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Phnom Penh crams everything into a few days ahead of Water Festival; most arts spaces will be closed over the weekend.
On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 at 7 pm, Feel Good Café (#79, Street 136, btw Sts 15 and 13) hosts Once, a multi-disciplinary performance that combines painting, dance, installation and poetry: four performers in a transformed stairwell. Seating is limited to 25 people, tonight is almost full but good seats still available for Wednesday. Tickets $8, from the venue only. The accompanying exhibition opens Thursday 14 at 7pm.
At Java Café and Gallery on Tuesday 12, as part of his ongoing exhibition Distant Geographies, diaspora artist and poet Chath pierSath will talk and read from his works, with Q&A. The exhibition runs until November 24.
More poetry at Java Café and Gallery on Wednesday 13, with the monthly Open Stage: Poetry evening from 7.30 pm. This month the curator is Seattle scene poet Greg Bem, who will feature members of Nou Hach Khmer writing group. Guest readers also welcomed, in all languages.
To continue the poetry theme, Bye-bye Bywater@Baitong on Thursday 14 marks the conclusion of a 6 month residency by poet and songwriter Scott Bywater at Baitong Restaurant on St 360 (btw Norodom and St 51). Readings are promised along with the music, plus guests.
If you’ve not been getting enough hip hop dance in your life, there’s a treat during this quiet weekend on Saturday 16 with the Rom Bak Battle at Slur Bar (St 172 btw Norodom and St 51), a dance competition that aims to bring together local and international breakdancers. From 9 pm til late.
Just one last thing: fans of the WASH poetry/music collaboration will be pleased to know that their first album, Triptych, all made-in-Phnom Penh, is now available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis at the music distribution website Bandcamp. Yes, that means it’s free if you like, or you can choose your amount of payment. For $10, an accompanying limited edition full colour 18 page booklet, featuring paintings by Chhan Dina and Adrianna Snochowska, can be hand delivered to you in Phnom Penh (or posted to the gift recipient of your choice with the addition of a shipping charge). And you can sign up to the WASH mailing list here:http://bit.ly/washnews.
And keep your eyes open for the upcoming festival season in Cambodia: over the next two months we will have the opportunity to view the Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodian International Film Festival, Phnom Penh Photo and the Our City Festival.
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|Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 at 7 pm, multi-disciplinary performance Once at Feel Good Café (#79, Street 136, btw Sts 15 and 13) Tickets $8, from the venue only. The accompanying exhibition opens Thursday 14 at 7pm.
Tuesday 12 at Java Café and Gallery, artist and poet Chath pierSath will talk and read from his works, with Q&A. His Distant Geographies exhibition runs until November 24.
Wednesday 13 at Java Café and Gallery, Open Stage: Poetry evening from 7.30 pm. Curated by Seattle scene poet Greg Bem, and featuring members of Nou Hach Khmer writing group. Guest readers also welcomed, in all languages.
Thursday 14 from 7.30 pm, Bye-bye Bywater@Baitong at Baitong Restaurant on St 360 (btw Norodom and St 51), the conclusion of a 6 month residency by poet and songwriter Scott Bywater . Readings are promised along with the music, plus guests.
Distant Geography: words, collages and poetry by Chath pierSath, at Java Café and Gallery (56 Sihanouk Blvd ). The show runs until 24 November, and a reading and Q&A with the artist will be held on Tuesday 12 November.
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Caribbean Souls, Fantasy and Mythology, paintings by Dominican artist Marcos Guerra at Chinese House (Sisowath Quay & St 84).
This Dog Barking, a selection of works from the graphic novel by Nicolas C.Grey and James Farley, at Lotus Gallery in Battambang. Until January.
Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact email@example.com
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