In the Show – January 25th 2011

10-year-old guitarist Yuto Miyazawa

Pop music is usually considered music for the younger generation. But just how young? Performing in Hong Kong last weekend was Japanese guitarist Yuto Miyazawa. He’s already built quite a name for himself … and he hasn’t even hit puberty.

Movie Review – “Hereafter”

Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” focuses on several different characters: Marie (Cecile de France), a French journalist who is caught up in a tsunami and has a near-death experience, George (Matt Damon) who actually can talk to dead people but realises what some consider a gift is – for him – a curse, and 11-year-old twins Jason and Marcus (George and Frankie McLaren) who are split up by a fatal road accident. The stories take place mostly in Paris, San Francisco, and London. All three are linked by a connection with life after death. The movie has met with mixed reviews, but our own Gary Pollard tells us what he thinks.

Two Western Photographers in Hong Kong

Sometimes it seems every square inch of Hong Kong has been photographed thousands of times. It’s one of the world’s most photographed cities, not only by the local photographers who are out every weekend shooting their girlfriends, boyfriends, dogs, or anything else that moves, but also by visitors from other countries. Many photographers, whether local or from overseas, focus on the usual sights. Others decide to look at things from a completely different angle. This week, we spoke to two Western photographers who have made Hong Kong their home and examine it from new perspectives: Simon Virgile Bertrand and Evangelo Costadimas.

In the studio Ama Huen-ning

Finally, in our studio painter, singer, and previously guest presenter of “The Works” and “Culture Dim Sum”, Ama Huen-ning talks to us about her upcoming concert and CD, and her new published art book. She also sings a song from the new CD.

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In the Show – January 18th 2011

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Final Tour

Choreographer Merce Cunningham and his longtime collaborator, musician John Cage, sometimes used to flip coins to decide what should happen next in their work. The aim was to let chance play a part in their art. Sadly, both artists are no longer with us. Last weekend Hong Kong dance lovers had their final chance to see Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company live on stage here.

Movie Review – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

The final episode of the Swedish movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s the Millennium trilogy is with us, in the form of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”. People who have read the books and watched the other two films will almost certainly want to see it. In that sense it’s something of a speciality movie. If you haven’t had any exposure to any part of the series before, you are a lot less likely to jump into this one. But how does it stack up to the other two movies, or even the books? Gary Pollard is in the studio to tell us.

Art from Mongolia

In 1924, influenced by the Soviet Union, Mongolia declared itself “The People’s Republic of Mongolia”. In the early 1990s, after the Communists fell from power in Russia, Mongolia dropped the “People’s Republic” part of its name and introduced a new, more democratic, government. That led to a lot more freedom for the country’s artists. A new exhibition, co-presented by the Hanart Gallery, shows how more than twenty of those artists, both veteran and up-and-coming, have responded to that freedom.

In the Studio – Timothy Sun and Jacqueline Leung

Timothy Sun is a freelance saxophonist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Macau Orchestra, and the group Saxmax. Pianist Jacqueline Leung began studying music at the Academy for Performing Arts, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. This weekend they are giving the recital “La Vie en Rose: The Allure of the Tango” as part of the Fringe’s City Festival. During the show, Timothy will play three different saxophones, demonstrating the instrument’s amazing range of sounds and textures. The concert includes tango, French “chanson” and jazz standards. This week, in our studio, they play Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango”.

In the Show – January 11th 2011

Art in Industrial Buildings

Artists need room to make art. When much of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry moved to mainland China, many of our industrial buildings were left empty. The rents, or the cost to buy, were cheap, so many artists moved in. One place they moved into was Fotan. But as you might learn if you go to the ongoing Fotanian Open Days, there is no guarantee that artists are going to be able to continue to rent those spaces.

Film Review “The Tourist”

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck wrote and directed the excellent “The Lives of Others” which was about a professional eavesdropper working for the East German Stasi who had become involved in the lives on which he was eavesdropping. It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. So naturally Hollywood came calling. He took a while to make up his mind what project he wanted to take on. In the end he mad “The Tourist” with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. It’s a remake of a French comedy thriller called “Anthony Zimmer” by Jérôme Salle. Reviewer Gary Pollard suggests it’s a trip you probably won’t want to take.

ArtAlive@Park

The ArtAlive@Park programme, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organized by the Art Promotion Office was launched on December 23rd It consists of artistic performances and installation works. It’s an art project that takes into consideration the unique spatial design and styles of different parks. It’s also a platform through which students and graduates from the fine arts, design and architecture departments of four local universities can showcase their artistic talents.

Painter Josephine Do

Artist Josephine Do is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She was born in Hong Kong but moved to New Zealand in 1984 when she was seven years old. In her work, she likes to take traditional Chinese images, blend them with propaganda images, transform them, and add new colour. The Art Beatus Gallery is showing “China Climate”, an exhibition of her paintings until 27th January.

In the Show – January 4th 2011

The whole of tonight’s show is devoted to the big band sound.

The Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra is in our studio, and we have songs from Jennifer Palor, Ginger Kwan, Jackie Yin, and Elaine Liu.

Music includes “Don’t Get Around Much Any More”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Strike Up the Band”