1. Order this experimental food art dish
F&B maestro SPRMRKT’s latest project, To Your Tart’s Desire, is an interesting one – both to the taste buds and imagination. Conceptualised by artists Divaagar and Sonia Kwek, To Your Tart’s Desire is billed as a “take-home, self-care experience like no other”. In a nutshell, it’s an audio-visual and edible experience that consists of a curation of aphrodisiacs (a decadent chocolate-chilli tart, an assortment of fresh fruits and a cocktail of your choice) accompanied by an audio guide that reportedly guides the audience towards re-seeing food in a new and sensual light (we’re imagining it as a gastronomical 50 Shades of Grey). Intrigued? Place an order ASAP for this limited treat before it disappears off the menu.
2. Support an independent local label
Local artisan label FIN Crafted Goods has carved out an unusual space for itself – they’re known for incorporating the Japanese art of boro (patchworking) to repair or makeover (by hand) existing clothes and accessories “with the aim of prolonging its use and reducing waste.” In other words, they’re early adopters of the upcycling and slow fashion movement and ruggedly stylish ones at that.
If you’re into Japanese-influenced aesthetics and sensibilities, pop by their store – they’re celebrating their eighth anniversary this weekend (no small feat for an independent label) and they’re inviting everyone to join the festivities. There’ll be art (a collaboration with local illustrator Alex Lim, inspired by the label’s cool clientele), food and great company. Just make sure to register before going down.
August 28- August 30, 10am-6pm; #03-03A 39A Jalan Pemimpin
3. Visit this art show
Gajah Gallery puts on an annual show called New Now that spotlights young or up-and-coming artists. This year’s edition, titled The New Now IV: Tension/Creation, showcases works by Noreen Loh, Kass Koh, Luh Gede Gita Sangita Yasa and Koh Kai Ting. The show aims to explore how each artist grapples with trials and tribulations in their respective practices – a look into the unique pressures that young and emerging artists face.
Till Sept 6; #03-04 39 Keppel Road
4. Head down to The Substation
Legendary record store Straits Records is one of the longest running players in the indie music scene, having been established since 1995. After moving out of their long-time location over at Bali Lane, Straits Records is now back (temporarily) at The Substation for three months only, as part of The Substation’s new Front of House program, which aims to support small local businesses by having them operate pop-up stores out of the space’s box office. There’ll also be coffee available while you browse through vinyl gold. Sounds good, no?
Ongoing; 45 Armenian Street
5. Catch this long overdue film
After more than two years of waiting, you’ll finally be able to catch The New Mutants in theatres this weekend. For the uninitiated, The New Mutants focuses on a sub-set of younger X-Men-in-training, and boasts a pretty starry ensemble cast including Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy, and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things). Fans will know of the multiple delays (due to various factors, including Fox’s sale to Disney), so here’s hoping the wait was worth it.
P.S. Look out for one of the cast members in Female‘s upcoming Sept 2020 issue, which hits newsstands next week.
Main Photo To Your Tart’s Desire, Divaagar and Sonia Kwek/Courtesy of Divaagar
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