Get Your Dancing Shoes!
Phnom Penh is bursting with opportunities to move and groove this weekend. We’ll tell you where to go. All you have to do is get ready.
Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash
He Named Me Malala is a documentary about the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzei. The film retells how she came to win that prize – how, as a 15-year-old, she would speak out against the Taliban for blocking girls from school, how this made her a target of the terrorist group and how she suffered a vicious assassination attempt, and how she continued to speak out, undeterred, after she’d recovered.
6:30pm, The Flicks, St. 95
Known as “The Sound”, Stan Getz was one of the most influential saxophonists of all time, known for playing bebop and cool jazz. Tonight, saxophonist Gerard Evans will lead a quartet in paying tribute to Getz as part of Jazz and the City.
7:30pm, Green Pepper, St. 370
Khmer band Rondom will rock Boran House, playing dancey pop, soul, blues, funk and, of course, rock and roll.
8:30pm, Boran House, St. 310
Little Thieves – with the sound of a Bob Dylan mixed with the soul of a Sid Vicious – have created original tunes “for this jilted generation”. Their show is followed by K ‘n’ E, Khmer and English and early rock and roll.
8:30pm, Oscars on the Corner, St. 13 and St. 104
This is Ska Friday! – a night dedicated to the brass-instrument-laden dance music – features live music by big band Checkered Past followed by ska DJ Airfix Twin.
9pm, Duplex Tavern, St. 278
Aguita de Coco take the stage at Azure, providing live music to the open-air restaurant/venue’s salsa and bachata dance night.
9pm, Azure Bar and Grill, St. 123
Kicking off the 11th Photo Phnom Penh fest, tonight’s opening ceremony at the Institut français includes an exhibition of works by Hann Enong, Stéphane Lavoué and Yun Ranuth; a screening of six other Cambodian and European artists and live music by Ly Vanthan.
6pm, Institut français, St. 184
The Community of Artists, a collective of roughly 20 artists, is holding its debut art show at Mealea Restaurant’s organic skybar at Palace Gate Hotel. The show, themed “nature”, is “a cry from the heart of the artists for the plight of the fragile world of flora and fauna. Birds and beasts, elephants and lions, magpies and hummingbirds and cranes”. Ticket entry includes freeflow wine and buffet, DJ dancing and a live art auction. A portion of the funds raised from the show’s $25 entry will benefit the Shanty Town Spirit Ermine Norodom Association.
6–9pm, Palace Gate Hotel, St. 240
Sra’Art is holding another wine pairing for its hanging exhibit “The Art of Detachment”. Wines and tapas are selected to match the artwork on the wall, which are given an overview through a curated tour. Entrance is $25.
6:30–9pm, Sra’Art, Sothearos Blvd.
Fire performer and digital light artist Aaron has gathered together an all-night lineup of the city’s underground DJs to help him celebrate his birthday at a day-glow 80s-themed party. There’s even an MC! Dance sound is house, tech-house, garage, hip hop and drum and bass.
9pm–3am, Ege Bar, St. 460
Shibui Q (after he plays at Aaron’s birthday party above) will be joining Nick E. Meta on the decks at Meta House’s weekly techno/house/electro dance party.
9pm–3am, Meta House. St. 178
If you’re in the mood to see something terrible – like, really bad but brand-spanking new and with lots of effects and explosions and outer space and stuff – then check out 2067. It has a score hovering above 4.5 (out of 10! That’s hard to do) on IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes has it at 28%. But, you can drink beer while watching it, and nobody will probably mind if you gleefully yell at the screen. And it does have space and time travel and a dystopian future which are always fun, so, like… date night?
8pm, The Flicks, St. 95
Singer-songwriter-with-guitar Gareth Bawden will be strumming emotional ballads, golden oldies and modern classics, rock folk and blues under the fairy lights of Botanico’s backyard garden.
7pm, Botanico Wine and Beer Garden, St. 29
Swing dancing is the most raucous, free-spirited and tiring (at least from the outside perception) form of partner dancing; in short, it’s a good time. Tonight the Femke Quartet, joined by Intan Andriana, will perform swinging dance tunes for Alchemy’s large outdoor dance floor. Come early and there’s a free 30-minute swing lesson to get you started.
7:30pm, Alchemy GastroPub, St. 123
Nobody sounds better than you? Prove it at Mic Drop Karaoke. 99 Boyz’ Mike Dynamo has set up a professional stage, lights and sound system so that you (and your friends, and the other people in the bar, etc.) can prove your chops with the best set up possible. He’s paired up with spirit-maker Cocalero to give a free shot to anybody who’s wearing green.
8pm, K Club, St. 208
Ege’s celebrating the two year anniversary of his bar with a massive lineup of live music (five bands – Mirasol Aguila, Little Thieves, The Blue Souls, Psykic Elektric and Face Slap – and one DJ). The $5 entrance fee is going directly to the bands and includes a free draft beer.
8pm, Ege Bar, St. 460
For your dose of heavy metal, head up to Oscars on the Corner where a triple bill will make you thrash till your head rolls off. Doch Chkae, Blood Bricks and 4AM are playing this free show.
8pm, Oscars on the Corner, St. 13 and St. 104
Zeppelins continues its month-long send off with fun, poppy and talented singers Ariane and Scoddy, together performing as The Sock Essentials.
9:30pm, Zeppelin Cafe, St. 278
After a tour of its hanging exhibition, Sra’Art is inviting poets, dancers and musicians onstage to perform their own interpretations of the artwork.
5pm, Sra’Art, Sothearos Blvd.
It’s an arty mashup: jeweler Penh Lenh and artist Kierstyn Werth are doing a joint art sale, benefitting local charities. Twenty-five percent of Penh Lenh jewelry sales and 10% of Werthless Art sales will go to ActBlue Bail Fund and The Little Heartists Program, respectively.
2pm, Penh Lenh, St. 456
Hometown Hangout may be a small neighbourhood bar, but don’t let that stop you from shimmying between the chairs and shaking your booty to the tunes at their reggae night. To give you the gumption, they’re serving up $2 jungle juice cocktails.
4pm, Hometown Hangout, St. 450
LF Social Club’s outdoor bar will glow even more tonight as Sparkle Act (aka Hande Gülaçar) dazzles with a live fire performance, spinning flames on hoops encircling her. DJ Xenia will provide the music for the night – melodic, deep and progressive house.
8pm, LF Social Club, St. 308
Neudrop Collective is doing a Pontoon Pulse takeover. For tonight’s lineup of deep house and tech house, there’s DJs Shaman, Naq, Dalah and Shadows of Space.
9pm, Pontoon Pulse, St. 172
DJ Dalah is also playing HClub, from 9pm to late. The French DJ’s sound is spiritual deep house/tech house.
9pm, HClub, St. 308
Wildlife conservation group SVC is giving a sunrise walking tour of Phnom Penh with expert bird guides pointing out the Cambodian Tailorbirds and Indochinese Paradise Flycatchers. Pre-tour coffee and pastries and post-tour brunch and bottomless beverages are included in the $62 fee.
5:20am, Farm to Table, St. 360
TwoBirds Brewery celebrates Octoberfest with an October Feast today. $20 free flow beer, live music, German BBQ and foods from other nationalities, and beer games, cricket and photos. Entrance is free.
1pm, The Factory, National Road 2
The fourth instalment of Azure’s social enterprise market is popping up today. Featuring a variety of items from local businesses, such as Clothesline Resale Boutique, Lyly Ice Cream
and Bodia, this market will also have tarot readings by Eileen McCormick and henna painting by Princella Anum Gill.
3pm, Azure Bar and Grill, St. 123
Musical, romance, fantasy La La Land was the talk of the town when it came out in 2016 and ended up winning six Oscars – though not for Best Picture, which Warren Beatty had mistakenly announced (and then kinda threw Faye Dunaway under the bus for) at the awards ceremony in an embarrassing gaffe. Still, the fact that it was nominated and that people had believed it had won for about 90 seconds is probably a good sign that it’s a great film. Plus, all the other awards it won…
6pm, The Flicks, St. 95
Table 6 Miniature Harmonica Orchestra is honouring its departing member, Karen, with one last concert. Tacos Kokopelli will be serving up free food for the special occasion.
5–8pm, Tacos Kokopelli, St. 19
Round out the weekend with some smooth jazz, courtesy of Intan Andriana on vocals, Stan Paleco on guitar and Andrey Meshcheryakov on bass.
7:30pm, Green Pepper, St. 370
This is exactly what you need at the end of the weekend of going out – Detox Day. Maya Garden has organised a morning of yoga, detox drinks, healthy cooking and eating. 🙂
9am, Piseth Lun Yoga, St. 302