Savouring Singapore
Back for its 24th instalment is the Singapore Food Festival, an event that celebrates the flavours of Singapore. Aptly titled Savour Singapore in Every Bite, this event promises to delight you with immersive dining experiences. In all, there will be up to 20 gastronomic events that celebrate our heritage and food and the people who work tirelessly and passionately to keep the local culinary flames alive.
Date: July 14 to 30
Admission: Prices vary according to venue.
Venue: Islandwide

Twisted wished
Hell breaks loose in Annabelle director John Leonetti’s new supernatural horror movie Wish Upon, which opens in Singapore on July 13. This will be the third horror production starring actress Joey King, who also featured in James Wan’s Conjuring and Quarantine. The screenplay for Wish Upon by Barbara Marshall made it to Hollywood’s Black List in 2015. The film also stars Sherilyn Fenn from Twin Peaks and Shannon Purser of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

King plays the film’s young heroine, Claire Shannon, who is given a mysterious music box that promises to grant seven wishes. While her life begins to improve dramatically as a result, little does she know that these wishes come with a gruesome price, inflicting violence and death on the people closest to her.

Family funday
Take the kids out for a hands-on cultural experience at the Playeum Children’s Centre of Creativity, where a workshop titled Create Your Own Eye Weaver will be held on July 30 for kids aged five to 12. Originating from the Huichol Indians of Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains, this form of special weaving requires only everyday materials to create new and intricate designs. The workshop fee includes a full day’s admission to the centre, where Playeum will be holding its Making It Home exhibition until Oct 29.

Date: July 30, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Admission: $43.50 per adult/child pair
Venue: Playeum Children’s Centre of Creativity,
47 Malan Road, #01-23 Gillman Barracks

For the purists
 Those looking for some easy listening should attend the Tim De Cotta & The Warriors concert. The music is a mix of Maxwell, John Legend, Common and Mos Def as De Cotta draws his influences from these artistes. A vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer, De Cotta is also a highly sought-after sessionist who has played alongside Intriguant, The Good Life Project and more.

Date: July 15, 11.30pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio

A  batch worth waiting for
Romance, black comedy and horror-thriller meet in The Bad Batch, which opens on July 27 — long after it premiered in September 2016 at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. Set in a dystopian Texan desert wasteland inhabited by a community of cannibals, the film is written and directed by newcomer Ana Lily Amirpour, who is perhaps best known for her feature film debut, Iranian vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, three years ago.

The Bad Batch brings together a riveting all-star cast comprising British supermodel Suki Waterhouse, who plays amputee-protagonist Arlen, and prominent American male co-actors Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa. Unlike the CG-saturated big-budget movies of today, it combines both practical and digital special effects that, according to Amirpour, focus on amplifying real-world visual beauty with computer graphics and, for the most part, good old make-up and camerawork.

Soldier on
Frago is a play for all NS men, past, present and future. Written by Luca Ho, the story revolves around a group of army buddies meeting up for the seventh year in reservist training. The play is an interesting take on how the years have shaped these boys as they struggle with issues as relationships, babies, ageing parents and careers. Frago stars 11 actors who give us a rare glimpse of the unspoken pressures, fears and desires of Singaporean men when duty calls.

Dates: July 13 to 23, 8pm (Tuesday to Saturday);
3pm matinee (Saturday and Sunday)
Admission: $45 (excludes Sistic booking fee)
Venue: Drama Centre Black Box, National Library Level 5

The art of National Defence
Celebrating 50 years of National Service and as a tribute to servicemen both past and present, the Singapore Art Society presents a two-week exhibition as part of its Commemorating NS50 through Art initiative. Defending Our Country, Protecting Our Homes showcases original artist interpretations of life in NS in conjunction with works that are connected to The Arts House, where the NS (Amendment) Act was passed on March 14, 1967.

Date: Now until July 16, 10am to 8pm
Admission: Free
Venue: The Arts House,
1 Old Parliament Lane, Gallery I

 This article appeared in Issue 787 (July 10) of The Edge Singapore.