Gate Crasher

Welcome to Guru 's Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.

This week plays host to a wide spread of offerings for the senses - something for the ears, eyes, stomachs and afros. And the beat goes on.


Bust out your wig and best Travolta moves this eve (Oct 12) for the second instalment of Stereo, a retro-tinged party that goes back in time for inspiration. It's on upstairs at D Bar (50 Soi Nanta, Sathon Soi 1, 02-287-4021/2,; formerly Pandanus), which is a little pokey and doesn't hold a huge amount of people, but nice for a change and there's promise of a 30-inch mirror ball. Hosts for the evening are Florian De Lux and Co2an, who will also provide the retro-inspired riffs. Dress up to get down. Entry is B300 with a drink.


For the foodies, Opposite (across from WTF, 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, is hosting the 6th of their popular pop-up kitchens, this time around called Beervana's 'Wild Flavors'. Chef Tim Butler of Eat Me restaurant will prepare a five-course feast of wild game in the Electrolux kitchen to drooling punters, matched with five selections of craft beer by Beervana to round out an all-American showcase. The event continues in the dual-evening format, to reach more palates; on tonight (Oct 12) and tomorrow, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are B2,300, limited to 30 each night. Get in quick.


For a post-dinner boogie on Sat (Oct 13), head to Trasher if you're game. They are continuing to push the boundaries, this time around with a Japanese Fetish Party, although if any real Japanese fetishists actually showed up everyone would probably panic. The dresscode demands "everything Japanese from Porn star to anime", which should provoke some creative couture. They have posited one of the world's kinkiest sex cultures (Japanese) with the most promiscuous place on the planet (recent Durex survey results about Thailand). What could go wrong? Entry is B200, with a drink; at Sonic (90 Sukhumvit Soi 63, between Ekamai Soi 10 and Big C).


For some belly laughs on Mon (Oct 15), try Open Mic Comedy put on by the Bangkok Comedy Collective ( Self described as "very open mic", it's a grassroots platform for anyone with an inkling for some stand up either on the stage or in the audience. It's two hours of laughs in the back room of the Londoner (B/F, UBC II Bldg, Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-261-0238,, with an 8pm kick-off.


The party scene will climax late in the week with Isan Dancehall 11 on Thu (Oct 18). The unusual non-weekend billing might be because the ZudRangMa Records HQ have managed to procure Voodoo Funk for the evening of Afro/Asian sound clash in what is one the best and most eccentric parties in the region. Entry is B250, with a drink and a mix CD. It's on at Cosmic Cafe (RCA Block C, Rama IX Road. C 081-304-6907), peaking around midnight.

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Writer: Richard Mcleish
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