10 things to do in KL this week
Our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do
The best films to watch at Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
The longest-serving environment-themed festival is back in its eighth edition
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What’s on this week in KL
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2015
Providing a platform for environmental issues through film and documentary screenings, workshops (blogging, owl-making, wildlife photography, etc), exhibitions, a green marketplace and talks, the 8th Eco Film Fest is back this October. Check the schedule, film screenings (in all, 116 of them) and register for workshops now at www.ecofilmfest.my.
Inspired by her 180-day backpacking trip through 22 countries in Europe and the Middle East, dream pop singer Straw's Live Fact gig is part live acoustic performance and mini photo exhibition, showcasing her original songs and travel snapshots. Guest performers Julio and Love Bites feature. RSVP at email@example.com
Late Night with AIIA
Artificially Intelligent: Improvholics Anonymous (AIIA) is an improv comedy troupe formed to promote improvisational comedy in KL. Like the popular TV show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', AIIA is unscripted so naturally, shows are strictly 18PL. This edition's guest improvisers are Alfred Loh and Kuah Jenhan.
Khayamiya: Khedival To Contemporary – The Tentmakers of Cairo
Khayamiya is the Egyptian art of tentmaking. Visitors will get to explore the stunning transformations of khayamiya from the late Ottoman Empire to the present day in this exhibition. This is a special cooperative effort between IAMM and guest curator, Dr Sam Bowker of Charles Sturt University, Australia.
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Sir Ian McKellen
His close friends call him ‘Serena’. Meant as a campy play on ‘Sir Ian’, it’s an oddly appropriate nickname for an actor who exudes an air of such immaculate serenity. Whether he’s glad-handing ‘X-Men’ fans on the red carpet, defending gay rights in his role as co-founder of Stonewall or saving Middle Earth as Gandalf the Grey, Ian McKellen is the calm eye of whatever storm happens to be raging. And he’s just as laidback in person, spending a fair portion of our interview umm-ing, aah-ing and gazing wistfully out of the window – not in a senior-moment sort of way, but with the confident demeanour of a man who simply refuses to be hurried. But like any stage veteran, he does occasionally show his thespian streak: grabbing his back theatrically to evoke the aches of old age, or grinning slyly as he recounts a cheeky anecdote about working with Will Smith. We’re at the Langham Hotel in central London to discuss ‘Mr Holmes’, in which the 75-year-old McKellen dons ageing make-up to play a 90-year-old Sherlock Holmes, who’s living in a quiet corner of post-WWII Sussex until an old case rears its head. It’s an incredibly controlled performance, packed with pathos and subtlety: not as crowd-pleasing, perhaps, as Gandalf or Magneto, but every bit as memorable. Have you always wanted to play Sherlock Holmes? I never thought I’d play him. Sometimes these things just happen. I never thought I’d play Hitler, but someone once asked me to and it was a jolly good script! The list of screen
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Life according to Shelah
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