Weekend by numbers: 13.04.18 to 15.04.18

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 13, 2018.
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2 great ways to spend your time

Join Martell brand ambassador Pierre Boyer at Pisco Bar for a mixology workshop where the motto is “Be curious”. As a collaboration between Alliance Française and Martell, this workshop will feature the conventional cognac tasting, but Pierre and the in-house mixologists will also demonstrate how to craft two long-forgotten cognac cocktails. Participants won’t be seated for too long however, as they will find themselves behind the bar to shake some cocktails themselves. Join them for this exciting experience tomorrow from 7.30pm at Pisco Bar, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is RM90 per person, and tickets can be found at https://mixologyworkshop.peatix.com.



Petalling Jaya’s biggest Songkran Sky Festival is back, taking place this Sunday. Celebrate with a party featuring nine DJs, who will play hiphop, house, trap, trance and EDM. There will be many “water fun activities” under the sun, such as a water balloon war and Watergun fight, as well as a mouth-watering barbecue. Get your early bird tickets online at RM60, and tickets at the door are priced at RM90. Tickets are inclusive of two drinks, and are available at www.galactix.asia/Songkran_2018.



1 take at comedy

The bi-annual Pun Competition at The Bee is back, featuring a grand prize money of RM500. Each participant will have to present for two minutes, either in the form of a short story or one-liners, featuring of course, puns. The winner of the competition will then be decided by a panel of judges. The event will be held this Sunday, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at The Bee Publika. Viewers need to pay an entry fee of RM30, and if you want to register as a participant, email [email protected]



1 art exhibition

Artemis Art will be hosting arkologi: gelap, Malaysian artist Ajim Juxta’s fourth solo exhibition to date. Ajim Juxta became the first Malaysian visual artist to win the Young Art Award, at the annual Young Art Taipei Art Fair in 2016. The artwork that earned him the award, Arcology: Convergence, was also submitted by Artemis Art as part of its participation at the art fair. Now arkologi: gelap further expands the artist’s Arcology series, which questions the world we live in, presented through the prognostication of its future. The exhibitions runs from today to May 13, at Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur. There will be an opening reception tomorrow at 3pm. For more information, contact the gallery at (03) 6211 1891.



3 french films to catch this weekend

Director Gilles Marchand presents Into the Forest, a chilling horror movie which depicts the tale of two boys visiting their divorced father. He takes them to his country house, deep in the forests of Sweden. The children’s enthusiasm wear out as they spend more time in the forest, as their surroundings become more terrifying, and so does their father’s behavior. Jérémie Elkaïm (Declaration of War) radiates with peculiarity in this film halfway between Twin Peaks and The Shining.


Catch the movie Back to Burgundy, a drama film about the methodology of wine-making and family relationships. Upon learning his father is on his deathbed, Jean returns to his hometown — a small village in the picturesque Burgundy — after 10 years. He reunites with his sister Juliette and his brother Jeremie, to rebuild their relationship while running the family business, a large vineyard. Their father passes away soon after, leaving them to face the burden of an inheritance tax of half a million dollars. A tribute to cinema and terroir, Cedric Klapisch’s latest film proves that love, just like wine, needs time.


Return of the Hero is a film set in the year 1809 in France. Captain Neuville (Jean Dujardin, Oscar-winning actor from The Artist), comes to ask for the hand of the young Pauline in marriage. But Pauline’s sister, Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent) sees right through this womanizer. When Neuville is called to the front, Pauline anxiously waits for news. Elisabeth takes the quill and, through her valiant prose, writes to her about his feats and makes him a real hero of war when the reality is decidedly different. Then Neuville returns for his bride… The French Film Festival 2018 is on at Golden Screen Cinemas. For films schedules, go to www.gsc.com.my



1 activity for the family

Join Club Med at Alliance Française this Sunday for an exciting all-day festival of fun activities. Club Med is the pioneer of all-inclusive resorts since 1950, and offers an unparalleled holiday in some of the world’s most breath-taking locations. Club Med is the perfect spot for stimulation, exploration, expressing yourselves and discovering new sports otherwise unimaginable. Sharing the values of a strong French heritage, Alliance Française have teamed up with Club Med for an exciting festival, aimed to show the public a taste of what Club Med offers. There will be scrumptious food, circus, arts & crafts, performances, lucky draws, and more. The event will take place this Sunday at Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur, Lorong Gurney, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free upon registration at https://my-clubmedlff18.peatix.com.



2 musical performances

A music festival is set to take place tomorrow at the KL Life Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Aerosound — Unexpected Journey is an electronic dance music festival in Malaysia that will feature a host of brilliant acts, including Marco V, Mark Sherry, Alexander Popov, Exis, Maarten De Jong, Genix and Avao. Tickets are priced at RM108 online and RM138 at the door, and can be purchased online at https://airasiaredtix.com.


Kenny Bee and Teresa Carpio will be performing live at Arena of Stars in Genting tomorrow. Chung Chun To, otherwise known by his stage name Kenny Bee, is a Hong Kong singer and actor. He is best known as the singer of the group The Wynners, and a successful solo artist with four albums hitting Gold and two others attaining Platinum. His popularity also extends to the big screen, as he has starred alongside A-list stars such as Stephen Chow and Jacky Cheung. Teresa Carpio is a Hong Kong singer who has released multiple Gold-selling albums in English and Cantonese, and is well known for hits such as If, I Still Remember That Time and Sukiyaki. Teresa is also a familiar figure on television and once hosted her own variety show in Hong Kong. Catch this duo at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, at 8.30pm tomorrow. For information regarding tickets and pricing, log on to www.rwgenting.com.