‘Events’ Category

(The End of) Rainy Season Sessions

October 15th, 2013

Every Friday for 5 weeks eclectic tunes & extraordinary brews!

WTF & Brew Dog present: //Musical sessions to chase those gray skies away//

Brew Dog craft beer: Dead Pony Club, Punk IPA, and 5AM Saint will be on offer buy-3-get-1-free.

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Friday 18 October
Maft Sai // diggin’ in the crates

Friday 25 October
John Clewley // world beat

Friday 1 November
Masa Niwayama // caribbean soul

Friday 8 November
Live Band:
Wicked Lights

Friday 15 November
Christopher Wise // far flung funk

Bangkok Poetry: “Transformations”

September 17th, 2013

Thursday, September 26
8:00PM

Bangkok Poetry event on the theme of "Transformations." 

 
If you’d like to perform a poem, song, rap, film, short fiction, graphic novelette, email: bangkokpoetry@gmail.com . We’ll take the first twelve performers to get in touch with us. 

 

Live Music by Plastic Section

July 30th, 2013

Album launch
August 9, 9pm-late
Free Entrance – first in first serve
 

Plastic Section are a Bangkok-based raw roots rock ‘n’ roll band who are steadily gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in town.

Initially a solo project by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Edwards (also a member of Basement Tape), Plastic Section now includes renowned local musicians Put Wednesday Suksriwan on drums and Wannarit Pongprayoon on bass.

Plastic Section’s music is like an experimental, idiosyncratic update of the kind of crazy rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and rhythm & blues created by musical mavericks like Bo Diddley, The Cramps, The 5678s and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

The band has just released their first official album with Panda Records.

This show at WTF will be Plastic Section’s official album launch party for their self-titled album, released by Panda Records in late July. Plastic Section — Ben Edwards, Pok Pongpyaroon and Put Wednesday Suksriwan — will perform the entire 15-track album live in a non-stop, high-energy rock ‘n’ rhythm revue. 

CDs will also be available at the show. Opening support act will be experimental solo guitar magician Wednesday.

 

 

 

DJ: The Dude

June 21st, 2013
Friday 28 June 2013
9pm ‘til late
Free



Dj The Dude returns to WTF with his great vinyl collection. The Dude (Jerome Doudet) was born at the begining of the 70’s with a father djing in disco clubs. Raised in the swiss town of Geneva, he thrived in it’s alternative scene, playing bass from the age of 10 and spinning old Punk/Funk/Rock/Reggae in squat houses during 90’s. Playing bass in band such as Knut, Half Japanese, Imericani, Bionic and many more.
 
The Dude has been collecting records and djing for over 20 years; Resident dj in various Geneva venues such as the Madone Bar, Shark , L’Etage and promoter at the Zoo-Usine where he focused on performance art and experimental music. After many trips in India and South East Asia the Dude, always in search of new sounds, has sharpened his globe-spanning mix with far eastern psychedelic music and indian funk.
 
https://soundcloud.com/djthedude

 

WTF 3rd Anniversary – What The Festival!

April 9th, 2013
April 2013, WTF Café & Gallery marks its 3rd year as a creative force in the arts for Bangkokians. We provide a platform for artists to exhibit creative work with thought-provoking and critical analysis of current affairs and social issues within and outside Thailand. From Kachain Wongleamthong’s first solo photography show to Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan’s delicate drawings and the group show by young new Thai artists “Brand New 2012,” as well as the current show by Oscar nominated film-maker and photographer Tim Hetherington, WTF has consistently embraced progressive thinking and pushed the barriers of what a small independent art space can sustain and present. 
 
What The Festival 2013 brings together more than 15 different creators and events to celebrate a very small location that is a great intersection of art, creativity and socializing.
 
 
 
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OVERALL PROGRAMME
 
On Friday 26 April 2013, from 6pm Christopher Wise, WTF Creative director and curator of Infidel exhibition will be talking about the exhibition as well as screening a documentary film “Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” a documentary film tribute to Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. At 8pm, join Chef Jess Barnes of the upcoming Opposite Mess Hall for a pop-dinner that will showcase the sneak preview menu with support by FIN Wines, Beervana and Ketel-One. For those who are not hungry, join us in the infamous alley between Opposite and WTF to celebrate the launch of a new floating sculpture "Telemachus’ Heart" By Ketel One. Then late at night, join DJ Jorge and Gramophone Children for funk and 80s dance party tunes and visual projection.
 
