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11TH INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2013 - EVENING CONCERTS/RECITALS
Performing at this year's festival are Pavel Steidl from Czech Republic, Eric Franceries from France, Berta Rojas from Paraguay and Franco Morone from Italy.
Where: RELC International Hotel, Orange Grove Road MRT: Orchard When: Thu, 7.30pm (Pavel Steidl), Fri, 7.30pm (Eric Franceriese), Sat, 7.30pm (Berta Rojas), Sun, 7.30pm (Franco Morone) Admission: $43 & $53 Tel: 6348-5555 (tickets), 6344-3671 (Tomas Music Consultants) Info: www.sistic.com.sg
Three artists - Mike H.J. Chang, Sherman Ong and Robert Renhui Zhao - take on the concepts of home and motherland, re-interpreting the different meanings of place versus space and highlighting stories of immigrants who struggle to belong.
Where: Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 01-20/21, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall When: Till Dec 22, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon Admission: Free Tel: 6338-1962 Info: www.chanhampegalleries.com
NAH, JUST A STOPOVER
Thai artist Lampu Kansanoh paints moments and memories from her short trips around Thailand and travels to Japan and Italy. Her pieces are a log of her travels, filled with caricatures of real people she encountered along the way. Where: Yavuz Fine Art, 03-01, 51 Waterloo Street MRT: Bras Basah/Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Jan 5, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 1 - 5pm (Sun), By appointment on Mon & public holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6338-7900 Info: www.yavuzfineart.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this BookFest, a books and stationery festival, for the latest books and educational gadgets and book launches of new books by veteran Singapore artists Zheng Geping and JinYin Ji, as well as other new releases. Activities include live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Eric Low and Daniel Koh. There will also be educational sessions with famous authors to prepare children for school and doodling sessions to entertain children.
Where: Suntec Singapore Halls 401 - 405 MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Fri, Noon - 10pm, Sat) - Dec 22, 10am - 10pm Admission: Free Tel: 6462-9555 Info: E-mail feedback@popular worlds.com and http://www.bookfestsingapore.com
LAUNCH OF RESIDUE, A NEW BOOK BY DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHER MARC HEIJNEN & SOLO EXHIBITION
Singapore-based Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen is launching his book which showcases more than 50 new photographs taken in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. The book is published by Asia One of Hong Kong.
Where: Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang MRT: Bugis When: Thu, 7pm (book launch), Fri - Jan 19, 10am - 8pm (exhibition) Admission: Free Tel: 6298-2420 Info: www.marcelheijnen.com
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS THIS CHRISTMAS - TREE OF LIFE CAMPAIGN
Sponsor a child in Asia or Africa; or provide them with gifts from stationery (from $10) or medical services (from $300). Pick gifts from photo-cards on the Trees Of Life planted by World Vision Singapore at nine malls.
Where: VivoCity MRT: HarbourFront When: Till Sun, mall hours Where: West Coast Plaza MRT: Clementi When: Till Dec 22, mall hours Where: Tiong Bahru Plaza, Century Square, White Sands, Hougang Mall & Liang Court MRT: Various When: Sun - Dec 31, mall hours Admission: Free Tel: 6922-0100 Info: E-mail email@example.com
SSO CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
Enjoy two evenings of traditional carols and favourite Yuletide melodies including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite No. 1, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Part 1) as well as carols by John Rutter at this Christmas concert under the baton of conductor Jason Lai. Soprano Ee-Ping will join the orchestra for Verdi's Merce, dilette amiche from I Vespri Siciliani and Winter Wonderland for solo voice and orchestra by Felix Bernard. The concert features the Singapore Symphony Chorus and the Singapore Symphony Children's Choir.
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Thu, 7.30pm Admission: $16 - $78 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
11TH INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2013 - SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS/ MASTERCLASSES/INDIVIDUAL LESSONS
Topics range from musical sensitivity and guitar education to finger-style techniques and more. The speakers at the seminars and workshops include Amalia and Jose Enrique Ramirez (Spain), Bernard Maillot (France), president of Savarez S.A., one of the world's most popular guitar strings, and Robert Liew (Singapore), president of Arts Management.
