February is here. For those who have been around the old town of late, chances are you’ve already started to spot the vibrant red lanterns and familial Chinese New Year cheer. Whether or not you personally celebrate Chinese New year, the spirit of family and love that lies behind the festivities is always worth upholding. A time for spending time with your loved ones and appreciating family, it doesn’t hurt to take some time from our busy schedules to check in on and bond with those near and dear. And what better way to spend time with your loved ones than checking out all the best things to do this week?
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If you’re looking to make plans but aren’t sure exactly what to do, we’ve got you covered with our weekly roundup of all things fun and worth checking out this week. On the list, get ready for some exciting plates brewing in the kitchens of Soul Food Mahanakorn, the grand opening of Thonglor’s latest speakeasy and some bold work being exhibited in the art scene. Scroll to see your plans for the week!
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WINE & DINE — Thai-British chef John Chantarasak of Anglothai will be taking over the kitchens at Soul Food Mahankorn for one night only, cooking alongside chef and food writer Jarrett Wrisley. Expect a whimsical mix of British cuisine meets Thai cooking, complemented by natural wine pairings from Wine Garage.
THB1,500 per person. An additional THB1,000 gives you natural wine pairing. 7:30-11:30pm, February 7. Soul Food Mahanakorn. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2714 7708. Official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — Following the success of its debut last year, the LGBTI+ Documentary Night is back, hosted once again by the Embassy of the Netherlands in collaboration with Document Our History Now and OUT BKK. Expect a screening of insightful documentaries from ‘The Complex World of Female Love’ to ‘I Will Speak, I Will Speak’. There will also be sessions for discussions, and guest speeches by acting human rights commissioner Ankhana Neelapaijit.
6-10pm, February 7. The gardens of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand. To reserve your seats or find out more, visit eventbrite.sg.
ART & CULTURE — Known for prolithic bodies of work ranging from painted pieces to sculptures, globally-acclaimed graffiti artist UFO 907 will be holding his first exhibition in Bangkok. Never quite fitting completely into the classic constraints of graffiti, UFO’s work might have the bold, passionate energy of street art, but unconventional painting techniques and expressive line work show signs of a fine arts background.
Until February 20, 2019. Opening reception on February 7. G Floor, Siam Discovery. For more information, visit chinsgallery.com.
WINE & DINE — For those of you who missed the soft opening of Thonglor’s latest Korean-gastrobar themed speakeasy, SulBKK is finally hosting its much-awaited grand opening party. Go for the free Jinro cocktail, stay for the killer DJ lineup, unmissable Korean fusion plates and a refreshingly new take on Bangkok nightlife.
10pm-1am, February 8. Sul BKK. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — An art festival held in the hidden space of Bangkok, this has nothing to do with diets or health. The “low fat’ signifies removing the fat and fuss around the festival’s content, so that’ it’s as lean as possible and solely focused on creating a platform for art. Aimed at connecting art directly with the people, expect everything from theatre art to visual art and performance art, featuring artists both local and international.
February 8-17. Various locations in Thonburi area. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — Crossing the overpass one day, photographer Thamarong Wanarithikul’s camera lens landed on some workmen in the back of a pick-up truck. Inspired by the image, he has photographed the same truck every morning after throughout the past year, resulting in a series of beautiful photographs now exhibited as ‘8 a.m’. A graduate from Queen Mary’s College, University of London, this is his first ever solo exhibition.
Until February 23. Kathmandu Photo Gallery. To find out more, visit kathmanduphotobkk.com.