The Show of Secret Fantasies. Come September, things will heat up even further when internationally adored avant-garde cabaret Le Crazy Horse Paris, who most recently collaborated with Christian Louboutin, make their highly anticipated debut in Hong Kong with FOREVER CRAZY, from September 11 – 19 (Lyric Theatre, HKAPA). For something a little more family friendly, moonwalk over to the AsiaWorld-Expo from August 23 – 25 where an entire Cirque du Soleil show of awe-inspiring acrobatics, dance, video, and more will be set to the tunes of the king of pop – Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL by Cirque du Soleil. Or tip toe over to the HK Cultural Centre for Swan Lake by HK Ballet from August 23 – September 1.

The MET Live in HD

With the heat and humidity at an all time high, sometimes there’s nowhere you’d rather be than in an icy cool cinema… Leave your opera glasses at home and see unforgettable masterpieces, like Verdi’s AIDA, performed Live by the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, in crystal clear high definition at your local movie theatre with The MET Live in HD (AMC and UA Theatres). Venture to even icier climes with To the Arctic, OMNIMAX Show, through August 31, at the HK Space Museum. For something a little more off the beaten track, check out DESTINATION: Cinema, an ever evolving mobile film festival, by Creative City in partnership with MOViE MOViE by bc. Or go for Sunday Lunch and a movie this Sunday, July 21 at Salon No. 10, which will feature a special “New American” menu and cocktail designed by chef Austin Fry (of Brickhouse fame) followed by a screening of the cult film El Topo by Alejandro Jordorowsky (seats are limited).

The Cat Street Gallery

If the most highbrow piece on your summer reading list was an in depth article on Kim Kardashian’s baby drama, it’s time you take some drastic action… The Hong Kong Book Fair is in town through July 23, to entertain, inspire and stimulate those brain cells through a series of speeches, seminars, screenings and panel discussions. (HKCEC) Prefer a brush with the arts? Check out new auction house Gresham’s sale of Chinese and Asian Art this Saturday, July 20. Visit White Cube to see The Sum of all Evil by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman (through August 31). Pop upstairs to Galerie Perrotin, which has just launched Flame and the Sea, a stunning exhibit featuring works by three Chinese artists Huang Yuxing, Gao Weigang and Ouyang Chun (through August 16), or head over to The Cat Street Gallery to check out just launched show Signal 8, featuring the best local talent mixed with international art stars.  No matter where your day begins, we recommend you end with a visit to Light Before Dawn – Unofficial Chinese Art 1974 – 1985 at the Asia Society Hong Kong (through Sept 1) followed by cocktails at AMMO to reflect on your inspiring afternoon.

Photo Credit: Rihanna, Le Crazy Horse, The New York Times & The Cat Street Gallery

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