Jun 21 2011
Hanoi events tend to only be publicised at the last minute, making it a problem to cover them in advance. However one event popped up on the Hanoi Grapevine this morning that is a little down the track so you can plan for it: A Stand Up Comedy night at Puku.
Puku was an established expat — and guidebook — favourite in Hanoi, and since moving from its cosy upstairs spot on Hang Trung into a bigger, brighter spot on Tong Duy Tan (Food Street) it’s widened its net to attract more locals and also to host regular events. And it’s open 24/7 — a desirable feature for late-night drinkers or those arriving on early trains.
Anyway, the Stand Up Comedy night on 7 July — yes, a whole two weeks’ away — features Australian Marcus Ryan, who’s been roaming the world performing his stand-up at salubrious events such as the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. He’ll be followed by Good Mouth Feel performing their alternative rock. The evening starts at 20:30 and entry is 100,000VND at the door.
L’Espace — the French Cultural Centre — meanwhile has some good film screenings coming up — though all are French with Vietnamese subtitles. This Friday it’s showing Tanguy, about a 28-year-old man struggling to live with his parents, and the following Friday it’s The Fox and the Little Girl. Novel of the Railway Station is on 15 July.
On 8 July the languages switch and Vietnamese film The Moon at the Bottom of the Well — about a married couple who use a surrogate to have their child — is being screened with French subtitles. All films start at 20:00 and tickets are 20,000VND — buy at L’Espace.
And I’ll just squeeze one late event in at the end. This Friday (24 June) Hanoi Rock City hosts The Props for their last gig in Hanoi. The Props, comprised expats from around the world, have been a steady presence on the Hanoi music scene for some time, with their original “post industrial swamp rock” and they should be going out with a bang this weekend. The event starts at 20:00.
Puku Cafe & Bar
16/18 Tong Duc Tang, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 1745
L’Espace — French Cultural Centre
24 Tranh Tien, Hanoi
T: (04) 3936 2164
Hanoi Rock City
27/52 To Ngoc Van, Hanoi
T: (01887) 487 426
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