Get ready for techno gigs, films, and the post-party recovery plan

The week is over. The month is new. Forget about creating headspace cause it’s time to just let loose and surrender your body, mind and soul to the music. This weekend’s all about the parties and the mindful recovery classes you can take. Else, there are a couple of other fun things to fill your time other than staying home to catch the premiere of Altered Carbon (our review here, by the way).

Friday, Feb 2


Headquarters. Photo credit: The Council's Facebook page

PARTY
Join UK producer Third Son and be a voluntary prisoner of great music as he steps into the infamous cage at Headquarters to bring you into a world of arresting melodies, body-snatching grooves and pulsating beats. Feb 2

PERFORMANCE
Get your dose of jazz, funk and R&B at Lulu's Lounge as Singapore-based musicians The Pocket Watchers take the stage. Feb 2

DANCE
Learn a thing or two about salsa from resident instructor Cheryl Wu as Kult Kafe's Salsa Under The Stars returns after a long hiatus. Once you've got the groove of things, flaunt your stuff to the tunes of DJs May May, Shellsuit and Stew Bamrah. Feb 2

PARTY
Singapore's coolest parking lot bar, The Great Escape, will be popping off with a delicious cauldron of classic funk, soul, latin, jazz, afro, hip-hop, house and disco music, freshly prepared and dished out by the likes of MC SWTLKR and a number of "Golden Mile all-stars" for this edition of Kampong Boogie. Feb 2

HEALTH
Calling all Star Wars fans who're looking for a way to stay in shape—sign up for a SaberFit Fitness Class at Safra Toa Payoh, where you can reap the benefits of a full-on, high energy workout while living out your lightsaber-wielding and -fighting dreams. Feb 2

THEATER/DRINK/FOOD
Watch, dine and be part of the action in the upcoming theatrical dining experience, Diva to the Death. Held at Monti's At-1 Pavilion, this 105-minute self-styled sexy comic romp showcases two characters with different music backgrounds—jazz and getai—working the crowd and entertaining them while they dig into some Italian/Singaporean fusion dishes. Feb 2-Mar 2

THEATER
Just how much do you know about the cultural, social and collective expectations of a traditional Chinese wedding? Visual artist and 2018 Young Artist Award recipient Kray Chen takes that perceived knowledge and puts a twist on the usual rituals in 5 Rehearsals for a Wedding, to shine a light on the anxieties and behaviors that come with weddings of today. Through Feb 11

ART/FILM
Asian Film Archive’s (AFA) annual flagship and visual art series, State of Motion, is back for its third edition. This time, they’ll be exploring film as a medium of cultural and ideological changes of Singapore during 1955-1965, featuring 10 films that were produced in that decade such as Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961), Hang Tuah (1956) and Hang Jebat (1961). There’ll also be exhibitions, public art walks, panel discussions and guided film location tours to give a deeper perspective on the topic. Through Feb 11

EXHIBITION
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. Through Feb 12

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

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

CARNIVAL
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 UK, Germany and Italy. Through Apr 1

Saturday, Feb 3


Sven Vath

PARTY
All hail the godfather of techno. German producer Sven Vath, or more affectionately known as Papa Sven by fans, will be in town to do what he does best on the decks of Zouk's main room. Feb 3

DANCE
Dress up and make sure whatever you’re wearing is salsa-friendly as Post Bar is going to have an electric Latino Night. Have a boozy-fuelled night mojitos, classic margaritas and, if you’re a go-getter, tequila shots. Feb 3

PARTY
Traverse the deeper and darker side of the underground as UK-based techno producer Stephanie Sykes pulls out all the stops behind the cage at Headquarters. Feb 3

WELLNESS
Calm your mind and join a bunch of like-minded individuals in an Open-Air Meditation session at Botanic Gardens in the morning before you go on about your day to prepare for the upcoming festive season. Feb 3

PARTY
For the first time, the raucous Emo Night will be held on a Saturday instead of the usual Thursday slot. So dust off your Chucks, black jacket and eyeliners, because now there's no reason to indulge in a little screaming, moshing, drink promos and potentially tear-jerking memory-pegged songs of yesteryear. Feb 3

FILM
There seems to be an influx of outdoor screenings (and on the beach, no less) in Sentosa. This one's taking place at Emerald Pavilion, and focuses on Asian titles. Up this weekend is the hilarious Thai rom-com by Mez Tharatorn, I Fine..Thank You Love You, which unfolds the love story between a student and his English tutor. Feb 3

PARTY
While the view of Singapore's skyline from Ce La Vi at night is stupendous, you should also take the chance to see it during the day. And what better than to swing by their hectic and super fun daytime Sky High Brunch party, where you can sip on endless glasses of boozy and get your munchers on delicious grub while resident DJs Brendon P and Joshua P dish out them groovy tunes. Feb 3

EXHIBITION
If you have a penchant for urban exploration but have nowhere else to go, you might want to drop by Raid; a three-week-long exhibition taking place at the historic Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter. Eight promising artists will be presenting their interpretation of the site through sculptures, installations and conceptual art. Through Feb 3

EXHIBITION
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

EXHIBITION
You'd think a traveling exhibition from the London Natural History Museum would be hard to top, but ArtScience Museum's upcoming shtick will trace 40 years of street art, from its controversial beginnings as expressions of counterculture, to its current standing as a major pillar of contemporary art. Art from the Streets will feature the works of the world's top street artists, such as Magda Danysz, Banksy, Shepard Fairey and more. Through Jun 3

Sunday, Feb 4


Dodo Bird at Treasures of the Natural World in ArtScience Museum

WELLNESS
After two days of hardcore partying, you'll probably need a hard body reset. If you can get out of bed in the morning, detox and take a nice stroll with a couple of friends to find hidden gems of the culturally diverse Jalan Besar neighborhood at this heritage walk. Feb 4

EXHIBITION
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 rose. Through Mar 11

EXHIBITION
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

EXHIBITION
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