To most people street art or graffiti is a young person’s art. It’s usually done late at night, and in secret, and it’s very much part of the contemporary music and fashion scene. But one Hong Kong graffiti artist was decorating the streets with his messages from the age of 35 until he late into his old age. He lived in relative poverty, but several of his works fetched HK$475,000 at auction in 2007. And he was the first Hong Kong artist to be invited to the Venice Biennale. He was the King Of Kowloon, and a major new retrospective of his work highlights his life and “career”.
Movie Review – “Water for Elephants”
“Water for Elephants” is set in 1931 during the Great Depression. It’s the story of Jacob Jankowski, played by Robert Pattison, a trained vet who fails to get his qualifications after his final exams are interrupted, but who joins a circus to look after the animals. In the circus, he falls in love with star performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). The only problem is that she’s the wife of the circus owner August, who believes that both people and circus animals, need to be treated with cruelty to know who is boss. Gary Pollard reviews it.
“Making Music Being Well”
“Music has Charms to sooth a savage Breast” or so goes the old proverb. Music can also excite us, make us feel tense or romantic, or even help us relax. It can even help people cope with mental and physical illness. We’ll talk to a group of veteran Hong Kong musicians from bands of the 70s and 80s who are taking part in the week-long Making Music Being Well event, which begins this Saturday. They also play for us The Eagles’ “Desperado”.