The ultimate guide to what to do in Bangkok this weekend. 

See also: April's hottest events


Thursday, Apr 5

COMEDY: Bill Bailey live in Bangkok

 

Star of Black Books and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bill Bailey’s been funny for two decades. If you think that’s easy, recall that Jimmy Fallon’s streak lasted, oh, 20 minutes. What’s the old man got that the kids don’t understand? Jokes that jump from topical to political to observational, combining razor-sharp critiques of society and musical comedy.

Apr 5, 8pm. The Westin Grande, Sukhumvit Soi 19, 02-207-8000. B1,000-3,200. Tickets at www.ticketflap.com/billbailey-bkk18

 

SPOKEN WORD: Poetry Slam


This spoken-word contest organized by Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy offers up B3,000 in prize money.
Apr 5, 7pm. Live Lounge Bkk, Sukhumvit Soi 13, 02-168-7335. B300.
 

ART: Crossing the Appearances

 

Photographer Deborah Metsch exhibits her memories of Africa through half-frame 35mm photos.

Apr 5-May 6. The Jam Factory, 41/1-5 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-861-0950. Free.

 

ART: BAB Talk #7

 
The offiical announcement of the 75 artists to appear at the first Bangkok Art Biennale
Apr 5, 2-4pm. Auditorium, 5/F, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

 Credit:  Charito Yap Via www.flickr.com

NIGHTLIFE: Zedd

 

As a part of his Asia Club Tour, world-famous electronic music producer and DJ Zedd will a stop off at Onyx for the night.

Apr 5, 10pm. Onyx, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Rd., 081-645-1188. B900. Tickets: www.ticketmelon.com/retox/zedd

 


Friday, Apr 6

ART: Rituals


American photographer David Longstreath explores Southeast Asian rituals like body piercings, fire walking and street processions. Opening reception on Apr 6 from 7pm.
Apr 6-8. Cho Why, Soi Nana 17. Free.
 

ART: The Salween Guardians


Photography that exposes the Burmese army's merciless approach to hilltribe minorities. Opening reception on Apr 6 from 7pm.
Apr 6-May 5. Maison Close, 397/399 Charoenkrung Soi 45. Free.

 

LIVE MUSIC: Freshly Squeezed Sounds

 

Live performances from rising acts Alyn (pop-rock, pictured), UNDA (hip-hop), Oliver Han (acoustic) and Lips Manly (rock). 
Apr 6, 7:30pm. Live Lounge Bkk, Sukhumvit Soi 13, 02-168-7335. B200.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: No Rice No Life #2: Mah Noi EP Release Party

 
At the release party of his new EP, underground techno DJ DOTT will be supported by Mikail and Sarayu.
Apr 6, 9pm. Glow, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 086-614-3355. B350 (includes 1 drink).

 

NIGHTLIFE: Subconscious Techno Sessions

 
Guest DJ COWW and residents spin house and techno.
Apr 6, 9:30pm. Residence de Canal, 463/72 Luk Luang Rd., 02-061-8289. Free.
 

Saturday, Apr 7

 

ART: Strange Loops II: Confusion is Next

 

Through loops, repetition and layering, Pathompon “Mont” Tessprateep offers a visual and thematic exploration of the idea of “mental time travel,”including a portrayal of nomadic noise musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan. Opening reception on Apr 7, 6pm onwards.

Apr 7-May 13. Gallery Ver, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 22, 089-988-5890. Free.

 

LIVE MUSIC: City Plant, Yokee Redlight & Lorenz O'tool (Chuckamuck)

 

Lorenz O'tool of the band Berlin punks Chuckamuck is joined by local indie bands Lokee Redlight and City Plant (pictured).

Apr 7, 8pm. Jam, Charoen Rat Soi 1, 083-5451-833. B160. 

 

NIGHTLIFE: Big Daddy from Oslo


The Norwegian electro house and EDM DJ spins a set.
Apr 6, 10pm. Insanity Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 11, 087-804-9542. B400 for men and B300 for women (includes 1 drink).
 

 

LIVE MUSIC: Jubhuuchonpak!

 
Dub artists Ga-pi and T-bone present a talk and selected songs that have inspired them.
Apr 7, 6pm. Nitt Press, Phran Nok Soi 6. B400.
 
 

LIVE MUSIC: Death Visions

 

An evening of bondage art and noise music. 
Apr 7, 7pm. Maison Close, 397/399 Charoenkrung Soi 45. B350-400.
 

