Happenings - Gigs

in::music - Hello Nico: Familiar Desolation

Chinese indie band Hello Nico, whose debut album, Familiar Desolation, topped the Indievox sales charts for four weeks, will be performing as part of the Huayi 2016 festival.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $33 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Festive Strings

Award-winning huqin quintet StringWerkz will perform songs such as Thunder Storm And Drought, The Grasshopper Teases The Rooster and Chinese New Year Song Medley.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today, 7, 8.15 & 9.15pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Bamboo Rhapsodies

Singapore's Dicapella, the largest dizi ensemble in South-east Asia, will perform tunes such as Blooming Flowers On A Full Moon Night, Thousand Years and Teresa Teng Medley.

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

Valentine's Day 2016: A Bandstand Music Series

Enjoy the live performances of Jack and Rai, HubbaBubbas, the Lorong Boys and Afterhours amid a natural setting.

WHERE: Bandstand, Tanglin Gate, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 6 - 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471 -7361 INFO: Go to www.sbg.org.sg & www.facebook.com/SingaporeBotanicGardens

Funeral For A Friend: Last Chance To Dance, The Final Tour

After 15 years, Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral For A Friend will bid farewell to their fans with this tour. In Asia, they will be performing only in Singapore.

WHERE: *Scape, Level 2, The Ground Theatre, 2 Orchard Link MRT: Orchard/Somerset WHEN: Feb 19, 8pm ADMISSION: $112 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


CHARITY

Hui Chun 2016

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) alumni come together every year to write and paint Chinese New Year wishes in traditional Chinese calligraphy. Proceeds from the sale of artworks at the pre-Chinese New Year sale and hui chun demonstration will go to the Nafa Development Fund. Works from the Nafa Collection are not for sale.

WHERE: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nafa Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bugis/Bras Basah WHEN: Tomorrow, 11am - 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6512-4013 INFO: E-mail eriacara@nafa.edu.sg. Go to www.nafa.edu.sg/events/hui-chun-2016


SPORTS

U Live - Walk For Wellness

At this 5km fun walk, there will be health and wellness activities including zumba, KpopX Fitness and health talks. Each ticket-holder will receive a T-shirt and fun pack.

WHERE: Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Central MRT: Pasir Ris WHEN: Feb 27, 7am - 1pm ADMISSION: $12 (NTUC member), $18 (public) TEL: 3158-8588 INFO: Register at www.ulive.sg by Sun

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2016

In the seventh edition of this fitness challenge, nine urban obstacles await contestants. Each finisher will get a medal, finisher's T-shirt and certificate. A race village will provide food and drinks. The race is open to men and women aged 18 and above.

WHERE: Kallang Practice Track, 15 Stadium Road MRT: Kallang/ Stadium WHEN: March 13, 7am ADMISSION: $128 INFO: Register by Sun at urbanathlon.menshealth.com.sg/2016


TALKS

Sing Lit: How To Read A Singaporean Poem (Season 3)

In this two-hour lecture, poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui takes his study of Singaporean English poetry from the 1980s to the 1990s.

WHERE: Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, Feb 20 & 27, 11am - 1pm ADMISSION: $20 (single ticket), $10 (concession); $100 (season pass), $50 (concession) TEL: 6332-6900 INFO: Tickets from www.theartshouse.sg

Heart To Heart Leadership Dialogue With The Future- Oriented Leader, Lim Siong Guan

The Heart To Heart Leadership Dialogue is an intimate series of conversations with top leaders of the region. There will be a panel discussion with Mr Lim Siong Guan, group president of GIC, on his leadership experience in GIC and the civil service.

WHERE: The Pod, National Library Board, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Tomorrow, 8.30 - 11.30am ADMISSION: $37 (includes breakfast & a copy of the book, Heart To Heart With Asian Leaders) INFO: Register at h2hwithsiongguan.eventbrite.sg

Demystifying Chinese Portraits

Ms Pauline Ong, a docent with Friends of the Museums (Singapore), will talk about figure paintings on ancient tomb walls and silk scrolls, Chinese portraiture from the imperial dynasties through the late 19th century and Nanyang-style Chinese portraiture.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Mon, 11am - noon ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail mml@fom.sg. Go to www.fom.sg

The Rise Of China And Beijing's Changing Policy Towards Chinese Overseas

This seminar attempts to understand the position of overseas Chinese in China's foreign policy.

WHERE: 06-01 East Asian Institute Conference Room, Tower Block, National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Wed, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715/ 6779-1037 INFO: www.eai.nus.edu.sg

Prominent Speaker Series: In Honour Of Dead Friends - The Ethics Of Antiquarian Book Collecting

Book collectors play an essential role in preserving a culture's published heritage. Dr Farish A. Noor, an associate professor and avid book collector, shares his 30-year journey of collecting antiquarian books and maps related to South-east Asia.

WHERE: The Pod, Level 16 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Thu, 7 - 9pm ADMISSION: Free with registration TEL: 6332-3255 INFO: Register at www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary

Entrepreneurship... Entreprisingship

An enterprising mindset differentiates a follower from an outstanding leader. In this talk, Associate Professor Hooi Den Huan will share what makes a person an enterpriser.

WHERE: Asam Room, Level 2 Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Thu, 6.30 - 9pm ADMISSION: Free with registration TEL: 6316-6778 INFO: Register at www.eventbrite.sg

The Inequality Of Opportunity For Urban, Rural And Rural-Urban Migrants In China

At this East Asian Institute seminar, Dr Namrata Chindarkar, an assistant professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, will use Roemer's equality of opportunity framework to measure the inequality among urban, rural and migrant residents in China.

WHERE: 06-01 East Asian Institute Conference Room, Tower Block, National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Feb 19, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715/ 6779-1037 INFO: www.eai.nus.edu.sg


CLASSES

Heart Knot Bracelet-Making Workshop

Learn to pleat love bracelets with your significant other and exchange them as a symbol of your unbreakable bond. Conducted in English and Mandarin.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 1.30, 3.30 & 5.30pm & Sun, 1.30 & 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Writing Styles And Techniques In Modern Poetry

Participants at this workshop will learn writing techniques used by poetry stalwarts such as Ezra Pound, Maya Angelou, T.S. Eliot and Ted Hughes.

WHERE: 02-08 Seminar Room, Heritage Place, 21 Tan Quee Lan Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Feb 20, 9.30am - 2.30pm ADMISSION: $47.38 TEL: 6848-8297 INFO: Register at www.alap.bookcouncil.sg

My Happy Pregnancy Workshop

Get tips on how to enjoy a happy pregnancy, learn to manage the hormonal changes that can affect your physical, emotional and mental well-being and find out how pilates can help you prepare for childbirth.

WHERE: Ballrooms 3 & 4, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Feb 27, 9am - 1pm ADMISSION: $15 a person or $25 a couple INFO: Register at www.herworldplus.com/solutions/events by Feb 24

Dialogic Reading

This three-hour workshop highlights the discussion that takes place between children and adults when reading together, as well as among children. Learn to promote dialogue through the use of appropriate prompting questions.

WHERE: 02-08 Seminar Room, Heritage Place, 21 Tan Quee Lan Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Feb 27, 10am - 1pm ADMISSION: $47.38 TEL: 6848-8297 INFO: Register at www.alap.bookcouncil.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Gigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe