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Things to do during Chinese New Year

Not going away for the long Chinese New Year break? Here's how you can make the most of the city when it goes quiet, including restaurants that will be open during CNY

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What’s on this week in KL

Nightlife

Skydance Colour Festival

It’s like your regular EDM festival, but with colour (and water). Party it up at Desa Water Park with DJs Hiroshi Watanabe, Kelvin Leong and many more.

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Art

Knotted Nests

Award-winning Malaysian artist Zac Lee returns with his sixth solo exhibition at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art where he showcases his trademark style of translucent finishes through iconic Malaysian representations. ‘Knotted Nests’ is an exhibition comprising eight oil on jute canvases, wherein Lee questions the discourse of politics, community and one’s individual place, challenging the local status quo in unexpected ways. In 2015, Lee was nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize, one of the most established recognition for contemporary arts in Asia.

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Film

Minut Init & Chill

It’s hard to afford Netflix in this economy, so chill at Minut Init instead and catch the film adaptation of Douglas Adams's 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. We’re not sure if the venue serves a decent cup of tea, but for everything else, support them by buying drinks from the Cantina Bar.

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Nightlife

Ohrwurm presents Scarlett Etienne

One of the major players on the international DJ circuit, Scarlett Etienne has been spinning the decks at underground clubs like Watergate in Berlin and London's The Nest, and has also shared the stage with music legends Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr at Montreux Jazz Festival. She's also played in sunny Singapore and KL at the Formula One parties.

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Restaurants

Goodness Greens Café

Now that La Juiceria has established itself as one of the city's leading cold-press juice brands, its next mission, apparently, is to promote clean eating with the opening of its first offshoot, Goodness Greens, where you can have vegan-friendly dishes, customisable salads, superfood-packed smoothie bowls and even rice bowls and pastas, alongside the juices that started it all of course. Part of the appeal of Goodness Greens is its customisable salads – and by customisable, we mean you get to pick everything from your base (brown rice, salad leaves, romaine lettuce or warm potatoes) and mains (choose from a long list of proteins, grains, veggies and more) to your topping and dressing. The salads are available in three sizes: petit (RM14.90), medium (RM18.90) and grand (RM23.90); the difference between each is the number of mains and toppings you get to choose – the actual serving size of the dish remains the same, so if you’re content with just four mains, a base and a topping, just go for petit (and use the money you save on Goodness Greens’ other specialities. We'll get to that soon). If you prefer warm meals, order one of the vegan soups (homemade with almond milk instead of cream) available in pumpkin, zucchini, carrot with rosemary and classic mushroom, or get the summer or pesto pasta. For snacks, try not to get too full on GG Dip (spinach and mozzarella dip with baguette slices), and for a light but nutritious breakfast, the açaí berry and dragon fruit smoothie bowls

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Restaurants

Yellow Apron

The team behind Section 17's The Humble Pie Co. have made a notable expansion in the form of Yellow Apron not too far away in PJ's Section 13, breathing some life into the office- and warehouse-dominated street behind Jaya One. On the inside, Yellow Apron fulfils the criteria of today's sought-after cafés (a clean, minimalist interior with plenty of natural light coming in). It's also very spacious, making it a suitable spot for families with young children.  Currently, the menu at Yellow Apron features burgers, sandwiches, pastas and even some rice and noodle dishes, with plans of introducing a dinner menu of Malaysian-style tapas (or 'mapas' as they're calling it) soon. In the meantime, standouts include 'The Big Bold Beef Cheese Wasabi Sandwich' (like a roast beef sandwich but with wasabi in a pretzel bun), 'Curry Lamb Bam, Thank You Mam' (lamb shoulder curry with basmati rice), 'The Fantastically Fusion Fried Chicken Burger' (boneless buttermilk chicken thigh with sambal belacan), and 'Dancing Prawns, Swimming Chicken Fried Yee Mee Noodles'. At this point, you should know that Yellow Apron likes long, funny names.  Other than black coffee by Papa Pahleta and a selection of teas, Yellow Apron also serves sangria and bottled beers as well as a range of mocktails. For dessert, there are (obviously) pies and cakes by The Humble Pie Co, including its famed banoffee pie and Musang King pie.

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Restaurants

Mr. Wolf

Mr. Wolf has brought with it two things PJ needs: A cosy lounge bar, and a stylish restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine. Its name beckons as you drive along the LDP, plastered on the façade of the building that faces the highway. The ground floor holds the restaurant, clean and spacious, furnished with simple wood furniture. Decoration is kept to a minimum, save for posters with inspirational quotes and quirky images. Tucked in a corner of the restaurant are garden swing chairs – perfect for lounging on. There’s a little window at the back of the restaurant for guests to watch as the kitchen plates up its elegant dishes. Young chef Bryan Tan isn’t afraid to use bold combinations, with pairings like sous vide miso pork loin with apple coleslaw, and the crab ravioli with pickled mango and papaya salad gracing the menu. Though it’s a relatively small menu, it has a solid variety of flavours from their seafood and poultry dishes, cold selections, sides and desserts. The bar upstairs is definitely worth a stop, even if it’s to nibble on snacks like pork skin nachos over a drink. The space is decked out in colours of metallic gold and dark brown, giving off a warm and inviting vibe. Three VIP corners are also available for those who want some privacy. The bar has a wide collection of spirits ranging from whisky, wine, champagne, saké, cider as well as Guinness and Tiger on tap, while the cocktail menu features drinks like the Lady Hound, a combination of tequila, Cointreau tri

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Restaurants

Beauty and the Beast

The steakhouse’s second outlet includes a bar aptly named Beauty. To go with Beast's famous grilled lamb loins, baked miso cod or lobster mac and cheese, be sure to try the signature cocktails.

