Happenings - Arts

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Meet The Author - Sumiko Tan

Meet Straits Times executive editor and columnist Sumiko Tan, whose new book, Sundays With Sumiko (left), is a compilation of her columns about love, marriage and life written over 22 years.

WHERE: Popular Bookstore, 04-59/60 Nex, 23 Serangoon Central MRT: Serangoon WHEN: Sun, 4 - 4.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/events/318565128580797

Book Launch Of The Nonexistent Lover And Other Stories

This selection of short stories by home-grown writer Yeng Pway Ngon, written between the 1960s and 2000, charts the evolution of his subject matter and style. Part of Read! Fest 2017.

WHERE: The Pod, Level 16 National Library Board, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: Sun, 3 - 4.30pm ADMISSION: Free, register at www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary


CONCERTS

The Seventh Night Of July

PhilClarinets kicks off the Philharmonic Winds' Chamber Series for the year, conducted by clarinettist Daniel Yiau, a member of the Philharmonic Winds.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/ Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $13 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Gala: Sun Yingdi & Chelsea Chen Keyboard Extravaganza

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra's season opening gala features Chinese pianist Sun Yingdi, who will perform two famous Chinese piano works - Battle Typhoon and Yellow River Piano Concerto, and American-Taiwanese organist Chelsea Chen, who will perform Kuan Nai-chung's Symphony No. 2.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $102 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

Dancers' Locker 2017

The seventh edition of this annual showcase by contemporary dance company Frontier Danceland is inspired by the poetic verses of well-known writers such Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte. There will also be a site-specific improvised work called Improv-tu held at a different location.

WHERE: Frontier Danceland Studio, Block M, 02-52 Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road MRT: Mountbatten WHEN: July 21, 8pm & July 22, 3 & 8pm

WHERE: Mobler Furniture Showroom, Ho Seng Lee Flatted Warehouse, 10C Jalan Ampas MRT: Novena WHEN: July 29, 3 & 5pm ADMISSION: $15 (a show), $25 (a show for two different programmes at two different venues) TEL: 6336-1526 INFO: E-mail tickets@frontierdanceland.com for tickets. Go to www.frontierdanceland.com

Shaman/Peasants - Dance Of The Barefoot Guardians

This dance performance, choreographed by Angela Liong, is inspired by the film and photographic works of German artist Ulrike Ottinger.

WHERE: The Exhibition Hall, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks, 43 Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: July 14 & 28, 5 - 6.30pm & 7.30 - 9pm (30-minute dance performance with post-show talk with artistic director & curator) ADMISSION: $15 (regular), $12 (concession) INFO: Tickets from www.globaltickets.sg/en/shamanpeasants-dance-of-the-barefoot-guardians

Double Bill Showcase

Singapore's Melyn Chow and Deborah Hoon work together to explore the subject of stretch marks through movement and text, while New Zealand's Lucy-Margaux Marinkovich collaborates with locally based dancers to investigate human relationships through the lens of surrealist imagery and icons.

WHERE: Dance Nucleus Studio, Block M, 02-53 Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road MRT: Mountbatten WHEN: July 28 & 29, 8pm ADMISSION: Pay as you wish INFO: Tickets from bit.ly/sgnz. Go to www.dancenucleus.com

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Making Art Life: Ho Kah Leong 60 Years And Beyond

This retrospective of the works of Singaporean artist Ho Kah Leong features woodcuts from the 1950s and 1960s, preparatory sketches, his signature oil and acrylic paintings, as well as Chinese calligraphy.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Till Sun, 11am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.nafa.edu.sg

Chasing Winds At The Equator

Born and raised in Ubud, Balinese artist Dana Sulastra's favourite themes express the beauty of idyllic Balinese landscapes, moonlit beaches, lotus ponds and bountiful harvests. Instead of a paintbrush, he prefers using a palette knife, stick or his fingers to create images.

WHERE: Blue Lotus Fine Art, 02-01, 108 Tanjong Pagar Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Sun - July 15, 12.30 - 6.30pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon; exhibition opening: tomorrow, 3 - 6pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9675-7721 INFO: www.bluelotusfineart.com.sg

Classic Stamps

Self-taught home-grown artist Tan Chong Bin's new exhibition features more than 20 works from his latest series of acrylic paintings, as well as selected mixed-media sculptures.

