Jazzy good time

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MAKE a date with Michelle Ni­colle Quar­tet at Alexis Bistro’s In­ter­na­tional Jazz Se­ries to­mor­row and Satur­day. Named the Aus­tralian Jazz Vo­cal­ist of the Year, Mo Award Win­ner (2001, 2003, 2004), and billed as the Aus­tralian First Lady of Jazz, Michelle, will be at Alexis Bistro in Kuala Lumpur for the first time for two back-to­back con­certs, ac­com­pa­nied by her Aus­tralian gui­tarist of 15 years Ge­off Hughes and backed by a lo­cal rhythm sec­tion.

The reper­toire of the tour com­prises stan­dards from Michelle’s two re­cent al­bums The Loveli­est Night and What Kind Of Fool, as well as some of Michelle’s orig­i­nal Duo pieced for voice and gui­tar. With her full rang­ing mar­vel­lous voice, Michelle’s pro­file has risen rapidly dur­ing the past 20 years.

The singer has re­leased six beau­ti­ful al­bums, all of which re­ceived high ac­claim, and her lat­est CD The Lovi­est Night, is out on Aus­tralia’s ABC Jazz Records. Cover charge is RM35 and show­time starts at 10pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4260 2288 or visit alexis. com.my. n GARD­NER & Wife The­atre presents The Self­ish Croc­o­dile! This best-sell­ing chil­dren’s story by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry comes to life in this de­light­ful stage adap­ta­tion by Bri­tain’s Blun­der­bus The­atre Com­pany. The 50-minute show tells the story of a croc­o­dile that ter­rorises the fright­ened for­est an­i­mals that try to get to the river and how one kind and coura­geous mouse changes every­thing. Fea­tur­ing Jeanette Long­worth, Si­mon Sanchez and So­phie Roch, this mag­i­cal tale comes to life with mu­sic, song, and a host of wicked pa­pier-mache pup­pets!

Held at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One in Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor. For show­time de­tails, call 032273 1398. n THE Malaysian Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra (MPO) presents a ma­jes­tic work by renowned com­poser Beethoven.

Com­po­si­tions such as Pi­ano Con­certo No.1 In C (Op.15) will daz­zle au­di­ences, cour­tesy of the MPO and pi­anist Stephen Ko­vace­vich, on Satur­day at 8.30pm and Sun­day at 3pm at De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas, KLCC, in Kuala Lumpur. Slated un­der the Beethoven Solo Con­cer­tos se­ries, the con­certs will be con­ducted by Poland-born Jacek Kasp­szyk.

Ko­vace­vich has had a long and dis­tin­guished ca­reer as a con­cert pi­anist. His in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schu­bert are renowned. The New York Times re­ported: “His per­for­mance is ex­act and melan­cholic at the start, un­fold­ing or­gan­i­cally, co­her­ently, with a ten­der Ari­etta that ends up heaven-storm­ing.” He has demon­strated his mu­si­cian­ship with the Lon­don, Los An­ge­les, Pittsburgh and Swedish Ra­dio or­ches­tras.

The MPO will open the con­certs with Beethoven’s Eg­mont Over­ture (Op.84). Also in­cluded in the reper­toire are Lithua­nian Rhap­sody (Op.11) and The Mirac­u­lous Man­darin Suite (Op.19).

Ticket prices range from RM40 to RM150 and can be ob­tained by phone (% 03-2051 7007), fax (03-2051 7077) or e-mail (df­p_box­of­fice@petronas.com.my). n FOR this year’s sec­ond se­ries On Film, Paul Loosley ex­am­ines the broad cinema canon of a cou­ple of fiercely in­tel­li­gent Ir­ish play- wrights – Os­car Wilde and Ge­orge Bernard Shaw.

Both are Dublin-born, a lit­tle more than a year apart, who, while both hav­ing much to say about so­ci­ety, were us­ing their re­mark­able writ­ing skills to say quite dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent things in quite con­trast­ingly dif­fer­ent ways.

This Sun­day, Loosely will dis­cuss Wilde’s Lady Win­de­mere’s Fan at Indicine, Kuala Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (KLPac) in Kuala Lumpur, at 3pm.

In the movie, Lady Win­der­mere is con­vinced her hus­band is en­am­oured with Mrs Er­lynne, an older lady of du­bi­ous rep­u­ta­tion. In her at­tempts to prove her hus­band’s in­fi­delity, Lady Win­der­mere em­broils her­self in an awk­ward af­fair. And only the sac­ri­fice of Mrs Er­lynne, and the find­ing of a mis­placed fan, can ex­tri­cate her from the whole mess. This 1949 film was di­rected by an East Euro­pean, Otto Preminger, with a screen­play by Amer­i­can Dorothy Parker. So, de­spite a very Bri­tish cast, they have a very novel take on Wilde’s very English wit. Star­ring Madeleine Car­roll and Ge­orge San­ders. Ad­mis­sion is free. n LAST week­end it was vet­eran acts Sweet Char­ity and Blues Gang that rocked Kuala Lumpur. The av­er­age rock ’n’ roll age is low­ered a fair bit when the Rock­away 2011 band­wagon rolls into the National Sta­dium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur on Oct 8.

There will be no short­age of high pro­file lo­cal rock ac­tion with punk pop favourites One Buck Short as the band to watch as the trio re­turns to the head­lines with new ma­te­rial at the fes­ti­val.

To­gether with es­tab­lished home-grown groups like Hu­jan, Monoloque, Pop Shu­vit, Love Me Butch, Deja Voodoo Spells, Me­ta­la­sia, Ja­son Lo, and They Will Kill Us All, this muchan­tic­i­pated sec­ond edi­tion of the Rock­away 2011 fest will take place at the sta­dium’s out­door carpark A area. The main stage will run from noon to mid­night.

The in­ter­na­tional head­lin­ers – The Used, All Time Low and Story of the Year – look the part to draw in the young masses.

Rock­away 2011 is pre­sented by One Buck Short & Friends and Livescape Asia.

For ticket de­tails and sched­ules, visit rock­awayfest.com or redtix.ai­ra­sia.com.

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