Happenings - Arts



An O.P.E.N. Call - Are You In The Tribe?

The O.P.E.N., the Singapore International Festival of Arts' pre-festival engagement initiative, is looking for performers for visual artist Speak Cryptic's The Tribe. No performance experience is required, but the minimum age is 18. Auditions are being held tomorrow from 10am to 1pm. Successful applicants will begin rehearsals from March 26 till July 2 (on Saturdays). Technical set-up and runs are from July 4 to 6. Performance dates are July 7 to 9.

INFO: For details & inquiries, e-mail register@artshouse.sg or call 9397-7113. Go to www.speakcryptic.com or www.facebook.com/sifa.sg


Meet-The-Artist: Andie Tong Of The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon's Return

The Singapore-based comic book artist will talk about his second book, The Dragon's Return. Tong will also share what it was like to work with famed comic book creator Stan Lee on the illustrated novel series and do a live drawing demonstration.

WHERE: 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: The book retails at $30.72. Go to www.kinokuniya.com.sg

Mind Your (Inter)Culture: The Goddess In The Living Room

Join this book club session for an afternoon of reading and discussion with Latha, author of this collection of short stories, with host Constance Singam.

WHERE: 25 Bukit Pasoh Road, Grassroots Bookroom MRT: Outram Park WHEN: March 26, 3pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: Register at www.selectcentre.org


Dauntless Spirit 2016 - SYCO & SCO Annual Concert

This annual concert, where the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) perform together, features local composer and SCO composer-in-residence Phoon Yew Tien's works.

WHERE: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $19 & $31 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

-M-: The Extraordinary Live Show

French pop-rock star -M- (his real name is Matthieu Chedid) performs songs from his new album la B.O²-M-, rare tracks from his repertoire rearranged for the tour and classics to sing along to. He will be accompanied by Brad Thomas Ackley on bass and Lawrence Clais on drums.

WHERE: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa,The Coliseum MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Tomorrow, 8 - 10pm ADMISSION: $90 & $110 (at the door) INFO: Tickets from m2016.peatix.com

SNYO: America, America!

The Singapore National Youth Orchestra, under the direction of principal conductor Leonard Tan, presents music by 20th-century American composers.

WHERE: 9 Empress Place, Victoria Concert Hall MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $11 & $16 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Sparks Of Inspiration

Violinist Loh Jun Hong and pianist Abigail Sin explore their favourite pieces for violin and piano, shedding light on the creative personalities behind the music.

WHERE: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: City Hall/Esplanade WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $33 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

SSO: Brahms' Piano Quartet

Singapore Symphony Orchestra's principal horn Han Chang Chou will take centre stage in Richard Strauss' Second Horn Concerto under the direction of Okko Kamu. The first half will feature Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and the concert closes with Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet.

WHERE: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: March 26, 7.30pm; 6.30pm (pre-concert talk at library@esplanade) ADMISSION: $16 - $79 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


First Things First

Australian Joseph Simons performs a one-man show of virtuosic dance and hilarious physical theatre, exploring the art of "getting used to it". Part of NUS Arts Festival 2016.

WHERE: 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, National University of Singapore, University Cultural Centre Theatre MRT: Kent Ridge WHEN: Today, 8pm (performance), 9pm (post-show dialogue, for ticket holders only); tomorrow, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $29 INFO: Tickets from www.nusartsfestival.com

P7:1SMA Presents Belon

The performance, presented by the new Singapore contemporary dance collective, explores the paradoxical nature of art.

WHERE: 45 Armenian Street, The Substation Theatre MRT: City Hall WHEN: March 26 & 27, 8.30pm ADMISSION: $20 (concession); $25 (standard) INFO: Go to www.p71sma.com/belon. Tickets from belon.peatix.com


The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps

These stamps document the nation's growth, trials and tribulations, achievements and aspirations. View specially selected stamps, philatelic materials and original stamp artworks.

