Boozy festivals, alternative films and live gigs await

  • By Adam Kerr
  • | Nov 21, 2017

Aqua's gig would've happened this weekend, if not for the fact they decided to cancel "due to unforeseen circumstances". Bad ticket sales, perhaps? On that note, we're also bummed that we won't be able to catch Australian psychedelic rockers Pond (they were so good at the most recent Clockenflap in Hong Kong!) since they too cancelled. But fret not, there’s still much to do this weekend. You should check out Bjorn Shen’s Bird Bird if you haven’t already because it’ll be the last time you can, have a boozy weekend bender at Pinot Palooza and Whisky Live or check out the films at the 28th edition of Singapore International Film Festival.

Friday, Nov 24


Mama White Snake

FILM
For the first time, Singapore International Film Festival presents Midnight Mayhem, a segment that will showcase four international horror films. Kicking it off is It Comes At Night, a film that follows a family who finds solace in a new home set in a post-apocalyptic future after an unknown cataclysm. Other films here. Nov 24

CONCERT
While bubblegum pop might be the path that most Korean artists go down, South Korean outfit Hyukoh has found success in another scene. Just barely three years old, they've risen through the ranks and stirred up the Korean indie scene, earning them the title "Band of the New Generation". Nov 24

FILM/PARTY
Our favorite drag queens The Glory Hoes continue their queer film series with a classic—1995’s Clueless. Expect a ‘90s style cafeteria makeover at The Projector bar, which will serve cocktails and food, before you head in for a special screening of ‘90s teen icons Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy (RIP); DJ Bobby Luo spins a set of ‘90s jams after. Miss the event and stay home for a quiet Friday night in? Ugh, as if. Nov 24

DRINK/HEALTH
Organized by Enterprise Sports Group, Run for Beer 2017 is Singapore’s first and largest beer running event. The race is a winding 3.2km that takes you through the best of Singapore’s landmarks, including the Raffles Landing Site, Boat Quay and Cavenagh Bridge—before ending back at Clarke Quay, no less, for a well-deserved beer. Nov 24

WELLNESS
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. If not, you can always try doing Yoga. Nov 24

ARTS
Spend a day at Goodman Arts Centre as they present their all-new arts event to showcase the leser known side of Singapore's music and arts scene. Goodman: B-sides, which is inspired by the spirit of classic vinyl B-sides, will feature 20 artists who will present their unreleased and undiscovered works across music, film, theater and visual art. Nov 24

DRINK
Mark the end of Movember with a bang at Truefitt & Hill with cocktails like Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned and more by BottlesXO (powered by Proof & Co) at $12 nett, where $2 from each one will go the Movember Foundation. Nov 24

FOOD
Chef Bjorn Shen's Thai- and American-style fried chicken concept Bird Bird is shuttering its doors for good, but not without throwing a smashing farewell party filled with all-you-can-eat menu items like curly fries, softie cups and fried chicken at $39 per person. Nov 24-26

MARKET
It’s random, it’s almost completely unheard of, but the Katong Square Artisans Bazaar is a monthly arts market that happens every last weekend of the month. Head down to Katong Square for knick-knacks and accessories like pouches, leather goods, and even vintage tiffin carriers. Nov 24-26

MUSICAL
Local theater company W!ld Rice has been staging annual holiday musicals for the past 15 years. This season, they're bringing veterans Ivan Heng and Glen Goei (who returns to the stage after 30 years) together for the first time in Mama White Snake, a playful retelling of the ancient Chinese folk tale Madam White Snake. Nov 24-Dec 16

CHARITY
The second edition edition of Dreamseeds Arts Fest kicks off this weekend with a slew of arts exhibits, concert performances and creative workshops. Through Nov 25

CONVENTION
Just in time for you to get your holiday gift shopping done, Singapore's premier lifestyle IT exhibition is back. SITEX 2017 returns to the Singapore Expo with new experiential zones on the exhibition floor, including virtual reality stations, start-up showcases, and the usual buy-and-sell exhibits. Through Nov 26

ARTS
Heartlanders rejoice—the annual National Arts Council initiative Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back once again to bring a series of immersive arts experiences to Jurong, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Chong Pang, Woodlands, Yew Tee, Toa Payoh and Bedok. Through Nov 26

