COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Any Dream Will Do! By popular demand Voice Studio presents the classic family musical on Saturday April 8, 2006. Kad theatre in Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available at the information desk from 100 - 1000 baht.

SMILE(S)! Solo Art Exhibition and Concert by Doris Kraushaar at La Gondola Restaurant, Riverfront Garden of Rimping Condo on Saturday, April 8 at 7.30 p.m.. Find out how much art can explain about smiling. Smiles have healed wounds, softened blows, opened hearts, and cleared misunderstandings - a smile, a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it! Additionally, enjoy a concert by ‘Changing Faces’, a band founded with the idea of performing and playing original music instead of covering the same old songs. “Changing faces”, an international band with members from the USA, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia featuring Richie Castro.

Songkran will be celebrated from Thursday April 13 – 15 in Chiang Mai. Water throwing will go on from around midday, especially around the moat area. The Thai New Year activities during the three day holidays, can be found in the news section of Chiangmai Mail.

Violin Recital by Vadim Tchijik at the Alliance Francaise on Monday April 24, 2006 at 7.30 p.m. The programme will include works of J-S Bach, Paganini, Kreisler and Ysae. Tickets will be on sale at the Alliance at 350 baht, Tel: 0 5327 5277. Vadim has performed twice in Chiang Mai, at AUA and CMU, with the “Trio de Paris”.

The Wisdom of Lanna Arts and Craftsmen 2006 until April 13, 2006, daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., outdoor at the CMU Art Museum, organized by The Faculty of Fine Arts, CMU Art Museum and the Promotion of Northern Thai Craftsmen Group, PTT Public Company Limited. For further information call 0 6194 7055.

Contemporary Art from Myanmar at The Dhara Dhevi Gallery, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai from April 8 – May 31, 2006. An extraordinary selection of 16 of the top contemporary artists in Myanmar, comprising a total of 50 works is one of the largest showings of contemporary Myanmar art in one venue in Thailand.

Ladies Lunch Bunch Group meets on Wednesday April 19 at noon after Songkran at the German Restaurant To Nobody, 44 Tewan Changpuek Muang Chiang Mai. Guests and newcomers in town very welcome. Parking available opposite the restaurant.

Prem Tinsulanonda International School students in cooperation with CMU will organize ‘The Art Exhibition’ from April 23 – 25, 2006, daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at CMU Art museum gallery. The opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

The 10th Rincome-Ang Khang Season Fun Rally is on April 22-23, 2006. Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai in cooperation with Angkhang Natural Resort invites all to join a tourism rally to Doi Angkhang and to compete for a trophy sponsored by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of the Royal Project Foundation. For details, prices and more information about this most popular rally, contact the Amari Rincome Hotel, Sales Department, 0 5322 1130, 0 53894891 or e-mail [email protected] Great fun, scenic rides, good food and a trophy.

Next meeting of Skๅl International Chiang Mai & North Thailand will be on the weekend of April 29-30 at the River House Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai. Meeting, social gathering and an excursion to a nearby genuine hill tribe village are planned. More information and reservation, please contact Skๅl Secretary Eleanor Hardy by e-mail [email protected]

“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.

Date Change: Chiang Mai Voices, a new choral group under the leadership of Rainy Riding, the longtime director of the Chiang Mai Choral Society, will join with Payap University’s Sacred Singers to perform Saturday evening, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the AUA Auditorium for a FREE Christian Music Celebration. Just Friends’, a woman quartet will complete the show.

“Footlight’, a tribute to Broadway! Please mark June 3 on your calendars for the Chiang Mai Choral Society International’s performance of Broadway favorites. The show will feature solos, ensembles, and choral performances of tunes from Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Camelot, Cats, Sound of Music, Music Man, South Pacific and others. You don’t want to miss this one.

Seminar in English: “Entrepreneurship in the Midst of Globalization and Privatization” Location: Payap University, Maekhao Campus, Chiang Mai. Saturday, April 29, 2006. 9am to Noon. Free and Open to the Public. Panelists: Experts from the Asian Development Bank, USAID, World Bank and Babson College (top school in the US for entrepreneurial studies) For more information, see: www.pa yap.ac.th/english/seminar.html

Dining and Restaurants

Amari Rincome celebrates Easter with a generous Brunch Buffet at La Gritta on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006! Time: 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Price 450 baht net. “Easter Egg” theme and colorful decorations. Games for children, with prizes for the winners! For reservation call 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.

Amora Tapae Hotel Chiang Mai (formerly known as ‘Rydges’) will celebrate Songkran from Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15 with a special Songkran Zone, drinks, snacks and an International Buffet Lunch at the Chillies Restaurant inside the Hotel. More information at 0 5325 1531

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. Tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out www.buonis simo.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 heaven 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 s[email protected] seasons.com

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 for their latest specials at phone 0 9557 8470.

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

Seafood Delight Promotion at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel’s Gold Leaf Restaurant during lunch and dinner. Neptune’s catch, Crystal Prawns, Salmon, Pearl Cod, Halibut and more with delicious sauces daily. 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.

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] 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.

Paradise Pizza at 7/2Ratchawitchi Rd. across from the Irish Pub has a games night, every Monday at 7 p.m. Cribbage, backgammon, chess and more. All welcome. More information at 0 5341 8409

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] mankha.com

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. If you are looking for authentic German (and International) good food, look no further. 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

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 Huay Kaew Road at 10.30 a.m. For more info, email [email protected] sclub.com, www.chiangmai expatsclub.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] com or 0 4041 7982.

‘Overstay fine’ more than doubles! The Thai Immigration Bureau has announced that the overstay fine will be changed 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.