This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 30, 2015.
4 festivals taking place this weekend
Marvel at the hi-tech light designs or take part in the interactive activities at LAMPU 2015. Following last year’s festival, which was awarded the Largest Light and Motion Festival by the Malaysia Book of Records, LAMPU 2015 will showcase a grand projection mapped onto the facades of Palace of Justice as well as the grand entrance of Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. Other highlights include several comebacks like garden lighting, free standing light structures and decorative arches. Watch the show of lights with family and friends from today till Sunday between 8pm and 12.30am at Dataran Putajaya in Precint 3, Putrajaya. Visit www.kwp.gov.my for more.
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or have a new-found love for wine, enjoy a taste of and choose from over a hundred wines by winemakers from Australia, Austria, Argentina, France, Italy, India, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, the United States and more at the annual Malaysia Wine Fiesta. At the one-day festival on Oct 31, you will also get to learn more about your favourite wine and pick up some great deals too. Tickets, priced at RM118, can be purchased at www.ticketpro.com.my. Find the festival at The Square, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Log on to www.straitswine.com.my for more.
Make it a movie marathon this weekend with the European Film Festival and take your pick from 22 award- winning films from 18 countries including Oscar and Golden Globes nominee Kon-Tiki and Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Ida. The festival will run concurrently at the Golden Screen Cinemas in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley Megamall and One Utama. Look out for free movie screenings of Only When I Dance (Portuguese), A Gun in Each Hand (Spanish) and The Chair of Happiness (Italian). Go to www.euff.com.my for details on film schedules and ticketing. Contact the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia at (03) 2723 7373 for enquiries.
Deciding what to eat can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when it involves a huge group of people. Be spoilt for choice and let everyone have a say on the cuisine for the day by gathering family and friends for a Sunday picnic at the Foodgasmfest 2015. Admission is free but bring along your appetite and cash to purchase food from the plethora of booths at the food festival. Foodgasmfest 2015 will take place at Jalan Barat, Seksyen 52, Petaling Jaya from 10am to 9pm on Sunday.
1 art exhibition to visit
View storyboards, paintings, murals and videos that portray the secretly loud mind of their respective artists in Loud Thoughts. The exhibition showcases contemporary works of three emerging artists based in Kuala Lumpur, including Argentinian artist Lupe Parada. Make your way to KITCH-N-ART Gallery at Lot 56, Art Row, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur between 10am and 8pm to view the exhibition.
4 ways to celebrate Halloween
Tomorrow, Zouk Kuala Lumpur will be transformed into a cirque filled with characters like the fire-eater, two-headed girl, twisted contortionist, zombified muscle men, killer clown, wizard from hell and the infamous bearded lady. Partake in the carnival games throughout the night or be in the running to win prizes and be crowned “best dressed” at midnight. Come dressed in your Halloween best before 11.30pm and enter for free, otherwise cover charge is RM55 (before 11.30pm), RM70 (after 11.30pm) and RM85 (after 2am). Swing by Zouk at 436, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Sunway Lagoon’s Night of Fright 3 promises triple the fear as it returns this year with new mazes and scare zones like Death Port, Escape from Pudu 2, Kevil Hill, Sadako Dori & Toxic. Be prepared to be greeted by chainsaw-wielding mutants and deranged inmates between 7.30pm and 11.30 today and tomorrow at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park located at 3, Jalan Lagoon Timur, Bandar Sunway. Tickets priced at RM45 for one person and RM80 for two can be purchased at www.sunway.com.my/onlineticketing. Call (03) 5639 0000 for queries or visit www.sunwaylagoon.com for further details and general rules.
If you are worried about having to work out extra hours to burn off the calories from Halloween parties, how about going for a zumba party for a change? Kick-start a weekend of spooky celebrations at 24 Healthy Fit Club. Come sweat it out at this glow party tonight in your best zumba-friendly Halloween costume and glow body paint. The entrance fee is RM20 and you get to bring a friend along for free. 24 Healthy Fit Club is situated at Jalan Mamanda 4, Ampang Point, Ampang. Call (012) 674 6449 to pre-book or visit www.facebook.com/24healthyfitclub for updates.
Try out the Halloween tapas menu at Nathalie Gourmet Studio tomorrow. The menu consists of a range of tapas — like pumpkin sage cannelloni with caper shallot butter espuma and maldive tuna tartar with pan seared foie gras — as well as desserts — like Halloween macarons and mango pavlova. The entire menu is priced at RM140++ per person, and reservations can be made by contacting (03) 6207 9572. Nathalie Gourmet Studio is situated at Unit A4-1-05, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 2, Kuala Lumpur. Visit www.facebook.com/nathaliegourmetstudio for more.
3 music gigs to groove to
In conjunction with the 17th anniversary of No Black Tie, NBT Records presents the newest release of drum maestro Mokhtar Samba’s second album. Entitled Racines (meaning roots in French), the album draws inspiration from African rhythms and reinterprets jazz standards of greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Michael Brecker. Mokhtar is of Moroccan and Senegalese descent and has been the centre of world music thanks to his talent for fusing African rhythms and modern jazz drumming techniques. The launch concert will be held at No Black Tie this weekend. Tonight’s show will start at 9.30pm and is priced at RM70 inclusive of the show and album and RM50 for the show only. For tomorrow and Sunday, the show is priced at RM80 for the show and album as well as RM60 for the show only. No Black Tie is located at 17 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur. To make a reservation please call (03) 2142 3737.
Catch art folk and avant-garde act Taa Li-Pohn at The Gaslight Café tomorrow night. The 83-year-old vet from Vietnam started performing psychedelic tunes during the Vietnam War and is still involved in the music scene in Hanoi till now. The night promises to be fun-filled with art, music and monsters. The performance will start at 8.30pm, admission is free. Gaslight Café is located at 15-2 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Kuala Lumpur. For more information check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gaslightcafekl.
Start your weekend to the soulful sounds of Mia Palencia at Alexis. Hailing from Sabah, the singer-songwriter will be entertaining audiences with her eclectic blend of soul, folk, R&B and bossa nova. Her latest album is entitled Songs from the Jiwang Kingdom, and features 12 original pieces with her own signature smooth sound. There will be a cover charge of RM15 and show time starts at 10pm today and tomorrow. Alexis Bistro is located Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. To make a reservation please call (03) 4260 2288.