Guru Weekly's Buzz for Nov 25 to Dec 1

So many things to enjoy, so little time

Our pick of the most exciting products, activities, art exhibitions, shows, food and hotel deals.

STUFF

Central Edition Collection / Central Retail

Another buzz of Central's 75th-anniversary celebration is a pop-up store for the "Central Edition" collection, showcasing products by 24 new blood designers, who flaunt their fresh take on sustainability and community-focused initiatives. The up-and-coming designers and design studios joining the campaign are divided into groups based on their products and methods. Zayan, DeFry01 x La Rocca and 109 Design Workshop showcase their upcycled goods, while the brands that breathe new life into waste are Maddy Hopper, MadMatter and Spirulina Society. Wood And Mountain, and Don Moo Din offer a design-led collection that is crafted using local skills and expertise. Check them out at "Central Edition" pop-up stores, which run till Nov 30 at Central Chidlom, Central Ladprao, Central Chiang Mai and Central Phuket. Visit fb.com/CentralDepartmentStore.

Rimowa Exclusive Collaboration / Adidas

We would like to give a nod to Adidas for forging relationships with luxury brands, like Balenciaga and Gucci. The three-strip brand has stepped into the world of luggage by teaming up with Rimowa for a footwear and accessories collection that celebrates the spirit of mobility. Made in Germany, the cross-category collection features two contemporary designs: Rimowa's first-ever aluminium backpack and the Adidas NMD_S1 sneaker. Undeniably utilitarian in their design, both take on a colour palette of khaki and a lustrous shade of titanium, finished with orange accents. Go to adidas.co.th. 

Holiday Collection / H&M Home

H&M Home’s Christmas decorations reinvent the traditional colour palette with a bold mix of pink tones. The holiday home collection will make your living room look fun and festive with striped velvet red and hot pink cushion covers to brighten your snuggle corner. Throw on a brushed wool blanket to make it even cosier. When it comes to the Christmas tree decoration game, they offer a wide selection of ornaments, ranging from shiny surfaces with a hint of glitter to textured silk ribbon baubles in white and pink, paper ornaments and quirky ceramic ones, including those in the shape of cars, cats, toy soldiers and robots. Gift boxes and wrapping papers are also available in striking colours. Visit hm.com/home.


JOIN

Neighbourhood Fest / Powwowwow BKK / Nov 26-27

This weekend, Powwowwow BKK in Ekkamai is hosting a “Neighbourhood Fest”. The lifestyle community space will be packed with food trucks and stalls with exciting names like the local craft cola brand, Deum Dum; Hua Hin's Caribbean cuisine; The Banana Ketchup; and Neua Neur serving their famous beef rice bowl. On Nov 26, get a seat at a workshop where you can turn surplus fabrics into eco-friendly dog toys for your good boys and girls. Go to fb.com/pwwbkk. 

Thailand Pride Festival 2022 / Thailand Pride Festival / Nov 25-27

Paint the town rainbow and celebrate LGBTQI+ communities together at the “Thailand Pride Festival 2022”. Roaring proudly with the theme of "Unity and Diversity”, the event features art performances, cultural exhibitions, marketplaces and discussions about awareness and urgent matters. This evening, attend the “Hero Award” ceremony at the Australian embassy, which honours all community fighters, followed by an afterparty at So/Bangkok. Check out a fun fiesta on Silom 4 on Saturday while marching in a pride parade from Narathiwat intersection to Chamchuri Square on Sunday. The marching kicks off at 4pm, but you can drop by Chamchuri Square for festivities starting at noon. Visit fb.com/thailandpridefestival. 

No Ego Music Camp Finale Concert 2022 / JazZ happens / Nov 26 

JazZ collaborates with Singha Corporation on a social project called "No Ego Music Camp" to encourage aspiring musicians to pursue their musical dreams. On Saturday, they conclude their finale at Montien Riverside Hotel Bangkok, jazzing up the stage with the final show by the cream of the crop. Joining the stage is jazz experts and local brands like Maxtones Brothers, Johnnifer & The Boys and Mansri. Tickets cost B300 for students and B500 for the public. Visit fb.com/noegomusiccamp.

