Bookworm to host civilised discussion
The 2012 Asia link writer in residence Kim Huynh will host a discussion about the concept of civilisation across cultures, including topics such as dog meat-eating, public urination, road rules, karaoke addiction, among others, tomorrow.
A lecturer in international relations at the Australian National University, Kim is currently working on a collection of short stories about Vietnamese youth during his residency in Ha Noi.
His 2008 biography about his parents, Where the Sea Takes Us, has garnered academic and popular acclaim.
Hosted by the Bookworm, the discussion will take place at the Ha Noi Cooking Centre Restaurant, 44 Chau Long Street, from 7.30-9pm. Free entry. Reserve a seat at firstname.lastname@example.org, (04) 37153711.
Thai bands to rock the night away
British/Thai indie band The Standards from Bangkok will headline the Mini Indie Fest at Ha Noi Rock City (HRC) on Saturday.
After their smash performance at the annual CAMA 5 Festival in Ha Noi last May, the rockers had a blazing UK tour before heading back to the capital city as part of their 2012 Asia Tour to perform a one-off show in Viet Nam in January.
The band will share the stage with another guest band from Bangkok, Playground.
Local band Machete.Sex.Mix and several resident DJs, including Yark, Jimmy Livewire, Dave, Safe&Standard, and Dirty Fingrz, will hit the stage during the festival.
The event will start at 3pm on Saturday and run until 3am the next morning at 27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District.
Purchase tickets in advanced by emailing email@example.com. Tickets on the door cost VND150,000.
Martial arts classes for the mind and body
The Ha Noi Ki-Aikido Society invites visitors to attend an open seminar on the martial art this weekend at the Le Quy Don School, 62 Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District.
Inspired by Aikido, Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, or Ki-Aikido, was founded by the 10th-dan master Koichi Tohei (1920-2011), who believed that mind and body should be integrated in order to have a harmonious life.
Facilitated by the Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Ha Noi and conducted by the sixth-dan Tsuzuki Seiji, chairman of Okayama Ki-Aikido Organisation, the two-day class will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in martial arts, Aikido or Japanese culture is invited.
Admission is VND50,000 per person, per day. For more details, please contact: Le Hai Son 0947 792 892, Vu Hong Thao 0914 645 860, Ton van der Velden 0912 817 021.
British DJ Rob Smith to mix it up at Vasco's
The Beats Saigon will present British DJ, musician, and remixer Rob Smith at Vasco's bar and restaurant in HCM City on Saturday.
Smith, one-half of respected drum and bass/trip hop group Smith and Mighty, plays breakbeat hip-hop, dub, and reggae-influenced music. He has produced dubstep tracks as RSD on a number of labels.
The show begins at 9.30pm. Vasco's is at 74/7D Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1.
Poolside party at Movenpick Hotel Saigon
Movenpick Hotel Saigon will host an afternoon poolside party, A dOSe of Summer, featuring among others Swedish artist Andreas Sagg, one of Scandinavia's top house and club jazz producers, on Saturday.
The show will begin at 3pm and go on until 9pm, and will be followed by a deep-house club night from 9pm to 2am at the hotel's Slate bar.
African music duo to perform at IDECAF
Kareyce Fotso of Cameroon and Aly Keita of the Ivory Coast will perform at a world music night at IDECAF (Institute for Cultural Exchange with France) in HCM City on March 20.
Fotso plays blues, jazz and soul on traditional instruments and the guitar and sings. Keita is a balafon player (a West African percussion instrument).
The concert begins at 8pm at the centre, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1. Tickets costing VND100,000 – with a 50 per cent discount for students – are available at the venue. — VNS