Happenings - Gigs

RaghaJazz

RaghaJazz - comprising Ragha (bansuri) and Jase (bass) from Singapore, Rachma (piano) from Indonesia and Jit (drums) and Kumaran (tabla) from Malaysia - define the "new old sound".

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today, 8 & 9.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

West Coast Swing 2016

Celebrate the New Year at West Coast's street party where DJ Leonard T and MC Boo will helm their sets atop scissors-and-boom lifts. There will also be live music performances by Regine Han & The Summertimes Hotshots, The Common People and Stereofly, as well as fireworks.

WHERE: Clementi West Street 2 MRT: Clementi WHEN: Today, 6 - 10.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6779-1098 INFO: www.facebook.com/friends.of.west.coast

The Suitcase

The Suitcase - a trio comprising Euntaek Kim (keys), Jase Sng (bass) and Aaron James Lee (drums) - will pay tribute to D'Angelo in this edition of the Mosaic Jazz Fellows.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Jan 8, 8 & 9.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com


CHARITY

MyMy By Phuong My Charity Event

In Takashimaya Department Store's charity sale, Vietnamese fashion designer Phuong My collaborates with young Singapore artist-sisters Gelyn and Giselle Ong to create a Christmas collection of scarves, T-shirts and cards. Seventy per cent of the nett proceeds will be donated equally to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

WHERE: Takashimaya Department Store, Level 3 entrance, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard/Somerset WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 10.30pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6506-0458 INFO: www.takashimaya.com.sg/events-promotions

Community Blood Donation Drive

Donate blood at this event, part of the Singapore Red Cross' efforts to promote life-saving humanitarian values.

WHERE: Singapore Sindhi Association, Sindhu House, 795 Mountbatten Road MRT: Dakota WHEN: Sun, 10am - 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-3933/9100-3933 INFO: E-mail sindhi@singnet.com.sg


SPORTS

Love On The Run

This run is an exciting opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. Runners are encouraged to take part in pairs. Organiser MetaSport will find running buddies for participants without partners. At the end of the run, each participant will receive a surprise gift.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Feb 13, 6 - 9.30pm ADMISSION: $70 (normal); $98 (deluxe) INFO: Register at www.loveontherun.sg

Men's Health Urbanathlon 2016

In the seventh edition of this event , nine urban obstacles - both new and modified from previous years - await contestants. Each finisher will get a medal, finisher's T-shirt and personalised certificate. A race village will provide food and drinks. The race is open to men and women 18 years old and older.

WHERE: Kallang Practice Track, 15 Stadium Road MRT: Kallang/Stadium WHEN: March 13, 7am ADMISSION: Individual: $108 (early bird till Jan 15), $128 (Jan 16 - Feb 14) INFO: Register at urbanathlon.menshealth.com.sg/2016


TALKS

Japan's Post-War Political Reform and South-east Asia

At this talk, Dr Naoko Kumada, Research Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, argues that Japan's international and security policies could be understood as part of a longstanding and deeply motivated political project driven by a hereditary political elite. She will also examine how the Abe administration's strategies for post-war political reform will affect Japan's relationship with South-east Asia.

WHERE: East Asian Institute Conference Room, 06-01 Tower Block, NUS Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 8, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715 INFO: www.eai.nus.edu.sg

Public Forum On Presbyopia - "Lau Hua"

Find out more about presbyopia at this public forum from Assistant Professor Mohamad Rosman and Associate Professor Joghbir Mehta of Singapore National Eye Centre.

WHERE: Auditorium, Level 4, Singapore National Eye Centre, 11 Third Hospital Avenue MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Jan 9, 10 - 11.30am (register from 9.30am) ADMISSION: $5 with light refreshments TEL: 6332-8822 (office hours) INFO: To register, SMS your full name,

number of persons attending and "9 Jan" to 9710-8463 or e-mail events@snec.com.sg. For more details, go to www.snec.com.sg or www.sneclaservisioncentre.com.sg

The Mindfulness Information Session

Each session will begin with a talk on the background, development, applications and benefits of mindfulness as well as an introduction to the classic Eight-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme.

WHERE: 11-14, Park Mall Singapore, 9 Penang Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Jan 9, 2 or 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Register at www.mindfulness-info-session.eventbrite.sg

MDIS Breakfast Talk Series: Smart Nation Initiative

Mr Steve Leonard, executive deputy chairman of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, will talk about the Smart Nation initiative. Dr Tan Guan Hong, programme director of A*Star's Institute for Infocomm Research and vice-president of the Singapore Industrial Automation Association, will share about how organisations and the community will benefit from the initiative.

WHERE: MDIS Campus, Stirling Road MRT: Queenstown WHEN: Jan 15, 9 - 11am ADMISSION: $80 (non-members). Complimentary for MDIS members, alumni & invited guests TEL: 6473-5885 INFO: Register at www.mdis.edu.sg/events

National Geographic Live - Ocean Wild With Brian Skerry

American photojournalist Brian Skerry shares images that capture the intelligence of dolphins, him hanging out with the Arctic harp seal, the truth about the global fish crisis and his global search for the world's most endangered whale, the right whale.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Jan 24, 3pm ADMISSION: $42 - $63 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.nglive.org/singapore


CLASSES

Simply Her's Family Workshop

Join this fun-filled family workshop to pick up tips to inspire your child to read from an early age. Your kids will also be introduced to fun games and exercises.

WHERE: Lorna Whiston Preschool, 9 Winchester Road MRT: Queenstown WHEN: Jan 9, 10am - 1pm ADMISSION: $55 (two adults & one child); $40 (one adult & one child); $25 (additional child) INFO: Register at campaign.herworldplus.com/sherfamilyworkshop2015. Registration fee includes a pair of unisex Skechers Kids Synergy Mini Sprint Sneakers

Mindfulness Taster Session

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to basic guided mindfulness.

WHERE: Connected Sense Psychological Practice, 115 Amoy Street MRT: Telok Ayer/Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Jan 9, 10am - noon ADMISSION: $99 TEL: 6646-9592 INFO: For registration & inquiries, e-mail mindfulness@connectedsense.sg. Go to www.connectedsense.sg

World Lit Workshops Presents Bad B!tch Poetics By Sally Wen Mao

At this workshop, Sally Wen Mao takes you on a journey to discover what it means to be a "bad b!tch" in the context of your creative and poetic practices. Participants will work on drafting forms, from manifesto to bop to ekphrasis, to create poems.

WHERE: Council Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Jan 9, 10am - 4.30pm ADMISSION: $50; $35 (concession) TEL: 6332-6900 INFO: Tickets from www.theartshouse.sg

Herbs & Spices (A Gardening Workshop Cum Guided Tour)

This workshop will explore the herbs and spices of historical significance, their uses as herbal remedies and methods of propagation.

WHERE: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 16, 10am - 5pm ADMISSION: $80 a person (materials included) TEL: 6465-0196/6471-9961 INFO: Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events. Registration closes on Jan 8, or when registration is full, whichever is earlier.

Poetry In The Gardens

Join this poetry workshop with writer-in-residence Madeleine Lee and discover the history of the gardens with Dr Nigel Taylor, director of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

WHERE: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 16, 9.30am - 12.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration TEL: 6471-7361 INFO: To register, e-mail su_shihui@nparks.gov.sg. Registration closes on Tue, or when full, whichever is earlier. Go to www.nparks.gov.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Gigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe