Events: ComicCon, Jam Hsiao & banned ballerinas
COMPILED BY OLIVIA LEE
There's a lot of dancing all over the place in the next seven days, so hit the road and get yourself stuck in these events at Genting Highlands, Penang and Singapore. And Happy Merdeka Day!
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2012
San Diego won't lose any sleep over Singapore's ComicCon—this event is more Geek Fest in Nerdsville than Hollywood. But there are some massive names from the worlds of graphic novel, manga and anime heading there—Simone Legno, the designer behind the Tokidoki label; K A Kim, one of several reps from Hot Toys, who sculptured Jim Gordon for the Dark Knight franchise, as well as Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye for the Avengers merchandise range. Plus, you get to play dress up as your favourite comic book character.
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Saturday 1st–Sunday 2nd September, 10am–8pm
Jam Hsiao 2012 World Tour
Struggling restaurant singer-turned-pop idol Jam Hsiao will be serving it all up at his concert—not only will he be your entertainer Saturday night, he's arranged all the music, designed all the costumes and set the stage. The tour has already taken him across China and Taiwan to Australia and Singapore, and he'll be delivering it to London's Wembley Arena in November. Since finding fame on China TV's One Million Star talent show in 2007, the now 25-year-old has recorded five albums (including one English CD), starred in the movie The Killer Who Never Kills and won Best Actor at Hong Kong's 31st Golden Film Award 2012.
Arena Of Stars, Genting Highlands, Pahang
Saturday 1st September, 8pm
Heineken Progressive Tour
One down, three to go. Heineken's four-city tour to celebrate its redesigned beer bottle hits its second stop Saturday night in George Town—you're up next, Ipoh and JB. Alas, northerners won't be getting Ferry Corsten like the capital citizens, but you will hear some good stuff from DJ collectives Twilight Actiongirl, Deer Society, and Phil K Lee, the 2010 champ of the Found@Thirst DJ search competition by Heineken.
32 Mansion, 32 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, Penang
Saturday 1st September, 8:30pm
Got a short attention span? Then this is for you—a bunch of 10-minute performances put together for an hour or two of theatrical entertainment. Broken down into genres—plays, musicals, stand-up comedy, and starting with dance—this mish-mash of mini productions will win some, lose some, but director and producer Faridah Merican promises that after five years of running this show, they've gotten it more right than wrong. "The festival is just fun, fun, fun for the participants who have to sink their teeth into the development of their presentation, and the audiences who will be taken on a ride and be amazed at the multitude of creativity surrounding us."
Penang Performing Acts Centre, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Wednesday 5th–Saturday 8th September, 8:30pm
RM28 adults, RM23 students, seniors, privilege card holders
Yes, the Singapore Dance Theatre were the ones "banned" from dancing the ballet in their tutus when they tried to perform here in April. So now your chance to see girls in very short skirts stretching their legs and men in pants so tight you can tell what religion they are, all dancing to Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Stanton Welch's Maninyas, Janek Schergen's Pas De Deux, Edward Liang's The Winds Of Zephyrus and George Balanchine's Serenade. Be warned: All these classical music and ballet shenanigans might lead to some "indecent" proposals.
KL Performing Arts Centre, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, Sentul, KL
Thursday 6th–Friday 7th September, 8:30pm; Saturday 8th, 3pm
RM18, RM33, RM43
Published: 31st August 2012