Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Feb 3-9)

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

The world-renowned circus troupe, Cirque de la Symphonie, returns to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas for a dazzling show (Photo: Cirque de la Symphonie)

These are our top picks for the week of February 3 to 9. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Freedom — A tribute to George Michael
Bop down memory lane and celebrate British pop legend George Michael with local songstress Melissa Indot, who will be performing songs by the prolific songwriter, who was one-half of the 1980s pop duo, Wham! Memorable hits include Flawless, One More Try, Faith and Too Funky.

Alexis Bistro Ampang, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, KL. Feb 7 & 8, 8.30pm. RM10++. For more information, call 03 4260 2288.


Cirque de la Symphonie
Having previously played to a sold-out crowd at DFP, the world-renowned circus troupe returns for a dazzling show of music and visual feast in the form of acrobats, strongmen, contortionists, jugglers and, for the first time, a “live” violin aerialist. The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gene Chang, will perform a mix of classical masterpieces and contemporary favourites — music from Vivaldi, Mancini, Kander, Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss and soundtracks from films such as Star Wars, Gladiator and Avatar.

Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, KL. Feb 8, 8.30pm; Feb 9, 3pm. RM198, RM254, RM358. Buy tickets here


Emerging Kedahan artist Haafiz Shahimi holds his latest solo exhibition, titled Awas. Best known for his unique style of pyrography printmaking, Haafiz has honed his technique to incredible precision on large and small canvases. The detailed and nuanced mastery of his printmaking, coupled with the rich imagery typically found in his works — which range from self-portraits to abstract art — makes him an exciting artist to follow.

Core Design Gallery, 87 Jalan SS15/2A, Subang Jaya. Until March 15. Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat & Sun by appointment, noon-6pm. Free admission. For more information, call 03 5612 1168.


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