Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (25-27 April 2014)

By Anjali RaguramanEvents - 25 April 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 4:02 PM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (25-27 April 2014)

From 'Grease' the musical and two comedy festivals, to a photo exhibition of historical singapore images, here's what to check out this weekend.

Kids & Family

Ah Boys to Men the Musical is now open at the Resorts World Theatre. Along with the original cast, catch new cast members in this rebooted, stage version of the well-loved Jack Neo film.  

It’ll be a non-stop singalong session as Grease- The Party Musical opens this weekend too. Danny and Sandy take to the stage, direct from London's West End, as the Marina Bay Sands theatre is transformed into Rydell High. 

Gather your family and friends and head down to Marina Bay (next to the MBS Shoppes) to catch a comic book super hero battle of filmic proportions at DBS Movies by the Bay. It’s Superman vs Batman - ‘Man of Steel’ will be screened on Friday, while ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ screens on 26 April. There will even be free popcorn and drinks.

On Saturday, learn more about the Bitcoin revolution at RISE: Bitcoin Singapore, which will be an all-encompassing event showcasing talks, education and awareness about the cypto-currency.

For a history lesson through pictures, head down to “We: Defining Stories” photo exhibition at the National Museum. More than 400 photographs and projections from the Straits Times’ archives are on display, including previously unpublished ones. Opens to the public on Sunday at 10am. Free admission. 

See previously unpublished pictures such as this one of Fandi Ahmad greeting fans after Singapore's victory at the 1994 Malaysia Cup. Image courtesy of Jerry Seh. 

Also open at the National Museum is renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado's Genesis. His iconic black and white photography captures the relationship between mankind and nature. Free admission.

Lomography enthusiasts, learn to construct your own pinhole camera on World Pinhole Day this Sunday. There will even be a photowalk along the Esplanade after you’ve made your camera, so that you can give it a test run.

Music & nightlife

It’s absolute comedy mayhem all this weekend with two different comedy festivals. You’ll be spoilt for choice at both the Singapore Comedy Fringe and Magner’s Singapore International Comedy Festival. But we’ve done all the hard work and picked out the highlights for you.

Straight from the party capital of Ibiza, Ivan Gough makes his Singapore debut at Zouk on Friday.

On Satuday, experience a music festival on the high seas at Belvedere Vodka Presents Boats and Beats. 10 private yachts will set sail off Sentosa and then drop anchor around Lazarus island, where the party starts proper with tunes from the AOS Collective DJs, including DJ Dave Does (resident DJ at Butter Factory). Premium yachts are still available. 

Arts & Culture

At the Singapore Art Museum, walk through their latest exhibition entitled ‘Medium at Large: Shapeshifting Material and Methods in Contemporary Art’. Here’s what to expect from this exhibition on wayward art.

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Traditional Rajasthani singers from the Thar Desert will serenade audeinces at the Esplanade

Over at the Esplanade catch the annual three-day ‘A Tapestry of Sacred Music’ festival. Tibetan monk Ani Choying Drolma’s transcendent vocals on age-old Buddhist chants and hymns, melded with guitar and percussion will make for an unforgettable live music experience. ‘Sounds of Contemplation’ takes place on Friday.

On Saturday, witness a traditional Javanese Macapat performance, which combines spiritual poetry with gamelan and rhythmic dances. On Sunday, experience traditional Rajasthani music from the Thar Desert at Mystique of the Manganiyars and Langas.

There are both ticketed and free performances. Full lineup and details can be found here.

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