COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

The Japanese Christian Church in Chiang Mai organizes a concert with vocal music by the well-known Japanese gospel-singer Mori-Uri on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 7 p.m. She will perform classical and contemporary songs, as well as Japanese Folksongs. Place: Somsawalee Auditorium, Payap University, Kaew-nawarat Campus (opposite Mc.Cormick Hospital). Free admission but your are invited to donate for Tsunami victims. More information: Mr.Taka-asu Nojiri, 0 6916 0330.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival from February 3-5, 2006 at Buak Haad Park to mark the 60th anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne. Flower parade starts on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m. at Nawarat Bridge. More information from TAT on tel. 0 5324 8604.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat the classic family musical of all times. Presented by Voice Studio on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, 2006. At Kad theatre in Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. Tickets available at the information desk.

The Music Department of Payap University presents a Violin Recital by Ohm Chanteyoon, assisted by David Wilson, Pianist Virapon Prathumwan, Guitarist, and String Ensemble on Saturday, Feb 4, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. at Multi-Media Room, Maekao Campus, Payap University. Admission free! Ohm will perform Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Paganini’s Duet for Violin and Guitar, Schubert’s Serenade, and others.

Chiang Mai Health and Beauty Expo from February 9-13 at the CMU Convention Hall.

Music Department of Payap University presents concert of piano and vocal music by Debussy, Duparc, Lehar, Pouangroi, and Puccini, performed by Bennett Lerner, pianist, Deborah Childs, lyric soprano, and Jan-Ate Stobbe, tenor at Payap University Multi-Media Room (Maekao Campus) at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2006. Admission 100 baht. Tickets are available at: Gong Dee Gallery,Krit’s Pasta, Payap Music Department, 0 5324 8037; Tananan Willson Haute Couture,
and CD Green, For more information about ‘A Debussy Festival’, contact Jan Verwers at: [email protected] or phone 0 5386 8209.

Cello recital at Khao Hom Culinary School in Mae Rim. Limited seating for only 38 music lovers on February 17, 2006 at 7 p.m. Tickets: 950 baht that includes dinner.

Dine and Dance under the stars! The Foundation for the Education of Rural Children (FERC) fund raising gala on February 18, 2006, 6.30 p.m. at Baan Wongmalee to raise money for a school dormitory. Tickets are 1,500 baht each and available
at Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiangmai Mail and any Rimping Supermarket or from FERC board members. For information, contact www.thai-rural-education.com.

Benefit Concert at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, in aid of the Viengping Children’s Home on Saturday, February 18, 2006. ML Usni Pramoj and friends will perform classical pieces from Mozart in honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s death. Begins 5.30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by the one hour concert at the Intanin room. Space is limited! Early reservation recommended: 0 5329 8181.

The World Music Concert “The Roots of Asian Sound”, performed by Changsaton Group from The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and Ankara Group from Singapore) on Saturday 18 February 2006 with the first show at 2 p.m. and second show at 7 p.m. at the theatre. For further information 0 5321 1724, 0 5394 4823, 0 1030 6603

Tea Time Concert in idyllic garden atmosphere. Bangkok String Quartet will be playing popular pieces by great composers and old favorites. Mozart, Bach, Boccherini, Tchaikovski and more. Sunday, February 19, 2006 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Khao Hom Culinary School in Mae Rim. Tea and Snacks are served during intermission. Ticket 450 baht, available at Gongdee Studio, Tel 0 5322 5023, 0 5322 2230.

“Bring Good Things To Life” Art Competition 2005, organized by Toshiba. Plus watercolor painting exhibition by Eng-on Homsuwan at the gallery, first floor of CMU Art Museum. Exhibition from January 26 – February 26 2006, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Northern Campus) presents The Art Thesis Exhibition 2006 at CMU second floor of ‘the gallery’ until February 26.

