In the Show – 27th July

Hong Kong Book Fair

This year’s Book Fair ended on the day of our show. Organisers estimate about a million people visited it over the week it was opened.

510 publishers from 22 countries were there to show their wares, and apart from the selling, about 90 writers and authors took part in more than 250 events. We present a few of the highlights, including Han Han, Zhang Yihe, Stephen Fry, Frederick Forsyth, Andrew Roberts, and Anthony Horowitz.

Movie Review – Salt

In our movie review, Gary Pollard tells us about “Salt”, the main character of which was originally Edwin A. Salt, who was going to be played by Tom Cruise. Cruise went on to “Knight and Day”, and one sex change and script rewrite later Edwin became Evelyn, and the more curvaceous Angelina Jolie. Evelyn is a CIA agent who interrogates a Russian who walks into the office one day. He tells her a double agent is going to assassinate the Russian president. The double agent’s name is Evelyn Salt. The chase is on.

In our studio – pianist Ka-jeng Wong and flautist Wilson Ng

In our studio KJ and NG, local pianist Ka-jeng Wong and flautist Wilson Ng treat us to a little tango. It’s a preview of their upcoming two-night concert.

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In the Show – July 20th 2010

Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type revolutionised publishing. Digital books or e-books may be the next revolution. The first batch of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, launched in November 2007, sold out in five hours. By last year, the Kindle and Sony e-readers dominated the market, and America’s biggest book retailer, Barnes & Noble, introduced the Nook e-reader. In January this year, Apple announced its multi-functional iPad. Amazon offers more than 620,000 ebooks, magazines and newspapers. Apple is working with five of the six largest publishers. In 2008, consumers bought 700,000 e- readers. Last year they bought 3.5 million.

Movie sequels don’t always live up to their predecessors. Just look at “Shrek 4” and “Predators” for examples. Now “Toy Story 3” is here, just in time for summer, bringing us the latest adventures of Woody, Buzz and the gang. Reviewer Gary Pollard feels it may be the best of the trilogy.

One of the most popular sets of emails and posts circulating on the internet is essentially about optical illusions, more specifically the work of street artists or madonnari who turn two dimensional road surfaces into three dimensional imagery Now there’s a chance to see a little of that art at the Home Square in Shatin through the work of Californian artist Tracy Lee Stum..

With us in the studio tonight we have three distinguished alumni of
the Asian Youth Orchestra, or AYO: Dora Lam, Chen Yi-chun and Anna Kwan. They are now members of the cello section of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. They are playing for us a cello arrangement from Bizet’s “Carmen”.

In the Show – July 13th 2010

Art education is about many things, including learning the techniques and skills of your chosen art form, as well as its history and context. But one of the hardest things to teach would-be artists and designers is how to look at the world from a new or idiosyncratic perspective. That was the focus of one recent project at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Hong Kong Tap dance festival, Beat.Me.Tap.2 ran from Friday to Sunday last week. The concerts, at Sha Tin Town Hall didn’t just provide a chance for local tap dancers to gain on stage experience, it also allowed them to improve their skills by watching dancers from elsewhere.

And performing live in our studio, local indie band Chochukmo.

In the Show – July 6th 2010

At the end of April we featured a major exhibition of the works of veteran painter Wu Guanzhong at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Wu died in June, just hours after donating more of his works to the museum. In tonight’s show, we look back on his art and life.

Not so long ago, Hong Kong had an unenviable reputation for copying things. And unfortunately in the eyes of many that reputation still applies to China’s manufacturing industry. Copying is often seen as the opposite of creativity. But a new exhibition “Culture(s) of Copy” aims to show that the art of the copy can be creative.

The first “Shrek” movie came out in 2001. Most critics were impressed by its then state-of-the art computer animation and its subversive takes on the tales we remember from our childhoods. Well, as it did so well at the box office, the “happily ever after” could not really be “happily ever after”. Dreamworks Studio took two more bites at the cherry with “Shrek 2” and “Shrek the Third” which introduced more complications into the life of our favourite ogre. Now, life is going well, but Shrek, now married and with three ogre toddlers, is having a mid-life crisis. He wants his old life back, and he gets it in “Shrek Forever After”. With us in the studio to review it is Gary Pollard.

Tonight, we’re delighted to have in our studio American musician Mary Fahl. You may remember her song “Going Home” from the soundtrack of “Gods and Generals”. In today’s show she sings “Gravity” from her new album.