Saigon Comedy Nights is changing it up this month. Not only with two new touring comedians — quick-firing Chortle Award winner from the UK, Stephen Grant, and Aussie vet Steve Allison, a man who’s logged over a million km on the comedy circuit — but also in a new, more casual space, Q4’s Cargo Bar. This is good news for those of you out there who like to enjoy your comedy the way it should be enjoyed, alongside a million reasonably-priced beers. And what’s more, in his last appearance before transporting his deadpan veneer to the metropolis of Shanghai, will be Merseyside regular and reformed car thief, Chris Baker.
Stravinsky’s La Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) will be performed Jun. 27 in Ho Chi Minh City and Jun. 29 in Hanoi, with 19 dancers exploring the “carnal and explosive” qualities of Stravinsky’s compositions.
From Jun. 4 to 8, Michel Roux won’t be the only Michelin Starred chef in Vietnam. Richard Toix, bringing his Michelin Star cred all the way from the south of France, will host a “gastronomic week” at Sofitel Saigon Plaza’s L’Olivier Restaurant, rocking set meals from VND680,000++ on up. On the last day of his stay, he will host a cooking class — VND850,000++ per person, including lunch.
From Jun. 8 to 11, the centre of Vietnam’s football universe will be Hue, where an estimated 3,800 adolescent footballers spread over 341 teams will kick, slide-tackle and “nutmeg” their way to fun on eight primo pitches.
Over 30 DJs, 5,000 people, two stages, one party. The first ever dance music festival in Vietnam, A dOSe of Escape 2013, will hit Diamond Island in District 2 on Jun. 15.
If you frequent certain pubs around football match times, you might be tricked into taking this festival’s name literally. But Q4’s upcoming Loud Minority Festival isn’t about regionalistic boasts — it’s about uniting traditions, drawing attention to some local children’s shelters while they’re at it.
Might want to put this one on your calendar early. Australian cricket legends Greg Chappell, Jeff Thompson and Doug Walters will be playing a straight bat with the crowd at Q4’s Apr. 20 gala buffet dinner and memorabilia auction.
Dancenter, in their continued commitment to spread pure dance joy throughout the city, presents JAZZ! at the Youth Culture House between Mar. 15 and Mar. 17.
Choreographed by John Huy Tran and performed by Urban Dance Group, the show tells the real story of jazz from its Afro-American roots to street jazz in Vietnam today.
Vol de Nuit (Night Flight) is a novel of Antoine de St-Exupéry — who Tom Wolfe claimed as “a saint in short, true to his name, flying up here at the right hand of God.” The international artists participating in Vol de Nuit’s borderless, interdisciplinary three-week art festival aspire to such levels, or else are rooting about in the cellar of the human condition (one of the organisers is iLL — the institute of Lower Learning).
The rise of alternative, stand-up comedy in this city continues on Friday Mar. 1 at McSorley’s, with the first of a series of nights allowing comedians in the making and laughter-meister wannabes the chance to come up to the stage.
PechaKucha, or chitchat in Japanese, returns to Vin Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 28 for Volume 2. PechaKucha is the art of concision and follows a presentation method of 20 images which are shown for 20 seconds each.