Weekly Picks: Malaysia (4–10 June 2018)


Zalila Lee
at Merdekarya, 6 June, 9pm

Singer-songwriter Zalila Lee returns to Merdekarya. This performer is a versatile talent, but for her solo performances, you can generally expect folk-blues with a boom voice and soul cutting lyrics. 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 featured act — do give generously.

Event is listed on Merdekarya’s Facebook.

Oral Fixation at InTun Nation, 7 June 8:30pm

This spoken word event is a monthly platform for performances of spoken word and other forms of recitations. Monologues, lines from Shakespeare and poetry recitals are also welcome, and those who wish to perform are welcomed to register ahead. This edition of Oral Fixation features poet Muhammad Zhafir, whose spoken word is influenced by hip hop in storytelling. Tickets are RM15 at the door.

Zhafir’s photograph is by Praveen Kumar. More info on the event here.

NYK at Alexis Bistro Ampang, 8–9 June, 10pm

This young singer has been making waves in the local music scene with his R&B/pop music. Sexually charged singles FWB (Friends With Benefits) and Make It On Me are doing well on music streaming services. Dress code applies (no shorts/slippers). Cover charge RM10++.

More info here.

ILHAM Conversations: The Creative Process, at ILHAM Gallery, 9 June 3pm

In this new ILHAM cross-cultural series, arts practitioners from different disciplines are invited to share and explore their creative process in conversation. The first speakers are renowned theatre director and performer Jo Kukathas (Instant Café Theatre), and filmmaker Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, best known for his excellent film Jagat.

More info here.

Franco Mella Documentary Screening at Rumah Attap Library, 9 June, 7:30pm

Organised by Amateur, this screening is a documentary about activist Franco Mella, an Italian Roman Catholic priest and Maoist social activist. The documentary looks at his political activism, and (troubled) travels between Hong Kong and mainland China. A Q&A with the director Kong King Chu is available after the screening (go for the big questions, this audience enjoys difficult discussions).

English subtitles available. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
More info here.

Dancing Forward 4: A Round Table For Dance: Choreographic Directions in Contemporary Dance at Selangor and KL Kwang Tung Association, 9 June 2pm
A roundtable discussion helmed by three notable dance practitioners, Faillul Adam, Wong Jyh Shyong and Bilqis Hijjas. Faillul will offer insights into contemporary dance at ASWARA; JS Wong will share his personal experiences and thoughts on current choreographic environment and available platforms; and Bilqis will lend her thoughts on process-driven dance projects. The speakers will also discuss their experiences working with dramaturgs.This session hopes to spur creative dialogue within the arts community.

Admission is free. Registration is required (016 357 9729 or 03 2031 1203)

More info here.

IF WALLS COULD TALK Vol 50, at The Gaslight KL, 9 June, 9pm

Everyone’s favourite poetry open mic in Klang Valley turns three! This will be a party, following the usual format of open mic and featured acts. SEA Write award recipient Lim Swee Tin and singer-songwriter Russell Curtis are featured tonight. It will also be hosted by Walls founders, poets Melizarani and Will Beale. Cover charge is RM20 and includes one drink. Best to turn up early as Walls can get packed pretty fast.

More info here.

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