Happenings - Gigs

GIGS

Kumar 50

Singapore's iconic drag queen Kumar turns 50 and will regale audiences with his hilarious romp through the decades.

WHERE: Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Wed - March 11; 8pm (Tue - Fri), 3 & 8pm (Sat), 3pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $55 - $115 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Gamarjobat Asia Tour

Explosive Japanese duo Ketch! and Hiro-Pon are set to blow audiences away with their furious motions of vaudevillian silent comedy. Dressed to impress in sharp suits, with sunglasses and sporting outrageous brightly coloured mohawks, these masters of mime build perfect illusions and then shatter them just as suddenly.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/ Bugis WHEN: March 24, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $40 - $60 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Katy Perry Witness: The Tour

The American singer comes to Asia following stellar reviews. She added concerts to her ongoing North American tour, with additional shows across South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

WHERE: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk MRT: Stadium WHEN: April 8, 8pm ADMISSION: $128 - $348, tickets at Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets TEL: 3158-7888 INFO: sportshubtix.sg

CHARITY

NKF Charity Gala Dinner

In conjunction with its 49th anniversary, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will again join hands with the World Gourmet Summit for a charity gala dinner to raise funds for needy kidney patients. NKF is currently serving more than 4,200 patients.

WHERE: Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: April 19, 6 - 10pm ADMISSION: $10,000 for a table of 10 (250 per cent tax deductible) TEL: 1800-KIDNEYS (543-6397) INFO: E-mail wanyu.foo@nkfs.org or shawna.lam@nkfs.org

Metta Charity Carnival

Metta Welfare Association's annual fund-raising family carnival will feature a mega vegetarian marketplace with family activities. It aims to raise funds for more than 1,100 beneficiaries.

WHERE: Metta Welfare Association, 32 Simei Street 1 MRT: Simei (free shuttle bus service from the station) WHEN: March 18, 9am - 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6580-4614 INFO: metta.org.sg/mettacarnival

SPORTS

Fencing Adult Beginner Course

Learn the basics of fencing in four weekly sessions and also find out more about the rich history of the sport.

WHERE: Z Elite Fencers Academy, Level 4 Safra Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 MRT: Toa Payoh WHEN: March 7, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $214 TEL: 6354-0102, 6295-1432 INFO: E-mail fence@zfencing.com

Sports Hub Community Play Day

Have a splashing good time with a variety of water-related activities for the family that are geared towards encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. Highlights include dragon boat races, a water-bottle workout, a Tahiti dance fitness performance and a water-themed playground.

WHERE: Splash-N-Surf, Water Sports Centre, OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub, 8 Stadium Walk MRT: Stadium WHEN: March 10 & 11, 9am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: Register for events at tinyurl.com/festh2o

Briskwalking Walk For Health

This briskwalking event is organised by the Sengkang West Zone E Residents Committee.

WHERE: Assemble at Block 412 Fernvale Link Communal Hall MRT: Sengkang (Layar/Fernvale LRT) WHEN: April 1, 7.30am ADMISSION: $1 (includes breakfast), register at 01-13 Block 412A Fernvale Link, 9am - noon (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat); 8 - 9pm (Wed & Fri)

OCBC Cycle

Enjoy the lovely sights of Singapore's iconic places while riding on closed roads. Participants get event packs worth more than $200, including free rides on bike-sharing platform Mobike till the end of the year, a Nets Flashpay card with a $2 stored value and shopping vouchers.

WHERE: Singapore Sports Hub MRT: Stadium WHEN: May 5 & 6 ADMISSION: The Sportive Ride (42km), $85 - $99; The Straits Times Ride (23km), $45 - $59 and other categories INFO: ocbccycle.com

TALKS

The Afterlife: Grave Goods From Ancient China

For centuries, Chinese have viewed the afterlife as an extension of the worldly life. Dr Vidya Schalk, a docent with Friends of the Museums (Singapore), will talk about the importance attached to the proper conduct of the burial ceremony and elements of this ancient tradition which have lived on to this day.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7 - 8pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.fom.sg, acm.org.sg

Spy Films And Cold War Anxieties In South-east Asia

This lecture by Dr Darlene Machell Espena, a research fellow at the National Institute of Education, explores two famous characters in South-east Asian cinema during the Cold War - Malaya's Jefri Zain and the Philippines' Agent X-44 - and Hollywood's influence on film-making in this region during that period.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Education Resource Centre, NUS UTown, 8 College Avenue W MRT: Kent Ridge WHEN: Today, 7 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free, register at shadows3.peatix.com

Myths And Wonders Of Chinese New Year

Why do the Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year the way they do and why is it so important to usher in the new year? Why do people put up red decorations, light firecrackers and give red packets and what are the taboos? Veronne Tan will answer these questions in her talk, presented in collaboration with ACE Seniors.

