Happenings - Film


Kids Flix: Pan (PG)

Offering a new take on the classic by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure is the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland.

There, he finds fun and danger and ultimately discovers his destiny - to become the hero, Peter Pan.

WHERE: GV Plaza, GV Jurong Point, GV Bishan, GV City Square, GV Tampines, GV Suntec City, GV Yishun, GV Katong & GV Grand, Great World City MRT: Various WHEN: Jan 16, 11am (GV Plaza, GV Jurong Point, GV Bishan, GV City Square, GV Tampines & GV Suntec City); 11.30am (GV Yishun, GV Katong & GV Grand, Great World City) ADMISSION: $6, free for children under 90cm tall TEL: 6653-8100 INFO: Receive a gift with every pair of tickets purchased, while stocks last. Tickets from www.gv.com.sg. Go to www.gv.com.sg/GVMovies


What's In My Mangroves?

Out of 73 true mangrove species worldwide, 22 can be found in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Join this walk and find out how to identify the mangrove trees and plants there.

WHERE: Meet at Information Counter (Kranji Way entrance), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 301 Neo Tiew Crescent MRT: Kranji WHEN: Jan 16, 9.30 - 11am ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Registration closes on Tue or when full, whichever is earlier. For inquiries, e-mail nparks_sbwr@nparks.gov.sg. Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events

Trees Of The Fort

Guides show visitors heritage trees such as the towering Kapok, flaky Gelam and gnarled Madras Thorn.

WHERE: Meet at the roundabout between Fort Canning Green & Hotel Fort Canning MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Jan 23, 10 - 11.30am ADMISSION: Free INFO: Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events. E-mail lee_li_pei@nparks.gov.sg


Singapore Literature Prize

This biennial competition is open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents whose works of fiction (novels or short stories), poetry and non-fiction have been published in Singapore or abroad during the specified period of time in any of Singapore's four official languages - English, Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.

The Singapore Literature Prize has an award of $10,000 for the winner in each of the three categories, in each of the four languages.

INFO: The closing date is today. Go to www.bookcouncil.sg/awards

Nafa Music Essentials Concerto Competition 2016 Finals

The finalists of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) Music Essentials Concerto Competition will compete for a chance to perform with the Nafa Orchestra, along with a share of $1,000 worth of prizes. Previous winners have performed concertos for the horn, tuba, oboe and piano, showcasing the diversity of budding talents from the school in the local classical music scene.

WHERE: Lee Foundation Theatre, Nafa Campus 3, 151 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Mon, 7 - 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6512-4179 INFO: E-mail music@nafa.edu.sg. Go to www.nafa.edu.sg/events


Rainforest Tour

Discover the tropical rainforest with guides on this one-hour tour.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow, 9, 10 & 11am (English), 4pm (Mandarin) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471-7361 INFO: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at the Visitor's Centre 15 minutes before the tour starts

Pioneer Trail Along Ann Siang Hill And Telok Ayer Green

Take a stroll along the mouth of the Singapore River, once the heart of Singapore's commercial activity. Relive the memories of the country's history, growth and development through historical landmarks and national monuments.

WHERE: Meet at the entrance of Exit G at Tanjong Pagar MRT station MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Jan 23, 4 - 6pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Registration closes on Jan 15 or when registration is full, whichever is earlier. For inquiries, e-mail lee_li_pei@nparks.gov.sg. Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events


Straits Family Sunday: Baba Nyonya Nibbles

There are kid-friendly guided tours and tours of the galleries by museum docents. Get fit with healthy recipes from special food demonstrations this month or create your own notebook.

WHERE: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: Sun, 1 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free from 1 - 5pm TEL: 6332-7591 INFO: www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg

Kidsfest! 2016: Storytelling-Cum-Craft Session Presented By ABA Productions

Listen to a lively storytelling of the book, Aliens Love Underpants, written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and find out more about the upcoming Kidsfest! 2016 shows presented by ABA Productions. The shows are recommended for children aged three to six and will be staged between Jan 21 and Feb 14 at the School of the Arts Drama Theatre.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Jan 16, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

MindChamps' Reading And Writing Talk

Find out more from Ms Irene Parker, MindChamps assistant director for education and training, on how its reading programmes (for three- to seven-year-olds) and writing programmes (for seven- to nine-year- olds) can equip children with the essential tools to enhance their literacy skills.

WHERE: MindChamps Holdings, Level 17 HDB Hub East Wing, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh MRT: Toa Payoh WHEN: Jan 17, 10am - 12.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration TEL: 8332-0020 INFO: The talk is targeted at parents whose children are between three & nine years old. Register at www.mindchamps.org/ =reading-writing-preview


SkillsFuture Marketplace

This is a two-day roadshow organised by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency to raise awareness of SkillsFuture Credit and how you can use it to take ownership of your lifelong learning journey.

