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SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Get ready for a whole lot of fun and Cyndi Lauper music when Kinky Boots makes its debut in Singapore. Based on a book by Harvey Fierstein, this Broadway musical hit is inspired by the true story of a beautiful friendship between two unlikely characters. Charlie Price befriends drag queen Lola at a time when his family’s shoe business is going through tough times. As it happens, Lola and her friends need some sturdy stilettos for their performances.

Date: Oct 5 to 14
Time: Tuesday to Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 2pm and 8pm; Sunday: 1pm and 6pm
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Admission: Ticket pricing (excludes booking fee)
VIP Reserve: $185
A Reserve: $155
B Reserve: $125
C Reserve: $95
D Reserve: $65
VIP Box (for 4 seats): $740
Box Seat (for 4 seats): $500


Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
This first collaboration between the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum will display more than 130 works re-examining minimalism’s origins. A key feature is the ongoing engagement of minimal art with Asian art and spirituality in the work of Asian, American and European artists. 

The Gallery will explore the development of minimal art and ideas from the 1950s to the present day, tracing its shift from painting to sculpture and then to spatial installations and immersive
environments. Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma will also be showcasing his new commission. 

ArtScience Museum will explore the impact and legacies of minimalist sound and experimental composition within a dedicated sound room. 

Special programmes at both venues will feature music, film, dance and interactive installation, showing the close engagement of other art forms with Minimalism. Further details to be announced.

Dates: Nov 16, 2018 to April 14, 2019
Venues: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum

Hybrid Brain
Contemporary artist Entang Wiharso explores the issues of identity, belonging and being “others” in a mobile society. Wiharso worked on Hybrid Brain in two places — Yogyakarta and Rhode Island, the US, where he and his family have been living between since 1977. His sense of belonging and un-belonging are reflected in his work through the use of vivid colours, glitter, collage, ink and even car paint. 

Dates: Now to Oct 21
Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am to 7pm
Venue: Mizuma Gallery. 22 Lock Road #01-34. Gillman Barracks

Searching
Asian American actors take the lead in this thriller whose premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year received positive reviews. John Cho plays David Kim who after the death of his wife finds it difficult to connect with his daughter Margot (Michelle La). As the distance between them widens, Margot goes missing. While searching for her, David discovers the life his daughter has been living. Also stars Debra Messing and Joseph Lee. The movie opens on Sept 27.


A Star is Born

This classic movie that had two remakes (1937 and 1976) is already creating Oscar buzz for its lead actress Lady Gaga. She plays Ally, a yet-to-be discovered singer-songwriter. Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, the heavy-drinking country singer who encourages Ally to step into the limelight. The difference in this release is the treatment of the characters and how romance blossoms. Do watch the 1976 version that stars Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand first so that you have a basis for comparison to decide which version you prefer. The movie opens on Oct 4.

Hits of Chinese Music II: Plucked Strings
Following on the successful 2017 Hits of Chinese Music, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will host a one-night only “sequel”. Led by SCO music director Tsung Yeh, this concert is a tribute to the pioneers of our Chinese music scene. It presents the yangqin, pipa, liuqin, zhongruan, sanxian, daruan and guzheng in a  variety of formats, from duet and sectional chamber to full orchestra. 

Date: Sept 29
Time: 8pm
Venue: SCO Concert Hall
Admission: Ticket prices (before SISTIC fees): $88, $68, $58, $38/$25*, $20** *Concession price *Restricted view seats
*Concession price
*Restricted view seats

This article appeared in Issue 849 (Sept 24) of The Edge Singapore.

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