CINEMA: So Be It (A-Wang)
Kongdej Jaturanrasamee’s documentary has been the talk of the town since the Busan International Film Festival at the start of the month. It depicts the very different lives of Thai boys William and Bundit: one half-American who becomes a monk as part of a reality TV project and decides he wants to convert for life, the other sent to the temple by his family in search of a better life. Variety Magazine calls it a ‘gentle, fascinating’ take on ‘the central role of Buddhism in Thai society’, and House RCA cinema has it on exclusive limited release at 12.30, 16.30 and 20.30 until Wednesday 05 November.
3rd Floor, RCA Plaza, 31/8 Phetchaburi Road, Rama 9 (MRT Phetchaburi); www.houserama.com
NIGHTLIFE: Cinema Winehouse Halloween Fest
The Fright Fest at Cinema Winehouse wraps up a week of Halloween-themed films; running until Friday, there’s still time to kick back to the likes of The Shining and Poltergeist with a few glasses of the 90 baht house wine and a bite or two delivered from Chomp, next door.
59/61 Samsen Road (just along from Soi 1), Banglamphu (Phra Athit/Thewet piers); www.cinemawinehouse.com; 5pm-midnight, closed Tuesdays
NIGHTLIFE: Welcoming the Spirits – Trick or Treat Bar Crawl
Bangkok’s old town gets spooky for a pre-Halloween bar crawl on Thursday, taking in eight bars around Phranakorn including Chomp, Adhere the 13th and Bamsha Cafe, where things kick off at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 800 baht including eight drinks, and are available from all participating bars. For more details call 084 098 8633.
507 Phrasumen Road, Phranakorn; www.bit.ly/trickortreatbkk
CULTURE: Traditional Isaan Art Exhibition at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
This collection by Songrit Muaiprom takes inspiration from the story and design of renowned international works, and uses it to depict the simple and traditional lifestyle of Thailand’s northeast region. Runs until 28 November.
939 Rama 1 Road (direct access from BTS National Stadium); www.bacc.or.th; 10am-9pm, closed Mondays
RECOMMENDED: Check out the nearby Lub d hostel at Siam Square
CULTURE: Time Exhibition at Numthong Gallery
A collection of paintings and drawings curated to reflect the Numthong Gallery’s values, including the reflection of social conditions through the medium of art, marks its eighteenth anniversary and runs until 15 November.
72/3 Soi Ari 5, Phahonyothin Road (BTS Ari); www.gallerynumthong.com; 11am-6pm, closed Sundays
CULTURE: Expique Halloween Chinatown Walking Tour
Bangkok tour company Expique kicks the cobwebs off Bangkok’s historic sights for a special Halloween edition of its Chinatown walking tour. The tour is part of Expique’s new Free on Fridays concept – the tour is free, with a voluntary donation at the end going mostly to charity. The Halloween tour runs from 4.30-6.30pm on Friday; book at www.expique.com.
OUTDOORS: The Music Run
A fun run with a difference – for each of the five zones of this 5k run, you are accompanied by a playlist from a different music genre. There’s even a finish line music party! The run takes place from 4pm on Saturday in Suan Luang Rama IX Park behind Paradise Park Srinakarin Road (access via BTS Udomsuk). Entry 700 baht – details at www.themusicrun.com.
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