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Lady Penh: what to do in Phnom Penh?

Lady Penh is the founder of Phnom Penh and tells you about what's going on in Phnom Penh!

not to miss!
D+1  Fri. 31/10, 21:00 - Demonism by Casillero del Diablo @ DEMO
D+2  Sat. 01/11, 20:30 - THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) @ The Flicks 3
D+3  Sun. 02/11, 10:00 - Flea Market @ Gasolina
Thursday, October 30
cinema
16:00 LIFE OF CRIME (new) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy set in 1978 starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins.

The wife (Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals, who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he’d actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.

Despite sudden, and uncomfortable, tone shifts and a confusing plot twist, the film is anchored by strong performances from its cast, particularly Aniston. – FILMINK

The script is a nice mixture of suspense and black comic bumbling about. – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

A likeable, if predictable, black comedy that feels like a Tarantino movie made by well-meaning committee. – RADIO TIMES

(98 min, comedy, crime)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnaI-w8h8Ls

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sports
17:40 Pilates @ Samata Spa
 
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Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.40 and 6.50pm

On Tuesdays

5.40pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.

6.50pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!

On Thursdays:

5.40pm - Basic/Progressive - greater concentration on fundamental exercises, correct muscle recruitment and preparation for more advanced practice (this class will also cater to beginners wishing to start pilates practice) - still a demanding workout!

6.50pm - Progressive/Intermediate level - continuous exercise, more challenging work and greater strength training.

Paul is a professional pilates instuctor specialising in matwork, small apparatus and studio. He trained and taught for 8 years in Australia before moving to Cambodia, teaching mat work and working with people of all ages and pilates experience to address postural problems and common back complaints.

Paul is currently offering mat classes for people who would like to experience classical pilates with a focus on whole body strengthening, form and flow. Exercises are adapted to the level that suits each client and are classes are designed to ensure a healthy and challenging workout.

Enquiries into personal sessions are also welcome.

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workshop
18:00 Bachata Lessons @ Feel Good Cafe
 
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Bachata class with Artemiy and Olga. $10 for drop-in.

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conference
18:00 GREEN NIGHT: Fight for Areng Valley @ Meta House
 

Cambodia’s environment is increasingly under pressure from a number of sources, including rapid development and the impacts of climate change. Get the chance to learn more about innovative Cambodian eco-projects, new business concepts, and meet the people behind it.

The bi-monthly GREEN NIGHT at Meta House is held in cooperation with SMART. Cambodian Premiere of Oscar-winnner Kayanee Mam’s FIGHT FOR ARENG VALLEY (2014, 6 min) about a Cambodian hydropower project, which threatens wildlife habitat. LUCKY DRAW.

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workshop
18:15 Learn Intermediate Khmer & Culture @ The Capacity Specialists Training Centre
 
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This is an intermediate level 5 week program that aims to teach you words and phrases that will complement the basic Khmer language you already know. As with our beginners’ program, you will also learn some important Khmer customs. The program consists of 5 x 2 hour Thursday evening workshops in late October to early December, run by an experienced facilitator.

Please see here for more info: http://phnompenhcommunitycollege.com/post/99620545591/khmer-language-worshops-thu-30-oct-2014

CONTACT: info@phnompenhcommunitycollege.com

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workshop
18:30 Swing Hard Speak Easy - Swing Night @ CODE Red
 
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Lindy Hop Swing has hit The Penh like never before. Join Swing Penh every Thursday at CodeRED. Get your ass whipped into dance-floor-owning shape with Beginner Classes and Intermediate Classes taught by American swing champ, Janice Wilson. Afterward, swing hard or speak easy during our jam session curated by Warren Daly.

Is the heat getting to you? When you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and start off your weekend with some sizzling swing outs and hot moves, and chill out with some moonshine and great company.

Intermediate Class - 6:30pm Beginner Class - 7:30pm (Drop-ins welcome) Jam Session - 8:30pm

FEES

Drop in: $5, Beginner (prepaid): $16 per month, Intermediate (prepaid): $20 per month.

CodeRed has graciously offered to ensure that we are adequately lubricated for dancing by giving all dancers a 50% off discount on drinks.

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cinema
18:30 LISTEN UP PHILIP (new) @ The Flicks 1+2+3
 
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A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit.

Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work.

When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject – himself.

A very entertaining black comedy for very mysterious reasons. – WALL STREET JOURNAL

This is the closest any film has come to apprehending Roth’s fiction. – NATIONAL POST

A spiky movie about the pointlessness of pettiness. – REDEYE

(108 min, drama, international film festival winner)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyErKmF6xdo

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sports
19:00 Hockey night @ Tennis courts behind City Villa
 
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Games are held weekly at the tennis courts behind City Villa on Thursday nights starting at 7PM. No equipment is necessary, except for goalies who wear full gear (provided). Sticks are also provided, running shoes are recommended (try to bring a white and black t-shirt).

Optional: Beers afterwards. If you’re interested, please email info@hockeynightincambodia.com to sign up for our mailing list.

New players play for free! Otherwise a game costs $5 to support equipment and court fees (long term members get discounts and other perks like cheaper jerseys). At times games can be cancelled due to rain. If you have any questions about how to get there or if there is a game on that night you can email us at info@hockeynightincambodia.com.

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CambodiaHockey

On the web: http://www.hockeynightincambodia.com/

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party
20:00 Western Karaoke Night @ Sundance Inn & Saloon
 
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With more than 40,000 songs from all genres.