“Tin Pan Alley at Gong Dee Gallery” on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. The Nakornping gang of merry music-makers is at it again and will feature favorite songs by Gershwin, Arlen, Mercer, Kern, Berlin, Porter and others. Admission fee is 200 baht.

ArtSpace Student Art Exhibition, “The Figure” - Paintings and Drawings, until February 19, 2006 at Art Cafe located directly across from Thapae Gate. For enquiries about the
exhibition or ArtSpace classes, contact Chadwick: at 0 4041 7982 artspacecm
@yahoo.com

Next Skål Meeting on Feb 23, 06 at Maesa Elephant Camp in the Maesa Nursery Area, hosted by Anchalee Kalmapijit, Operation Director, Maesa Elephant Camp with guest Speaker Junnaphong Sara- nak Director Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1. Start is already at 4.30 p.m. and the program will include a mini mahout training course, elephant riding and a show program. To assist the planning in this event, the SkŒl Club would appreciate your advising your attendance early by email to [email protected] or by fax to 0 5390 4777, (with a copy to Michael Vogt on [email protected])

Dining and Restaurants

Amari Rincome Hotel is getting ready for Valentine’s Romance Night at La Gritta Restaurant! Valentine dinner only 725 baht nett per person. Reservations at tel. 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai since 1998, has opened its third branch at the new Sompetch Gold Place, a few meters before you reach the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. All branches serve sandwich extravaganzas with amazing quality at reasonable prices. Branches 1 and 2 are at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd. beside Thai Airways office and 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd. opposite Orchid Hotel.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. Tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonissimo.co.th.

Chiangmai Kebab opens daily at noon – 2.30 a.m. Traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. They also serve Falafel and Samosa fresh daily. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza. A haven of good food to let you relax after a hectic day and enjoy fondue with the family. Place your table reservations for the festive season now. Call 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door throughout the year. Bitburger beer in barrels, quality wines from Germany, Italy, Romania, even Crikova Sparkling wines from Russia. Ask for the full list or place your order with Alfred Herbold, phone and fax 0 5386 2214.

Fujian, serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and tantalizing contemporary Chinese dishes in an elegant two-storey Sino-Portuguese style mansion, tucked away in the picturesque corner of Kad Dhara market surprises with special Dim Sum special lunch offers. Open daily for Lunch 11.30 a.m. -2.30 p.m. and for dinner from 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. For details and reservations, please call 0 5388 8888 Ext. 8548.

Glass Onion, Wine, Piano or cocktail bar? Every night a different theme. Expect the unexpected! The Glass Onion, 61 Nimmanahaeminda Road in the Room #1 Mall. Parking at rear. Open daily, except Mondays, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Reservations: 0 5321 8479

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. An ideal place for dining and wining. Choose from various restaurants like The Gold Leaf, Shabu Shabu, the Mae Ping Coffee Shop or the lively beer garden with a variety of happenings. Perfect for meetings, gatherings or family reunions. Let the specialists take care! More information and reservation at 0 5328 3900.

La Casa, true Italian cuisine serves over 200 dishes of home cooked specialties at 5 Irrigation Canal Rd. and you will receive 10 percent discount by cutting out their advert from the Chiangmai Mail. Reservation for table or catering service at 0 5321 5802.

Le Crystal will have special set candle light menus for lovers at the romantic atmosphere at the Ping River, during February. Menu for couples only 3,600 baht, served with “Le Crystal Sparkling” and complimentary Valentine’s Rose and Chocolate Lover. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1.

Mi Casa, homely, artistic and Mediterranean in the middle of Chiang Mai on Suthep Road. Lots of vegetarian specialties. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon – 2.30 p.m. and for dinner from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. Telephone 0 5381 0240 or email [email protected] Mi Casa, 60 Moo 8, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai.

My Home, eat and feel at home at ‘My Home’ with daily specials like their specialty: Burmese chicken or Burmese goat. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Parking available. 328/1 Charoenrad Rd. Watket District, Muang, Tel. 0 5324 2505, Fax: 0 5324 2506.

Primavera, Mediterranean restaurant in the middle of Chiang Mai serves Greek, Spanish, Italian and even Thai food. Opposite Amora Thapae Hotel with a big terrace to relax after an evening shopping.

Pum Pui, the one and only in Chiang Mai, might not be easy to find but when you do, it is definitely worth it! Great Pizzas, huge salads and a wide variety of wines from around the world. Experience a quiet garden atmosphere in the middle of Chiang Mai. Table Reservation at 0 5327 8209, 24/1 Moon Muang Soi 2.

Rachamankha Hotel is known as the chic place to enjoy a real afternoon tea. Rachamankha Hotel, telephone at 0 5390 4111 or e-mail: [email protected]
kha.com

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant offers a huge range of Northern Thai dishes with favorites like deep fried shitake mushrooms, spicy lemon grass salad, or a gurami fish salad. 6 to 8 km along the Kan Klong Chonprathan Road from Chiang Mai University, depending upon your navigation skills. Look for the over-bridge into Baan Nai Fun 2 and the clubhouse building on the right. Reservation: 0 5383 8990, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Schmidt Co in Chiang Mai offers the best brands of latest products for bakeries and pastry chefs to get ready for the high season. Sweets, flours, imported chocolates and more. Call 0 5329 7880-1 for details.

Seven Suns Restaurant and Guesthouse is rumored to have the finest Fish
and Chips you can find. Worth a try! Great for a light lunch. Seven Suns at 155 Rachamanka Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, telephone 0 5381 4325. Open daily. Aussie Big Breakfast served all day.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is ideal for expats and Thais alike. Enjoy all-time German favorites like Pork knuckle, bratwursts, beer, trout from the Royal Project, (not to be missed). A wide selection of high quality German wines. Open for lunch and then dinner from 5 p.m. onwards, (daily except Tuesdays). Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

TTK, The Thai Kebab, on Changklan Road opposite CM Central Hospital serves kebab, schnitzel, falafel, hummus and much more. Free salad, pickles and sauce to every meal. Open daily from 11.30 – 22.30 except Sunday. Telephone 0 5382 0234, or 0 9634 4249

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

Interested in what is shown at ALL theaters in Chiang Mai? Check this out: http:// www.movieseer.com/DisplayPerDay.asp?Channel=2It has all the movies and times at all the theaters in Chiang Mai.

Art films at CMU. Free movies every Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in the Roof Top
of Media Arts and Design Building at CMU Arts Museum. More information at 0 5394 4846, ext 22.

Clubs

A newly-formed group who want to ring in the New Year with “Chiang Mai Voices” is coming together. Rainy Riding, already well-known in Chiang Mai for her choral work, will be the director – with assistance from others in the community. Practices starts on January 31, and they would like to encourage more people to join to perform a Christian Music Celebration set for May 2006. For more information, please contact Jo Steele at [email protected] or Lindy at [email protected] The group is also looking for a centrally located meeting place and a pianist; if you can volunteer, help out, or make a suggestion, please email or call.

Chiang Mai Expats Club. Meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road at 10.30 a.m. For more info, email [email protected], www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com.

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the Lucky-Dogs Ltd.) has moved to new premises, only 5 km from the old site. Bigger kennels with wider running space for the necessary play and exercise. For more information contact Nienke Parma, MD LuckyDogs, at 0 9997 8146 or email: [email protected]

A matchmaker service of sorts is fixing up families with pets who really need homes. The Lanna Dog Rescue, a very active group in Chiang Mai, is determined to improve the lives of abandoned and sick dogs that should have happy homes. Temples often act as shelters for unwanted dogs. The Lanna Dog Rescue is working with temples by organizing steriliza-tions, and providing vaccinations, medical care, and food. For information, please go to www.lannadog.net.