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Pinch, punch, first of the month — it’s July! There’s something about months like this one — where the first day falls on a Monday — that makes you feel like getting your life back on track, fuelled by the exciting promise of fresh beginnings. For those who want to start the month off on an active note, luck is on your side. Kicking off July, we see an abundance of fun events taking place all across the city, ranging from art exhibitions, to unmissable dining pop-ups and more. From an art exhibition designed as a sandwich store, to a panel session with veteran females in the film industry, a special wine dinner, and even a Gong certification workshop, scroll to see your plans this week!

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“I would rather have a sandwich”

ART & CULTURE — A new collaborative exhibition project by Albert Allgaier and José Oliveira, ‘I would rather have a sandwich’ explores the forms and functions of contemporary art, as well as how it relates to everyday life. Some will recognise it as a direct sequel of their solo exhibition ‘Life=Art=Sandwich’, in which the artists showcased a working sandwich franchise store that sold sandwiches as limited edition works of art — a critique on how art is presented and consumed in today’s day. A full scale model of a sandwich shop is expressed as an art exhibition, and the simple yet incredibly profound act of enjoying a sandwich is juxtaposed against the intellectual challenges of conceptual art.Open on weekends, until July 4, 2019. Tars Gallery, Sukhumvit 67. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page

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Beringer Wine Dinner at Up & Above Restaurant

WINE & DINE — The Okura Prestige Bangkok is set to host a six-course dinner, featuring delectable international plates. Great food aside, the best part is that the dishes will come paired with a selection of superb wines by Beringer, California’s oldest continuously operating winery. Expect a series of sumptuous highlights, ranging from Icelandic langoustine and Japanese oyster, to Japanese amberjack or even a serving of guinea fowl. THB3,900++ per person. 6:30pm onwards, July 4, 2019.  To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000, or visit the official Facebook event page.

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The Strangers

ART & CULTURE — Gathering three continents on a single stage, this theatre and dance performance examines the empathy and antipathy towards cultural differences. With dancers hailing from four different Asian countries, an Argentinian director and a German dramaturge, the performers seem to share nothing in common — but what happens when they are not aware of these differences? The Strangers explores a scenario in which all performers looked the same and did not have to speak a single word — all that’s left is humanity. An honest and courageous look at the human condition, this is a performance about overcoming cultural differences and prejudice. 

7pm onwards, July 4, 5, and 6. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

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AMCHAM Independence Day Picnic 2019

NEWS & EVENTS — A longstanding tradition in Bangkok, the AMCHAM Independence Day Picnic brings together city dwellers of all nationalities, to celebrate Independence Day. Expect great music, fun open-air activities, and more. There’ll also be a shopping alley, an expanded soccer tournament between the US, UK and Australian Embassies, a softball pitch and, to end off the evening, a fireworks display. 

THB300 (free for children under 12 years old). 1-8pm, July 6, 2019. Bangkok Patana International School. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

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S.C-C Kitchen Takeover: Andy Ricker (Pok Pok Restaurant)

WINE & DINE — Siwilai City Club has announced its latest kitchen takeover, which sees a special collaboration with Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker. Known for creating a strong sense of place through food that is mindful and honestly reproduced, Pok Pok is a big name in developing Thai food culture — Andy Ricker himself is reputed as a two time James Beard Award winner, best-selling cookbook author, and his Pok Pok branch in New York has also previously held a Michelin star. Expect traditional Thai flavours, served in generous shared plates as opposed to the tasting portions we are commonly more accustomed with — all to achieve a sense of community.THB2,200+ per person (includes a special welcome drink). 6:30pm onwards, July 4, 2019. Siwilai City Club. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2160 5631, or visit the official Facebook event page.

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Panel: The Female Cinematographer’s Eye

ART & CULTURE — Exploring ways in which the SEA filmmaking community can create room for women in more diverse roles, The Female Cinematographer’s Eye sees a roundtable discussion wherein panelists will share their experiences working in narrative, documentary and commercial genres, in an industry where specialised positions are almost exclusively reserved for men. The panel includes industry experts including names like Bangkok and New York City based cinematographer and artist Chananun Chotrungroj, Singaporean filmmaker Marcia Ong, and Anggi Frisca.2-6pm, July 6, 2019. Alliance Francaise Bangkok. To find out more about the event and see the full program, visit purinroundtable.org

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Kolour in the Park — Reunion 2019

NEWS & EVENTS — Kolour in the Park is making a return with their reunion party. Promising day to night festivities with mouthwatering plates, refreshing drinks and unbeatable views of the city, this is a must for those looking to kickstart July with a bang. Music-wise, the team has guests covered with a showcase of Bangkok’s finest in disco, funk, house and techno. THB750 (comes with two Singha beers). 4-11pm, July 6, 2019. Escape Bangkok, EmQuartier. To get your tickets or find out more, visit eventpop.me.

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Basic Gong Certification with Melanie

ART & CULTURE — Those searching for a more out-of-the-box activity to partake in this week, why not become a certified Gong player? Yogi Bhajan once said “the gong is the sound of Creativity itself. One who plays the gong plays the Universe.” In the Basic Gong Certification workshop with Melanie, participants learn how to listen, and to essentially become one with the gong. Held in association with Red Doors Studio from Hong Kong, expect four hours of hands-on gong practice — those who complete the workshop will be granted a certificate at the end.

THB4,000. 9am-1pm, July 6, 2019. Lotus Reiki & Yoga, Maha Chai Road. To reserve your spot or find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

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