Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Aug 19-25)

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

Catch Flume live in KL for the first time (Photo: Flume)

These are our top picks for the week of August 19 to 25. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Dust and the Silence in the Sun
For her third solo exhibition with Wei-Ling Contemporary, Cheong Kiet Cheng presents a series of monochromatic visuals created using only black ink. In her latest series, she questions how the spirits in our world relate to the universe as well as the idea of an unknown future. However, her evolution is largely credited to the achievement of a deeper self-understanding. Through meditative drawing, Cheong seeks to spread a positive energy through the details in each piece.

Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01, Sixth Floor, The Gardens Mall, KL. Aug 21-Sept 22. See here for more info.


Flume Live in Kuala Lumpur
Catch Flume, the ARIA Albums Chart-topping Australian electronic music producer, live in KL for the first time. A pioneer of futuristic bass music, Flume has remixed songs from Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure. His second studio album, Skin, was released in 2016 to positive reviews and, subsequently, won Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. It gained international recognition from its first single Never Be Like You, which was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys. This show is open to those aged 18 and above only.

KL Live at Life Centre, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. Aug 23, 8pm. RM238. Buy tickets here.


The Speakeasy Relived
Rita, a young aspiring dancer, moves to the big city to realise her dreams under the protective wing of her cousin, Geoffrey. She is drawn to the enigmatic and ever-so-charming Dean Hart, a seasoned vaudeville act and noted Broadway performer. The pair dances into the night, hoping to get better acquainted with one another despite societal constraints and their individual preoccupations. Meanwhile, Geoffrey is reunited with an old friend, Madeleine DuBois, a fading star of international repute. For two nights only, experience the roaring 1920s first-hand, complete with a jazz band fronted by Frank Law himself. Dress up in your best flapper attire and catch the four theatrical souls at an abode-turned-speakeasy at Bukit Damansara.

Secret location at Bukit Damansara. Address and password provided five days in advance. Aug 23-24, 8pm. RM70. Buy tickets here.


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