Weekend offers rock, skateboarding and more
Local female bands will gather for an all-female performance at Ha Noi Rock City (HRC), 27/52, To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District, on Friday night, from 8-12pm.
Over the past year, Ha Noi has solidified its reputation as home to a unique assortment of female artists, musicians and selectors.
Come out and show some support for the capital's female artists and bands, including Good Graeff, Go Lim, Zippy, DJ Pants, and Lethal Lizzle.
Tickets cost VND50,000 at the venue.
On Saturday, HRC and VNRock.com kick off a music night with Black Infinity. For Hanoian rock fans, this might be the hottest event of the summer.
Founded in 2006, the band has established itself as a core element of the Vietnamese rock scene.
The band was featured in the CD compilation Planet Metal by the UK magazine Metal Hammer in April 2010.
The band's performance will be joined by guest performers Epione and OringChains. Ticket prices VND100,000 at door.
On Sunday, Ha Noi Skatopia will host a free skateboarding event. Several ramps and obstacles galore will fill the venue, including flat-bank, hip, box, rail and the shiny metal mini ramp.
There will also be DJ's playing throughout the event, which will start at 4pm.
US West Coast DJ debuts in the capital
CAMA ATK introduces DJ Alefresh from the West Coast of the US. Alefresh will present a set of reggae, hip hop, ghetto funk and house mixed the good old fashioned way during his sole show in Ha Noi on Friday.
In 1999, Alefresh started playing underground house parties in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, also known as the birthplace of techno music.
In 2000 he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he played underground parties with longtime companion DJ Rundown. The pair relied on a mix of reggae, hiphop, breaks, and funky house music.
After performing at Burning Man Festival in 2003 he moved to California and took a hiatus from his DJ career. He recently re-emerged as DJ Alefresh and began to incorporate digital music into his sets. Since playing Burning Man 2011, Alefresh has catapulted himself back into the Bay Area DJ scene, with a crew based out of Lake Tahoe.
His Ha Noi show will take place at 73 Mai Hac De Street, from 9-12pm.
French institute screens German, French movies
The Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) will present a series of German and French movies with Vietnamese subtitles in August.
German films Kokowaah, a comedy, and Barfuss (Barefoot) will be screened every Tuesday at 7.30pm, beginning on August 7.
The French films, shown on Saturdays starting August 4, are Mauvaise Foi (Bad Faith), Les Chansons D'Amour (Love Songs), Qui M'Aime Me Suive (Who Loves Me, Follow Me) and Oubilier Cheynne (Looking for Cheyenne).
The screennings will begin at 3pm.
Tickets costing VND15,000 are available at the venue at 28 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1.
International band Motion to perform at bar
International band Motion, comprising six members from the US, Canada, the UK and South Africa, will perform R&B, jazz, hip hop, rap and rock music at the Level 23 Nightspot, a bar at Sheraton Sai Gon Hotel and Towers.
The band is led by Robert Varro, a Canadian professional drummer and singer with over 20 years of experience playing music all over the world. He and his band have toured throughout the US, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bangkok.
The band will perform from every Tuesday to Sunday from 9pm.
Hard Rock Cafe hosts karaoke contest
Hard Rock Cafe will host the preliminary rounds of this year's Karaoke World Championships for Viet Nam.
The competition will take place from 2-4pm every Saturday and Sunday in August and September. The winner will take part in the final to be held in Finland later this year. Thirty countries are participating in the contest.
People can register for the contest at website www.kwc.fi. —VNS