I hope you’ve had your beauty sleep, because you won’t be getting any rest this weekend! From Cannes-selected films to awesome live gigs to club nights that go on ’til dawn (and beyond), you won’t want to miss a minute.
Plus, we hope you know how to move those hips, because Latin rhythms are taking over the city, from Bassac Lane to Tuol Tom Pong.
To paraphrase Queen K$sha, make this the one you won’t remember… be the one they won’t forget 😉
Eating & Drinking
Catch your breath after work kicks out with a delicious cocktail from Elbow Room’s End-of-Day menu, on offer for just $4 from 6-9pm (Elbow Room, Bassac Lane / St 308, Tonle Bassac). The Golden Glove in particular has been a massive hit.
Or, if gin’s your thing, head over to the FCC on Riverside for Gin O’Clock on the Terrace, where you can sample a range of world-famous gins alongside live folk music on the delightful breezy balcony. Every fourth drink is free.
Meanwhile at Doors, it’s tapas fever, with unlimited, delicious tapas and free-flowing wine (including sparkling!) alongside top tunes from DJ Nora (7-10pm @ Doors, corner St 47 & St 84. $10 for unlimited tapas; $25 including unlimited wine and beer).
Our easy-watching date night film this week is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a silly but amusing action-comedy starring Samuel L Jackson as a hitman called upon to testify against a notorious dictator, and Ryan Reynolds, his arch-enemy, who has been hired to keep him alive (English with Khmer subtitles, 9.35pm @ Legend Cinemas Citymall, Tuol Kork & Meanchey).
If stunts and explosions aren’t your thing, you can catch the superb rockumentary Eight Days a Week, about The Beatles’ touring years and the surrounding hysteria, at META House (7-9pm, Sothearos Boulevard, Tonle Bassac).
… Or, if you’re out near the Sokha Hotel, settle down on the giant, comfy sofas at Outpost for a free screening of the sweet. uplifting true story A Street Cat Named Bob. (7-9pm @ Outpost, No 191, Tonle Sap (Rd), Village 1, Chroy Changvar)
Fancy a game of monopoly with your pint? What about a Mario Kart showdown? If your perfect night out sounds like, well, a perfect night in, you’ll fit right in at Cloud’s Games Night, where a whole bunch or board games are on offer, alongside classic SuperNintendo games. You can even order in a pizza from Italian House! (8-11pm @ Cloud, St 9)
Latin dance is the flavour of the week at tonight’s Bassac Lane Street Party. Cuban duo Son Caribe are in town for a flying visit, and they’ll be bringing their infectious sound to St 308 for another raucous night. Just TRY to stop those hips from swaying… (8.30pm-Midnight @ Bassac Lane, of St 308, Tonle Bassac).
Elsewhere, Mike Dynamo and Saska Chewan of Hypnotic Fist Technique debut their new duo 99-Boys, playing stipped-back, acoustic covers of 90s anthems (6.30-8.30pm @ Farm To Table, St 360), local rocker Tin’s band Belle Chaus plays Good Times Bar (9-11pm, St 19) and Double-A and Mirasol blasting out Motown hits at Alchemy (8.30-11pm, St 123, Russian Market).
Meanwhile, at Duplex, the King is most certainly not dead: at least not at this Elvis tribute night! (9.30-Midnight @ Duplex, St 278, BKK1)
If dancing in the street doesn’t work for you, you can get those Spanish rhythms going all night long at Bar.Sito’s Latin Night, with a free salsa lesson followed by a seductive playlist to help you keep practising your moves until the early hours (8pm-2am @ Bar.Sito, St 240 ½)
It’s the real thing tonight at META House, with only real records allowed at Vinylmania, and DJ Shaggy’s scratching some vintage Drum & Bass (9pm-2am, Sothearos Boulevard).
Meanwhile, Juicy Bar is going back to Basics with House, Techno and Funk from icons like Tim Coates, Nora Haidee, St Vincent, Stevie J, Lefty and Achaya (9pm-6am, St 172), and just across the road at MadHouse, Mad Fridays brings you underground Techno and House from German and French DJs Disk Joshi and HEKA (10pm-7am, St 172)
Continuing this week at META House is Waiting for Ice to Melt, a truly special exhibition of paintings that takes you on a compelling, painful journey into the artist’s battle with meth addiction, and the start of his recovery. Don’t miss it! (META House, Sothearos Boulevard).
There’s also a fantastic opportunity to hear visiting artist Minstrel Kuik talk about her work, including the Griddled Ghost exhibition, currently showing at Sa Sa Gallery. Kuik’s work deals with what she calls the “political game of images”, often using found materials to create collages that comment on political messages and social ideas in playful, critical ways. Expect a full house – get there as early as you can! (6-7pm @ Sa Sa Bassac, Sothearos Boulevard, between St 178 and St 154. Talk in English with Khmer translation.).
Feeling inspired? Get the creative juices – and the booze – flowing at Enso Cafe’s Paint & Sip Night, where you’ll learn new painting techniques while indulging in a delicious wine tasting selection. Tickets are $28 and reservations are essential. More information here. (7-9pm @ Enso Cafe, St 240).
Bophana Centre founder Panh Rithy’’s powerful work Exile gathered rave reviews at last year’s Cannes Festival, and now it’s back in Phnom Penh for a special screening. The film is an deals with a young Cambodian man’s attempt to come to terms with the destruction of his homeland – it’s an abstract reverie on solitude, loss, and injustice. Again, expect a packed house. (5pm @ Bophana Centre, Street 200).
Alternatively, Indigo and the Flicks are also hosting a special event this afternoon: a showing of A Dangerous Method, about Freud and Jung’s invention of the psychoanalytic method and the fraught relationship between them – with an introductory talk from Indigo psychologist Erik Van Kemenade. A fascinating insight for anyone interested in how the mind works… and how modern psychology practices came to be (4-6.30pm @ Flicks 1, St 95)
Later on, META House is showing two excellent films tonight. The first is a documentary, Children of Krousar Thmey, which explores conditions in one of Cambodia’s biggest refugee camps, near the Thai border, in the ‘80s – and is, perhaps surprisingly, a story about hope rather than despair (7-8pm, Sothearos Boulevard)
The second is Spa Night, a feature film a young, gay Korean-American man struggling to keep his sexual awakening a secret from his family as he navigates the all-male spas and karaoke bars of LA’s Koreatown.
Eating & Drinking
For some seriously upscale bliss this afternoon, head to the InterContinental Hotel for Music Meets High Tea, where violinist Mathias Boegner will set the scene with gorgeous renditions of works by Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. The thoroughly decadent High Team costs $15 a head (3-6pm @ InterContinental Hotel, Mao Tse Tong Boulevard).
Not to be outdone, Raffles’ hosts its fabulous Rum Fiesta tonight… so if you have something special to celebrate – or a date you really want to impress – sweep them off their feet at the hotel’s famous Cafe Monivong to sample amazing cocktails from four pop-up bars – Samai Distillery (using Samai Rum), La Familia (Plantation Rum), Elbow Room (Diplomatico Rum) and Elephant Bar (Havana Club Rum). Cocktails are $6 and tapas plates are on offer, too. (5.30-9.30pm @ Raffles Hotel, 92 Rukhak Vithei, Daun Penh – Near Wat Phnom).
Love rum, but in a less formal setting? What you need is Cloud’s Pirate Night! In partnership with Samai Distillery, Cloud brings you a whole host of delicious rum-based drinks… and even a treasure hunt. Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhh! (8pm-Midnight, Cloud, St 9)
Release your inner goddess, ladies (and brave gents): in her Shimmy Ladies Dance Class, Sundee Viñas will teach you how to belly dance like a pro. (3-4pm @ Urban Space & Playground, St 287, Tuol Kork).
Feeling on fire after you’ve awoken your closet Aphrodite? Head over to Doors for another fiery Salsa Dance Party, and get ready to get sensual (9pm-Midnight, Corner St 47 & St 84)
Kicking off The Box Office’s Live at 5 session is the lovely Jamie Tan, a tiny woman with a massive presence and who has a knack for creating an electric atmosphere (5-8pm @ The Box Office, St 244).
Later, Wrigley & Pearl bring old school Americana, rock’n’roll and rockabilly to Botanico Beer & Wine Garden (7-9.30pm, St 29), blues rockers Chi Town play Sharky Bar (9pm-Midnight @ Sharky Bar, St 130) and Scott Bywater plays a set of original songs over at DJ Guesthouse and Lounge (7.30-8.30pm, St 29).
At the Jazz Club, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player Marco Vezzoso kicks off an incredible week of performances. Hailing from Milan, Vezzoso has appeared on 20 records and now has his own album, distributed by EGEA. For these shows, he’ll be backed up by Alessandro Collina on Piano. Toma Willem on drums and Seb Adnot on Contrebasse (9-11pm @ The Jazz Club, St 282. Tickets cost $10 on Friday/Saturdays and $5 on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday – this includes a free drink).
In Russian Market, the Son Caribe guys team up with Phil Javelle to form Cuba Suave, unleashing more of their feverishly sexy Cuban sound on the Alchemy crowd (8.30-11pm @ Alchemy GastroPub, St 123, Russian Market).
Or, get yourself over to Bophea Pub & Studios, where Khmer pop-rap sensation G Devith is giving a special performance as part of G-Park energy drink’s new launch. It’s 2-4-1 on G-Park drinks, too.
For some high-energy pre-game, your best bet is DJ Remix’s early doors set at DJ Guesthouse & Lounge, with banging tunes along with happy hour drinks specials to get you going for the night ahead. (7.30-10.30pm, St 29)
From there… watch out Blue Chilli: there’s a new drag act in town! Brand new gay bar Q Bar holds its soft launch today, with a bunch of drinks deals and a flamboyant drag show at 10.30pm (6pm-2am, St 174).
Equally fabulously, Max Mason and DJ Bliss-136 are back in town for another multi-DJ gig at Duplex… and this time they’re joined by Disc Joshi. Expect House and Techno with a dash of tropical Latin beats. (3-Way Session, 10pm-2am @ Duplex, St. 278).
For a taste of that infamous underground party lifestyle, head to META House for their Live DJ Party “Sound of Berlin”, where DJ Martin Warlich recreates the techno mix he’s played at famous haunts like Barbarella Club, Arena, Kater Kiosk, MiKZ, Franz Club, Kit Kat Club, Lining Bar and Millinski.
Then, keep the party going until the sun comes up at MadHouse, where DJ Heka is back for another crazy all-nighter (10pm-7am, St 174)
Give something back after a solid weekend of hedonism: come join the “Run for Children” mini-marathon to raise money for a rural school. Donate $15 to join the 3km run, $20 for the 6km, and $30 for the 10km. Plus, you get to say you competed at an Olympic Stadium… (6-9am, National Olympic Stadium, Charles de Gaulle Boulevard).
Eating & Drinking
After all that exercise, unwind at a super-chilled afternoon of fantastic food, drink and great music from Euan Gray over at Farm to Table. Best of all, the scrummy samples FREE!
That’s right, the team at Farm to Table, led by Chef Amy Baard, are testing out their brand new menu, and that means lots of delicious snacks for you. You can also try out their homemade Sangria, Brewlander beers and G&T garnish station for happy hour prices from 4-7pm. (Sunday Sessions with Amy Baard, 1-5pm @ Farm to Table, St 360)
If you haven’t seen Oeur Sokuntevy’s excellent exhibition Upside Down, make sure you check it out this weekend. The collection is a vivid, disorientating and sometimes disturbing exploration of what it feels like to be lost in a new city – it finishes at the end of the month, so don’t miss out! (Java Arts, Sihanouk Boulevard).
There’s also an amazing opportunity to learn from a master, as Minstrel Kuik leads a fascinating, hands-on bookmaking workshop. Far from a purely practical class, Kuik will also encourages you to think conceptually about capturing the essence of a person in a book format, as well as idea about loss, tribute and memorialisation. Get in super quick, though, as you absolutely need to reserve in advance! (10.30am-4pm @ Sa Sa Bassac. Sothearos Boulevard. Recommended donation $5)
Film & Photography
Another handful of excellent rockumentaries tonight at META House!
Firstly, check out Yangon Calling, a fascinating, funny, surprising and sometimes shocking portrait of the emerging punk scene in Myanmar and how artists grapple with social and political backlash. (7-8pm, META House, Sothearos Boulevard)
After that, catch the heartwrenching classic Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten tells the story of what happened to Cambodia’s Golden Age musical greats when the Khmer Rouge took power. (8-10pm, META House, Sothearos Boulevard)
Ever wanted to learn to develop your own film stocks? Now’s your chance! Darkroom Phnom Penh is hosting an open hours session, where you can do just that. If you already know what you’re doing, you can go right ahead – but for beginners, they’ll guide you through the process. (Darkroom Phnom Penh, St 300; fixed processing fee of $10).
If you’ve got behind on Game of Thrones, don’t despair: The Box Office is screening a massive marathon of the entire Series 7 today, to get you up to date before the Monday finale! (2-7pm, St 244). For more info on where to watch the finale, check out our guide, here.
Feeling knackered after all that? We’re not surprised. Grab a burrito and make it a chilled one at Taco Kokopelli’s 4th Birthday Sunday Sundowner, complete with laid-back live music (5-8pm, St 19z).
Or for a super classy end to your Sunday, make your way to the National Museum, where violin virtuoso Mathias Bogener plays a beautiful concert of Bach and Ysaye. Bliss! (8-11pm, St 13)