True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things good and great happening over the coming weekend. Peruse it, take note of everything that interests you, and hit us up on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CoconutsManila to sound off on what you think.
See a cabaret in Quezon City
Date: Feb. 28, Friday
Venue: The Addlib Dance Studio, 2/F New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Now in its second year, “MissJoe Abuda’s Cabaret” rounds up a diverse lineup up of performance artists with adults-only acts that can involve anything from burlesque to aerial dance to grinding on the pole. The show is hosted by self-proclaimed cabaret mistress Jodinand Villaflores Aguillon, aka Lady Bedspacer. Beats are brought to you by DJ Ayel Mari, and the show is curated and directed by dance community veteran Jullian Abuda, aka MissJoe Abuda.
The show runs from 9pm to 1am and is strictly for audiences aged 18 and above. Tickets are PHP350 (US$7), and are available on The Addlib Dance Studio’s website.
See this veteran Filipina sculptor’s exhibit about the female body
Date: Feb. 28, Friday to March 28, Saturday
Venue: Areté, 4/F, George SK Ty Wing, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan, Quezon City
A celebration (or introduction, if you’re behind the curve) of Filipina sculptor Agnes Arellano’s work, “Sacred Feminine: Objects, Images, and Imaginings” opens this weekend at Ateneo University’s Areté. The exhibit showcases select sculptures from the 70-year-old artist’s studio alongside her journals and maquettes, or scale models, to give you a glimpse of the artist’s process.
Some items were also donated by Arellano to the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings’ archive as the library celebrates its 25th anniversary. The opening show starts from 6pm until 8:30pm on Friday and will run regular gallery hours until March 28.
Admission is free. For details, visit Areté’s Facebook page.
Catch these pay-what-you-can pocket plays around the metro
Date: Feb. 28, Friday to March 4, Wednesday
Venue: Commune, Poblacion, Makati City and other places across the metro
Running from this weekend until the first weekend of March is Ikarus Theater’s pocket play tour, happening in four small venues across Quezon City and Makati starting on Friday.
Two short plays about relationships and introspection in the age of the internet and social media will play for an hour and a half in select bars and cafes. It’s a no-frills take on the roving-theater experience. The pay-what-you-can tour also urges you to donate whatever peso value you feel the show is worth.
But be sure to come early, as the admission-free plays are on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out our story for show dates and venues, and more details about the show.
Hoard design-friendly adhesives at this Pasig City sticker convention
Date: Feb. 29, Saturday
Venue: Bayanihan Center – Unilab, Pioneer Avenue, 1501 Pasig City
Now in its third edition, Sticker Con MNL gathers local sticker makers and graphic artists’ work for your perusal at two convention halls at Pasig City’s Bayanihan Center.
The biggest gathering of local sticker artists, fans, and collectors under one roof, this one-day-only, booth-upon-booth assault should be worth a quick breeze-through at the very least. Door charge is at PHP100 (US$2), and the convention halls open from 10am to 7pm. For details, visit Sticker Con Manila’s Facebook page.
See this international drag show extravaganza visit Manila’s shores
Date: Feb 29, Saturday
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Bringing their Werq the World Tour to Manila are the contestants of hit drag reality show competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, the global phenomenon that’s invaded pop culture and brought drag from the backrooms of dingy bars to the glistening mainstream halls of Netflix.
Now your favorite Drag Race all-stars — Aquaria, Kim Chi, Monet Xchange, Plastique Tiara, Detox, Violet Chachki, and Sharon Needles — are putting on a massive ensemble show at Quezon City’s Araneta Coliseum, deploying every gimmick hidden under their wigs, including show-stopping lip-synchs, racy dance performances, and campy comedy sketches. Bring the whole gang because this should be a night for the ages.
Tickets are at PHP2,830 (US$55) to PHP9,955 (US$196) available via the Ticketnet website.
Read more about places to see in the metro here.