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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: July 10 - 14

It's an exciting week with the opening of the highly anticipated Takashi Murakami exhibition at STPI, as well as the debut of a new, 100% women-led creative festival over at TheatreWorks. Here, our recommendations for cool events to check out in Singapore
TAKASHI MURAKAMI: From Superflat to Bubblewrap
It’s pretty big news that the STPI – Creative Workshop and Gallery will be staging Japanese contemporary art icon Takashi Murakami’s first exhibition in Southeast Asia. Even if you aren’t intimately familiar with his works, you’ll probably have come across Murakami’s vivacious motifs at some point – remember that massively popular collaboration he had with Louis Vuitton? Titled “From Superflat to Bubblewrap”, the exhibition will cover a wide range of Murakami’s oeuvre – from his famous (or infamous) Superflat technique which launched his career to more recent works such as “Bubblewrap” – the artist’s way of critiquing Japan’s long-standing economic bubble crisis. There will also be an artist talk (sold out already), panel discussions, film screenings, printmaking workshops and guided tours of both the exhibition and STPI’s Creative Workshop in multiple languages. Fans will also be glad to know that there will be a Murakami-themed merchandise store –  let’s hope there won’t be any despicable scalpers. More details here. July 13 – Sept 14 Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), 41 Robertson Quay   Advanced Dining
In our June issue, we highlighted The Picnic – a new collective comprising of artists Aiwei Foo and Wangxian Tan, whose practice involves conceptual experiences that incorporate food and that which blur the lines between art and lifestyle. This month, they’re taking that MO to the next level with Advanced Dining – a “seven-course meal that subvert food norms and dining standards, while presenting food as an artful experience–eschewing the typical expectation of food, art and food art.” If you find that to be a mouthful, just come ready to have your notions about food questioned. To be staged at Telok Ayer Arts Club, Advanced Dining will be held across three consecutive Saturdays on 13, 20 and 27 July 2019 over lunch and dinner. Each session includes a welcome tea ceremony and cocktail pairing (among many other things) and will only accommodate 15 participants, so don’t dither on making a reservation. Do so here. July 13, 20 and 27, S$150.65 per pax Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street The Council Goes Somewhere
The Council – the people behind beloved techno joint Headquarters – always throw a mean party with the best DJs and this upcoming edition looks set to be no different. We don’t know where the rave will be held at but we trust them to find the most unpredictable spots. As is the case with these parties, the location will only be revealed on the day itself. Get your ticket here. July 13, 10pm – 3am   Eco Docs: Anthropocene - The Human Epoch
An award-winning documentary narrated by actress Alicia Vikander, Anthropocene offers a visually stunning take on the sobering reality of the damage inflicted upon the planet by humans. While such documentary efforts usually focus on the seas, this one takes you on a global trip from the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains – and it’s clear that nowhere on Earth escapes human activity. Start getting educated here. July 13, 3pm The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower NOW 2019 (Not Ordinary Work)
Independent theatre company TheatreWorks is known for constantly producing thought-provoking works and for July, they’re debuting NOW 2019 (Not Ordinary Work), a three-week-long interdisciplinary series of programmes that is fully conceptualised and led by women creatives – right down to even the administration, operations and production. It was started by award-winning actress and arts educator Noorlinah Mohamed with the aim of showcasing the works of women creatives and artists across the spectrum – and it’s a plentiful and diverse line-up. There will be films, performances, music, mixed-media installations, and even a comedy-writing workshop led by popular comedienne Sharul Channa – there’s something for everyone, regardless of your interest and yes, men are welcomed to attend. Check out the full line-up of events here. July 10 – July 28, various times  TheatreWorks, 72 Mohamed Sultan Rd