Weekend Warrior: July 12-14

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl 2018. Photo: Arts House Limited
Aliwal Arts Night Crawl 2018. Photo: Arts House Limited

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, July 12

Bayfront Pop-up Market

This weekly marketplace at Gardens by the Bay’s new Bayfront Plaza spotlights the knick knacks and wares of local labels and social enterprises.

Every Fri-Sun; Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm at Bayfront Plaza, next to Bayfront MRT. Free entry.

Ed Sheeran Pop-up Store

The Ed Sheeran No.6 Collaborations Project pop-up store comes to our shores for the weekend as part of a global campaign heralding the release of the singer-songwriter’s new album. Here, you can get exclusive official merch like tees, hoodies, caps, and vinyl records, as well as the Collab range of graphic tees designed with the album’s guest artists like Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and Chance the Rapper. Fans can also write their messages to Sheeran on the Collab Wall, try out dishes from a menu inspired by him, play mini games, and win prizes by answering trivia questions.

Until July 14; 10am-10pm at Swee Lee, The Star Vista.

Manjimup Black Truffle Month

The Spot highlights Australia’s Manjimup Black Truffles for the month of July in dishes such as pan-seared Hokkaido scallop and angus beef short rib pastrami.

Until July 31; Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm at The Spot.

Nespresso Summer Over Ice

The Nespresso pop-up, inspired by Melbourne’s Brighton Bathing Boxes, features two limited edition coffee blends (iced flat white and iced long black), with activities like photo huts, ice cube toss games, and coffee samplings.

July 21; Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sun 11am-9pm at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza Fountain. Free entry.

One Meal Around Thailand

Thai restaurant Baan Ying Singapore takes you on a culinary trek around Thailand with dishes such as nam prik (Thai chilli dip), kai parm (“grilled” omelette in banana leaf), gai tom kamin (chicken in turmeric broth), and gaeng tae po pla kem (salted fish and morning glory in coconut milk curry).

Until Sept 30 at Baan Ying Singapore.

The Hour Before She Sleeps & How She Loves

The exhibition features the works of artists Mindy Tan and Charmaine Poh, taking a look at the private lives of women in Singapore and queer female relationships. Tan documents four females’ lives, reflecting the intimacy of the days’ last hours, while Poh looks at love and self through portraits of female couples from diverse backgrounds.

Until July 21; Tues-Sat noon-7pm, Sun noon-4pm at Lower Gallery, Objectifs. Free entry.


Saturday, July 13

Advanced Dining

This culinary session by Telok Ayer Arts Club and artist collective The Picnic reimagines the act of eating through a subversive seven-course meal that presents food as an artful experience. The event spans three Saturdays over lunch and dinner, with 15 participants at a time in the dining room, and includes a welcome tea ceremony and cocktail pairing.

Every Sat until July 27; 1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm at Telok Ayer Arts Club. $128/person.

Aliwal Arts Night Crawl 2019

The annual arts fest at Kampong Glam returns for the seventh time with storytelling tours, dance and music performances, art trails around the district, art and music workshops, and the So Gelam Market offering traditional and modern dishes.

1pm-10pm at Aliwal Arts Centre. Free; registration required for selected programs.

DrugFreeSG Carnival

In typical Singapore style, the authorities are organizing an educational carnival to teach the public about the harmful consequences of drugs and spread the anti-drug message. Activities include music performances by local acts, augmented reality experiences, an analogue card game with “anti-drug elements,” escape games, and more.

Noon-8pm at the open field next to Punggol MRT station. Free entry.

Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra

The performance brings you through the orchestra’s past repertoire, with performances by vocalists Louis Soliano and Alemay Fernandez, as well as guest rapper The Lion City Boy.

6pm-7:15pm at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Free entry.

Lulu’s Bastille Day

Lulu’s Lounge celebrates the French national day with cocktails and burlesque performers set to a backdrop of red, white, and blue. Expect to see an electric harpist and a jazz ensemble take the stage.

9pm-late at Lulu’s Lounge. Free entry.

Takashi Murakami: From Superflat to Bubblewrap

Renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s exhibition features new works centered around the relationship between the “superflat” theory that launched his global career and “bubblewrap”, the examination of the recessive realism of Japan’s economic bubble crisis. Also look out for an artist talk, panel discussions, film screenings, printmaking workshops, and guided tours.

Until Sept 14 at STPI. 

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