FILM
Now in its 28th edition, Singapore International Film Festival continues to be a shining platform for independent cinema in Asia for 11 days, screening 112 films across a multitude of genres and presentations that will showcase very different storytelling and outstanding cinematography. Check out our picks here. Through Dec 3

FOOD
A trio of French chefs are taking over Open Farm Community's kitchen where they'll be using ingredients from local farms and putting their French touch on all 12 small and sharing plates. There's even an omakase "feed me" menu available. Through Dec 3

MUSICAL
Singapore's hills will be alive once again with The Sound of Music this month, as one of the most highly-acclaimed productions out of West End returns to MasterCard Theatres. Tickets range from $65-185 via Sistic. Through Dec 3

EXHIBITION
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)

Saturday, Nov 25


Pinot Palooza

DRINK
Wine festivals are nothing new in Singapore, but this upcoming one is for the Pinot Noir fans. Pinot Palooza, held at Esplanade Annexe Studio, is an Australian traveling wine and music festival dedicated to the unbridled imbibing of Pinot Noir wines that will be making its debut in Singapore. Nov 25

PARTY
The other Fanciulli brother, Mark (quite sad that he's labelled as "Nic Fanciulli's brother" on Google) will be tearing up the dance floor of Headquarters this weekend, dishing out his own blend of driving bass-lines and melodic synths that sit beautifully between house and techno. Nov 25

CONVENTION
Singapore's highly anticipated and largest sneaker convention, Sole Superior, returns for the fifth time to Zouk. If you're looking to cop a pair of rare kicks and limited edition shoes, this is the place to be. Nov 25

PARTY
Once you're done splurging at Sole Superior, head over to Mao for their first ever afterparty, where Fool's Gold Records' artist and LA-based electronic music producer Falcons will be making his Singapore debut, promising a hyped night of dancehall, electronica and hip hop tunes till the sun comes up. Nov 25

TOUR
As part of Esplanade's 15th anniversary, Esplanade is holding a special "Backstage Pass with..." tour by artists who have performed there or by the center's staff, where up to 20 people at a time will be brought around the rarely accessible backstage areas and see how the arts center run backstage. This weekend, Esplanade's Head of Operational Support Services, Ravi Sivalingam will take you outside to see (and touch) the 7,139 durian spikes of the center's twin domes and go underground to check out the Theater behind the curtains. Nov 25

MARKET
Etsy Made Local is back for its second edition. The initiative was started to celebrate the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Australia and Southeast Asia. Shop and support local Etsy sellers in this two-day pop-up market, and pick up some handmade and vintage goodies; just in time for your Christmas gifting. Nov 25-26

DRINK
Rally the troops and get ready for some non-stop whisky action as Southeast Asia's largest whisky and spirits show, Whisky Live Singapore 2017, returns for its eighth edition. Nov 25-26

EXHIBITION
The Substation asks all the tough questions with Discipline The City, a three-act exhibition exploring the politics of space, control and access in Singapore, through a series of experiential installations from local and international artists. Be prepared to leave disillusioned and wondering: who really owns the city? Read our interview with Alan Oei, artistic director of The Substation here. Through Nov 26 (Act III)

MARKET
Pick up quality fashion pieces, accessories, handmade crafts and jewellery, as well as Christmas-themed gifts at the Christmas Pop Up Fair at Millennia Walk, and support small local businesses while you’re at it. Through Nov 26

Sunday, Nov 26


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

CONCERT
Multiple award-winning Danish electro indie pop darling has been busy making a name for herself co-writing songs and lending vocals to the likes of Avicii, Iggy Azalea and Major Lazer. But for her gig at Zouk this month, she'll stand on her own with her band, performing songs from her expansive discography at Zouk. Nov 26

DRINK/FOOD/WORKSHOP
Robert Parker Wine Advocate (RPWA) is launching their inaugural GastroMonth, where you can skip waiting lists of revered restaurants in Singapore and enjoy a whole month of wining and dining, workshops, and more. Through Nov 26

FESTIVE
As with every year, bask in the Christmas spirit on Orchard Road with the annual light-up along the shopping stretch. They're changing things up a little as this year, the lights will go into full force from 3pm every day in broad daylight. How, you ask? Click here to find out. Through Jan 1, 2018

EXHIBITION
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