Events: F1 Singapore, ATP 250 KL & Golden Awards
COMPILED BY OLIVIA LEE
With a play up north and a race down south, you'd wish it were the long weekend all over again. There's the annual night Formula One race in the Lion City, some tennis greats will be in town, a theatre performance about food, sex and death to entice you, a Chinese awards show and a race for the corporate honchos, make for one diverse eventful week ahead.
2012 FORMULA ONE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Notwithstanding the epic 61-lap night race, Singapore GP's pre- and post-F1 events are just as spectacular. This year's pop music line-up includes Jay Chou, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Other acts taking the various stages across three days and nights include '80s hits Bananarama, The Pretenders and The Proclaimers. For those keeping score, the Malaysian GP got Nicole Scherzinger, Kelis and K-pop group Girls Generation—Kylie Minogue got cancelled, remember? For those keeping track of the race, here are the top five drivers' positions heading into the circuit's 16th race—Fernando Alonso for Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton for McLaren-Mercedes, Kimi Räikkönen for Lotus-Renault, 2011 champion Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber for RBR-Renault.
Padang Stage & Village Stage, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Friday 21st–Sunday 23rd September
FOOD, SEX AND DEATH
First presented by KL Performing Arts Centre and the Actors Studio as part of the "Causeway Exchange" programme between Malaysia and Singapore, this play explores the pleasures, miseries and appetites experienced by us and them. The original cast—comprising Theatre For Young People alumnus Nick Dorian, Belinda Hon, Kamini Senthilathiban and Nabil Zakaria—will reprise their roles, joined by new player Ho Lee Ching. "FSD is poignantly funny in the way that it deals with such universal issues that relate directly to our humanity," said director Chris Ling. "You are certain to see yourself reflected back at you from the characters presented through the course of the performance."
Penang PAC, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Friday 21st–Sunday 23rd September, 8:30pm, 3pm
RM23 (adults), RM13 (students, seniors, Actors Studio card holders)
ATP WORLD TOUR 250 MALAYSIA OPEN 2012
Entering its fourth year, the Malaysia Open Kuala Lumpur tennis tournament has so far not gotten the kind of crowds or excitement it really deserves. Then again, since the 2010 competition when five of the featured players were in the top 10, the ranking of the other athletes haven't been as high. Still, among the 28 singles and 16 doubles vying for the US$947,750 prize money this year are current world No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain, world No. 11 Juan Monaco from Argentina, and Asian No. 1 Kei Nishikori of Japan, so that should offer some very interesting matches. Also, world No. 36 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who came this close to winning the title last year, and 2009 champion Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, are coming back to try their luck again.
Putra Stadium, Bukil Jalil, KL
Saturday 22nd–Sunday 30th September
RM10–RM525, free admission for qualifying rounds this weekend and main draw on Monday
GOLDEN AWARDS 2012
Fahrenheit heartthrob Jiro Wang, Mandopop star Michael Wong, Singaporean funnyman Mark Lee, Taiwanese hunk Tony Yang, Hong Kong movie star Gordon Lam—what do they have in common? They'll be sharing one stage in Malaysia this weekend, handing out gongs at the Golden Awards 2012 presentation. The bi-annual ceremony, organised by ntv7 to recognise the achievements in the Chinese TV scene, happens all the way out there at Putrajaya International Convention Centre. The 8TV crime drama The Adjusters leads the nominations with seven categories, while local stars Debbie Goh, Chris Tong, Leslie Chai, Coby Chong and William San are up major awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Most Popular Actor and Most Popular Actress.
Putrajaya International Convention Centre
Saturday 22nd September, 7pm
KL RAT RACE 2012
Strap on your running shoes and race through the heart of the capital, covering 4.5km for a good cause. All the funds raised will be channelled into 20 foundations including Yayasan Bursa Malaysia. Last year, the race raised a "record-breaking" sum of RM1,933,000. So if you're feeling generous or just the urge to run off some steam, sign up as part of your company's team and run all around town in your best suit and tie. By the way, CEOs, because you're so busy running your businesses, you only need to leg it around a 1km course.
Bursa Malaysia Exchange Square, Bukit Kewangan, KL
Tuesday 25th September, 5pm
RM18,000 upwards for five-member teams, RM6,000 for additional teams
Published: 20th September 2012