Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us. When all seems to be going fine and dandy, we suddenly find ourselves in the middle of a mighty ocean, sinking under waves of despair. Zhariff Afandi is no stranger to this. All his life, he has had setbacks and disappointments. People doubting him, people
Eternity GirlCreators: Magdalene Visaggio (writer), Sonny Liew (artist), Chris Chuckry (colourist), Todd Klein (letterer).Publisher: Young Animal/DC Comics All Caroline Sharp wants is to die. The only problem is, she CAN’T die. She has tried jumping off a bridge (“at least once a month,” she reckons), slashed her wrists (she has no blood to begin with), hung herself (though
Teenager Muhammad Syukur Khamis from a small town in Kuala Terengganu is turning out to be quite an Internet sensation in early 2019. He is known as the Kampung Boy and some have even fondly named him “Mowgli Malaysia”. Syukur’s bond with animals has captured the imagination of many photographers – both local and foreign.
It’s a tale of magic and monsters, of beautiful princesses and wicked queens. A classical story of a long-lost child, set adrift upon the waters, and a mystical bond she has with another creature. A folktale of love, betrayal, and danger. And what’s more, it’s completely Nusantara (of the Malaysian or Indonesian archipelago) in origin.
The study of aesthetics and form is the subject of the Traces Of Bicameralism exhibition, which is showing at Suma Orientalis gallery in Petaling Jaya. The gallery’s first exhibition of the year features Jacky Cheng and Lisa Foo, both graduate architects, who have made fine art a career. Each of them has her own style.
Who doesn’t want the ability to travel through time? Imagine being able to witness historic moments first-hand. Being able to gawp at the wonders of the past, or be dazzled by the developments of the future. Or just being able to see one’s lost loved ones again. Twenty young writers, aged between 11 and 15,
Get the Sunday Star paper today (Jan 13) for your 25% discount coupon on these cookbooks. Look for it in StarLifestyle. Baking All Year Round Author: Rosanna PansinoPublisher: Atria BooksPrice: RM145.90 YouTube has been incredibly kind to Rosanna Pansino, who runs the Nerdy Mummies cooking series, one of the most popular baking shows on the
American actress Lucy Liu collects trash. Twisted bits of wire, crushed soda cans, rusty keys – at some point, she has picked them off the street with her bare hands and put them in her purse. It has got to the point where she goes to work and people automatically hand her a Ziploc bag
If you’re ever at the Zhongshan building in Jalan Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur, on a weekend, an operatic aria performed from the balcony of the highest floor there is the last thing you’d expect to hear. Since last November, unassuming visitors to this three-storey independent arts hub have been treated to popular songs from operas
Have you ever wanted to immortalise your annual Chinese New Year reunion dinner in Lego form? Well, good news – Lego has released two exclusive CNY-themed sets for the China and Asia Pacific markets, the Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dragon Dance sets. Not only are these the first ever CNY sets the Danish
From the poems of a young boy who cannot speak to untold stories of rural life in Myanmar, a new series by Singapore publisher Ethos Books is distilling young voices not usually heard in the literary canon into slim reads that it hopes will “knock your socks off in the span of a train ride”.
