And just like that, we’re back from Songkran break. While the Thai New Year is, for many of us, the longest and most highly-anticipated break of the year, the holiday really does fly by surprisingly fast. If you’re still not over the wet and wild water parties, or find your head filled with wanderlust and reveries, the best remedy for post-holiday withdrawal is simply by continuing to have fun as you ease back into your everyday routine.
Thankfully, this week sees quite a few exciting happenings in the city to keep you entertained even as you make your return to the office. Medium Rare Live and Cornflakes are co-hosting an all-things-Indie music festival Summer Sessions, consisting of gigs that will take place throughout the month at various locations in Bangkok. Over at Bangkok City City Gallery, we see a specially curated exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic (with boychild), while The Commons is also hosting its own Easter egg-hunt. With such a diverse range of events taking place, there is no shortage of interesting things to do, meaning the move towards post-songkran reality will hopefully be a little easier for us all. Scroll to see your plans for the week!
NEWS & EVENTS — Lovers of true indie are in for a treat this April, as Medium Rare and Cornflakes team up to host ‘Summer Sessions’, a six-gig series featuring indie bands from all across the globe, spread out on the months of April and May. Taking place this April 17 is a performance by American dream-pop band Wild Nothing, who’re making their second comeback to Bangkok. Known for their ‘Chinatown’ track featured in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Wild Nothing will be performing their new single ‘Blue Wings’ for their Summer Sessions performance.
THB1,590. 9pm-midnight, April 17, 2019. Live Arena RCA. To purchase tickets visit ticketmelon.com. To find out more, see the official Facebook event page. For information on upcoming gigs in Summer Sessions, go here.
ART & CULTURE — An exhibition curated by Korakrit Arunanondchai, together with Alex Gvojic and Boychild, ‘No History in a Room Filled with People and Funny Names’ sees video installations that serve as a reconfiguration of Korakrit’s continuous thoughts and collaborations over the past six years, with the two artists. Within the world they created, Boychild plays the role of the ‘Naga’ — a character who is constantly caught in a state of becoming. An opening reception will be held, featuring food by chef Num Weerawat Triyasenawat from Samuay & Sons.
The opening reception takes place 5-9pm, April 20, 2019. Bangkok City City Gallery. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — Curated by Manit Sriwanichpoom, ‘Sleepers’ is a photo exhibition by Pabhawin Disthajorn, and captures images of the middle class falling asleep in public spaces. While the act of photographing the sleeping seems easy, Pabhawin brings to light moments that one often overlooks — moments in which sleepers are transported to a different dimension, cutting themselves off from environmental disturbances and entering a zone where a public space becomes their own safe haven, almost similar to a private bedroom. With scenes ranging from middle class families falling asleep on furniture at IKEA, to a traveller falling asleep at the airport, her exhibition views sleepers in both the context of public versus private space. In the words of curator Manit, they “reflect the middle-class aspiration for a modern, convenient, tasteful private bedroom at low cost.”
Until April 27, 2019. Kathmandu Photo Gallery. To find out more, visit kathmanduphotobkk.com.
NEWS & EVENTS — Known for bringing in some of the top DJs around the globe, including names such as Peggy Gou, this April Beam is inviting LA’s Tokimonsta for a night at one of Thonglor’s most buzzing clubs. Brainfeeder’s first ever female signee, as well as a former collaborator of Mariah Carey, Anderson Paak and more, the classical piano-trained DJ-slash-producer’s latest album is ‘Lune Rouge’. The album was released after she was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, temporarily losing her speech and hearing before undergoing two brain surgeries. Join the party to experience beats unlike any other, and be blown away by yet another incredible female DJ gracing the scene. Early bird tickets are on sale starting now!
THB500. 9pm-2am, April 20. Beam Club, 72 Courtyard. To get your tickets, visit ticketmelon.com. To book your table or find out more, call 0 2392 7750. Additional information can be found on the official Facebook event page.
NEWS & EVENTS — “The egg hunt is on!” Celebrating easter season, The Commons once again launches a family-friendly community event, complete with easter egg hunts, easter-themed arts and crafts, as well as storytelling for the kids. Games such as ‘Bunny Hop’ and ‘Duck, Duck, Bunny’ can be enjoyed along with delicious treats and much, much more. There will even be a workshop on how to make Easter devilled eggs, as well as Easter-inspired manicures by Allure.
11am-4pm, April 21. The Commons. To find out more, visit the official Facebook page.