On Saturday 27 April 2012, starting from 4pm the one and only Bangkok block party with Morlam music by Zudrangma records, BBQ sausages by Joe Sloans and special cocktail by Tiger beer and Ketel One. Later in the evening Dr Kathy MacLeod will return to What The Festival to read her latest comic and take patients in her booth for art therapy sessions for all poor tortured souls. Followed by screenings of experimental short films by Thai and international film-makers while we start screening the latest VDO art about "Gold" by renown Dutch based artist and curator, Moritz Edinger. To end the festival, Colin Cheney will host our favourite Bombyx stories 5 with the theme “I wish I never…” at Opposite Mess Hall. This will be the final Bombyx night before the "Best of" Bombyx event (featuring the winners of the last 4 events) to be held in early June!  And if you’d like to submit, contact bombyxstories@gmail.com ASAP with your proposed story idea.
 
 
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DETAILED PROGRAMME
 
Friday 26th April 2013 
 
Screening of “Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” 
18.00-20.00h  @ WTF Gallery 2nd Floor, Free entrance
 
A documentary film tribute to Tim Hetherington directed by his friend Sebastian Junger. Premiered at Sundance Festival early this year, it is a moving film about Hetherington’s unique way of looking at combat and insistence on telling stories involving true human interactions and never allowing  the neutral, objective journalist’s “code” to get in the way of connection to his subjects — often long after story was ”finished.” Follow by talk and Q&A by Christopher Wise, Creative Director and Infidel curator.
 
The film will be screened again at FCCT on 2 May and Opposite Mess Hall on 10 May 2013. For more information please visit www.wtfbangkok.com
 
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"A Taste of Things To Come" Opposite Mess Hall Pop-up Dinner
20.00-23.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
 Ticket 2,000 (excluding VAT) Baht for 35 seats only
With supported by Ketel-One and FIN Wines
 
Ordinary pleasures offered with uncommon care—that’s the reason for all the dust, banging, and buzz saw screeches coming from across the street. Scheduled to open in May as Opposite Mess Hall. Opposite Mess Hall will be a lively eating environment with sincere, unfussy, creative food. Join us for a one-night-only premier pop-up dinner for a sneak preview menu of what’s to come at Opposite Mess Hall. Jess Barnes will prepare a 9 tasting menu dishes. Each course will be paired with alcohol.
 
Tickets available at WTF Café & Gallery or info@oppositebangkok.com. For more information, please visit www.oppositebangkok.com
 
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Launch of new public art sculpture – ‘Telemachus’ Heart” by Christopher Wise
20.00-22.00h @ Alley between WTF and Opposite
Free Entrance, sponsored by Ketel One
 
Please join us for the launch of our new public sculpture in the alley "Telemachus’ Heart". The heart is the sophisticated mechanism that performs the simple function of pumping blood throughout the body. Beyond this function the lump of muscle has been ascribed as the emotional storehouse of the body. It has been graphically idealized for special occasions, love of cities or affection online.  The heart is the engine that allows us to be, to fuel our consciousness and how we behave.  This heart is a reminder of simple things, our existences and connection to the ones we love.
 
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize – that everyone you know
Some day will die
—Wayne Coyne; The Flaming Lips
 
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DJ night by Jorge Carlos Smith and Gramophone Children
22.00-01.00h @ WTF Cafe
Free Entrance
 
Our own proprietor Jorge Carlos Smith returns to his turn table and will spin liberated funk, space-dimension jazz and Lusitanian Soul from 7-9pm. Followed by Gramophone Children with their 80s music and the visual mash up until late. Gramaphone Children, aka Jaree Thanapura, was born in Lexington, Kentucky,  spent his early childhood years in eighties America before relocating to family hometown  Bangkok, in the early nineties.   He is a  multi-faceted songwriter & producer,  tuned  and inspired  by 80’s funk, soul, electro, boogie, disco, hip-hop and glam.  Gramaphone Children’s  full-length album A-Huh-A-Huh released in 2010 is a precursor to his new single "Teenage Love,"  A full flavoured slice of  electro-funk with a heavy dose of synths  and tongue and cheek lyrics. The single also includes a remix by California based, filter-disco duo, Geisha Twins as well as a fully animated music video created by Thai animators from Hedgehog Studios.
 
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Saturday 27th April 2013
 
Block Party
16.00-22.00h @ Alley between WTF & Opposite 
Free Entrance, sponsored by Tiger Beer & Ketel One
 
WTF Café, Zudrangma Records and Opposite Mess hall team up for a special night, one-and-only Block party in Bangkok. Join us from 4pm onwards for morlam music, BBQ by Joe Slones,  and VDO installation by dutch based artist, Moritz Edinger. Kids, parents, dogs, cats, neighbours are welcome.
 
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Short Films Screenings
18.00-19.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
 
Once again we have selected the best of short films that came out in 2012 to be screened as part of WTF’s 3rd anniversary celebration. Among the five films to be screened this year are Curfew, Academy Awards winning short film about a depressed man who was asked by his estranged sister to take care of her 9-year-old daughter, and Death of a Shadow, a tale of a man stuck in limbo collecting shadows of the dead to buy back his own second chance at life, which won the top prize ‘Best of the Fest’ at LA Shorts Fest. 
 
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Screening of video art "Gold" by Moritz Ebinger
19.00-22.00h @ Opposite Wall
 
Project GOLD was inspired by the artist’s experience as a young boy of eleven, discovering an abandoned gold mine in Ticino, Switzerland. After this discovery, he and the other children not only played in the area but also collected letters, found materials, decayed tools, and maps. This personal childhood experience: discovering, playing, innocence and adventure without being aware of the many meanings of gold and what gold is about, is the essence of project GOLD. Since its discovery, gold has the world in its spell. Because of its value, this metal caused misery, slavery, war and oppression. It is used as jewellery and for centuries alchemists sought in vain for its composition. It was and is the basis and value of our money. It is used in science, rituals and tools. How history would have been different if people had left this element in the ground. 
 
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Reading and Art Therapy by Kathy MacLeod
19.00-20.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall and WTF for late comer
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
 
" Why bottle up your crippling anxieties, shameful secrets, recurring nightmares, and paralyzing fears — when you can pour them out to our returning art therapist *, Kathy MacLeod? For the second year in a row, Kathy will listen to your troubles and transform them into an adorable cartoon. She’ll strip your personal demons of their power and give you a new perspective on the horrible feelings that keep you awake at night **.  Of course, it would be unfair of her to just make you pour your heart out without opening up herself. So to even things out, Kathy will give a reading of her most personal and painful but ultimately uplifting cartoon stories, beginning at [7  pm].
 
* Kathy MacLeod is in no way a licensed art therapist.
** Hopes, wishes, and dreams also accepted. "
 
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Bombyx Stories 5 “I wish I never…”
20.00-22.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
 
Bombyx Stories is Bangkok’s showcase for uncommon, true-life storytelling in the tradition of the Moth. This will be the final Bombyx night before the "Best of" Bombyx event (featuring the winners of the last 4 events) to be held in early June!  And if you’d like to submit, contact bombyxstories@gmail.com ASAP with your proposed story idea.
 
*100 Baht entrance fee for entry in all events at Opposite Mess Hall on 27th April 2013*
 
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Which Way is The Front Line From Here? | Film screenings

April 5th, 2013
26 April – WTF Gallery, 6pm Free Entrance
2 May – FCCT Thailand, 8pm, 350 Baht for non-member
10 May – Opposite Mess Hall, 7.30pm 200 Baht
 

“Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” a documentary film tribute to Tim Hetherington directed by his friend Sebastian Junger. Premiered in Sundance Film Festival early this year, it is a moving film about his friend’s unique way of looking at combat and insistence on telling stories involving true human interaction and never allowing objectivity to get in the way of his work. It is book-ended covering his last days in Libya where he was killed in April 20, 2011.

