Happenings - Arts

ARTS

AUDITIONS

2017 National Piano And Violin Competition

This biennial event helps identify and develop young musical talent by providing them with the opportunity to perform before established local and international adjudicators. It consists of piano solo and violin solo categories. Participants compete in these categories: Artist (aged 25 and younger), Senior (aged 21 and younger), Intermediate (aged 15 and younger) and Junior (aged 11 and younger). Applications close on July 28. The competition runs from Dec 2 to 10.

INFO: www.sso.org.sg/npvc

BOOKS

Heartlands Book Club Is Discussing The Girls: A Novel By Emma Cline

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Author Cline's first novel is set in California in the summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture, a young girl is drawn to a charismatic cult leader and gets unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence.

WHERE: Activities Room, Bukit Batok Public Library, 03-01 West Mall, 1 Bukit Batok Central Link MRT: Bukit Batok WHEN: Today, 5 - 6.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary

Meet The Author: Ignatius Low Of Life Is A Mixtape

Veteran journalist Low, who is head of media solutions at Singapore Press Holdings and a columnist for The Sunday Times, takes readers on a nostalgic tour in his new book, a collection of his best columns from well over a decade, telling the story of a local boy who grew up in the 1980s.

WHERE: Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: kinokuniya.com.sg

Meet The Author: Ann Wee Of A Tiger Remembers: The Way We Were In Singapore

Wee, one of Singapore's pioneering social work educators, brings to life Singapore's social transformation. Her book captures things that she remembers, but which history books may leave out, including questions of hygiene, terms of endearment, the emotional nuance in social relations and rural clan settlements.

WHERE: Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: kinokuniya.com.sg

CONCERTS

The Philharmonic Orchestra's 15th Anniversary: The Complete Beethoven Symphonies (II)

Beethoven's Second Symphony was created at a time when the composer was expressing despondency about his increasing deafness in the Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter addressed to his brothers. The concert ends with Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: June 14, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Hansel And Gretel

The fairy tale has inspired many adaptations for the stage. Among the most popular is German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera. This semi-staged concert by Orchestra of the Music Makers is directed by Edith Podesta and conducted by Chan Tze Law, with Darius Lim as chorus master.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: June 16, 7.30pm & June 17, 5pm ADMISSION: $16 & $24 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza

Kooza in the title is inspired by the Sanskrit word Koza, which means box, chest or treasure. The production features an international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from 19 countries performing to a live fusion soundtrack of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

WHERE: Under the Big Top Tent, next to Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: July 13 - Aug 13, various times ADMISSION: $92 - $322 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

Human+ The Future Of Our Species

Advances in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely science fiction are now real. This exhibition showcases works by international artists, scientists, technologists and designers, exploring the possible future paths of humans, asking what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, life-like robots and genetic modification.

WHERE: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Oct 15, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Standard: $17 (adult), $12 (concession), $46 (family of two adults, two children); Singapore residents: $13.60 (adult), $9.60 (concession), $36.80 (family of two adults, two children); Sands Rewards members: $12.75 (adult), $9 (concession), $34.60 (family of two adults, two children); packages are available for multi-exhibition entry INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Sick Scents

Singapore multimedia artist Mojoko, in collaboration with scent designer Terry Jacobson, presents a series of seven fragrances inspired by contemporary Asia. He has also created bespoke packaging and artworks inspired by the fragrances, exploring the links among sight, smell and memories. Part of Season 2: Stories For An Island, a programme curated by Khairuddin Hori.

WHERE: Chan + Hori Contemporary, 02-09 Gillman Barracks, 6 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Thu - June 25, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon & public holidays ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-1962 INFO: www.chanhori.com

I Am Time Grown Old To Destroy The World

In collaboration with fashion photographer Ivanho Harlim, Singaporean artist Gerald Leow presents sculptures, installations and photographs grounded between the tension of the sacred and the profane in his first solo exhibition in Singapore. Part of Season 2: Stories For An Island, a programme curated by Khairuddin Hori.

WHERE: Chan + Hori Contemporary, 02-09 Gillman Barracks, 6 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Thu - June 25, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon & public holidays ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-1962 INFO: www.chanhori.com

A Moment In Time

This exhibition by Carey Ngai, 2016 UOB Painting of the Year winner, is a representation and recollection of objects and places as seen through his eyes and created in the style of classical realism. It features six ink sketches and 21 oil-on-canvas paintings, including his award- winning work from the UOB competition.

WHERE: The UOB Art Gallery, Ground Floor UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till July 24, 9am - 6.30pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.uobpoy.com

Creativity In Pulses

This exhibition embraces newness and tradition, acknowledging a deep- rootedness in Singapore Chinese culture and heritage through 21 artworks by 19 artists, film-makers, product designers, graphic artists, photographers and installation artists.

WHERE: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Gallery, Level 2, 1 Straits Boulevard MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Till Sept 30, 10am - 8pm daily; guided tours on weekends at 2pm (English) & 2.30pm (Mandarin) ADMISSION: Free, call 6812-7209 or e-mail rsvp@singaporeccc.org.sg to register for tour

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

Game Of Thrones: A Pencil Microsculpture Exhibition By Salavat Fidai

In this HBO Asia-commissioned exhibition, 16 sculptures inspired by hit HBO television series Game Of Thrones are carved into the tips of fragile graphite pencils. There are micro carvings of the Iron Throne, sigils from the various houses as well as the Hand Of The King pin, Cersei's new crown and Drogon the dragon.

WHERE: K+ Curatorial Space, 03-11 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till June 4, 11.30am - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6694-8896 INFO: www.hboasia.com

THEATRE

Danz Up 2.0

This is a new version of the street dance theatre hit that sold out 10 shows at the Hong Kong Arts Festival last year. With hip-hop, jazz-funk, urban dance, locking and popping moves by choreographer Shing Mak, the production features a young cast led by veteran stage director Tang Wai-kit and award-winning playwright Matthew Cheng. Performed with some Cantonese dialogue and with Chinese and English surtitles.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/ City Hall WHEN: June 9 & 10, 8pm ADMISSION: $35 - $104 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

This production tells the tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York, went on to become the world's most successful music duo of all time. Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960s photographs and film footage accompanied by a full band performing Simon & Garfunkel hits such as Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sound Of Silence.

WHERE: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Aug 4, 8pm ADMISSION: $59 - $159 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Chef: Bibimbap Vs Chilli Crab

Directed and produced by Choi Chul Ki, this non-verbal performance uses live beatboxing and b-boying to tell the story of Green and Red chefs locked in a riotous competition.

WHERE: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: June 10 - July 22, no shows on Mon, Tue & Wed except June 26; 8pm (Thu & Fri), 2 & 8pm (Sat), 2pm (Sun), June 26, 8pm ADMISSION: $41 - $122 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

West Side Story

This is a new stage production of the classic dance musical inspired by Shakespeare's tumultuous love story, Romeo And Juliet. It is set amid the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York.

WHERE: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Sept 13 - 15, 17 - 22 & 24, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 1 & 6pm (Sun); Sept 16, 1 & 6pm; Sept 23, 2 & 8pm ADMISSION: $59 - $189 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe