Five things to do over the weekend of May 12-13

From a tribute to the 15th century Carnatic music giants and contemporary Indian pop music performance, to the annual Singapore Cocktail Festival, this weekend offers a wide variety of exciting activities. Here are our top five picks: 

1. Isai Amuthu – Musical Gems of the Tamil Trinity

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

The Tamil trinity, also known as the Tamil Moovar, were three composers—Muthu Thandavar, Arunachala Kavi and Marimutha Pillai—who had contributed several Tamil compositions that are sung in carnatic music recitals today. While they may be lesser known than the carnatic music trinity, their genius brought structure to the modern format of krithi and padams.

When: May 12
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
Entry: S$25

2. Singapore Cocktail Festival 

Photo courtesy: Singapore Cocktail Festival
Photo courtesy: Singapore Cocktail Festival

This is Asia’s largest celebration of cocktail event. It will be bringing you world-class mixology experiences for a memorable nightlife with bar tours, guest bartenders, drink makers & lovers from around the world.

When: May 12-13
Where: Empress Lawn
Entry: From S$28

3. Dr D Collective ft. Veritas

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Dr D Collective is a group of friends who play Indian pop music led by Dinesh Tennarasu, influenced by the music of Veritas, a five-piece band comprising him, Joshua Agilan, Andy Chong, Nilesh and Vimal. They are the resident band of Dhoom Super Band, a production company that shoots music videos and organises contemporary Tamil band competitions.

The band is currently writing their original compositions deeply rooted in rock, fusion and jazz. Veritas have worked with many notable artists such as Elamaran, Sivabalan, Shabir, Vikneshwary and Sai Vigneshwar.

When: May 13
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre 
Entry: Free

4. Legally Blonde the Musical

Photo courtesy: MBS
Photo courtesy: MBS

A snappy brand new production from New York with updated contemporary choreography, lighting, costumes, sets and exciting video elements. The entirely New York cast features Maris Fernandes as the iconic 'Elle Woods'.

Blonde ambition at its hilarious and delightful best: Delta Nu sorority queen and fashionista Elle Woods can do anything she sets her mind to. When boyfriend, Warner, breaks up with her for someone 'serious', Elle follows him to Harvard Law School to win him back (like it's hard?!). With a little help from new friends Paulette, Emmett and trusty chihuahua Bruiser, she defies expectations and teaches all the importance of staying true to oneself. 

When: May 12-13
Where: Sands Theatre
Entry: S$65-195

5. (Re)collect: The making of our art collection

Photo courtesy: National Gallery
Photo courtesy: National Gallery

Featuring over 120 works, this exhibition aims to reveal the stories behind the creation of the National Collection in the 1960s and how it continues to evolve today by highlighting the significant acquisitions and donations made in recent years. It aims to recall  the collection’s past and capture the present, while cultivating the ground on which future research and collecting by the Gallery can be anchored, infusing the collection with new life.

Featured artists include Affandi, Georgette Chen, Cheo Chai-Hiang, Latiff Mohidin, Lim Hak Tai, Lim Yew Kuan, Navin Rawanchaikul and S. Sudjojono.

When: May 12-13
Where: National Gallery
Entry: Free-S$20

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