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Lafite, Grandmaster Flash, Beethoven: Hong Kong Weekend

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A six-bottle set of Romanee Conti Domaine de la Romanee Conti spanning the years 1990 to 1995. This lot was included in a Christie's International sale in Hong Kong on April 21. Source: Christie's via Bloomberg

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Joseph Saddler, better known as Grandmaster Flash, is to deejaying and rapping what J.S. Bach was to classical music.

The turntable virtuoso, who has been scratching, sampling and backspinning for more than three decades, is now in Hong Kong. The star -- whose lyrics date from before rap turned nasty -- was the first hip-hop inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with his band the Furious Five.

Catch this Wheels of Steel star at Hyde in the Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, starting tonight and running through 4 a.m. Sunday. Information: http://www.hyde.hk/events.php or +852 2850 6283.

Edo de Waart is laying down his baton after eight years as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor.

His farewell concerts are at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The events include Berlioz’s La Mort de Cleopatre and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony featuring the Shanghai Opera House Chorus.

Today at 8 p.m. Information: http://bit.ly/iyb1jQ

Saturday Morning

More than 700 separate lots of wine go under the hammer at the Christie’s International auction room starting at 11 a.m. today. Hong Kong has become the world’s biggest rare and fine wine auction market, with major sales happening every month.

Bordeaux highlights include two magnums of 1900 Chateau Lafite and a jeroboam (five liters) of 1900 Chateau Latour worth as much as HK$300,000 ($38,660).

Burgundy lovers are being offered six bottles of Romanee Conti spanning the years 2002-2007 selling for as much as HK$700,000.

For a really early start on swilling and spitting, head over to Domani Restaurant to taste Italian Grand Crus wines and lunch at the Gelardini & Romani wine auction. Starts at 10 a.m. Advance registration is required. RSVP to info@grwineauction.com.

Saturday Evening

If you’ve had your fill of Hollywood fare, give a thought to the Hong Kong Turkish Film Festival running through April 22. “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and co-winner of the 2011 Grand Prix at Cannes, spans a 12-hour search for a corpse in the middle of the Turkish steppes. It’s both unforgettable and gritty. The 150 minute film ends with an autopsy.

Grand Cinema, Elements Mall at 7:30 p.m. Information: http://www.hktff.org/program.html.

Sunday

Stamp collecting is still going strong, even as the epistolary age has given way to Twitter and Facebook.

London-based auction house Spink is offering more than 1,000 lots of rare stamps, coins and bond and share certificates with an upper estimate of HK$15 million at its Hong Kong auction room, 9th Floor, 50 Gloucester Road starting at 10 a.m.

Information: http://www.spink.com or +852 2530 0100.

“Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art” is the inaugural exhibition of the newly opened Asia Society Hong Kong headquarters.

The show combines 13 artifacts drawn from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller including an exquisite 8th century Thai bronze bodhisattva with six contemporary works including a Buddha head made of ash by Zhang Huan.

The museum, housed in a refurbished former explosives compound, is itself worth a visit. Information: http://asiasociety.org/hong-kong

Cafe Gray, on the top floor of the Upper House hotel, just a five minute walk from the Asia Society, offers an a la carte Sunday brunch with harbor views.

Information: http://www.cafegrayhk.com/cghk_en.html or +852 3968 1106.

(Frederik Balfour is a reporter at large for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Today's Muse highlights include: Farah Nayeri’s London Weekend; Lewis Lapham on history.

To contact the writer on the story: Frederik Balfour in Hong Kong at fbalfour@bloomberg.net or on Twitter @frederikbalfour.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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