25 days of Christmas? Go one better with this month's must-attend gigs, markets, festivals and art events.
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There’s finally a good reason to go a bit out of town to CentralPlaza Lardprao. NASA is here. Produced by John Nurminen Events in cooperation with NASA, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, this massive exhibition will showcase 350 space exploration-related objects, many of which were used in actual space mission. Highlights include the control panel of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, a G-force ride and astronaut suits through the decades. On top of replicas of Apollo Command Module and actual Titan 1 rocket engines, replicas of USSR technology will also be on show: the Sputnik satellite and lunar survey rover Lunokhod.
Dec 1-Feb 1
The Documentary Club – Doc Holiday
Gay New York rapper and producer Le1f will perform his unorthodox music live as part of his Asian tour, with local support by Superrzaaap
The Japanese dance theater festival returns to BACC with workshops and performances throughout Dec. Featuring local and international artists. Schedule can be found on the website.
The musical comedy encourages audience interaction in this British pantomime tradition. Presented by the Bangkok Community Theatre. Christmas food available to celebrate the festive season. B550 for children under 13 during matinee rounds.
Cambodian artists Lisa Mam and Peap Tarr present an urban street art exhibition on the themes of strength and power at GOJA. Opens on Dec 6 at 7pm.
This charity foodie event series, under the theme "The Destination of Gastronomy," brings together Michelin-starred chefs and local fine-dining masters, along with live music and wine. One of the highlights, Chim in the Garden on Dec 6, features acclaimed chefs such as David Thompson from Nahm, Jaikal Johari from Water Library, Nooror Somany Steppe from Blue Elephant, Ton Tassanakajohn from Le Du and Paolo Vitaletti from Appia. Book at www.chimbangkok.com
China's rising cello star Jian Wang performs Dvorak's romantic Cello Concerto. The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will also be playing L'Arle'sienne Suites No. 1 & 2 by Bizet. The concert will open with "Lom Naw," written by HM the King.
Organized by Retox Sessions (Together Festival and Road to Ultra Thailand), this electro dance music festival brings out the likes of Dutch DJ Nicky Romero, who collaborated with Avicii on the UK #1 hit "I Could Be The One," Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman, progressive electro-house act Blasterjaxx and British DJ Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82. More acts tbc. General tickets B1,950, VIP B2,500. Age restriction 20+. See our roundup of the upcoming music festivals all around Thailand.
Goethe Institut: Open Air Cinema
Parc Paragon will be taken over by the House of Walker, presenting concerts every night, featuring local artists such as Musketeer, Palmy, Thaitanium, Scrubb, New-Jew, Tattoo Color, 25 Hours and Mild. Food will be provided by Vesper, Perfume, Hyde & Seek and Roof Hideaway, plus special cocktails by Johnnie Walker. Check the full schedule on the website.
Dec 10-Jan 3, 6:30pm
The Florida psychedelic two-piece with unpronouncable name debuts in Bangkok as part of their Large Baby Tour, with local support from Fathers Of Medicine and Local Machine.
The dubstep megastar behind "Bangarang" and "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" performs live. Tickets available from Nov 25 at 6pm at ow.ly/EEeRr. Support from resident DJs.
The lineup is still TBA at the moment, but given past years (2008-2010), you can expect top Thai and international performers to take over Lumpini park for a free, 3-day festival packed with mime, acrobatics, music and dancing. The trio Babymime should make a welcome return, miming and clowning their way to your funny bone. You can also expect Butoh performers, percussionists, Chinese acrobatic troops and nouveau cirque artists from Europe performing suspended dances. At Lumpini Park (access on Wireless, Sarasin, Ratchadamri and Rama 4 roads). MRT Silom, Lumpini. BTS Sala Daeng.
Dec 12-Jan 7
This cycling competition and fair, kicking off at Suvarnabhumi Airport, will offer booths selling bike parts and accessories.
Sansiri's annual winter fair returns this December, to be held at the T77 neighborhood of Sukhumvit 77, offering popular Bangkok food trucks, food stalls by trendy local eateries, arts and craft workshops, a family play yard area, and more.
Celebrated artist Somboon Hormtienthong returns with his latest exhibition at Numthong Gallery, recording the places that he's visited on his motorbike over the past two years. Opens on Dec 13 at 6pm.
Dec 13-Jan 31
An urban music festival in Chula's Industrial Design Faculty, featuring the likes of The Krrrr, Jelly Rocket and Yellow Fang, with handmade crafts, secondhand products, food and drinks, as well as a group design exhibition by Communication Design and Industrial Design students. The market opens at 5pm and the first act starts at 6pm
Kyoto-based artist Ishida Shinya takes up a two-month artist residency, to be documented by filmmaker Yuya J. Morimoto. As well as an exhibition at the gallery, Shinya's mobile installation made out of trash will be traveling to various Bangkok locations.
With participants from 32 countries in last year's edition, this car-free road race marathon on elevated Boromratchonni Road starts and finishes at Rama 8 Bridge on the Thonburi side of the river. The winner receives the King's trophy. Registration by fax at 02-721-6008 or email at bkk@ThailandHalfMarathon.com.
This special edition of the monthly Sunday morning market moves to the evening, and offers the usual selection of artisanal and organic food, as well as special winter holiday gifts.
Normal - Real Stories from the Sex Industry + Q&A with director
Normal - Real Stories from the Sex Industry is a documentry by anthropologist Nicola Mai, which examines the lives of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry in the UK, Albania and Italy. The film be screened at Jam followed by a Q&A with the director. Co-organised by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. For more info, visit http://ow.ly/EM9wQ
Jazzy Jeff in Bangkok
The veteran DJ and producer, best known as Will Smith’s foil in DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, visits Ku De Ta to spin classic hip hop and R n’ B. See more here.
Night at the Museum: Awakening the Legend of Giant
The innovative, technology-driven Museum Siam opens its doors late again (4-10pm). The theme is Awakening the Legend of Giants. Expect three nights of giant-related fun, including story-telling by Keng The Voice, and other guest speakers, with activities, booths, food stalls and a giant-themed market, as well as an outdoor performance titled "The Spirit of Giant of Tha Tien".
To be held on the fourth Saturday of every month from now until February 2015, the festival brings quality jazz performances by the best local acts, many from the Phra Athit bar Jazz Happens and The Voice, with art exhibitions from Silpakorn University, art and music workshops and plenty of other stalls. Tickets can be purchased at 02-282-9934 and 084-450-0505.