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5 Things To Check Out From Home: Better Days Screening, Pangdemonium Streams Comedy Play & More

Our edit of things to occupy your time with during this #StayHome period.

1. Catch a one-time-only screening of Better Days

One of the most high-profile Chinese films of 2019, Better Days, is a crime-meets-coming-of-age work that focuses on a teenage girl who’s bullied at school and a street thug, both of whom are irrevocably changed after meeting each other. It picked up many awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards including nods for cinematography, best overall picture and best actress for lead Zhou Dongyu, so we’re really buzzed that The Projector will be putting on a one-time-only screening of the film this weekend.

Catch the screening of Better Days on May 23 at 8pm. Reserve your tickets here

2. Get tips on how to dine at home fashionably

She may be better known for her wardrobe of straight-off-the-runway Saint Laurent pieces but fashion enthusiast Wendy Long also has an appetite for the finer bites in life. Her daily Instagram stories pre-circuit breaker would make you hungry with her constant visits to some of the best F&B establishments in town. Now that we’re in lockdown, Long is keeping up her fine dining habits by ordering in – and she’ll be spilling her gastronomical secrets with Female editor-in-chief Noelle Loh this Friday as our next guest on our Female Homies Instagram Live session.

Catch the conversation here this Friday, May 22, at 5pm. 

3. Join the most raucous party in town

The Baby Boy party series is known for being one of the most fun, anything-goes and least judgmental parties in town. While it was on hiatus for a while, the organisers are back with the latest installment of the event on Zoom, enlisting drag queens such as the divine Vanda Miss Joaquim to perform and guest DJs to remind you how to have fun – remember when that was a thing?

Join the Zoom party this Friday, May 22, from 10pm till late. Details here

4. A sold-out play returns

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Dear fellow circuit breakers, So far, we have had the privilege of sharing with you our archival recordings of FALLING, LATE COMPANY, and DRAGONFLIES. We now feel that it’s appropriate to share with you a play that doesn’t make you bawl your eyes out into your dinner. Instead, CHINGLISH will possibly make you choke on your meal because you’ll be laughing so damned hard. Our 2015 production of David Henry Hwang’s riotous comedy of Mandarin manners was rapturously received by audiences, and we sold out our entire three-week run even before we even opened the show. CHINGLISH cunningly and outrageously satirizes the absurd loathe-hate relationship between the US and China, how love and business can get lost in transl-Asian, and ultimately, no matter what language we speak, we all have the same needs, desires and dreams. And our audiences gasped and giggled themselves silly. During this pandemic, US-China relations are at their most bat-shit crazy, with devastating ripple effects globally. CHINGLISH is a timely reminder that the only way we will get ourselves out of this crisis is to Xi that common sense must Trump even more common idiocy, and to look past our differences to work together. And also have a good laugh while we’re at it. We will be streaming our production of CHINGLISH (with captions) absolutely free on Vimeo from 20:00hrs Friday, 15 May to 23:59hrs Thursday, 21 May on: playdate.pangdemonium.com CHINGLISH was given an Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content and Coarse Language) rating. If your circumstances permit, please do consider making a donation to Pangdemonium during this challenging time. Your support will ensure that we can continue to tell inspiring and empowering stories that you want to hear. We would be most grateful for your love and generosity!

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Beloved local theatre company Pangdemonium is screening one of its most popular and funny productions – Chinglish which is a satire of Chinese mannerisms and America’s on-and-off flirts with the country which was staged in 2015. Of course, the production also feels particularly apt now given that relations between the two superpowers have never been more fraught with tensions. If you’re in desperate need of (not that designer It bag for once) but a good laugh, tune in.

Ongoing till May 21. Catch it here. P.S. If you enjoyed the play, do consider giving Pangdemonium a tip. After all, they, like everyone else, are struggling with business at the moment. 

5. Get experimental with ArtScience Museum’s next late night guest

You might be familiar with ArtScience Museum’s Late series where they open the museum after hours for intimate performances by musicians and artists. The first “stay home” edition of the event begins with a rather unexpected guest. Enter highly-acclaimed poet Cyril Wong, whose well-loved works will be read in a spoken and sung word performance accompanied by wind chimes.

More details of this poetic performance here. It will take place on May 21, from 9pm.

Cover Image Better Days film still, courtesy of The Projector