Things to do, watch, listen this week: Nov 2 to 8

Things to do, watch, listen this week: Nov 2 to 8

Start the month on a high note with a dose of arts and culture. Catch actress Siti Khalijah Zainal’s live, one-woman performance on her journey in theatre, explore works of art by five Cultural Medallion recipients, or travel back in time to learn about the Malay women’s movement. Read on for our recommendations of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.   


An Actress Prepares

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Don’t miss popular actress and 2014 Young Artist Award recipient Siti Khalijah Zainal in this restaging of her well-received one-woman show about her journey in theatre. The play, commissioned for the Singapore Writers Festival in 2016, traces her life and pursuit of theatre, from learning Chinese dance in primary school to being told she might not land roles because of her size or ethnicity. This restaging will be performed live at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre in Funan Mall and it runs until 22 Nov. Get your tickets to An Actress Prepares here.  

Visual Arts 

Shaping Dreams

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Admire the works of not one, but five Cultural Medallion recipients at this art exhibition organised by the STPI Gallery. The show, which runs until 15 Nov, features works by trailblazers in Singapore’s art scene: late-Chinese ink artist Chua Ek Kay, pioneering collagist Goh Beng Kwan, leading sculptor Han Sai Por, performance artist Amanda Heng, and famed watercolour artist Ong Kim Seng. Plan your visit to Shaping Visions here.    


Malay Pioneer Series: Women In Action

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Take a trip down memory lane and discover the struggles and breakthroughs of the Malay women’s movement from the 1920s to the 1970s in this exhibition at Serangoon Public Library. On until the end of the month, the show spotlights pioneering women and organisations in the Malay community from the period. Learn more about the Malay Pioneer Series: Women In Action here


Opera Green

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Catch local TV celebrity and Teochew opera troupe owner Nick Shen in this new video art installation where he plays an opera character. The video is one of Singaporean artist Kray Chen’s installations at his upcoming solo exhibition, Hot Temple, at FOST Gallery from 6 Nov to 3 Jan 2021. Learn more about Opera Green and the exhibition Hot Temple here.   


An Affinity With Nature! 

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Let loose and relax with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra as they livestream their latest concert. Featuring the works of 2017 Cultural Medallion recipient Law Wei Lun and acclaimed erhu musician and composer Liu Tianhua, the concert premieres 6 Nov and will be available online until 15 Nov. Grab your tickets to a rhapsodic evening with An Affinity with Nature! here.   

(Photos: Wild Rice, STPI Gallery, National Library Board, FOST Gallery, Singapore Chinese Opera)

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