Weekend for the arts: Rimbun Dahan open house, refugee art exhibit


Visitors can explore the Rimbun Dahan arts centre this Sunday during its Open Day programme, which features studio visits, workshops and a garden tour. Photo: Nazir Azhari

ART: RIMBUN DAHAN OPEN DAY

Venue: Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor

Date: Nov 20

This Sunday, leave election stress behind, and visit private arts centre Rimbun Dahan for a peaceful day of art and greenery. Rimbun Dahan is the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela, a couple who have opened up their arts space and provided residency programmes for hundreds of artists through the years.

For the open day, visitors - come in comfortable clothes and walking shoes - can meet five current resident artists from South-East Asia, tour the centre's native garden, and also take a poetry workshop.

From 9am-11am, Angela will give a tour of her indigenous South-East Asian garden. From 10am-6pm, resident visual artists Catriona Maddocks (Britain/Sarawak), Sittiphon Lochaisong (Thailand), and Pasutt Kanrattanasutra (Thailand) will display the works they have made during their residency in their studios. Current resident writer Rayji de Guia (Philippines) will give workshops on blackout poetry (various times throughout the day).

From 2.30pm-3.30pm, resident writer Marco Ferrarese (Italy) will give a workshop on turning ideas into articles that sell.

Free entry, no registration required for groups smaller than five people. For larger groups, or with any other queries, email arts@rimbundahan.org.

More info here.

The 'Bridging Borders' exhibitions features artwork from 13 refugee artists based in Malaysia.  The 'Bridging Borders' exhibitions features artwork from 13 refugee artists based in Malaysia.

Art: Bridging Borders

Venue: East Residence KLGCC Resort, KL

Date: Nov 19

Greater Action is showcasing Bridging Borders this Saturday, the latest art show brought by the Kuala Lumpur-based non-profit, social organisation.

Bridging Borders’ primary focus is to motivate the artists by giving them a platform to showcase their creations and allowing them to freely express their emotions through their art.

The exhibition will feature more than 120 original art pieces by 13 talented and self-taught refugee artists living in Kuala Lumpur who are from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Syria.

The event will also feature poetry reading, personal storytelling, live drawing sessions by the artists as well as tea and food prepared by the Afghan refugees.

"Bridging Borders is so much more than just an innovative art platform. It showcases the artists’ dreams and concerns, highlighting the commonalities of everyday emotions, such as love, fear, happiness and sadness, that we all experience as humans - helping us overcome our walls, our borders, (and) our differences," said the founder of Greater Action, Julie Das, in the statement.

All proceeds of the sales from all sections will go towards the refugee artists, cooks and tailors and to support the activities for them.

Free admission. The exhibit is open: 10am to 9pm.

More info here.

A scene from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', a perennial favourite from KL Shakespeare Players, which plays at DPAC, Petaling Jaya this weekend. Photo: Alpha Moments  A scene from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', a perennial favourite from KL Shakespeare Players, which plays at DPAC, Petaling Jaya this weekend. Photo: Alpha Moments

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM BY KL SHAKESPEARE PLAYERS

Venue: Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Petaling Jaya

Date: Nov 19 and 20

Be quick! There might be a few more tickets left for KL Shakespeare Players' latest performance A Midsummer Night's Dream, a much-loved production that is a real crowd-puller despite the general election season.

"Yes, we know Nov 19 is a big day for Malaysia. But if you would like to distract yourself in the evening after the vote, come watch this fun and hilarious version of A Midsummer Night's Dream!" reads a Facebook message from KL Shakespeare Players.

In the production, six male actors play all roles, deploying also puppets and masks.

Together they create the play’s three worlds: the realm of the court and the young lovers; the magical and dream-inducing forest of spirits and fairies; and the pragmatic world of the down-to-earth but comic Mechanicals.

Helming the 100-minute show is Lim Kien Lee, the artistic director and co-founder of KL Shakespeare Players.

More info here.

The Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 Portrait Photography Exhibition will open at Temu House in Petaling Jaya this Sunday. Photo: KLPA The Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 Portrait Photography Exhibition will open at Temu House in Petaling Jaya this Sunday. Photo: KLPA

KLPA 2022: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Venue: Temu House, Petaling Jaya

Date: Nov 20-Jan 1

If you missed the Kuala Lumpur Photography Awards (KLPA) 2022 finalists exhibition in September in downtown KL, then you're in luck!

Temu House will be hosting the same exhibition of 34 finalists at its intimate space in Petaling Jaya, starting this Sunday.

This second showing now gives viewers in the Petaling Jaya area the opportunity to enjoy the competition's theme of humans and humanity from various perspectives.

Visitors can drop by during weekends, 10am - 5pm to check out the exhibition.

More info here.

British musical 'Big Men In Town' plays Zepp Kuala Lumpur on Nov 22. Photo: Big Men In TownBritish musical 'Big Men In Town' plays Zepp Kuala Lumpur on Nov 22. Photo: Big Men In Town

MUSICAL: BIG MEN IN TOWN

Venue: Zepp Kuala Lumpur

Date: Nov 22

British musical tribute show Big Men In Town is set to thrill pop music fans later this month. It's best to plan ahead if you don't want to miss out on the tickets.

Featuring a cast from the musical and theatre scene in Britain, this 90-minute live all-singing, all-dancing stage show will take music fans on a journey through the best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ catalogue.

On stage, Blackpool-born singer Jordan Kennedy will be playing the lead role (Frankie) in Big Men In Town, while Adam Curtis (music director/choreographer) turns on the style as Tommy DeVito.

Jordan Smart takes on the Bob Gaudio role, while Benjamin Keith completes the line-up as Nick Massi.

The musical setlist, which will tell the story of the “Jersey Boys” sound, will include pop classics such as Oh What A Night, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Beggin’ and many more.

Fans can look forward to falsetto vocal marvels and tight harmonies at this live show, presented by Homme Productions.

More info here.

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