There's some good variety this weekend, in terms of extra curricular options, proving that fun can be had in the daylight hours too; if it stops raining, that is.
In what is definitely Bangkok's first surf carnival, Flow Tour Asia 2012 will be held on Sat (Sep 29). There's no question about the swell either, since the venue is of course Flow House (Sukhumvit Soi 26), the city's new artificial wave down near K-Village. Still, we could all use more hobbies, so get down there and get on the wave, or show support from the bar, which neatly serves Sapporo beer. There are five divisions of competition - women's, junior (under 16), master (over 30), and body-board. Prizes include a chance to represent Thailand at the finals in Singapore, and various vouchers. Entry is B700, includes a T-shirt, dinner, and drink. There will also be a fashion show and DJs, apparently, so might be a decent afternoon out. Especially if the sun shines.
It seems like there is an anniversary ever weekend, and there probably is. This time round it's Glow (96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-4446, www.glowbkk.com)'s turn on Sat (Sep 29), who has clocked up 7 ripe years of hangovers. The Lucky Number 7 bash will feature the usual suspects behind the decks, chiming in from all the regular crews of the venue - Panda, Peppe, Co2an, Felix Moreno, and SaintVincent, among others. It gets going around midnight, and costs B300 on the door with a drink. Free bar at 10pm for an hour for the early birds.
For some heavier sounds, head over to Dubway Sessions (facebook.com/dubwaybkk) on Sat (Sept 29) in the small room of LED Club (RCA, Block C, Rama IX Road, www.ledclub.com). Special guest for the night is RSD, known better as Smith and Mighty, who should bang it. Things will warm up around midnight. Entry is B350.
The second creative gathering of the week is the opening on Thu (Oct 4) of RADU DIE 1. Dawn of the Evening: Entering Act V, a solo exhibition by extroverted artist Michael Shaowanasai. On at H Gallery (201 Sathorn Soi 12, 085-021-5508, www.hgallerybkk.com), the show is named after the artists personal experience of passing menopause. It's a collection of ready-made souvenirs gathered during his time in Europe over the past two years, as he enters the twilight of his creative journey as a mid-career artist. The artist has requested that all attendees of the exhibition opening bring along a book, written in any language, to be swapped, under the concept of re-energising knowledge from a stagnant bookshelf. Michael has represented Thailand twice at the Venice Biennale, and is know for co-directing and starring in The Adventure of Iron Pussy. Art is up through Nov 4.G
Continuing its push of local artists, Eat Me Restaurant (Soi Piphat 2, off Soi Convent, Silom Road, 02-238-0931, www.eatmerestaurant.com) will host the opening of Buddhist-oriented exhibition San-Sti, the first solo exhibition of Tanika "Pook" Panyarachun. Her woven works in the show, which is named from a Sanskrits term for rendering (san) and consciousness (sti), were largely influenced by the traditional boat of monks used in times when canals were more common in Siam. Event starts at 6pm. Art will be up through Dec 8.