The return of The Lion King musical, film screenings, live gigs and more

It’s the last week of July! As we officially enter the second half of 2018, take solace in the fact that we’re inching closer to the holiday season. To tide you over till then, there’s a whole bunch of gigs, musicals, films and parties to fill your post-work time with.

Monday, Jun 25

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at ArtScience Museum

Dutch artist Theo Jansen is sending his prized Strandbeests to our shores. In fact entirely non-living, his world-renowned creatures made of PVC and wood are powered by wind, and spend their days moving gracefully across beaches (hence their name, which translates to “beach animal” in Dutch). Head to the ArtScience Museum for an exclusive look at this new species, where you can look at “fossils” of past beests, and even walk alongside 13 original Strandbeests. Through Sep 30

It's been four months since we saw the staging of George Orwell's 1984 for the opening of this year's Singapore International Festival of Arts. But if you missed, don't fret. You can catch the dystopian masterpiece in film at Blu Jaz Cafe. Jun 25

The eighth edition of Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly contemporary art exhibition explores the concept of time. Ten artists and art collectives from around the world have taken over SAM at 8Q for Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, presenting immersive and interactive installations exploring the tales and theories that shape our memories and future. Through Aug 26

Tuesday, Jun 26

PVRIS' brand of music is a great mix of guitars, drums and electronic elements, with a dash of pop sensibility; it's no wonder they’ve grown a massive following since they formed in 2012 under a different name. The trio—Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald—will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore (Cuscaden). Jun 26

Malaysia's iconic Queen of Comedy Joanne Kam headline's this week's Comedy Masala Singapore at Hero's for a side-splitting, hilarious night out. Jun 26

British artists Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long—better known as The Definitive Rat Pack—found their claim to fame interpreting music greats Sinatra, Martin and Davis. They're bringing their sold-out show to Singapore to perform faithful re-creations of familiar hits like "Fly Me To The Moon", "Come Fly With Me", "Sway" and more. Jun 26-27

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. Jun 26

2018 has shaped up to be a fantastic year for Marvel. Besides the two epic movies releasing to staggering global success, they're also presenting Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes at ArtScience Museum, which delves into the science and tech behind the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through Sep 30

Wednesday, Jun 27

The Lion King Musical

We're just as excited as you are about the return of The Lion King to our shore for its 20th anniversary It's been more than two decades since the epic musical film about lions in Africa first came into our lives, and again in 2011 when the musical made its Southeast Asian debut. Immerse yourself in the magnificent world of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Timon, Pumba and company when it returns for a two-month run. Jun 27-Aug 26

Kilo Kallang's culinary director Tim-Ross Watson is teaming up with forgoodnessake to present a delicious four-course menu paired with the latter's artisanal sake. you'll start off with a blue cheese cake made with compressed pear, blue cheese, smoked salt, malt and sorrel before going into the angus brisket dry aged sake. Full menu here. Jun 27

Here comes a trio who really knows what chill music is all about. Combining sweeping baseline synths that pave the way for melodic tunes and energetic beats, Autograf is one to add on your "to watch live" list. Forget mid-week blues and catch their full band perform at Kilo Lounge. Jun 27

If you're looking for a show that will rattle the feels in you, catch The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas at Workcentral Singapore; a film set during WWII which follows eight-year-old Bruno and his family as they leave Berlin to live near a concentration camp where his father is the head honcho. One day, he wanders out to explore the surroundings and makes an unlikely friend, a Jewish boy in prisoner's clothes named Shmuel behind a barbed-wire fence of where Bruno's father works. Jun 27

The M1 Contact Contemporary Festival returns for its ninth run, presenting 16 shows of 28 dance works from 14 different nationalities across six performance platforms. Through Aug 5

Chinese New Year may be long over, but this new exhibition looks at the Chinese zodiac through the eyes of European artists. The internationally renowned Mazel Galerie from Brussels has commissioned The Great Race, a new exhibition that takes source material from the traditional Chinese zodiac. Through Jun 30

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

Thursday, Jun 28

DJs KiDG and weelikeme at Electric Feel. Photo credit: Eatmepoptart's Facebook page

DJs weelikeme and KiDG are changing things up for this edition's Electric Feel at Tuff Club. They're diving into the '80s, a time when music by Kylie Minogue, Prince, New Order, Janet Jackson and so many others ruled the airwaves. Jun 28

Learn to take care of your body and join in the twilight edition of Urban Yogis’ Pop-Up Yoga series on the MBS Boardwalk. Jun 28

Hear professional storytellers share their true stories of dating, over at Kilo Lounge. There will be tears, laughter and contemplation, as they talk about the time they got played or tangled up in messy situations, a date that went surprisingly well or one that turned out with someone spilling drinks on each other. Jun 28-30

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet showcases more than 140 sculptures, watercolors, drawings, and historic memorabilia from the museum in France, for a detailed look into the magnificent history of Angkor. Through Jul 22

Goodwood Park Hotel's annual durian festival returns with all-time favorites like durian puffs, crepes, strudels, ice cream and more. Through Jul 22

Friday, Jun 29

Photo credit: Singapore Art Book Fair's Facebook page

Whether you’re a passionate supporter of print, or just in search of a new coffee table book, the annual Singapore Art Book Fair is a good place to be. This year’s edition brings together 74 local and international exhibitors presenting a bumper line-up of art books, art catalogues, zines, monographs and more for your purchasing pleasure. Working on a limited budget? Head to the all-new Zine Room first, to browse zines at the library so you know exactly which independent creative you want to support. Jun 29-Jul 1

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. Jun 29

Our favorite party people The Glory Hoes are back with another fun and high-energy film experience at The Projector. The film of choice for this edition is the 1982 award-winning comedy Tootsie, where the unsuccessful actor Michael Dorsey (played by Dustin Hoffman) disguises himself as a woman to land a role in a soap opera. As usual, there'll be special cocktails and nibbles, and a raucous after party that follows. Jun 29

What a huge booking! American musical performer Lady Starlight, who's best known for her collabs with Lady Gaga, as well as performances with acclaimed English DJ-producer Surgeon. She's taking over the cage at Headquarters for her signature live techno show, as part of her Singapore debut. Jun 29