Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (5-7 Jul)

By Kevin HoEvents - 04 July 2013 12:05 PM | Updated 1:01 PM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (5-7 Jul)

Huh? What do you know, it’s already the second half of 2013! Now before you start panicking about how life is too short and that you haven’t accomplished enough, worry not because we’re here to tell you the fruitful things you can do this coming weekend.         

If there’s one name in the celebrity chef world which easily strikes fear in the hearts of many, that’d be Gordon Ramsay. Known as the terrifying personality behind popular food programmes “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The F Word”, the Michelin star chef will be paying a visit to our shores to challenge our local hawkers in cooking. After much intense voting, Ramsay will be cooking up his renditions of hawker fare favourites Laksa (328 Katong), Chili Crab (Jumbo Seafood Restaurant), and Hainanese Chicken Rice (Tian Tian). And this battle of the tastings will be open to public on Sunday 7 July at Newton Circus Food Centre from 6pm. Ramsay versus Singapore’s Hawker Heroes, whose cooking will you prefer?

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Or if you’re more into movies than food, then you might want to catch Gore Verbinski’s (Pirates of the Caribbean) remake of The Lone Ranger starring Armie Hammer and Hollywood’s much-loved (here’s 10 reasons why) Johnny Depp. And even if you’re not familiar with the cultural significance of the “William Tell Overture” and the phrase “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”, you won’t be left in the dust of this fast-paced Western. So grab your masks and horses and gallop your way down to your nearest cinema. But leave your cowboy hats at home, you don’t want to upset the people behind you.

But then again, we’re guessing you probably don’t have a horse at bay. So we reckon there’s always the good ol’ automobile. But if you don’t have your own set of wheels, or if you wish to pamper your four-wheeled buddy with an upgrade, then visit CATS Classified Car-nival 2013 for the car show of the year. With bargains on over 300 new and pre-owned cars, you might just go home with a new set of keys. And while you’ll probably spend all day making your long hard decision, you need not worry about the kids who will be kept entertained by roving balloon sculptors and movie screenings. And of course, it’s not a car show without race queens! Just don’t get your wives jealous.

Want to get more in touch with Malay cultural heritage? Then drop by The Esplanade for two series of acts that will enlighten you in a warm fuzzy way. Bedok Stories is a Malay play (with English subtitles) about Budak Bedoks, otherwise known as kids who grew up in 1980s Bedok. The contemplative play looks back at significant occurrences of Singapore’s history from a Malay youth’s perspective and how life has changed greatly for them. But fortunately, some traditions remain untouched as you may discover in Muara – Singapore Malay Dance Festival 2013. The three day festival features both traditional and contemporary dance performances from local and regional dance groups. So you might not just learn more about Malay history this weekend, you might learn some new moves too.

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Tall Mountains

No more stifling those smothering frustrations you’ve kept all week, it’s time to go mad with MAAD Pyjamas! What better way to lose your head than an evening of live music, unshackled art, bazaar-themed shopping, and of course a little booze? Celebrating its seventh anniversary, MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers) Pyjamas! once again transforms the Red Dot Design Museum into a gathering of imaginative minds and unorthodox visionaries. Alongside the treasures you’ll find from MAAD regulars like The Girl’s Kaksh, Momshoo and My Paper Earrings, you’ll also be moved by the live sounds of local bands Atlas and Tall Mountains, with resident DJ collective Minimal Simplicity spinning till late. Swing by if you need some inspiration in your life!

But if your ears need more pampering from the DJ decks, then do hit these two club events this weekend. Over at Club Kyo, German-based techno producer Robert Babicz will be thrilling you with his signature electronic sounds and well-known human approach to his performances. He’s also extremely open with his fans so don’t be shy to have a chat with him! And happening at Zouk, Zouk Sound System presents Miss Nine as part of the Colours – Around the World Asian Tour. Switching her modeling career for the turntables, Miss Nine turned heads with not just her good looks, but her exhilarating electronic dance mixes filled with heart-dropping transitions and catchy vocal hooks. Don’t miss this beauty behind the decks!

Miss Nine

And lastly, in case you didn’t get your K-Pop fix last weekend with G-Dragon’s concert, don’t feel sorry sorry for yourself because this time, the enormous boy band Super Junior will be the ones tearing up the Singapore Indoor Stadium. That certainly gives you at least one reason (or nine, we’ve lost count) to be all smiles about. Returning to our shores since their performance in November last year, it looks like the boys couldn’t wait to amaze you once more with their slick dance moves and hit songs like 'Bonamana', 'Mr. Simple', and 'Sexy, Free & Single'. Time to start brushing up your Korean!

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.