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Your Complete Guide to This Weekend in Phnom Penh

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Your Complete Guide to This Weekend in Phnom Penh

Your Complete Guide to This Weekend in Phnom Penh

Marvel antics, art workshops, top the launch of a new creative studio… it’s all happening this weekend in Phnom Penh.


What’s On Screen

It seems everyone on the planet is talking about the latest Marvel movie offering: Avengers: Infinity War … and luckily for you, you can catch it at various times this weekend at Major Cineplex. Choose from 2D, 3D or even 4D.

Superheroes not your thing? Check out the powerful documentary When the Mountain Calls, in which psychologist and Emmy-winning filmmaker Dr Tom Vendetti chronicles 30 years in the Himalayas, spanning Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. (META House, 4pm)

Also showing at META House tonight is Danger on The Edge of Town (7pm), a documentary investigating the story of combat photographer Sean Leslie Flynn and colleague Dana Stone. The pair were captured guerrillas on Highway 1 and were believed to have been kept captive for over a year before they were killed by the Khmer Rouge in 1971. UK photographer Tim Page sets out to discover what happened to his friends in Cambodia 20 years before.

Or, for something with a happier ending, try Oscar-nominated comedy The Big Sick (Flicks 1, 4.30pm), the true-life story of a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian who screws up his relationship with his girlfriend to avoid upsetting his family, before frantically trying to make amends and win over her family when she slips into a coma. Highly recommended.

What’s On Stage

Er, guys, METALLICA is coming to the Hard Rock Café! Well, almost – it’s a tribute night. But it’s almost certainly a laugh.

Elsewhere, you have Khmer rock band Hardihood at Show Box (7pm, St 330) and pop-rockers Boxchords at FCC (9pm, Sisowath Quay – and one of your last chances to grab a cocktail here before it closes for renovations!), while the excellent covers band Euphoria plays at AlchemyJoe Wrigley brings rockabilly rhythms to Tacos Kokopelli, and there’s chilled jazz in the garden at Botanico.

What’s On Late

You might be a lot older than sixteen, but you can still get your sixties swing on to Ros Sereysothea’s legendary Khmer hits at META House’s Cambodian Rock Night.

Or head to Cloud for the Hip Hop Takeover, where a mix of classic crowd-pleasers and emerging guest artists will help you feel a lot cooler than you really are.


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A brand new cultural & creative centre, the Futures Factory, is on the cusp of opening its doors on St 13, and today they host a preview party to give you a taster of what to expect. There will be art exhibitions, contemporary dance, food and drink from Friends, DJ Sushii on the decks, and plenty more to keep you entertained. More info here.

What’s On The Menu

Start your Saturday in the lap of luxury with the all-day, free flow breakfast at Khema. Nom nom nom.

What’s On Screen

A couple of intriguing documentaries at META House today. First is Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, charting the ongoing explosion of the digital currency, and the second is Germany from Above, a beautifully shot love-letter to the landscape of Deutschland.

Meanwhile at the Flicks, you can geek out and get your money’s worth with the incredibly, incredibly long Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

What’s On Stage

This week’s Saturday night street party on Bassac Lane sees Gonzalo Rodino and Phnom Penh favourites The Jumping Jacks liven up the street. Grab a cocktail and get your wiggle on.

Or, for calmer vibes, check out talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Phil O’Flaherty at Botanico.

What Else?

Shake off the hot season languor with a Dance and Stretch class at the Banteay Centre.


What’s On the Agenda

Something a bit different on offer today, for anyone interest in art – and conflict resolution. Formed in Japan, the Peace Mask Project explores notions of identity, conceptions of the Other, and how art can be used to bridge divides and promote peace. Today, they’re running an all-day, drop-in workshop in Phnom Penh, ahead of an upcoming exhibition. More info here.

What’s On The Menu

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s HOT out there. So hot, in fact, that the most you might be able to manage on a Sunday afternoon is chilling by the pool with a cold beer, some laidback tunes, and a big old plate of BBQ. Oh hey there, Chillaxing Reggae Sunday BBQ at Tusk!

What’s On Screen

META House has another fascinating pair of documentaries tonight for your viewing pleasure: The Tenth Dancer, about efforts to revive classic Khmer dance in the wake of the Khmer Rouge, and the rousing Burkinabe Rising: the Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso.

What’s On Stage

A few easy listening gigs tonight to see out your Sunday: an acoustic set from Pristine & Ace, and the Cambodian Country Band Sunday Special at Oscar’s On the Corner. Enjoy!

That’s all from us this week, folks. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list if you’d like the roundup delivered direct to your inbox, every Friday!



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