Documentaries, confronting films, a celebration of artistes with disabilities and more

It’s a little less hectic this week, but we all need some quiet in our lives, especially after an entire St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Wind down this week with a couple of confronting films, interactive theater and more.
 

Monday, Mar 19


Star Flyer at Prudenial Marina Bay Carnival

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

FILM
Dunkirk may not have won the best picture at this year's Oscars, but it did go home with the awards for Best Sound Editing, best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. If you missed catching this in the big screens, you might want to watch this Christopher Nolan-directed war epic at Canvas to kickstart the week. Mar 19
 

Tuesday, Mar 20


Dodo at Treasures of the Natural World

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

PERFORMANCE
Singapore-based group Havana Social Club Trio will taking over Artistry for one last live performance of Cuban and Latin American music before the space closes at the end of the week. Mar 20

FOOD
World renowned chef and restaurateur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will be in town to whip up a one-night-only special menu in celebration of The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar’s first anniversary. So meet him in person as he presents a delectable four-course sharing menu featuring dishes like his signature Egg Mimosa with Caviar and Chives, Crispy Cod with Sweet Pea Gribiche and Burnt Ends of Wagyu Tenderloin with Chimichurri and Lime. There’s a wine pairing option too. Mar 20

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 25
 

Wednesday, Mar 21

Screening of Noces at Francophonie Festival

FESTIVAL
Celebrate all things French at at Alliance Francaise's Francophonie Festival. This year, they've teamed up with the French, Belgium, Canadian and Swiss embassies to bring you the best of Francophone culture through four conferences, nine premiere films, two workshops, one exhibition and one concert. Check out our film picks here. Through Mar 28

PERFORMANCE
Collective Minds and Carhatt are setting the stage at Kilo Lounge for Detroit rapper, singer-songwriter and producer Illa J this week. He'll be joined by special guest DJ Rags, the former head of music for Boiler Room. Mar 21

FOOD
Following the the performance of the ‘El Ronqueo De Atún’, a 3,000 year-old traditional Spanish art of dissecting a whole tuna, for the first time in Singapore on Tuesday, the FOC Group of restaurants will be serving up special menus featuring parts of the celebrated fish. On Wednesday, expect Spanish-Japanese set lunch and dinner menus at FOC Restaurant on Hong Kong Street, then head on over to FOC PIM PAM in Orchard on Thursday for a selection of tapas using different parts of the bluefin tuna. Mar 21-22

THEATER
Hot on the heels of The Imaginarium of Disco David, local nomadic theater group And So Forth is back with a new pop-up feast planned. Adventures in Grimmsneyland will focus on the darker sides of fairy tales—as evidenced by the reference to the Brothers Grimm, whose folk tales were anything but pleasant—and take audience members through various worlds. Through Apr 21
 

Thursday, Mar 22


A piece by Lee Mun Choong at Hail, Chinese Culture!

EXHIBITION
Singapore's most esteemed disabled artists exhibit oriental works in a series of three parts at Hail, Chinese Culture!, organized by local charity organization Very Special Arts Singapore and Pan Pacific Singapore. Through Mar 30

FILM
It's the final week to catch a film at Smash the Glass!, a film festival that has been presenting films on women’s stories every Thursday this past March. This week, watch Noces, a coming-of-age story that follows a college student who has to deal with far too many stressors—her traditional Pakistani parents, an unexpected pregnancy, and the age-old concern of making your own life choices. Mar 22

MARKET
In conjunction with their “Tough as Nails” panel, co-working space WeWork is also celebrating female creators and their works. Stop by to pick up everything from jewelry to candles and accessories; and know that you’re supporting deserving local artists here. Mar 22

DRINK/FOOD
Thursdays are pretty much the new Fridays for the peeps behind BottlesXO and The Meat Club. Head over to BXO's rooftop and enjoy free flow of craft beers to go complement The Meat Club's tender meats and sausages, grilled to whet the appetites of even the pickiest of eaters. Mar 22

FESTIVAL
The inaugural True Colours Festival, the largest Asia Pacific celebration of artistes with disabilities in the region, will bring together 20 artistes and troupes in over 30 performances, as well as a free-admission outdoor festival village with activities educating on disability. Check out our interview with local deaf dancer and choreographer Muhd Ammar Nasrulhaq here. Mar 22-25

ART
We've already seen a insiders' look at Jurong, but the upcoming bi-annual Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) returns this March and will spotlight the northside heartland of Ang Mo Kio. AYN celebrates its 10th anniversary in this neighborhood with nearly 50 activities, a third of which will draw inspiration from this district's rich history. Through Mar 25
 

Friday, Mar 23


Screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" at Stories That Matter

FILM
Not all films are just for entertainment. Enter Stories That Matter, an annual program held by Objectifs to address critical issues through both film and photography. This third edition's theme is borders, tackling matters of physical, social and political borders that both define and restrict communities and laying out on the table possible ways of collaboration and change. Apart from exhibitions and seminars, this program will also be screening Singapore premieres of five documentaries. Through Apr 29

TOUR
It’s one thing to take a walk through hell at Haw Par Villa during the day, and a whole other experience if you go at night. The twilight tour of Haw Par Villa is back—check out the infamous 10 Courts of Hell, King of Ghosts, the upcoming Hell’s Museum and the Aw family memorials. Mar 23

FILM/PARTY
Head down to The Projector and catch If I Think of Germany At Night, a documentary that will give you a glimpse of German's profound electronic music scene, home of some of the greatest techno producers in the world. A special after party follows, featuring one of the featured DJs in the documentary, helming the decks. Mar 23

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. Mar 23

TOUR
OH! Open House is no stranger to immersive art experiences. Since 2009, the company has garnered a name for itself—for its art walks and tours that go deep into unexplored neighborhoods, and illuminate the heritage of the place from inside people’s homes. This year, however, OH! takes to Emerald Hill, for a provocative discussion of Singapore’s relationship with colonialism. Through Mar 25

FESTIVAL
Your favorite sustainable light art festival is back this month. i Light Marina Bay 2018 will once again bring together a vibrant display of innovative and sustainable light art installations. Artists from Singapore and around the world have been invited to transform the waterfront precinct for a visual showcase, along with music performances, a carnival, outdoor food fair and an interactive art inflatable park. Through Apr 1

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  Banksy, Shepard Fairey and more. Through Jun 3