Weekend by numbers 02.03.18 to 04.03.18

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on March 2, 2018.
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4 melodious music performances

David Helbock Trio

Austrian pianist and composer David Helbock and his band performs in Kuala Lumpur this weekend. The artist won the 2011 Outstanding Artist Award in his home country, and was more recently awarded a state scholarship to study composition. Having played the piano since he was aged six, Helbock only continues to grow as a musician, touring the world and performing in over 20 countries. The show takes place at 10pm tonight and tomorrow night at No Black Tie on Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagarasi, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is priced at RM64 for adults, and RM54 for students. For bookings or more information, visit www.noblacktie.com.my.


Saturday Night Vibes presents Dani

Local talent Dani has a knack for creating her own vintage covers of popular jazz and blues songs. Having first stepped into a career in music in 2015 at an open mic session, Dani has since grown as an artist, singing at various notable music destinations in the city. The singer also recently ventured into songwriting, and one can expect to be blessed with an original composition or two at her performances. Dani takes the stage at 9.30pm tomorrow night at Shook in Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free of charge. For more details, call (03) 2782 3875.


An Evening with the KL Piano Trio and Tunku Sara Ahmad

The KL Piano Trio and Tunku Sara Ahmad come together to raise funds for Cancer Research Malaysia. The KL Piano Trio descended from the Penang Piano Trio of the 1970s, and like their predecessor, operates on the philosophy of goodwill. Expect to hear a variety of pieces, including classical, popular and Malaysian pieces. This is one of many concerts in support of the national cancer research foundation’s efforts towards a future without cancer. The concert takes place tomorrow at 5pm in the recital hall at Wisma Bentley Music, Jalan PJU 7/2 Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Admission is based on donation. For more information, or to make a contribution, email [email protected]


The Sunday Show

The Sunday Show at The Bee gathers seven local acts to rock your weekend. The line-up includes Army of Three, Trophy Knives and A RON, bringing you everything from indie rock to emo, from punk rock to metal. Head over to The Bee this Sunday from 4pm to 10pm for an evening of pumping beats to get you dancing. The Bee is located in Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, call (03) 7960 2160.



2 hilarious comedy shows

Russell Peters’ Deported World Tour

Internationally acclaimed comedian Russell Peters graces Kuala Lumpur with his all new show, Deported. The show follows after his 2016 Netflix stand-up special Almost Famous, as well as his comedy drama The Indian Detective last year. On the tour with Peters is comedian Jake Johannsen, a favourite with talk show host David Letterman. Deported takes place for one night only tonight at 8.30pm at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are priced at RM198, RM298 and RM398. For bookings or more information, visit www.russellpeters.com.


Electric Butterflies by Kuah Jenhan

Local comedian Kuah Jenhan presents his latest show, Electric Butterflies. Kuah was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2016 Perth Fringe World with his show Like This Like Dad, and another show Perfect Stranger was rated 4 out of 5 stars by the Herald Sun. The comedian will be performing in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival later this year, and has thus called Electric Butterflies “a fundraising show for myself before leaving for Australia because Australia is really expensive”. The show takes place at 9.30pm tonight and tomorrow night at Bobo KL, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Admission to the show is priced at RM50, with a special price of RM35 for diners at Bobo. For bookings or enquiries, call (03) 2092 5002.



2 hearty meals

Chinese New Year Menu at Lai Po Heen

Celebrate Chap Goh Mei with your loved ones at Lai Po Heen. Their festive menu starts off with five different kinds of yee sang, and a specialty menu featuring the best of Chinese New Year cuisine. There are also two dim sum set menus, three different eight-course menus, and a vegetarian set menu. If you would prefer to pave your own way, the extensive a la carte menu offers a wide array of appetisers, meats, seafoods and vegetables to choose from, leaving you spoilt for choice. Lai Po Heen is located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. For reservations or more details, visit www.mandarinoriental.com.


The Ultimate Surf and Turf at Cinnamon Coffee House

Executive sous chef Saiful Baharin brings you the best of the sea and the land in this exciting month-long promotion. Awaiting you at One World Hotel’s Cinnamon Coffee House are tantalising pairings of meats and sauces, including baked lamb shoulder with rendang sauce, salted egg tiger prawn with teriyaki sauce, and teppanyaki beef medallion fillet. After a hearty indulgence of the savouries, head over to the dessert bar and try out their many sweet treats, including strawberry panna cotta, and chocolate and lemon mousse. The Ultimate Surf and Turf dining promotion is priced at RM128 per adult, and at RM64 per child between 6 and 12 years old. The restaurant is open for lunch on weekdays from noon to 2.30pm, and for dinner daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. For bookings or enquiries, call (03) 7681 1157 or email [email protected]



2 artsy events


Bring out your artistic talent at KongsiGongxi, a fundraising painting event. In celebration of nature, the event aims to promote sustainability by encouraging participants to bring unused objects — vases, shower curtains, rubber tyres, or anything else from around the house that can be painted over. What’s more, you will have the opportunity to work alongside veteran artist Yap Hong Ngee during the event. KongsiGongxi takes place tomorrow from 8.30pm to 5pm, with last three hours being a showcase and auction for the pieces created during the event. The event will be held at KongsiKL, Jalan Klang Lama, Taman Goodwood, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, email [email protected]


Onde Onde Open Mic: Still We Rise

Gerakbudaya celebrates International Women’s Day in advance with their monthly open-mic session. Onde Onde is a multi-genre open mic, featuring singers and poets from around the country. This month’s session features an all-female line-up comprising singer-songwriter Amrita Soon and writers Dina Zaman, Farah Aiman, Sumitra Selvaraj, and Wani Ardy. The show will be hosted by Wendy Vaz, a local lifestyle blogger and YouTuber. Onde Onde takes place tomorrow from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Gerakbudaya Bookstore on Jalan Bukit 11/2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more information, call (03) 7957 8342.