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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (22–28 October 2018)

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The 11th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2018, at Publika, 22–28 Oct

This annual environmental film festival has been here since 2008, and grown over the years in breadth. It tackles a whole host of critical environmental issues, including wildlife protection, pollution, indigenous rights, sustainability and more. This year, KLEFF offers more than 99 international and local films, with discussions after screenings. There are also workshops, games, a marketplace of environmentally-conscious goods, and a new component addressing the Act for Sustainable Development Goals (A4SDGs). Catch the music performances if you can, they usually have a good selection.

More info here.

 

Heroes, at The British Academy of Performing Arts, 23–28 Oct.

A comedy play about war veterans in a retirement home, helmed by veterans Patrick Teoh and Thor Kah Hoong with newcomer Paul M Baker. Three grumpy and hilarious old men messing around in demented chaos, loosely organised by award-winning director Gavin Yap. Heroes received the award for Best New Comedy in the prestigious Olivier Award in 2006. Admission is RM75 (RM65 concessions).

More info here.

 

Crafting Futures, at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 23 Oct, 9am–5pm

As part of Crafting Futures, British Council is hosting the Regional Craft Forum with a focus on generating economic empowerment for women. This regional platform gathers various stakeholders to share learnings, ideas, create networks and advocate for crafts. Admission is free.

RSVP here. More info here.

 

Feedback Open Mic ft Anna 莊啟馨 and the Bakars, at The Bee, 23 Oct, 8pm

Feedback Open Mic is a lovely open mic series — it’s usually a good way to catch some surprising new music acts. This edition is recommended; the featured acts are singer-songwriter Anna Chong, always a powerful performer, and The Bakars, a country-folk band with new material to present. Admission is free.

More info here.

 

Short + Sweet Malaysia: Theatre, at klpac, 24–27 Oct

The Short + Sweet festival reaches the Theatre category this week. The festival in its 11th year in Malaysia, and the Theatre category has been a part of the festival since the beginning. Come catch a selection of ten-minute plays competing against each other for the coveted awards. There will be judges, but your vote matters too.

More info here.

 

Presenting Vintage Vocals – Ashley Chan, Lynn Tan & Yvonne Chong, at The Gaslight KL, 25 Oct, 9pm

A night of music with three female vocalists redefining triad chords or classic vocal harmonies to interpret a selection of pop music old and new — from P Ramlee, to Kimbra and The Chordettes. Lead and backed by Muhammad Nazrin on guitars, Raja Farouk on double bass, Cliff Wong on drums, with vocal arrangement by Yvonne Chong and yonlynn. Admission is RM30 (inclusive of one drink).

More info here.

 

Gol & Gincu 2 Charity Screening, at GSC Midvalley, 25 Oct, 8pm

A film about women, futsal, and meaningful bonds, starring Diana Dianelle and Ummi Nazeera as university students who start off with a deep loathing for each other. This reboot of the popular and critically-acclaimed first Gol & Gincu (which also spawned a popular tv series) has a feminist streak, and this special event will raise funds for Sisters in Islam and the vital work they do in Malaysia for justice and equality.

Minimum donation of RM60 for Single Seat and RM150 for (limited) Twin Seats. Limited seats are on first come first serve basis. Tax exempt receipts are available for contributions made. More info here.

 

Bicara Seniman Dr Diane Butler, at Art Galeri Petronas, 25 Oct, 3pm

This event is two-part: a performance by Diane Butler with workshop participants, followed by a discussion between Diane, Mariana Isa (Architect and heritage building conservationist) and Nadge Ariffin (Director Nusantara Academy of Development. Geocultures and Ethnolinguistics) addressing both academic and practical views. The artist talk will be moderated by Associate Prof. Dr Abdul Halim Husain (Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Aswara). Admission is free.

More info here.

ILHAM Conversations: Creatures of Near Kingdoms, at ILHAM Gallery, 27 Oct, 11am

Artist Sharon Chin and writer Zedeck Siew have produced an illustrated book of imaginary Southeast Asian plants and animals, Creatures of Near Kingdoms. The book is a gem to read, and garnering great reviews online. In this conversation, Sharon and Zedeck share their observations of the natural world, how we relate to myths and imagination, and why the local is perhaps the most difficult reality for Malaysians to visit. The session will be moderated by Sharaad Kuttan.Admission is free.

Images: Book Cover by Jun Kit. Bio/Profile Pictures by Shika Corona. More info here.

 

Flute & Piano Recital, at Russian Centre for Science & Culture, 27 Oct, 5pm

An early evening recital featuring National Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Foo Chie Haur and pianist Zhang Chi; with National Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Midori Suzuki as guest performer. Admission is upon RM35 donation (RM20 students). Programme of works by Boehm, Khachaturian and Moriacchi & Torriani. For reservations, email events@allegromusic.com.my

More info here.

 

Exhibition: Can / Cannot, at Lostgens Contemporary Art Space, 27 Oct – 8 Nov, 1–6pm (closed Mondays)

A site-specific installation with architectural photography and sound, by Maike Häusling in cooperation with Goh Lee Kwang. The cityscape of Kuala Lumpur is photographically portrayed and interwoven with movable paperworks and sound collage.

The opening is this Saturday 8pm. Make sure you check out the other storeys in the building, from Aku Cafe to artist space Mou Tou at the rooftop, when you visit.

More info here.

 

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