Say what?

Trust Epigram Book's founder Edmund Wee to get cheeky. ...

Dark matters

The T'ang Quartet is releasing its first album in more than a decade - and it's its darkest yet. ...

West End star Jeon shines in epic musical

THE Korean musical star Na-Young Jeon is the best thing about the folktale-turned-musical The Great Wall: One Woman's Journey. As the lead in this original Singapore production by Glowtape Productions, she is incandescent physically and vocally, and carries much of the 2½-hour epic on her...

Unvarnished portrait of National Service

ONE would be hard-pressed to find a new realist play this year that takes as much risk as Checkpoint Theatre's FRAGO. Written by Lucas Ho and directed by Huzir Sulaiman, FRAGO centres on a group of National Service (NS) reservists who have been called up to do their periodic in-camp training (...

Deconstructing Chinese characters

THE late Hong Kong artist Sun Chan had been a great admirer of Chinese characters since childhood. As an adult, he began to deconstruct the written signs, turning them into patterns of colour and form in which the embedded single or multiple Chinese characters often signify a virtue or tenet for...

Smells like teen spirit

Quite possibly the best new pop album of the year, Lorde's Melodrama finds the 20-year-old pop chanteuse singing songs about heartbreak and personal struggle against sleek electronic beats and occasionally grandiose instrumentation...

Clare McAndrew

THERE IS PERHAPS no art economist more powerful

Sarawak flaunts its cultural cachet

FOR two decades now, Sarawak's annual Rainforest World Music Festival has been drawing hordes of music-lovers to the Cultural Village near the base of Mount Santubong, about 35 kilometres north of the capital city of Kuching...

Cheong's enduring art

Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 - 1983) is one of Singapore's favourite artists. His distinctive drawings and paintings are among the most elegant and lyrical ever produced on these shores. ...

En pointe

Frequent collaborator Edward Liang returns with his fifth original choreography for Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). Having impressed with Age of Innocence and Opus 25, Liang will premiere his yet-untitled work at next week's Masterpiece In Motion, SDT's annual showcase...

Rousing O.P.E.N.

ONE evening many years ago, Reverend Miak Siew's mother had asked to borrow his DVD of Lee Ang's film The Wedding Banquet. She wanted to rewatch it with her husband, his father, so she could gently tell him after the film that their son is gay...

The NS play you didn't expect

LUCAS Ho's new play about National Service (NS) turns the genre on its head. Whereas plays and films like Army Daze and Ah Boys To Men depict the experience of conscription humorously, Ho does something else with the genre - he depicts it as a kind of limbo outside of real life, a forced...

Riotous farce returns

BY the looks of it, Boeing Boeing is set to become Singapore's favourite stage comedy not written in Singapore. This is the fourth iteration by W!ld Rice, and it has once again proven to be wildly crowd-pleasing...

Three-in-one

Check out a trio of new exhibitions at Gillman Barracks this weekend. At FOST gallery, American-born, Hanoi-based artist Phi Phi Oanh has a new solo show that transfigures the commonplace in Vietnam. She applies lacquer to everyday objects such as ceramic tiles, a straw mat and stacks of bricks to...

Staying O.P.E.N. and curious

THE word "historic" appears a lot in press releases. But in the case of the upcoming O.P.E.N. festival - a mini-arts festival leading to the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) - its use of the word "historic" to describe its opening event is correct...

Mile High Jinks

Boeing Boeing is back with a brand new director and cast.

Political art makes splash at Art Basel

VISITORS to the world's biggest art fair, Art Basel, knew something was up when Unlimited, its section for large-scale works, opened earlier this week with an unusually high number of political works...

Shivaji Das

SHIVAJI Das is an inspiration to any white-collar executive looking to balance his or her professional life with humanitarian work and artistic pursuit.

The strange, obsessive world of Yayoi Kusama

JUDGING by the unusually large size of the local and international press attending the preview, as well as the queue for the merchandise at the gallery shop after that, National Gallery Singapore may just have its first blockbuster exhibition with Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow.

Celebrating Sarawak's arts and culture

FOR the past 20 years, the Rainforest World Music Festival held in Kuching, Sarawak, has drawn tens of thousands of music fans from around the world. The three-day event sees musicians mingling freely with the audience, and it has been frequently voted as one of the best music festivals in the...

Postcards from China's past

WHEN Ulrike Ottinger decided to go to China in the 1980s to shoot photographs, films and documentaries, she had to wait two years before she could get the green light.

Earnest, heartfelt look at prejudice in Singapore

WHEN the National Library decided to remove three children's books from its shelves in July 2014 because they depicted gay parents and single mothers, it ignited a small firestorm of civil protest rarely witnessed in Singapore...

My Weekend

"Part of my role is to bridge the interests of our parent company (Genting Hong Kong) with Zouk's vision of taking Asian electronic music culture to the world. I am always intrigued by the way law, language and culture intersect...

Venice conveys the signs of the times

ZAI Kuning is as much an artist as he is a shaman. At the opening of the Singapore Pavilion in the Venice Biennale last week, he banged on the janggu (Korean drum) while his team members carried out a traditional procession to launch his 17-metre Phinisi ship. It involved spinning rocks and...

The weight of history in Venice

VENICE, an Old World fortress sinking slowly into the sea, turns out to be the perfect site for Zai Kuning's massive ship. Showcased in an old shipyard complex known as the Arsenale, Zai's 17 metre-long ghost ship looks ready to cut loose and sail quietly into Venice's back canals to...