WHERE: AC43 Gallery, 03-39 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street MRT: Bras Basah/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow - July 16, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.ac43gallery.com

Soo Pieng - Drawings

In celebration of the centenary of Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng's birth, this exhibition features more than 120 works from private collections.

WHERE: Artspace@Helutrans, 01-05 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Till July 22, noon - 6pm (Mon - Sat), closed on Sun & public holidays; exhibition tour: tomorrow, 2.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9002-8024 INFO: www.theoartspro.com

Sculptured Vol. 1

Exploring the lines between sculpture, installation, object and painting, this exhibition by five artists from Thailand and Myanmar - Thanet Awsinsiri, Utai Nopsiri, Pinaree Sanpitak, Thasnai Sethaseree and Soe Yu Nwe - features three-dimensional works made with diverse materials.

WHERE: Yavuz Gallery, 02-23 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till July 23, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 1 - 5pm (Sun); Mon & public holidays by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-3262 INFO: www.yavuzgallery.com

Best Of Best Show 2017

This exhibition showcases the best ideas and works by the graduating diploma and degree cohorts of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' School of Art & Design.

WHERE: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Till July 26, noon - 8pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6512-4088 INFO: www.nafa.edu.sg

Ballet Under The Stars

This year marks the 22nd edition of this outdoor dance event. The first weekend features three contemporary creations - Sticks And Stones by Kinsun Chan, Age Of Innocence by Edwaard Liang and Organ Concerto by Nils Christe. The second weekend presents three iconic weddings - Coppelia Act III, Aurora's Wedding from Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote Act III.

WHERE: Fort Canning Park, Fort Canning Green, River Valley Road MRT: City Hall/Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Sept 1 - 3 & 7 - 10, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $38 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

The Italian Connection

This exhibition shines the spotlight on Italian sculptor Cavaliere Rodolfo Nolli, responsible for the decorative works on the Fullerton Building as well as other grand edifices on Singapore's historic waterfront in the early 20th century.

WHERE: East Garden Foyer, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till July 18, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail enquiries@fullertonhotels.com


THEATRE

ITE Musical: Letters To ITE

This original musical is performed by students, staff and alumni to celebrate the Institute of Technical Education's 25th anniversary. It tells the story of Ethan, Charlene and Mira, three seemingly different students who are tasked to work together for a school musical.

WHERE: Institute of Technical Education Auditorium, Tay Eng Soon Convention Centre, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive MRT: Ang Mo Kio WHEN: Today, 3 & 8pm; tomorrow, 2 & 7.30pm ADMISSION: $30 (standard), $10 (students) TEL: 3158-8588 INFO: www.apactix.com

Journey To The West

This production is based on the Chinese classic novel about the adventures of the priest Tang Sanzang as he travels west in search of Buddhist sutras with his three disciples, the irreverent and capable Monkey (Sun Wukong), greedy Pig (Zhu Bajie) and Friar Sand (Sha Wujing).

WHERE: Level 4, China Cultural Centre Theatre, 217 Queen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Sun, 10.30am & 3pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Frago

For their seventh year of reservist training, a group of army mates in an armoured infantry unit return for a war game exercise. This production bears witness to the struggles of Singapore men on the cusp of turning 30 and the complex emotions of brotherhood, triumph and disappointment on the battlefield. In English and Mandarin, with English surtitles.

WHERE: Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/ City Hall WHEN: Thu - July 23, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 3 & 8pm (Sat), 3pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $49 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

L'incoronazione Di Poppea

Composed in 1643, Claudio Monteverdi's melodrama, The Coronation Of Poppea, is one of the very first Italian operas. It derives its plot from real historical subjects, the Roman emperor Nero's love for his ambitious courtesan-mistress, Poppea. This production is presented by The Italian Culture Institute in collaboration with New Opera Singapore.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: July 29, 7.30pm & July 30, 6.30pm ADMISSION: $28 - $84 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2017, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe