Happenings - Arts

ARTS

BOOKS

Meet-The-Author: Wong Kim Hoh

Big Hearts, Big Dreams: Stories Of Singaporean Of The Year Nominees, 2015 - 2016 gathers the stories of the 21 winners and nominees from the first two years of The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award. Written by veteran journalist Wong Kim Hoh, who is best known for his weekly columns Wong Kim Hoh Meets and It Changed My Life in The Sunday Times, each profile captures the determination and drive of those who have made an impact on the community.

WHERE: Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Level 4 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: March 3, 4 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: kinokuniya.com.sg

Book Launch - Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure

Join author Eva Wong Nava and film director Raymond Tan, the people behind the book, for a dialogue about representation, acceptance and preservation of cultural histories. The middle-grade novel is based on the upcoming film, The Wayang Kids, by Brainchild Pictures.

WHERE: Living Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: March 10, 2 - 3pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6659-1749 INFO: ethosbooks.com.sg

CONCERTS

Once Upon A Time By The Teng Ensemble

Mapletree Investments and the award-winning Teng Ensemble present a medley of Disney classics and the evolution of Teresa Teng's best loved songs. Gareth Fernandez, a pop/R&B artist, will make a special appearance.

WHERE: Amphitheatre, Level 3 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Tomorrow, 6 - 7.30pm ADMISSION: $3 (adult), $2 (child) from mapletree24feb.peatix.com

Vocal Consort: Light Of A Million Mornings

Home-grown choir The Vocal Consort's annual gala concert, titled after a popular Filipino gospel-pop song, will feature a repertoire ranging from dreamy contemporary works to works by Asian composers. The choir will also present the world premiere of Magnificat, by budding Indonesian composer Ken Steven, and Remember by choir member Seow Mao Yu.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: March 10, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $25 (free seating), tickets from tinyurl.com/TVCgala2018 INFO: E-mail ticketing@thevocalconsort.org.sg

Singapore Rhapsodies At National Museum

This bi-weekly music series invites aspiring young musicians, students and music interest groups to showcase original compositions or popular Singapore songs on a unique Red Steinway concert grand piano.

WHERE: The Platform, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Tomorrow (2.30 - 3pm): Vox Camerata choir; March 9 (4.30 - 5pm): St Joseph's Institution Junior; March 23 (4.30 - 5pm): Meridian Primary School ADMISSION: Free INFO: nationalmuseum.sg

NUS Symphony Orchestra: Let's Play

The orchestra's annual concert at the newly renovated University Culture Centre takes on a video games theme. Conducted by Lim Soon Lee, it will feature familiar tunes from video games such as World of Warcraft, Civilization IV, Halo and Lord Of The Rings, alongside classical works such as Danse Macabre (Dance Of Death).

WHERE: NUS University Cultural Centre Hall, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Kent Ridge WHEN: March 18, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $20 ($15 for four or more tickets), tickets from bit.ly/nussoletsplay INFO: E-mail nusso.contact@gmail.com

DANCE

Cut Kafka!

This cross-disciplinary encounter of dance and theatre is inspired by the surreal world of literary icon Franz Kafka and presented by Singapore's T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre. Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: March 1 & 2 (8pm), March 3 (3 & 8pm), March 4 (3pm) ADMISSION: $38 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: sistic.com.sg

X & Y

Two subjects look at each other from either side of the arena. In their shared space, both question the tune of this tango - searching for truth in action and security in structure. X & Y is a movement work performed by dance company Raw Moves' artistic director Ricky Sim and dancer Matthew Goh.

WHERE: Multi-Purpose Hall, Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street MRT: Bugis/Nicoll Highway WHEN: April 11 & 12 (8pm), April 13 (3 & 8pm) ADMISSION: $24 - $30 TEL: 6493-7112 INFO: E-mail rawmoves.tix@gmail.com or go to rawmoves.net

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

Surviving Syonan

This gallery at the National Museum highlights how the people of Singapore coped with daily life and responded with grit to the Japanese Occupation during World War II.

WHERE: Surviving Syonan Gallery, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free admission for Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners up to six years old INFO: nationalmuseum.sg

Growing Up

The 1950s and 1960s were a tumultuous period of change for Singapore. Despite the political turbulence and social unrest, children still enjoyed a happy childhood.This gallery offers insights into the experiences of growing up in Singapore during that period through familiar social spaces where children would have spent most of their time.

WHERE: Growing Up Gallery, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free admission for Singaporeans, permanent residents & foreigners up to six years old INFO: nationalmuseum.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Tradition and Creativity: Calligraphy Works Of Goh Yau Kee

This marks the artist's debut solo exhibition. Using both creative and traditional techniques, Goh's more than 100 artworks comprise different calligraphy styles which include the cursive script, running hand and seal characters.

WHERE: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Wed - March 6, 10am - 10pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: ionorchard.com

Lee Kong Chian Collection: Chinese Ink Works

The Chinese ink works in the NUS Museum's collection uses works from the Qing Dynasty to introduce viewers to the general history of Chinese ink traditions. The current display also highlights the pioneering achievements of Singaporean artists in their innovation of a longstanding art form.

WHERE: LKC Gallery, NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Kent Ridge WHEN: Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-8817 INFO: E-mail museum@nus.edu.sg

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

ST Jobs Career & Development Fair

Singapore's largest job fair provides opportunities for first-time jobseekers and mid-career switchers to meet their choice employers. Visitors can gain valuable insights into hiring requirements and career expectations, explore a wide selection of career options provided by both new and established companies and get on-the-spot mentorship and career advice from exhibitors.

WHERE: Halls 401 & 402, Suntec Singapore MRT: Esplanade/ Promenade WHEN: March 10 & 11, 10am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6319-8877 INFO: www.stjobs.sg

Study Abroad Expo

For those looking to study in Australia, Britain or Ireland this year, UCAS and Australia applications are now open for 2018/2019 entry. A-level, IB diploma, polytechnic and N/O-level students who apply at the fair will get their application fees waived.

WHERE: Visitors Centre, Level 5 National Library Singapore, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bugis WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, noon - 6pm ADMISSION: Free, register at augedufair.eventbrite.sg TEL: 6227-0380 INFO: E-mail singapore@augstudy.com

Food & Beverage Fair

Apart from local, Asian and international favourites, the fair will also feature newly launched delicacies and and the new Beverage Fest. The new attraction will showcase beverage products such as energy and carbonated drinks, beers, spirits and wine.

WHERE: Hall 5 Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive MRT: Expo WHEN: March 15 - 18, 11am - 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6747-4620 INFO: E-mail sales@singaporefoodshows.com.sg or go to singaporefoodshows.com.sg

THEATRE

The Father

The Father is a thrilling exploration of a 70-year-old man's deteriorating mind as he sinks under the frightening weight of dementia. Directed by Tracie Pang and stars Lim Kay Siu, Tan Kheng Hua, Janice Koh, Frances Lee and Keagan Kang.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: March 2 - 18, 3pm & 8pm ADMISSION: $40 - $70 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: sistic.com.sg, pangdemonium.com

Leda And The Rage

A personal story set against the backdrop of art, literature and film, Leda And The Rage explores multiple perspectives of trauma through one woman's journey of recovery. Theatre director Edith Podesta takes an unflinching look at the complexities, timelessness and psychological aftermath of trauma in this darkly poetic production.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studios, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: April 26 - 29, 3pm & 6pm ADMISSION: From $17 (mature themes) TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: E-mail thestudios@esplanade.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe