KL & Surrounds Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) H-01, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ (03 4065 0001/ www.dpac.com.my). Though relatively new, this arts space boasts of an intriguing roster of performing artists. Presently one of the busiest arts centres in town, DPAC shows theatrical and dance performances in its theatres and studios on an almost weekly basis. The arts centre’s own dance company, DPAC Dance Company, makes regular appearances on stage. (Box office) Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun, two hours before the show starts. Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly Jalan Ipoh), KL (03 4047 9000/www.klpac.org). Deemed the hub of KL’s performing arts scene, klpac moved from its underground location in Plaza Putra to a sprawling lot in Sentul following the tragic flash floods of 2003. Catch musicals, plays, art exhibitions, concerts and dance performances here. klpac also houses The Actors Studio Academy, which runs workshops and seminars for aspiring actors. Lush greenery surrounding the compound, a giant lake and several restaurants on the premises make klpac a fun and restful getaway. (Box office) Daily, 10.30am-6.30pm.
PJ Live Arts Centre
2A-3 Block K, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7960 0439/www.pjla.my). Since opening its doors in August 2009, PJ Live Arts has taken pride in acting as a patron to the arts. Besides scouting out and nursing new talent in dance, theatre and other live arts, this family-friendly venue is renowned for hosting stand-up comedy events. (Box office) Mon-Fri, 12noon-7pm.
3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 899 1722/ www.penangpac.org). penangpac opened its doors at 11am on the 11th of November 2011 (11.11.11) – an auspicious date marking the rise of Penang’s first and only arts centre. Founded by a group of art enthusiasts who recognised Penang’s artistic talent but lack of infrastructure, penangpac keeps its calendar full with performances by both local and international artists. (Box office) Mon-Fri, 10am-6.30pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.