Welcome to Guru's Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.
Since the Swim Deep show is sold out tonight (too slow!), take a step back from the speaker and get your plastic arts on at the opening of exhibition Earth Pregnant. It's a solo show by Bathma Kaew-ngok of works that are all born from planet Earth, much like we are, in celebration of her potent vitality. Venue is RMA Institute (238 Sai Nam Thip Soi 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-663-0809, www.rmainstitute.net), which is soldiering on despite the Asok obstructions, and can be easily accessed from Rama IV. Run time is 6:30-10pm. Entry is free. Until Mar 23.
More creativity will happen on Tue (Feb 11) at International Photography Awards Best of Show 2013, which aims to "salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography". It's selected by Susan Baraz, who will be on hand to present the work. It's on at the scenic Rooftop Gallery (440/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 091-573-6841, fb.com/rooftopGalleryBangkok), 7-10pm. Entry is free.
Get your shop on this weekend, this time for a good cause, at Celebrity Jumble Sale. Rather than overrated popcorn and over-priced bags, on offer will be clothing, toys, and household items donated by local celebrities such as Cindy Bishop, Ase Wang, Emi Stames, Sonia Couling as well as other kind individuals. All money raised will directly benefit the Camillian Home for Children Living with Disabilities. There will also be a kid's corner and silent auction. Maybe find an ultra-scrooge Valentine's gift for next weekend? We won't tell. It's on at Dusit Thani Hall (Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama IV Road), 10am-5pm. (Check FB page to confirm protest-tinged venue). Entry is free.
The oestrogen-tinged banter continues when The Vagina Monologues return to Bangkok on Wed (Feb 12). The new cast of 18 ladies promise "Lots of funny talk, some painful talk, a bit of ironic talk, sexy talk, sex talk, all of it true talk." It's on at Checkin99 (97 Sukhumvit Road, between Sois 5 and 7, fb.com/CheckInn99), from 7-9pm. (Early arrival is advised). Entry is by B300 donation, with profits going to In search of Sanuk charity and V-Day Foundation.
For an easy end to the weekend, Talkin' all that Groove returns for the first time this year on Sun (Feb 9) to Jam Cafe (41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 089-889-8059, fb.com/JAMCAFEBKK). The concept is the same with three DJS, three turntables and a BBQ providing everything that's needed (apart from your good self, of course). Selections will come from DJ To-Ru, Broken Kassette and Fredrik Funk who will spin instrumental hip hip, future funk, boogie and beats. Run time is 3-9pm, with free entry.
For some blips and blops, new night Zoolectronica will bring the talents of Berlin-based Kirdec to Bangkok on Wed (Feb 12). He has a strong background in formal music theory before digitising into more obtuse areas, including Africa and Asia, through his record label Syrphe. His prolific touring schedule brings him through in a treat for local electronic fans, who shouldn't miss the live show. Support will come from local tweakers Cut the Crab, who are starting to make waves. It's on at Zoo (19 Prachathipatai Road, 02-629-3376), from 8:45pm. Entry is free.
More art will go up on Sat (Feb 8) at the opening of TEN, an exhibition by Swiss artist Hanspeter Ammann that constructs an "elusive" narrative through 10 photos of three subjects. Through self-reflexive techniques of reappearance, the show plays "in the space between representation and self" to question the role of the subject and indeed the audience in it. If you're up for it, anyway. It's on at Thavibu Gallery (308 Silom Galleria, 919/1 Silom Road, 02-266-5454, www.thavibu.com), from 5pm; until Mar 7. G