Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Feb 17-23)

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

The KL Shakespeare Players return with their “demystified” series at klpac this month (Photo: The KL Shakespeare Players)

Shakespeare Demystified: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The KL Shakespeare Players return with their “demystified” series, this time featuring fantasy comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. KLSP teamed up with Teochew opera puppeteer Ling Goh from Penang to work with 15in tall iron-rod puppets, as well as Simone Tani, a Trance Mask exponent from the UK, to create this unique telling of one of the Bard’s most beloved plays.

klpac, Pentas 2, Jalan Strachan, Sentul, KL. 03 4047 9000. Feb 20-23, 8.30pm; 3pm. RM55. Get tickets here.


Samantha de Lune
A fixture in KL’s live music scene, Samantha de Lune has grown her repertoire over the last few years, having performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, in particular, and also regularly collaborating with veteran local jazz pianist Michael Veerapen. Her motto is, “I sing because words are not enough”, so you can expect an array of songs ranging from pop to jazz to musical theatre.

Alexis Bistro Ampang, Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang, KL. 03 4260 2288. Feb 21-22, 10pm. RM10. Get tickets here.


Aku Ini Binatang Jalang
Underscoring his belief that education is a vital component for change in Malaysia, Azizan Paiman’s latest solo exhibition of photographic works is taken from another project where he created an installation of 30 wooden desks and chairs collected from a school, in a reflection on how education and politics intersect. Curators of that project asked the mid-career artist to make changes to various remarks etched on the desks that they deemed sensitive. Azizan expands on that experience in this show, drawing parallels between self-censorship and criticism, and the impact of a flawed educational system.

A+ Works of Art, D6-G-8 d6 Trade Sentul, Jalan Sentul, KL. 018 333 3399. Noon-7pm. Until Feb 29. More info here.



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