Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Aug 12-18)

A round-up of the best shows in the city.

Shelter From The Storm (2019) by Marvin Chan (Photo: Suma Orientalis)

These are our top picks for the week of August 12 to 18. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Irfan Plays Ravel
Twenty-year-old Tengku Irfan returns from The Juilliard School to perform a jazz-infused Ravel piano concerto with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Jun Märkl. The Malaysian music prodigy is a pianist, composer and conductor who has won multiple awards and performed with some of the best orchestras in the world. He will also be playing Ravel’s deft transcription of Schumann’s Carnaval and Symphony No 2.

Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, KL. Aug 17, 8.30pm; Aug 18, 3pm. RM56, RM84, RM113, RM141. Buy tickets here.


My Ba’s Radio Short Film
An ailing father living in a bubble finds connections with his deceased wife through a small radio — much to the disapproval of his adult son who has returned from the city to care for him. Directed by emerging filmmaker Victor Chen, the short film is based on his late father and was shot in his grandfather’s 60-year-old house in Semenyih, Selangor, in a single day. Earlier this year, My Ba’s Radio won Best Short Film at the Mantova Lovers Short Film Festival in Italy. As part of Sentul Festival’s highlighted programme, a simple sharing session will be conducted after the screening.

Sentul Festival, 7-G Jalan 15/48a, Sentul Raya Boulevard, KL. Aug 17, 5pm. Free admission. Email [email protected] to register.


Serpents in the Sun
Marvin Chan’s latest exhibition explores the disambiguation of religious laws and the employment of good and evil. Most notably in Christian belief, especially in the tale of Adam and Eve, the serpent represents evil. Chan believes our religious preoccupation and our struggle to make sense of it defines that which makes us all human. His grasp of the concept colludes to the image that evil is casually slithering around in plain sight. It is in us no doubt but, fortunately, so is good. Picking up from where Adam and Eve left off in the garden, Chan’s artworks illustrate the coexistence of good and evil.

Suma Orientalis, 11 Lorong 11/4F, Seksyen 11, PJ. Until Aug 18. For more info, see here.


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