COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

The Magic of Jazz, on Saturday March 18 from 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. at the Amari Rincome Hotel. Ford and Nareekrajang, cocktails, ballet and auction, all organized by the Thai Lanna Spa Association and TAT.

Next meeting of Skๅl International Chiang Mai & North Thailand will be at the new D2 Hotel in downtown Chiang Mai on Friday, March 24, at the world-famous night bazaar in conjunction with a visit by Skๅl International Hong Kong. To reserve or to become a member of Skๅl International Chiang Mai & North Thailand, please contact Secretary Eleanor Hardy by e-mail [email protected]

Author Christopher Moore is guest speaker at the Chiang Mai Expats Club on Saturday, March 25 at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road at 10.30 a.m. Christopher G. Moore is the author of over 17 novels and one collection of interlocked short stories, probably best known by his cult classics, Land of Smiles Trilogy, and his highly popular Vincent Calvino Private Eye series. For more info, email [email protected] club.com, www.chiangmai expatsclub.com.

“Guitar Classic” Charity concert at the CMU theatre, organized by Lanna Music School on March 25 from 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. features Padej Netpakdee, the 1st prize award winner from Guitar Festival Thailand 2002-2005. Music by: I. Albeniz, Barrios Mangore, J.S. Bach, G. Handel and more. Free admission. More information, call Tel. 0 5327 7037.

Swans and ducks flock together for the Ballet Academy’s 5th season, - this year being a mixture of “The Ugly Duckling 2006” and “Swan Lake Act 2”. The show will be held on Sunday, March 26, at 1.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kad Theatre. Tickets range from 200 to 1,000 baht and are also available at special group rates. Proceeds will be donated to the Thai Red Cross in Chiang Mai and the Northern Mentally Retarded Welfare Center, under the Royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The presentation will be filled with imagination and excitement, along with various kinds of music and tap, jazz, hip hop, flamenco, and modern ballet dance. For more information, please contact 0 5326 0373, 0 5330 6357 or visit www.chiangmaiballet.com

“2gether” – art by couples and trios. Anniversary exhibition at La Luna Gallery, 190 Charoenrajd Road, Chiang Mai until April 24. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Mondays which is by appointment only. Telephone: 09 635 7667.

Piano recital by Phaphorn Chaimuk, Anita Witbooi, Suthira Yanaso and Thanakrit Lueangthongkam on Friday, March 31, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the A.U.A. Auditorium. Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Turina to promote classical music appreciation and raise money for the Support Children Foundation (taking care of HIV-AIDS infected and affected children). Tickets cost 200 baht each, and are available at Santi’s Studio (053-218335, 09-8527506 or [email protected]).

“Art Thesis Exhibition 2005” The Graduating Class of the department of printmaking, painting and sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts will exhibit from March 10 – 30, 2006 at the gallery at CMU Art Museum. Opening on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 6 p.m. More information at 0 5394 4805.

The demystification of North Korea will be the topic at the next INTG meeting. This next topic to be tackled by the Informal Northern Thai Group will be “Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea under the Kim Clan.” The talk and book launch by Bertil Lintner is set Tuesday, March 21 at the Alliance Francaise. For more information, contact Brian Hubbard at [email protected] or Tel./Fax: 0 5321 3972.

SMILE(S)! Upcoming Concert and exhibition at La Gondola Restaurant, Riverfront Garden of Rimping Condo by Chiang Mai artist Doris Kraushaar featuring “Changing faces”, an international band with members from the USA, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia with well known singer Richie Castro on Saturday, April 8, at 6.30 p.m.

Summer Wind exhibition by Morakot Ketklao and Sutee Eursiriphornrit, Chiang Mai artists, and Chalermchat Jareandeeying, Bangkok music producer from Sunday, March 12 (opening at 6 p.m.) until April 9 at the Art Space Ji-Qoo Galerie in Soi Nimmanhaeminda 5.

The 10th Rincome-Ang Khang Season Fun Rally on April 22-23, 2006. More information, contact the Amari Rincome Hotel, Sales Department, 0 5322 1130 or e-mail [email protected] amari.com. Mark your calendar: This year’s Rincome Ang Khang Season Rally will be on the weekend of April 22-23, 2006.

Every Friday night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. free concert at Suan Buak Haad Park, on the south end of the mote. Everybody invited to join in. Contemporary Christian music with dance and occasionally drama. Call Daniel Shultz at 0 1952 6487 or email me at shult [email protected]

Events at Central Airport Plaza in March:

March 19 on G floor Teenager contest to look for the smartest and coolest teenager of the north. Be smart & cool and meet two superstars, Tik Jedsadporn Pholdee and Oil-Tana.

Dining and Restaurants

Cozy, diverse and tasty, the perfect family lunch is served at the Amari Rincome Hotel! Enjoy the Daily International Lunch Buffet for only 325 baht at La Gritta Restaurant. Reservations 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

Farang Ses restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi offers delicious Foie Gras and other tantalizing delicacies which are paired with a world class selection of wines and impeccable service to provide you with a truly extraordinary dining experience. Farang Ses is open daily from 7 p.m.– 10 p.m. Advance reservations required, call Tel: 0 5388 8888 ext. 8997 or 8549

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.

Sunday Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai at the Lanna Terrace Cooking School from 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1,300 baht ++ per person, children up to 12 years 650 baht ++. A scrumptious feast of live action stations featuring favorite cuisines from around the world. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or e-mail siriluck. [email protected]

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door throughout the year. Bitburger beer in barrels, quality wines from Australia, Germany, Italy. Place your order with Alfred Herbold or check with ‘To Nobody Restaurant’ for their latest specials, phone 0 9557 8470 or Joerg Eisenschmidt at 0 7183 1202.

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

Every Saturday Night Imperial Mae Ping Hotel offers a Grand BBQ at the Chang Beer Garden. Roast sirloin, BBQ spareribs, whole fish grilled in banana leaves and many more succulent items. Dinner served from 6.30 – 10.30 p.m. at baht 395++ per person, baht 495 ++ food and a glass of Chang draft beer or baht 595++ food and unlimited Chang draft beer. More information and reservations 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 lets you experience finest French Cuisine, special set Lunch and Set Dinner Menus at Le Crystal French Restaurant, outside for nature lovers on the garden balcony in the fragrance from the Thai garden and the view of the Ping River. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1.

Le Grand Lanna presents every Saturday throughout March a Gourmet Buffet from 7 p.m. onwards with Live Music, Dance and performances from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 750 baht p.p. Dine in Style card benefits apply to this promotion.

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] yahoo.com.. 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.

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]

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant has Live Music every Friday and Saturday evening, featuring tenor Book Kitavadhana at the Ban Naifun 2 Clubhouse. The place to meet after a relaxing Spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. www. saenkhamterrace.com or www.baansaendoi.com. 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.

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant, experience excellent cuisine, both Thai and western, in an atmospheric, dreamy setting overlooking the Ping River. Soft live piano and guitar music in the early evening followed by three quality bands as the night rolls on. Board the nightly cruise boat at 7.15 p.m. for a romantic and idyllic dining experience or charter a boat for your own private party. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. 9-11 Charoen Rat Road. For reservations Tel. 0 5324 3239..

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. Telephone 0 5382 0234, or 0 9634 4249

Wildflower Garden Restaurant, one of the most romantic places with dripping candles, soothing fountain, and sparkling lights. Thai and Western food, very reasonably priced like New York Egg Creams, Banana Short Cake, Mom’s American Meat Loaf and Root Beer Floats. Wildflower opens from 7.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Located in Souvenir Guesthouse, 118 Charoen Prathet 8 Road, next to Anusarn Market and across from the new Chedi Hotel. Tel. 0 5381 8876

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=2

It 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

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] chiangmaiexpatsclub.com, www.chiangmaiexpatsclub. com.

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs 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]

Education

ArtSpace Community Sessions every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. focusing on Life Models. Everyone is welcome to join. Newsprint and butcher’s paper provided, please bring all other materials. A great way to get involved in the local art community and meet new people while developing your skills. Beginners are welcome! Painting and drawing classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Chadwick: [email protected] yahoo.com or 0 4041 7982.

‘Overstay fine’ more than doubles! The Thai Immigration Bureau has announced that the overstay fine will rise from 200 baht per day to 500 baht per day effective Wednesday, March 15. This may be of particular interest to tourists, visiting guests, maids, and contractors.