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What's on: Thursday's picks from ST Life!

Published on Sep 13, 2012 11:38 AM
 
The Arabian Nights by I Theatre -- ST PHOTO: I THEATRE

Thursday's top pick

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS By I THEATRE

Written and directed by Brian Seward of I Theatre with music by Bang Wenfu, this multi-layered, multi-coloured and mad mayhem and fun production of The Arabian Nights will take you on a magic carpet ride through tales, such as Aladdin and The Enchanted Lamp, Sinbad The Sailor and The Tale Of The Hunchback. It uses a mixture of physical theatre, puppetry and music.

Where: The Singapore Airlines Theatre, Lasalle College of The Arts MRT: Bugis When: Till Tue  various times Admission: $31 - $35 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

Auctions

CHRISTIE'S SINGAPORE POP-UP PREVIEW

Art collectors here can have a sneak preview of Christie's Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art 2012 Auctions in Hong Kong, featuring the most representative auction selections in the last decade of Nanyang art, contemporary Chinese ink, and watercolour paintings by top Singaporean and Malaysian artists.

Where: Christie's Singapore, Wheelock Place, 19 -03, 501 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard When: Thu - Sun, noon - 6pm Admission: Free tel: 6838-7209 Info: E-mail ojp@christies.com

PREVIEW OF HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HONG KONG AUTUMN SALES 2012

Get a preview of more 400 highlights from Sotheby's Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012 of artworks, watches and jewellery at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Oct 5 - 9 at The Regent Singapore this weekend. They include Lee Man Fong's Fortune and Longevity (Auction: Oct 7) and a 88.88 carats S/IF Riviere diamond necklace estimated at US$4.5 million (S$5.5 million) to US$6.4 million (Auction: Oct 9)

Where: The Regent Singapore, The Royal Pavilion Ballroom, 1 Cuscaden Road MRT: Orchard When: Sat & Sun , 11am - 6.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6732-8239 Info: E-mail doree.yong@sothebys.com

Charity

CATS OF THE WORLD PHOTO EXHIBITION

View and buy snapshots of cats in their element - graceful, lazy, sneaky, aloof and loving - in unique settings and backdrops in Singapore and around the world at this photo exhibition by aspiring and professional photographers from all walks. Part of the sale proceeds will go to the Cat Welfare Society. Cat lovers can also shop for quirky cat-related merchandise and crafts by local artists at the Saturday "Purrzaar Market with part of the sale proceeds going to the same charity.

Where: The Arts House, ground floor, Old Parliament House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place When: Till Sept 30, 10am - 10pm (Cats of the World Photo Exhibition) Admission: Free When: Sat and Sept 22, 11am - 6pm (Saturday Purrzaar Market) Admission: Free (Pay for purchases) Tel: 9362-3626/6332-6919 Info: E-mail sublime.carla@gmail.com and go to www.gattidelmondo.blogspot.com

Classical

THE EMPEROR (SSO)

Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen will take on Beethoven's most popular piano concerto -Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 Emperor (34') at this Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert under the baton of Darrell Ang. The concert also features Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major. Op. 97 Rhenish (33').

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City hall When: Thu , 7.30pm Admission: $16 - 75 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: There is a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm on Thu at Library@Esplanade

Contest

REMY MARTIN CENTAUR DANCE SHOWDOWN 2012

The search is on for a Singapore's dance team to compete in the Remy Martin Regional finals (Centaur Dance Showdown against Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines at Zirca nightspot in January for a chance to be crowned Asia's Best Dancing Crew and walk away with US$10,000 (S$12,270). Remy Martn's new celebrity ambassador, Jolin Tsai, will be here to judge and perform at the event. The Singapore Finals will be held at the Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square on Nov 10 from 6 - 11pm.

Where: Zirca, Clarke Quay MRY: Clarke Quay When: Jan 18 next year, 8pm - midnight (Regional Finals) Admission: Free for the Singapore and Regional Finals Info: Each team of up to five dancers aged 18 and above can register and submit their dance videos of between two to three minutes online at www.centaurdance.com from now till Oct 7. Go to http://www.centaurdance.com for details.

Films

MINI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

This Mini French Film Festival features three films - La Fille Du Puisatier (The Well-Diggers's Daughter) about a father torn between his sense of honour and deep love for his daughter, Comme Un Chef (The Chef), a comedy about a young chef's journey in molecular gastronomy and Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story), a thriller about the family, a man's loyalty and his pride based on a true story. In French with English subtitles.

Where: Golden Village VivoCity MRT: HarbourFront When: Thu - Sept 19, various times Admission: $12 ($10 for students) Info: www.gv.com.sg

Poetry

A NIGHT OF POETRY & MUSIC: THE BEST OF SINGAPORE PIONEER POETS

Enjoy an evening of poetry and music with three of Singapore's pioneer poets Edwin Thumboo, Kirpal Singh and Robert Yeo. Listen to an exclusive spoken word and music performance of their verses and to their readings from their new "Best of" collections. Published by Epigram Books, the three titles will be sold at a special price of $20 each and as a bundle at $50. The poets will also hold a discussion on their writing journeys and the relevance of poetry. There will be a book signing and live music performed by a jazz quartet.

Where: The Arts House Play Den, 1 Parliament Lane RT: Raffles Place When: Fri , 7.30 - 9.30pm Info: RSVP: email sasha@epigrambooks.sgby 3pm on Fri

Talks

FACE TO FACE WITH ZHUANG WUBIN @ SELECT BOOKS

Zhuang Wubin, a curator and researcher who focuses on the photographic practices of Southeast Asia, will discuss his experiences of producing his books - Chinese Muslims In Indonesia and Chinatowns In A Globalising Southeast Asia at this talk.

Where: Select Books, 51 Armenian Street MRT: Bras Basah/City Hall When: Thu, 7.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6337-9319 Info: The books -Chinese Muslims In Indonesia is available at the event at $37.45 (paperback) and $53.50 (hardcover) while Chinatowns In A Globalising Southeast Asia is available at $64.10

Theatre

THE COMEDY CLUB ASIA - SEPTEMBER INTERNATIONAL SHOW

This standup comedy show by The Comedy Club Asia features three-standup comedians - Papa CF from India, Britain-based Australian comedian, Ro Campbell, and Canadian-born comedian Pete Johansson.

Where: The British Club, 73 Bukit Tinggi Road MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Thu , 8.30pm Where: Klapsons Hotel, 15 Hoe Chiang Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Fri , 8.30pm Where: The Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park Road MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Sat , 8.30pm Where: China One, 3E River Valley Road MRT: Clarke Quay When: Sun , 8.30pm Admission: $52 Tel: 6100-2005 (tickets) /9818-7497 (group bookings with 20 per cent discount for groups of 10+) Info: http://www.gatecrash.com.sg and http://www.thecomedyclub.asia. E-mail andrea@thecomedyclub.asia

THE PERFECTION OF 10

Ten established Singapore playwrights who were invited to reflect on their experiences as theatre-makers and their notions of perfection, then captured a perspective of life on earth, in Singapore and in the theatre, through their own 10 stage items from their past productions. Directed by Sean Tobin with dramaturgy by Low Kee Hong, it is in English with some Mandarin, Malay and dialects with English surtitles. Held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Esplanade, it is part of The Studios.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Thu - Sat, 8pm (Thu- Sat), also 3pm (Sat) Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: there will be a post-show discussion with the artists

POTTED POTTER

Get your funny bone tickled at this unauthorised Harry Experience, a parody created by double Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (Dan & Jeff), which condenses all the seven Harry Potter books plus a real-life game of Quidditch into seventy hilarious minutes.

Where: DBS Arts Centre, Merbau Road, Robertson Quay MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till Sun , 7.30pm (Tue & Wed), 5 & 7.30pm (Thu & Fri), 7.30 & 9pm(Sat) & 4.30 & 7.30pm (Sun) Admission: $73 & $88 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg and www.ottedPotter.com.au

HOSSAN LEONG SHOW! FLYING SOLO

Funnyman Hossan Leong's new show is about travel, be it Singaporeans travelling abroad or people coming here. You could win a pair of tickets to Australia's Gold Coast on Scoot at every show. Directed by George Chan, the show by Dream TV is written by Ben "Mr Miyagi" Lee, and YouTube sensation Hirzi Zulkiflie.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall When: Till Sun, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 4 & 8pm (Sat), 2 & 6pm (Sun) Admission: $41 - $71 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg and www.dreamacademy.com.sg

PROJECT MENDING SKY: US - MAN, THE FOREST, THE MONKEY MAN, THE TIGERS AND THE ELEPHANTS

Is there an Ape Man in Singapore? Find out at this site-specific experiential Community Arts Project on Environment at the Bukit Timah Railway Station, you will be guided through a walk in search of The Bukit Timah Monkey Man. You can journey through exhibitions, installations, puppetry performance and movement choreography pieces created by some of the finest artists here. Presented by Drama Box in Mandarin and English.

Where: Bukit Timah Railway Station MRT: Clementi/Bukit Batok When: Till Sept 29, 6.45 -8.30pm (Every Tue - Sat) Admission: $21 Tel: 6348-5555 (tickets), 6324-5434 (Drama Box) Info: www.sistic.com.sg. It is limited to 30 participants a night.

Tour

HISTORICAL BUS TOUR

History buffs and tourists can learn about the history of familiar roads, such as Scotts and Cuppage Road and areas, such as Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah at this historic bus tour where they can listen to stories about early colonial settlement and the Raffles Town Plan. The tour include visits to a Hindu Chettiar Temple, a colourful Chinese Temple and the oldest mosque here. You can even have coffee and cake at an old colonial house built for Anna Leon-Owens of "The King and I" movie fame. The guide is Geraldene Lowe.

Where: Meet at Dempsey/Holland Road Bus Park MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Fri , 9am (Meet at 8.50am for the historic bus tour around Singapore) Admission: $70, include coffee and tea Tel: 6737-5250 (call in the afternoon) Info: Pay in advance by sending crossed cheque in the name of Geraldene Lowe with details of tour and date on separate paper as well as your name and mobile number. Post the cheque to Geraldene Lowe, 06 -08 Oxley Orchard Court, 27 Oxley Road Spore 238621. Wear modest clothings covering shoulders and knees and easy-slip-off slippers for visits to places of worship. Take along your camera as well.

Others

MERLION & I: AN INSPIRING JOURNEY (LIGHTSHOW TO MARK THE MERLION'S 40TH BIRTHDAY)

After a two-month makeover, the rejuvenated Merlion, will star in its own specially choreographed lightshow tracing how it had evolved to be a beloved Singapore icon over the past 40 years as the highlights of its 40th birthday celebrations. It comes with heartwarming stories, dazzling light projections, sound and pyrotechnics. This musical celebration will feature up to six shows daily. The music and lyrics for the show was written by music director Kenn Chua. The song will be accompanied by hip hop and street jazz choreographed by Ryan Tan.

Where: The Merlion, Merlion Park MRT: Raffles Place When: Thu - Sun , 7.15, 7.45, 8.30, 9.15, 10 & 10.30pm Admission: Free Info: Go to http://www.yoursingapore.com for details

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