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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (29 Oct – 4 Nov 2018)

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Man Bai, at No Black Tie, 30 Oct, 9pm

The award-winning singer songwriter Man Bai is best known for his hit single and karaoke staple, Kau Ilhamku. He also has three solo albums. Man Bai will be doing a one night performance in NBT with a special guest appearance by ‘Malaysian Godfather of Rock’ Rahim Maarof. Admission is RM74.

More info here.

 

Bach to Baroque, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, 31 Oct, 6:30pm

The Wicked Music People, known for their late Renaissance and Baroque music performances, take on their largest stage yet with MPO violinist Runa Baagöe. Programme of works by Bach, Marini, Schmelzer, Handel and more. Semi formal dress code applies. Tickets are a happy-hour steal at only RM37.

Call the MPO box office: 0323317007, or reserve tickets here. More info here.

 

Foxlore Walk on Water Home Tour, at Live Fact, 2 Nov, 8:20pm

Indie band Foxlore debuted their album Release Me, My Ghost two years ago. Since then, the band members have travelled, regrouped with new members, and are now here for a homecoming tour. They’ll be performing with rockers Segi and queercore band Shh…Diam! Admission is RM25.

More info here.

 

Art Critique with Jalaini Abu Hassan, at OUR ArtProjects, 3 Nov, 1:30pm

An art critique session with contemporary artist Jalaini Abu Hassan, also know as Jai, in conjunction with film director and writer Dain Said. This conversation is in conjunction with Jai’s solo exhibition Cerpan-Cerpen. Admission is free.

More info here.

 

Halal, Haram, at Cult Gallery, 1–12 Nov, by appointment only (except for the public programmes, listed below).

In support of Sisters in Islam’s work, twenty six artists pledge their works to this fundraising exhibition. It includes well-regarded artists like Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Yee I-Lann, and Jalaini Abu Hassan, with emerging artists such as Sophia Kamal, Nia Khalisa, Dinn Diran and others.

The opening of Halal, Haram is on 1 Nov (Thurs), 7:30pm, with a special performance of GRACE by Tess Pang. A conversation on Lived Realities of Female Artists and The Muslim Identity in Malaysia takes place 3 Nov (Sat) 4:30pm, with poet Sheena Baharudin, dancer Zamzuriah Zahari, and cartoonist Faizati Mohd Ali.

To RVSP, contact Azida at 017 457 5143 or email azida@sistersinislam.org.my. Sisters in Islam Facebook Page here. Appointments to visit the exhibition can be arranged by contacting suryani@cult.com.my.

 

IACT Film Festival, at IACT, 3–4 Nov, 1–8pm

The inaugural IACT film festival will screen the award-winning feature film Songlap, award-winning short film Lebih Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu, and a selection of student films in competition. Audience Choice Awards also apply. There will be a panel discussion Sunday 5pm, to discuss Sex in Films: Artistic of Exploitation? RM5 donation for an all-entry pass.

More info here. Facebook Page here.

 

Approaches to Site-Specific Performance in Japan, at Five Arts Centre, 4 Nov, 3pm

Playwright, performer and theatre educator Leow Puay Tin presents a talk about site-specific performances seen within a six-month duration in Japan. Performances selected have exciting concepts, and show promise in approaching social issues in interesting ways.

More info here.

Urbanscapes, in KL City, 3–18 Nov

Urbanscapes is Klang Valley’s longest running creative arts festival. This year it’ll be spread out over three weekends in multiple venues around Kuala Lumpur. There is a diverse line-up, with a mix of free and ticketed events.

Here are a few events with free admission: I highly recommend Dancing in Place, a delightful site-specific outdoor dance performance conceptualised and produced by Bilqis Hijjas in 2009. In Urbanscapes, the dances will take place along the River of Life area, with four new performances every weekend (be dressed for the weather and walking around KL). Promising list of performers, worth visiting every week.

You can also visit the queer-friendly Pondan Nation Party (Sun 4–8pm), part of the #REIMAGINEUS group exhibition. Students are also setting up Rex*periential Market in Chinatown to simulate the Chinatown of yore through a nostalgic, romanticised and very Chinese lens.

Urbanscapes FB events listings here.

 

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