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Weekout: La Clique, The Swimming Pool Library, Lavo, Origin+Bloom, LaViCa

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin • 4 min read
Weekout: La Clique, The Swimming Pool Library, Lavo, Origin+Bloom, LaViCa
From circus cabarets to a gender-bending play and Halloween-filled delights, it's the beginning of year-end revelry!
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Circus cabaret show

La Clique

If you’re itching for a theatrical show filled with death-defying knife eaters, fire breathers, contortionists, aerialists and more, don’t miss La Clique, a show that blends circus, cabaret, comedy, and live music.

Performed to sold-out audiences in cities such as Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brighton, Montreal, and New York, La Clique features an international cast of nine talented artists accompanied by the four-piece La Clique Palais Orkestra. Audiences will feel like they’re part of the show because the stage is no larger than 3m wide!

Before you embark on a fun night filled with laughter and gasps, book a Show and Dine package to enjoy a pre-show dinner at Cut by Wolfgang Puck, db Bistro & Oyster Bar, Mott 32 or Yardbird, from $133++ per person.

Shows are held every Tuesday to Friday at 8pm; Saturday and Sundays at 4.30pm and 8pm, till Nov 7 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall C. Standard tickets start from $98. To book, visit www.marinabaysands.com/entertainment/shows/la-clique.

Gender-bending play
The Swimming Pool Library

Reflecting an unconventional rite of passage where society’s labels of gender and sexuality do not necessarily apply, The Swimming Pool Library is an immersive, multi-sensorial production that explores the relevance of society’s definitions of masculinity.

Journey along a rite of passage reflected through director Brian Gothong Tan’s intimate, surreal lens, featuring a live performance simultaneously livecast over the Internet, complemented by an exhibition and multimedia installation celebrating Tan’s visual arts aesthetic.

Produced by T:>Works (formerly TheatreWorks), the cast includes the likes of Karen Tan, Irfan Kasban, Umi Kalthum Bte Ismail, Lian Sutton Azizul “Izzy” Mahathir (a.k.a. Vanda Miss Joaquim) and Ronald Goh.

Live performances will be held at T:>Works stage on Oct 29 and 30 (8pm), and Oct 30 (3pm), at $35 per person. Tickets for the simultaneous digital livecast are at $15. There will also be a subsequent digital exhibition and multimedia installation from Jan 6 to 23 next year, free with registration.

For information and tickets, visit theswimmingpoollibrary.peatix.com.

EAT
Halloween Sunday brunch

Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

In the spirit of Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar will be serving a thematic Halloween Sunday Champagne Brunch with a fiendish menu to delight your inner ghoul.

Savour special dishes such as a charcoal pizza topped with savoury pumpkin puree, whipped ricotta, toasted sunflower seeds and candy corn, foie gras and beef short rib croquettes, and homemade squid ink fettuccine with sea urchin butter, salmon belly and crushed pistachio.

The restaurant will also be serving up some Halloween-themed desserts such as mini “brain” raspberry jelly, pumpkin cupcakes, cinnamon cheesecake, pumpkin pie verrine and more. These dishes will be served alongside the regular brunch staples including fresh seafood from the raw bar, free-flow champagne, Peroni beer, and cocktails such as Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Singapore Slings.

Lavo Sunday Champagne Brunch — Halloween Edition will take place on Oct 31 from 12pm to 3pm and is priced at $98++ per person and $188++ per person (with free flow Veuve Clicquot champagne). Children aged four to 10 can also join in the festivities at $38++ per person. Reservations are required for dine-in. Email [email protected] or call 6688 8591.

Halloween-themed treats
Origin+Bloom

From now till Nov 1, pick up some ghoulish baked goods from Origin+Bloom at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby Tower 3. Halloween-themed favourites include the Booooba Tea ($12); Classic Salted Chocolate Ghost Muffin ($5); or fun buns like the herb-infused focaccia Mask ($5), Sourdough ($9) or Sweet Pumpkin Bun ($4.50). Do also check out Halloween-themed brews from its biweekly coffee series available till Nov 7. For enquiries, visit marinabaysands.com/restaurants/origin-and-bloom or call 6688 8588.

TALK
Accessible and affordable online therapy

LaViCa

No time to schedule a counselling session, or just too shy to face a therapist in the flesh? Newly-launched online therapy app LaViCa (which means La Vida Calma) offers easy and affordable access to qualified local therapists from the comfort of your smartphone.

Available for download via the App Store, Google Play, or on lavica.io, the intuitive app will match you with the right specialist based on your bio, where you can book sessions right away without subscribing. From as little as $29/week for asynchronous texting, or $79 a session for real-time counselling (through text, audio or video messaging), one-on-one consultations are available at a fraction cost typically associated with therapy.

The app also allows users to curate their journey to positivity by building productive routines through a suite of helpful tools such as emotion check-ins, focus questions and journalling.

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