LIVE MUSIC: Live Jazz Band

 

A trio plays jazz, pop, Latin and Brazilian tunes.
Apr 7, 9pm. Le Cafe des Stagiaires, 142/21 Sathorn Soi 12, 081-207-3077.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: Westin Pool Party - Pre-Songkran Edition

 
The popular Westin pool party gets you in the mood for Songkran.
Apr 7, 1pm. Westin Grand, 259 Sukhumvit Soi 19, 02-207-8000. B400 (includes 1 drink).
 

NIGHTLIFE: G-Spot Theme Party Ballywood

 
The drag show party comes in Indian style.
Apr 7, 6pm. Vertigo Too, 60/F, Banyan Tree, 100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: Beat Slice Repeat


An experimental night focused on DJs who produce live beats with styles from electronica and techno to dub.
Apr 7, 8am. The Overstay, Charan Sanitwong Soi 40, 064-723-4975. B150.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: DJ Zinc


The UK-based DJ and producer turns up a strictly drum n’ bass set.
Apr 7, 9pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-717-4365. B500.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: Toprock Presents: "In Hip Hop We Trust"

 
Old-school funk, hip-hop, samples and loops from the genre’s “golden age.”
Apr 7, 10pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661. B200.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: Rise Pres. Myle x Mendy Indigo x Rafael Da Cruz


The high-profile local DJ line-up delivers a dance-ready soundtrack till late.
Apr 7, 10pm. Mustache, 544/5 Ratchadaphisek Soi 7, 081-844-7080. B200.
 
 

Sunday, Apr 8

 

NIGHTLIFE: Mustache Takeover Viva Aviv Riverside Festival

 
Dan Buri, Soi Dogs, David F., Coran and Mjane take over the bar beside the Chao Phraya River with groovy house and tech-house music, food and art.
Apr 8, 2pm. Viva Aviv, B/F, River City Shopping Complex, 23 Yotha Rd., 02-639-6305. B350 for presale, B450 at the door (includes 1 drink). Tickets at www.eventpop.me/e/3062-takeovervivaticket.
 
 

NIGHTLIFE: Spirals and Squares


The lineup of this electronic DJ showcase includes Point and Shoot, Tomes and Linh Ha and Chamapoo.
Apr 8, 8pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 061-717-4365. B100 before 9pm, then B200.
 
 

Ongoing

 

FAIR: 46th National Book Fair & 16th Bangkok International Book Fair 2018

 

We’ll likely never return to the city’s book heyday, i.e. 2013, when UNESCO named Bangkok that year’s World Book Capital (an aspirational title). Thankfully, the International Book Fair returns for a selection of books both Thai and not, with some local writers heading up events.

Through Apr 8, 10am-9pm. 60 New Rachadapisek Rd., 02-229-3000. Free.

 

FAIR: The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show 2018

 

The annual exhibition of cars, big bikes and pretties. Supercars will no doubt be flaunted, but save your ogling for the real automobiles of the future: the plug-in, green machines that will see us out of the air quality index’s red zone.

Through Apr 8. IMPACT Arena, Popular Rd. B100.

 

ART: Games and Politics


In this interactive exhibition, Communication Design students of Chulalongkorn University use games as a way to discuss political issues like armed conflict, migration and governmental surveillance.

Through Apr 12. CommeDe Building, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Rd., 02-218- 4492. Free.

 

ART: 19 Black Edition

 

Photographer Cherdwood Sakolaya explores the measures man takes to control nature. 

Through May 31. Rebel Art Space, Sukhumvit Soi 67, 081-666-8383. Free. 

 

ART: At Dawn

Paintings, drawings and mixed-media artworks by young artists Supaporn Chulaka, Ponpassapon Bunyaritthanone, Tan Kositpipat and Terdtanwa Kanama exploring semi-surreal and abstract concepts.

Through Apr 28Ardel’s Third Place Gallery137-137/1 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-422-2092. Free.

 

 

ART: Two Men Look Out through the Same Bars #2

Artists Miti Ruangkritya and Dhyan Ho examine different points of views standing from the same spot.

Through Apr 8. WTF Gallery & Cafe, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246. Free.

 

ART: EDEN Part II 

Piyatat Hemmatat’s photographs and sculptures draw on the imagery of Eden—serpents, forbidden fruit and the link—in a thought-provoking fashion.

Through Jun 7. Galleria Oasis, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 43, 02-258-7376. Free.

 

ART:  Blood Sweat Beer Part: MediumRare


10 street art artists and painters exhibit works meant to signify that neither happiness nor misery lasts forever.

Through Apr 28. Kalwit Studio & Gallery, 119/14 Ruamrudee Soi 2, 02-254-4629. Free.

 

ART: From the Chaophraya to Mae Ping


The watercolor paintings of Saichol Choungbunsri portray the lives and cultures along the rivers.

Through Apr 30. A Day In A Life, 156/1 Tanao Rd., 092-462-8224. Free.