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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (9 – 15 July 2018)

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Sesi Diskusi Buku KAOS NOL, Lit Books, 11 July 7pm

This book club meets every two weeks to discuss books that focus on theatre and the performing arts. This time, the group will be examining In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Junichiro Tanizaki. Session moderated by Juno HF & Ridhwan Saidi. Do purchase drinks at the book store during this event.

More info here.

IF WALLS COULD TALK vol. 51 ft Salleh Ben Joned & Anna Salleh, The Gaslight KL, 12 July 8pm

Each Walls open mic poetry session is an occasion. The featured acts for this night are musician Anna Salleh, and cinematic instrumental rock band Deepset. Bernice Chauly, director of George Town Literary Festival, will be reading Salleh Ben Joned’s poetry. Going early is usually recommended for Walls. Cover charge is RM20 and includes a drink.

More info here.

This event previously listed Salleh Ben Joned as a featured act, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the poet will not be able to attend.

Company, klpac, 12–14 July, 8:30pm (and 3pm Saturday)

PAN Productions returns with a staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, Company. Over the years, PAN has established itself as providers of the year’s most prominent musicals on KL’s stages. This production highlights veteran performers Peter Ong as Bobby and Junji Delfino as Joanne. Peter Ong will be reprising his role, after performing it to critical acclaim in Singapore. Tickets begin at RM158.

More info available at PAN’s Facebook Page. Tickets available here.

A History of Early Islamic Ideology and Coinage in the Veneration of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Rumah Attap Library and Collective, 12 July 8pm

Through textual sources and coinage, this talk provides some suggestions on how Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came to be centred in Muslim piety and worship today. Presented by Qaleeda Talib, who is currently reading History at University of Oxford.

Image: Gold Coin of Caliph Abd al-Malik, ca. 696-97, British Museum

More info here.

The Music of: Utada Hikaru, The Bee, 13 July 8pm
To celebrate the return of Utada Hikaru after an 8-year hiatus, 10 musicians will perform songs ranging from the pop singer’s debut days to her latest tunes in this tribute night. The complete lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but two of the vocalists are singer-songwriter Beverly Matujal and Gan HW.

Tickets are RM40 per entry (RM50 +1 drink).

More info here.

 

Hanna Alkaf Talk and Q&A, Kinokuniya, 14 July 12pm

With an ‘unapologetically Malaysian’ young adult novel due to be published by Simon & Schuster next year, Hanna Alkaf is one to watch out for. Link to announcement here, but all the info is already on the flyer. You can also follow the author on Twitter.

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