Upcoming Events (Oct. 25, 2012)
Tokyo art exhibition is coming to town
The Tokyo X Ha Noi X Art exhibition featuring contemporary artworks by young Japanese and Vietnamese artists will open to the public from 7pm tomorrow at the La 4uatrieme Creative Lab.
A result of a project which offers artists from different cultures an interactive opportunity to learn about each other, the exhibition will showcase whatever the artists create over a period of two weeks.
Under the project, five Vietnamese artists and six Japanese, who are graduates and students at the New Media Art Department of Tokyo University of the Arts, will take part in workshops and discussions to learn about Ha Noi's contemporary art scene to find new ideas and inspiration for their work.
La Quatrieme Creative Lab is on the fourth floor of Ete bar, 95 Giang Van Minh Street, Ba Dinh District.
Saddle up for Old Quarter bike extravaganza
Anyone who loves riding a bike and wishes to promote cycling for all its positive reasons is invited to join a mass bicycle ride which will start at 8pm tomorrow in front of St Joseph's Cathedral at the crossroads of Ly Quoc Su and Nha Tho.
Titled Positive Mass, the ride is inspired by an international event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. Founded in 1992 in San Francisco, the ride gathers people at a set location and time who cycle as a group through cities and towns.
Lecture on enlightened approach to art
The Friends of Viet Nam Heritage (FVH), a non-formal group of mainly Ha Noi residents from many countries who work voluntarily to promote and preserve Vietnamese cultural and historical heritage, will host a lecture on the theme Arts&Antiquities: Contrarian Collecting, on Saturday.
The English-speaking lecture will be conducted by Dr Mark Rapoport on the enlightened approach to collecting, with a focus on Vietnamese objects. Rapoport is the owner of the 54 Traditions Gallery, home to thousands of unique objects collected from Viet Nam's ethnic groups.
The 90 minute lecture will start at 9.30am at the 54 Traditions Gallery, 30 Hang Bun Street. Contact Christie Kesner at email@example.com to register. Attendance fee: VND150,000.
French fair for all at Hotel Equatorial
The third Balade en France, a fair promoting French gastronomy and wine, will take place at Hotel Equatorial tomorrow and Saturday.
The event will present traditional French dishes and wine from the country's most renowned wine regions, as well as a fashion show, live concert and dance show. Lucky draw prizes include two return air tickets to Paris.
Wine importers and major French restaurants in the city will offer the best local recipes accompanied with white, red and rose wine.
The fair will take place at 242 Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5. For reservations, call 3839777. Tickets are priced at VND550,000/adult for presale and 650,000/adult at the entrance.
City puts the frighteners on for Halloween
Major hotels and bars will host Halloween activities on October 31. Buffets with signature pumpkin dishes will be available at Legend Hotel Sai Gon's Atrium Cafe, Sheraton Hotel's Sai Gon Cafe, Sofitel Sai Gon Hotel's Cafe Rivoli, and Calibre Charner and Ganh Restaurant of Palace Hotel Sai Gon.
Many Halloween costume parties and games will also be organised at Park Hyatt Hotel, Nightspot at Sheraton Hotel, Sai Gon Sai Gon Bar at Caravelle Hotel, and Boudoir Lounge at Sofitel Hotel.
And the Rocky Horror Picture Show
The newly established HCM City-based theatre group The Lab will present the British musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Halloween.
The musical, adapted from the 1975 film, tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and meeting a mad scientist who unveils his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
The play, directed by Ingrid Berry, stars both expats and Vietnamese.
The musical will be staged on October 31 and November 1-3 at Bon Mua Restaurant at 189 A1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien, District 2. Tickets cost VND500,000 in advance or 600,000 at the door. Price of admission includes food and drinks. — VNS