Happenings - Arts

ARTS

BOOKS

Meet-The-Author: Zed Yeo Of Half Ghost

Home-grown author Zed Yeo talks about his new children's book, Half Ghost.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Nov 19, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

CONCERTS

Limelight 2016: River Valley High School Choirs

The concert, led by renowned conductor Jennifer Tham, will showcase the River Valley High School Choirs' musicality and versatility with a variety of songs centred on the theme of flowers. Works by Morten Lauridsen, Vincent Persichetti and Steve Dobrogosz will be featured.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Wed, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $14 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Strings Fantasy

International violin virtuoso Lu Siqing will collaborate with renowned cellist Qin Li-Wei to perform masterpieces under the baton of Singapore Chinese Orchestra music director Yeh Tsung. The concert will feature three works by acclaimed Chinese composer Zhao Jiping. The orchestra will also perform the symphonic poem, The Celestial Web, by Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian and music by home-grown composer Law Wai Lun.

WHERE: SCO Concert Hall, Level 1 Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Nov 25 & 26, 8pm ADMISSION: $38 - $99 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

Becoming 2016

This showcase by the dance faculty of the School of the Arts will feature a newly commissioned work by dancer-choreographer Jeffrey Tan as well as choreography by faculty members Ng Teck Voon and Silvia Yong. The show will feature students from Year 3 to 6.

WHERE: Sota Drama Theatre, Level 2 School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Today, 8pm & tomorrow, 2.30 & 8pm ADMISSION: $10 - $30 TEL: 6338-9663 INFO: Tickets from www.apactix.com or www.sota.edu.sg. Go to www.facebook.com/SOTA.SG

Milieu 2016

Contemporary dance and multimedia design are combined in this production, with guest appearances by former dancers of dance company Frontier Danceland.

WHERE: Sota Drama Theatre, Level 2 School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Nov 18, 8pm & Nov 19, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $31 & $41 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

Exploring Our World's Heritage

This exhibition explores Unesco World Heritage sites in South-east Asia, such as the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens, CDL Green Gallery @ SBG Heritage Museum, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens/Orchard WHEN: Till Nov 20, 9am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471 -7138 INFO: www.sbg.org.sg or www.nparks.gov.sg

Ahmad Abu Bakar And Suriani Suratman: Tanah Air (Homeland)

This collaboration between visual artist Ahmad Abu Bakar and ceramic artist Suriani Suratman - their first - explores the theme of tanah (land) and air (water) and their significance to the notion of homeland. The exhibition features new clay works.

WHERE: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, 02-06 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Dec 23, 10am - 7pm (weekdays), 11am - 5pm (weekends); other timings by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-2872 INFO: www.facebook.com/theprivatemuseum or www.theprivatemuseum.org

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

No Limits

Malaysian artist Tan Suz Chiang presents new acrylic and charcoal artworks in a homage to his childhood.

WHERE: Y2Arts Gallery, 01-02 Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till Tue, 11am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-8683 INFO: E-mail info@y2arts.com. Go to www.y2arts.com

Under The Same Dream

In this exhibition of works of oil on canvas, Filipino visual artist Kim Oliveros projects personal histories associated with fabric and paper, based on memories of growing up in a town that once housed a thriving garment-manufacturing district.

WHERE: Element Art Space, 02-13 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall/Esplanade WHEN: Till Dec 11, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun); closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6883-2001 INFO: elementartspace.com

Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts Of Critical Spatial Practice

This exhibition aims to explore the indeterminacy and changeability of urban living through videos, films, discussions, debates and seminars.

WHERE: The Exhibition Hall, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks, 43 Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Jan 29, noon - 7pm (Tue - Thu, Sat & Sun), noon - 9pm (Fri); closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6339-6503 INFO: ntu.ccasingapore.org

Fate By Koh Hwee Khoon

This solo art exhibition by the Singaporean artist features 20 vibrant acrylic paintings in whichhe showcases the journey of life using the arils in pomegranates. Each aril depicts the vitality and mysteries of life. The patterns of the fruit also reflect the energy flow in each life cycle.

WHERE: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 2, 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade WHEN: Till Jan 31, 11am - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail debbie@dahliagallerysg.com

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

SCO Igniting 20 Years Of Rhythmic Passion

Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a multimedia exhibition that features the orchestra's milestones. The exhibition is segmented into three distinct movements, replicating the format of a music score. Explore SCO's sound foundation, discover its finest minds and see how it inspires the masses. Visitors can view larger- than-life versions of Chinese instruments and exquisite instruments at the Mega Instruments Exhibit and Exquisite Instruments Exhibit areas.

WHERE:Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN:Till Dec 11, 10am - 6pm (Sun - Thu), 10am - 8pm (Fri & Sat) ADMISSION: Free INFO:www.sco.com.sg or www.facebook.com/singapore.chinese.orchestra

A World Full Of Stories

Playeum's hands-on exhibition is designed for children aged one to 12. It will provide unique environments and installations, within which kids can create their own stories and immerse themselves in stories from different cultures.

WHERE: Playeum, 01-23 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Tue - April 30, 10am - 6pm (Tue - Sun); closed on Mon ADMISSION: $22 a child with one accompanying adult; additional adults, $10 each TEL: 6262-0750 INFO: Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, go to www.playeum.com or www.facebook.com/Playeum

Eden - Solo Exhibition By Melisa Teo

In this exhibition of new works by Singaporean photographer Melisa Teo, she continues her exploration of existentialism and the process of creation through a series of self- portraits and images inspired by nature and the Garden of Eden.

WHERE: Shophouse 5, 5 Lorong 24A Geylang MRT: Aljunied WHEN: Till Nov 27; today, 7 - 9pm (opening night); tomorrow, 11am - 7pm (open house), 2pm (artist talk); other viewings by appointment ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-6192 INFO: www.facebook.com/chanhampegalleries

THEATRE

Shrimps In Space

This hilarious and insightful play explores the uplifting nature of true friendships. Being born a skinny, scrawny shrimp of a guy is no fun indeed. You never know if you are going to survive the rugby field of oversized players whom you had been forced to take on or the battlefield of teenage dating. For Huat Bee (nicknamed Hay Bee), life was miserable until he met his best friend Hin Kong (nicknamed King Kong), who is everything he is not.

WHERE: Sota Studio Theatre, School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sun, 8pm (today & tomorrow), 3pm (tomorrow & Sun) ADMISSION: $52 (evening ), $41 (matinee) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.generasia.org

4S

The title 4S represents the four mini stories that revolve around Malay legends and folktales. The "S" stands for Santau (art of poisoning one's enemies through the use of the wind and djinns); Saka (unholy beings kept by a person to gain wealth and strength); Susuk (practice of inserting charmed needles into one's face to remain beautiful); and Seru (art of summoning beings from the other dimension). Performed primarily in English and Malay.

WHERE: Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Thu & Nov 18, 8pm; Nov 19, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $28 (Fri & Sat, 8pm show), $25 (Thu, 8pm show & Sat, 3pm show) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Father Christmas

This production is a stage adaptation of the much-loved Father Christmas children's books by Raymond Briggs. Get a sneak peek into how Father Christmas prepares for his biggest night of the year, Christmas Eve.

WHERE: Sota Drama Theatre, Level 2 School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Nov 25, 5pm; Nov 26 & 27, 11am, 2 & 4.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $62 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe