16 things to see, do, eat and drink in Singapore this week (Feb 8-12)

Chinese New Year is here, and if you’re really sick and tired of your relatives hounding you, all you have to do is gather a few friends during the holidays and sneak off. And while you’re dreading heading back to the office on Wednesday, don’t fret. There is lots more to do. Here’s what to check out:

Mon, Feb 8

Hit 1-Altitude’s Madonna-themed party, where you may win a pair of tickets to her concert at a lucky draw.

Been stuffing your faces this CNY? Zouk’s resident DJs, Ghetto and Matthew, will spin tracks that’ll make you work off some calories.

Learn how to dance the Bachata (a type of social dance from the Dominican Republic) and sashay to some salsa, kizomba, or zouk at this Monday session.

Tue, Feb 9

The Istana is open today, so go catch a lion dance or a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.

The Singapore Art Museum is having a Chinese New Year open housecheck out all the work for free or learn to make your own wall art here.

DJ Anand is spinning some house at Ce La Vi this Tuesday, so head on down when you’re done with visiting and loosen up.

Wed, Feb 10

Part of Singapore history, the Chan Chor Min Tong house is open for one day only this year. Check out the old house and marvel at its significance.

Watch Hong Kong-based art collective The Parents’ Parents create two murals at Hotel Jen Tanglin. You can chill at the J65 restaurant from from 12-2:30pm for $29.

The Projector is screening Oscar nominated films like Room and The Revenant today, so you have to see them before you gear up for the awards ceremony.

EJ Missy is spinning at Kyo with Tye West, with the latter bringing his soulful sounds to Singapore from NYC.

Thu, Feb 11

Swedish comedian Frederick Andersson (who performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) will be in town. Expect jokes from his show, titled, “The Stockholm Syndrome.”

It’s a pretty auspicious day to head to JustCo’s co-working space for an ice-breaking and networking session. Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet your next business partner there.

It’s a good time to check out Whitegrass, Chijmes‘ hot new restaurant. If you spend at least $150 at any of the food outlets there, you’ll get $5 off your next Grab ride.

Fri, Feb 12

This month’s Speakeasy poetry series is the annual V-Day edition, where the city’s literary types read their favorite love poems by everyone from Shakespeare to Snoop Dogg.

If your yoga routine’s getting too samey, then give barre a go at Singapore’s first new barre studio WeBarre. The workout is a blend of yoga, pilates, strength training and ballet techniques. 

The Singapore Pinacotheque is having a graffiti exhibition, featuring local talent like Antz, Zero and TraseOne. Expect a psychedelic showcase at this one.