Things to do, watch, listen this week: 1 to 7 Nov
Halloween may be over, but this week’s recs retain a darker feel as we head into November. We start with a variety show that handles end-of-life discussions with kid gloves; get a little jazzy, hellish, then colourful towards the middle; then round things off in filmic fashion with a feast of European flicks at The Projector. Read on to find out how to start your month off right.
This variety show aims to shed positive light on a subject that is almost taboo in so many cultures: how we deal with the end of life. A sandiwara-style drama unfolds over three episodes, tracking three siblings as they grapple with the loss of their mother whilst caring for their father. Experts in palliative care, social work and the law mull over the issues raised in a live panel discussion after each episode. The show is hosted by popular personalities Hatta Said and Gloria Tan, while the line-up includes Radio Dukacita, Pantang, Sukar (Melepaskan) and live music by Khairul Afwan. This live event is on from 5 to 7 Nov at the Aliwal Arts Centre, and will also be streamed. Find out more about Kata-Kata Kita here.
JASSO Pinnacle Concert 2021: Le Grand Jazz – A Celebration of the Music of Michel Legrand and Beyond
An evening of great jazz music is in prospect on 5 Nov at Capitol Theatre as the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO) celebrates the work of Michel Legrand – the French composer, arranger, conductor and jazz pianist who, over a career spanning half a century, wrote more than 200 film and TV scores that garnered three Oscars, five Grammys and a Golden Globe. JASSO is led by local jazz legend Jeremy Monteiro, so expect top-quality musicianship all round. Find out more about JASSO Pinnacle Concert 2021: Le Grand Jazz here.
Haw Par Villa Hell’s Museum
The opening of the world’s first museum dedicated to exploring perspectives on death and the afterlife gives a new lease of life to Singapore’s oldest theme park. Specially curated displays and videos offer comparative insights into how communities around the world draw meaning from death and dying. You may be surprised by how much we all have in common! Spread over 3,800 sqm, this permanent exhibition also provides a deeper understanding of Haw Par Villa’s notorious 10 Courts of Hell. Find out more and get tickets for Haw Par Villa Hell’s Museum here.
A Very Small Exhibition by Malay Heritage Centre
Get along to the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) after dusk to see the former Istana light up like never before! MHC collaborated with artists from Very Small Exhibition (check out their social media pages to see how imaginatively they use light and colour to transform spaces) to create a simple but impactful installation, making use of existing light fixtures to transform the ordinary into extraordinary. This installation, created in conjunction with World Mental Health Day, is free to view from 6–10pm until the end of the month. Find out more about A Very Small Exhibition by Malay Heritage Centre here.
German Film Festival 2021
Goethe-Institut Singapore and The Projector present the 25th edition of one of the longest-running foreign film festivals in Singapore – featuring a feast of flicks to watch at the cinema or at home. Among the dozen movies on offer is The Goldfish (Die Goldfische), in which a high-rolling fund manager crippled by a car accident recruits a bunch of misfits in his rehabilitation facility to help smuggle illegal earnings across the border. Free Country (Freies Land) is a bleak crime thriller set in the dog days of the East German regime, while Berlin Alexanderplatz gives an unvarnished account of a good man pulled into Berlin’s underworld when it proves impossible to make an honest living as an undocumented migrant. In a totally different vein, Undine (pictured) is a melodramatic tale of romance and betrayal that won top prize at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. Find out more about the German Film Festival 2021 here.
(Photos: Zinkie Aw, Jazz Association (Singapore), Journeys Pte. Ltd., Malay Heritage Centre, Schramm Film)