The Book of Esther

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The Book of Esther, also known in Hebrew as “the Scroll” (Megillah), is a book in the third section (Ketuvim, “Writings”) of the Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and in the Christian Old Testament. It relates the story of a Jewish girl in Persia, born as Hadassah but known as Esther, who becomes queen of Persia and thwarts a genocide of her people. The story forms the core of the Jewish festival of Purim, during which it is read aloud twice: once in the evening and again the following morning. Along with the Song of Songs, Esther is one of only two books in the Bible that do not explicitly mention God.

The Book of Esther
Sky Theatre Creative
When: 25-27 September, 2015
Where: 
HKAPA, Drama Theatre
Tickets:
 $30 from HKTicketing
More info:
25 Sep 2015 (Fri) at 8pm
26 Sep 2015 (Sat) at 3pm & 8pm
27 Sep 2015 (Sun) at 3pm

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Assault by Lips

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The pro Beijing Alliance in Support of our Police Force had a massive area of Chater Garden blocked off by police for their rally – but barely 100 supporters, all of pensionable age, tuned up to support the cause. One man wearing a blue ribbon said he came because the organisation supported him – without expanding on the type of support he received. As with all the ‘rallys’ organised by Letica Lee’s blue ribbons since they first appeared during the umbrella protest to instigate violence and pay people to destroy others property, they don’t believe the law applies to them. A fact that confirmed by my personal observation of police repeatedly ignoring ‘blue ribbons’ breaking the law while inventing reasons to arrest pro-democracy supporters.

Today while shooting photos of a pro police supporter – so proud of her support she didn’t want to be photographed – she kept blocking and knocking my camera with her fingers. Then the woman in the photograph above decided on ‘Assault by Lips’, literally kissing the camera lens smearing lipstick and saliva on the delicate lens coating.

The police refused to address my complaint to arrest the woman for assault and damage to my camera. Instead a plain clothes officer lead the women away through the small crowd (without taking her identity details) trying to lose me in the process. I followed them to the blue tents in the corner where I saw the male officer talking to the woman and pointing to the nearby exit, indicating the woman should leave. It was only because I followed her to film her, that the police took action when a group of pro-police supporters started jostling and abusing me.

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Megabites – 31 July, 2015

Newly Open: Maya Cafe Takeaway
It’s all very good saying you want to eat healthy, but locally it can be a hassle to find a place offering fresh tasty food that you actually want to eat regularly; even more difficult to find takeaway! No longer. The team behind Maya Cafe (forcefully shutdown by a greedy landlord) have now opened a takeaway shop at 173 Des Voeux Road, midway between Central Sheung Wan.maya1z2

The new outlet offers a broad menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluton-free meals, drinks, snacks and desserts. As much as possible the ingredients are organically sourced from local farms, with most dishes made fresh when you order them.

If you still harbour the illusion that vegetarian food means a dull plain lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad then wake up. Maya’s menu, as was the Wanchai Cafe’s, is full of tasty, textured and flavoured dishes that more than hold their own against the best restaurants in town. bc opted to try the quinoa salad, frittata with tomato sauce and the zoodles with alfredo truffle sauce

The baked eggless frittata in tomato sauce and herbed mashed potato is made locally sourced organic tofu that perfectly imitates the texture of a traditional frittata not too soft or too hard and with a lovely rich soya bean flavour the tomato sauce contrasted delightfully and mashed potatoes made fresh and blended with cashew cream and herbs set off the frittata and tomatoes sauce nicely.

Zoodles are noodles made from spiralised zucchini, an intriguing crisp fresh alternative to pasta – although you do need to eat them promptly as unlike many of the other dishes on the menu zoodles do not sit well in the fridge. The alfredo truffle sauce is cashew cream with a truffle twist and goes great with the crisp fresh zoodles for a light filling meal. A very flexible ingredient, even suitable for vegans, cashew cream is simply finely ground cashews which have a slight natural sweetness, allowing the creation of a wide range of sweet and savoury sauces.

Maya Cafe’s signature quinoa salad is lovely blend of textures, tastes and flavours, the crunchy slightly tart red cabbage, contrasting the green cabbage and cashew cream slaw. The carrots a slight sweetness and the quinoa a grainy healthy texture and flavour. An uber healthy salad that tastes delicious.

It’s not only takeaway, a delivery service will soon be up and running and they offer corporate and social catering – everything from a boardroom lunch to a junk trip.

Maya Café Takeaway
Shop G7, Nan Fung Tower, 173 Des Voeus Road, Tel: 2111 4553
Nan Fung Tower is a new building, the main entrance is actually on Wing Wo Street.

delaneys wanchaiClosing
Delaney’s Wanchai has been shoved out the door by it’s landlord of 21 years and will be closing on the 13 August. Until then all standard drinks are at 1994 prices.

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The House of Bernarda Alba

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“The House of Bernarda Alba” is Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play, written the year he was killed at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. The action of the play begins during the funeral of matriarch Bernarda Alba’s second husband, when she imposes an 8-year mourning period on her household, in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has 5 daughters, whom she has controlled inexorably… How will they survive these 8 years of further suffocation? And what is the cost of Bernarda Alba’s repression of her daughters’ freedom?

The House of Bernarda Alba
Summer Drama Project
When: 13-15 August, 2015
Where:
 Fringe Club, Fringe Underground
Tickets:
 $180 from HKTicketing
More info:
12 Aug 2015 (Wed) at 7:45pm
13 Aug 2015 (Thu) at 7:45pm
14 Aug 2015 (Fri) at 7:45pm
15 Aug 2015 (Sat) at 3pm
In Cantonese

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Candle of Vision – Dawnbreak

Welcome to the Annual Charity Concert 2015, hosted by ICPASS. For now, let us refer to the host using that acronym, but in case you are interested, they come from Imperial College London and wholeheartedly hope to strengthen the attitude and values among students as part of promoting public awareness and social service. This time, the focus is on the issue of eye care, global blindness, and the honourable work carried out by ORBIS, the beneficiary for the Concert.

Yes, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to ORBIS. But this is a Concert after all, so what do you get?

Well, the experience is priceless. Candle of Vision - Dawnbreak
Four youths, represented by the four seasons. Their story will be weaved right before your eyes, follow them on their intriguing trip of self-searching, and perhaps you will find a piece of yourself in them as well. Many influential figures will appear along the ride, passing on their message and teachings through the universal language of music.

SUPPER MOMENT will make an appearance, along with the enthusiastic choral group GREENERS’ SOUND. International award-winning pianist, violinist, composer and conductor JOHNSON LEUNG HOK KIU will grace them with his mastery of the piano. UK-based 5-piece punk/soul band ANIMAVIVA will bring their different and unique touch, contrasting local talent SIDICK LAM who claims that if we ‘give her a guitar, she will sing till the world ends’. Finally, coming from the same place as the host, the IMPERIAL COLLEGE ENSEMBLE will tie it all up and bring the Concert home.

Join them as they venture towards the light. At the crack of dawn, what awaits them beyond the horizon?

Candle of Vision – Dawnbreak
Imperial College PASS Annual Charity Concert
When: 7:30pm, 21 August, 2015
Where:
 HKAPA, Drama Theatre
Tickets:
 $150, $120 from HKTicketing

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