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Arts Picks: Don't miss Dim Sum Dollies, Community Quilts, Loke Hong Seng and SYC Ensemble Singers

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COMMUNITY QUILTS: A PHOTO EXHIBITION

Take a peek into Singapore’s homes and back alleys in this intimate, life-affirming photo exhibition by three Singaporean photographers – Ivan Tan, Juliana Tan and former Straits Times photographer Samuel He.

The trio went around the island to capture people posing in iconic and nostalgic locations such as Bedok Jetty and the colourful shophouses along Koon Seng Road. The result is a series of cheerful photographs woven together to form large wall panels. They line the void deck walls of Rochor Centre, a location that will soon be torn down.

Where: Rochor Centre’s Block 4 void deck, level four MRT: Bugis When: Till Dec 31 Admission: Free


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LIFE BEHIND THE LENS WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LOKE HONG SENG

Fine art photographer Loke Hong Seng will give a talk about his experiences capturing Singapore street scenes from the 1970s and what it takes to compose that perfect photograph – waiting for weeks, even months, for the perfect light. He will also give advice on photography techniques. This talk is part of the Drive Public Art Project at Gillman Barracks, a series of interactive sessions.

Where: Arnoldii Arts Club, 1 Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road, 01-01 MRT: Labrador Park When: Tomorrow, 4.30 - 6pm Admission: Free, but registration is required. E-mail info@arnoldiiartsclub.com Info: www.arnoldiiartsclub.com


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THREE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT WITH SYC ENSEMBLE SINGERS & FRIENDS

Three choirs from Singapore, Japan and the Philippines will be coming together for a rousing choral celebration of original work by living composers: the SYC Ensemble Singers headed by conductor Jennifer Tham, the Gaia Philharmonic Choir headed by Ko Matsushita and the Ateneo Chamber Singers headed by Jonathan Velasco.

Among others, they will be premiering My Song, a new work by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miškinis, Sonnet 43 by Singaporean composer Kelly Tang and several works by prominent Filipino musical personality Ryan Cayabyab, who will also be performing.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade When: Sun, 4pm Admission: $25 - $35 from Sistic


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DIM SUM DOLLIES: THE HISTORY OF SINGAPORE PART 2

The Dim Sum Dollies are reclaiming the stage with their first full-fledged performance as a trio. DJ Denise Tan, who first performed with the popular cabaret trio at their Crazy Christmas revue last year, joins Selena Tan and Pam Oei for this wickedly funny trip down Singapore's memory lane.

From the Stop At Two family planning campaign to the Mas Selamat fiasco, the Dollies will be putting their signature sweet-and-spicy twist on the events and personalities Singaporeans know all too well. The production is directed by Glen Goei, featuring music by Elaine Chan.

Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Till Dec 23. Tue - Sun at 8pm, Sat & Sun at 3pm, with an additional show on Dec 22 at 8pm Admission: $58 - $138 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) Info: Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content)