Happenings - Arts

AUDITIONS

OPEN CALL - SHARE YOUR STORY AND BE PART OF SG HEART MAP ARTWORKS

Share a story about your favourite place in Singapore with SG Heart Map and it could be featured in an artwork. Some of the featured artists - Gwen Lee, Michael Ng, Zulkifle Mahmod and Royston Tan - are looking for more contributions for their works. The SG Heart Map is a collective map of shared stories of Singaporeans.

Info: www.heartmap.sg/news

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRY

The Singapore International Film Festival returns for its 26th edition from Nov 26 to Dec 6. Film submissions are open till Aug 21, 6pm. The festival will consider feature films and Asian short films that are at least a Singapore premiere and have not been broadcast on television or made available on the Internet. It has also opened the call for applications for its Southeast Asian Film Lab for aspiring directors and its Youth Jury & Critics Programme for aspiring film critics.

Info: www.sgiff.com/submissions

BOOKS

SINGAPORE BOOK FAIR

An annual mega fair showcasing books from more than 150 publishers across Asia, together with a range of education materials, teaching resources, supplementary materials, periodicals, enrichment programmes and computer software. There are also book launches, meet-the-author sessions, competitions as well as educational and lifestyle talks.

Where: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Halls 401 & 402, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till Tue, from 11am Admission: Free Tel: 6337-2888

CONCERTS

THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON

A musical tribute and live concert that journeys through the King of Pop's vast and incredible catalogue of work, including his beginnings as a member of the Jackson 5.

Where: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Grand Theatre, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $59 - $119 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

SG50@VCH: LOH JUN HONG & ABIGAIL SIN (SSO)

Young Singaporean violinist Loh Jun Hong and pianist Abigail Sin team up for this concert featuring favourite chamber masterpieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. The concert opens with Beethoven's lyrical Romance No. 2 In F Major, followed by Schumann's Humoreske, a piece episodic in nature that was inspired by the novels of German writer Jean Paul. The second half features Tchaikovsky's deeply emotional Serenade Melancolique as well as Brahms' Sonata For Violin And Piano No. 3.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: June 12, 7.30pm Admission: $19 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

DRIFTER BY JOHN MEAD DANCE COMPANY

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the John Mead Dance Company presents a dramatic new choreographic work fusing kinaesthetic imagery, physical theatre and high-energy dance.

Where: School of the Arts, Studio Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm; Sun, 7pm Admission: $35, $20 (for national servicemen, students & senior citizens above 60 years old) Tel: 9090-8684 Info: E-mail info@johnmeaddanceco.com. Get tickets from www.peatix.com

BALLET UNDER THE STARS

In Singapore Dance Theatre's 20th edition of the annual Ballet Under The Stars, the group presents two weekends of choreography by award-winning choreographers. Expect spectacular works such as George Balanchine's Rubies, Serenade and Concerto Barocco, Val Caniparoli's African-inspired Lambarena and Singaporean choreographer Goh Choo San's Double Contrasts and Schubert Symphony.

Where: Fort Canning Green, 51 Canning Rise MRT: Bras Basah/Dhoby Ghaut When: June 12 - 14 & June 19 - 21, 7.30pm Admission: $30 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

LEADING LADIES: WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE

This exhibition pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service in Singapore from the mid-19th century.

Where: Stamford Gallery, Level 1 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/ Bras Basah/City Hall When: Till June 21, 10am - 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/6332-5642

IN MEMORIAM: LEE KUAN YEW

This memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew using photographic images, audio-visual recordings and artefacts.

