14 things you don’t want to miss in Bangkok this weekend (Nov 5-8)
Dance to tunes from a drum ‘n’ bass legend, watch a film about China’s most famed artist, and visit two massive markets.
Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic, has two solo shows going on this month, plus an exclusive film screening at River City Bangkok. “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” comes from first-time director Alison Klayman, who gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Screenings are held every Saturday on Nov 7, Nov 14, and Nov 21. Tickets are available via
Through Nov 21. 2/F, RCB Forum, River City Bangkok Shopping Centre, 23, Trok Rongnamkeang, Yotha Rd. B150 via Ticketmelon
“Puente,” Chilean contemporary artist Krina Retuert’s first exhibition in Bangkok, explores landscapes, as well as their atmospheres and sensations, across a series of paintings and mixed media artworks.
Through Dec 20, Play Art House, 993 Song Wat Rd. Free entry
Five Thailand-based expats touch on loneliness, separation, depression, downtime, and their readjusted working lives during the coronavirus pandemic in styles that range from pop art to nudes and fantasy, in both oil and acrylic paint on canvas. The exhibition kicks off Friday, Nov 6, at 6pm at the Candle Light Studio, a private gallery located above BarBar Club in Patpong Soi 2. The closing event will be held at the Patpong Museum at 7pm on Friday, Nov 13.
Through Nov 13. Candle Light Studio, 5 Patpong Soi 2, Surawong Rd. Free entry
Bangkok-based artist Dusadee Huntrakul, with the help of The Jim Thompson House Museum and Bangkok CityCity Gallery, have teamed up to display ceramic works in the house museum collection. Each piece explores how we can live with the new normal in a post-pandemic world.
Through Jan 15. 2021, 11am-7pm. The Jim Thompson House Museum, 6 Kasem San 2 Alley. B150 (adults), B70 (visitors under 22), free entry (children)
This latest exhibition by Thai artist Ping Hatta looks to redefine the concept of “fashion illustration,” which it is dominated by long-legged, often white figures holding model poses or strutting down runways.
Through Dec 31, Room 248, River City Bangkok Shopping Centre, 23, Trok Rongnamkeang, Yotha Rd.
This collaborative exhibition between results from the exchanges and creative encounters between Bangkok- and Tokyo-based artists, translated and presented by three local artists at The Jam Factory, starting Nov 5.
Through Nov 14. The Jam Factory, 41/1-41/2 Charoen Nakhon Rd. Free entry.
Street artist turned icon of the drum ‘n’ bass scene turned Bangkok gallery owner Goldie is on the decks again this Nov 7 at The Emperor’s Secret. Each of the past 15 years, the UK legend has played a set in Bangkok. This year, he’s doing something different, as he’ll be playing tracks from his Subjective side project, a techno collab with DJ duo Ulterior Motive, over a three-hour set.
Nov 7, 10pm-1am. The Emperor’s Secret, 29 Sukhumvit Soi 31. From B599 via Eventpop
Escape Bangkok’s hustle and bustle on Nov 7 for a night of beach-club vibes at Sing Sing Theater. Music is provided by DJ Rabbit Disco, Anton Schutte, Violinist Champ, and percussionist KOB.
Nov 7, 9pm-3am. Sing Sing Theater, Sukhumvit Soi 45, Free entry
All lovers of hops, whether they be British, American, West Coast, or New England: head to Mikkeller on Nov 7-8 for 15-plus taps of hoppy beers.
Through Nov 8, 5pm-12:30am. Mikkeller, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10.
Head over to Jam Jam on Nov 7 for a wine bar takeover, courtesy of No Bar Wine Bar, with over 20 labels of natural and low-intervention wines by the glass, from oranges and whites to light and bold reds. There will be some live New Orleans jazz to go with the experience, too.
Nov 7, 4pm-midnight. Jam Jam, 531 Charoen Krung Rd. B280 via Ticketmelon
Phuket brewery Full Moon Brewworks arrives at Hair of the Dog (Phrom Phong) with two fresh kegs of their classics, as well as the launch of their first juicy milkshake IPA.
Nov 6, 5pm-late. 593/27 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1.
Get a sip of exclusive beers by award-winning Belgian brewery Cornelissen, paired with an appetizer, at the Anantara Riverside hotel’s latest outlet, Spice & Barley. There are also games and prizes to win.
Nov 6, 5-10:30pm. Spice & Barley Riverside Bangkok, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. 257/1-3 Charoen Nakhon Rd. B750 (includes one liter of draft beer and one appetizer).
At this two-day event, held from Nov 7-8, 40 craft and design brands dealing ceramics, accessories, clothing, bags, and art books, to name a few, will be selling their goods at Langsuan’s upscale community mall, Velaa Sindhorn Village. You can also join an art workshop or spoil yourself with food from any of the featured restaurants, like Rongsi Pochana, Co Limited, Tum Thonglor, Peace Oriental Teahouse, and Crimson Room.
Through Nov 8. Velaa Sindhorn Village Langsuan, 87 Lang Suan Rd.
Browse thousands of books at a massive book sale at Neilson Hays Library this weekend. There will also be a “hidden farmers’ market,” featuring organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, artisan bread, desserts, gourmet food trucks, kombucha on tap, craft beer, and much more from the likes of Daniel Thaiger, Chalawan, Castown, Yindii, Maison Jean Philippe, and Refill Station.
Through Nov 8, 9:30am-7pm. Neilson Hays Library, 195 Surawong Rd.