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GIGS

Date Night Divas: Anne Weerapass

Singer Anne Weerapass presents songs that illustrate the ebb and flow of love and which also showcase her dynamic and versatile vocals.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.45 & 9pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

A Lighter Side Of History: A Blast From The Past

Singer Hillary Francis will perform popular hits from the 1950s to 1970s, including international classics covered by local bands such as The Quests, Naomi & The Boys and The Sandboys, as well as local compositions and folk songs.

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium, Level 2, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah/ Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-3659 INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg

Band Fiesta

This festival features school bands from all over Singapore.

WHERE: Golden Garden, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tomorrow, 4 - 7pm; Sun, 5 - 6.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6420-6848 INFO: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Big Band Sundays: Frank Sinatra Centennial Tribute By Summertimes Big Band

Formed in 2009 by 18 long-time musicians, the band love performing swing music. At this show, they will be paying homage to Frank Sinatra.

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

U.S. Air Force Band

The band will perform popular band tunes in celebration of SG50. This programme is held in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States Singapore.

WHERE: Outside Flower Dome Entrance, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Sun, 2 - 3pm ADMISSION: Free (admission charges to Cooled Conservatories apply) TEL: 6420-6848 INFO: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Cafe 21 Living Room - Gypsyfication

This band's performance blends gypsy music with modern jazz.

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

Music-In-The-City @ Ngee Ann City

Anderson Primary School will perform cultural melodies and entertain with electrifying dance performances.

WHERE: Ngee Ann City, Level 1, Civic Plaza, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Wed, 7 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6506-0461 INFO: www.ngeeanncity.com.sg

SSO Lunchtime Concert: SPH Gift Of Music 10th Anniversary Concert

Award-winning violinist Ning Feng will join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Shui Lan for the dazzling Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Thu, 12.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.sso.org.sg & www.sph.com.sg/sph-gift-of-music


CHARITY

Charity Gala Dinner - Midnight At Royal Ascot

At this charity gala, guests will mingle with the international who's who in racing while the world's most prestigious race featuring long-distance thoroughbreds is televised live. There will also be a fashion show presented by Covetella and an auction in aid of the prevention of child trafficking in Cambodia.

WHERE: Ballroom, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7pm - midnight ADMISSION: $250 INFO: Tickets from www.showbizasia.com


TALKS

Rethinking The Chinese Communist Party Elite Politics: An Alternative Analytical Approach

At this seminar, Dr Guo Xuezhi, a visiting senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, will explain the dynamics of leadership politics and offer an alternative interpretation of Chinese Communist Party elite politics.

WHERE: EAI Conference Room, National University of Singapore Bukit Timah Campus, 06-01, Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Today, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715/6779-1037/ 9879-3854 INFO: www.eai. nus.edu.sg

Poetry On The Platforms

Poet Eric Valles and literary critic Ian Chung share their thoughts on the exhibition of local poems at City Hall MRT station. The first 20 participants to sign up will be given a commemorative ez-link card. Part of Read! Fest 2015.

WHERE: Visitors' Briefing Room, National Library Building, Level 1, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Tomorrow, 4 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free with registration TEL: 6332-3255 INFO: Register at www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary

SG50's Passion Unleashed Talk Series

Actors Tosh Zhang from the Ah Boys To Men movies, Hossan Leong and Irene Ang, as well as entrepreneurs Claire Chiang, Chatri Sityodtong and Soon Loo will share their stories.

WHERE: *scape The Ground Theatre, 2 Orchard Link MRT: Somerset WHEN: Tomorrow, 9am - 4pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Limited seats available. Register at pu.sg/PUConf2015. Go to www.passionunleashed.org

Introduction To Latin Jazz By Alina Ramirez

Latin Jazz is known for its exciting and percussive sound, combining Latin American rhythms with the improvisation and harmonies of jazz. Mexican pianist and composer Alina Ramirez will introduce participants to Latin jazz and some of the most important innovators and performers of the genre.

WHERE: Library@Esplanade, 8 Raffles Avenue MRT: Esplanade/Promenade WHEN: Sun, 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com


CLASSES

Fiction Writing (Advanced)

Learn how to use advanced literary devices such as semiotics, allegory and symbolism to create more engaging, gripping plots, dialogue, characters and settings through a series of collaborative and solo exercises.

WHERE: Singapore Training and Development Association Lion Building D, 06-01, Tutorial Room 5, 16 Arumugam Road MRT: MacPherson WHEN: Tomorrow, 9.30am - 5.30pm ADMISSION: $73 TEL: 6848-8297/ 6848-8295 INFO: Register at www.alap.bookcouncil.sg

Parenting Workshop: How To Cultivate Your Kids With Positive Etiquette

Learn how to cultivate good manners in children. Suitable for parents with children aged three to 12. Goodie bags will be given to participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHERE: HDB Hub Convention Centre, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh MRT: Toa Payoh WHEN: Tomorrow, 11am - noon ADMISSION: $30 TEL: 8228-9686 INFO: Call to register or go to www.krystalcharm.com/July-2015-events-and-programs

TAS Workshop Series: Beatbox 101

Participants will pick up tips and tricks on creating natural, instrumental and techno sounds with their mouths. The workshop will also cover what makes a good beatboxer for an a cappella group. This is part of a free monthly workshop series organised by The A Cappella Society.

WHERE: The A Cappella Society @ Aliwal Arts Centre, 03-03, 28 Aliwal Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Tomorrow, 3 - 4.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Register at www.peatix.com. E-mail contact@a-cappella.org.sg. Go to www.a-cappella.org.sg


FESTIVALS

Spotlight Hong Kong In Singapore

This three-day festival showcases the rich diversity of Hong Kong's dynamic arts and culture scene. The programme includes performances by Hong Kong's leading jazz musicians such as Elaine Liu and Eugene Pao and a screening of short films by upcoming directors. Organised by Hong Kong Fringe Club together with Singapore's Global Cultural Alliance.

WHERE: 10 Square @ Orchard Central, House of Timbre and Esplanade MRT: Somerset/City Hall WHEN: Today - Sun, various times ADMISSION: Free (registration required for some events) INFO: E-mail spotlighthksin@gmail.com. For more information & to register, go to www.hkfringeclub.com/en/ projects/7. Go to www.facebook.com/spotlightsingapore

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl: Don't Give Face!

Wander through Kampong Gelam in a mask for a night of free performances in unexpected locations. Activities include a micro-story trail by Word Forward, a flea market by The Local People and mask-making for children. Make your mark on the community art project and decorate a 1.5m-tall lion-dance head with donated materials.

WHERE: Kampong Gelam area MRT: Bugis WHEN: Tomorrow, 5 - 11pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6435-0131 INFO: To register for workshops & for more information, go to www.aliwalartscentre.sg

Orientale Concentus VIII International Choral Festival

This choral festival celebrating cultural diversity and community will be held for the second time in Singapore till Sunday. The annual four-day musical extravaganza will be attended by top choral teams from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.

INFO: For more information, go to www.ace99.com.sg/OC

National Poetry Festival

Enjoy the cadences of Singapore's four official languages in these poetry readings and be the first to listen to winning entries of the National Poetry Festival Competition read by their respective poets. Meet poets Edwin Thumboo, Marc Nair, Ciung Winara, Eric Valles and Desmond Kon at these readings.

WHERE: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 4 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free (admission charges to Cooled Conservatories apply) TEL: 6420-6848 INFO: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI24'. Print Edition | Subscribe