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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.