Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Aug 5-11)

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

Frogs Leap for Better Future (2019) by Lai Chan Shiang (Photo: Cendana)

These are our top picks for the week of August 5 to 11. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree + The River of Life
As Malaysia seeks to rebuild itself post GE14, innumerable debates have surfaced as to how one goes about doing it. The members of klpac’s Theatre for Young People Ensemble (T4YP) weigh in their opinions through the ensemble’s final showcase for 2019, a double bill directed by Mark Beau de Silva and Ho Lee Ching. Featuring original soundscape and music by Coebar Abel, the first piece – The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree – addresses rapid development at a cost and the second play – The River of Life – is devised by the members of the ensemble, who spent time along the Klang River designing a Kuala Lumpur that is entirely their own.  

klpac, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, KL. Aug 8-10, 8.30pm; Aug 11, 3pm. RM40. Buy tickets here.


Men of Soul
Sarawakian-born Pete Kallang (left) and Clinton Jerome Chua are musical forces to be reckoned with. After many successful stints in Borneo, the singers are now establishing their place in KL. Taking it to the No Black Tie stage, the duo will bring the audience on a journey through time, venturing into the sultry and doo-wop-inspired style that is soul music with their powerful vocals and seamless harmonies.

No Black Tie, 17, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, KL. Aug 9-10, 10pm. RM53. Buy tickets here.


An ancillary platform under the Cultural Economy Development Agency (Cendana)’s Art in the City campaign, the Shift visual exhibition explores the theme of change, focusing on identity, technology and pop culture. Shift features more than 170 artworks across various mediums including paintings, installations and performances by 42 independent local artists from all over Malaysia.

White Box, MAPKL, Level G2-01, Block A5, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1, Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Until Aug 11. For more information, see here.


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