Where: RELC International Hotel, Orange Grove Road MRT: Orchard When: Thu - Sat, 9am - 5.30pm Admission: $120 (one day), $220 (two days), $300 (three days) for seminars & workshops). From $60 a session for masterclasses player & $15 (observer). Individual lessons with an artist start from $100 a session Tel: 6348-5555 (tickets), 6344-3671 (Tomas Music Consultants) Info: www.sistic.com.sg
6TH INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION
Musicians from all over the world will vie for more than $30,000 worth of prizes, including cash prizes, guitars by Jose Ramirez, strings and guitar accessories. Held in conjunction with the 11th International Guitar Festival 2013 (Singapore).
Where: RELC International Hotel, Orange Grove Road MRT: Orchard When: Sun, 2.30pm (Finals) Admission: $40 (observer) Tel: 6348-5555 (tickets), 6344-3671 (Tomas Music Consultants) Info: www.sistic.com.sg
GRANDMA, A THOUSAND TIMES (PG13)
This poetic 2010 documentary shot in Jordan puts a feisty Beirut grandmother at the centre of the film. It is directed by her grandson, Mahmoud Kaabour. Teta Fatima struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what awaits her beyond death. Part of Middle East Movie Night.
Where: The Arts House, Screening Room MRT: Raffles Place When: Thu, 7.30pm Admission: Free Info: Register at www.mei.nus.edu.sg
RED RIDING HOOD
In this musical adventure for the family, the Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company gives a new twist to the fairy tale. Red must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save Mother's bakery from shutting down. Will she be distracted from her quest by the charming Big Bad Wolf? Recommended for children aged four and above.
JACK & THE BEAN-SPROUT!
This pantomime by Wild Rice is about dreams, a mother's love and the perils of gambling. It is about Jack and his mother, Widow Neo, who are forced to sell their beloved pet cow when there are bills to be paid. The production comes with side-splitting gags, catchy songs and audience participation. Written by Joel Tan and directed by Ivan Heng with music by Elaine Chan, it stars Caleb Goh as Jack, Darius Tan as Widow Neo, Karen Tan as Gold Hits Harp and Siti Khalijah as Goose Mangat. Based on the original concept and characters by Desmond Sim.
Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Till Sat, 7.30pm (Wed, Thu & Sun), 7.30pm (Fri & Sat), 2.30 (Sat & Sun) Admission: $43 - $78 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: Buy a Jack and The Bean-Sprout! CD at $15 each and Wild Rice and Wild Rice will contribute S$5 from the proceeds to the Emma Yong Fund for actors stricken with cancer. www.sistic.com.sg
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Be transported to a ghostly world in this tale about a lawyer who engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear gripping his soul. By ABA Production (Britain).
Where: Kallang Theatre MRT: Stadium When: Till Sun, 8pm (Wed - Fri), 3 & 8pm (Sat), 3pm (Sun) Admission: $71 - $131 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
This play explores a child's journey through the national examination. Xiao Li, the protagonist, struggles to find herself while trying to fulfil parental expectations. The audience can become active partners of the play, reliving the gruelling exam-taking experience. The play also features children's magician Mr Bottle. Produced by The ETCeteras, it is in Mandarin and English.
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre, Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah When: Till Sun, 8pm Till Sat, 3pm Sat & Sun Admission: $36 & $41 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: There will be a post-show dialogue except on Sun. www.sistic.com.sg and www.etceteras.org.sg. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAZY CHRISTMAS 2013: TING TONG BELLES
Have a hilarious time at this year-end Crazy Christmas production by the Dream Academy featuring trishaw sleigh rides to Frosty pet gripes. The Ting Tong Belles, who include Selena Tan, Pam Oei, Judee Tan, Mina Kaye, Glory Ngim, Petrina Kow, Seong Hui Xuan and Denise Tan, will sing and dance, while "gate-crashers" such as Sebastian Tan as Broadway Beng and Singapore Drag Queen Kumar will add to the laughter.
Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till Sun & Tue - Dec 22, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 4 & 8pm (Sat), 2 & 6pm (Sun) Admission: $18 -$130 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
Compiled by MAGDALENE LUM
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