WHERE: Westgate Shopping Mall Courtyard, Level 1, 3 Gateway DriveMRT: Jurong East WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 10am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.skillsfuture.sg/marketplace

Nanyang Polytechnic Open House 2016

The annual three-day Nanyang Polytechnic Open House gives students and parents an insightinto campus life there. Parents can join the Choices After O's Parents' Seminar to find out about education options for their children. There will be a singing competition and performances by singer-songwriter Jana Ann Neo, local quintet Take Two, rap collaborative group THIRT13N and the school's Live Audio Club students.

WHERE: Nanyang Polytechnic, 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 MRT: Yio Chu Kang WHEN: Till tomorrow, 10am - 6pm (open house), open house hours till 11pm today ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6455-0500 INFO: www.nyp.edu.sg/OpenHouse

Republic Polytechnic's Open House 2016

A wide variety of educational choices are available at the polytechnic's seven schools. Activities at the booths include racing underwater robots, simulated cyber-attacks, creating living photographs and broadcast reporting.

WHERE: Republic Polytechnic, 9 Woodlands Avenue 9 MRT: Woodlands WHEN: Till tomorrow, 10am - 6pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.rp.edu.sg/openhouse2016

Celebrate Japan New Year At Liang Court

Liang Court will celebrate the Japanese New Year (Shogatsu) with activities from now till Sunday at the mall. Events include a Japanese lion dance, drum performance, rice cake-making and sake opening. Giveaways include Japanese wrapping cloth, which is traditionally used to wrap gifts for exchange.

INFO: www.liangcourt.com.sg

Interactive Activities At Kinokuniya Liang Court: Kakizome - A Japanese New Year Tradition Observed

Learn more about this Japanese tradition usually observed on the second day of the Japanese New Year (celebrated on Jan 1). There will be a hands-on demonstration and you can write an auspicious message for your family and friends.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Liang Court, 03-50 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay WHEN: Tomorrow & Jan 24, 3 pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6337-1300 INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

The Singapore Mint 2016 Lunar Fair

This event will feature coins and collectibles including the 2016 Singapore Lunar Monkey Almanac Coin Collection and the highly sought-after Singapore Third Almanac Coin Series Puzzle Coin Set. There is also a showcase of Chinese New Year collectible coins from around the world, including the Happiest Lunar Coin from Bhutan.

WHERE: Level 1 ChinaTown Point, 133 New Bridge Road MRT: Chinatown WHEN: Till Sun, 11am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.singaporemint.com

Mothercare Annual Baby Fair

This week-long event is back for its sixth edition. Parents and parents-to-be can find a variety of leading maternity and baby products under one roof. Customers at the fair will enjoy discounts on Mothercare's current season's fashion and up to 90 per cent off selected products.

WHERE: Mothercare @ HarbourFront Centre, 03-05, 1 Maritime Square MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Wed - Jan 17, 11am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6692-9680 INFO: www.mothercare.com.sg


The Marriage Of In And Out: Ambiguous Wall

South Korean artist Kim Byung Joo is interested in the sculptural expression of architecture, constructed from overlapping external and internal elements of the space. He is in the spotlight for his contemporary sensibility and originality and his works are collected by national contemporary art centres in South Korea. He has had works commissioned by Imperial Palace Hotel and Lotte Hotel.

WHERE: Gallery Huue, Singapore, 188 Bukit Timah Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Last day, 10am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6334-2805 INFO: www.galleryhuue.com

Low Shao Suan & Low Shao Ying @ VCH: Music Diaries

A concert featuring award-winning twin pianist-composers Low Shao Suan and Low Shao Ying, who will play original works for solo piano and chamber music of various styles, ranging from neo-classical and film music to new age and jazz. Guest musicians include flautist Jin Ta, oboist Audi Goh, clarinetist Vincent Goh, bassoonists Aw Yong Tian and Yap Pei Ying, horn player Marcus Ng, trombonist David Wong, violinists Yew Shan and Yong Kailin, violist Jonathan Lee and cellist Noella Yan.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Looking In Is The Only Way Out By Soh Ee Shaun

In this exhibition of Soh's latest works, he shifts from the kooky and more accessible first phase of his art - with its renderings of faces marked by delight or trepidation - to more abstract territory, where colour, composition and shape serve as vehicles for emotion and meaning.

WHERE: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till tomorrow, 11.30am - 6.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-0810 INFO: www.mulangallery.com.sg

Transmission: Instant Distant

This exhibition is a collective exploration by six young Singaporean visual artists. Reflecting instant memories from a distant future, it examines the physical and emotional states experienced by a generation growing up in the age of instant gratification.

WHERE: Art Seasons Singapore, 01-02 Big Hotel, 200 Middle Road MRT: Bugis WHEN: Till tomorrow, 11am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6741 -6366 INFO: E-mail info@artseasonsgallery. com. Go to www.artseasonsgallery. com

Compiled by Callyn Chow & Ronald Kow

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