As events small and large make their long-awaited return to the city, we round up all the culture, food and fun that’s piquing our interest.
TWO MANIFESTOS AT ROSSI & ROSSI
(until May 14)
The themes of diaspora and disillusionment are given an intimate exploration at “Two Manifestos”, the new exhibit at Rossi & Rossi’s new gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang. Iranian Siah Armajani and Karachi-born Rasheed Araeen – two diaspora artists who migrated to the West – showcase works from the 1970s to more recent times that illuminate how each grappled with foreign cultures, their idiosyncratic reflections, and synthesis each developed.
Find out more at rossirossi.com
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN AT WHITE CUBE
(until May 14)
Titled after Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Nigerian-Biafran War in the late 1960s, a period of African independence that deeply inspired Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, “‘Half of a Yellow Sun” at White Cube is his Hong Kong debut, and presents an evocative, vivid tapestry of new fabric paintings through which he explores the themes of commerce, cultural identity, and history of materials.
Find out more at whitecube.com
A SPORTY AFFAIR AT MINISTRY OF MUSSELS
No more trying to muffle those screams in your living room, because Ministry of Mussels, the bistro-style sports bar in California Tower, has just reopened for business. Join fellow (socially distanced) fans as you catch this season’s most nail-biting sports moments – from trackside at Formula One to the main court of
the US Open – served with rounds of ice-cold beer and fresh, delicious mussels (which are also available for home delivery).
Find out more at ministryofmussels.com
FLEX YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLES AT PMQ
(until December 31)
Whether it’s tufting your custom rugs, hand-crafting your DIY tin tableware, or art-jamming with your little ones, PMQ’s Creative Workshop Series launched in March has something for everyone. Check out their monthly programmes that span some 40 creative workshops – available both online and in-person, and many kid-friendly – across different fields hosted by various tenants of PMQ.
Find out more at pmq.org.hk
AN EPIC SAGA WITH PACHINKO
Pachinko, the National Book Award finalist written by Min Jin Lee, might be one of the most moving novels we’ve read in recent years. Its screen adaptation made its debut on Apple TV+ to rave reviews in March. Curl up on the couch on a rainy spring day and get swept up in the rise and fall of a multi-generational Korean immigrant family, featuring Lee Min-Ho and Oscar-winner Youn Yuh-jung (Minari).
Find out more at tv.apple.com
BLOOMING SEASON AT THE MURRAY, HONG KONG
The city’s one and only tree of its species to be registered as “old and valuable” – the cassia javanica var. indochinensis – is as storied as the heritage hotel that towers over it. This spring, visitors and guests will get to see the majestic tree in full bloom at The Murray, Hong Kong, best viewed from the garden level, as the green canopy turns into a sea of blush and white between April and June. Expect a host of activities such as botanical tours and cassia-inspired sweet treats as part of the celebration.
Find out more at niccolohotels.com
FRENCH CLASSICS WITH A TWIST AT CLARENCE
Opened barely a month ago, the plush, H Code-housed Clarence has swiftly become one of the city’s hottest tables – with good reason. Michelin-starred Olivier Elzer’s first personal culinary endeavour is where he debuts his patented ‘Yakifrenchy’ concept that gives an imaginative twist to French classics – from Burgundy snails to duck confit – using traditional Japanese robata methods. We also recommend a wine-pairing meal under the gorgeously vaulted ceilings and red brick walls of The Sommelier Room, which houses some of the world’s rarest bottles not found anywhere else in the city.
Find out more at clarencehk.com