What’s on – March 2014

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Here are the events to attend during March 2014

Step-Up Dance ’14: The Freestyle Prize and Battle
What: Hard Rock Pattaya brings the “Step-Up Dance ’14: The Freestyle Prize and Battle” contest for aspiring dancers of any age and nationality, who can participate for prizes worth more than THB 100,000.

It’s possible to compete in three categories: a one-on-one popping dance; a two-on-two freestyle dance; and a team performance comprising two to seven members. The dance style is freestyle.

Winners will also be appointed ambassadors of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
When: Applications through Facebook until March 5; final round on March 15
Where: Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya (429 Moo 9, Pattaya Beach Road, Chonburi)
How much: Free to compete
More info: 038 428 755, www.facebook.com/hardrockhotelpattaya

Sunday Brunch in Style
01What: Starting early afternoon and ending late night, Ocean Bangkok is hosting its popular Sunday BBQ Brunch. Relax by the pool while tasting chef Jacobo’s Gastro Tapas BBQ, and sipping on some sparkling wine.
When: Every Sunday from 12 p.m. till late
Where: Ocean Bangkok at Livingstones Urban Boutique Resort
(7 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Bangkok)
How much: THB 1,400 for two people (food only)
More info: 02 261 2800, www.oceanbangkok.com
Celebrating Women
Purple Colour - Gift Set
What: Celebrate the achievements of women with Banyan Tree Gallery as they commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8). Products are inspired by the official international colors of purple, white, and green. Each color holds a significant meaning to all women, and the gallery is offering an array of gift sets in these colors.
When: During March
Where: Banyan Tree Gallery at The Banyan Tree Hotel (21/100 Thai Wah Tower II, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok)
How much: Varies
More info: 02 677 3100 ext 2601,
www.banyantreegallery.com,
www.angsanagallery.com
SHOW REVIEW Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives

Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives
Muay Thai Live - Epic Poster
Bringing the origins and heroes of Thai kickboxing back to life, “Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives” (www.muaythailive.net, www.facebook.com/muaythailive.bkk) is an epic live show that captures 300 years of Muay Thai’s history though a combination of hyper-real fights, breathtaking stunts, and sweeping drama.
Created and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, celebrated Thai director of the award-winning film “Beautiful Boxer” and the musical hit “Chang & Eng,” the show opened January 22, 2014, at The Stage, Bangkok’s new playhouse at the heart of Asiatique The Riverfront, Asia’s largest lifestyle, dining, and entertainment complex.
“Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives” conjures up Muay Thai’s greatest heroes, from the origins to present day, in a series of tales artfully woven together. Over the course of the show, the audience witnesses a mysterious stranger defeat champions in “The Tiger in Disguise”; they are amazed at the feats of Nai Khanom Tom, a chained prisoner who faces 10 savage fighters in “The Prisoner With Eight Limbs”; they tremble for General Pichai, who confronts heavily armed warriors with his bare hands in “The Broken Swords”; flash-forwarding to the present, the audience also watches in awe as a kickboxing lover rescues his girlfriend from the grips of thugs— Thai style—in “The Action Hero.” Finally, as the show draws to a close, the spiritual power of Muay Thai and its connection to Thai people is revealed in “Muay Thai Forever.”
The 18-strong cast packs an incredible array of talent, including real-life Muay Thai champs, black belt martial artists, professional stuntmen, extreme sports athletes, and traditional Thai dancers.
To do justice to the world’s most lethal martial art, Master Sane Tubthimtong—one of Thailand’s most respected Muay Thai masters—choreographed the spectacular fight sequences of the show to re-create a wide variety of Muay Thai styles, from the beautifully choreographed Muay Thai Boran of the origins all the way to the modern high-speed, high-impact kickboxing techniques.
Besides dramatic sword fighting, some uncanny free-running moves, and a blend of traditional Thai and modern dance, the show also features a touch of humor and romance. Stay tuned for upcoming shows.

Nature Meets Art: Tree of Life
Nature meets art
What: This exhibition by artist and designer duo Jesse and Chittra Ganning (known as JC Ganning) showcases 15 contemporary art pieces that bring trees to life through acrylic and gold and silver leaf.
When: From now until March 19, daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Sofitel So Bangkok (Ground floor, 2 North Sathorn Rd, Bangkok)
How much: Free
More info: 02 624 0000,
www.sofitel-so-bangkok.com
Exhibition of Thai Watercolor Artist
Ajarn Sugree  Watercolour7
What: In its ongoing support of local arts, 137 Pillars House is holding its first event of the year with an art exhibition of watercolor paintings by Associate Professor Sugree Kesornkessara. Named “Relax with Watercolours,” Kesornkessara’s exhibition depicts the different moods as reflected by landscapes at different times of the day.
When: From now until April 15, daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 137 Pillars House (2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Road, Chiang Mai)
How much: Free
More info: 053 247 788, www.137pillarshouse.com,
www.facebook.com/137pillarshouse.com
Toast the Luck of the Irish during St. Patrick’s Week at BeerVault
What: BeerVault is celebrating St. Patrick’s week! Try your luck by dipping into the Leprechaun’s pot of gold and win over THB 100,000 worth of prizes. Lots of fun, games and great prizes. Special deal on Irish brews and drinks includes: Dirty Hoe (Guinness, Hoegaarden at THB 200/pint); Irish Car Bomb (Guinness, whisky, and Baileys at THB 350/pint); Black & Tan (Guinness, lager at THB 200/pint); Magners and Guinness at THB 150/half pint, THB 200/pint.
When: From March 10 to the finale on the 17th
Where: BeerVault at Four Points by Sheraton (4 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Bangkok)
How much: See above
More info: 02 309 3201, www.facebook.com/beervault

Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice
What: Disney On Ice returns to Bangkok to entertain children and adults with “Disney On Ice Treasure Trove.” The ensemble of nine movies, with more than 50 Disney characters featured, will open with classic Disney favorites: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. The show then takes the audience to Wonderland to meet Alice and company; then to see Peter Pan in Neverland, and deep into the ocean to swim with the Little Mermaid.
At Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani (11 shows in total). Tickets are priced from THB 300 to THB 2,500 and are now available at Thai Ticket Major counters and Major Cineplex counters.
When: March 27 to 30
Where: Impact Arena
(Muang Thong Thani)
How much: Tickets at THB 300/600/1,000/1,300/1,500/2,500
More info: www.thaiticketmajor.com
19th Annual Fr. Joe's HDF Charity Golf Tournament
What: Father Joe’s mission is to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. The mission builds and operates schools, improves family health and welfare, combats the AIDS crisis, shelters orphans and responds to daily emergencies. Sign up before March 14, and don’t miss this year’s Charity Golf Classic. Sponsorship deals available.
When: March 14 at 12 p.m.
Where: The Royal Golf and Country Club (Bang Sao Thong District, Samut Prakan)
How much: THB 3,900; includes Bourbon St. buffet
More info: 081 999 6628, thechambers88@hotmail.com, info@bourbonstbkk.com, www.bourbonstbkk.com/golf_tournament.html
Eric Clapton Live in Bangkok 2014
What: The King of Guitar, singer and/or writer of many hits such as “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Change the World,” “Layla”, and “Blue Eye Blue” will be performing for the third time in Thailand.
When: March 2 at 8 p.m.; gates open 30 minutes before the start of the show
Where: Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani)
How much: Tickets at THB 1,000/2,500/3,500/4,500/5,500/6,000
More info: www.thaiticketmajor.com
LAUNCH PREVIEW
Thracian Wine Tasting 2
Wines from the Thracian Lowlands Region of Bulgaria, Soon in Thailand
The Regional Vine and Wine Chamber (RVWC), Trakia (www.thracianwine.eu, www.facebook.com/thracianwine), a professional association working on behalf of its members and partners for the promotion of the European wine industry, hosted two wine tastings and presentations in Bangkok and Pattaya recently. The events were a preview of Bulgarian wines from the Trachian region, to be launched in the Thai market in the coming months. Participating wineries are leading brands such as Brestovitsa Winery, Villa Yustina Winery, Yamantievs Winery, and Zagrey Winery, among others.
Thracian tribes from what is now the Thracian Lowland first made wine, called “zelus,” as part of their religious ceremonies to better commune with nature and their deity Bacchus, later called Dionysus. Growing vines as cultivated plants began 5,000 to 6,000 years ago in the areas around the Caspian and Black seas, as well as in Middle Asia, Syria and Mesopotamia. Since then, it has become an important means of living for people on the Balkan Peninsula.
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ANNIVERSARY – Glenfiddich Unveils Very Rare Bottling to Mark 125 Years of Single Malt Excellence

Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, an exclusive 25-year-old expression and one of the rarest and finest examples of Glenfiddich’s malt-making expertise, at “Celebrating 125 years of Glenfiddich” in Bangkok.

With only 286 of these bottles released around the world, of which 20 were sent to Asia, five especially numbered bottles were purchased by single malt aficionados for a minimum of USD 1,168 in a silent auction held during the event.

Distilled on Christmas Day in 1987 as part of the single malt’s centenary celebrations, this special release marks 125 years of pioneering whisky making at the Glenfiddich Distillery. It was selected on Christmas Day 2012, the distillery’s 125th anniversary, by founder William Grant’s great-great grandson, Peter Gordon, and his son, Dougal. All 286 bottles of Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage were taken from just one cask, selected by Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and William Grant’s descendants. Kinsman said, “The whisky’s unusually high ABV of 55.2 percent signifies the uniqueness of this precious, cask-strength liquid. It is a true connoisseur’s choice and with a host of evocative flavours and subtle aromas, it marks another milestone in our pioneering history.”

Visit www.williamgrant.com for more information on William Grant & Sons and its brands.

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