Weekly Picks: Malaysia (25 June – 1 July 2018)

Malam Sayu Berpuisi, at klpac, 27 June, 8:30pm

A night performance held outdoors on klpac’s grounds, by the banyan tree. Poets will be accompanied with improvised music by duo Feel Tu Penting. Poets for the night feature a mix of spoken word poets and theatre people — but all will be performing, and not reading, their work.. This show is hosted by Jad Hidhir, and curated by Veshalini Naidu.

There will be no sound system or shelter provided (maybe a giant banana leaf), so bring your own umbrella/raincoat. Free entry, but donations are welcome.

More info here.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT — A Night of Radio Hits!, at klpac, 28 June – 7 July, 8:30pm and Sundays 3pm

Presented by PAN Productions, this show features chart-topping music from the 1950s till present day hits. Performers from the musical theatre scene include Nikki Palikat, Dina Nadzir, and many more. Directed, written and choreographed by Nell Ng, music direction by Dennis Law. Tickets begin at RM158.

More info here.

Late Night RAIIA Special, at Crackhouse Comedy Club KL, 28 June, 9pm

AIIA Improv, KL’s only improv comedy troupe with regular performances, returns with a late night raya-themed night. They will be performing in their raya clothes, so feel free to celebrate with them and dress along to the theme. Doors open at 8pm, and tickets are RM40 at the door (RM30 online).

More info here.

Soun(d)ance 13, at RAW Art Space, 28 June, 8:30pm

This experimental monthly series combines improvisation between dancers and musicians from a wide range of genres. This edition features dancers Kimberly Yap and SueKi Yee, and music by His Hubris (tenor saxophone+electronics).

More info here.


The Propositions Are Go!, at Merdekarya, 30 June, 8pm

The Propositions are debuting their fresh new EP The Propositions are Go!, featuring their catchy new single You Are The Light (check out the music video here). The band currently comprises of Ian Tai, Brendan de Cruz, Hilmy Amin, and Ruben Kelvin.

Also performing: singer-songwriter Azmyl Yunor (and emcee for the night) and indie rock quartet Skies Are Red.

More info here.

ILHAM Conversations: Zakariya Amataya, at ILHAM Gallery, 30 June 3pm

Thai Malay poet and SEA Write Award recipient Zakariya Amataya will speak about his poetry and new literary journal, The Melayu Review (a collection of stories, poems, photography, and art relating to the Patani region). Zakariya’s poetry is also featured on artwork in ILHAM’s Patani Semasa exhibition.

Admission is free. ILHAM Gallery is also hosting Tari Asyik at 5pm (see below).

More info here.

Music at ILHAM: Tari Asyik, at ILHAM Gallery, 30 June 5pm

In conjunction with the launch of Pusaka’s website (an online archive of traditional/ritual performances in Malaysia), ILHAM Gallery and Pusaka present the Tari Asyik of Kelantan. Tari Asyik is a Kelantanese court dance with roots in the Sultanate of Patani in the 17th century — a suitable match for the current Patani Semasa exhibition.

Performers are the dancers of Jalinan Seni Tanah Merah, Kelantan, accompanied by musicians led by master gendang player, Pak Su Agel.

The show starts at 5:30pm after the website launch, but given the popularity of both ILHAM and Pusaka events, it would be wise to attend early if you want a seat. Standing room is available too. Free admission.

More info here.

The Definitive Rat Pack, at Hilton KL, 1 July, 7:30pm

A night of nostalgia with the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr — performed by Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel. Also known as Sinatra and Friends, the performers are the original Olivier Award-nominated cast of West End’s 2003 premier, and will be accompanied by a 9-piece band. Ticket prices begin at RM188.

More info here.

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