Hosted by Mick The Mic.

Until: December 31

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cinema
20:30 A MOST WANTED MAN (new) @ The Flicks 1+3
 
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The final moments of Anton Corbijn’s latest film A Most Wanted Man are both gratifying and poetic. Starring an impeccable cast that includes the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright, the film is based on the novel by John le Carré, and is a tension-driven and smartly paced thriller ride that makes a mark as one of the year’s best rides.

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?

Based on John le Carré’s novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.

A Most Wanted Man is smart and precise, an espionage thriller that stands out as one of the best of its kind in quite some time. It’s confident in its approach and doesn’t shy away from its central purpose. It’s a morality tale that engulfs your conscience with terrifying and difficult questions. It’s one of the year’s best.

(122 mins, thriller)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUyYBrlF_W8

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cinema
20:30 THE KILLING FIELDS (1984) @ The Flicks 2
 
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Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war, in Phnom Penh.

When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in.

The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed and a must-see for everybody in Cambodia; locals as visitors.

(141 minutes, biography, drama, history)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92zK2w78J-c

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rock
21:00 Electric Universe @ Meta House
 

ELECTRIC UNIVERSE continue their long-running residency at Meta House this evening. The band is a special collaboration between Tim King, James Speck and DJ Nicomatic.

These guys only play together as a group once per month and the music is always completely improvised and purely instrumental. Live electric guitar and phrase synthesizer are combined with recorded beats and sounds emanating from the DJ's turntables.

Just to mix things up a little bit more, Electric Universe also regularly invite other musicians to jam with them.

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exhibition
"Happy Paintings" by Stef @ The Plantation
 
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Happy Painting is a collection of 14 large size canvases started 20 years ago when Stef moved in Cambodia. Stef’s paintings overflow with the joy of life and serenity.

He constructs worlds where bliss and kindness reign supreme, as remedy for the unhappiness surrounding us. The artist’s vision is naïve, with figurative motifs and vibrant colours.

Stef’s unique style - that one may have seen in many places in Cambodia - has supporters all around the world. Happy Painting exhibition at The Plantation will be one of the first times that such a great number of Stef’s paintings will be displaced together.

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Regulars and reminders
exhibition
"Once upon a time... Phnom Penh City" @ Institut Français
 
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This exhibition traces the urban development of Phnom Penh City through unique archival documents (photographies, maps, records), aiming to promote the rich past and history of the capital in an informative and entertaining way.

It has been made possible thanks to the Heritage Mission, an institute operated by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, which performes a great work in gathering data on Phnom Penh City urban and monumental heritage history.

Besides the exhibition on Phnom Penh city urban heritage, an artistic and contemporary perspective will be presented through works of two photographers: Jean-François Perigois (France) and Chhay Kanha (Cambodia)

More info on "Once Upon a time... Phnom Penh city": http://goo.gl/QgGSZH

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exhibition
"Hello Sally!" by Em Riem @ The Plantation
 
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Hello Sally! is an exclusive and new collection of 17 abstract paintings. These result from a long academic journey within the traditional Cambodian art of painting. In this exhibition, Em Riem is now extending his talent to the world of abstract, while still glorifying his culture and knowledge in his own and unique way.

Hello Sally! will be Em Riem’s 3rd exhibition at The Plantation. He was indeed the very first artist to exhibit at the Lotus Pond Gallery early 2012 and participated later to the collective exhibition ”40 masks - 40 artists”. Paintings are available for sale.

Originally from Kandal province, Em Riem is a Cambodian 43 years-old artist who graduated from the Royal University of Fine Arts of Phnom Penh and the Higher National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, France. Em Riem’s art includes a wide range of materials and inspirations: from rattan designed sofas to abstract aluminium sculptures, painted portraits of Khmer Rouge’s victims or eclectic acrylic paintings of the countryside. Em Riem is also one of the most famous male fashion models in Cambodia, with a unique creative and personal style.

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exhibition
"Inverted Sewer" by Meas Sokhorn @ Java Café & Gallery
 
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After a quiet period of almost two years, Meas Sokhorn will exhibit a new series of paintings. Working on a background of alarming-red, Meas depicts figures on motorbikes, in cars and walking along the roads of Phnom Penh. The figures are not grounded to any fixed perspective and seem to be detached from the background—creating a loose and chaotic composition. It gives the impression that one could shake the canvas and the characters would float around and settle in new positions. But the artistic narrative unfolds in the details.

In the corner of one canvas are the words in English “LANE OWNER,” while horns emerge from the faces of pedestrians, a steering wheel and policeman caps. In another, a Chivas logo covers the road that cars drive over. The passengers carry bottles of alcohol and firearms. While another painting refers to the political rallies of the Cambodian General election of 2013.

Although the literal representation is largely traffic and alcohol, a secondary and subversive theme of class conflict and exploitation of power pervades the body of work. When discussing these themes with Meas, he refers to the congested roads of Phnom Penh as a “moving slum.” A metaphor that refers to the seeming lack of order and infrastructure despite the fact that there are rules and laws in place to govern the interactions. He says that the whole system is broken and no one is taking responsibility.

When asked why, as an artist, do you present this theme in your work, Meas replied that he has observed and been subjected to this growing problem and felt compelled to respond, “This is all I can do—I have my brush.” The stop-sign red background of the paintings serve as a warning of danger. A warning that he hopes will stimulate conversation and hopefully serve as a call to action.

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