Arts Picks: National Museum's permanent galleries, President's Young Talents, Chestnuts 50 and more

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE'S NEW PERMANENT GALLERIES

Relive history at the National Museum's six new permanent galleries, which open this weekend. New exhibits include a 1959 flexi-disc recording of Majulah Singapura by the late composer Zubir Said and a 19th-century Revere Bell that used to toll at the Church of St Andrew (the predecessor of St Andrew's Cathedral). Viewers can also experience a drive-in movie by sitting in model cars and watching a movie montage.

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: 10am - 6pm daily, open till 7pm this weekend ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans & permanent residents; $10 (adults), $5 (children above six years old, students with a valid student pass & those 60 years old & above) for other nationalities; different admission fee for selected blockbuster exhibitions INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg


PRESIDENT'S YOUNG TALENTS 2015 EXHIBITION

The five artworks commissioned for this exhibition range from the uncomfortably introspective to the intriguingly interactive. Ezzam Rahman's beautiful and creepy Here's Who I Am, I Am What You See (above) showcases flowers made of the artist's dead skin, while Loo Zihan invites the public to read, add or subtract books from the Singapore Art Museum collection in Of Public Interest: The Singapore Art Museum Resource Room.

WHERE: SAM@8Q, 8 Queen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: 10am - 7pm daily. Last admission at 6.15pm. Open till 9pm on Friday ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans & permanent residents; $10 (adults), $5 (students & those above 60 years old with a valid identity card), free for children under six years old for other nationalities INFO: www.singaporeartmuseum.sg


SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2015: THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES

OF BORDER CROSSERSPart installation, part fashion runway and part karaoke, this show features the stories of those who have crossed national boundaries for various reasons. The show makes for thought-provoking viewing, given the controversies surrounding immigration around the world. Directed by festival director Ong Keng Sen, it is one of the highlights of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

WHERE: Entrance of Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Today, 6.30pm ADMISSION: $45 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic. com.sg) INFO: The performance lasts six hours, come & go as you please. Go to www.sifa.sg for more information


CHESTNUTS 50: THE UNBELYEEVABLE JUBILEE EDITION

Long-running parody show Chestnuts returns to poke fun at the hottest topics of the year, from the Jubilee Year celebrations to the General Election. Written and directed by Jonathan Lim (above right), it stars (above from left) Judee Tan, Joshua Lim and Faizal Abdullah.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: Till Sept 27, 8pm (Tuesday - Sunday), 3 & 8pm (Saturday & Sunday), no shows on Monday ADMISSION: $45, $55 & $65 from Sistic INFO: www.chestnuts.sg  Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent recommends

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - ANPICKS18'. Print Edition | Subscribe