Dance of Death / River City Bangkok / Nov 26 to Jan 4 

Described as an adventure in the fantasy world, this solo show by Cuscus The Cuckoos, whose real name is Chanida Worapitak, explores death despite her extreme fear of it. The artist confronts and processes her fear and even adds colours to the world of death. Her characters will jump and dance in this fictional dimension of death, hopefully bringing excitement to viewers. Each of them represents an emotion at a certain point in human life. It seems she embraces death through painting and digital art while celebrating life. Her choice of dark subject matter can be brighter than you think. The opening reception is tomorrow from 4-7pm at Trendy Gallery on the second floor of River City Bangkok in Charoen Krung 24.   

DJ Warm-up Weekend / Blue Tree Phuket / Dec 10-11

Blue Tree Phuket is gearing up for its first DJ Warm-up Weekend on Dec 10 and 11 and it's free. It's a prelude to the “Blue Tree Magic Forest DJ Festival 2023” and will be held at the stunning Blue Tree Phuket’s Crystal Lagoon for an outdoor beach festival atmosphere to party your day and night away. Some of the best DJs from all over Phuket will be collaborating to bring you an array of different styles of music. There will be a host of exclusive shows and special performances to add to the beach festival vibe. Although you can attend the party for free, you get 50% off on the signature drink "A Jungle Juice Bucket" when you register for beverage purchase in advance at bluetree.reserveyourvenue.com/events. 

Selective Memory / Soko / Until Dec 11

Rabin Huissen captures his presence in photograms, an early form of photography where an image can be made onto light-sensitive paper. His exact location and gesture are the most important, each time precisely recorded within a certain time frame influencing the outcome of the final image. His photogram recordings are performances where action, time and location collide. Within minutes, spontaneous factors help shape the image ranging from brightness, climate, grains of sand blowing onto the paper to the motion made by Huissen himself. As a ritual, he washes the photo with liquids from the environment, sometimes water, sometimes a drink. Each image is a one-off performance. His show runs until Dec 11 at Soko in Sukhumvit 32 from 11am-7pm. Closed on Wednesdays. 


STAY

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Offer / Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort / Until Nov 29

Snatch a "Black Friday & Cyber Monday" deal at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, which offers an exclusive rate for your luxury staycation to stay by Dec 20. Enjoy up to 20 % savings on your stay including daily breakfast, with a 10% discount on dining and spa treatments. Book at anantara.com/riverside-bangkok. 

Cyber Sale / Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok / Until Dec 2

What's after Thanksgiving? It's Cyber Monday! Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok on Soi Ton Son is offering a special 15% off the best available rate for IHG One Rewards members. Book by Dec 2 to stay until Feb 28. Reservations must be made at least seven days in advance. Visit kimptonmaalaibangkok.com. 

Midtown Cyber Sale / Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok / Until Dec 2

Get up to 15% off when booking your stay at least three days in advance at Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok on Soi Langsuan. For the "Midtown Cyber Sale”, guests can enjoy a 10% discount on room rates when staying on weekends or 15% off for weekday bookings. IHG One Rewards members can top off their savings with an extra 10%. The deal is bookable by Dec 2 for stays until Feb 28. 

La Fête / Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort / Until Jan 31, 2023

Vive la Fête! This winter season, revel in style and celebrate the art of entertaining in the heart of Chiang Rai. Experience festive gatherings and sparkling moments at at La Fête, Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort.

Rates start from B5,850 net per night in a Deluxe Garden View Room for two persons and includes daily breakfast for two and one La Fête-inspired sparkling cocktail per person per stay (at Favola). Stays are valid till Jan 31, 2023. Visit bit.ly/LaFeteCEIMD.


DRINK

Jon Lee of Penrose KL / Zuma Bangkok / Nov 30

The guest bartender series at Zuma Bangkok, the contemporary Japanese izakaya-style restaurant in the St. Regis Bangkok, says goodbye to November with Jon Lee from Penrose KL on drinks duty. The shift will be 8-11pm, with Lee bringing four cocktails from his newly-opened bar plus one cocktail in collaboration with Zuma, making five tipples in total, priced at B400++.

This is the first time Penrose KL will showcase their drinks in Bangkok. Located on Jalan Petaling, in the centre of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, this is a refined bar with an industrial exterior and an interior of cool and muted colours, serving classic cocktails. Penrose gets its name from Nobel-prize-winning Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematician, mathematical physicist and philosopher of science whose work helped unlock the secrets of black holes. Lee will explain why Penrose was chosen during his shift, so quench that curiosity with cocktails and insider’s info. Call 02-252-4707, email reservations@zumarestaurant.co.th or visit zumarestaurant.com.

EAT

Alchemist of spices / Thien Duong, Baan Dusit Thani / Nov 28 to Dec 2

Guest chef Didier Corlou brings his love of spices and culinary innovation to the table at Baan Dusit Thani’s signature Vietnamese restaurant from Nov 28 to Dec 2. French national chef Corlou is among the first European chefs to work in Vietnam and has lived there for more than 30 years. He’s the chef-patron of Madame Hien Restaurant in Hanoi and with his brother owns Epices Corlou, which makes and sells Vietnamese spice blends, scented salts and seasonings.

Chef Corlou has written four books about Vietnamese cuisine and he is well-known for his efforts to promote Vietnamese cuisine, preserve ancient recipes and drive culinary innovation. Chef Corlou will take control of Thien Duong’s kitchen to offer a three-course set lunch and five-course set dinner, which celebrate Vietnam’s natural herbs and spices and age-old culinary traditions through authentic recipes presented with modern flair.

“From my favourite, flavoursome Pho to the freshest ocean catch steamed with local fruit, the special menus reflect my deep love for Vietnamese cuisine and the unique flavours and recipes I have encountered during my time in the country,” says chef Corlou. “I look forward to creating a culinary journey for all diners to enjoy – whether they are seasoned Vietnamese food lovers or experiencing this marvellous cuisine for the very first time.”

Lunch is priced at B750 ++ per person and dinner at B2,150 ++ per person. A wine pairing menu can also be enjoyed for B850 ++ at lunch and B1,550 ++ at dinner. Call 02-200-9009, Line: @baandusitthani, email info@baandusitthani.com or visit baandusitthani.com/events.

Emperor’s Style Abalone / Dynasty. Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Ongoing

Chinese restaurant Dynasty at Centara Grand is now serving original “Emperor’s Style” abalone done in a variety of ways. Dynasty's chefs will be rolling out a special menu featuring the likes of Abalone stew with shitake in brown sauce B1,400++, Abalone casserole in brown sauce B1,800++ and other treats.

Located on the 24th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Dynasty is open daily from noon to 10.30pm. Call 02-100-6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th or visit centarahotelsresorts.com.


WATCH

Bones And All in cinemas 

 

Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Who's in it?

Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Chloë Sevigny.

What's it about?

Love blossoms between a young woman on the margins of society and a disenfranchised drifter as they embark on an odyssey through the backroads of America.

Why watch it?

A 2022 coming-of-age romantic horror road film.

Food Affair With Mark Wiens on HBO Go

 

Streaming now

An invigorating journey of food obsession in Singapore experienced through the eyes (and mouth) of popular food vlogger, Mark Wiens. The HBO Asia Originals’ production is the first non-scripted food series hosted by Wiens as he discovers the untold stories, personalities and history behind Singapore's smorgasbord of delicacies, from haute to hawker cuisine.

Sin Hijos (No Kids)

 

Screening on Nov 25 (today) at Siam Paragon

Registration: 6.15pm

Reception: 6.30pm (Argentine wine and snacks will be served)

Screening: 7.30pm

Directed by Ariel Winograd.

Who's in it?

Diego Peretti, Maribel Verdú and Guadalupe Manent.

What's it about?

This vibrant comedy centres around a divorced father who dotes on his nine-year-old

daughter and they do many fun things together. Things change when he meets a vivacious woman who had a crush on him earlier and is happy to re-connect with him. But, she doesn't like children.

Why watch it?

if the pre-movie Argentinean wine and snacks don't draw you in, what will?!

To book, visit bit.ly/3TSeml1 or email argentina.promotion.events@gmail.com.

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