There's absolutely no excuse to succumb to post-long-weekend blues this week, with the number of exciting and also rare events taking place. With two big international musicians performing in Bangkok on Thursday (at the same time unfortunately), gallery hopping season relaunching and tonnes of special dinners and parties on the agenda, there's truly something for everyone this week.
Love Her Harder
Ariana Grande Live in Bangkok
2017 has been a favorable year so far for pop music fans in Bangkok. First, it gave us Britney Spears and now we're getting a chance to see another pop princess live this Thursday at the same grande concert arena. Continuing on the Asia leg of her global Dangerous Woman tour, Ariana Grande will be belting it out live at Impact Arena on August 17 at 8pm. If you suddenly crave to hear her amazing vocal range on tunes like "Love Me Harder", "One Last Time" and, of course, "Dangerous Woman" and you just realise you haven't gotten tickets yet, there are still a few available on thaiticketmajor.com.
August 17, Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok Land Building, West Wing, 47/569-576 Popular 3 Road, Banmai, Pakkred; 0-2833-4455; impact.co.th
Phoenix-Mania In Bangkok
Phoenix Live in Bangkok (Singha Light Live Series Vol 2.4)
If you're not headed to the tiny songstress's concert Thursday night, then surely it's because you're set to go see four dashing French men from Versailles synthing and singing tracks like "1901", "Long Distance Call", "Lisztomania", "Trying To Be Cool" and please, please, please "Love Like A Sunset"! This is the first time Phoenix is playing in Bangkok and the concert is a part of their Ti Amo tour to promote the sixth studio album. Collect your reserved ticket between 7-10:30pm at the concert venues. Doors open at 8pm, with an opening performance by Polycat at 8:30pm before Phoenix is scheduled to take flight on stage at 10pm. For more information, visit the local organizer's page at fb.com/haveyouheard.live.
August 17, Moonstar Studio No. 8, 701 soi Ladprao 80; 0-2539-3881, moonstarstudio.co.th
Riding The Wave
Corpuscles And Waves
If you're free before the big concert on Thursday (whichever one that may be) and you're in the mood for some contempletive art, Nova Contemporary is launching a new exhibition at 6pm. Curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Corpuscles and Waves features the minimalistic works of Sisaket-born artist Nim Kruasaeng. With this collection of drawings and paintings, Nim tells a story of small particles moving in currents. Explore the nature of and possibly the reason behind these movements from August 17 until October 13.
August 17-October 13, Nova Contemporary, Ground Floor, Baan Somthavil, soi Mahadlek-Luang 3, Rajdamri Road; novacontemporary.com
DJ, Play That Record
Siwilai City Club X Slum Disco Soundsystem
Central Embassy's loungey Siwilai City Club invites you to chill and listen to vinyls this Friday night. With records provided by Slum Disco Soundsystem, expect a pleasurable variety of sounds, from Madonna to Sister Seldge and Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Chaka Khan. Just stop by anytime between 8pm and midnight, get comfortable and listen. Mmmm.
August 18, Siwilai City Club, 5th Floor, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloenchit Road; 0-2119-7777; centralembassy.com
An Ode To Visual And Performance Arts
In collaboration with For WhaT theatre, WTF Gallery is hosting a performance art piece by Sasapin Siriwanij and Surachai Petsangrot in combination with a photography exhibition by Wichaya Artamat. Inspired by the works of yet another Thai artist, Jarunun Phantachat, called The Test of Endurance, the show aims to awaken your senses via moving and still aesthetics. Oh Ode will be performed at 8pm at WTF Gallery on August 18, 19 and 20. Admission is 250 baht for advanced bank transfer by August 17 and 300 baht thereafter. For more details on how to purchase tickets, find the Oh Ode Facebook or visit fb.com/wtfgalleryandcafe. Oh Ode is suitable for those who are 18 years and above.
August 18-20, WTF Gallery and Cafe, 7 soi Sukhumvit 51; 0-2662-6246; wtfbangkok.com
Burpee For A Cause
Training Ground's Burpee Bonanza
We all know no sane person would do burpees for no reason, so here's a good reason to burpee this Saturday (1-3:30pm). The Training Ground gym is hosting a charity challenge, in which you can pledge 300, 500 or 1,000 baht towards the Mercy Centre foundation for local mothers and children in need. The catch is you will also be required to meet your donation in burpees. Wait, what? Don't worry, you have the whole two and a half hours to complete the physical aspect of this charitable act. At the end of the day, you will have done a good deed for your community and for your body.
August 19, Training Ground Rama 4, 3798 Rama 4 Road; 0-2035-8359; traininggroundbkk.com
Eat Me At The Bunker
Collaboration Dinner 001 Bunker & Eat Me
What do two famous local restaurants, Eat Me and Bunker, have in common? They're headed by New Yorker chefs who have lately been feeling nostalgic for the Big Apple. On Tuesday night (7-11:30pm), chefs Tim Bulter of Eat Me and Arnie Marcella of Bunker are bringing the taste of New York as they remember it to Bangkok's fans of modern cuisine. Reserve your seat by calling Bunker at 09-2563-9991.
August 22, Bunker Sathorn, 118/2 soi Sathorn 12; 09-2563-9991, bunkerbkk.com
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