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AUDITIONS

WILD RICE FIRST STAGE! CHILDREN'S AUDITION - MONKEY GOES WEST

Wild Rice is looking for 30 children aged five to 12 for its year-end pantomime - a cheeky rendition of the well-loved Chinese classic, Journey To The West - written by its resident playwright Alfian Sa'at and directed by Sebastian Tan, to be staged from Nov 21 - 30 and Dec 2 - 13. Those auditioning need to prepare a song of their choice, and will be taught simple dance steps. Auditions will be held on June 27 (2 to 7pm) and June 29 (11am to 5pm).

Info: Apply for the auditions at 33 Kerbau Road, off Serangoon Road. Applicants must be available for a workshop for three days in the week of Sept 8. Rehearsals will be held on Oct 10, 11, 17, 18, 25 & 31 and Nov 3 onwards and there will be a CD recording on Oct 22 & 23 (3 - 9pm). Submit the child's performing resume - if any - with details and headshots to production@wildrice.com.sg by June 25 to book an audition slot.

BOOKS

THE SINGAPORE BOOK FAIR 2014

The book fair showcases a wide range of products including educational materials and stationery. The exhibitors are publishers and book retailers or distributors from more than 10 countries and territories, mainly from South-east Asia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States and Britain. Organised by SPH Chinese Newspapers & Cultural Industry Promotion with support from the Ministry of Education, National Library Board and Asean Book Publishers Association. Where: Suntec City Halls 401 & 402 MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tue, 4 - 10pm, Wed - June 15, 11 - 10pm, June 16, 11am - 8pm Admission: Free

MEET THE AUTHOR: LIANNE ONG OF STACEY GOES TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Meet children's book author Lianne Ong who will discuss her new picture book, Stacey Goes To The National Museum. There will be a colouring session with prizes. The book is suitable for children aged three to eight.

Where: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Crossroads, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 03-09/10/15 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset When: June 14, 2 - 3pm Admission: Free Tel: 6737-5021 Info: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

MEET THE AUTHOR: KRISTINA THORNTON OF THE WEE ADVENTURES OF SHABU SHABU - THE SILK ROUTE

Meet Kristina Thornton, co-author of the Adventures Of Shabu Shabu book series, about the young rabbit who, in this book, is searching for material to make a vessel to take her to the moon.

Where: Books Kinokunya Singapore Main Store, Crossroads, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 03-09/10/15 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset When: June 14, 3.30 - 4.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6737-0521 Info: The book price is not available yet

CONCERTS

OPERA IN THE PARK (SPH GIFT OF MUSIC)

Head for this outdoor performance by the Singapore Lyric Opera featuring popular favourites from musicals and operas, including Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro. Conducted by Joshua Kangming Tan, it features tenor Melvin Tan and baritone William Lim with the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and a special appearance by the Singapore Lyric Opera Children's Choir. Part of the SPH Gift of Music Series.

Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Tomorrow, 6pm Admission: Free Info: www.singaporeopera.com.sg

A CHANCE ON LOVE! (BUKIT BATOK CHINESE ORCHESTRA)

The Bukit Batok Chinese Orchestra will perform popular classics, such as The Lion King Suite No. 1 and a medley from Taiwanese band Mayday.

Where: School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Tomorrow, 7pm Admission: $12 (free seating) Info: Get tickets at tinyurl.com/kklfk9j. Go to tinyurl.com/bbcoachanceonlove

WAGNER MOMENTS (OPERA SCREENING & DINNER)

Those who love the operas of Wagner can come for a special evening to screen and share their favourite moments from a Wagner opera. Just take along a video clip (DVDs or YouTube clip) for a potluck Western dinner, followed by the sharing.

