Entertainment

Updates on events and entertainment in and around Thailand.

  • Phuket Humor: The robots are coming

    PHUKET: Robots are now writing newspaper stories. A “Quakebot” used by the Los Angeles Times recently wrote a report on an earthquake just by using information it picked up online.This suggests that human journalists may soon be replaced by robots. Alarmed at this prospect, I arranged to interview a prototype robot journalist. Our conversation went like this: Q: Is it…

  • DJ Kimball Collins at XANA beach club

    DJ Kimball Collins, a true pioneer of the American electronic music scene, who keeps traveling the world electrifying crowds and staying true to breaking underground house music for the past 25 years will perform at XANA beach club this coming Saturday August 23, during the Chandon Summer Limited Edition 2014 launch party. DJ Kimball was one of the first American…

  • Moving walls, puzzles, sacred tombs – escape if you can

    PHUKET: In that magic moment between when the sun has set on Patong Beach and the nightlife hasn’t kicked off, there now exists the embodiment of a childhood fantasy: a world of hidden tombs, moving walls, lasers and code cracking. Chamber of Secrets, Phuket’s first real-life escape game, has opened its doors, but the light only shines a short way…

  • Crowning glory of a great novelist

    PHUKET: Once a decade, Donna Tartt produces a hefty, great novel. At age 28, she published The Secret History, a murder mystery centered on a clique of young classical scholars at Bennington. A decade later, she returned to her Mississippi childhood for The Little Friend. And now she has just won the Pulitzer Prize for her third and best novel,…

  • Author Michael Chabon dishes up overripe Rococo

    PHUKET: Michael Chabon’s third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. This exuberant romp about two young Jewish cartoonists during the golden age of American comic books in the 1930s and 1940s is one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve ever read. Now we have Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue (HarperCollins, New York, 2012, 468pp), and…

  • Snow White is coming to town!

    PHUKET: Watch out for the apples you buy this June, and before you bite into the juicy fruit, make sure your Prince Charming is looking out for you. If you have no idea what we’re on about, it’s time to refresh your childhood memories. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, the latest Phuket Gazette Headline Event presented by Jagota in…

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 left hanging in Columbia’s web of indifference

    PHUKET: Marvel took quite a lot of stick from reviewers over the movies that they released prior to The Avengers, with Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Iron Man 2 all being condemned by a certain element of the online whinge brigade as blatant prequels to the mega-success that was to become The Avengers. While there may be a…

  • Soap suds: A sidelong glance at Thai melodrama

    PHUKET: Any “farang” who lives with a Thai partner will be familiar, possibly all too familiar, with the rarefied world of television soap opera. As I watch, I wonder what impact these soaps are having on the Thai psyche. That they are amazingly popular is beyond doubt. Viewing figures are massive; they are watched religiously in most households, and especially…

  • BISP students showcase their artistic talents [video] | Thaiger

    BISP students showcase their artistic talents [video]

    PHUKET: The British International School Phuket (BISP) Year 13 Visual Arts Exhibition was officially opened earlier this month, and students’ work will be available for viewing until April 24. The exhibition includes 48 unique pieces by three different student artists. In addition, the Year two students will have their elephant prints on display. The following is a transcript of the…

  • Expat Business: Rocket Scientist and Phuket entrepreneur Don Battles tells his story tonight at RPM

    PHUKET: NASA rocket scientist, farmer, entrepreneur, intellectual and whiskey-drinking former Phuket resident Don Battles will launch his autobiography ‘Merchant of the Orient’ tonight, 6:30pm, at the Speakeasy bar in Royal Phuket Marina. Now living in Chiang Rai in his 30th year of Thai residence, Don will also tell us what he thinks a foreigner needs to do – and not…

  • ‘Music is My Life’ party kicks off tomorrow night at Diamond Beach Club [Video] | Thaiger

    ‘Music is My Life’ party kicks off tomorrow night at Diamond Beach Club [Video]

    The ‘Music is My Life’ party kicks off tomorrow night at Diamond Beach Club in Surin. Well known local club DJs Taz (Phuket House Mafia), Nemo (resident of Catch), James Dougall (Evil Twins) and an international DJ (former music director at Bed Supperclub in Bangkok) are set to perform some killer sets in tribute to DJ Josh Ezelle, a former…

  • Phuket Arts: Young artists on show at BIS

    PHUKET: Phuket has been showing the signs recently of a burgeoning art scene that is maturing rapidly. Many resorts offer art displays in their gift shops or lobbies and Phuket Town has a number of galleries that host various media covering a wide range of genres. Keeping art alive and passing on the visual expression of culture to younger generations…

  • Phuket Events: Phuket Bike Week 2014

    PHUKET: Just in time for Songkran comes this year’s Phuket Bike Week 2014. Celebrating its 20th year, the event is expected to attract huge crowds of “rolling thunder” for the six days of festivities in Patong and Phuket Town. The first four days of the event will be hosted at Loma Park in Patong, from April 11-14. Activities will include…

  • Phuket Books: Against the machine

    PHUKET: For me, Thomas Pynchon and Robert Stone are the two best living American writers. Both have recently come out with new novels. I’ll get around to Robert Stone next time. Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press, New York, 2013, 477pp) is Thomas Pynchon’s eighth novel. His first, V., astonished the literary world in 1963. Gravity’s Rainbow and Against the Day…

  • Phuket Lifestyle: Music is my playground [video] | Thaiger

    Phuket Lifestyle: Music is my playground [video]

    PHUKET: Polish born pianist Katarzyna Wieczorek has turned music into her way of life. Her skills and reputation have taken her to countless festivals, won her numerous awards and let her visit the farthest corners of the globe – turning her life into a never-ending adventure filled with melody. Katarzyna Wieczorek recently performed at the British International School Phuket where…

  • Phuket Events: Get revved up for the rally

    PHUKET: Get those engines revving! The upcoming PVCPhuket.com Invitational Car Rally has automotive lovers and treasure hunt aficionados amped up and ready for action. The non-profit event on March 23 will see competitors exploring the paradise island in teams of two or more and finding sights even seasoned expats may have missed. “It’s a real opportunity to visit places that,…

  • Knocked out by Beatles in the Boat Lagoon

    PHUKET: “We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine”… There are songs that make your head rock, your fingers click and your feet stomp. There are days when you can’t get a tune out of your head; it follows you around, you keep whistling it, you catch yourself singing it out loud under the shower…

  • Phuket Old Town Festival begins today

    PHUKET: The annual three-day Phuket Old Town Festival kicks off this evening with a parade to celebrate the unique culture of Phuket’s residents. With Queen Sirikit Park the heart of the festivities, events will be held along Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee and Krabi Road – the heart of the Phuket Old Town area. Tonight’s opening parade starts at 5pm at…