Where: Glass Atrium, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah/City Hall When: Till June 28, 10am - 8pm (Sun - Thu), 10am - 10pm (Fri & Sat) Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/6332-5642 Info: www.nationalmuseum.sg

RETURN TO SENDER - AN EXHIBITION

The show marks the 80th year of the birth of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. On display are vinyl records and movie posters.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay/Bras Basah When: Till July 1, 1 - 7pm (Mon), 9.30am - 7pm (Tue - Sun) Admission: Free for Singapore citizens & permanent residents, foreigners pay $6 (adults) & $4 (children aged three - 12) Tel: 6337-3888 Info: www.spm.org.sg

SCHOLARS & INK: ARTISTS FROM NUS AND THE ALUMNI

The exhibition, which features five Singaporean artists, proposes ways of seeing modern and contemporary ink painting through the classical Six Principles and Six Essentials of Chinese ink paintings espoused by Xie He and Jing Hao.

Where: National University of Singapore Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Dover When: Till Aug, 10am - 7.30pm (Tue - Fri); 10am - 6pm (Sat & Sun); closed on Mon & public holiday Admission: Free Tel: 6516-8817 Info: www.cfa.nus.edu.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

YOU MUST IMAGINE SISYPHUS HAPPY BY ASHLEY YEO

This exhibition explores longing and post-grieving. Yeo seeks to illustrate elegiac objectives that contribute to an artistic culture that illuminate and delight while also portraying the decaying state of existing social relations. Part of a series titled Foursight.

Where: Fost Gallery, 01-02 Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park When: Today - June 28, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat); 11am - 6pm (Sun); by appointment on Mon & public holiday Admission: Free Tel: 6694-3080 Info: E-mail info@fostgallery.com or go to www.fostgallery.com

THE COLORS OF SINGAPORE: A 3-D ARTWORK EXHIBITION BY CHARLES FAZZINO

World-renowned New York pop artist Charles Fazzino holds a solo exhibition for the first time in Singapore. The exhibition features more than 15 iconic artworks of major cities, including a specially created set of works titled Celebrating The Enchanted Island Of Singapore as a tribute to the nation's 50th birthday. The work captures major iconic symbols and landmarks including the Merlion, Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay Sands.

Where: Bruno Gallery Singapore, 01-03 Tanglin Place, 91 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard When: Till June 14, 10am - 5pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6733-0283 Info: www.brunoartgroup.com

STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY BY AARON GAN AND LEO LIU XUANQI

This exhibition seeks to explore and transverse the journey and perspectives of the life and culture in Singapore.

Where: Mien Fine Arts, 05-06A The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Road MRT: Somerset When: Till June 14, 11am - 5pm (weekday), closed on weekend Admission: Free Tel: 9684-3668 Info: www.facebook.com/mienfinearts

KOPI CULTURE BY TAN PING CHIANG

The coffee-shop series in these 13 paintings by the Singapore artist offers a testament and homage to an authentic Nanyang (South-east Asian) coffee-shop culture, containing within it the rich tapestry of stories and lives that ebb and flow with the changing times.

Where: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall When: Till June 30, 11.30am - 6.30pm; closed on Mon, Sun & public holiday Admission: Free Tel: 6738-0810 Info: www.mulangallery.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

SEEING THEM DIFFERENTLY BY TAY INING AND JUSTIN LIN

The sculpture exhibition showcases hand-crafted studio pieces that are created from industrial materials, brass and mild steel. They explore the potential of ordinary mediums beyond their industrial functions.

Where: Flaneur Gallery, 129 Jalan Besar MRT: Farrer Park/Little India When: Till June 14, 1 - 6pm (Wed - Sun); by appointment on Mon & Tue Admission: Free Tel: 9112-4685 Info: E-mail mike@flaneur.sg or go to www.flaneur.sg

CAPTURING THE LIGHT - GOH SIEW GUAN WATERCOLOUR ART EXHIBITION

This exhibition features 20 award-winning watercolour works by Goh Siew Guan, which have a strong focus on the beauty of nature.

