Hello, February!

Published on 28 January 2018

Things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in Febuary!

By JO TAN

HUAYI — CHINESE FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2018

While dubbed a ‘Chinese festival of arts’, this annual outing is constantly exploring the expanding borders of what Chinese culture means. Among the highlights this year: an actress of Spanish descent features in a play about ‘Chinese’ people examining their identity; a prince of Kun Opera performs in a car park; and a theatre company known for its penchant for the classics collaborates with a contemporary dance group. 23 February-4 March, various venues at the Esplanade.

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EVITA

his classic charts the true historical tale of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which led her to be heralded the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. The iconic musical has won over 20 major awards, and this particular production landing on our shores is helmed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. 23 February-11 March, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm. Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.

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BLOOD CHUTNEY BY KARTHIK KUMAR

Lemonade out of lemons? Comedian Karthik Kumar takes the punches life throws his way and turns them into punchlines. Watch this simultaneously hilarious and heart-wrenching stand-up performance born of Kumar’s difficult personal situations for a dose of substance packaged with laughs. 24 February, 7pm, SOTA Studio Theatre.

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A DATE WITH DWAYNE — LET’S GO STEADY!

Take a peek into the home of actor/director/writer Dwayne Lau. The layout of Lau’s house is recreated in the black box theatre, and audiences can inhabit each corner from the bedroom cupboards to the toilet. With a stellar team including director Pam Oei and fellow cast members Siti Khalijah, Ethel Yap and Ryan Ang, expect vignettes about love this Valentine’s season, whether about Uncle Muthu the Love Guru, a retired tai-tai, or a bereaved son. See p18. 23 & 24 February, Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, ITE College Central Black Box.

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KUMAR50

Singapore’s original queen of comedy turns a fabulous 50 and unleashes a half-century’s worth of mad material to make audiences cackle like never before. Expect Kumar to spill the beans and dish the dirt on his years as a top student, top signaller in National Service, Haw Par Villa performer, and Drag Queen. To add to the hilarity, his fellow lip-synching showgirls will make an appearance, and so will your cocktails of choice as drinks are allowed in the theatre. 28 February-11 March, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm. Capitol Theatre.

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CHRIS BOTTI

Come soak in the soulful sounds of Chris Botti, Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and the largest-selling American instrumental artist with four No 1 albums. Even if you’re not a massive jazz fan, you’ll love the soaring musical imagination of this maestro who has transcended genres to work with Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli and even Frank Sinatra. 26 February, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall.

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AI-LING LEE

While we talk about going to watch a movie, a big part of the experience is hearing one too. Ai-Ling Lee is a lauded Singapore-born, Hollywood-based sound editor and audio engineer responsible for our aural enjoyment of various high-profile films. Find out more about how sound affects film language in her seminar. 7 February, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Workshop Space, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film.

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AUDIO ACHIEVEMENTS

The Hollywood films Ai-Ling Lee has worked on include Spider-Man 2, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Maze Runner and Deadpool.

Among numerous wins and nominations, Lee was nominated in two categories at the 2017 Oscars for her work on La La Land.

She is the first Asian woman to be nominated at the Oscars for sound editing. Moreover, she and colleague Mildred Iatrou Morgan are also the first all-female team to be nominated in their category.

After completing a vocational course in sound engineering, Lee left Singapore for Los Angeles at the age of 19 to seek her fortune — she’s certainly made waves!

CANDICE DE ROZARIO

This versatile actress/singer has been performing on stage for almost two decades, doing everything from opera in last year’s The Flying Dutchman to fronting a heavy metal band. This month, she plays a glitzy jazz singer in dinner theatre show, Diva to the Death, written and directed by Jonathan Lim and co-starring Audrey Luo as a getai sensation. Selected dates between 2 February–2 March, 9.30pm. MONTI at 1–Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay.

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CANDICE BE TRUE?

Candice de Rozario, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who once fronted a death metal band, is now the vocalist for metal band Sangriento, which drops its album, Blood Pact, in the middle of this year.

Fans of her metal music might be surprised to know she attended a private Christian university in the United States.

One of her first roles in Singapore was the musical, Women on Canvas, also by Diva to the Death writer/director, Jonathan Lim.

“After training/working six days a week, Sundays are for sleeping in, moments of solitude and Mornings with a good cup of coffee.”

LEONA HUI
TEAM SINGAPORE BOXER, SEA GAMES MEDALLIST AND BUSINESS OWNER

It’s FREE!

Proving that talent runs in the family is JAMMING WITH DAD, an event where kids perform with their fathers. Come catch some intergenerational inspiration and top tunes! 25 February, 3pm-6pm, One KM Mall.

Information here

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