EILEEN CHANG'S AFTERNOON TEA
Celebrate pioneer novelist Eileen Chang's 100th birthday with some of her favourite foods at this tea experience.
Sample a nine-course menu of Shanghainese and Western treats which the Shanghai-born author of Lust, Caution would have enjoyed.
Besides her childhood favourites like fried meatball wrapped in glutinous rice and Shanghainese sweet smoked fish, the menu also offers sausage rolls, a favourite of Chang's father who would order the item whenever he took her to Shanghai's famous Cafe Federal when she was a child.
Local tea merchant Pek Sin Choon has created a champagne-like cold brew of aged white tea with organic rose, inspired by Chang's novella Red Rose, White Rose, especially for this occasion.
This experience is curated by Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Lim Fong Wei, Zaobao columnist Yu Yun and Yan's Dining owner Wang Yanqing.
Patrons can scan a QR code at the tea to listen to a Mandarin podcast about the menu selections. Calligraphy artist Chen Liang's works, priced between $3,000 and $5,000, will also be available for sale.
WHERE: Yan's Dining, 04-22 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road MRT: Orchard/Somerset WHEN: Sept 18 to 20, Sept 25 to 27, 3 to 5pm ADMISSION: $68; Zaobao subscribers get a $10 discount. Log in to the SPH Rewards app for the discount code and quote the code when booking INFO: str.sg/J8s2
EXPLORING SOUTHEAST ASIA: A JOURNEY THROUGH ART AND TIME
Most museums in Singapore tend to be parsimonious with caption information, so it is a pleasant surprise to see, literally, walls of text at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' (Nafa) exhibition.
I get a bit cross-eyed from all the reading, but the information is appropriate for the venue's context and purpose as an educational institution.
Exploring Southeast Asia cherry-picks from the school's rich collection and organises the selection along broad themes for the edification of the student population.
But it serves equally well for casual gallery visitors who might learn from this wide-ranging show, which ambles gently through a series of themes, from landscapes to identities, common to South-east Asian artists.
My favourite section is Ladies, which brings together some usual suspects – Cheong Soo Pieng and Lee Man Fong – with some less often seen artists.
Tay Chee Toh's batik work Untitled with its almost geometric presentation of three lolling ladies, is a standout. Look out, too, for Nafa alumnus and Cultural Medallion recipient Lee Hock Moh's dreamily gorgeous Fort Canning, an unusual landscape which depicts the venue in the classic Chinese ink painting style.
WHERE: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, Nafa Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bencoolen/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Oct 25, 11am to 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: str.sg/J8eE
If you happen to be in the Waterloo area, pop by Objectifs' Chapel Gallery for this small show which features work by four young Singapore artists.
You can hear Weixin Chong's larval limbic before you see it, thanks to the soundtrack of burbling, burping liquids.
Her work is partly inspired by science-fiction writer Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood trilogy, which deals with issues of reproduction and genetic manipulation.
Her soundtrack overlaps with Wayne Lim's The Hyperrestrained Order, a video collage that layers found and shot footage to explore how bodies move through Singapore's regulated spaces.
Visual artist ila's video work hancur badan dikandung tanah references a Malay proverb, &qRead More – Source