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Latest interviews

Film

John Boyega

Right now, John Boyega might be the happiest guy in the universe. He’s 23, he was hand-picked by director JJ Abrams to appear in ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’, set to be the biggest movie of the decade, and now everyone on Earth wants a piece of him. Dressed to the nines in designer clobber and slumped in a chair in one of London’s swankiest hotels, the young Brit grips my hand and grins like a lottery winner. ‘You know when you sit down with an actor and you ask how they are and they say they’re good?’ he bellows. ‘I’m genuinely good!’ Boyega’s casting in ‘Star Wars’ as Finn – a character rumoured to be a foot soldier who deserts his Stormtrooper platoon to join the rebel resistance – came as a surprise to almost everyone when it was announced last year. It was followed by a slew of comment pieces, many of them portraying him as a kid from the mean streets, cut from the same guns ’n’ gangs cloth as his character Moses in the 2011 British alien invasion flick ‘Attack the Block’. All of which is, of course, complete nonsense: Boyega is just a damn fine actor, fierce and charming in the proud British tradition of Albert Finney, Bob Hoskins and Tom Hardy. But there’s an openness to him too, especially in person: a hyperactive enthusiasm and skyrocketing self-confidence that’s impossible not to warm to. It’s a unique combination, and it makes Boyega the perfect fit for the gritty-but-giddy fairytale world of ‘Star Wars’. The fact that he’s a lightsaber-swinging, action-figure

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Film

Daniel Craig

If you want to know how James Bond – sorry, I mean Daniel Craig – starts the day, I can tell you. Two double espressos with honey. Plus poached eggs on toast. With another double espresso to follow. So basically: caffeine, more caffeine and some more caffeine, with honey to soften the blow. And some eggs. It’s the British actor’s fourth outing as Bond, and his second with the director Sam Mendes after the huge success of ‘Skyfall’ – which in 2012 took over USD1,000 million at the global box office. So, no pressure, then. Another double espresso, please… When we speak, Craig is tired and he’s wired. He turns up in jeans, T-shirt, leather jacket and a New York Yankees cap at the photo studio where he’s being shot for Time Out. His arms betray the intense fitness training that goes into playing 007. At one point during our hour together he jokes: ‘Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Yes, I’ve been working out for six months. Of course I’m getting my kit off!’ He’s exhausted but he’s also on a high from two years of intensive work – first getting the story right in close collaboration with Mendes and the film’s writers and producers. Then came the shoot, hopping back and forth between Pinewood Studios near London and Mexico City, Morocco, the Austrian Alps and Rome. He thinks – thinks – ‘Spectre’ is going to be a good, stylish, classic Bond movie, and Craig is not an actor who talks bullshit. He’s blunt. He’s thoughtful. He’s wary of being precious. But he’s obviously nervo

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Music

Leo Ari

Leo Ari is an artist, according to Leo Ari. ‘I’m an artist. Leo Ari is an artistic concept, not a musical concept; it’s an artistic concept as a whole, which will constantly change, constantly evolve,’ says the 24-year-old musician and visual artist, whose real name is Adli Nazrin. If you haven’t heard of Leo Ari, it’s because: a) you’re not a Generation Y, Z or a millennial; b) you’re not on the internet, but more specifically, you’re not on Reddit, Tumblr or YouTube, the rabbit holes of cat videos, glitch art and post-internet poetry; and c) as scene as it is to like Leo Ari, he’s after all relatively new to the scene. It’s only been a year since he debuted with ‘Silap’, but it’s fair to say he’s at the forefront of a new subculture: one that crosses over from digital to reality and back again to digital, nostalgic for early internet and late ’90s/early millennia pop culture, appropriating cybergoth, punk and rave elements. His debut EP – a six-track offering titled ‘Love Must Be Real’ – is potent; here is a person that not only believes that the bare fact of love is fleeting and futile, but also manages to convey that confusion into sound, streamlining the complications of love into simple forms: limber, liquid chillwave electronics, earnest and enthusiastic, with emotional and sonic touchstones of familiarity. ‘Love must be real, because it fucking hurts’ is printed on the back cover of the EP; it’s trite, but it’s true. ‘Love Must Be Real’ isn’t exactly nostalgic for t

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Film

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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The best of Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants

Top 40 restaurants and cafés

The Time Out KL Food 40: Our monthly guide to the best places to eat in town, reviewed anonymously by critics.

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Things to do

The best tourist attractions in KL

Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for things to do (without resorting to too many clichés), or a local who just wants to play tourist for a day, here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL.

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Restaurants

The 15 best dishes in KL

This year, we look at the top entries that speak to our larger KL culinary scene, inspire our midnight cravings, and demonstrate real respect for flavour. Here are the dishes that best stood out in 2015.

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Restaurants

The best coffee shops in KL

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

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Restaurants

Time Out KL Food Awards winners

Every year, we ask you to put forward your nominations for the best cafés and restaurants that deserve the highest recognition in the Kuala Lumpur dining scene. You’ve voted, and here are the award results.

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Restaurants

Best cafés in KL

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

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