Where: A private home (the address of which will be e-mailed to participants later) When June 13, 7pm (dinner), 8pm (screening) Admission: Free for members of the Richard Wagner Association (Singapore), $10 (non-members) (Pay $40 to become a member of the association) Tel: 9783-1383 Info: E-mail lester@vocalise.com.sg

CELEBRITY CONCERT SERIES: 1ST FLUTE CAMP SINGAPORE

Denis Bouriakov, the principal Russian flautist of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra, will be here for three days to conduct masterclasses and technique classes at this year's Celebrity Concert Series. There will be free trial lessons for beginners, fun for children, a school band clinic, flute testing and a flute party.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: June 13 - 15, 10am - 10pm Admission: $30 (day pass to observe all events: 10am - 5.30pm), $30 (concert: 8 - 9.30pm) Info: www.flute.com.sg

MUSICAL TALES: THE ART OF SUZHOU AND TIANJIN NARRATIVE SONG

Conducted by Dr Tay Teow Kiat, this concert showcases narrative songs where performers sing stories of past heroes, romance and everyday affairs, accompanied by traditional instruments. Presented by Ding Yi Music Company and guests from China and Singapore.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: June 14, 7.30pm Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555

AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA

Enjoy some of the most famous operas and musicals ever written, such as Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1 and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Selections from Phantom Of The Opera, at this afternoon with youth orchestra kidsphilharmonica@sg

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: June 15, 3pm Admission: Free Tel: 6828-8377 Info: www.esplanade.com

DANCE

LIGHT & NOTHINGNESS

This new dance performance by the Singapore-based John Mead Dance Company features abstract, kinesthetic interactions between the dancers to elicit introspection and reflection from the audience.

Where: Sculpture Square Gallery, 155 Middle Road MRT: Bugis When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $28 ($22: NSmen, students and senior citizens aged 60 and above Tel: 9090-8684 Info: Obtain tickets by e-mailing jmdc.tickets@gmail.com. E-mail info@johnmeaddanceco.com

TREASURES - SCGS 115TH ANNIVERSARY DANCE CONCERT

The Singapore Chinese Girls' School's 115th anniversary dance concert features 130 students who will perform various dances.

Where: University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Kent Ridge/Clementi When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm Admission: $20 - $100 Tel: 6252-7966

ONE @ BALLET: THE THREE PILLARS OF DANCE

The Singapore Dance Theatre will perform 19th-century classical works, masterpieces created for other dance companies and ballets created specially for the company.

Where: Singapore Dance Theatre, Bugis+ Mall, 07-02/03, 201 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis When: June 14, 1pm Admission: $10 Info: E-mail outreach@singaporedancetheatre.com to register

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

STRAITS FAMILY SUNDAYS - SUPERSIZED

Catch performances that explore hidden meanings of the designs on altar cloths and create art inspired by the colourful textiles in the exhibition.

Where: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street MRT: Bras Basah/City Hall When: Sun, Aug 10, Oct 12, Dec 14, 1 - 5pm Admission: Free with museum admission Info: www.peranakan.sg

TRICK EYE MUSEUM

This museum will feature 80 trompe l'oeil (optical illusion) paintings and installations. Tour six themed zones - World Of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars Of Circus, Dreams Of Fairytale, Love In Winter and Adventure Discovery.

Where: Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway 01-43/44 MRT: HarbourFront When: Opens on Sun (ongoing), 10am - 9pm daily Admission: $25 (adults), $20 (children & senior citizens) Info: Get tickets online at www.trickeye.com/singapore or www.rwsentosa.com

THE LEAGUE AGAINST EVIL: A DC SUPER HEROES EXHIBITION

Explore the history and origins of DC Comics and the "world's greatest superheroes" - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League of America team through stamps, artworks of comic pages and collectibles of figurines and models.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay When: Till Aug 31, 10 - 7pm (Mon), 9.30am - 7pm (Tue - Sun) Admission: Free for local residents Info: www.spm.org.sg. SingPost will also launch a limited- edition DC Justice League & Batman 75th Anniversary MyStamp Collection

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

NHN: CHANGE THE WORLD

This inter-disciplinary exhibition features a mix of visual art, sound art and traditional art by three Japanese artists from different generations.

Where: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Till June 14, 11.30am - 6.30pm (Tue - Sat), closed on Sun & Mon Admission: Free Tel: 6738-0810 Info: www.mulangallery.com.sg

KING FOR A DAY

Seven young Singapore artists will hold an annual group exhibition of their works ranging from sculpture, paintings and drawings to watercolour and photography at the main gallery of Equator Art Projects. The seven - Victoria Aravindhan, Kray Chen Ke Rui, Filip Gudovic, Godwin Koay, Lau Eng Seng, May Lim and Bach Zainol - will also be invited to be a "king or queen" and be given free rein to create their own solo projects in the gallery's smaller Project Room, which will run for two days.

