The new edition of AsiaLife
came into my possession today and it confirms that the first of the Mekong Sessions acts to perform in Phnom Penh will be Leonard Cohen, the 'godfather of gloom,' indoors at the Olympic Stadium on 27 November. Cohen is on a world tour and Phnom Penh will be his only SEAsia date. If we believe AsiaLife, this will be the first of some really high profile names, though I must admit I don't know any Leonard Cohen songs even though he's classed as a music legend. There's a lot of talk about high ticket prices for the gig - we shall see what transpires. However $3 for the Cambodian Space Project at the Railway Station in Phnom Penh tomorrow (Saturday) night looks like a bargain.
Another revelation in the magazine is that Johan Smits
, sometimes writer for the Phnom Penh Post newspaper and proofreader for AsiaLife, will be holding a book launch at Monument Books on Thursday 24 June at 6pm for his first novel, Phnom Penh Express
. The author calls his thriller novel "pure entertainment' and as the title suggests, it's set solely in the capital. From 24 June you can be the judge.
With Meta House
relocating away from next to Wat Botum on 24 June, they'll kick-off from their new headquarters, on Sothearos Boulevard in from the BBU/Khemerak University, and known as Meta House: Cambodian German Cultural Center, the following day with a new art exhibition involving Cambodian artists called Pharmacide. On 27 June they will screen the film Same Same But Different in Khmer with English subtitles twice in one evening. Whilst they are still in their old location, on 9 June, Joel Montague returns to present a lecture on the marketing of Angkor in France over three decades using his incredible collection of postcards and ephemera.
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