Weekend by numbers 05.08.16 to 07.08.16

Learn more about local indigenous tribes like the Mahmeri, Temiar, Orang Ulu, Rungus at the Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival 2016

The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur will be screening the multi-award winning movie Key of Life

Baybayin, a film from the Philippines

The Girl on the Train

Drag Attack

Bahasa Malaysia adaptation of Hamlet

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on August 5, 2016.
 
1 festival to check out

Learn more about local indigenous tribes like the Mahmeri, Temiar, Orang Ulu, Rungus at the Selangor International Indigenous Arts Festival 2016 this weekend. The festival, which will take place at Taman Botani Negara in Shah Alam, will also offer a glimpse into the life and culture of other tribes such as those in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. Make your way to Taman Botani Negara at Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam between 10am and 5pm to be a part in the exhibition. Visit www.tourismselangor.my for the event itinerary or call (03) 5513 2000 for more information.

 

2 foreign film screenings

Key of Life
The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur will be screening the multi-award winning movie Key of Life tomorrow. The story follows struggling actor Sakurai who switches identities with a stranger named Kondo who slips and falls at a bathhouse, only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin in the employ of the Yakuza. His memory lost in the fall, Kondo meanwhile has to learn to live life anew as an aspiring thespian with the help of Kanae, a woman he meets at the hospital. Catch either the 11.30am or 3pm screening at the Auditorium of Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, Unit G09 & G10, Platinum Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free. Visit www.facebook.com/theJapanFoundationKL or call (03) 2284 6228 for more details.

 

Baybayin
Watch the screening of Baybayin, a film from the Philippines. It is a tale of two half-sisters who fall in love with a native man who can’t hear or speak. Their only way of communication is the Baybayin, an ancient Palawan script. Their love grows amid the silences and letters in the pristine coasts of Palawan. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the director, Kanakan Balintagos. The screening is part of the KataKatha initiative that brings together 10 principal cultural figures of Southeast Asia under the theme of Shared History, Shared Culture, Shared Traditions. Catch the screening at 7.30pm tomorrow at Balai Seni Maybank at Menara Maybank, 100 Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free. Visit www.facebook.com/KataKathaASEAN for more information.

 

1 book to curl up with

If you plan to stay in this weekend, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is bound to keep you occupied. Set in London, the novel is a psychological thriller about a girl named Rachel who obsessively watches a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses. At some point, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers. The book is available for pre-order at www.malaysia.kinokuniya.com and is priced at RM43.30.

 

2 performances to watch

Drag Attack
Directed by Joanne Kam, the comedy cabaret musical Drag Attack returns this year after a sold out performance in 2015. Laugh out loud to the hilarious drag queen battles between Conchita Wurst, Rupaul and Priscilla today and throughout the weekend at 8.30pm each night. Tickets are priced at RM70 for the standard seat and RM100 for the sofa sea, which comes with a complimentary glass of wine. Head to Theatre Lounge Café at B1-3A, Plaza Damas 3, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur for a night of glamour, music and mayhem. Visit www.theatreloungecafe.com or call (03) 6730 7982 for more details.

Tragedi Hamlet
Watch a Bahasa Malaysia adaptation of Hamlet at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Directed by Datuk Faridah Merican, it is a 2016 version of the epic Shakespearean play. Titled Tragedi Hamlet, the play will feature music performed on the cello, didgeridoo and percussion, specially composed for this play. Show times are at 8.30pm today and tomorrow and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are priced at RM45 or RM35 (The Actors Studio card members, disabled, senior citizens, students) and can be purchased on www.ticketpro.com.my. Klpac is located at Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.klPac.org or call (03) 4047 9000 for more information.