The Chinese Documentary Film Festival is now in its fourth year. Films selected for the festival are on show at the Hong Kong Arts Centre until 9th July. Maybe you think you see enough documentaries on TV, but these are likely to be something quite different. Among the subjects covered are pollution, high-heeled shoes, life as a monk, and surviving sandstorms.
If you pay much attention to the Asian pop charts, you’ll know just how influential J-pop and K-pop, from Japan and Korea respectively, are. But Korea and Japan also have musicians, and listeners, who like a smoother, more mature kind of music that isn’t all about rehearsed dance movies and trendy matching costumes. One such group of musicians is Winterplay, a pop jazz trio from Korea that features producer, songwriter and trumpet player Juhan Lee, vocalist Haewon Moon, guitarist Saza-Woojoon Choi, and contra-bassist Eunkyu So.Recently in Hong Kong for the Summer Jazz Festival, the band initially topped the Korean Jazz charts with its first album ‘Choco Snowball, but then gained even more exposure through a TV commercial. They were in Hong Kong recently.
In “Something Borrowed” lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has sex with the fiancé of her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). The wedding is due in just a few weeks. After that encounter Rachel and Dex (played by Colin Egglesfield) , also a lawyer are trying to decide what to do next. What they mostly do, for the next hour and a half is vacillate. These don’t seem like very nice people. But this is a romantic comedy, so you’re not supposed to think about that kind of thing.
Cyprien Chabert is a three-dimensional sculptor and has been called one of the most significant French artists of his generation. In his exhibition “Dogs Meow”, showing at the agnes b. librairie galerie until August, he invites us to visit an unusual place.
Coming up in November at the Academy for Performing Arts is the Cirque Mechanics “Birdhouse Factory”. Its creators describe it as a circus unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It mixes inspirations from Charlie Chaplin, Mexican mural artist Diego Rivera, and cartoonist Rube Goldberg. According to one reviewer: “You’ve Never Seen a circus quite like Birdhouse”. Members of the company are in Hong Kong to give us a preview of what we can expect from that show. Two of them, creator Chris Lashua and contortionist Ganchimeg Oyunchimeg are with us in the studio to end this week‘s show.