Where: Equator Art Projects, Main Gallery & Project Room, 01-21 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park When: Till June 22, Noon -7pm (Tue - Sat), noon - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon Admission: Free Tel: 6694-3727 Info: Go to www.eqproj.com. E-mail info@eqproj.com

ART OF KHAN SIONG ANN: PAST AND FUTURE

This displays works by Singapore artist Khan Siong Ann during his 15 years in Paris.

Where: Alliance Francaise Societe Generale Gallery, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton When: Till June 24, 11am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 11am - 5pm (Sat), closed on Sun Admission: Free Info: www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

BULGARI - SAVE THE CHILDREN PHOTO EXHIBITION

View this photo exhibition of international celebrities' field trips while discovering the new Bulgari - Save The Children pendant.

Where: Takashimaya Shopping Centre Atrium, Level 1, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Somerset/Orchard When: Mon - June 22, 10am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6735-6689 Info: www.bulgari.com

BEAUTY OF KOGEI: ART CRAFTS IN JAPAN

This exhibition showcases works of 14 of the most influential and prominent Japanese artists, providing a glimpse of the intricate techniques and designs involved in Japanese monosukuri (craftsmanship). Organised by the Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan.

Where: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road MRT: Orchard When: Till June 21, 10am - 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 6737-0434 Info: E-mail jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp or go to www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/JCC

FOLKTALES, FABLES & FANTASTIC FUTURES - STORIES WE SHARE (INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY 2014)

Go on a mystical journey and be introduced to legends, heroes and villains from various countries, such as the legend of the Ramayana in India, the story of Hikayat Seri Ram from Malaysia and Greek fables.

Where: Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Road MRT: Joo Koon When: Till June 30, 9am - 6pm (closed on Mon, except school holidays) Admission: Free Tel: 6792-6188 Info: www.sdc.com.sg

EXHIBITION ON 2013 URA ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AWARDS WINNERS

This exhibition will feature five projects which won the 2013 URA Architectural Heritage Awards.

Where: National Library Building, Level 9, Promenade, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Till July 6, usual library hours Admission: Free Tel: 6321-8250 Info: Go to www.ura.gov.sg. E-mail suhaimi_samsudin@ura.gov.sg

WE: DEFINING STORIES EXHIBITION

Iconic moments in Singapore's history are featured in more than 400 pictures from The Straits Times' and the National Museum's collection.

Where: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Aug 31, 10am - 6pm daily Admission: Free Info: www.nationalmuseum.sg

THEATRE

THAT FATEFUL NIGHT

Directed by Chen Tian Ci, this local Mandarin play written by Koh Teng Liang and Wu Zhi Wei is about three men and a woman who were arrested and locked up in 1963, suspected of being pro-communist.

Where: The Arts House, Play Den, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place When: Today, 8pm, Tomorrow, 3 & 8pm Admission: $22 Tel: 6332-6919 Info: Buy tickets online at www.bytes.sg. Go to www.theartshouse.com.sg

ENCOUNTERS AT HOME(?)

With more Singaporeans living and working overseas, what does "home" mean to us and what stories do we have of home? This free playback theatre performance explores the issues of migration, integration and home. Presented by Hope Communications.

Where: Central Library, Multi-Purpose Room, National Library Building, Basement 1, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Tomorrow, 6.30pm, Sun, 4pm Admission: Free Info: To register for a seat, e-mail ticketing.encounters@gmail.com. Go to www.facebook.com/SgEncounters

LE NOIR (THE INTIMATE SIDE OF CIRQUE)

Enjoy intimate circus-style entertainment featuring skilled acrobats, musicians and comedians in this cutting-edge production. Presented by Base Entertainment Asia.

Where: Marina Bay Sands, Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatre MRT: Bayfront When: Tomorrow - June 22, 7.30pm (Tue - Fri), 3 & 7.30pm (Sat), 1 & 5.30pm (Sun) Admission: $73 - $148. Pay $398 for two VIP seats with two glasses of champagne and two bags of popcorn or $891 for four VIP seats with a bottle of champagne and four bags of popcorn Tel: 6348-555/6688-8826 Info: www.marinabaysands.com/ ticketing and www.sistic.com.sg