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September 17, 2009

Fly Me to the Moon

The Mid–Autumn Festival is upon us and glorious Mooncakes are abound. This year, they come in all shapes and sizes ranging from G.O.D.’s racy take which has been flashing us provocatively from all its store windows to the gourmet varieties from the bake shops of the city’s finest hotels. But even if lotus paste and egg yolks have never been your thing, there are plenty more fun ways you can celebrate our favourite fixture in the solar system over the next couple of weeks…

Krug Moon Nite at MO Bar
You know what they say about full moons….all the wild things come out and anything can happen! Well, this Friday, September 18 will be no exception as MO Bar and Krug celebrate tomorrow’s cosmic event with an intoxicating evening of musical madness and blissful bubbly. Expect the sounds of popping Krug bottles amid heart-stopping piano numbers as German pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis take to the stage and duel their way through the night in a champagne fueled piano competition. Playful contemporary and jazz will rise through the air, Krug will be delivered in a special keepsake Moon Box and hors d’ouevres from a full moon bite-sized menu promise to delight on the palate. (Friday, September 18, 10pm, Entrance for 2 people including bottle of Krug NV is HK$2,288, 2132 0077)

MoonTrekker
If you’re up for a bit of an after-dark adventure that involves getting up close and personal with nature and gets your heart-rate levels gradually soaring, look no further. Moon Trekker is a nighttime hiking event that begins at close to midnight with the goal of reaching Lantau Peak before sunrise (6:20am). Trekkers can choose from the more serious 40km or the (still pretty serious!) 25km distances, both of which promise to challenge the minds, hearts and legs of Hong Kong’s most intrepid adventurers. The evening hours will be filled with a sensory overload of the sights and sounds of nature in the dark, while the morning will take you through the sleepy Po Lam Zen Monastery and its lush vegetable and fruit gardens, before leading you up to the finale at Hong Kong’s second highest peak, famous for its spectacular dawn panoramas. All proceeds will benefitRoom to Read, so even if you don’t make it to the finish line until mid-day, you can still feel great about your charitable efforts! (Friday, October 16, http://www.moontrekker.com)

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
What better way to keep the Mooncake festival going than by celebrating Michael Jackson, the originator of “the moonwalk.” In the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop, world renowned Michael Jackson impersonator, Tony McKay, will give a concert to remember, replicating his exact looks and intricately invigorating choreography from the Thriller era all the way through to 2009. Along with a full set of accomplished musicians and dancers, Tony will present some of MJ’s greatest hits including Bad, Beat It, Billie Jean, Black Or White, I’ll Be There, Rock With You, Smooth Criminal, and Man In The Mirror, and he promises not to Stop ‘Til You Get Enough! (Friday, October 9, 8pm, HKCEC – Hall 5BC, http://www.hkticketing.com, 31 288 288)

Moon Goddess Energy Treatment at The Oriental Spa
You’ve always imagined yourself as an ethereal goddess of the night. Why not treat yourself like one with the Oriental Spa’s Moon Goddess Energy Treatment. This full body massage uses a specialized signature oil with frankincense, ginger and mandarin in an hour-long treatment, which harnesses the energy of the Mid-Autumn full moon to revitalize your body and soul. After a diet of mooncakes and champagne over the past couple of weeks, revitalizing your body is exactly what the doctor ordered! (60-mins, Weekday HK$800/ Weekend HK$850, 2132 0011)

Moonlight Movies
Coincidence or not, the exact day of the Mid-Autumn Festival is also the first night of the Moonlight Movies Autumn Screenings. Cosy up on beanbag chairs on the grass and enjoy the open air as you watch some of your favourite films on the big screen. Food and bevvies will be available, courtesy of The Dublin Jack, and the line-up includes movies to fit your every mood from rom coms to musicals to horror. On Saturday, October 3rd, indulge in a few hours with your favourite foursome with Sex and The City (2008) and on Friday, October 9th, feed your secret war film addiction with Apocalypse Now Redux (2001). Friday, November 13th brings us modern classic Wall Street (1987) and Saturday, November 14th will transport us to the fantastical Parisian stage with Moulin Rouge (2001). (Cyberport Podium, $200 per person, Tickets available at http://www.openairhk.com)

No matter how you celebrate, we’re sure it will be out of this world!



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