The Big Picture

IN AN AGE where we have access to countless online images while producing thousands of our own for social media, what makes a photograph stand out in the crowd? What differentiates an ingenious shot from a merely well-composed one? What gets remembered?

Classic Opera

Most people think of Farewell My Concubine as the 1993 film starring Gong Li and Leslie Cheung. And while the inspiration for the film came from Lilian Lee's 1985 novel of the same name, the tale itself drew inspiration from a classic 1918 Peking opera that has been performed countless times...

Arty Party

High-end art cluster Gillman Barracks turns six this month. And once again it's throwing its signature Art After Dark party with live performances, F&B pop-ups and interactive art performances happening from 7pm onwards...

On A Cultural High In Tokyo

TOKYO IS A CITY OF TRIBES where nine million people carve out their own utopian societies side by side. Whether they're immersed in the obsessive otaku culture of manga, or steeped in the spiritual traditions of Shintoism and Buddhism, the world's largest megalopolis has spaces for...

Bard Company

Touring Shakespeare company Shakespeare's Globe is back in Singapore. And this time you get to choose what you want to see. Specific to its two Saturday shows on Sept 22, the audience casts a vote on whether the company should stage The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night or The Taming of the...

Sterling Acts

ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING pieces of contemporary dance this writer has ever seen is Shoot The Moon by Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). To be performed as part of a thrilling quadruple bill by the acclaimed company at October's da:ns festival, it depicts the lives of two couples and a...

Stranger Things

THERE ARE SOME very famous names among the 44 artists showing at Parkview Museum's new exhibition, including Zeng Fanzhi, Tony Cragg, Qiu Zhijie and Dennis Oppenheim. But as its curator Lorand Hegyi demurs: "Do not pay attention to the names to see if they're famous or not. Instead,...

Return Of The Piano Lady

World-renowned toy piano player and Cultural Medallion recipient Margaret Leng Tan returns to the stage for a one-night-only show, joyfully titled Toy Toy Toy! This most un-Singaporean of Singapore artists - once described by The New Yorker magazine as "the diva of avant-garde pianism" -...

Writings on the wall

WHEN NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE held the first solo exhibition of top Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong in 2015, it registered the second highest number of visitors in the museum's short history. (The first was the Yayoi Kusama blockbuster show, of course.) That sufficiently persuaded the curatorial...

Makeover for Art Stage

A RECENT PARTY thrown by Art Stage Singapore had tongues wagging when COO Marcus Teo stood on the staircase landing of the Warehouse Hotel to introduce the art fair's theme for 2019: "I am art." Lorenzo Rudolf, the controversial Swiss founder of the eight-year-old fair, was present...

Close Up

Architect-turned-professional photographer Billy Mork launches his first photography art fair at the Regent Hotel from Sept 6 to 9.

Tiger tiger burning bright

Singapore's top playwright Alfian Sa'at joins forces with researcher-dramaturg Shawn Chua to create this complex, provocative and humorous play based on a 1943 Japanese film titled The Tiger Of Malaya. The original film portrays the life of a Japanese agent living on the east coast of...

Radio Romance

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, two of the biggest teen stars of the '80s and early '90s, take to The Star Theatre to belt out their biggest hits. ...

Dress like a Crazy Rich Asian

CRAZY RICH ASIANS has been praised and criticised for its depiction of Singapore. But if there's anything they got completely right, it's the style choices of old money versus the nouveau riche: The nouveau riche can sometimes be guilty of dressing flamboyantly, while old money rarely...

Mapletree unveils new artworks at biz park

WALK along one covered walkway of Mapletree Business City II (MBC II) and you might encounter the arrhythmic sounds of metal hitting each other, over a softer soundscape of urban ambient sounds. Look up and you'll see a strange network of copper pipes stretch under the roof. Affixed to these...

The Sound Of Silent Movies

Silent cinema is the antithesis of almost any movie experience to be had today.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, died earlier this month at age 76.

Douglas Deboer

IN 1990, WHEN DOUGLAS DEBOER WAS 18, he travelled from Minnesota, USA, to Tianjin, China, to visit his elder sister studying at Nankai University.

The Challenger

Who are you?

Beaded Beauties

PARISIAN JEWELLER VAN CLEEF & ARPELS may be best known for its Alhambra designs, its stone-setting innovations and its association with iconic dancers and movie stars such George Balanchine, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

Eunice Olsen

YOU COULD CALL Eunice Olsen a Jill of all trades - if Jill was a piano-playing Miss Universe Singapore pageant winner who is also the youngest person ever to serve as a Nominated Member of Parliament and now runs her own media company and has published a new book.

Some like it hot

LEGEND SURROUNDS PRIVATE PARTS. In 1992, when Michael Chiang's gender-bending comedy was staged for the Singapore Arts Festival, theatre critic Hannah Pandian wrote: "Private Parts, with its remarkable performances and poignant message, is a special production that should not close until...

Bell and Good

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell made his debut with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2016 to great success.

Music and Lee

Singapore music pioneer Dick Lee is best known for his pop songs and ballads.

When all you want is sleep...

RYAN KOH hasn't really slept well since 2002. That was the year he graduated from university, joined the banking industry, and got swept up in its frenetic pace...