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Upcoming Events (Feb. 28, 2013)


Bingo Night to raise funds for children in poverty

Everyone is invited to join the Charity Bingo Night hosted by the QSI International School of Ha Noi tonight.

A night of exceptional prizes, family-friendly fun and fund-raising essential to QSI’s on-going charity work, the event takes place at the Quang Ba Trade Union Hotel, 98 To Ngoc Van Street.

Last year, the school raised money to buy more than 500 warm jackets for poor children in Lao Chai Commune in Sa Pa. This year, the event aims to help disadvantaged children living in other areas of Viet Nam, mainly focusing on education and health.

One set of five cards is VND150,000 and multiple cards may be played in each hand. Attendees are required to arrive at 6.30pm to get their tickets. The first game will start at 7pm sharp.

For more information, please email QSI International School at

Tokyo group brings ‘death jazz’ to capital

Japanese jazz group Soil“Pimp” Sessions will hit the stage in the capital city on Saturday, March 2.

Starting out in Tokyo clubs in 2001, the band quickly became notorious and attracted worldwide attention for their new brand of aggressive, energetic and danceable music, which they called “death jazz”.

Since 2005, the band have played in major festivals across Europe, including Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Glastonbury in the UK, Fuji Rock in Japan and the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The band also released seven albums.

During the event, which will take place at the Van Ho Exhibition Centre, 2 Hoa Lu Street, from 6-11pm, local jazz-funk group Nga Tu Mat Dien and Ha Noi-based DJ GiGiMix will join the Japanese group to perform.

Free tickets can be collected at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Viet Nam, 27 Quang Trung Street, or at CAMA ATK, 73A Mai Hac De Street.

Experimental show features female composers

Sound Affect, a monthly experimental music show conducted by contemporary composer Vu Nhat Tan, will present two female artists tonight: Luong Hue Trinh and Nguyen Thuy Dung.

Since moving from jazz to electronic music in 2010, Trinh has attracted critical attention. In addition to performing at the Ha Noi Soundstuff Festival, she has worked on film soundtracks with composer Quoc Trung and co-composed music with electronic musician Son X. She has also been involved in projects with the Goethe Institute and the Ha Noi DocLab.

Dung performed with Malian musicians at a previous experimental show.

Trinh will join Dung, who will play the traditional 16-chord dan tranh (zither). Sound Affect will take place at CAMA ATK, 73A Mai Hac De Street from 9pm. Entry VND50,000 or free before 8pm.


Taste Israeli wine at Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon will present an Israeli wine event at the Opera restaurant next Monday.

Two speakers, Michal Ansky and Ruthie Russo of Israel, will introduce and explain the country’s wine and cuisine. Israeli food will also be served at the event beginning at 7pm.

Admission is VND1,050,000++ per person including dinner and wine.

French films, animations to screen at IDECAF

Five French movies, two animations and three feature films, will be shown at the Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) every Saturday in March.

The animations are Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) and Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat); and the movies are Le Nom des Gens (The Names of Love), Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) and Tomboy. The screenings will begin at 3pm.

Tickets costing VND15,000 are available at IDECAF, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1.

Outdoor bar in District 2 hosts art festival

An art festival called Melting Pot will be held at Saigon Outcast – an outdoor bar in District 2 – on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature arts and crafts activities like handmade jewellery; accessories and clothes; painting, photo and video exhibitions; dance performances; live music and silent auctions.

The festival will take place from 10am to 10pm. The bar is located at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2.

Hard Rock Cafe presents Latin weekend

Hard Rock Cafe will present performances of Latin and rock music this weekend.

The newly formed Latin band, Q’vans, will perform live on Saturday, while Vietnamese rock band Bui Gio will rock guests on Sunday night. The local band will also perform at the cafe on March 10 and 31.

The shows will begin at 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe is located at 39 Le Duan Boulevard in District 1. — VNS

By vivian