Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Charity songstress

My favourite female Khmer pop songstress, Meas Soksophea, will be making an appearance at the PSE Charity Party from 5pm on Friday (1 April) and into Saturday. PSE do great work for the former rubbish-dump children at Stung Meanchey, in giving them schooling and vocational training, and their party will be at their center near the old municipal dump. Soksophea is a great coup to get her along to sing, so that should be something to pull the crowds in. She's always on the road, traveling to locations across the country, taking her music to the masses. The party will include other music acts, traditional dance, fun and games. I hope its not an 1st April Fool's joke on me. Talking of performances, don't forget the regular show at Chaktomuk Theatre, outdoors, by the performing arts department of the Ministry of Culture, which is held every Friday evening at 7pm. Classical and folk dances in plentiful supply, by the people who do them best. On Saturday, as well as the opening match of the new football season here in Cambodia, when my team Phnom Penh Crown face Naga Corp in the opening game of the Metfone C-League (3pm), an hour later, at Bophana Center, Rithy Panh's Site 2 film will be shown in Khmer with English subtitles. I still haven't seen this 1989 movie in its entirety and I won't see it this week either. Football will always win out. For the car-freaks out there, a 3-day Autoshow is being held from Friday at Koh Pich island. I am the least bit interested in cars but the gorgeous models on show are more my cup of tea. Yesterday the appeal hearings for Comrade Duch began in earnest with his lawyers firing off as many ridiculous claims as they possibly can to get their man released. It ain't gonna happen. I also don't expect his sentence to be extended either but whatever comes out over the 3 days of the hearings, we'll most likely have to wait until the end of June for the judge's deliberations. In the vicinity of the ECCC courthouse in Chaom Chao, tomorrow evening at 7pm, a performance of the highly-acclaimed Breaking The Silence play will be put on at Wat Tikha Panhao, about 5 kms from the ECCC.

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