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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (17–23 Dec 2018)

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Mishaps & Mistletoe, at Intunnation, 18 Dec, 8pm

Time for some poetry and music with open mic series Jack It, featuring Singaporean spoken word performer Stephanie Dogfoot, and queer band Tingtongketz. Jack It invites all for a premature Christmas celebration of kisses and disses.

More info here.

 

Dancing Forward 6: A Round Table for Dance, at Selangor and KL Kwang Tung Association, 19 Dec, 7–10pm

The Dancing Forward discussions continue, this time inviting previous speakers to the panel to discuss the exploration of new opportunities in Malaysian contemporary dance. Roundtable will be conducted in a mix of languages. Admission is free, and registration is required (contact 016 357 9729/03 20 311 203 during office hours).

More info here.

 

Temiar: Customary Land Right & Environmental Protection, at University of Nottingham Chulan Tower, 19 Dec, 6–8pm

A screening of Jules Ong’s Fighting For Our Home documentary, followed by a panel discussion on the ongoing plight of the Temiar people in accessing land tenure rights and environmental protection. Gerai OA will also be selling various Temiar craftworks, and proceeds go to the artisans.

Light refreshments provided. RSVP with praveena.chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my (by Monday, 17 Dec). Please note the event is in Chulan Tower on Jalan Conlay in KL, and not at the Semenyih campus.

More info here.

 

Dispersing Sublime: Towards a Bacterial Landscape, at Piyadasa Gallery, Cultural Centre of University of Malaya, 22 Dec–28 Feb

A bio-art exhibition exploring creative will when agency is shared between artist Nur Amira and bacteria. The exhibition opening will be in Jan 2019 (date to be confirmed). Visiting hours are Mon–Fri, 11am–5pm, upon appointment (contact simonsoon@um.edu.my).

Admission is free. More info here.

 

Christmas with Junji & David, at BoboKL, 23 Dec, 9pm

Every year as the Christmas season approaches, it’s always fun to soak up the season with this duo. Vocalist Junji Delfino and Bobo KL’s original resident pianist David Gomes team up for this show — it’ll likely include the usual Christmas songs, and a few original compositions by the duo as well. Tickets are RM60++ per entry, and RM150++ for premium seats with 3-course dinner.

More info here. Reservations recommended.

 

Andrea Fam: Contemporary Cambodian Art, at A+ Works of Art, 22 Dec, 3pm

In conjunction with the exhibition of Amy Lee Sanford and Tith Kanitha’s Break, Bind & Rebuild, Andrea Fam presents a talk on contemporary Cambodian art, while referencing the methods of the exhibiting artists. The talk with provide a brief introduction to the ecology of contemporary visual art in Cambodia. The talk will be followed by the book launch of ‘DO NOT GO INTO THE MIST, DO NOT GO BACK TO THE DARK, DO NOT STAND STILL’, also the title of Chong Kim Chiew’s earlier solo exhibition as a group of artists.

Admission is free. More info here.

 

Us / Them, at Now Theatre, 20–23 Dec

A devised theatre performance about migrant workers, with an empathetic story as much about ‘them’ as it is about ‘us’. Told in the voices of migrant workers and ‘our’ silence, with the hope that these invisible boundaries will cease. Devised over a period of two months by students from New Era College with director Ling Tang, 60 migrant workers, and discussants from various fields.

Performance is in Mandarin. The English script will also be provided. Tickets are RM20 each,  RSVP by contacting 012 507 1716 (Elaine) or 016 909 07525 (KC).

More info here.

 

Atomic Jaya, at Auditorium Bangunan Tun Tan Siew Sin, 20–22 Dec, 6–8pm

What would happen if Malaysia decides to build an atom bomb? This political satire was written by Huzir Sulaiman in the 90s, and continues to find relevance till this day. This theatre show will be performed by students from TAR University College’s Theatre Society.

Instagram here. Facebook event page here.

 

Xcidentally X’mas, at The Zhongshan Building, 22–23 Dec, 12–7pm

The various spaces within arts hub Zhongshan Building will be taking on the Christmas season with special offers, opportunities for last minute gift shopping, and displays within the many studios. The popular Bamboo Soba interactive food installation last seen at Urbanscapes will also return.

Admission is free. More info here.

 

The Edge, at Lot’ng, 8–23 Dec

This is a beautiful locally produced musical that explores the relationships and past of a man standing on the edge. Absolutely worth the watch, this award-winning show is now in its tenth anniversary and should not be missed. Seats are limited in this venue, so get your seats booked early. Tickets are RM58 (mid-week special tickets for 19 Dec: RM48).

More info here.

 

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