There’s no excuse to stay at home this weekend as there are plenty of fun things to do including comedy shows, art exhibitions, a celebration of sake and so much more. We update this page every Monday and Thursday so feel free to bookmark it.
Showko – Japanese Therapy
Showko is a Japanese comedian and ventriloquist who has become famous for bringing rakugo, a 400-year-old traditional form of Japanese comedy storytelling, to English-speaking audiences. She’s performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australia’s Got Talent and even has her own special on Amazon Prime. She’s bringing her quirky comedy and handmade puppets to Singapore for two performances this weekend.
If you’re a fan of Japan’s most famous spirit, you’ll want to check out this weekend’s Sake Matsuri, Singapore’s largest craft sake festival. There will be free flow tastings of over 150 sakes as well as master classes led by sake experts. Tickets are available for 2 tasting sessions – 11am to 2pm, and 3pm to 6pm. After 6pm, there will be a sundown sake party featuring a DJ and craft cocktails that will be open to the general public.
25 June at UE Square Skylight Atrium. For tickets and more info: https://www.sakematsuri.sg/
From award-winning playwright Thomas Lim (Grandmother Tongue, Supervision), “Straight Acting” is billed as “a hopeful, heartfelt comedy about the drama of trying to keep things straight… when you’re anything but.” The plot involves a couple, Olivia and Jaime, who want to start a family and life together which is tough to do in “straight-laced Singapore”. So they get their gay best friends, Russell and Jia Ming, to agree to a scheme in which they all pretend to be two happily married heteronormative couples. Things seem to be going well until Jia’s moth drops by for an unexpected visit. The Business Times called “Straight Acting” “the most honest and intelligent play about the struggles of the LGBTQ community in Singapore in recent history.”
Performances until July 2. For more info, showtimes and tickets go to: https://www.wildrice.com.sg/event/50595-straight-acting-2
Cont·act Contemporary Dance Festival
Until July 1 at Esplanade Annexe Studio. For more info, showtimes and tickets go to the Cont·act website.
Amoy Street’s Flamingo launches Mediterranean menu
The bustling street coffee bar that encourages day drinking has launched a new Mediterranean food menu to accompany its chill seaside-themed space. Take a break from the financial hub’s chaotic mornings and chow on some pita bread with hummus dips, refreshing salads and heavy salmon lasagna while sipping on light cocktails and coffee made from Ethiopian and Brazilian beans.
Flamingo, Open 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday; closed Sundays, 69 Amoy Street
My Selection opens at Farrer Park
A French and European furniture online store has opened its first-ever physical space at Farrer Park to drive Singaporeans away from same-old mainstream furnishings. Some iconic pieces of furniture and accessories might make your home look extra chic.
My Selection, Open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday; 11am to 5pm on Sunday, 2 Marne Road, #01-03
I Light festival at Marina Bay
The festival that had to shut its lights for two long years is now back bigger than ever. Take a walk through 20 light art installations from 57 artists along the now brightly-lit Marina Bay and pay a little extra to gain access to five unique zones for even more blinding lights.
From now through June 26 at Marina Bay. Lights go on from 7:30pm onwards to 11pm daily except for Fridays and Saturdays, when they will go stay on until midnight.
S.E.A. Aquarium’s Junior Ocean Protector Camp
Start them young, they said. Bring your little ocean lovers to S.E.A. Aquarium’s Junior Ocean Protector Camp where they spend a day learning about the oceans and marine biodiversity, how to protect marine animals and the threats that they are facing.
That’s not all, they can go on an aquarium trail conquering missions on marine animals and an upcycling activity to learn how to reduce waste.
From now to 26 June for children aged 7 to 12. For more info: https://www.rwsentosa.com/promotions/attractions/summer-camp
While may Pink Dot may be behind us, there are still plenty of Pink Fest events celebrating Global Pride Month happening until the end of June ranging from workshops to trivia nights to movie screenings!
Until 30 June. For more info and a complete calendar of events visit the Pink Fest website.
Ways of Seeing exhibit at Mulan Gallery
The Ways of Seeing exhibit features contemporary illustrations from the past three years by artists Adeline Tan, André Wee, Soh Ee Shaun, Sonny Liew, Yi Xuan and Ronald Louis.
View works that depict our transformative world and lifestyles that have been overcome by the pandemic, while discovering a new appreciation for nature, a sustainable future and self-care. Only forward-looking works are showcased, with a focus on reflecting current concerns and themes in a period of uncertainty.
Until 16 July at Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street, #01-07, Singapore 179934.
Indulge in some luxurious truffle gelato
Yes, you heard that right. You can now enjoy the pungent and luxurious fungus in gelato form. Aroma Truffle has air-flown its truffles from Spoleto, Italy to bring you a tub full of truffle-enriched gelato with plenty of sliced truffles.
The Truffle Gelato is available for pre-order now on their website.
A Gin Odyssey
Get a lil tipsy while chugging on gin cocktails from around the world at a pop-up showcase by Pernod Ricard at The NCO Club. Cocktails featured use gin from London’s Beefeater, Italy’s Malfy Gin, Japan’s KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin and Germany’s Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, which are displayed in four different themed rooms.
Many people consider paper to be a disposable material, its only real worth derived from the things written or drawn upon it. But in the right hands, paper can be manipulated into remarkable works of art all on its own. Superfluous Things is an exhibition featuring incredible paper-based creations from a number of artists such as Cheryl Teo’s Just a Little at a Time feautring dozens of whimsical, precisely constructed matchbox-sized sculptures, and Li Hongbo’s Land of Fairy Tales, a large scale installation featuring an imaginary map of the world with continents constructed from layers of paper meticulously glued together in a honeycomb-like structure.
Until 14 August at at Gallery 2 of the Singapore Art Musuem at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. For more information go to: https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/art-events/exhibitions/superfluous-things
The Coconut Club launches new flagship on Beach Road
The Coconut Club (which we’re not affiliated with, though we certainly love the name!) recently opened their new flagship outlet on Beach Road, featuring their famously refined take on Nasi Lemak as well as some exciting new dishes like Gohu Ikan (a ceviche-like Indonesian dish consisting of yellowfish tuna cured in calamansi juice) and sharing plates like Iga Bakar (charcoal-grilled Australian beef short rib in the brand’s secret sauce, served with homemade sambal hijau and sambal balado). They take coconuts so seriously here that they’ve got a cold-press machine custom built by a Formula 1 engineer to squeeze the best milk out of theirs.
The Coconut Club, Open daily 8:30am to 10:30pm, 269 Beach Road
THE LAST SUPPER X GAGGAN ANAND
Gaggan Anand, whose eponymous restaurants in Bangkok were consistently ranked among the best in the world thanks to his innovative and iconoclastic takes on modern Indian cuisine, is ending his run at The Mandala Club with a month-long Last Supper event that features a number of his signature dishes reimagined by 15 of Singapore most renowned chefs, from Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends to to Janice Wong of 2:am Dessert Bar. Offered as a 10-course lunch for SGD 288++ and a 16-course dinner for SGD 388++, it promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary sendoff extraordinaire.
ATTACK ON TITAN: THE EXHIBITION
Fans of the popular dark fantasy manga and anime series will eat up this exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum, which explores the unique characters, disturbing themes, and intricate worldbuilding of this global pop culture phenomenon. It features over 150 pieces of original art including drafts and sketches by creator Hajime Isayama.
Until 3 July at the ArtScience Museum. For more info and tickets: https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/attack-on-titan.html
Off / On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives
See how far we’ve come with the tech we used to use back in the 70s to the 00s! A treasure trove of vintage memorabilia like early IBM and Apple computers, pagers and typewriters are being displayed all in one place. Even touching and pushing all buttons are encouraged.