What to catch this weekend
Sing is essentially American Idol or The Voice featuring talking pigs, porcupine and gorillas, among other animals. Does the premise not make you smile already?
There are plenty of songs to sing along to - more than 85, to be exact, ranging from more recent hits such as Katy Perry's Firework to Paul Anka's My Way.
The voice talents, including British actor Taron Egerton as gangster gorilla Johnny, are surprisingly good. - YIP WAI YEE
LA LA LAnD (PG13/126MIn)
It conforms to every genre trope of the classic Hollywood musical but with re-imagination — it is probably going to win Best Picture at next year’s Oscars.
Ryan Gosling as aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian and Emma Stone as struggling actress Mia meet and fall in love as their careers seem to take one step forward and two steps back.
Magical realism takes over when things go well, but when reality bites, it bites hard. — JOHN LUI
Film Screening: Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition (G to PG)
The Singapore Film Society presents a selection of short films that made it to the finals of this year's Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition. In several languages, with subtitles in English.
In The Course Of The Miraculous
This eight-hour film by Chinese artist Cheng Ran presents the stories behind three real-life disappearances, with a narrative inspired by fables and mythic literature. This screening is part of exhibition The World Precedes The Eye, an affiliate project of Singapore Biennale.
WHERE: Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall WHEN: Sun, 11am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Register at bit.ly/2gwZCdf
Your Name (PG)
Two strangers are connected when they start dreaming of each other's lives. Director Makoto Shinkai's latest film is a huge hit in Japan.
WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow, 3.20pm & Sun, 5.20pm ADMISSION: $13.50 (standard), $11.50 (concession) INFO: Tickets from theprojector.sg
Connecting With Nature - Fun Walk Along The Southern Ridges
Highlights of this tour through the Southern Ridges include the Henderson Waves, Sembcorp Forest of the Giants, Forest Walk and the Singing Forest.
WHERE: Entrance of Henderson Waves (at Mount Faber Park side) MRT: Telok Blangah WHEN: Dec 17, 9am - 11am ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: To register, go to www.nparks.gov.sg/events. Registration closes on Sun or when full. Successful applicants will be notified by Wed.
Barney & Friends Favourite Hits Live Show
Catch Barney & Friends as they sing their famous songs such as I Love You, Raindrops Song and Happy And You Know It. There is a meet- and-greet session after each show. WHERE: 101 Thomson Road, United Square Shopping Mall MRT: Novena WHEN: Today - Mon & Wed - Dec 16, 2.30 & 7pm (Mon - Fri), 2, 5 & 7pm (Sat & Sun) ADMISSION: Free to watch the show; spend $50 to redeem a meet-and-greet photo queue number (limited to first 50 families a session) INFO: www.unitedsquare. com.sg or www.facebook.com/pg/UnitedSquare
This is a week-long celebration of the joy of learning through play, exploration and experimentation. Parents and children aged three to six can walk in for a range of all-day activities or pre-register for morning workshops.
WHERE: The Tinkering Studio, Hall E, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road MRT: Jurong East WHEN: Tomorrow - Dec 18, 10am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free; admission charges to Science Centre Singapore and pre-registered workshops apply INFO: For more information and to register for workshops, go to www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/Tinkerfest.aspx
CSI Episode II: The Case Of The Missing Diamonds
Children aged six to eight solve a mystery using forensic skills. They must then prove their case as a lawyer arguing in front of a jury.
WHERE: The Keys Academy, Level 2 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road MRT: Bras Basah/City Hall WHEN: Mon - Dec 16, 9am - 4pm ADMISSION: $690 (for four days); price includes lunch, teaching materials and a field trip TEL: 6734-8559 INFO: Register at thekeysenrichment.com
Read And Bond: Mummy, Daddy & Me: Ocean Wonders
Discover stories about sea creatures and make an ocean-related craft. This parent-child programme is suitable for children aged four to six.
WHERE: Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library, 50 Geylang East Avenue 1 MRT: Aljunied WHEN: Dec 16, 3 - 4pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Register at www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary
Epigram Books Christmas Pop-Up Store
There will be discounts for Singapore stories for all ages, Christmas fare from the kitchen of publisher Edmund Wee and free prosecco.
WHERE: Epigram Books Main Office, 03-08, 1008 Toa Payoh North MRT: Braddell WHEN: Today, noon - 10pm; tomorrow, 11am - 9pm; Sun, 11am - 8pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6292-4456 INFO: epigrambooks.sg
There are fringe activities such as Christmas carolling and other live performances at this pop-up market.
WHERE: Loewen by Dempsey Hill MRT: Orchard WHEN: Today - Sun, 9.30am - 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/dempseyhillsg
Meet Kimberly Wang And Shane Pow
Mediacorp 987 DJ Kimberly Wang and Mediacorp artist Shane Pow compete against each other and team up against a pair selected from the audience to build a snow-like Moomin. The fastest competitor gets Moomin merchandise.
WHERE: Basement Outdoor Plaza, Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road MRT: Bedok/Sengkang WHEN: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6344-1242 INFO: www.parkwayparade.com.sg
The Handy-Craft Market
Shop for gifts at this flea market showcasing items by independent crafters and home-grown designers.
WHERE: External Atrium, Level 1 The Cathay, 2 Handy Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, noon - 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: thecathay.com.sg/event/handy-craft
Festive Activities At Ikea
Highlights include picture-taking with Santa Claus and storytelling sessions.
WHERE: Ikea Alexandra and Tampines MRT: Queenstown (Ikea Alexandra)/Pasir Ris (Ikea Tampines) WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 10am - 11pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: ikea.sg/christmas
Jurong Arts And Music (JAM) Fest - Open Call For Singers
Sign up for an opportunity to be trained by Timbre Music Academy and be featured in the inaugural JAM Concert in March. Submit a video of yourself singing a pop or rock song on YouTube. Those shortlisted will be invited to a live audition. Open to Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 13 to 35.
SCO Igniting 20 Years Of Rhythmic Passion
Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a multimedia exhibition that features the orchestra's milestones. The exhibition is segmented into three distinct movements to replicate that of a music score. Explore SCO's sound foundation, discover its finest minds and see how it inspires the masses. Visitors can view larger-than-life versions of Chinese and exquisite instruments at the Mega Instruments Exhibit and Exquisite Instruments Exhibit areas.
WHERE: Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Today & tomorrow, 10am - 8pm; Sun, 10am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: Go to www.sco.com.sg or www.facebook.com/singapore.chinese.orchestra
Under The Same Dream
For his works of oil on canvas, Filipino artist Kim Oliveros has projected personal histories associated with fabric and paper, based on memories of growing up in a town that once housed a thriving garment-manufacturing district.
WHERE: Element Art Space, 02-13 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade WHEN: Till Sun, 11am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6883-2001 INFO: elementartspace.com
Bill Bailey Larks In Transit 2016 Tour
The British comedian tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones and an excruciating encounter with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
WHERE: University Cultural Centre Hall, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Clementi WHEN: Sun, 8pm ADMISSION: $92 - $162 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg