What to Do in Phnom Penh THIS Weekend
Top events in the ‘Penh from now until Sunday evening.
What’s On Screen
If you ever feel like giving the finger to the powers that be, META House has two documentaries tonight to help you channel that rage. The first is Ai Wei Wei – Never Sorry (4pm), delving into the life and message of the Chinese dissident artist.
This is followed by the excellent Yangon Calling (7pm), exploring Myanmar’s punk subculture and the musicians at its core. It’s raw, fascinating, and occasionally very funny – especially the interview with one punk singer’s bewildered mother, who still does his washing and can’t understand why he can’t say hello like a normal person. Definitely worth a watch.
What’s On Stage?
Scoddy Bywater is joined at Tacos Kokopelli by Ariane, a German singer and new arrival in Phnom Penh, while Filipino covers band RDA bring 80s pop hits to Alchemy, and Joe Wrigley, Andrey Meshcheryakov & Sokunthea Duk take their new Khmer-jazz-fusion trio for a spin at Farm to Table (6.30pm, St 360)
What’s On Show?
Fancy a glimpse into the future of Cambodian fashion? Check out the Ting Mong exhibition tonight at Bong Bong Bong, where talented fashion students showcase their work and ideas.
Every wanted to learn swing dancing? Fancy pretending you’re in La La Land? Perhaps you just to impress your friends and family next time you’re drunk at a wedding reception? Whatever your reasons, you’re in luck: there’s a free swing class tonight at Cloud
What’s on the Menu?
Bong Bong Bong hosts a ‘French Dining Popup’ today (6pm, St 240 1/2). We’ve heard rumours of cheese. Real cheese!
What’s On Screen
META House screens the heartbreaking documentary It’s a Girl at 4pm, examining the issue of female infanticide – when babies are killed, aborted or abandoned for being female, particularly in China and India.
Later, at the Flicks, catch acclaimed feature Sophie and The Rising Sun (8pm), about a young woman in South Carolina who falls in love with a Japanese-American man in 1941.
Lisa Conception brings her mellifluous vocals to Botanico tonight, while Australian hard rockers Moi Tiet play Alchemy in Tuol Tom Poung.
What’s On Late?
DJ Shaman, DJ Marcus ILL and DJ Saint Vincent deliver a night of disco-fused house and techno funk at Pontoon Pulse tonight. Meanwhile over at Club Love, French DJ & producer of Vice fame, Valy Mo, commandeers the decks until 4am
Rather have a wholesome evening playing games with your mates? Cloud invites you to do just that at Saturday Game Night Fever, where you can opt for classic board games from Jenga to chess, or retro video games like Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.
Or, pick up a beautiful bargain at the Space Four Zero Wang Dang Doodle sale, with up to 20% off music and artwork, and DJ Jalepeño spinning top tunes all day long.
What’s On the Menu
There’s another foodie popup today at Villa Grange, featuring tasty treats from France and the USA (4pm, St 244)
What’s On Screen
The unwaveringly polite but persistent Louis Theroux’s film about the Scientology movement – called, ahem, My Scientology Movie – screens at META House at 4pm
Or catch classic Tom Hanks 80s comedy Big, at Flicks 1, about a kid who makes a wish to be ‘big’, and is transformed into an adult body overnight.
What’s on Stage
American singer-songwriter Sam Ness stops at Showbox on his first Asia tour, where he’ll be playing songs from his new album, Whispers on the Wind.
Or see out your weekend with that old favourite, Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Tacos Kokopelli.
Improve your language skills without paying for a class – and pass on the favour – at the Bla Bla Phnom Penh language exchange. More info here.