BANGKOK — Get a buzz cut for a good cause and hear new music at a Pinklao hostel-shophouse-underground music venue’s fundraiser for charity and its legal troubles.
Night owls are invited to show their support for cancer patients and the venue itself at The Overstay’s Shave to Save the Overstay charity event next month.
Visual artist Sweedx XAcid will do the cutting, and all hair shaved will be donated to the National Cancer Institute to make wigs for cancer patients.
According to event organizer Gili Back, donations will go to cover the cost of lawyers, bail bonds and other expenses resulting from a recent raid by soldiers, police and other officers that led to the arrests of several guests and the venue’s Israeli owner on drug-related charges.
“Many canceled their bookings, and because of irresponsible reporting by the press, people thought the place was closed or too dangerous to visit,” Gili wrote in reply to an inquiry, saying the venue has remained open since the Oct. 28 raid.
The inspiration for the event came from the shaving of owner Yuval Schwok’s decade-plus dreadlocks in jail. He has been free on bail since Nov. 3.
Shave to Save the Overstay will take place Dec. 6. The venue is located near Soi Charansanitwong 40. Taking a motorbike or taxi from Phra Pinklao pier is the best way to get there.