By Lainie Yeoh
NINE Theatre Festival, at Sunway University Rooftop Theatre, 21 & 22 May
The students from the Diploma in Performing Arts 2016 of Sunway University offer a wide selection of staged performances, readings, and site-specific installations in this festival. The themes explored are Love, Time & Death.
Individual shows are RM15, a festival pass is RM30. Book your tickets ahead to ensure a seat.
More info on the festival here
AIIA Improv Jam, at Crackhouse Comedy Club, 21 May 9pm
If you want to try your hand at improv, AIIA has a monthly gig to get you started. Through a mixture of games and improv exercises, everyone can begin their journey here. Newbies are also welcome to join.
Entry by minimum donation of RM20. More info here.
Retrospective Month: Cinematographers, at Cinephilia, May 2018
Cinephilia centres cinematography in their screenings this month, with various career-spanning retrospectives of master cinematographers. Acclaimed Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist, known for his work with director Ingmar Bergman, will be featured 21–25 May. Notable British cinematographer Dick Pope will be featured next, 26–27 May.
Kaya at Merdekarya, 26 May, 9pm
Rock band Kaya has launched a new album, On Toast, and their latest single So Right recently made its debut on Malaysian radio. Time to listen to some fresh new music by the band. The show starts at 9pm, but open mic may begin before.
There is no cover charge at Merdekarya, but you do have to purchase a drink (prices at Merdekarya are affordable). Tables also feature tip jars for the band — do give generously.
More info here.
The local, the regional, and the cosmopolitan in Buddhist Melayu architecture and culture: Viewing old Kedah from Srivijaya-Palembang, Malayu-Muara Jambi, and old Singapura, by Imran Tajudeen, at Malaysia Design Archive, 26 May, 3pm
This two-part talk by architecture historian Dr Imran bin Tajudeen (NUS) covers Buddhist Malay Architecture and Culture, by examining Indic temple architectures during the Buddhist (and Hindu) period of Malay history. This talk aims to look beyond the narrow confines of nationalist narratives and the political boundaries of today. Stay for the Q&A, at 5:30pm.
More info here.
BoboNose, at Bobo KL, 25 & 26 May, 9:30pm
If you’d like to experience a little bit of everything, this promises a variety of performances and personality. Expect music, performances, drag shows, spoken word and more. Elvira Arul, who recently emerged champion in Mentor Otai, is the featured music artist on both nights.
Cover charge of RM40++ (RM25++ for Bobo diners)
More info here.
Music From Anime, by Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur Children’s Chorus, at
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, 25 May 8:30pm and 26–27 May 3pm
A selection of music from many animated works, including those of Studio Ghibli. This year’s MPO anime concert features music like Symphonic Variation Merry-Go-Round + Cave of Mind from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kimi Wo Nosete from Laputa: The Flying Island and Sanpo from My Neighbour Totoro. Conducted by Naohisa Furusawa. Tickets begin at RM120, and dress code applies.
More info and tickets available here.
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