WHERE: The Salon, Level 1 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Tomorrow, 11am - noon ADMISSION: Free, register at lsohcny.eventbrite.sg INFO: nationalmuseum.sg

Dialogue With Finance Minister

Finance Minister Heng Swee Kiat delivered this year's Budget on Monday. Lianhe Zaobao is inviting the public to a face-to-face session with him. Moderated by Lianhe Zaobao and Wanbao editor Goh Sin Teck, the forum in Mandarin will feature panellists such as Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Roland Ng, Singapore Business Federation chairman Teo Siong Seng and Singapore Manufacturing Federation president Douglas Foo.

WHERE: Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 28 Stevens Road MRT: Stevens WHEN: March 5, 9am - 1pm ADMISSION: $55, register at zbbudget.sphevents.com.sg INFO: E-mail mkgzbpromo@sph.com.sg

World Glaucoma Day

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Singapore, a silent disease that can run in the family. Glaucoma patients are encouraged to invite their parents and siblings to this talk.

WHERE: Conference Room, TTSH Eye Centre (Atrium), Level 1 Main Building, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng MRT: Novena WHEN: March 14, 10am - 3pm ADMISSION: Free, registration (by March 12) required TEL: 6357-2441 (weekdays: 9.30 - 11.30am, 2 - 4.30pm) INFO: tei.nhg.com.sg

CLASSES

The Eight Limbs Of Yoga With Yiannis Mukta Om

This series of workshops by boutique yoga studio The Yoga School will cover fundamental techniques such as Pranayama breathing and physical, emotional, mental and spiritual cleansing methods.

WHERE: The Yoga School, 39-01 OCBC Centre, 65 Chulia Street MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: March 2: 2.30 - 5.30pm, 7 - 9pm; March 3: 10am - 1pm, 2.30 - 4.30pm ADMISSION: From $108 TEL: 6532-8228 INFO: E-mail breathe@yogaschool.asia or go to yogaschool.asia

Vegan Cooking Class

Learn how to make vegan Katong laksa, brown rice nasi goreng and herbal grass jelly with Ms Vinitha Ang, a registered nurse trained in nutrition and psychology who has a master's degree in healthcare management. She also ran a vegan cafe with an organic retail business.

WHERE: Awareness Hub, 03-15 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: March 4, 3 - 6.30pm ADMISSION: $80; register at Awareness Hub; Kong Meng San Phor Kark See, 88 Bright Hill Road; or online at goo.gl/qXUDu7 TEL: 6336-5067 INFO: E-mail awarenesshub@kmspks.org

SkillsHQ Barista Class

Join CulinaryOn's barista class and master the fundamentals of coffee-making. Topics covered include the coffee's history and origins, processing methods, coffee appreciation, the art of espresso and latte art.

WHERE: Culinary Studio CulinaryOn, 04-63 Tower 2, One Raffles Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: March 10, 10am ADMISSION: $240 (includes lunch) TEL: 3159-1482 INFO: E-mail welcome@culinaryon.sg

Reits Masterclass With Gabriel Yap

Mr Gabriel Yap tackles the most critical issues in understanding and making stable and consistent profits from Reits, or real estate investment trusts. He shares his tips for reaping an annual 20 to 30 per cent total return from Reits in the past 15 years.

WHERE: Event Hall, Level 3 Maybank Kim Eng Securities, 50 North Canal Road MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: March 31, 9.30am - 5pm ADMISSION: $888, register at shareinvestor.com/sg TEL: 6517-8777 INFO: E-mail events@shareinvestor.com

FESTIVALS

i Light Marina Bay 2018

Asia's leading sustainable light art festival returns. Beyond the spectacular showcase of visual art, the festival will also feature music performances, an interactive art inflatable park, a carnival, outdoor dining options and a pop-up bar.

WHERE: Marina Bay Waterfront MRT: Bayfront WHEN: March 9 - April 1, 7.30 - 11pm; till midnight on Fri & Sat ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.ilightmarinabay.sg

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