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  • LIFE

    Land of the rising samba

    Life, Noel Maclean, Published on 02/12/2014

    » Panorama restaurant has been quietly picking up plaudits for bringing originality to the Bangkok buffet scene.

  • LIFE

    Playing with roles

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 04/12/2014

    » Two plays and a dance opened in Bangkok last Thursday. All three of which required their performers to play multiple roles.

  • LIFE

    The circus comes to town

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/12/2014

    » During last month's Harmony World Puppet Carnival Bangkok Thailand 2014, audiences had the rare opportunity to experience the art of puppetry from 80 countries in one place — Rattanakosin Island, the old quarter of Bangkok. More than 100 stages and street shows were inspired by history, pop culture, social situations and used traditional forms of puppetry as well as influences of other performing arts such as circus. Many shows brought smiles, laughter and tears, and many were thought-provoking.

  • LIFE

    Anniversary for the godfather of Afrobeat

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 04/11/2014

    » This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nigerian drummer Tony Allen's debut with pioneering Afrobeat master Fela Kuti. Allen played with Fela's band Africa 70 as drummer and musical director until 1979. Mention Afrobeat and Fela's name immediately pops up but without the fantastic drumming skills and funky mentality of Allen, Fela's music would not have reached the heights it did during this period; something Fela was quick to acknowledge.

  • LIFE

    Mariah who-cares-y?

    Life, Onsiri Pravattiyagul, Published on 04/11/2014

    » As one of the most memorable and praised pop vocalists of her time, there's no denying that Mariah Carey's vocal prowess is second to none, with her ability to go beyond the seventh octave and her signature whistle register. When at the top of her game, Carey's sense of pitch and acrobatic whispery vocals are revered, and have given pop music a new sense of entitlement.

  • LIFE

    Kathmandu Photo Gallery

    Life, Published on 05/11/2014

    » In his latest exhibition, Manit Sriwanichpoom showcases his photographs from his new photo book Bangkok In Technicolor, 15 years after his first book of images of Bangkok In Black & White came out.

  • OPINION

    Replacing statistics with narratives

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 05/11/2014

    » I spent my Halloween weekend shuffling between panels at the Singapore Writers Festival, listening to horror stories. I had been assigned to attend sessions on a variety of discourses, from jazz and poetry to writing about the female body. Instead, I found myself sitting front row at every session featuring Jang Jin-Sung, a North Korean defector, Loung Ung, a survivor of the Pol Pot regime, and Mukesh Kapila, who was the UN commissioner in Sudan as genocide in Darfur broke out. 

  • LIFE

    Gruesome torture relived with both barrels

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 06/11/2014

    » Almost right after I watched Teerawat "Kage" Mulvilai's solo performance Satapana: Iceberg, I came across Chinese artist Liu Bolin's Hiding In The City performance/photographic series in a book entitled Liu Bolin.

  • LIFE

    Molam's mass movement

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 07/11/2014

    » 'Molam can't be tamed," so the old saying goes. The years have certainly proven this true. From now until the end of March next year, the Jim Thompson Art Center presents "Joyful Khaen, Joyful Dance", an exhibition tracing the development of molam from its ritualistic roots in Isan, through its passage as anti-communism propaganda, to its current place in pop culture, where the once rural music is played to the cool or even international crowd of Bangkok.

  • LIFE

    Dazzled by diamonds

    Life, Published on 14/11/2014

    » No other precious stones compare to diamonds when it comes to a woman's delight — and pleasing the gentler sex is the expertise of the Manufacture Piaget, which combines with fine watchmaking for sparkling pieces.

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