WHERE: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore Philatelic Museum MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay/Bras Basah WHEN: Till July 31, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans & permanent residents; $6 (adult) & $4 (child) for foreigners TEL: 6337-3888 INFO: www.spm.org.sg


Solitude - Gui Zhao Hai, Ink Painting Exhibition

The exhibition features the contemporary Chinese ink master's signature Sichuan-Tibetan highlands series.

WHERE: 10 Penang Road, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Visual Arts Centre, 01-02 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Today, 11am - 8pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6733-2155 INFO: www.visualartscentre.sg

Kampong Gelam: Beyond The Port Town Special Exhibition

This exhibition examines the ways in which the precinct has influenced and transformed the lives of those who have lived, worked, played and visited the area.

It features a collection of memories and experiences captured through interviews, recollections and personal belongings.

WHERE: 85 Sultan Gate, Malay Heritage Centre, Galleries 1 & 2 MRT: Bugis/Lavender WHEN: Till April 3, 10am - 6pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans/permanent residents. For tourists & foreign citizens: $4 (adult), $2 (senior citizen/student) TEL: 6391-0450 INFO: www.malayheritage.org.sg

Love Is All Around

Chinese artist Julie Zhu attempts to convey the romance of art-making. Combining drawing in graphite and painting in watercolour, she juxtaposes the perfection of the natural world with the acme of human handicraft in Chinese stone carving.

WHERE: 20B Mosque Street, Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Level 3 MRT: Chinatown WHEN: Till April 3, 2 - 8pm (Mon - Sat), noon - 5.30pm (Sun). All viewings by appointment only ADMISSION: Free INFO: Call Keng Hock on 9487-2006 for an appointment. Go to www.facebook.com/utterlyart

Wurna Juwal - Walking Up And Down, Always Moving, From Waterhole To Soak By Ngarralja Tommy May

For the first time, ReDot Fine Art Gallery showcases more than 27 works, on board and tin, from Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency. They are created by Ngarralja Tommy May in what are reminiscent of early Papunya Tula boards.

WHERE: 140 Hill Street, Old Hill Street Police Station, Redot Fine Art Gallery, 01-08 MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till April 23, noon - 7pm daily. All other times by appointment TEL: 6222-1039 ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.redotgallery.com


More Than Words - Visual Playground Of Chinese Characters

With clean lines and vibrant colours, artist Sun Chan transforms the millennia-old Chinese script into pictorial form as new graphic emblems. This show features motif artwork from Chan's Huan Xing, San Jiao and Le series, as well as patterned artwork that his daughter, Hikoko Chan, created as a tribute to his work.

WHERE: 1 Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House, Gallery 2 MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Till April 10, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-6900 INFO: www.theartshouse.sg

Sham Exhibition

This is an exhibition of objects that have been reinterpreted by four artists - Shin-young Park, Urich Lau, Miguel Chew and Ezzam Rahman - that demonstrate how pepole accept what they see as finite.

WHERE: 261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre, Ludo Gallery, 02-05 MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Till April 3, noon - 6pm (Mon - Fri), noon - 4pm (Sat), Sun by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9665-8473 INFO: www.ludo.gallery or www.facebook.com/LUDOGallery


Amba: Strong Women Stories

Storyteller Kamini Ramachandran breathes life into lesser-known traditional oral tales that explore the feminine. Suitable for those aged 16 and above. Part of World Storytelling Day 2016.

WHERE: 1 Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House, PlayDen MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Tomorrow, 8 - 10pm ADMISSION: $20 INFO: Go to moonshadowstories.com. Tickets from www.bytes.sg


Toy Factory Productions presents a tapestry of stories involving four gay men, contrasted against an immersive art installation. Grind fuses the performance area and the house into one art installation that is accessible to both the audience and cast throughout the show.

WHERE: 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Drama Centre Black Box Theatre MRT: Bugis/Bras Basah WHEN: Thu - April 2 (no show on March 28), 3pm (Fri - Sun) & 8pm (Tue - Sun) ADMISSION: $42 INFO: Tickets from www.toyfactory.com.sg/tickets

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe