THE WORD: GATE CRASHER
Welcome to Guru 's Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.
Launching the grassroots-style Fu Fu International Art Theatre Festival tonight (Aug 23) is BKK Underground, a short study (45 mins) about society's battle with propaganda and manipulation inspired by Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Rough Theatre plays. It will be staged for three nights (Aug 23-25). The festival itself aims to address the connection between theatre and art - put that in your creative fringe pipe and smoke it. Seats are limited to 23 each night (087-697-4806 for reservations). Venue is All Soul (302/1-2 Srinakarintara Road, 02-721-5625), at 8:30pm.
More daytime fun will happen on Sun (Aug 25) at Backyard BBQ (084-355-1966). Part networking event, part chill out, the party will feature tasty treats from the grill, B100 beers and motown sounds courtesy of Bangkok resident DJs. Might be a decent meet and greet if you're in the area. Run time is noon to 7pm. Venue is Indus (71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-258-4900, facebook.com/indusbkk). Free entry.
After quickly becoming a foodie haven, Opposite (27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, www.oppositebangkok.com) will stay true to its grassy roots and host the sixth instalment of its Bombyx storytelling events on Tue (Aug 27). Under the theme "Stranger in a strange land", eight familiar-faced orators will deliver their personal tales of otherness, triumph and woe. A pop-up dinner will be served beforehand from the in-house Mess Hall kitchen at 7:30pm for B600 (three courses); otherwise entry is B100.
Fancy yourself as a serious d-floor dominator? Get your mid-week groove on at Dance Off on Wed night (Aug 28). If you think you can dance, vie for B10,000 (group) and B5,000 (solo) cash prizes on the night in any form of dance, from hip hop, poppin and lockin to classic or Latin. (No mention if twerking is outlawed or not, but give it a try). Maximum group size is 10. Venue is Levels (6/F, 35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 082-308-3246, facebook.com/levelsclub). Register and more details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry is free. BYO music, costumes and groove.
Close out the week on Thu (Aug 29) at the opening reception of Karma Police by Yuree Kensaku. Her paintings are known for their vivid colours and how they continue off the canvas, blurring the distinction between painting and sculpture. She is one of Thailand's most promising female artists and has worked with the venue, 100 Tonson Gallery (100 Soi Ton Son, 02-684-1527, www.100tonsongallery.com), since its inception. Entry is free. Start time is 7pm. Moderndog guitarist May-T Noijinda will also perform. Art will be on display until Nov 3.
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- Writer: Richard Mcleish