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Biggest pub in the north opened in Chiang Mai

An afternoon delight at Baan Chulasai

Shoalin Martial Arts Elite Performance begins Monday

Biggest pub in the north opened in Chiang Mai

“Tawan Daeng Sad Saeng Duan”, the newest and biggest pub in Chiang Mai was opened to the public on October 11. This pub is situated near Chiang Mai University on Klong Chonlaprathan Road in Kad Choeng Doi area.

Weera (Lek) Khanteewit (center) received flowers from Kor Watchara Krachangrat (right) during the grand opening ceremony at Tawan Daeng pub.

Weera (Lek) Khanteewit, the parliamentary reporter, who is the owner of this pub, said that it is the 11th branch of the “Tawan Daeng” network. The other 10 branches are spread out around Thailand with the first one in Bangkok.

On October 21, there will be a charity concert by the famous folk singer Ad Carabao at the pub to raise funds for the poor children in the mountain areas in the North of Thailand.

An afternoon delight at Baan Chulasai

Rebecca Lomax

What more pleasant way can you think of to spend a few hours in the late afternoon than attending a music recital in a lovely garden? Baan Chulasai School of Music and the Arts welcomed students, families, friends and the general public to its end of summer recital on Saturday afternoon, October 18. The recital honored scholarship students from the Chiang Mai School for the Blind and featured musical pieces by local students and teachers.

Students played traditional Lanna fold music while the guests gathered chatted and sipped cold juices. The recital began with students from the School for the Blind, under the direction of Ajahn Xavier Titijet Vichitporn, singing the King’s Anthem. Miss Nicha Lueviboonvathchakit, private student, performed two solos on the traditional khim, followed by Miss Fuyumi Ikenari from Japan on the piano. Her contrasting pieces, “Cowboy” and “Indian”, delighted the audience as did her shy but confident presentation.

Ajahn Xavier, who also sings with the Chiang Mai Choral Society, and his teacher, Ajahn Solot Kuptarat, performed a series of classical works for the flute and recorder, including the well known “Allegro Moderato” by J.S. Bach and “Sonata I” by Georg Philippe Telemann. The ajahns entertained and informed their audience as they discussed the music in both Thai and English. Their final number was a duo of original musical pieces written by Ajahn Solot almost twenty-five years ago, an amusing blending of eastern and western music harmonies and rhythms.

The Peace Chamber Music Group and the Chiang Mai University Strings performed string pieces and sang “Carol of the Bell” and “Baroque”. Their lovely voices harmonized with the strings and produced smiles of appreciation throughout the audience.

The program finale, entitled “Sing for Friends”, was performed by the scholarship students. They sang both western and Thai childhood songs, including “Sing, Sing a Song”, “The Sound of Music”, “Kum Lung Jai” and “Kaeb Tawan”. The audience was impressed as one of the students was led to the piano by Ajahn Xavier to accompany the group. The program noted that “some students may not see you but they will feel your presence”. After the long round of applause these special students received, the audience left assured that they both felt and heard the presence of many appreciative music lovers.

Shoalin Martial Arts Elite Performance begins Monday

The Chiang Mai Buddhakasetra Foundation will arrange a Shoalin Martial Arts Elite Performance from October 27 - November 2 at Sport Stadium 1 of the 700-year Sport complex. Tickets are priced at 500 baht (VIP), 200 baht and 100 baht. All incoming money will financially support 660 poor students’ tuition fees as well as food. For more information or tickets contact 053-414245 or 414096

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