Thursday, February 10, 2011
This evening I am double booked. At Monument Books (after 6pm), it's the launch of Narin Seng Jameson's Cooking the Cambodian Way where the author will present her own unique insights into Khmer cuisine and Khmer culture, both of which feature in the book. At 7pm it's Bruno Bruguier's presentation of his latest work with his book on 'Sambor Prei Kuk and the archeological sites of the Tonlé Sap Basin,' which is being published by Editions du Mekong in conjunction with UNESCO, and which will take place at the French Cultural Center this evening. I intend to get along to both. For cultural vultures of course, there's also the weekly show at the National Museum by the Children of Bassac performance troupe at 7pm, which is also a must for anyone with an interest in keeping Cambodian dance and performance traditions alive. Other events happening tonight that I can't attend include a showing of Guy Jacobson's documentary feature film Redlight, looking at the plight of trafficking victims, to be followed by The Girls of Phnom Penh by Matthew Watson, which features the same topic. Both are on at Meta House tonight, starting at 7pm. And if I spoke French I could've gone to listen to Jean-Michel Filippi's talk at Le Jardin on The S'aoch, a minority in danger. Last but not least, at 6.30pm at the Himawari Hotel, an exhibition of 4 artists from the Visual Arts School of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang will open with live painting and a modern circus performance. Occasionally, there's a flood of interesting stuff to see and do but it would be good if all parties spoke to each other to avoid the fixture pile-up that we have tonight.