Events

Silk route

Silk route, Pradumna Bickram Rana, associate professor at the S Rajaratman School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, talks about reviving the south-western silk road. 3 June, 2pm, Shaligram Hotel, Jawalakhel

Cha cha cha, learn one month’s worth of Salsa in four days. Rs 1,000 for singles, Rs 1,500 for couples, Monday to Thursday,7.30 to 8.30am/5 to 6pm/6 to 7pm, Salsa Dance Academy, Bhatbhateni

City Museum Kathmandu, head down to Darbar Marg’s newest gallery on the block for personalised guided tours. Tours run daily, accommodates up to 15 people, info@thecitymuseum.org

Sithi Nakha, the traditional Valley-wide festival of cleaning wells, irrigation canals, water spouts and other water resources gets national applicationwell and water spout cleaning gets nation-wide application. 4 June

Open house, featuring the work of artists Arpita Shakya, Ashuram Khaiju, and Palpasa Manandhar. Runs till 7 July, 11am to 6pm, Gallery Mcube, Chakupat

metadata,an exhibition of paintings by Subash Thebe, artist in residence at the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre. 6 to 19 June, 11am to 5.30pm, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babarmahal

Solitudes, an exhibition of the work of Finnish photographer Päivi Wells and a chance to meet the artist herself. Runs till 6 June, Image Ark Gallery, Kulimha Tol, Patan Darbar Square

Tuning Earth and Sky, a rare collection of the works of artist Jimmy Thapa. Runs till 21 June, Galleria Ishine, Kupandol Height, Sanepa

Selling books, buy and sell used books. 14 June, 10am to 4pm, Alliance Francais, Teku

Retrospective, a look back at the oeuvre of senior artist and cubism enthusiast Surendra Pradhan. Runs till 18 July, Park Gallery, Pulchok, parkgallery.com.np

Umbugland ko muthbhed, trouble is brewing in Umbugland whose ministers want to dethrone the child queen. Rs 200, Rs 100 for students, Runs till 14 June, except Mondays, Mandala Theatre, Anamnagar, 01-6924269

Majipa lakhe, Ghimire Yubraj directs renowned scholar Satya Mohan Joshi's play. Runs till 14 June, except Tuesdays, 5.30pm onwards, Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali, (01)4469621

Christmas in the trenches, watch this film on Europe's Great War in the year of its centennial. 3 June, Alliance Francaise, Teku

Lahar srijana, exhibition and sale of ethnic Nepali arts and crafts. 1 to 3 June, 11am to 6pm, The City Museum, Darbar Marg

Words, attend this three-day creative writing workshop with novelist Samrat Upadhyay to learn about content, stylistics, and themes to hone your writing skills. Rs 1200, 10am to 12pm, 4 June, only 12 seats available

The silent auction, buy the works of Chirag Bangdel, Erina Tamrakar, Asha Dangol, Kailash Shrestha, as well as jewelry, accessories and home utensils for a fundraiser. Rs 2,000, 30 May, 11am to 5pm, City Museum, Darbar Marg

Books galore, great discounts at the 18th National Education and International Book Fair, with local and global bestsellers on offer. Runs till 5 May, 10am to 6pm, Bhrikuti Mandap

Pool party, greet the summer with a dip in the pools, with live music and much more. 31 May, 1 to 11.55pm, International Club, Sanepa


Dining

Barista lavazza

Barista lavazza, the newest addition to the Valley’s European inspired coffee-culture cafes serves excellent mochas and lattes, don’t forget to try their grilled chicken sandwich. Jawalakhel

Embassy, positioned on Lajimpat’s embassy-laden lane, this restaurant has a menu with Nepali, Indian, Thai and Japanese dishes on offer. Lajimpat

Vol Au Vents, go crazy with your choice combination of fillings for scones, crepes and vol au vents with the Lounge’s new interactive menu. Rs 400 (exclusive of tax) onwards, The Lounge, Hyatt Regency, Tusal

Tian Rui, if you’re looking for genuine good Chinese food this restaurant is the best place to go. Thapathali

Ghar-e-kabab, serving the best of north Indian cuisine, with live Sarod recitals on some days. Hotel Annapurna, Darbar Marg

Busy Bee, head over for live rock and pop performances in English, Nepali and Hindi, indulge in their beer and pizzas to waste the night away in good fashion. Lakeside, (061)462640


Cinemas


Getaways

Buddha Maya Gardens

Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel, add value to your travel in Lumbini with a stay at probably the best hotel in the area. Lumbini, (71)580220, 9801033109, info@ktmgh.com

Waterfront Resort, head to this eco-friendly resort to make your stay right in front of Phewa Lake. Sedi Height, Pokhara, (61)466 303/304, 9801166311, sales@waterfronthotelnepal.com

Temple Tree Resort and Spa, a peaceful place to stay, complete with a swimming pool, massage parlour, and sauna, it’ll be hard to leave once you go in. Gaurighat, Lakeside, (61)465819

Relax!, yoga, detox and ayurveda treatment in a quiet corner of Kathmandu.

Himalayan Peace and Wellness Center, Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha (01)4375280, 980106661, peace@wellness.com.np

Mango Tree Lodge, culture walks, rafting in the Karnali, wildlife exploration, and jungle safari at the Bardia National Park. Bhetani, Bardia, info@mangotreelodge.com


Music

Starry Night BBQ

Starry Night BBQ, catch Ciney Gurung live as you chomp on your meat stick. Rs 1499, 7pm onwards, Fridays, Shambala Garden Café. Hotel Shangri-La, (01)4412999

Shastriya sangeet, the best of Hindustani classical every new moon night. 28 May, 4pm onwards, Battisputali

Take a bow, catch the jazz violinist Guillaume Blanc live. Free entrance, 6 June, Jazz Upstairs, Lajimpat

Underbelly, the rock band Underside are playing live before heading to the Shillong Open Air festival. Rs 150, 29 May, Red Chili, Bank Road, Hetauda

Music at Manny's, live Hindi and Nepali pop music with Shabnam Gurung and Dinesh Quartet. Manny's Eatery and Tapas Bar, Jawalakhel

Whole lotta love, the band Custard Pie pay tribute to rock legends Led Zeppelin. Rs 300/500, 7 June, 3pm onwards, Purple Haze, Thamel

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