Happenings - Arts

BOOKS

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

At this book club session hosted by Constance Singam, Latha, author of The Goddess In The Living Room, will read and discuss her collection of short stories.

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


CONCERTS

Listening To Taiwan - National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

Artistic adviser Wen-Pin Chien directs the orchestra, which is making its debut here, in two programmes showcasing modern Taiwanese compositions alongside classical favourites. Veteran bamboo flautist Chung-Shen Chen premiered Ma Shui-Long's Concerto For Bamboo Flute in 1982 and will revisit the work with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra on April 2. Yu-Chien Tseng, the 2015 Tchaikovsky Violin Competition top prize winner, is the soloist for Tyzen Hsiao's Violin Concerto In D Major on April 3.

WHERE: 9 Empress Place, Victoria Concert Hall MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: April 2 & 3, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $21 - $64 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

SSO Gala: Bizet's Carmen

This concert features mezzo-soprano Christine Rice in the title role of Carmen, tenor Andrea Care as Don Jose, bass- baritone Shen Yang as Escamillo and Li Jing Jing as Micaela. Carmen is French composer Georges Bizet's best-known work and one of the most performed operas in the world.

WHERE: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: April 22 & 23, 7.30pm (6.30pm pre-concert talk at library@esplanade) ADMISSION: $25 - $102 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


DANCE

Sita - Daughter Of The Earth A Solo Bharatanatyam Recital

Meenakshi Srinivasan, who embodies both the sensitive and the playful in her dance, presents the story of Sita, the heroine of the epic Ramayana. Part of Sifas Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance 2016.

WHERE: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: April 3, 8pm ADMISSION: $28, $43 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016

The exhibition in its third year shines the spotlight on 39 works from 15 shortlisted artists in categories such as digital/video, installation, painting, sculpture and photography.

WHERE: 6 Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Singapore resident: $9 (adult), $8 (senior aged 65 & above), $5 (child aged two - 12); standard: $13 (adult), $11 (senior aged 65 & above), $8 (child aged two - 12) INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/museum

Treasures Of The World From The British Museum

View artefacts from the British Museum in London, such as the "unlucky mummy" falsely rumoured to have sunk the Titanic and gold jewellery from ancient Mesopotamian graves.

WHERE: 93 Stamford Road, National Museum of Singapore, Special Exhibition Galleries, Basement MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Till May 29, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: $14 (Singaporean & permanent resident), $20 (foreigner) INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg


EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Not All Who Wander Are Lost By Jaxton Su

This series of whimsical paintings was conceived by drawing links to ideas of escapism and wanderlust. Using oil as his main medium, Su incorporates strange elements, animals and people coupled with a disarming sense of humour.

WHERE: 108 Tanjong Pagar Road, Blue Lotus Fine Art MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Today, 3 - 6pm (opening); tomorrow - April 2, 12.30 - 6.30pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9675-7721 INFO: www.bluelotusfineart.com.sg

Ladies In Purple... And Others

This show by British artist Brenda E. Martin is a celebration of bold, edgy and stylish women such as Audrey Hepburn, Virginia Woolf, Nefertiti, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. WHERE: 1 Fullerton Road, The Fullerton Heritage Gallery MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till March 31, 9am - 10pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: You can buy these artworks by contacting Martin at brendaemartin-art@hotmail.com or The Fullerton Heritage at enquiries@fullerton-heritage.com. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Singapore Association For The Deaf, the exhibition's nominated charity.

Abiogenesis: Before & After Singapore

Artist Koh Liang Jiang portrays a Singapore cityscape with fantasy and sci-fi elements, depicting settings that mirror real places.

WHERE: 261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre, Merlin Gallery, 01-10/11 MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sun, noon - 7pm (weekday), weekend viewing is by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6837-2008 INFO: www.merlingallery.com.sg

Exotic Sunlight: Paintings By Ong Kim Seng

This exhibition features more than 30 watercolour scenes - such as Singapore's old Chinatown, Nepal's Kathmandu, Italy's Portofino and Bali's Ubud - with the biggest piece measuring 1.8x1.3m. A self- taught artist and an avid traveller, Ong has travelled across different continents to capture in his paintings the beauty of Mother Nature and diverse cultures.

WHERE: Block 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, Artcommune Gallery, 03-39 MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Till April 3, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.artcommune.com.sg

Shirazeh Houshiary: The River Is Within Us

This is Houshiary's first solo exhibition in South-east Asia. Known for her multimedia installations such as Breath, a collateral event at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and the 2008 East Window for St Martins in the Fields in London, the Iranian artist tests the relevance of paper in today's digital age.

WHERE: 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore Tyler Print Institute MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Till May 7, 10am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 9am - 6pm (Sat). Closed on Sun and public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-3663 INFO: www.stpi.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

Tell-Tale Lines By Alan Lim


Photographer Alan Lim’s black-and-white photos focus on the faces and hands of Singapore’s pioneers. PHOTO: ALAN LIM

Photographer Alan Lim's black-and-white photos shine the spotlight on the wrinkled faces and hands of Singapore's pioneers.

WHERE: 45 Armenian Street, The Substation Gallery MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Mon, noon - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6337-7535 INFO: www.facebook.com/alanlimstudio or www.substation.org

Her Letters: Shifting Perspectives In The Global Age Of Anxiety

This group exhibition curated by Christina Arum Sok features artworks by Lina Adam, Aylie McDowall, Laurel McKenzie and Rose Rigley and explores women's artistic practices in Asia-Pacific.

WHERE: 5 Lorong 24A Geylang, Shophouse 5 MRT: Aljunied WHEN: Till Wed, viewings by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-6192 INFO: www.vada.org.sg

Kenny Low's Solo Exhibition - New World Rising

The artist's work is an expression of how religions co-exist in Singapore, morphing religious buildings to form new ones.

WHERE: 200 Middle Road, Big Hotel, Art Seasons Singapore, 01-02 MRT: Bugis/ Bras Basah WHEN: Till April 2, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat); opening reception: Wed, 6 - 9pm; closed on Mon, Sun & public holiday; by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6741-6366 INFO: artseasonsgallery.sg

'RememberingLKY' First Anniversary Tribute Solo Exhibition

Singapore-born visual communicator Sharlene Leong presents more than 10 artworks of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in different eras, with inking of his memorable quotes and paintings of his memorable expressions.

WHERE: 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, Basement 1 MRT: Orchard WHEN:Till April 30, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.wordyourstory.com/rememberingLKY


THEATRE

Blue Man Group

This acclaimed stage show is best known for its trio of bald and blue performers. This performance shows what fun three guys can have with 30 litres of paint and 55 mashed-up bananas in 11/2 hours.

WHERE: 10 Bayfront Avenue, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Theatre MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tue - April 10, 8pm (Tue - Fri); 2 & 8pm (Sat: April 2 & 9); 2, 5 & 8pm (Sat: April 16); 1 & 6.30pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $94 - $159 TEL: 6348- 5555/6688-8826 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg or entertainment.marinabaysands.com

Songbirds Of The Golden Era

Resorts World Sentosa pays tribute to the Chinese divas of the 1930s to 1950s, such as Zhou Xuan, Bai Guang, Ge Lan, Yao Li and Li Xiang Lan. In this concert hosted by veteran Zhao Jin, classic songs such as Shanghai Night, When Will You Return and Rose Rose I Love You will be performed by singers from Singapore and Malaysia.

WHERE: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa Theatre MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Till May 31, 1pm (Every Tue & Thu, no shows on March 24, April 14, April 19 & May 19) ADMISSION: $41 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe