Entertainment

Updates on events and entertainment in and around Thailand.

  • London’s Fab BEATLES ready to play in Phuket

    PHUKET: Phuket isn’t exactly famous in the music world. The island doesn’t really boast any world-renowned acts and the occasional musical tour that does find its way here is usually electronic or just a “well-known” DJ. But music lovers in Phuket are in for a special treat. Following their enormously popular, sold-out ABBA Forever concert, promoter Events International has lined…

  • Phuket Event: Books in the Old Town festival tonight

    PHUKET: Local literary and history enthusiasts should head down to the Lard Yai Walking Street this Sunday evening for the “Books in the Old Town” festival.Scheduled from 4-10pm, activities will take place in three areas along historical Thalang road: in front of the Thawinha-Nung Len shop; inside and in front of the “2521” book shop and in front of the…

  • Phuket Books: Looking out from the inside

    PHUKET: Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black (Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2011, 327pp) is a charming and tender account of her year in prison. The focus is on her fellow inmates with whom she comes to share a hard-earned solidarity of love and respect.Now a popular TV mini-series in the US, Orange is the New Black takes…

  • BIS students perfrom

    PHUKET: In early December, another successful musical theater production was staged at the British International School Phuket (BISP). Hoodwinked, a funny musical tale based on the story of Robin Hood, was performed three times to an audience totaling 1,000 people over three afternoons. At the dress rehearsal, the young actors, aged between eight and 11, were a little nervous as…

  • Book Review: A memoir of schmaltz and jokes

    PHUKET: “I’ve always felt that the key to good sex is variety. That’s why God gave us two hands.”“Babies are the toughest take-home exam of your life.”“And I’m really annoyed at teachers who have *** with students. It seems like once a week you hear of a thirty-five-year-old math teacher who had *** in her car with some sixteen-year-old. I…

  • Royal Melodies concert coming to Phuket

    PHUKET: Jazz lovers are in for a treat starting tomorrow when the Royal Melodies concert and exhibition kicks-off in Phuket. Featuring the music of His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the three-night concert will be a star-studded affair. The exhibition of HM’s musical legacy will include the saxophone, which he used to composed many of his songs. There will…

  • Phuket Events: Coming up in wonderland

    PHUKET: When the Phuket Gazette interviewed them a few months back, Sonu Kapoor and Vikram Singh, the owners of Events International, had just settled in Phuket and were about to set out on their mission to quench the island’s thirst for more fun. Now, with two sold-out Abba Forever shows behind them, we know they placed their bets right –…

  • Phuket Art: The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom

    PHUKET: Richard Skene is no stranger to art nor to Phuket. While his professional training is in the management of property, he has maintained a lifelong interest in how art can reflect the struggle to find happiness. “I’ve observed that the path to happiness can lead either to the pursuit of pleasure or the pursuit of restraint as practiced by…

  • Phuket Events: 17th Andaman Motor Show underway at Central Festival

    PHUKET: The 17th Andaman Motor Show was officially launched this afternoon on a jam-packed ground floor of Central Festival Phuket. The region’s most popular and anticipated automobile exhibition will last until Wednesday, December 18. Presiding over the opening ceremony was Phuket Vice Governor Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak, who was joined on stage in the official launch countdown by Phuket…

  • Phuket Events: Royal music concert

    PHUKET: The King Rama IX and Princess Sirindhorn Music Library is organizing a mobile music exhibition entitled “The 8th King Rama IX Royal Compositions” which will be held from October 31 to November 2 at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town (click here for map). The highlight of the event will be an impressive musical fountain and traditional dancing. The…

  • A walk in the (bird) park

    PHUKET: I’m by no means a bird aficionado. Sure, I enjoy the chirping of birds in the morning and I was pretty stunned to see a tiny, humming-bird-sized sun-bird feeding on some flowers in front of my house the other day, but you won’t find me crawling through a bush with a pair of binoculars in search of a Great-billed…

  • Yet more dark despair – Phuket Books

    PHUKET: After aspiring journalist Howard W French graduated college in 1980 he joined his parents, American medical doctors, in Ivory Coast. His romance with Africa begins with a girl from Mali whom he meets in a nightclub. Intrigued by her tales of Mali’s history, he sets off on an epic overland trip to Mali to see for himself. This journey…

  • Phuket Books: An entrepreneur’s journey in life – Don Battles

    PHUKET: A book that is self-published is called a vanity project. Don Battles shows a big chunk of vanity. Subtitled An Entrepreneur’s Journey in Life, his autobiography Merchant of the Orient (Xlibris Corp. 2013, 292pp) is printed on glossy A4 sized paper and costs over 60 American dollars. The text is clear and free of typos, yet weakened by the…

  • Classical concert for an urgent cause

    PHUKET: An ensemble of 10 top-flight classical musicians accompanied by 100 students performed a free concert in Phuket recently to raise funds for Myanmar refugee children living near the border town of Sangkhlaburi, in Kanchanaburi province.The two-hour concert was held at the Andaman Embrace Resort and Spa on Haad Patong Road. The ensemble of Korean musicians operates under an organization…

  • Phuket’s Airshow and Family Picnic sets the bar with record turnout

    PHUKET: The Airshow and Family Picnic held at Phuket’s Air Park over the weekend was a roaring success, with organizers estimating that nearly 7,000 people had attended by the time the two-day event closed last night. Navy League Phuket President Pat James, one of the key organizers, said the event was the largest of its kind ever staged in Southern…

  • Great bowls of fire!

    PHUKET: If you are from the Southwestern part of the United States, you already know what a chili cook-off is. However, given that expats in Phuket from that part of the country probably number less than a couple of dozen, maybe an explanation is due. A chili cook-off, as described by Wikipedia , is a social event, similar to a…

  • Phuket’s Black & Blue brings those blues to you

    PHUKET: You would think a great blues band would have its name rooted in some great emotional torment, a bruised heart or tragic love story. Soulful expat blues musicians Black & Blue, however, chose their name based on their stage outfits. “That was my idea,” rhythm guitarist Peter explains. “We were talking about how we were going to dress for…

  • Superyacht Rendezvous to rock Kata

    PHUKET: Kata Rocks, one of Phuket’s premier oceanfront developments, has been chosen to become the official host sponsor for the 2013 Asia Superyacht Rendezvous event. “This is a logical move for two companies that cater to the lifestyles of individuals, to whom luxury, beauty and tranquility are of paramount importance,” commented organizer, Charles Dwyer. Charlie Dwyer of the Asia Superyacht…