Malaysian graffiti artist Katun is kicking off the year on a high note by contributing the artwork for American R&B star Chris Brown’s new single Undecided. “Starting my 2019 with a collaboration artwork for @chrisbrownofficial new single #undecided,” he posted on his Instagram account (@katun_) along with photos showing off the finished work as well
As a fibre artist working with deadstock fabric and vintage tufting tools, Svetlana Shigroff has an acute appreciation for what she describes as “old-school women’s work”. “There is something so special about using your hand with these old tools,” Shigroff says of her hand-tufted tapestries. “I don’t want to become mechanised.” After working as a
There is no shortage of pseudonyms and aliases for artists when an exhibition has strong links to the street art and graffiti scene. Ever heard of Klangblabla, Bibichun, The Sliz, Orkibal, Snaketwo, Pumoonkust and Sattama? If you haven’t, you will soon. The intersection of graffiti art and gallery-based contemporary art gets a lot of ink
There is a quilt that has hundreds of faces of dead people stitched onto it, hung from the ceiling and almost touching the ground. This is Chang Yoong Chia’s Quilt Of The Dead, a work-in-progress that commenced in 2002 and drew from obituary photographs in newspapers. Inspired by his grandmother’s passing and the circumstances revolving
Watching the Netflix movie Bird Box the other day made me wonder: that was a world that was ripe for superheroes to save the day. But the catch would be that these superheroes would have to do everything blind, or there’s a high chance they would decide to off themselves too. So, what are the
Iranian theatre director Hossein Parsaee calls Victor Hugo’s classic a “masterpiece without borders” but his groundbreaking production of Les Miserables that has hit the stage in Tehran has a few unique twists. For a start, none of the actresses are allowed to reveal their own hair, and in case their wigs look too natural, the
Michael Connelly (pic above) is not only one of the best crime writers around but also one of the most consistent. I have read most of his 30-plus novels, mostly featuring Harry Bosch, and would be hard put to find one that has disappointed. With Connelly you know what you are going to get: a
The culmination of romantic love leads to marriage – that’s what fairy tales tell us, and dreamers want to believe. But, the road to matrimony isn’t always smooth. Kalpana Dance Theatre (KDT) is looking to shine a light on this subject. KDT in collaboration with Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negeri Perak and Ipoh Fine Arts
The digital age reshapes the way we look at many things, including editions in the visual arts. Where do the reproduction of copies or replicas of artworks made from the original work stand in present day? Has its perceived value shifted over time and space? Do we redefine what editions mean in a world where
I’m not one for making New Year resolutions – partly because I believe one can resolve to do something differently at any time, and partly because I’m quite bad at keeping my resolutions in the first place. But I must admit, there is an allure this time of the year, when the upcoming 12 months
It is obvious that Nadhir Nor has a way with words as much as he does with images. When he describes his two-month residency at Rimbun Dahan in Selangor last year, the imagery unfolds like reading a storybook. “The place just pulses with life. I have never felt calmer than when surrounded with beautiful people,
Top 5 Music Events To Look Out For In 2019 Blackpink In Malaysia One of K-Pop’s biggest girl groups comes this Malaysia in February in what is set to be an spectacularly explosive affair to rival some of the best shows held on these shores. Potential Madonna AlbumThere are also rumours of a new Adele
An immersive “Wizard of Oz” exhibit will greet visitors to the Motion Picture museum in Los Angeles when it opens after a long delay in late 2019, organisers said. A pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 musical, along with costumes, props and exhibits about the behind the scenes
To many, Sir Stamford Raffles is held in esteem as the founder of modern Singapore who initiated the setting up of a trading port there for the British East India company, following his arrival in 1819. But a new exhibition opening next month at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore will seek to peel
It was one of the darkest moments in the history of immigration in the world. In 1914, a wealthy Punjabi contractor named Gurdit Singh chartered a Japanese steamship, the Komagata Maru, to transport 376 passengers, mostly of Punjabi origin, who wanted to emigrate to Canada. The others on board were Muslim and Hindu passengers –
Kakak by Pitapat Theatre is all set to appear at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala in India later this month. This marks the furthest the Kota Kinabalu, Sabah-based theatre company will travel to since it was founded in 2012 by Negri Sembilan-born Seng Soo Ming, who is an actor, director, playwright and theatre educator. If you
The wily Sang Kancil. The hilariously idiotic Pak Pandir. The tragedy of the falsely accused Mahsuri, the strength and heroism of the hero Badang, and the mystery of the beautiful Princess of Ledang Mountain…. A generation or two ago, most Malaysians would have grown up with these folktales. These classic stories used to be passed
Promoting the arts and culture in Malaysia is never an easy task, but Tuyang Initiative co-founder Juvita T Wan – who is active in preserving the arts and heritage of Sarawak’s indigenous communities – isn’t backing down. “We want to continue innovating how we deliver aspects of our cultural heritage, ensuring it is world-class, without
The epic Taiwanese dance theatre Formosa will open in Kuala Lumpur in March 2019. Presented by Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Malaysia’s Hands Percussion and Inxo Arts And Culture Foundation, this is as grand a production as dance shows come. Formosa made the headlines in 2018 when it was staged at the Sadler’s