Life goes on after V’Day and CNY with film screenings, theatrical debuts, stand-up comedy and more

Still trying to recover from the food coma that is the weekend? Yeah, us too. But once you’re in the thick of things again, seize the day (or in this case, week) for it holds nothing short of fun stuff to do, from film festivals and theatrical debuts to fitness events to get you quickly back in shape.

Monday, Feb 19

Andy Warhol skateboard decks at Lumas Gallery

Pop art meets street culture, as local gallery Lumas Singapore teams up with NGO The Skateroom to present an exhibition of unique skate decks designed using images from legends Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Through Feb 20

First thing’s first; work off all that guilt from indulging in all them CNY goodies over the weekend. Join a group fitness workout class or go for a free trial Tabata class at Mahota Singapore to start the week. Feb 19

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

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

Tuesday, Feb 20

Kumar. Photo credit: Taken from Comedy At Canvas' Facebook page

Catch everyone's favorite drag queen comedian Kumar as he dishes out his usual antics, politically incorrect rants and Singapore issues-based jokes at Canvas. Feb 20

Seems like outdoor yoga is all the rage now. Take part in Yoga by the Bay, an outdoor hatha yoga series for you to end the day with a relaxing but sweaty workout with a full view of Singapore's skyline after being chained to the office table all day. Feb 20

Hong Kong-based stand-up comedian Pete Grella has performed in our region for the past eight years. Hear him wax lyrical about his experiences as an expat at Hero’s, often indulging in self-degradation antics and pointing out his own bad habits. Feb 20

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

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

Wednesday, Feb 21

Kilo Lounge. Photo credit: Taken from Kilo Lounge's Facebook page

The all-giving German DJ and resident at Berlin's open-ended ://about blank, Resom, is taking over the decks at Kilo Lounge this midweek to dish out a repertoire of everything from left-field house and electro to cold techno and '90s tunes. Feb 21

Get hands-on with acrylic paint and learn more about the art of acrylic pouring at this fuss-free Discovery Workshop organized by newly opened arts space Room to Imagine. Perfect for those who just want to unwind and have fun with art while making new friends. Feb 21

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

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

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, Feb 22

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

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

Allies Night is the LGBT-friendly networking party where you can meet new like-minded peers and allies from over 60 companies, ranging from Fortune 500’s to startups. It starts from 6pm, and the first 25 people gets a free drink (alcohol, or otherwise). Best part? Free admission, 10% discount on small bites and happy hour pricing on drinks all night long. Feb 22

Fancy having a satisfying buffet dinner by the bay while tuning in to a five-piece band belting out classy old-world jazz? Renowned Indonesian contemporary-glam band Deredia will be playing for two nights only at The Clifford Pier, offering their mix of pop, rock and blues for the enjoyment of dinner guests as you feast on the restaurant's spread of local-inspired cuisine, as well as specially made Indonesian fare only available on these special nights. Feb 22-23

Photography is more than just creating beautiful images to fill your Instagram feed with. Delve deeper into the history of the medium and its various implications on the current climate. This week's topic for Deck's "The Evolution of Photographic Language"  will cover the photographic effect as a global phenomenon. Feb 22

Remember that third language you picked up in university but slowly forgot because you didn't have anyone to practise it with? If you still have it in you, join in the Singapor BlaBla Language Exchange where you can join various language groups to improve your skills. Feb 22

Lui Hock Seng, an 80-year-old self-taught photographer, will be showcasing more than 30 black and white photographs of Singapore from the '50s to the 70s' at Objectifs. It'll be the first time he'll be presenting his work; about 60 years after picking up the hobby. Through Mar 11

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

Friday, Feb 23


The Chinese New Year long weekend may be over but that doesn’t mean the party stops there. 1-Altitude and Hennessy are teaming up to throw their own CNY celebration 282 meters above sea level with the special Blooming Burgundy cocktail made of orange jam, lemon, apricot brandy, Hennessy and red wine. Expect performances by One Avenue and DJs Leonard Tan and Jack T. Feb 23

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 23

Last year, The Glory Hoes accused The Necessary Stage, organizers of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, of censorship, after their event "The Glory Hoes present Paris is Burning (1990), was withdrawn just as the official program brochure was going to print. Nonetheless, the show must go on, with the film that brought to the mainstream voguing, shade and all out realness from the Harlem's drag houses and balls in the '80s being screened at The Projector, followed by a fashion catwalk and a campy, fun and debaucherous after-party. Feb 23


"Why We Chat" by Edward Lam Dance Theatre

The long Chinese New Year weekend may be over, but you can still immerse yourself in arts and culture at the 16th edition of the Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts, starting on the eighth day of the Lunar New Year. Organized by the Esplanade, the festival will showcase local and international Chinese artists across all disciplines. There'll be a total of 16 ticketed productions such as; a concert by Taiwanese indie pop sensation Crowd Lu; an Esplanade-commissioned piece titled I Came At Last To The Seas by The Theatre Practice; Edward Lam Dance Theatre's Why We Chat, which stars Golden Horse Award winner Sylvia Chang and Taiwanese actor David Wang; along with more than 100 free performances. Feb 23-Mar 4

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The Singapore Cult and Underground Film Festival (SCUFF) is back again for three days of alternative movies that don't necessarily follow the norms of films, plots and imagery. Take your pick from a Golden Horse Award winning animation, two horror flicks and a '70s Yakuza film and more. Feb 23-25

The iconic original West End and Broadway production of Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice is making its Asian premiere at The Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Even if you're not a fan, you'll definitely recognize classics like "Don't Cry For me Argentina" , and "On This Night of a Thousand Stars". Feb 23-Mar 11

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

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