COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events, Concerts and Shows

The IRASEC (Institut pour la Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine), the EFEO (Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient), the Alliance Francaise of Chiang Mai, together with the INTG (Informal Northern Thai Group) has organized an exhibition of 30 photographs “Adhimar Leclhre and the Phnong - Portraits of ‘High Cambodia’ (1890-1906)” at the EFEO premises in Chiang Mai (131 Charoen Prathet Road, opposite the Alliance Francaise) from Saturday March 20 to Thursday April 8. This exhibition will be opened officially on Saturday March 20 at around 6.15 p.m. with refreshments at the EFEO Centre and will be followed by a conference by Dr. Andrew Hardy (EFEO, Hanoi) at the Alliance Francaise around 7.30 p.m. Dr Hardy will introduce a book he has co-authored on hill tribes in Cambodia and Laos.

Mekong 2004, a photo exhibition from Reinhard Hohler, in conjunction with the Ninth PATA Mekong Tourism Forum, runs March 26-28, at the Sheraton Chiang Mai Hotel.

March 28 at the Kad Theatre, The Nutcracker 2004. A combined ballet performance by local students, international dancers and popular Thai singer Manunut Samaerasut. Tickets from 100 baht to 500 baht with all proceeds going to the foundation for people with Down Syndrome in northern Thailand.

The 4th Art Thesis Exhibition at Chiang Mai University Art Museum is still ongoing until March 30. A joint project from the Department of Fine Arts. Paintings, sculptures and graphic arts. A great show worth seeing!

HQ Art Gallery exhibition ‘Icons of Serenity’ by Suriya Siemmai and Wattanapong Yotaitiang. Contemporary art to be seen from March 1 until March 31, Monday – Saturday 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. HQ Art Gallery is situated at 3/31 Samlan Road, opposite Wat Phrasing.

City, an exhibition of photographs from Chicago: March 17 – 23 at Lansilapa Art Gallery at Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai, 2nd floor. Organized by the United States Consulates General Chiang Mai.

Life Cycle of people in Thailand, a photo exhibition by Ivar Sviestins at the Chiangmai City Arts and Cultural Center is still on until March 31. Supported by the United Nations Population Fund in Thailand (UNFPA), the Embassy of Sweden and the Planned Parenthood Association (PPAT).

Clubs

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at Siam Garden. Siam Garden is located about half an hour’s drive south of Chiang Mai in Sarapee District. An international buffet-style lunch will be served at noon for 150 baht per person. Please reserve if you are coming (or not) by Sunday, March 28 by email: [email protected] or 053-429-878.

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!). More information at 053 342 362 or 09 997 8146.

If you have a passion for making movies using film or video, and are looking for others who have similar interest - then ‘IndieClub’ is the community for you. Whether your interests lie in acting, directing, producing, writing, lighting or any other skill that is associated with making great film or video, join for free. Need more info about the Chiang Mai ‘IndieClub’? Email: [email protected]

Dining

Amari Rincome’s March promotion is called “Gourmet Ireland - New Irish Cooking” and features Chef Adrian’s creations of old Irish recipes, cooked in a modern way. An example of one of the dishes is: roast pepper-crusted loin of venison with fresh thyme, Irish whiskey and crepes on white truffle creamed potatoes and saut้ed fragrant leaf spinach. Absolutely delicious!

Amazing Sandwich, ‘a shady island in a sea of rice’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway, between Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel can also deliver to your door for orders over 350 baht. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in no later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 053 218 846.

Chez Gibus Grill House Restaurant announces special ‘Sauerkraut’ –‘Choucroute’ days on March 26 and March 27 - 380 baht for a special choucroute dinner. On other days they offers daily BBQ, salads & french-fries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sundays. All you can eat for only 199 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations at tel. 053 272 712.

At Anusorn market, Kurt’s Restaurant, formerly known as Formula 1, will once again show every race and pamper guests. Pre-race festivities on March 21 begin at 1 p.m., so make sure you get there on time!

The Grillstation’s Formula 1 Sunday continues on Sunday, March 21 at 1.30 p.m. Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix. BBQ buffet from noon onwards throughout the afternoon. 200 baht per person.

The Rydges Chiang Mai offers a great daily business lunch buffet with Thai specialties and a variety of international, mouth-watering highlights. Daily from noon – 2 p.m. at Chillies Restaurant inside the Rydges Hotel. Only 200 baht/person. A true value for money!

Rydges Beer Garden is now open from 5 p.m. – midnight, Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. - buy 1, get 1 free (glass of beer or jug), snacks and special dishes only 40 baht net per serving, BBQ and suckling pig every Sunday, freestyle live music with female singer. Parking available at the hotel. Table reservations at 053 251 531.

Party Catering: Do you like to party but don’t want to bother with cooking for hours? Let To Nobody Restaurant take care of it. Homemade sausages, pork knuckles, smoked trout, different smoked fish specialties and even roast duck. You decide, they will do the cooking. For more information, stop by To Nobody, 44 Soi Tewan, T. Changpuak or call Sunisa or Chef Joerg at tel. 0 5321 4483. Open daily except Tuesdays from 5.p.m. onwards.

Education

Free Outdoor Stepdancing Classes daily from March 15 – March 31 at the Outdoor Sports Center at the 700 Year Anniversary Complex. Daily-(nightly) from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. for everybody who wants to be fitter, more relaxed and lose a few pounds. Come by or call for more information tel. 053 210 825, or 053 226 105.

Childbirth Preparation Classes - Especially for first time parents who are interested in the Bradley method, Juanita Duong, Diane Smith and Lori Rowe work together to teach a series of two 2-hour classes that will help prepare a couple for the birth of their baby. After the birth, one of these nurses will also do a follow-up visit to answer any newborn questions as well as assist with breast-feeding if needed. Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge.

The teachings of ‘Eckhart Tolle’, a modern master and the author of ‘The Power Of Now’. Listen and watch free in English. A guide to spiritual enlightenment. Contact Ivan on 053 423 602 or 01 473 6414.

The Plearn Center for Language, Art and Culture is now open. ‘Little Chef’ program for children, language lessons for kids and adults and much more. For more information call 053 247 800.

Entertainment

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Mar 21: Butterfly Man (2002) Thai / UK – a Thai-UK love story of a man who leaves his girlfriend in Bangkok and falls in love with a Thai massage girl.

Services

Subnotic Events Agency, an international event and entertainment company are organizing a fund-raising event with show and performers at the beginning of June in Chiang Mai. They would like to get in contact with small and medium sized charity organizations and individuals in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand who need urgent funds for their charity project and are interested in explaining their project at this event. For more information, contact 09 191 8512 Anong, 01 027 1335 Dao or 05 041 3621 Lou. Also: volunteers are needed for setting up the event.

Raintree Resource Centre - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free booklet: “Helpful Hints for getting settled in Chiang Mai”. Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - noon and Sundays 4 - 4.45p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays). Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 5,000 English books available. Info-line 053-262660. Movie-line 053-262661, e-mail: [email protected] cmcchurch.org

The Phamai Clinic, a governmental organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problem with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential! Call 053 226 135 or e-mail for more information: [email protected]

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai area. So why not donate one for only 7,000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiang Mai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Back on the air! Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasting live, daily from 7.30-9 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.