Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 14 July 2015

Greetings,

On Wednesday 15 at 6 pm, Artillery Café, on Street 240 ½ presents the opening of a new exhibition by cartoonist John Weeks, Kingdom of I Wonder, featuring a selection of his QuickDraw pieces – you can get a flavour of it right here – making cartoons on the spur of the moment to capture the inspiration, then moving on to the next one.
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At Meta House on Friday 17 at 7 pm, a screening of Angkor’s Children, a 2014 documentary telling the story of Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance through the voices of young Cambodian women: a singer of Buddhist poetry, a circus artist, and a band formed by former garment workers.
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At Bophana Center’s Cine Club on Saturday 18, young Cambodian filmmakers Somchanrith Chap and Sokyou Chea introduce screenings of their short films Fistful of Pebbles and Ride, both in Khmer with English subtitles.   2 pm.
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Later on Saturday 18, Java Café welcomes young poets, musicians and singers for their monthly youth open mic, Slam Jam. In May it was mostly poetry, in June it was mostly music. Let’s see what turns up this month. Instruments, including keyboard, are provided; you are also welcome to bring your own.   Kicks off at 7 pm.
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Coming up next week, Dipika Kohli hosts a conversation on the theme of Value, on Tueday 21 from 6 – 7.30 pm. Numbers are limited to six; the location will be shared with RSVP’d guests only. Request an invitation at: designkompany.com/contact

Also next week Phnom Penh Community College is offering a Saturday full of painting. Chhan Dina will lead participants through abstract acrylic painting in the morning and cubism with acrylics in the afternoon.   Registration essential: send email to info@phnompenhcommunitycollege.com with your name and contact details.


In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 15 at 6 pm, Artillery Café, on Street 240 ½ presents the opening of a new exhibition by cartoonist John Weeks, Kingdom of I Wonder.
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Friday 17 at 7 pm at Meta House, a screening of Angkor’s Children, a 2014 documentary telling the story of Cambodia’s cultural and artistic renaissance through the voices of young Cambodian women.
More info

Saturday 18 at 2 pm at Bophana Center’s Cine Club, young Cambodian filmmakers Somchanrith Chap and Sokyou Chea introduce screenings of two short films.
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Saturday 18 from 7 pm at Java Café, the monthly youth open mic Slam Jam. Instruments, including keyboard, are provided; you are also welcome to bring your own.
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Ongoing….


At Palm Tours and Travel Café on St 278 (opposite the old Equinox), rookie painter Anthony Mrugacz’s exhibition Imperfection – Flowers in Motion – unsold works still on the wall.
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Meta House presents Vanishing Act, an exhibition by Ryun Patterson and Rick Valenzuela based on their book of the same name that delves into the life and work of Cambodia’s mystic healers and fortune tellers.
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The Plantation presents a new exhibition by well-known Cambodian painter Chhim Sothy, Consuming Passion, inspired by the on-going environmental degradation seen all around us.
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The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) hosts No Boundaries, featuring the work of ten artists, five Cambodian (Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit, Nov Cheanick) and five Indonesian (Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert, Tiarma Sirait), a co-display with Java Café. Until September 22.
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Romeet Gallery presents Phare Celebration; last but not least, a group exhibition of work by several Phare Ponleu Selpak artists, designed in the form of a family album. Until August 14.
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At Bophana Center, a photographic exhibition, Three Lives of Boeung Kak, explores the transformation of the Lakeside district of Phnom Penh over the past five years through the lenses of four amateur photographers. Until July 19.
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The French Institute presents an exhibition featuring illustrators from L’Ecole des loisirs, the French children’s book publisher celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Until July 31
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At Sammaki Gallery in Battambang, Meet the neighbours, featuring photographs from Ben Valentine and drawings, paintings and sculptures by local children.
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Lotus Gallery in Battambang (#53, St 2.5) presents Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan DinaBernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra.
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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hosts Wonders of 1929, a collection of vintage photographs of Cambodia, the work of Georges Portal, a French actor and director.
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New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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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 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Friday is a dance show, Saturday opera, and Sunday large shadow puppets. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
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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.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in adult ballet and yoga.  For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

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