What to do this weekend

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LOOKING for something interesting to do this weekend? Perhaps something adventurous, relaxing or just something different from your usual fare? Take a look at our list of events and happenings this weekend and head on to whichever strikes your fancy!

The Butler Did It

The Butler Did It is an original one-act comedy charade written by British director/actor Scott McQuaid. The play opens with an unconscious man in the home of a rich British odd couple named Charles and Cecilia. Their sarcastic butler Winston, who dislikes his job, expresses it with his wit and a dry sense of humour. The drama unfolds when the dinner guests arrive — Taylor, a loud and energetic American, followed by an earthy alternative thinker Lara and finally detective Kaplan.

The cast includes some of Kuala Lumpur’s brightest young established talents — Tan Yon Lynn, Gabriel Tham, Tsara Aisyah, Abdul Muhaimin, Brian Chan and Bryan Tiang; who together bring to life this one-hour play that is full of plots, confusion, punch lines and fun characters. Catch the play this weekend, which starts at 8pm at the Theatre Lounge Café at Plaza Damas at Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are priced at RM65. For details, call (03) 6730 7982 or visit http://www.theatreloungecafe.com/index.php .

Cakap Dapur: R&D stories

This is playwright Leow Puay Tin’s latest work. It is a piece of performance text developed from a workshop she organised with Professor Mohd Anis Md Nor, a subject expert in the field of performance studies. The result takes the audience through a series of text modules touching on history, culture and identity using a classroom lecture as its format. The show goes on for 60 minutes without intermission and tickets are priced at RM30 with free seating. For admission children need to be aged 12 and above. Witness this presentation at 8.30 tonight and tomorrow and at 3pm on Sunday at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre at Empire Damansara at Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya. For more information, call (03) 4065 0001/0002 or visit http://www.dpac.com.my/  

Paella Sunday @ La Bodega

Treat the family to an exquisite Spanish lunch in La Bodega. Bond with the kids while savouring the traditional Spanish rice dish that is served on a large pan. It is common practice for families to congregate for a meal over a large pan of delicious paella in Valencian culture. The adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of Sangria or Tiojito with every plate. Tiojito is made using Tio Pepe sherry with a splash of lemon soda, freshly crushed mint leaves served over ice, making the drink as refreshing as cool summer breeze. This promotion takes place every Sunday from 12pm till 3pm. Each serving of paella is priced at RM20++ and this is available at La Bodega outlets in Bangsar, Bangsar Shopping Centre and Empire Shopping Mall in Subang Jaya. For more information, log on to http://gastrodome.com.my/labodega/

Nobu celebrates the Lunar New Year

Nobu Kuala Lumpur is commemorating Chinese New Year with a special, limited-edition dish created by executive chef Philip Leong — inspired by the flavours and aromas of Chinese cuisine. This dish is original to Nobu KL, which makes it a must-try dish. It pays homage to the flavours of Chinese New Year and traditional Oriental ingredients — mandarin oranges, gooseberry, prawn crackers and roast duck. The duck breast is sourced locally, showcasing the fine quality of Malaysian produce, while the lobster senbei (or crackers) are homemade — all within Nobu’s sophisticated style of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Nobu KL’s special Chinese New Year dish is available between Feb 16 and 21. Served at a price of RM130++, the dish is available for lunch and dinner. Nobu KL is located on Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, KLCC. It is open for lunch Mondays to Fridays (noon to 2pm daily) and for dinner Mondays to Saturdays (6pm to 10.30pm daily). For reservations, call (03) 2164 5084.

Cooking at the Westin

Bring out your inner chef at The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s interactive and specially designed cooking class. Improve your culinary skills and learn trade secrets from their award-winning chefs. They will provide the ingredients, recipes and utensils, so you can spend your day cooking and enjoying the food. Pots Pans Palate offers cooking classes for individuals, groups and team-building culinary experiences. Learn to cook dishes from authentic Malay, Nyonya, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Latin American cuisine or learn about one of life’s simple pleasures — dessert! Classes take place every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm at Prego, Five Sen5es and  Qba, 12pm to 2pm at the Daily Treats, The Living Room & Indian Cuisine. For RM198 nett per person and with a two-hour cooking class, aspiring chefs will conclude the experience by enjoying the food you have prepared in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Check out http://www.westindining.com.my/

Love, paper & print: the pop-up letterpress workshop

Champions of print, The Alphabet Press will be doing a letterpress demonstration in conjunction with the launch of their new collections: Sundays x The Alphabet Press and the Valentine’s Day series. You can watch the printing demo, make your own personalised letterpress, join a rubber stamping activity and even use the calligraphy service available. The group is also introducing the iconic Adana printing machine from the UK. Snacks and refreshments will be served. This is a must go event for art and craft enthusiasts. It takes place between 11.30am and 6pm on Saturday. Call (03) 2284 2308 for more information or log on to http://www.sundays.my/index.php

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on February 6, 2015.