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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: January 9 - 13

This week: get ready for the opening of Lucy Liu’s exhibition (yes, you read that right) executed in collaboration with local artist Shubigi Rao, and an exciting new art programme that takes place at Sim Lim Square.

Middle East Film Festival 2019
Another week, another film festival — this week, it’s the Middle East Film Festival with a slate of seven flicks sourced from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Six out of the seven are new to Singapore and highlights include the Oscar-nominated drama The Insult (2017), an examination on the prejudices ingrained within us by societal constructs. More details here. Jan 10-16, various times Golden Village Vivovity Sim Lim Square Art Residency
One of the (many) satellite events taking place as part of the upcoming Singapore Art Week, this one caught our attention because duh, Sim Lim Square? The program unfolds over three weeks, and will be staged at a store unit turned (temporary) artist studio. Its aim? To cross-pollinate between the tech and art communities — the latter has been tasked to use the majority of their materials (to create new artworks) from the resources available within the mall. The studio will be open to the public and there’ll also be guided tours and talks available. More details here. Jan 12-27, various times #06-53/31 Sim Lim Square Keepers Red Letter Sale 2019
Local designer collective Keepers will be holding its second Red Letter sale, which means you get massive discounts (up to 90%) off more than 50 local labels that span fashion (both men’s and women’s), jewellery, food, home & decor and skincare. Call it your one-stop shop to hoover up great buys — and let’s not forget #SupportLocal — before CNY hits. More details here. Jan 11-13, 11am – 7pm National Design Centre Opening Vernissage — Lucy Liu & Shubigi Rao — Unhomed Belongings
When we first heard of this unusual collaboration between prominent local artist Shubigi Rao and Hollywood actress Lucy Liu, it was quite the head-scratcher. Most people would only know of Liu via her acting but apparently she’s been practicing fine arts (Liu specialises in using found objects) for more than a decade and even held shows under the guise of her Chinese name. Rao and Liu had apparently not met before this exhibition but both deal with works that “speak to mutual currents of thought, longing, loss and anxiety.” Sounds intriguing. And yes, Liu will be here in person for the opening of the exhibition. More details here. Vernissage: Jan 11, 7pm-10pm  Unhomed Belongings runs Jan 12-Feb 24 National Museum of Singapore Slashers x DU #001 with Horizon99 and DJ DASH // 4kSlashers
A new independent party series, Slashers is not your usual EDM-filled night out. Expect a line-up of up-and-coming and largely self-taught DJs playing reggaeton, manyao (early 2000s techno meets Mandopop), hip-hop, trance and more genres. Expect a crowd of cool kids and a largely DIY, anything-goes atmosphere reminiscent of the raves of earlier decades. More details here. Jan 12, 10pm-6am D’Underground Club, #B1-00 International Building