Weekend Guide

Concerts, kites, dots and more this weekend

By Wei Wen SngEvents - 04 July 2012 8:30 AM

Concerts, kites, dots and more this weekend

Boring, humdrum weekends are now things of the past. There’s so much see, do and eat this weekend, with a kite festival, art exhibition and a classical concert among others,

‘Danse Macabre’ – Behzod Abduraimov

Described as the ‘quintessential showman’ and ‘finest refinement’ by the London Independent, 21 year old Behzod Abduraimov is quite the prodigy. The pianist is in town for one night only and will play you three wondrous songs from Neilsen, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. Hailed as a ‘new Horowitz’, Abduraimov was the grand prize winner at the 2009’s London Piano Playing competition. For those who are interested in meeting him, there is a pre-show talk at 6.30pm in the evening, at the Library@Esplanade. Tickets go from $15 to $72, with vip box tickets at $90.

Maybe the July heat is really too hot to bear and you’d much rather be indoors. Get some of the culture bug at Utter at the Arts House. Here, a double bill of both Chinese and English plays, animates a dialogue between the creator and his creations. Adapted from the stories of local writers, Yeng Pway Ngon and O Thiam Chin, these works are poignant chronicles of love, fear and betrayed ideals. Tickets go for $15.

‘Take Me On’ – New Heights

For alternative music lovers, New Heights is playing Live at Tab, this Saturday. This five-member band is comprised of Seattlelites, with lead Travis Graham, guitarist Chris Kwak, guitarist Kiyung Park, bassist Tyler Carroll, and drummer Bobby Walker. They’ve released their first full length album in September last year, putting out their hit song, ‘Peaches’, which was featured in a ‘Love Language’ a short film that went viral. Standard tickets cost S$45, and the doors open at 7pm.

Also read: Top Singapore concerts in July

Music may lift the spirits but it’s not the only thing that soars. Head over to Layang Layang at the Marina Barrage. There will be a flurry of activity in this area, ranging from workshops on do-it-yourself kites and windmills, kite flying workshops, and fringe events. The real highlight of the day will be watching the huge array of kites flown by international fliers specially invited for this event. The fliers come from all over, including Germany, Australia, Thailand, USA, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, Indonesia and together with our own Singaporean fliers, will show case a variety of kite flying stunts and tricks. Just in case this event couldn’t get any better, it’s free, so save the date this weekend!

Also read: 10 ways to beat the heat in Singapore

Emily of Emerald Hill
Emily of Emerald Hill exhibition

Those who want to get acquainted with another part of Singapore’s rich culture can go to the Emily of Emerald Hill exhibition at the Peranakan Museum. As one of Singapore’s most loved plays, as well as a window into Peranakan culture, this exhibition showcases its creation and relevance in today’s modern society. You will be treated to a visual feast of Peranakan artefacts such as household objects, clothes and costumes as well as props, scripts and videos. It’s definitely an event not to be missed. Admission is free.

Get dotty at the Spots and Dots exhibition by Yayoi Kusama and Damien Hirst. Held at Palais Renaissance’s Pop and Contemporary Fine Art gallery, from now till the 4th of September, this installation is a display of two of modern art’s most famous artists. Both artists have extremely different styles. Whilst Hirst’s work is constrained, almost to military-like precisions, Kusama’s is free-form and organic. So what are you waiting for, be spotted there!

What ends the weekend better than a great party! Celebrate the end of a long week at Moet and Chandon’s Sassy Summer Pin Up Party. It's held at the exclusive Mink so come dressed to impress. DJs Stas and Fadille will be spinning retro-licious songs, and korean girl band Diana will be making a guest appearance. Head down for a smooth time! Entry is $28, with the inclusion of one standard drink.

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.