Make room for me-time before it gets hectic again; yoga classes, thoughtful exhibitions and inspiring films await

  • By Adam Kerr
  • | Jan 05, 2018

It’s a time of introspection and goal creation; it’s never too late to set up realistic resolutions for this year. While it’s still relatively quiet this week, spend some time with yourself and work through whatever it is you might have brought over from 2017. There’s a bunch of yoga classes to take, exhibitions to check out and films to watch.

Monday, Jan 8

"Maze Out", 2017 by oomleo at Singapore Art Museum's Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia

Perhaps one of your New Year resolutions is to be more aware and in touch with yourself. Take up a 90-minute Kundalini Yoga class at Farrer Park learn a series of movement, breathing and meditation to gain inner peace. Jan 8

In a stunning collab between National Gallery Singapore and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Claude Monet and his contemporaries grace our sunny island with over 60 Impressionist masterpieces in Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, featuring works like the dreamy Le Bassin aux nympheas, harmonie roseThrough Mar 11, 2018

If you fancy yourself a cinema enthusiast, the Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia is a must-go. In a series of immersive, multi-medium installations, the exhibition brings together the works of 10 artists and art collectives from across the region. Here are five you should check out. Through Mar 18, 2018

Tuesday, Jan 9

Popcorn Movie Nights at Palawan Green, Sentosa. Photo credit: Popcorn's Facebook page

Spend Tuesday nights watching a free movie at Popcorn Movie Nights, over at Palawan Green in Sentosa. This week's chosen film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, tells the story of a man working in the publishing world who often zones out into his own little world of action and romance. But his job is threatened when a photo negative goes missing, so he goes on an epic adventure to solve the problem. Jan 9

Catch everyone's favorite drag queen comedian Kumar as he dishes out his usual antics, politically incorrect rants and Singapore issues-based jokes at Canvas. Jan 9

Catch the works of Michael Haneke, as Alliance Francaise de Singapour, Goethe-Institut Singapore and Anticipate Pictures bring you 10 of the Austrian film director's films this month and next. This week, they're screening Cache, a psychological thriller about a TV host who receives unsolicited packages of tapes and disturbing drawings from an anonymous source. The contents of the packages become more personal, and becomes more worrying as he senses imminent threat to his life and his family. Jan 9

On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21, 2018

A cursed gem, a dodo and a giant stuffed sloth walk into a museum; the punchline is that they’re here to stay till the end of April. Treasures of the Natural World , the traveling exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London, makes its first and only stop in Southeast Asia at the ArtScience Museum, bringing over 200 of the London museum’s star artefacts Through Apr 29, 2018

Wednesday, Jan 10

Upstairs at Headquarters by The Council. Photo credit: The Council's Facebook page

If you've yet to check out Headquarters' latest digs, Upstairs, then spend this week's hump day after work with a couple of friends, indulge in a couple of strong tipples and get jiggy with Johan Lavoo and Toppings as they blaze through the night with a selection of house, funk and disco. Jan 10

The problematic issues surrounding climate change and the ocean take center stage at this exhibition presented by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Featuring contributions by 12 artists, filmmakers, composers and researchers who made trips to islands in the Pacific, The Oceanic focuses on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres. Through Mar 8, 2018

Curated by acclaimed art historian Lorand Hegyi, The Artist’s Voice, brings together the works of 34 contemporary artists from around the world, to reflect on socio-political issues and the human conditioning through mediums ranging from sculpture and video. Through Mar 18, 2018

Thursday, Jan 11

Kilo Laughs presents: Story Party. Photo credit: Kilo Lounge's Facebook page

With all the Christmas and New Year's festivities over, learn to take care of yourself and join in the twilight edition of Urban Yogis’ Pop-Up Yoga series at on the MBS Boardwalk. Jan 11

Have something constructive to say about Singapore and truly want to contribute and make a change (keyboard warriors, stay out)? Legislative Assistants for Louis Ng, MP of Nee Soon East, will explain in detail Singapore's parliamentary processes in Parliament 101 so you can learn how to get yourself heard to the right legislative bodies in Singapore. Jan 11

We Will Have Been Young will showcase photographs of 12 budding photographers from the region who went through a mentorship with German photographers Jorg Bruggemann and Tobias Kruse (of Ostkreuz - Agentur der Fotografen) after being selected at the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass at Obscura FEstival of Photography 2016. Jan 11

If high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn't a challenge for you anymore, try doing it on water. Over at ParkRoyal on Beach Road, these low-impact classes will require you to do a fun, full body workout that include burpees, lunges, squats and aquaclimbers on a solid float in their pool. Jan 11

Besides music, the one thing we all have in common is our experiences with the good, the bad, and the ugly side of dating. Come hear stories that will make you laugh, cry and feel things at Story Party, a live storytelling show of professional storytellers sharing their true anecdotes of dating. Post-show hook-up sold separately. Jan 11-13

Rev up your weekend with the annual Singapore Motor Show, as more than 20 motoring brands flex their latest and hottest wheels at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. Jan 11-14

Friday, Jan 12

Havana Social Club at Intermission Bar, The Projector. Photo credit: Havana Social Club's Facebook page

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of Singapore's longest-running house and techno nights, ONE, helmed by the inimitable Aldrin, and his sidekick TrevD, at Kilo Lounge. This music series has made a home in many nightlife institutions since its inception at Zouk in 2003. Jan 12

Singapore-based group Havana Social Club takes over The Projector's Intermission Bar for their first 2018 live performance of music from Cuba and Latin America. Vaporize the dancefloor, shake that booty and have unadulterated fun with your buddies. Jan 12

A new month calls for a new Katong Square Lifestyle & Vintage Market, which, with its vinyl records and vintage goods, touts itself as Singapore’s only true blue vintage flea market. Resident booths include familiar names like The Retro Factory, Memory Lane and The Great Vinyl Exchange; but be sure to hit up the “casual booths” for preloved bargains. Jan 12-14

Alternative gallerists kult have collaborated with German cultural organization Goethe-Institut to curate a sartorial exhibition on games and politics as a reflection of the political nightmare that was 2017, and the conversations we should continue to have. Open your mind and have your hand at the Games and Politics over at Kult Studio & Gallery. Jan 12-Feb 12

Get your adrenaline pumping at Singapore's largest carnival. The massive Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will span across 25,000 sqm (or the size of three and a half football fields) at The Promontory and Bayfront, and boasts more than 40 rides and games—most of which are from the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Through Apr 1, 2018