Things To Do In Singapore: The Orient Express Exhibition Kicks Off + Two Live Gigs
Catch this live gig
As we slowly ease into Phase 3 of the pandemic restrictions, gigs – in person, not streamed – are starting to rev up once more, albeit at a more intimate pace. Fans of songstress Aisyah Aziz (pictured here in Female‘s Dec 2020 issue), crooner Nathan Hartono and instrumental band Lorong Boys are in for a treat as the musicians will be putting on a live show (a matinee and an evening show) at Pasir Panjang Power Station this Sunday.
The show is titled ‘Flock – The Xmas Edition‘ and it’s organised by music collective 24OWLS – the same people responsible for Laneway Singapore’s most recent editions. It’s intended to be an exclusive showcase for musicians to present original content and fine-hone their skills at live shows. All three acts will be debuting new songs and material. And coming off many months of only digital performances, people are naturally excited. “It’s an emotional thing – music is meant to be consumed live,” says Jonathan Shin of the Lorong Boys. Get your tickets here.
Dec 20, Pasir Panjang Power Station, 27 Pasir Panjang Rd; matinee starts at 2.30pm while the evening show at 8.30pm
Check out the Orient Express
Pop culture’s most famous locomotive is officially in town. The train, first created in 1883, was made famous by the likes of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love featuring James Bond and has just opened in Singapore with a ticketed exhibition titled Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express.
The exhibition represents the first time two of the train’s original 1920s carriages as well as over 300 artefacts have left France – and they’re now on display at the exhibition space within Gardens by the Bay. We’d say if you’re a fan of Art Deco-era furniture and decor, this is a rare chance to see original pieces restored to glory, including Lalique glass plate inlays, Rene Prou marquetry, restaurant lamps, as well as the dishes used in the dining area.
Travel buffs will also appreciate objects such as historical Louis Vuitton trunks and garment hangers once used by travellers, displayed in giant trunks – it might ostensibly be the best immersive travel experience available in town at the moment.
There’s also a pop-up cafe and restaurant to accompany the exhibition – the latter in particular will be noteworthy for foodies as three Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Allen will be helming it, with meals served on board the replica Anatolia dining car that will house the pop-up restaurant. More information here.
On now till Jun 13, West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza)
Catch this live gig 2.0
It’s a good weekend for the resumption of live music – over at Marina Bay Sands’ theatre hall, prolific gig promoters Collective Minds are putting on what is billed as the largest live show since the circuit breaker. The two-day event, aptly titled Back to Live, features both established artistes as well as up-and-comers, including Benjamin and Narelle Kheng, Charlie Lim, Aisyah Aziz, Linying, Sezairi and rising model/our August 2020 cover girl Keyana (pictured here – it’ll be her first live show to boot).
In case you’re wondering, the organisers have put in place extensive safety measures – for example, all attendees (maximum of 500) are required to clear a Antigen Rapid Test (ART), and the event is part of the Ministry of Health’s pilot programme for large live events, so rest assured. The live entertainment industry in particular has been heavily pummeled this year by the pandemic, so show some support by getting your tickets here.
Dec 18-Dec 19, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands; 9pm-10.30pm