Hiroshi Sugito: Paintings and Sketches

Japan’s Iwate prefecture was badly hit by the April earthquake and tsunami, making this series of works inspired by the area even more poignant. The abstract forms and subdued colours used by Hiroshi Sugito, one of Japan’s most well-known contemporary artists, seem almost dreamlike.
Date and time: Dec 3 , 2011- Jan 12, 2012
Venue: Japan Creative Centre, 2 Nassim Road
Price: Free admission. Log on to www.facebook.com/JCCEOJ for more.

UPHORIA Party with Sony

It’s going to be a Sony world as *Scape is turned into techno-geek’s dream — experience zones for you to test out the brand’s latest gadgets, TVs and games. Performances from Sony Music artistes will take place throughout the day, along with screenings of The Smurfs and Adam Sandler’s upcoming flick Jack and Jill. The highlight of the day, no doubt, is the concert featuring Train and Mike Posner. Play games throughout the day to win tickets to the concert.
Date and time: Dec 3, 12 – 6pm
Venue: *SCAPE
Price: Free admission for the events from 12 – 6pm. Only ticket holders can watch the concert from 7 – 10pm. Log on to www.sony.com.sg/microsite/uphoria for more.

Heritage Along Footpaths

Many of us aren’t old enough to remember the days when ice ball and kacang puteh sellers would ply the wares on the streets. The National Heritage Board is bringing back traditional trades this weekend by having sellers set up shop along the Bras Basah and Bugis districts — you’ll find good ‘ol barbershops, cobblers, fortune tellers and yes the ice ball and kacang puteh men. It’s literally a walk down memory lane.
Date and time: Dec 3 – 4, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Singapore Art Museum and Stamford Arts Centre
Price: Free admission. Log on to www.nhb.gov.sg/brasbasahbugis/BBB_KeyEvents.html for more.

Slutwalk Singapore

Contrary to what the internet trolls have to say, Slutwalk isn’t some covert operation to morally corrupt people. It all started in April when a police officer in Toronto said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” if they don’t want to be raped or victimised. The spread of the movement all over the world is a testament to the discrimination women face in today’s society, be it about our appearance or our actions and a protest against the unfair treatment of sexual assault victims and women who dare to express their sexuality. Since actual protests aren’t allowed in Singapore, Slutwalk will take on a more peaceful festival vibe with performances and booths set up.
Date and time: Dec 4, 4pm
Venue: Hong Lim Park
Price: Free. Log on to slutwalksg.com for more.

UpToTheSky Festival

An eclectic collection of the most innovative indie bands in the region and internationally will take the stage on Saturday. Acts include Deerhoof, White Couples and the Couples Company, The Cambodian Space Project and our very own The Great Spy Experiment.
Date and time: Dec 3, 11.30 am – 11pm
Venue: Sinema Old School
Price: $89 from Gatecrash. Log on to uptotheskyfestival.com for more.

It’s A Great Great Weekend at ACM

Missed local movie hit “It’s a Great Great World”? Well, here’s more reason to catch it. The Asian Civilisations is offering free admission to watch a screening of the movie, to chat with celebs Mark Lee and Suhaimi Yusof and other fun activities for one night only.
Date and time: Dec 3, 6 – 11pm
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place
Price: Free admission.

Katherine Jenkins in Concert

Here’s another name to add to the classical music crossovers — Katherine Jenkins has won acclaim for her work, with two BRIT awards under her belt.She will serenade the audience with tunes from her latest album Daydream and a mixture of pop, opera and musical theatre.
Date and time: Dec 4, 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Price: $48 – $188 from SISTIC. Click here to find out more.

Deep in the mind

Deep In The Mind: A joint exhibition of contemporary Indian art

A special joint exhibition of contemporary Indian art, this exhibition features significant pieces by Paresh Maity and A.V. Ilango, both highly established and prolific Indian artists. These modern artists will be presented along side emerging contemporary artists Chila Kumari Burman, Schandra Singh and Mithu Sen.

Date and time: Dec 2, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012
Galerie Steph, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, #01-05
Price: Free

Vanessa is a freelance writer and can be found at thesewingwriter.tumblr.com.