Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (19-21 Jul)

By Kevin HoEvents - 18 July 2013 6:19 PM | Updated 10:53 AM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (19-21 Jul)

Guess what? It’s the weekend already! We sure hope this week passed as quickly for you as it did for us. We’ve learnt that time passes particularly fast when you’re hard at work. And you know us, we’re always studiously finger-ready to get the latest events news out there for you. But if this week sadly felt like a crawl, then you deserve a well-earned break. And here we have the best weekend events picked out for you.

Devoid of some beats in your feet from sitting your bum down all week? Then head to Club Kyo for an awakening dose of Funk D’Void. Having been in the DJ industry since he was 15, Glasgow-raised Lars Sandberg is one veteran who’s seen it all. Just let his skills on the deck show you, as he resuscitates your weary bones with a classy selection of Detroit techno, deep house, and of course some good ol’ funk.

Funk D'Void

But if one DJ set isn’t enough for you, then you won’t want to miss this Zouk Takeover featuring DJ Morgan Page and DJ Tenzin. Sydney’s nightlife mogul Marquee turns Zouk into a world-class party of its own, with the two renowned DJs at the helm. A favourite of the best dance clubs and festivals in Australia, Tenzin will make your head spin with his electronic brain-melters. While Page is very much a global icon of his own, with two Grammy Award nominations and numerous remixes for the likes of Tegan and Sara, Coldplay, and Madonna.

But if you appreciate dance of a more tender form, then how about some Ballet under the Stars? No swiveling flickering lights here, just the natural illumination of the night skies above. Celebrating its 18th Edition in Singapore, the Singapore Dance Theatre will feature guest artistes from Australia’s Expressions Dance Company. To complement your time spent admiring the graceful beauty of pointe work and pirouette turns on stage, just grab a picnic mat and some wine, and let the atmosphere take over.

And here’s another theatre highlight you shouldn’t miss. Make a trip down to The Esplanade for The Studios 2013: Machine, a fictional play revolving around four conflicted characters.  Two girls, two guys, and one sticky predicament gushing with themes of love, sex and romance. Since being first commissioned in 2002, Machine has earned several theatre awards including best script and best directing. So if you think your love life is complicated, Machine dares you to take a peek into its lustily chaotic world.

The Studios 2013: Machine

But if messy scenarios like this make you run away from love and such, then why not run towards something selflessly greater, like Race against Cancer2013? By participating in this noble cause, picking categories which range from 5km fun runs to 10km team challenges, all proceeds will go towards raising funds for various cancer-related programmes such as cancer treatment subsidies and hospice home care. In other words, your athletic contributions may help save lives. If you’ve never had a reason to exercise lately, here’s a pretty good reason.

However if you’re one to regard shopping as a form of exercise, then get ready to burn some calories as you’re running around the Bras Basah.Bugis Arts Flea Market. With its return to the National Museum of Singapore, the market promises a diversity of indie fashion labels, vintage trinkets, delicate crafts and even some mouth-watering snacks. So whether you’re looking for some retail therapy, or just curious to discover a hidden treasure or two, this flea is for you!

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The Sam Willows at Lit Up 2013 Progression

And speaking of festivals (with an overtone of indie), don’t forget to check out Lit Up 2013 Progression: The Indie Arts Festival. Based at Aliwal Arts Centre, this is one festival that celebrates everything we love about the arts. From improvisational comedy (Alight) to audio-visual performances (As It Happens), to spoken word showcases (She Walks Like A Free Country) and musical acts (Seyra, The Sam Willows), the arts junkie in you will be spoilt for choice like a kid in a candy store.

Lastly this is to all of you Wilber Pan fans out there, here’s a friendly reminder that he’ll be playing at The MAX Pavilion as part of his “Unleashed” World Tour. For 11 years, this American-born Taiwanese artiste has been dominating the Asian music scene with his Mandopop raps and ballads, wowing audiences from young sweethearts to devoted aunties with the help of his boyishly good looks no less. So if you haven’t joined their ranks yet, we urge you to head down and fall in love for yourself.

For more ideas on more things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here next week.