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December Rains The Musical is set in the tumultuous 1950s.
December Rains The Musical is set in the tumultuous 1950s. PHOTO: TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS


Open Call: Beyond Words 2015

The National Book Development Council of Singapore invites Malay and Tamil authors and publishers to submit unpublished and out-of-print picture books, chapter books and young adult novels for publication. Beyond Words 2015 aims to support the creation and development of children's picture books and young adult fiction.

INFO: Download the application form from www.bookcouncil.sg/projects and submit it by Monday. The results will be out on Nov 30. E-mail prema@bookcouncil.sg


Piano Concerto Festival 2015: In Celebration Of Singapore's 50 Years Of Independence

Addo Chamber Orchestra presents concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky as well as a special performance of Kelly Tang's Symphonic Suite On A Set Of Local Tunes.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Thu, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 - $74 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Harp Fest 2015 - Queen Of Harps: Catrin Finch In Concert

Finch performs in Singapore for the first time and will enthrall with a programme of harp solos. She was the royal harpist of the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004.

WHERE: University Cultural Centre Theatre, NUS Centre For the Arts, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Clementi WHEN: Sept 6, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $41 & $52 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Lord Of The Dance - Dangerous Games

This is a new staging of the much-loved masterpiece directed by Michael Flatley. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, it features new costumes and choreography and 40 outstanding young dancers and musicians.

WHERE: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Grand Theatre, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Thu - Sept 6, 7.30pm (Thu & Fri); 3 & 7.30pm (Sat); 2 & 7.30pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $69 - $179 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

City Lights - Dances For Singapore's 50th

Maya Dance Theatre celebrates Singapore's history through a diverse dance collection by professional and community artists. City Lights, comprising more than 20 dances and 50 performers, will be presented to the public at the Orchard Central Atrium.

WHERE: Orchard Central Atrium, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset WHEN: Sept 5, 4 - 8pm; Sept 6, 1 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6298-0771 INFO: E-mail imran@mayadance theatre.org. Go to www.mayadancetheatre.org


Unearthed: Singapore At 25

Check out the contents of a time capsule buried in front of the Empress Place building on Dec 29, 1990. Objects include development plans from the 1970s and a poster of Ah Meng, the late orang utan ambassador for the Singapore Zoo.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sept 27, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: www.acm.org.sg

Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow

As part of its 170th anniversary, The Straits Times has collaborated with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands to present this exhibition that chronicles the nation's development through powerful images and stories. It features hundreds of The Straits Times' front-page stories, headlines and photographs that capture pivotal moments in Singapore's history. Never-before-seen photographs dating back to 1845 are also on show.

WHERE: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Oct 4, 10am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum


Okinka African Art Exhibition

This show, named after the last queen of Guinea-Bissau, has more than 50 pieces of African artwork.

WHERE: 01-448/449 The Art Space @ Suntec City Mall, Tower 1, 3 Temasek Boulevard MRT: Promenade/City Hall WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.theartspace.com.sg/exhibitions

Chng Seok Tin: My World Of Prints

This exhibition delves into the print- making world of veteran artist Chng Seok Tin. On showcase are selected prints of various types - lithography, etching, engraving, monotype and ink transfer. Chng is also known today for her sculptures and mixed media work.

WHERE: 03-39/02-43 Artcommune gallery, Block 231, Bras Basah Complex, Bain Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Till Sept 9, noon - 7pm; tomorrow, 3pm (opening ceremony) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.artcommune.com.sg


Good Morning 'Cher: Our Schools, Our Teachers, Our Stories

In this showcase of 50 years of classroom memories, learn about school in the 1960s and make discoveries about school today.

WHERE: Suntec City Mall, West Atrium, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard MRT: Promenade WHEN: Today - Sun, noon - 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.moe.gov.sg/sg50

Paintographs: Bridging Reality And Illusion By Robert Allmann

Allmann, who is holding his first solo exhibition in Asia, creates artwork that depicts curiosity and beauty.

WHERE: Merlin Gallery, Level 2, 292 River Valley Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Till Sun, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6735-1866 INFO: www.merlin.com.sg

A Social Portrait Of Singapore: The Critical Years

This exhibition of 20 unpublished works introduces visitors to the impactful works of Loke Hong Seng, who is recognised for his street photography between 1963 and 1985

WHERE: Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Sept 6, noon - 7pm (Tue - Sat); noon - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.gillmanbarracks.com

Panerai History And Legend Exhibition

Discover the heritage behind Panerai watches in this showcase of the brand's Submersible watches that were used by the Royal Italian Navy and the Egyptian Navy during both World Wars.

WHERE: Ion Orchard, Level 1, Ion2, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Sept 6, 11am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: For inquiries, e-mail concierge.sg@panerai.com. Go to www.facebook.com/PaneraiOfficial or www.panerai.com

Home, Then Everywhere Else By Liu Ying And Estella Ng

A duo exhibition showcasing the works of the two young Singaporean artists. While Ng paints free-form miniature worlds of places, landscapes and memories of her travels abroad, Liu uses the meditative gaze of photography to look at the environment of her home.

WHERE: Flaneur Gallery, 129 Jalan Besar MRT: Bugis WHEN: Till Sept 6, 1 - 6pm (Wed - Sun) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9112-4685 INFO: www.flaneur.sg


December Rains The Musical

This tells the story of a pair of young lovers whose relationship is tested by social unrest amid the tumultuous 1950s. In Mandarin with English surtitles.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today - Sept 6, 8pm (Tue - Thu); 3 & 8pm (Fri - Sun) ADMISSION: $53 - $133 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Dick Lee The Adventures Of The Mad Chinaman Upsized

Lee brings back his sold-out show, which recounts his musical journey from his childhood in the 1960s to the debut of his alter-ego The Mad Chinaman in 1989. The Upsized version features songs from his 40-year career and a band of Singapore's top musicians.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Thu, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Double Bill Operas: Leoncavallo's Pagliacci And Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

Be enthralled by Singapore Lyric Opera's double bill performance. Sung in Italian with English and Chinese surtitles.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Sept 10 - 12, 8pm ADMISSION: $31 - $134 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI28B'. Print Edition | Subscribe