Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Sept 7-13)

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

Mohd Syazwan Jusoh's artwork in Conservation (Photo: National Art Gallery)

These are our top picks for the week of September 7 to 13. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.

Colour Of Voices In Concert
With Malaysia Day around the corner, Colour of Voices — an a capella group whose members are of diverse ethnicities — will be giving their first ever concert at Damansara Performing Arts Centre this weekend. Set to perform tunes familiar to all Malaysians, this multi-lingual group will give their distinctive interpretation of English, Hindi, Tamil, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese songs. Expect to be serenaded in a range of musical genres, from contemporary tunes to festive and classical pieces.

Damansara Performing Arts Centre, H-01, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ. Sept 12, 8pm; Sept 13, 3pm. RM23, RM58. Buy tickets here.


Rasa Rahsia – A Solo Exhibition by Riaz Ahmad Jamil
After 20 years, Riaz Ahmad Jamil returns with his first solo exhibition. In this deeply personal show, the Ipoh-born painter and printmaker makes use of bold brushstrokes to portray an inner world that seeks to hold firm ground during a drastically tumultuous time. The Back Room features a host of his artworks, from paintings such as Under the Rainbow to drawings like Tunggu, which blends pencil and ink on cardboard — an array that treads the fine line between the abstract and the figurative. A selection of his handmade brushes will also be on display. Note that visits on weekdays are by appointment only. 

The Back Room, The Zhongshan Building, 80A Jalan Rotan, Off Jalan Kampung Attap, KL. Until Sept 13. See more info here.


Conservation Exhibition
This exhibition features six promising artists and their works, which highlight an urgent wildlife issue — extinction. Issarezal Ismail, Jing Chung, Mohd Syazwan Jusoh, Siti Fariza Basri, Muhammad Hafiz Azizi and Fairus Ahmad Yusof convey the gravity of the situation and the need to preserve wildlife habitats through artworks that portray a myriad of creatures — marine, local and wild animals — as the subject matter. The exhibits, from Chung’s Chinese-style painting technique on canvas to Yusof’s art installation, promise a unique take on ecological art.

Creative Space, National Art Gallery, No 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, KL. Until Oct 31. For more info, see here.


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