What's on in Singapore this week
The Broadway musical makes a triumphant return to Singapore’s shores. The BAFTA and Tony Award-winning performance tells the story of murder, corruption, adultery and greed with the 1920s Chicago nightclub scene as its iconic backdrop. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch Broadway’s second-longest running show, with celebrated tunes like ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.
Choking Hazard: An Exhibition about Toys
Expect a showcase of the works of 30 artists and toymakers from all over the world, including Singapore, Korea, America and Spain. The toys have been dismantled and recreated into artworks that were inspired by waste of mass production and consumerism. You can even get down and dirty – there'll be an assortment of pre-loved toys available for you to dismantle and have fun with.
Relay for Life
The international movement comes to Singapore for the first time. Show your support for the battle against cancer at the inaugural Relay for Life, with Singapore being the 25th country to host this overnight relay. All funds go towards supporting the Singapore Cancer Society. Registration is open across three categories – run or walk a lap at your own pace to show your support.
Written by Selena Tan of Dim Sum Dollies fame, Detention Katong tells the story of a straight A student landing herself in detention and breaking through the mould of a stereotypical good girl. Starring Neo Swee Lin, Sebastian Tan and Suhaimi Yusof, the comedy is set in secondary school and aims to subvert the tropes of the obedient student and the rebel.
Dinner in Wonderland
Fall down the rabbit hole in this dinner hosted by the Queen of Hearts. ANDSOFORTH, a nomadic theatre group that regularly puts up dinner theatre shows, presents an Alice in Wonderland-themed four-course dinner. The premise: the Queen is having a food tasting session, and you're invited to join her. Guests sit at one of the four long tables in the room while ten actors move around, acting out the characters they embody. By the end of the night, we're expecting shouts of, ‘Off with their heads!’
LOCK ROUTE: Public Art @ Gillman Barracks
Inspired by Gillman Barracks' address and the 24-km march route all army recruits have to go through, LOCK ROUTE features 16 installations, murals and sculptures. Artists featured include China’s Chen Tianzhuo, Vietnam’s Oanh Phi Phi, Cleon Peterson of America and Singapore’s very own Gerald Leow, Sheryo+Yok, Acit Salbini and Stephanie Jane Burt.
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Ola Beach Club
Island life just got a whole lot more interesting with Ola Beach Club, Singapore’s only Hawaiian-themed lifestyle venue. Not only can you savour Hawaiian-style dishes like ahi poke bowls ($20) served with your choice of marinated tuna and Kalua pig tacos ($25), the beach shack also rents out a host of water sports equipment like water-propelled jet packs (from $228) for daredevils who want to try their hand at flying up to nine metres in the air.
The Ottoman Room
Hidden behind the buzzy café-bar Fat Prince lies The Ottoman Room – an opulent, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant where eager servers roll out an endless supply of mezze on a dim sum-style trolley. On top of that, diners can choose larger fish, meat and vegetable dishes like spiced short ribs and stuffed lamb shoulder that’s been grilled for hours in a traditional wood-fired earth pit to share. Wash it down with Lebanese wine, beer made from chickpeas or Raki, a classic Turkish aperitif.
The modern restaurant serves Japanese cuisine with Korean accents like toro caviar ($66), tuna sashimi spiced with gochujang sauce and topped with Oscietra caviar. Other must-tries include the tuna pizza ($25), a thin, crispy pizza base covered with finely sliced tuna over ponzu mayonnaise, sprinkled with truffle oil and shiso leaf. For mains, opt for the fork-tender 48-hour Tajima short rib ($48) or perfectly cooked Jidori chicken ($28) that's served on a bed of truffled mashed potatoes.
For quality produce at affordable prices, head to Porta Fine Food and Import Company. The restaurant-cum-grocer offers two-course set lunches from $18 and also acts as a one-stop shop for your gourmet retail needs. Everything at Porta is curated by executive chef Michael Suyanto who has spent 12 years cooking in the kitchens of luxury hotels and the Les Amis Group. Don't miss his take on chilled angel hair pasta (set lunch only), Spanish octopus ($18), foie gras ($24) and Iberian pork ($26) – you're in for a treat.
Importing more than 20 years of brewing expertise (and excellent tea) to our shores is T2, the Australian brand’s first venture into Asia. Choose from over 140 classic and signature blends (from $15/box), including English Breakfast and French Earl Grey – or go local with Singapore Breakfast, which pays homage to kaya toast with its mix of pu-erh, genmaicha, coconut and pandan. Don't forget to sip on samples at the in-store tea bar.
D'O is a small, 40-seater restaurant in Cornaredo, a nondescript town just outside Milan. There, people wait up to eight months for a taste of Italian celebrity chef Davide Oldani's one-Michelin-starred dishes. His Singapore outpost, FOO'D, brings Oldani's brand of affordable fine dining – 'Cucina Pop' – to Asia, serving signature dishes like caramalised onion with Grana Padano mousse and ice cream. Lunch is priced at $45 for three courses and $52 for four, while a five-course dinner costs $138 and a seven-course dinner is $168.
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Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area
Ann Siang Road and Club Street
Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area