Happenings - Gigs

GIGS

Improvfunsation

Led by violinist Rei Tan and flautist Clement Chan, Improvfunsation is made up of classically trained students from the music elective programmes of various schools who experiment with alternative music genres.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.15, 8.15 & 9.15pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Strings Collide

Featuring pop-rock string quartet VOX and guest performer Yuan Ting, a guzheng player from the QIN Quartet, this performance explores the harmony of Eastern and Western strings.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre,1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.30, 8.45 & 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Bliss-Out 2015 Singapore

This mega event that combines yoga and music will begin with yoga sessions led by renowned local teachers, Lynn Yeo and Sumei Shum, as well as internationally celebrated Los Angeles-based teacher Sianna Sherman. The night ends with performances by Kiwi indie electronic band The Naked And Famous and local singer iNCH.

WHERE: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tomorrow, 5pm ADMISSION: $110 (yoga & concert); $90 (concert only) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.blissout.com.sg

Jazz For You

PhilSax, which comprise saxophonists from The Philharmonic Winds, will perform light jazz numbers and pop hits with percussionist Melvin Leong.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 5.15, 6.15 & 7.15pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

A Not-So-Classical X'Mas By Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra & The Joy Chorale

Christmas carols are mashed up with Hokkien tunes in this concert.

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

La Grande Sophie - Asian Tour

With two Les Victoires de la Musique (equivalent of the Grammys) awards and hundreds of concerts under her belt, pop-rock singer La Grande Sophie is a major artist in the contemporary French music scene. Her seventh and latest album Nos Histoires has just been released in France.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Mon, 8pm ADMISSION: $55, $75 & $85 (at the door) INFO: Tickets from lagrandesophie.peatix.com. Go to www.lagrandesophie.com.fr

Ding Yi Youth Ensemble With Schola Cantorum

The ensemble, led by conductor Dedric Wong, presents refreshing takes on popular Christmas tunes and other original compositions with traditional Chinese instruments. The concert also features a first-time collaboration with local choir collective Schola Cantorum.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Dec 20, 7.15 & 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com


CHARITY

BHG Christmas Charity Tote

From now till Dec 24, purchase a charity tote for $3 at the department store and design your own tote at the designated booths in-store. From the sale of each tote, $1 will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Join the Design A Tote Facebook Contest by posting a picture of the personalised tote and hashtag #BHGXmasTote on the store's Facebook page by Dec 31.

The first prize is a women's felt tote worth $139.

WHERE: BHG Bugis, BHG Choa Chu Kang, BHG Bishan, BHG Tampines, BHG Clementi & BHG Seletar MRT: Various WHEN: Till Dec 24, 10.30am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: For more information & contest details, go to www.facebook.com/BHG.SG

Hippo Charity Art Workshop

Purchase a limited-edition mini Papier-Mache Hippo coin bank ($50) at The Fullerton Shop. Each purchase comes with an acrylic painting workshop conducted by Studio Haroobee. All proceeds raised from the workshop go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

WHERE: The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Road MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Every Fri, Sat & Sun till Dec 27, 3 - 5pm (Fri), 2 - 4pm (Sat & Sun) ADMISSION: $50 (with purchase of Papier-Mache Hippo) INFO: All painting materials will be provided. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants. Go to www.bit.ly/HippoArtWorkshop

Goodwood Christmas Cheer 2015

Goodwood Park Hotel will donate 10 per cent of the proceeds from the sales of its Christmas log cakes to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

WHERE: Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road MRT: Newton/ Orchard WHEN: Till Dec 31, 9am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: To place an order, go to the Deli from 9am - 9pm daily; call the Christmas Call Centre (10am - 6pm daily) on 6730-1867/ 6730-1868; or download the order form & e-mail festive@goodwood parkhotel.com or fax it to 6730-1891

SPORTS

Run For Hope

Singapore's biggest run in aid of cancer research comprises a 10km non-competitive run and a 3.5km family fun run/walk. Organised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore in collaboration with National Cancer Centre Singapore.

WHERE: The Promontory @ Marina Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard MRT: Bayfront/Marina Bay WHEN: Jan 31, 7am (10km), 7.30am (3.5km) ADMISSION: $55 (adults), $50 (past participants/Passion card members), $32 (juniors/youth aged five-18), $47 (two adults), $45 (group of 20 or more) TEL: 9655-6597 INFO: Register at www.runforhope.sg by Dec 27


TALKS

'Positive Energy': Hegemony And Online Public Opinion Guidance In The Xi Jinping Era

Dr Yang Peidong, a post-doctoral fellow at Nanyang Technological University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will analyse the types of positive energy (zheng nengliang) discourses found on the Internet.

WHERE: East Asian Institute Conference Room, 06-01 Tower Block, NUS Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Today, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715 INFO: www.eai.nus. edu.sg

Celebrating The Festivities With Singapore's Heritage Coffee

Learn how the tradition of butter coffee has evolved over time with the coffee enthusiasts from 7Kickstart.

WHERE: Salon, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall/Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 - 4pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Limited to the first 100 participants. E-mail NHB_NM_ Schools@nhb.gov.sg to register. Go to www.nationalmuseum.sg


CLASSES

Back To Kampong! by IQkidz

Gain insight into the activities and games many Singaporean children who lived in kampung communities used to participate in. There are stations featuring games like batu selembat, capteh and zero-point.

WHERE: Perform Room, Level 3, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall/ Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow & Dec 19, 3.30 - 4.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: Register on-site one hour before session starts. Each workshop is limited to 20 parent-&-child pairs. Go to www.nationalmuseum.sg

One-Day Cartooning Workshop

Learn how professionals create cartoons in this hands-on workshop with cartoonist Iskander Walen.

WHERE: Block B, 03-16 Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road MRT: Mountbatten WHEN: Tomorrow & Dec 19, 10am - 5pm ADMISSION: $195 a person, includes materials; group discounts available TEL: 9873-7663 INFO: Go to www.tsci.com.sg or www.goodmanartscentre.sg

Art Through Aperture

In this photography workshop, learn the art of "seeing through the lens" from former newspaper journalist and award-winning photographic artist Richard Seah.

WHERE: Triple.Two Artspace, 02-03, 222 Queen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Dec 15 - Jan 1, 7 - 9pm (Tue & Fri) ADMISSION: $240 for six lessons (including one outdoor session) INFO: To register, e-mail marketing@ eastiebrekkie.com. Equipment is not provided. Participants must bring their own DSLR camera, mirrorless lens & tripod. Go to www.facebook.com/tripletwoartspace

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Gigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe