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What’s on stage in Singapore August 2013: Pop concerts, comedy gigs, dance shows and more

There’s something for everyone in this month’s listings…

Shutterbugs could win up to US$25,000 

Say Cheese

Students, amateurs and professionals are invited to submit contemporary images to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, which offers cash prizes of up to US$25,000 plus the latest equipment. Since its 2007 launch, over 555,000 images have been submitted. Time is on your side: student submissions close on 6 December; amateur and professional submissions close on 6 and 9 January 2014 respectively. Shortlisted and winning photographs will be published in Sony’s World Photography Awards and exhibited at Somerset House, London. Visit www.worldphoto.org for further details.


Comedy Caravan  

The sharp-tongued comics of the ninth annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival bring us their laugh-out-loud insights from 31 July to 4 August at the DBS Art Centre. EL caught up with funny-men Nazeem Hussain and Tommy Dean for their take on Singapore.

Just as the tiger assesses its prey, Tommy says, he looks for audience members to use as possible “content”; but Nazeem says he is ready to banter with anyone who volunteers or draws attention to themselves. And despite their razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast comebacks, neither is above asking the audience for a little help in dealing with hecklers.

Both are confident in their ability to break down cultural barriers. Nazeem has Singlish down pat and will add lah to every sentence, while Tommy will frequent restaurants with photographs of the dishes on their menus and simply point to order, after deftly choping his seat with a packet of tissues. Speaking of food, both are game to sample local cuisine, although Tommy admits his aversion to stingray. As for drinking competitions, he says: “I’m not down with it in any form, but I am open to a Milo- chugging competition.”

Nazeem will endeavour to keep his waistline in check, though, and imagines lazing at “the hotel with the roof pool” (Marina Bay Sands).  Tommy’s dreams about camping out at a hawker centre, “eating satay sticks all day and night”.

Secure your tickets (from $46) to the MICF early, as previous years have been sellouts. Frank Woodley, Nazeem Hussain (Best MICF Newcomer 2008), Tommy Dean and Kate McLennan (MICF Barry Award Nominee 2007) will keep you chortling, and Daniel Townes plays host. Catch the 8pm performances from 31 July to 2 August, with a double show (6pm and 9pm) on 3 August and an early final show (6pm) on 4 August. Rated 16. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg


Mr Worldwide

Pitbull is heading back to our shores for one night, 31 August. The slick American-Cuban rapper, known for wearing sharp suits and doing catchy duets with every starlet and R&B chart-topper, is bringing his Global Warming tour to the Max Pavilion (Expo Hall 10) stage.

Tickets $88 to $158. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg


A Daughter’s Love

Meet Elaine, a loving daughter and physics teacher who has vowed to save her stroke-afflicted father from further decline, while attempting to deal with life’s countless distractions, disappointments and moments of joy. Everything But The Brain is a story of love and strength in the face of adversity. Jean Tay’s production was first staged in Singapore in 2005 (with two sold-out runs) and later received “Best Actor” and “Best Original Script” at the 2006 Life Theatre Awards.

Performances at DBS Arts Centre from 10 to 21 August. Tickets $35 to $55. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg


Breezin’ with George

Timeless entertainer and jazz legend, George Benson will perform at Kallang Theatre on 26 August. With 40 albums already to his name, Benson released album number 41, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, in June. The ten-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter cites his ability to meld pop, R&B and other styles for his continued appeal to a broad audience. His timeless tunes include “On Broadway”, “The Ghetto”, “The Greatest Love of All” and “Give Me The Night”.

Tickets ($98 to $168) to the Greatest Hits & Inspiration tour available from Sistic. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg | lamcproductions.com


Hungry For Dance

Optical Appetite is a contemporary dance work by RAW Moves, an annexe of the National University’s Centre for the Arts. Questioning our consumerist society, the piece explores human curiosity, greed and the inability to avoid temptation, while revealing the countless layers of disguise we wear to protect our fragile selves. Artistic director Ricky Sim and guest choreographer Richard Causer present this free performance at 8pm on 28 August at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) theatre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent.

Tickets will be allocated one hour before the performance on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited to two tickets per person. 6516 2492 | nus.edu.sg/cfa



Pinacothèque de Paris will open its first museum outside of Europe at the Fort Canning Centre in early 2015. Mirroring the design of Paris’s largest private art museum, the Singapore annexe will borrow classic and contemporary works from private collections, showcasing the diverse styles of great artists such as Harmensz, Modigliani, Munch, Pollack, Rembrandt and van Gogh. Famed for shunning traditional art classification, museum founder and art historian, Marc Restellini, hopes to inspire passion for art by displaying notable works in unique ways. Look out for the Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris pop-up exhibition in September. pinacotheque.com