SATURATED SATURDAY! SINGAPORE MUSIC SCENE IS BURSTING AT THE SEAMS!!

Loads happening this Saturday, 11th July is you are a local music fan. Blame it partly on SG50 funding but also on renewed interest in S-ROCK. Are you ready? Here we go!

RILEK JACK RAMADHAN ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

Rilek Jack

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SINGAPORE STORIES – URBAN SCREENING

SingStories

Featuring Cherie X Ferry.

Checking our the TODAY feature also.

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PUNKED OUT! 2

PunkedOut!

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JONATHAN MEUR – HOW TO BUILD A KITE ALBUM LAUNCH

Meur

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SMQS launch

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SHINE FESTIVAL

SHINE Fest

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… still there’s more … 

SONNY LIEW / KOH HONG TENG

Does comic book art belong in a contemporary fine art gallery? Thankfully, in 2011, the answer is in the affirmative! If like me, you believe that comic book art is fine art in its own right, would do well to head down to the exhibition at Mulan Gallery featuring Sonny Liew and Koh Hong Tong.

Regular PoP visitors would probably be familiar with the work of Sonny Liew (above) but possibly not with Koh Hong Tong (below). Hong Tong is the artist of graphic novel Gone Case (written by Dave Chua) and his style is reminiscent of Geoff Darrow and like Sonny bears strong traces of the European influence.

I visited Mulan Gallery last night for the launch of this exhibition (which will run till 12 November) and I was pleased to see that it was very well attended and patronized. Even within the arts circles, comic book art still has some way to be accepted and the community is rather small and so it was heartening to see a gallery owner – in this case, Patricia Liang – put faith in these works as contemporary fine art. Kudos!

So check out the exhibition while you still can over at 36 Armenian Street #01-07 and tell them Power of Pop sent you along…

Mulan Gallery Official Site

 

SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2011

Was an interesting evening at the Singapore Writers Festival launch held on the SMU grounds. The event kicked off with a preview of art installations viz Witness by Donna Ong and Underwriter’s Table by Vertical Submarine. The former’s concept relates to the human response to natural disasters (with special emphasis on the recent Japanese tsunami tragedy) and truly engages the viewer’s senses in a powerful manner. The latter was lighter in tone, being a large than life cartoony replica of a table, with a blank cheque (but no pen!).

The launch itself was nothing remarkable, it must be said, the usual formalities, speeches and a intriguing poem by Dr Lee Tzu Pheng but that was expected. This was followed by dinner and a rendition of a collaboration between poetry and music by Mang, a modern R&B/Hip hop take in fact. Slight but enjoyable.

I will be covering a couple of SWF sessions that relate to my pet pop culture topics viz comic books and scifi. In this respect, I recommend the following: –

MEET THE AUTHOR: Sonny Liew | Sat 22 Oct (today!) 11.30am to 12.30pm | Seminar Room 2-3, School of Information Systems (SMU)

PANEL: Loti Gone Case in Wonderland featuring: Troy Chin, Sonny Liew, Dave Chua | Wed 26 Oct 3.30pm – 4.30pm Transaction Pavilion, Campus Green (SMU)

MEET THE AUTHOR: Joe Haldeman | Sat 29 Oct 11.30am – 12.30pm | Learning Gallery, Singapore Art Museum @ 8Q

BRAND NEW BOOkS: Loti Volume 3 | Sun 30 Oct 11.30am – 12.30pm | Festival Pavilion, Campus Green (SMU)

More information at the Official Website.