Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Jan 13-19)

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

American-born South Korean singer-songwriter Eric Nam will be performing his first all-English album in Kuala Lumpur (Photo: Eric Nam)

These are our top picks for the week of January 13 to 19. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Axis by Praxis: The Global Wave
In its third series, Axis by Praxis: The Global Wave will showcase a number of works by five emerging Southeast Asian artists — Dr Karayom (the Philippines), Edroger Rosili (Malaysia), Jarasporn Chumsri (Thailand), Khairudin Zainudin (Malaysia) and Maharani Mancanagara (Indonesia). Due to advanced communication systems and technology, globalisation has made culture and art more homogenous. This exhibition offers a range of progressive productions, which magnify the five artists’ varying practices and their diversified backgrounds.

G13 Gallery, GL13 Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, SS7/26 Kelana Jaya, PJ. Jan 11-24. For more information, see here.


Eric Nam: Before We Begin Asia Tour 2020​
Before We Begin is American-born South Korean singer-songwriter Eric Nam’s first all-English album. Boasting eight tracks including English versions of older songs, the breezy pop album sees him delve into emotional, lyrical and stylistic depths different from his primarily Korean offerings prior. Nam sings about emotional stress, mental health, exhaustion and burnout and is adamant on being open and honest with his fans. His American approach to the South Korean market has taken him far, but he is looking to grow his audience both in South Korea and beyond with this new album.

The Bee KL, Publika Mall, 36, Block C, Level G2, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Jan 17, 8pm. RM250, RM350, RM700. Buy tickets here.


Choreographed by contemporary dancer Fairul Zahid, Intrigue is a full-length work that relates to the current events in Malaysia that have destroyed the trust of many Malaysians. It is a story about resilience and hard work that go unappreciated by others. Performed by Azmi Zanal Abdden and Muhammad Fadly, the show also features Dr Norzizi Zulkifli, who appears as a special guest.

Damansara Performing Arts Centre, H-01 Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ. Jan 17-19, 8.30pm. RM­­­35. Buy tickets here.


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