Jazz num­bers

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - Com­piled by KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

IN LINE with the Chi­nese New Year fes­tiv­i­ties, jazz singer Janet Lee is set to ser­e­nade au­di­ences with her cover of clas­sic Shang­hai jazz tunes at Alexis Bistro.

Be­sides bor­row­ing tunes from Shang­hai di­vas like Zhou Xuan, Bai Kwang and Gea Lan, the bilin­gual singer will also belt out a few English jazz num­bers by Amer­i­can artistes the likes of Cole Porter, Tom Jo­bim and Os­car Ham­mer­stein.

Catch Lee and her band to­mor­row and Satur­day at 10pm. Ad­mis­sion is free. Alexis Bistro is lo­cated at Great East­ern Mall, 303 Jalan Am­pang, KL. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4260 2288 or email info@alexis.com.my. n SET foot on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery in mul­ti­cul­tural Malaysia with Parah. Brought to you by the Kuala Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (KLPAC), the play of­fers a look into the lives of four friends as they share their feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences while search­ing for a sense of be­long­ing in Malaysia.

Draw­ing from Yas­min Ah­mad’s Talen­time and Ab­dul­lah Hus­sain’s novel In­ter­lok, the play (per­formed in Ba­hasa Malaysia, ac­com­pa­nied by English sur­titles) will raise fun­da­men­tal is­sues faced by all Malaysians, ex­plor­ing on themes such as race, stereo­types and na­tion­al­ism.

Di­rected by Jo Kukathas, the play has al­ready gar­nered pos­i­tive re­views fol­low­ing its de­but in Sin­ga­pore Drama Cen­tre’s Black­box and the An­nexe Gallery last year.

Catch Parah from to­day till Feb 6 (8.30pm) and Feb 4 and 5 (3pm and 8.30pm) at Pen­tas 2, KLPAC, Jalan Stra­chan, Sen­tul Park in KL. Tick­ets are priced at RM48 with a flat-rate of RM38 on Wed­nes­days. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-4047 9000 or visit www.klpac.org. n IT’S time for ro­mance at the Malaysian Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra (MPO). Ti­tled Ro­man­tic Hol­ly­wood, the or­ches­tra will take you back in time to some of Hol­ly­wood’s most defin­ing ro­man­tic num­bers at the De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas, KLCC in KL.

Helmed by mu­sic mae­stro Richard Kaufman, the show will fea­ture a line-up of prom­i­nent ro­man­tic scores from the sil­ver screen such as Un­chained Melody (from the 1990 block­buster Ghost) and Fly­ing Over Africa (from movie Out Of Africa which nabbed the Academy Award’s Best Orig­i­nal Score).

Ro­man­tic scores from other movies in­clude Splash, Romeo And Juliet, Casablanca, Prince Valiant, Gigi and Cho­co­lat.

Show­time is Satur­day (8.30pm) and Sun­day (3pm). Tick­ets are priced at RM40, RM70, RM110 and RM150. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-2051 7007 or visit www.mpo.com.my. n CALL­ING all as­pir­ing ac­tors! Stu­dents of Sun­way Univer­sity are or­gan­is­ing a cast­ing call to re­cruit ac­tors for three short film pro­duc­tions.

Ti­tled Do You Want Some Sweet?, Kia­mat Belum Sam­pai and Herbal Soup, the short films will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for as­pir­ing ac­tors to hone their act­ing skills.

The cast­ing call will be held from to­day till Satur­day at SE4-14 (Yel­low Room), Level 4, South Build­ing, Sun­way Univer­sity, Pe­tal­ing Jaya, Se­lan­gor. To book an au­di­tion slot, call Mark Chang at 012-279 5555. n KUALA Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (KLPAC) is call­ing for an au­di­tion for an up­com­ing mu­si­cal Pa­per Crane. The mu­si­cal, di­rected by Joe Hasham, doc­u­ments the life of a Chi­nese opera leg­end and his hopes to re­vive the Chi­nese opera back to its hey­day.

Au­di­tion­ees should come pre­pared with two songs of con­trast­ing styles and a twominute mono­logue in both English and Man­darin. Au­di­tions will be held this Sau­r­day and Sun­day from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. To book a slot, e-mail Freddy Tan at freddy@ klpac.org or call 03-4047 9019 / 017-360 6110. n ELEC­TRIC Minds Project’s (EMP) pro­duc­tion It’s The End Of The World Now Run Scream­ing is open for au­di­tions from to­mor­row till Sun­day. The pro­duc­tion will fea­ture six sto­ries per­tain­ing to the ru­moured 2012 apoc­a­lyp­tic days.

To au­di­tion, come pre­pared with two con­tem­po­rary and con­trast­ing English mono­logues within one to two min­utes long. For au­di­tion times and de­tails, visit www. face­book.com/elec­tric­mind­spro­ject or email elec­tric­mind­spro­ject@gmail.com. n FOR in­die junkies out there, get your dose of in­die tunes with singer-song­writer Liyana Fizi on Feb 6, 9.30pm at No Black Tie, 17, Jalan Me­sui, Off Jalan Na­gasari in KL.

Laced with a mix of folk and bossa, Liyana will have au­di­ences sway­ing to tunes such as Light Writ­ing and Jatuh from her solo de­but al­bum, Be­tween The Lines.

Liyana first stepped into the lime­light as the lead vo­cal­ist of in­die pop band Estrella back in 2006.

The band spawned a string of suc­cess­ful sin­gles such as Terny­ata and Stay. Af­ter part­ing ways with the band in Septem­ber 2009, the singer has found suc­cess on her own with a stu­dio al­bum to her name be­sides open- ing for Amer­i­can bal­ladeer Richard Marx last De­cem­ber. Cover charge is RM30. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-2142 3737 or visit www. noblack­tie.com.my.

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