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Thinking and Talking about Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia

Weekly Picks: Malaysia (17 – 23 Sept 2018)

PAN Productions presents Popgiler, at No Black Tie, 19–20 Sept, 9pm

A night of pop songs throughout the years, in the best jazz bar in town, with performances by award-winning vocal powerhouses Dina Nadzir, Elvira Arul, and Lynn Tan. The show is directed by Nell Ng, with musical direction by Dennis Law. Admission is RM70. Reservations recommended (03 2142 3737).

More info here. (This listing previously incorrectly stated that Kai Chalmers and Mia Sara Shauki would be performing)

 

Jejak Tabi Exchange Week 1, at Aswara, 20–23 Sept

Jejak Tabi Exchange: Wandering Asian Contemporary Performance is a platform to distribute contemporary performance knowledge. There are showcases, discussions, lectures and more available for practitioners and audience members from Asian cities to dive deep into the aesthetic, cultural and socio-political processes, context and histories in Asian performance-making. The entire line-up looks interesting — I would recommend the lectures with Mark Teh and Teuku Umar as I enjoy the amount of geekiness that goes into their work. That said, it looks like they’re in good company.

More info here.

 

Merdekarya Matches: Azmyl Yunor & Bayangan, at Merdekarya, 19 Sept, 9pm

Singer-songwriter Azmyl Yunor and neo-folk musician Bayangan will be performing, alongside open mic acts. Merdekarya now implements a cover charge, so it’s RM20 at the door. Don’t be mislead, it’s not a battle. The name just means both acts will be featured for the night. RM10 alcoholic drinks all night long.

More info here.

Travel With Mum, at Damansara Performing Arts Centre, 20–23 Sept

Based on a true story, this masked theatre play on filial piety returns to DPAC’s stage after its well-received run two years ago. The story follows 74-year-old Wang Yi-Min, who takes his 99-year-old mother on her first trip out of their hometown, in a journey across China.

Performed in Cantonese with English and Chinese surtitles. Tickets start at RM98 (RM88 for Dcard holders).

Tickets and info here.

Utopia x Dystopia: How Sci-fi shapes our view of the world, at The Bee, 19 Sept, 8pm

Science Cafe KL (which organises casual information sharing sessions with scientists) is trying something new. In collaboration with KL Book Appreciation Club, their panel discussion brings together authors and technologists to discuss how we view the world with technology, and to tackle a big question: Does technology create opportunities or destroy human values?

More info here.

Tiga 3, at KOTAK @ Five Arts Centre, 20–23 Sept

Two new performances (T H R E E and Perkhidmatan Bibir) by emerging artists, based on the objects of Sarong, Pottu, and wantan mee. Entry is by minimum donation of RM20, performances in English and Bahasa Melayu. Reservations recommended at fiveartscentre@gmail.com or 018- 202 8827.

More info here.

The Enigma of Hindu-Buddhist Art in Ancient Kedah: A Historical Discourse, at ILHAM Gallery, 22 Sept 3 pm.

Nasha Khaw’s presentation discusses the form and function of Hindu-Buddhist remains from Ancient Kedah, past opinions by scholars on their cultural origin, and present theories based on recent scholarship.

Image: Silver image of (unidentified) goddess of Bukit Batu Pahat.

More info here.

Meet PluralArtMag!, at OUR ArtProjects, 22 Sept, 6:15pm

A short conversation between PluralArtMag cofounder Pauling Gan, and art critic Lee Weng Choy, in conjunction with the exhibition Artists’ Workstations’. The speakers will discuss the magazine’s history and introduce the audience to the publication and its community, and also explore ‘Regarding the Reader’, a project about readers of art writing.

More info here.

And So I Watch You From Afar, at Live Fact, 23 Sept, 8pm

Called one of the leading bands in the post-rock genre, And So I Watch You From Afar is touring following the release of their latest LP, The Endless Shimmering. Expect a grand and frenetic blend of math-rock and punk soundscapes. Tickets are RM88 pre-sale (recommended), or RM100 at the door.

More info and tickets here. Preview music at their FB event page.

 

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