 
All profit from the screenings will be donated to RISC (Reporters Instructed In Saving Colleagues) http://www.facebook.com/risctraining
 

 

Nirosta Steel: improv song & instrumental sketch/happening

March 4th, 2013

Friday 15 March
9pm
FREE

Nirosta Steel is the playground of Steven Hall of Arthur’s Landing–improv songs/instrumental sketches/happenings in collaboration with various friends old and new around the world in various styles and languages
“As in a restaurant with an open kitchen I like to leave the process exposed–in fact I am usually more interested in presenting a casual or unfinished product because it is to me more immediate and compelling.” — Steven Hall

www.buddhistarmy.com

www.soundcloud.com/arthurs-landing

www.soundcloud.com/buddhist-army

DJ 7 Samurai: Fri.15 >Free<

February 12th, 2013

Friday 15 February
10PM
FREE Entry! Limited seating, come early.

With DJ Maft Sai

Vienna club scene stalwart and worldwide record impresario DJ Tom Wieland endeavours started in the early 90´s when he left his mod career to become a DJ in Augsburg & Munich, South Germany. In 1989 during a trip to London to experience the thriving rare groove scene he opened up his music senses to leftfield rhythms and the alternative club culture.

By night when Tom is not touring the world as a freestyle, house, liquid D&B or rare groove DJ he was and is running some legendary clubs in the heart of Vienna. Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Ame, DJ Spinna, Poets of Rhythm, Dj Krush, KJM, Nicola Conte , DJ Shadow or Henrik Schwarz,Tom shared the wheels of steel with them.

By day he ´s working as music curator for the Vienna tourism board, hosting his Trans Europa Express radio show, A&R´in for record labels , digging deep in the crates to unearth lost music genres such as 80´s Independent Euro Disco ( Elaste for compost records), Cuban 70´s Funk (Revolucion for freestyle records) or Hungarian 60´s Modal Jazz (cosmic sounds. London) He is producer (together with Marc Frank) behind 7 SAMURAI & PANOPTIKUM IMPROVISATIONAL ARKESTRA covering the full range of soulful music from Detroit Techno to Spiritual Jazz and back to Cosmic Boogie. He has released almost a hundred tunes on compost records, deeper soul, déjà vu, schema, fine art, love monk, counterpoint etc.

With a DJ career running for 20 years, we know that this open-minded head has got some serious skills. With a remarkable variation he’s played everything from retro funk, disco, soul, jazz & latin sets at Plastic People in London, soulful house at the Viennas Meierei, , house & techno at Lux in Lisbon , and freestyle sessions at APT in NYC.He´s been all over Europe, 3 times on tour in the US & twice in Japan, done that and wants to return for more. Check him out if you can, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Bourbon & Rye: While Supplies Last

October 11th, 2012

Booker’s is one of the most unqiue bourbons on the market today. It is the only uncut, unfiltered bourbon out there. 

Dad’s Hat  is artfully blended to show rounded hints of cinnamon, dried fruits, nuts and candied apple, a rye that shouldn’t be fussed with in overly complicated cocktails. Just a little ice — and a taste for local liquor history — will do.

Rowan’s Creek Bourbon, bottled by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, is a 100.1 proof, 12 year old small batch bourbon. A fruity bourbon with vanilla and maple flavors.

 

Very Special Sounds by HENNESY VS: Tarantule Tarantate | Music of Southern Italy

July 31st, 2012

August 30
9PM

Hennessy VS is known for introducing the refined taste of superior French Cognac to a global audience. WTF Gallery & Cafe is known for it innovative, yet classically executed cocktails and for it’s adventurous art and culture programming.
 

For August COME AND DANCE TO THE LIVE SOUNDS OF THE “PIZZICA TARANTATA” IN BANGKOK!!

The power of art to transform all range of emotions and give birth to a new existence.
 
A dramatic representation of madness starting from the tradition of the “Tarantate” of Southern Italy, with music, dance and drama all integrated in the recreation of a powerful ritual.
 
The Tarantate were women that according to tradition, once bitten by the “Tarantula” (black spider) and infected with its poison they would develop a deep sadness and madness at the same time. The healing ritual was performed by a group of musicians which with hypnotic and wild rhythmic music would lead the tarantata in a long, wild dance (lasting many hours) to reach a trance state and finally to get rid of the “poison” causing her suffering.
 
The ritual was related to the condition of the woman in that male dominated society, and somehow their only way to express their anger and sufferance was to “become crazy” and to be bitten by the tarantula…
 
With “The Praise Of Folly” a group of artists from different fields will develop the same concept in their language: visual art, theatre, music and dance in an integrated performance.
 
Tarantule Tarantate // Bite Your Soul // Bite The Spider
 
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