Vol. I No. 3 Saturday 9 November - 15 November 2002
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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presides over grand re-opening of Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Hall

Tools of Dr. Night

Lam still rains!

9th CMU Book Fair to be held November 25 - December 3

Computer Fair 2002 continues until November 10

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presides over grand re-opening of Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Hall

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Tuesday (November 5) graciously presided over the grand re-opening of the Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Hall. Chiang Mai Municipality closed the hall temporary for renovation. Photo shows HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presenting a souvenir to Chiang Mai governor Pisit Katephasuk (left) during the re-opening ceremony held at the old Chiang Mai City Hall.

Tools of Dr. Night

The latest art exhibition from the creative soul of Doris Kraushaar is on view at Darling, the Wine Pub (opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel), until the 16th of this month.

The latest art exhibition from the creative soul of Doris Kraushaar is on view at Darling, the Wine Pub (opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel), until the 16th of this month.

Better known as a painter, Doris has this time used photographs as her medium, cleverly combining images in collages to produce a distinct work of art, often not related to the subject matter in the original photographs.

The best method of viewing the exhibition is to stand a little back from the artwork to see what the artist wants you to experience.

The item called “Python” is a good example of this, the weaving pattern being produced by placing the same photograph of drink containers on the backing material but alternating right and left.

Other items are often apparently disparate, but a look at the title will give the reason why she has included each piece in the exhibition.

It is an interesting combination of work, even including bottles with photo labels or tumblers with attached photographs.

With this exhibition it is important to view it as art, and not an exhibition of photographs. Doris does not claim to be a follower of Lartigue or Henri Cartier-Bresson, but is simply an artist expressing herself in a different medium.

Lam still rains!

Last weekend saw a reunion of some of Thailand’s more accomplished musicians at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, with an open-air concert held in the new beer garden area behind the hotel. The group was the V.I.P. Band with the lead guitar being virtuoso Lam Morrison, and lead vocalist being Chaville Kampira.

Lead guitar virtuoso Lam Morrison has a look at the new Chiangmai Mail, and gives it the thumbs up.

With such a band getting together again (some of the members had been performing together more than 30 years ago) it promised to be a sell-out. However, many Chiang Mai residents missed this spectacular concert because of the rain, but those who stayed, sheltering under umbrellas, were treated to a wonderful night of music.

Chaville showed he had lost none of his enthusiasm for the performance, belting out some great vocals, while Lam showed that he had lost none of his fire, sliding a beer mug across the frets as his fingers flew across the strings, in what was almost a ‘trade mark’ display.

Despite the rain, Lam Morrison and the V.I.P. Band put on a great show.

Jim Morrison’s ‘Light my Fire’ was an electric performance by his name-sake, Lam, which had the crowd on its feet demanding more.

By the way, the initials VIP stand for Various Individualistic Personalities, not what you would have imagined. Well, that is what Chaville told your music critic at 2 a.m. after the show!

No matter what the weather, do not miss the next opportunity to catch this group.

9th CMU Book Fair to be held November 25 - December 3

Book Worms celebrating

Metinee Chaikuna

The Chiang Mai University Book Fair will be held daily from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. from November 25 - December 3 at the main library building.

Organizers of the fair aim to attract students and Chiang Mai residents who love reading, and give them the opportunity to chat with writers, publication owners, and printers.

There is also a seminar entitled “Making dreams, creative writings,” on Tuesday November 26 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the meeting room, 3rd floor of the CMU Library, exploring writing potential with Chart Kopchit and Paiwarin Khaongam, with Assist Prof Dr. Sompong Wittayasakpan in the chair.

There will be 106 booths representing publications from Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and souvenir shops and 46 booths for young readers.

For more information visit their website www.lib.cmu. ac.th/bookfair/bookfair9.html

Computer Fair 2002 continues until November 10

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Computer Club, in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering, is holding their fourth computer fair, the “Chiang Mai Computer 2002,” which runs until November 10.

Wattanachai Phuvakul (center), owner of Rattanapol Computer Co. chaired the press conference at Westin Hotel, Chiang Mai to announce the “Chiang Mai Computer 2002” computer fair, which continues until November 10 at the Convention Hall at Chiang Mai University.

The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chiang Mai University’s Convention Hall.

On display is the latest technology in computer hardware and software, IT supplies and equipment, which is being showcased by a host of suppliers.

Products from IT giants Belta, Logitech, IBM, Sony, HP, Toshiba, APC, Compaq, 3M and Aidata are on display, and well known suppliers are offering special prices and special discounts at the fair.

Technicians are also on hand at some of the booths to explain the new technology and how it can be of benefit in the home or workplace.

Organizers are predicting that this year’s fair is likely the biggest of its kind in the northern region, and living up to its billing as being of international standard.

The fair has achieved great success over the past four years and this year organizers have no reason to doubt it will be every bit as successful.

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