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January 21, 2010

High Resolution

A little insight into this year’s new year’s resolution list. Try and keep 6am finishes to a minimum of 3-nights a week, travel more lightly (note to self 60 kg is well above normal airline allowances), try and eat more superfoods (pomegranate caipirinhas don’t count), read more literature (People and Perez can only take you so far), and expand our cultural horizons. . . While the first four of these could be a tad ambitious (this is the fifth year in a row they’ve made an appearance on the list), the last one could actually have the potential to be achieved. Not convinced? Check out the line-up of cultural activities and events in HK over the next month. . .

The Met: Captured in HD
The well-heeled crowd making it’s way across the plaza, the buzzing excitement, the chill in the night air. . . nothing compares to a breathtaking live performance of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Or does it? 2010 will see “The Met”, renowned for having some of the finest singers and most lavish productions in the world, bringing all their musical glory to Hong Kong, with exclusive high-definition screenings of their awe-inspiring operas. The Met: Captured in HD will make its HK debut with Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular staging of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot on February 3 and 4 at the Wellcome Theatre in Pokfulam. The 2010 season will continue until the end of June including performances of Tosca, Aida,Les Contes d’HoffmannDer RosenkavalierCarmenSimon Boccanegra,Hamlet and Armida. Sharper and larger than in real life, these high definition screenings have been hailed “the new craze” by Vanity Fair and “the closest thing to a front row seat” by Oprah’s O Magazine. Leave your opera glasses at home and head on over to Pokfulam for an unforgettable up close and personal performance! (

OutLoud Poetry Event, The Bostonian at The Langham Hotel
Descriptive verses, flowery vocab and even the odd Haiku is just how you roll on a daily basis. Life would be so dull if we didn’t indulge somewhat in a bit of whimsical elaboration. So why not head over to The Bostonian on February 3rd for OutLoud where you can enjoy an evening with like-minded creative souls. Formerly held at the Fringe Club every first Wednesday of the month, this acclaimed live poetry evening will be moving over to the Bostonian for their February event. See this venue as you’ve never seen it before as it is transformed into an intimate theatre-like setting, brimming with thought-provoking eloquent performances (possibly fuelled by a little vino!). Entry will be complimentary with food and drinks available. So sit down, have a drink and enjoy the show. . . or, better yet, be the show! (Wednesday 3 February, 8-10pm, 2375 1133)

LOL! Live Stand-up Comedy and Jazz Shows at “Dada Bar + Lounge”
Get ready to give your abs a little work out, the fun way. There’s no better way to tighten up those stomach muscles than by rolling around with endless fits of giggles. And lucky for you, tomorrow night some of Hong Kong’s finest comedians will be ready and raring to entertain you. This all-star line up of stand-up comedy masters include Vivek Mahbubani, winner of 2008 Funniest Hong Kong Comedian, Stuart Schofield, 2009 Runner Up of Hong Kong International Comedy Competition and Mahesh Mansigani, 2009 finalist of Hong Kong International Comedy Competition. Cancel your personal trainer this weekend, we think your ab muscles may still be in recovery after this hilariously entertaining evening!
Or, for an extra special night, filled with love-inspired melodies in an intimate setting oozing with romance, head on over to Dada on February 6 for “The Sound of Love” Jazz concert. Featuring Hong Kong’s acclaimed jazz talents including renowned guitarist Eugene Pao and vocalist Angelita Li, this jazz extravaganza will be a night to remember. (Comedy: Friday 22 January, HK$250 pp including one free drink,Jazz: Saturday 6 February, HK$ 350 pp, including one free drink, 2/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3763 8778,

Fotanian Open Studios 2010
We’ve all seen Fotan from the first class windows on the KCR East Rail as we were counting down the stops to Shenzhen. But little did we know it was home to a vibrant community of creatives who are transforming Hong Kong’s burgeoning arts scene. With production warehouses moving to the Mainland, many local artists have taken up occupancy of the spacious lofts of Fotan’s industrial buildings, slowly reforming the area into a hotbed of creativity and design over the past decade. Once each year, the area’s artists open their doors and allow us the opportunity to meet them in person while viewing their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, printmaking, installations, photographic and video works. Fotanian Open Studios 2010 will see over 60 studios and 230 artists participating. The event will take place this weekend, so put on your spectacles, wrap up in your thespian cravat and head on over to the KCR. . . Fotan is calling! (Saturday & Sunday 23 & 24 January, 2-7pm, Information Center, Lobby, Shatin Galleria, 18~24 Shan Mei Street,

From comedy and poetry to graphic arts and sculpture to opera and jazz, this is a resolution tried, tested and achieved. And all before February? There’s a first time for everything!

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