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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (10 – 16 Sept 2018)

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BoboKL Presents: Cheryl Tan with Michael Veerapen, at BoboKL, 14–15 Sept, 9:30pm

Cheryl Tan is a performer better known across the border in Singapore for her performances in musical theatre productions like Forbidden City and Dick Lee’s Singapopera. See Cheryl perform before she gets pulled back to Singapore again! Admission is RM60++ (RM45++ for diners). Reservations recommended for BoboKL as seats are limited in the cosy venue (call 03 2092 5002).

More info here.

 

IF WALLS COULD TALK vol. 53 feat Rochelle D’Silva (IN) & Orang, at Gaslight Cafe KL, 13 Sept, 8pm

KL’s favourite spoken word event returns, featuring Mumbai poet Rochelle D’Silva, and singer-songwriter Orang. Cover charge is RM20 (inclusive of one drink). As always, the featured acts will be interspersed with open mic performers — there are usually gems to discover from the Walls open mic lineup.

More info here.

 

Popcorn@EMPOWER: ‘The Stoning of Soraya M’, at Empower, 14 Sept, 7:30–10pm

A film screening organised by feminist NGO Empower in response to the disgraceful issue of public caning in Malaysia. This eye-opening film covers the experience of stoning in Iran, providing an alternative narrative of religious legal punishments.

Admission is RM5 donation, inclusive of popcorns and drinks. Register here: https://bit.ly/popcornatempower.

More info here.

 

Wikipedia for Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museum, at Malaysia Design Archive, 15 Sept, 1pm–5:30pm

An event for professionals and others who share an interest in making knowledge related to the arts more accessible to others via Wikipedia. There is a presentation (1pm–230pm), followed by an optional workshop (3:30pm–5:30pm). Bring your laptop if you’re keen on the workshop. The presenters are Daniel Chong (Wikipedia researcher) and Dody Ismoyo (Wikipedia editor).

More info here.

 

Citarasa Malaysia [Borneo Edition], at Jalan Turi (Bangsar), 15 Sept, 9am–9pm

Vendors from Sabah and Sarawak serve up all the food you miss from Borneo. The festival is accompanied by sape music, song and dance. Admission is RM10 per entry with an hourly lucky draw.

More info here.

 

Malaysiaku Celebrations 2018, at Bangkung Row, 16 Sept, 2–10pm

The annual Malaysia Day celebrations at Bangkung Row, with a variety of talks, performances, food and craft stalls, and NGO presence. I recommend Dibuang (Dalam) Negeri — Who And What Is Excluded From Malaysia Baharu?, a fishbowl conversation moderated by Jacqueline Ann Surin and Marion D’Cruz. Proactive participants are encouraged.

Be wary of offensive material if you attend the comedy session.

Official FB Page with full programme here.

 

One Two Jaga, cinemas nationwide (TGV, GSC and MBO in Klang Valley).

This film is currently in theatres! A gritty film that follows several stories: a rookie cop and his corrupt senior, an undocumented migrant and her labourer brother, the dark underbelly of corruption and organised crime in the city. Directed by Nam Ron, and written by Ayam Fared, Nam Ron and the late Amri Rohayat. The film has been out since 6 Sept, and relies on public support to stay in cinemas.

Official FB Page here.

 

Asian Crust Invasion SE Asian Tour 2018, at Playspace LIVE, 16 Sept

If the deluge of ‘Malaysia’ themed events are not to your taste, try this punk tour featuring bands like Framtid, Zyanose, Lifelock, Parötid, Influënzia, Angkara, Wärfear. Rules: No racists, fascists, homophobes or bullshit. Pre-sale tickets are RM50 (limited availability until 15 Sept), tickets at the door RM80.

More info here.

Semalam Di Malaya, at Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, 15 September 8:30pm & 16 Sept 3pm

MPO’s tribute to male music icons of yesteryear, including jazz musician Alfonso Soliano, RTM pioneer Ahmad Merican, Jimmy Boyle and P Ramlee. Vocals by Aishah, Liza Hanim, Rachel Guerzo Trio and Musly Ramlee. The conductor is Ahmad Muriz Che Rose. Tickets begin at RM141. Smart-casual dress code applies.

More info here.

S+S Stand-Up Comedy & S+S Song, at klpac, 12–15 Septmber.

This successful short-content festival is currently underway in klpac! Having recently concluded the new Film category, this week will focus on comedy and song. All acts are under 10 minutes (or penalties apply). Come send your favourites to the gala night — audience votes matter. Tickets are RM50 (RM40 concessions).

More info here.

 

Malam Sayu Berpuisi, at klpac, 16 Sept, 830pm

Spoken word poets and musicians perform together under a banyan tree at klpac — with no sound system. Bring your own gear for whatever the weather and outdoor conditions may call for. Umbrella, raincoat, a bottle of water, mosquito repellant. For this edition, your poets are: Sheena Baharudin and Chiew Ruoh Peng. Donations will be collected at the performance.

More info here.

 

The Art of Printmaking: Lasting Impressions, at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, 25 Aug – 25 Nov, 10am–6pm

This exhibition features more than 150 print works from the 1930s onward. A variety of techniques and a diversity of works by different generations will be on display. Artists include Sharon Chin, Pangrok Sulap, Long Thien Shih, Ismail Zain and many more.

More info here.

Public Talk: Music of the Islamic World by Eddin Khoo, at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 15 Sept, 3pm (concert 8:30pm)

Eddin Khoo, founder of PUSAKA, explores aspects of music in the Islamic World. He will trace how some traditions gave rise to new musical forms and expressions in the Malay archipelago. This talk also serves as an introduction to the new concert series, Music of the Islamic world. Its inaugural concert, Under the Persian Musical Sky, takes place at 8:30pm. Tickets for the concert begin at RM180 and are selling very fast.

More info here.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, at KL Live, 16 Sept, 8pm

The extremely popular YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox was a hit when they first performed in Malaysia in 2016. Their music allows you to escape to the atmosphere of a 1920s Great Gatsby party, or a 1940s Sinatra party. Tickets begin at RM238.

Tickets available here.

Wah Lian Gudang Sales, at KongsiKL, 10–16 Sept, 11am–10pm (Monday 7pm onwards)

Uncle Hui of Wah Lian Wooden Machinery Factory is going into retirement after a freak storm destroyed his factory. Unfinished furniture and parts will be going on sale, priced RM5–RM100. Delivery service not provided. For amateur woodworkers, tools and skills can be supplemented by Lost & Found (by Arcadia KL) via appointment.

More info here.

 

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