Where: Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, levels 1 & 2, 9 Bras Basah Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah When: Till June 30, 9am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6738-3268/8268-5299 Info: www.datangfinearts.com

THE SINGAPORE STORY

An exhibition by prominent Singaporean art collector Vincent Chua showcasing Singapore's journey from village to metropolis. It features more than 300 oil paintings depicting the development of Singapore, in conjunction with the SG50 celebrations.

Where: Crescent Room, Level 2, Suntec City Mall, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade When: Till June 30, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), last admission at 6.15pm; closed on Mon Admission: Free Info: www.facebook.com/thesingaporestory or www.the-singapore-story.com

SAF50 ROVING EXHIBITION

The SAF50 Roving exhibition showcases the history of the Singapore Armed Forces through an interactive experience.

Where: Jurong Regional Library, 21 Jurong East Central 1 MRT: Jurong East When: Till June 24, 10am - 9pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255 Info: E-mail saf50@defence.gov.sg or go to www.SAF50years.sg

THE TOOLS THAT BUILT SINGAPORE EXHIBITION

This exhibition supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund celebrates the forgotten tools that were used in the old trades of Singapore, such as the carpenter's hand saw, the hawker's air horn, the labourer's sack hook and the barber's manual hair clippers. Each tool plays a significant part in the livelihoods of trades people in the 1940s to 1960s. The travelling exhibition kicks off at the National Design Centre and heads to various public libraries around Singapore.

Where: Design Gallery 2, Level 2 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road MRT: Bugis When: Till July 15, 9am - 9pm daily Admission: Free Info: For updates on locations, go to www.facebook.com/TheToolsThatBuiltSingapore

THEATRE

FLIPSIDE 2015 - THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE BY SAM WILLS (NEW ZEALAND)

With a sold-out season in London's West End and a performance at the Royal Variety Show, this show has won standing ovations across the globe. Now, the silent comedy phenomenon is in Singapore for four special shows. Everyday objects are put to incredible new uses by The Boy, whose piercing blue eyes stare out above a mouth that remains firmly sealed with gaffer tape throughout the show.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today & tomorrow, 7.30 & 10pm (today); 3 & 7.30pm (tomorrow) Admission: $38 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

FLIPSIDE 2015 - TICKET BY CLOWNIC (SPAIN)

Journey through the best moments of silent and sketch comedy, as seen through the raving eyes of Clownic. World-famous comic scenes starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Rowan Atkinson and the Monty Python Flying Circus are ingeniously interpreted in manic sketches.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tomorrow & Sun, 3 & 8pm (tomorrow); 3pm (Sun) Admission: $38 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE - SMURFS SAVE SPRING

Eight Smurfs, including Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Brainy and Smurfette, perform in Singapore for the first time. The evil wizard Gargamel and a team of puppeteers will also take to the stage in this 90-minute show.

Where: Resorts World Sentosa Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway MRT: HarbourFront When: June 12 - 14, 3 & 7pm (Fri); 11am, 3 & 7pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $49 - $134 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

FUNG BO BO MEMORIES AND CHINATOWN

This Cantonese musical is specially commissioned to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday and the 45th anniversary of Kreta Ayer People's Theatre. Hong Kong actress Fung Bo Bo sings and relives her childhood memories.

Where: Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, 30A Kreta Ayer Road MRT: Outram/Chinatown When: June 19 & 20, 8pm Admission: $20 - $60 Tel: 6222-3972 (Kreta Ayer People's Theatre Box Office, 10am - 5pm) Info: Tickets from www.kapt.com.sg

SINGAPURA: THE MUSICAL

This production takes the audience through a journey of love, hope and new beginnings during the formative years of Singapore from 1955 to 1965. Produced by The 4th Wall Theater Company.

Where: Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall When: Till June 28, 7.30pm (Tue - Fri), 2.30 & 7.30pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $65 - $165 (Tue, Wed & Thu), $65 - $165 (matinees), $75 - $175 (Fri & weekend evenings) Tel: 6602-9900 Info: Tickets from singapurathemusical.eventclique.com