For those who want to take a breather from hectic city life, we think it’s about time you returned to down-to-earth Phra Athit.

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Plan your cool months ahead with our handy cultural calendar. 
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Revered theater figure and 2004 Silpathorn Award-winner Pradit “Tua” Prasartthong, 54, is one of the biggest advocates of Thai performing arts. Among his significant achievements is the establishment of the Bangkok Theater Festival, which returns this month at Santichaiprakarn Park and BACC. Here, he recounts his 30-year career in the arts.

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If the city's upcoming art, music and culture festivals don't do it for you, stick with these tried-and-trusted traditional events.

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You’re probably impressed by the amazing exhibitions at the BACC right now, such as Thai Charisma: Heritage + Creative Power, Inson Wongsam: The Autonomous Spirit and Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window. Take note: there are also great cafés and shops that you can always visit.  

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Manit Sriwanichpoom's Bangkok in Technicolor

The weekend starts on Thursday. Here's how to spend it, from Cat Expo to Bangkok Theatre Festival--oh, and all the city's best Halloween parties.

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Arin Rungjang, 39, is one of the few internationally recognized contemporary Thai artists specializing in installation art. His most recent work, Golden Teardrop, was shown in the Thai Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and has been selected as one of 15 finalists for the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, in collaboration with the Singapore Art Museum. BK caught up with Arin ahead of his talk at BACC on Nov 1 to discuss what installation art can do that other art forms can’t.

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Looking to pre-game before heading out of town for Big Mountain or Wonderfruit in December? There's something happening every weekend in November.  

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Does gab glaem (drinking food) get any better than laab tod? Here, we pick our fave spicy deep-fried meatballs in town. 

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Don’t just pick the second cheapest. These experts explain how to properly navigate those intimidating wine lists.
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It seem it's Michelin season in Bangkok, and if you missed the recent visiting chefs, fear not, there are still more on the way. 

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Illumination: Become the Light
What would Halloween (next Friday, Oct 31) be without outrageous outfits, weirdly colored cocktails and lots of prize giveaways? Parties start 8-9pm, unless otherwise stated. 
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New Places

New Venue: Pak Klong Talad
Pak Klong Talad is Bangkok’s largest flower market. 
New Restaurant: Osha
The new Thai restaurant headed by Iron Chef regular Thanintorn Tannawan. 
New Restaurant: The Gardens
 Chef Autumn McTaggart serves “modern French American" in a park-like setting.
New Bar: Moon Bar
The legendary rooftop bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel offers 360-degree views of the city. 
New Restaurant: Ebisu Sushi
Here's another Japanese restaurant making big promises about the provenance of its ingredients.
New Restaurant: Soup for the Soul
A soup café claiming to make all its stock fresh each day using local ingredients.
Is afternoon tea the new brunch?
New Restaurant: Paul
The latest French baker to open in Bangkok.
New Restaurant: Minibar Cafe
Goodbye Minibar Royale. Hello Minibar Cafe.
New Restaurant: Shakariki 432
A down-to-earth atmosphere, exuberant staff and a solid menu of tasty fusion maki rolls.
New Restaurant: Teppen
A wooden-floored izakaya that's a favorite among Japanese expats looking for a taste of home. 
A multi-purpose co-working space in a beautiful refurbished house.
New Restaurant: Fill’In
Homemade chocolate delivery, done right.
New Restaurant: Bliss
A snack option for healthy eaters.
The restaurant of Jean-Michel Lorain, of the acclaimed three-Michelin-starred La Cote St. Jaque in Burgundy, France
New Venue: Hardcover
One of Central Embassy’s hidden gems offers hard-to-find, limited-edition art books.
New Restaurant: Ya Kun
Singaporean street bites land in Bangkok.
New Restaurant: Fill in the Blank
Fresh out of JJ Market comes this café and lifestyle shop. 
New Restaurant: Karatama Robatayaki
Akanoya Robatayaki has been rebranded Karatama Robatayaki and now offers more variety.   
New Restaurant: Cavefeine
Ekkamai's cutest new cafe. 

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