Concerts, closed-door gigs and parties this mid-November

It's set to be a very music-laden week this mid-November. Take your pick of international concerts and smaller local gigs, catch a production, or dance like no one's watching at one of the many parties happening around the island. If you like good foreign films, the French Film Festival is back in town too.

Monday, Nov 12

African husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam are practically musical legends in their Native Mali; after performing for more than 40 years, they’ll be making their one-night-only Singapore debut at the Capitol Theatre. Both blind from a young age, the couple is widely celebrated for their Afro-pop sound infused with traditional Malian music, African instrumentation, Afro-blues, and ‘80s pop. It’s African music like you’ve never heard before. Nov 12

Mean Girls Day (ie. October 3rd) might be over, but there’s always reason to rewatch the iconic chick flick. Head down to Bar Canary for a screening of Mean Girls and a special Ladies Night promotion; the limit (to your alcohol consumption) does not exist. Nov 12

The next edition of open mic destination:INK is all about reflecting on feeling invalidation to the word ‘no’ in November. Come share your original stories, poems, or music; or just come to watch other incredible local wordsmiths do. Nov 12

Trace the Polaroid camera’s fascinating history at the National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology, featuring over 200 Polaroid artefacts and artworks from the original collection. Through Mar 10, 2019

Tuesday, Nov 13

An American sweetheart in his own right, Charlie Puth has come a long way since starting out on YouTube, and then seeing a meteoric rise to fame for co-writing, co-producing and performing "See You Again" with Wiz Khalifa, a tribute to the late Paul Walker for the Furious 7 soundtrack. He’s making his way to The Star Theatre to promote his sophomore album Voicenotes. Nov 13

The French Film Festival by the Embassy of France in Singapore and Alliance Française de Singapour is back for an amazing 2018 edition. With a diverse line-up of close to 30 celebrated masterpieces spanning genres of drama, comedy, children’s films and even horror, you’re bound to be laughing, crying and screaming from the edge of your seats. Through Nov 18

You don't know what you've been missing out on if you've never had a taste of fine Hokkaido cuisine. In an unprecedented move, three-Michelin-starred chef Masaki Miyakawa and his elite kitchen team from Niseko's Sushi Shin will be in Singapore at Nami for a two-week pop-up, presenting crafted sushi set menus that are bound to be mind blowing. Through Nov 18

Wednesday, Nov 14

American rapper and producer Oddisee has performed with the likes of The Roots, Jazzy Jeff, and De La Soul; his musical style blends hip-hop and influences from his parents’ heritages (Sundanese and African American). Now with more than 10 studio albums to his name, he’ll be playing a guest set at Kilo Lounge, supported by DC producer Olivier St. Louis. Nov 14

After being murdered earlier this year in Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar, Jo Kukathas will see more blood at the Singapore premiere of Guards At The Taj, staged by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. The award-winning play by American dramatist Rajiv Joseph is a dark comedy revolving around a myth behind the Taj Mahal's legendary construction—one that may or may not diminish its rep as a Seventh Wonder of the World. Nov 14-Dec 1

Veteran playwright Michael Chiang's ground-breaking production on transsexuals finding love Private Parts returns, 26 years after its 1992 premiere, for a star-studded reboot at the National Library. Read more about the 21st Century restaging and his all-new theatre company here. Through Nov 18

Make a date with these local plays and productions happening till the end of the year.

Powerful ladies step up to the plate in Objectifs’ Women in Photography photo exhibition. This year, in line with prolific collective movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, the exhibition will throw pertinent issues of politics, sexuality and cultural oppression into the spotlight via poignant visuals from international female photographers. Through Nov 18

The Great Moscow Circus has come to town (their first time in over a decade), and you won't want to miss catching some of the world's most dangerous acts and high-energy performances from the stands of the big top erected at the Bayfront. Through Nov 23

Thursday, Nov 15

The Great Christmas Village 2017

The massive Christmas Village at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza is back for the second time, and this year, they’re running it for longer. Over 42 days, there’ll be plenty to do, eat and drink thanks to a collab with Timbre. The homegrown F&B and music group will be in charge of the Food Village, where food kiosks by the likes of New Ubin Seafood and Two Wings will be set up. There'll also be a Craft Beer Bar and performances from Timbre’s musicians too, naturally. Take a ride on the beautiful duplex carousel before you head home. Nov 15-Dec 26

Come celebrate the 10th year anniversary of local dance troupe T.H.E Dance Company at their annual dance showcase: Under the subsidiary T.H.E Second Company, liTHE 2018 will feature 12 dancers and choreography by local choreographers Anthea Seah, Goh Shou Yi and Marcus Foo from their three-year incubation programme. Nov 15-17

Rounding out the 2018 season for The Second Breakfast Company is The Old Woman & the Ox, written by 20-year-old playwright Isaiah Lee. When the ghosts of her memories come back to haunt her, protagonist Aileen must learn to navigate fear, loss and guilt to face the truth she’s been trying to evade. Nov 15-17

Peranakan Museum's latest exhibition, Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, delves into the Southeast Asian history of photography through the pictured lives of the Peranakan community in the region. Through Feb 3, 2019

Friday, Nov 16

Primordial Stance at TAAC

The next elevated makan-and-music sesh at Telok Ayer Arts Club’s Kelab Malam throws the spotlight on British DJ Fort Romeau (Mike Greene), who’ll be making his Singapore debut at the arts club. Nov 16

Returning for a second edition, our very own hyper-local food and music festival, Let's Go Jalan Jalan, will take over the lush surroundings of Turf Club at Kranji. With a smorgasbord of more than 130 merchandise and food booths, it's gonna be one heck of a gathering of all things new and old about Singapore. Nov 16-18

Forty Hands East Coast is throwing an anti-hipsters party to celebrate its official opening. There’ll be cheap craft beer, natural wine, and vegan ice cream as part of the eats; so you know, not very hipster at all. Before you go, read about the brand’s commendable eight-year journey in the F&B scene here. Nov 16

There’s a new party series in town. This Is The 90’s is an unabashed tribute to arguably the best decade of pop music, and they’re kicking things off at Intermission Bar at The Projector. Best part: no cover charge. Nov 16

Freehouse is hosting a mini tap takeover by Australia’s Rocky Ridge Brewing Co, with eight of their Margaret River region-brewed beers on tap. Swing by for a pint of the White Buffalo Coffee Stout and meet the brewers behind the beer. Nov 16

Affordable art, an oxymoron or nah? Returning for its ninth edition with over 80 local, regional and international participating galleries, the Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2018 seeks to give exposure to local and regional artists. Art pieces like paintings and handmade crafts are guaranteed to be priced from just $100, with more than two-thirds of art pieces kept below $7500. Nov 16-18

From Cold Storage to Tiger Balm, come chart the evolution of print advertising in Singapore from the 1830s to 1960s at Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore. Aside from just print advertisements, the exhibition at the National Library also includes interactive multimedia stations for you to experience life as a consumer in early Singapore. Through Feb 24, 2019

The Singapore Zoo will be transformed into a lush and luminous universe to mark the attraction’s 45th anniversary this year. Experience Rainforest Lumina for yourself, where a whole stretch of tropical rainforest will be lit with multimedia visual effects come nighttime. You can even spend your night there by a campfire, if you so wish. Jul 1 onwards