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We interview Jim Gaffigan before his comedy show in Singapore
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We interview Jim Gaffigan before his comedy show in Singapore

No stranger to the comedy scene on screen, Jim Gaffigan dishes out family-friendly stand-up served hot with five Netflix specials and another new release Noble Ape. Now heading to the sunny shores of Singapore for his March 23 show at the Capitol Theatre, the funnyman is bringing his unique brand of jokes from the telly to the stage. No gimmicks whatsoever, expect him to take it back to basics with sharp witty digs as a father of five and his misanthropic observations on life. But before you catch the Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times bestselling author and Daytime Emmy Award winner IRL, find out what's driving Jim Gaffigan to our city, what we can expect at his show and what makes a great stand-up comedian. RECOMMENDED: The best comedy clubs in Singapore Hi Jim! Are you excited to be in Singapore? As I’ve noticed on Netflix, there is a rich stand-up comedy scene in Singapore and I’m very excited to perform for that audience. I’m also traveling with my children and it’s fascinating to travel and experience cultures with them. I’m sure I’ll get some great comedy ideas from them. What are you looking forward to the most during your stop here?I’ve wanted to go to Singapore for years. I’m most excited about going to a place that’s such a hodgepodge of unique difference cultures. My brother Mike said the bak kwa is worth the trip alone. Will you be bringing in old gags for the show or will it be entirely fresh?It will be a completely new hour, different from my five

The best art exhibitions in Singapore
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The best art exhibitions in Singapore

Thinking of broadening your horizons this week? Get your culture on with our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town – from Southeast Asian art to contemporary design, we'll have you sorted in a jiffy. RECOMMENDED:  The best museums in Singapore and the best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

We chat with playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan of Off Centre
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We chat with playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan of Off Centre

The highly acclaimed Off Centre returns to the stage at the Victoria Theatre from February 7 to 17. Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, this year’s revival features the comeback of Sakinah Dollah and Abdulattif Abdullah who are reprising their 1993 roles as the protagonists Saloma and Vinod respectively. In case you didn’t read the text during Secondary school, here’s what Off Centre is all about. The play shines a spotlight on mental illness, following an unlikely friendship that blossoms over discussions on personal conflicts and social prejudices. Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan share more on the production, the importance of mental health and why the play is still as relevant as it was 26 years ago. Mental illness was quite a taboo subject in Singapore back in the early 90s. How did you tackle the theme in a way that captured the attention of Singaporeans?Haresh Sharma When The Necessary Stage first started working on this play, we were given access to different places like Woodbridge Hospital because the piece was commissioned by the Ministry of Health. We interviewed a lot of patients, ex-patients, psychiatrists, social workers. We also went to halfway houses and daycare centres to talk to people. The research helped us present a more realistic portrayal of mental illness in Singapore as well as the misconceptions, taboos and superstitions surrounding the topic. That kind of realism struck a chord with the audience who were moved by the stories and charact

Upcoming theatre shows in Singapore
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Upcoming theatre shows in Singapore

There's no business like show business. With a plethora of stage takeovers in Singapore, it's fair to say that the performing arts scene here is having a moment. From Broadway and West End international tours to high-quality productions by local theatre companies in our backyard, here are the best upcoming dance performances, plays, musicals and revivals bursting with glittery costumes, catchy scores, captivating choreography, and Grade A entertainment. RECOMMENDED: The best theatre companies in Singapore and upcoming stand-up and comedy shows in Singapore

Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes

Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes

The Civic District comes to life once more with vibrant artworks and performances during Light to Night Festival 2019. This year's bumper edition spans six weeks from January 18 to February 24, making it one festival, but with two unique experiences. The Singapore Art Week edition (Jan 18-27), which focuses art inspired by personal narratives and memories, and the Singapore Bicentennial edition (Jan 28-Feb 24) that sees artists, writers and performers reinterpret our country's past and retell Singapore's story in their own special way. This year's theme, Traces and Echoes, is the first to incorporate Singapore's historical narrative in celebration with the Bicentennial. National Gallery Singapore teams up with precinct partners to present close to 50 programmes that showcase art and history through all the five senses, capturing the hearts and minds of guests from day to night. Explore The Odyssey (Jan 18-27, 8pm-midnight), a new commission co-developed by Brandon Tay and Safuan Johari with 14 other multimedia illustrators and digital artists to form part of Singapore's biggest façade light show, Art Skins on Monuments. Go on an epic voyage through the Civic District's seven façades as an explorer sojourns the worlds of duality in search of his identity. Be a part of his journey by activating an interactive wall using sound and movement at National Gallery Singapore’s Padang Atrium. While you're there, take a trip down memory lane by flipping through personal and archival

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