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A run­down of Hong Kong’s art sea­son; Chiva-Som’s new cook­book; Desert Boots turn 65.

March sees Hong Kong at its most brushed up, when a del­uge of art events makes the city a stage for the best gal­leries, artists, and per­form­ers from the re­gion and the world. Art Basel Hong Kong is the crux of the month’s events, at­tract­ing the world’s top gal­leries—half from Asia-Pa­cific—to the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, along with in­de­pen­dent films, ex­clu­sive in­stal­la­tions, and the who’s who of the art world (March 15–17; art­basel.com). Art Cen­tral de­buts this year as the city’s first world-class satel­lite art fair, bring­ing 70 gal­leries (as op­posed to Basel’s some 170) to har­bor-front tents in Cen­tral (March 14–16; art­cen­tral­hongkong.com). Asia Ho­tel Art Fair is an in­ti­mate al­ter­na­tive, once again us­ing the posh rooms of the Marco Polo Hong Kong Ho­tel as gal­leries for more than 5,000 works strictly from the re­gion. The fair extends its premises this year as well, show­cas­ing larger in­stal­la­tions and sculp­tures in nearby Har­bour City mall (March 13–16; hote­lart­fair.kr). Hong Kong Arts Fes­ti­val, now in its 33rd year, brings the cream of the world’s clas­si­cal-arts crop to stages city­wide through­out the month. Bobby McFer­rin, Pink Mar­tini, the Los An­ge­les Phil­har­monic, and The Bol­shoi Ballet and Opera are a few of the stars on this year’s pro­gram (Fe­bru­ary 27–March 29; hk.arts­fes­ti­val.org).

Basel and Be­yond An un­ti­tled work by Aus­trian artist Tina Lech­ner, on dis­play at Art Basel Hong Kong this year.

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