Weekend Warrior: May 11-13

Photos: Billy Ma

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, May 11

28th European Union Film Festival

Singapore’s longest running foreign film fest — this year, the organizers are presenting more than 20 films from across the continent, this time with a focus on titles from Austria (one EU country gets the spotlight each year).

Until May 20; various timings at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore. $11.

Cabaret

The Stage Club’s presentation of Cabaret is on all weekend. It’s one of the most enduring productions coming off of Broadway — set in 1931 Berlin, the story focuses on personalities involved with the fictitious Kit Kat Klub, where grody and scandalous things happen right at the onset of the rise of the Nazi regime.

Until May 12; 8pm at KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. $42-$50.

Ja Rule

Well, that’s a name we haven’t heard in a while. So apparently, the rapper is coming to town and performing at the nightclub Bang Bang, so if you’re a fan, you know what to do. Here’s a look at his show in Bangkok last night if you’d like an idea of what to expect.

12:30am-late at Bang Bang. $45.

Legally Blonde

Omg, like, the iconic Reese Witherspoon movie adaptation is here in musical form, with plenty of feel good show tunes and blonde moments.

Until May 20; Fri-Sat 8pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm at Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. $65-$195. 

Merci Marcel x Billy Ma Art Exhibition

The cafe’s first art exhibition features Taiwanese pop illustrator and designer Billy Ma and his East-meets-West pieces, with several inspired by neighborhoods in Singapore such as Haji Lane and Tiong Bahru. For those interested in taking his works home, the designs are priced from S$500.

Until June 8 at Merci Marcel.

Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar

This edition of Shakespeare in the Park features the classic production adapted to a more modern setting — involving agents of international relations and leaders gathering for a summit, wearing business suits, instead of the classical characters and cloaks of ancient Greece.

Until May 27; 7:30pm at Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park. $45-$109.

Singapore International Artist Fair

Browse through paintings and sculptures by more than 50 modern and contemporary Asian and European artists at this fair (it’s an unapologetically commercialized event, but still a great way to see lots of solid artwork in one go).

Until May 13; Fri 2pm-late, Sat-Sun 11am-late at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Crescent Room 2. $15.

The St Petersburg Ballet – Swan Lake

In town for a week, The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is putting on a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, starring prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova.

Until May 13; Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm at The MES Theatre at MediaCorp. $75-$175. 

Tiger Street Food Pop-up

The local beer brand supports local hawkers with a pop-up at Prinsep Street, featuring dishes like nasi lemak, salted egg yolk chicken pasta, and prawn paste chicken wings served by recipients of the Tiger Street Food Support Fund.

5pm-10:30pm at Deck. 

 

Saturday, May 12

Pasar Glamour

This pop-up charity sale will offer up a selection of secondhand clothes and accessories donated by local celebs like Jeanette Aw, Rebecca Lim, Anita Kapoor, Tracy Philips, Andie Chen, and 3/4 of The Sam Willows. Indie homegrown designers like Ling Wu, Carrie K, Ong Shunmugam, Onlewo, and Sabrina Goh for Elohim have also contributed pieces from their labels. Proceeds will go to three charities: Daughters of Tomorrow, Arc Children’s Centre, and Wild Rice’s Gift of Theatre.

Until May 13; 11am-7pm at L2, National Design Centre. 

Tiki Cheeky Pool Party

A Hawaiian-themed pool party, family-friendly shindig kind of thing. Inflatable flamingoes, DJs spinning disco, funk, and soul, and a Hawaiian costume competition.

3pm-10pm at Bar Canary, L4 Grand Park Orchard. $10.

 

Sunday, May 13

One Last Time: Our Mama Shop

Cheng Xing Mama Shop, which has been open in Geylang for 70 years, was finally sold after the owner decided to close her store last year. So for one last hurrah, the provision shop space is hosting an event for guests to chat with the owner, purchase some items, and explore the shop house on a tour led by Geylang Adventures.

Noon-6pm, free admission to Our Mama Shop. Tour 1: 3:30pm-5pm, tour 2: 4:30pm-6pm; $12.

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