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WEEKENDER: New Year detox ideas, Andy Warhol exhibition and much more!

Happy New Year, ladies! Thank goodness the world didn’t end as predicted because we think 2013 is going to be one of the best years yet! To start the New Year in style, you can detox with a “design-a” salad and our get fit ideas, or get arty with some fabulous exhibitions. Enjoy!

The King of Pop Art
Don’t miss out on this chance of a lifetime to get inside the head of quirky genius Andy Warhol, one of the leading figures behind the Pop Art movement. Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal is the largest ever touring exhibition of Warhol’s works and will take you on a journey through the artist’s unbelievable life and career. Over 468 paintings, drawings, photographs, screen print, photos and archival objects including Warhol’s Time Capsules will be on show at the Hong Kong Museum of Art; look out for Time Capsule 23 which contains memorabilia Andy collected on a trip to Hong Kong in 1982!

When: Until 31 March. Opening hours 10am-8pm; closed Thursdays
Where: Special Exhibition Gallery and Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $20; $10 on Wednesdays (discount concessions apply)

Designer detoxing!
If you are feeling a little “stuffed” from over-indulging during the silly season, then dressed can help you lighten up in style! The American-style ‘fast casual’ salad bar has collaborated with some of Hong Kong’s top chefs (all are Sassy favourites!) to create a trio of special “design-a” salads for you to munch away on. Right now you can try Vivian Herijanto of Heirloom Eatery’s delish Festive Ham, Apple & Blue Cheese Salad (perfect for prolonging that holiday spirit!); then over the next few weeks, there’s David Izquierdo from Boqueria’s Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad creation (add roasted turkey if you need an extra protein kick!) and the mastermind behind The Salted Pig and Shore, Jason Black’s The Salted Pig Bacon & Prawn Salad, which includes roasted red onion, green beans, peas and a special chive dressing. Salad never tasted so good!

When: Vivian’s salad available until 13 January and 11-24 February, David’s salad available 14-27 January, Jason’s salad available 28 January-10 February
Where: dressed locations in IFC mall, Central; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui; Pacific Place, Admiralty; QRE, Wan Chai and Millennium City, Kwun Tong. See full addresses here
How much: $80-90 each

New year, new you
If you’re still looking for a few other ways to detox for the new year, we have a few ideas up our sleeve! In addition to heading for the salads rather than the burgers, how about trying a juice cleanse – check out the ones by The Genie Concept or Punch Detox (we’ve tried ‘em both!) – or doing an easy-peasy diet with The Cambridge Weight Plan (their mint choc milkshake is divine!). If you fancy feeling the burn with some exercise classes instead, we recently put Pilates and Barre classes at Trinity and Circuit25 workouts to the test, plus there’s the chance to win a pack of 25 intense sessions at new fitness studio H-Kore in our January Giveaway; all entrees also get a 20% off coupon for a pack of six classes, so make sure you put your name in the hat here!

When: Giveaway ends 31 January

A pop of manga
Who doesn’t love Takashi Murakami’s happy flowers – remember how much fun they looked on Louis Vuitton bags a few years ago?! Well, now you can head along to the Gagosian Gallery for a peek at Murakami’s very first exhibition in Hong Kong. Fittingly named Flowers & Skulls, the works in this exhibition feature traditional artisanal techniques combined with a pop of manga, contrasting his iconic colourful smiling flowers with menacing skulls. This is the perfect chance to check out one of Murakami’s most popular themes in his artwork – the juxtaposition between joy and terror – in person.

When: Until 9 February. Opening hours Tuesday–Saturday 11am–7pm.
Where: Gagosian Gallery, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free!

The Midas touch
While everything you touch is unfortunately unlikely to turn to gold (literally speaking that is!), you can get your golden fix at the When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewellery from the Susan L. Beningson Collection exhibition. Originally presented at the Asia Society Museum in New York in 2004, this is your last chance to catch the dazzling beauty of this Indian jewellery exhibition at the Asia Society Hong Kong. You can wow over 160 stunning pieces from the 1st to the 20th centuries, showcasing Southern India’s particular love of gold and nature-inspired designs – and then drop by Sassy fave AMMO in the same building for a delish meal after!

When: Until Sunday, 6 January. Opening hours Friday 11am-5pm, weekend 10am-5pm
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $30 (discount concessions apply)

Got an event you’d like us to feature in The Weekender, or have a top tip for us? Email us the deets at weekender@sassyhongkong.com.

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