‘Events’ Category

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
 
www.wtfbangkok.com
www.baroquemebaby.com
 

 

Glenmorangie Whiskey Tasting

July 11th, 2012

July 19th
7-8pm 

AMAZING DEAL — 500THB 

Glenmorangie whiskey tasting with whiskey guru Arnaud Mirey, Brand Ambassador Asia Pacific at Moët-Hennessy.

Expand your palate and understanding of what makes a great whiskey with help from master sommelier Arnaud Mirey. Enjoy the nuances between 4 great whiskies from a legendary producer.

 

THE ORIGNIAL
A ten-year-old single malt, Glenmorangie Original is produced by marrying the delicate spirit that emerges from Scotland’s tallest stills, with first and second fill American white oak casks.
 
QUINTA RUBAN
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.
 
LASANTA
Elegant but full bodied this whisky has spent ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.
 
GLENMORANGIE 18 YEARS OLD
The 18 Years Old is a single malt Scotch whisky of serious distinction. Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, we blend them back together to create a whisky with a rich bouquet and full, rounded flavour.
 
Choice of a full pour of either, The Original, Quitna Ruban, La Santa or special cocktail withThe Original for each participant after the tasting session.
 
TICKETS available at WTF

 

Very Special Old School Sounds by HENNESY VS: HIP-HOP for KAWS in BANGKOK

June 19th, 2012

Thursday 21 June
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 June, HENNESSY VS welcomes the limited edition KAWS Hennessy VS bottle to Thailand. In celebration of KAWS urban street roots DJ Maft Sai & Mr. Wise will be dueling hip-hop vinyl VS. mp3. Pulling from his crates from days in London Maft Sai will challenge Mr. Wise to rummage his mp3 library for equally obscure yet outstanding beats. THINK: De La Soul, MC Solaar, Grand Master Flash and more obscurity.
 
Limited seating — come early.

 

Remembering Ah Kong: performance

June 8th, 2012

June 22
8PM

We invite you to participate in a collective recitation of the poem written by Ah Kong’s wife Khun Rosmalin, to be read 112 times during the evening, in Thai or English.

Khun Rosmalin’s poem is below (photocopies will be made available at the gallery on the day.)

~ The poem will be read 112 times by the collective performers. Come as an individual or you can form a group with each member of the group reading it. You can read it once or 10 times.

~ The performance will end after the 112th recitation.


Confined within four walls and riddled by ill health, a man sees little justice. He breathes his last. Some days before that his love sends him a poem – celebrating the years they spent – with a wish to grow even older together. How many times did her words echo over and over again in his mind as he waited for an outcome? We too were waiting for an outcome, but death was far from our minds.

Adding your voice is to build up to a crescendo of remembrance –  a crescendo to succour souls, and one that may add to our yearning of and call for change.

The imprisonment of Ah Kong for violating law 112 — 4 sms messages from his phone, resulting in a 20 year prison sentence — shocked and disturbed many. His death while in custody and care of the Thai Criminal and Judicial system, rejecting bail 8 times, has brought a new wave of outrage, sadness and confusion. Unbeknowst to the fact of what really happened, he appeared to our eyes as a simple man who barely knew how to operate his phone, and he has become a symbol for grand ideas and outlandish grievances. Throughout much of his ordeal, he was alone with minimal charity or attention from the system that imprisoned him nor the public at large.

Leaving all of political views aside, we wish to remember – to not let his death and the events leading to it fade from our memory.

 

 

 

VERY SPECIAL SOUNDS: DJ Mike “The Butcher” Allin

May 15th, 2012

Thursday May 31st
9pm

Hennessy Cocktails: from classic to Thai inspired

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DJ Mike “The Butcher” Allin

Born in London a LONG time ago Mike was subjected to a mix of musical influences ranging from Rock to Soul, Reggae, Blue Beat & Ska. Seduced by the sounds of New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and beyond he has put together a collection of US soul, funk, disco & jazz that is the envy of his peers in the DJ world.

Entry will be free to guests — first come, first serve.

 

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.  

On  March 15th Hennessy VS and WTF will be launched a monthly cocktail and music series: Very Special Sounds. A special menu of cocktails developed by WTF and featuring Hennessy VS will be on offer — with recipes for customers to take away. Each month DJs and live musicians will perform undiscovered genres, new takes on classic tunes and show off  impeccable tastes. The evenings, like the flavors of Hennessy itself, will be a "BOLD, yet HARMONIOUS BLEND… with DELICATE NUANCES.” Each night will be an intimate celebration of special flavours, specials sounds and special company.

 

 

 

 

 


 

BLOCK PARTY: What The Festival 2

April 24th, 2012

Sat 28 April
4pm ’til late
 

FREE ENTRANCE

Join us for a block party. A cross between temple fair and Brooklyn street corner; music, food, beer. Wear shorts; beach in the city. And to thank the neighbors for putting up with us.

- Joe Sloane sausages

Thai snacks

- Local Artisnal Beer by Siam Brewery

- Art Therapy by Dr Kathy MaCleod 8-10pm

- 5 Short Film Screening at 6pm at Opposite (synopsis below)

- Satirical Exhibition by Facebook Activists

- Morlam street music by Maft Sai & Masa Niwayama 4-9pm

- Late night soul funk, hip hop music at Opposite by Tul Apartment Khun Pa, Mike The Butcher, Boogie G Tribute

 

What The Festival: SHORT FILM SCREENING 

"We’re living in a period where cinema is a product; movies are becoming more and more commercialized. Short films are one of the last real places for artistic freedom – they’re important to celebrate just for that." —Juan Solanas

To celebrate WTF’s 2nd anniversary, we have put together a selection of five short films by international and Thai filmmakers to be screened at Opposite on Saturday April 28 at 6PM

 

NO BIKINI, 2007, 9 mins

Directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla

No Bikini introduces us to a young girl who defies sexual convention during her summer swim class, all beginning with an ill-fitted bathing suit. Filled with humor, this film is about defining one’s gender as well as discovering personal strength. The film went on to win many awards including Best Short at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

 

THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD (L’HOMME SANS TÊTE), 2003, 18 mins 

Directed by Juan Solanas

With a nostalgic air, the man without a head dances with lively steps as he looks forward to a romantic rendezvous with a girl of his dream. Tonight, he will declare his love. And for such an occasion, he shall buy a head. The film won many awards around the world including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and France’s leading award, the César.


THE SICKIE, 2006, 13 mins

Directed by Rupert Jones

When events at work prove too stressful for Douglas Knott, a diligent and extremely busy office manager, he decides to throw a sickie. Unfortunately, his attempts to enjoy a day off are soon sabotaged by the insidious voice of his conscience. Literally. It’s a sarcastic take on modern day’s workaholism. 

 

DOODLEBUG, 1997, 3 mins

Directed by Christopher Nolan

This early short film from the director of MEMENTO and INCEPTION was made when he was a student in London. Nolan was studying English Literature at University College London when he started to make 16mm films at the college film society, of which the surreal short DOODLEBUG was one. This early film shows the preoccupation with narrative boundaries Nolan would later explore in his feature films.

 

I’M FINE, 2008, 3 mins

Directed by Tanwarin Sukkapisit

This thought-provoking short film by the director of INSECT IN THE BACKARD and IT GETS BETTER won a top prize at 12th Thai Short Film and Video Festival. The film, set in front of the Democracy Monument, is a sarcastic look at Thai society, making us question the virtue of tolerance. It was one of the best films that capture Thailand’s post-coup sentiment.