By Lainie Yeoh
The Narrow Bridge (film screening), at HELP College, 28 May, 8pm
Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia and Wayang Budiman are presenting a screening of Indonesian drama The Narrow Bridge. The film is directed by Chaerul Umam, and follows the story of a young Islamic teacher sent to work in a village full of corruption and immorality. Dr Norman Yusoff will be present to introduce the film, and host a discussion post-screening.
Film is in Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles. No admission charge. Doors open at 7:30pm. More info here.
PechaKucha Petaling Jaya Vol 5, at Common Ground Ara Damansara, 31 May, 7pm
The PechaKucha format is merciless quickfire presentation — each person gets to do 20 slides, in 20 seconds each. This edition sees many speakers from the creative industry, including Christopher Ling of Theatrethreesixty, singer-songwriter Bihzhu, and journalist Jahabar Sadiq who founded The Malaysian Insight.
Standard tickets are RM29 each (inclusive of a light dinner). More info here.
CounterCartographies Reading Group, at Malaysia Design Archive, 31 May, 8pm.
This monthly reading group aims to understand visual culture in relation to the politics of space. In this meeting, the texts discussed are Harriot Beazley’s ‘Vagrants Wearing Make-up’: Negotiating Spaces on the Streets of Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2002), and The Sexual Lives of Street Children in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2003).
It is recommended that you read the two essays before joining. More info and links here.
Christian Palencia Single Launch & Re-Debut at Alexis Bistro Ampang, 1 June, 10pm
Singer-songwriter Christian Palencia returns to the music scene with a new sound and a new single, Say Yes. He’ll be performing his earlier material, including songs from his days as The Last One Awake. Fans of Hamilton are in for a treat — Christian will be covering songs from the hit musical with Brian Chan and Aimee Choon.
More info here.
Chapter Two — Live Fact Reopening Showcase, June 2, 8pm.
Live Fact returns with a new venue, promising a better experience with more room and better equipment. This is a long awaited comeback for a prominent name in the local underground and independent music scene. Four bands will take the stage — Prasasti, Margasatwa, Tinnitux 耳鸣乐队, Jaggfuzzbeats, with a DJ set by Wei. Admission is RM25.
More info here.
We Speak of Love, by Revolution Stage, in Studio Revolution Stage, 1-3 June, 9:45pm
A rarity from Revolution Stage this fasting month: a play in English (likely includes Malay language too). Revolution Stage is an indie theatre company with its own space, allowing it room to experiment and stage more original productions. The play promises a look at the transient nature of relationships, and is timed to take place after terawih prayers. Tickets are RM20 each.
More info here.
Between The Lines, by The British Academy of Performing Arts, at British International School of Kuala Lumpur, 31 May – 3 June, 3pm & 8:30pm
A dramatic study of war seen through the eyes of a career soldier reaching the end of his days (and possibly sanity). This musical revue explores his experiences of war and their impact. The narrative is illustrated with numbers from musicals such as Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Pippin and Hamilton. This revue is the first of The Poppies Arts Series, an arts festival commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Armistice which brought World War 1 to an end.
Tickets begin at RM35. More info here.
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