POETRY | Promise by Kevin Lau

Image credit: Gostica I have longed for you through the ages like how this primordial promise longed for its own fulfillment since the epoch of Creation. And I know that when all bridges are burnt to ashes, the last of citadels razed to the ground and all memories come undone, I will climb beyond the final rungs on the ladder to return to Your embrace and become You. Admirer of fine literary works regardless of genre and content, Kevin Lau has always found that the beauty of poetic expression stems from one’s longing to express inner experiences that often...

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Life Sdn Bhd comes to Ipoh for the first time!

“Life Sdn Bhd: People” comes to Ipoh! For first time, Ipoh folks will get to catch the 13-year running show conceived by Malaysia’s First Lady of Theatre, Faridah Merican, in the little town itself, at RTM Ipoh, Jalan Dairy on Saturday, May 6. For the unfamilliar, this show is not your average theatre performance, featuring instead real people and their real life stories. It’s a chance to glimpse rare slices of personal yet genuine memories and moments, shared on stage. Interestingly, one of them is none other than Joe Hasham, co-founder of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Klpac). Those curious...

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April 2017 was amazing because of these awesome artworks!

April’s art of the month is a little different. This time around, we decided to let our readers vote on Instagram and on Facebook on which artworks appealed to them for the month. And surprise, surprise! It’s the cover of “FIZIK-LAH!” – a brand new book on physics written by Zamir Mohyedin and Mohd s. Faiz – that was voted as Eksentrika’s Art of the Month for April – it received a total of 53 likes and loves! The design was created by Fasrulisham Ramly who faced many hurdles when pitching the design to the publishers. We’re glad Simptomatik Press obliged. The design...

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POETRY | Bracelets by Hajer Nasir

Artwork by Hajer Nasir She wore bracelets full of flowers Which to her they looked so pretty But no one sees what lies beneath The roses and the lilies Her hair was the summer glow of June While her eyes were both the stars and moon But albeit the things that she would show They would simply never know The nights that bat under her lash Stained her pillow with thorns and leaves She’d wrap them ’round her head and wrist; And these are the bracelets that you see. – Hjr “I’m a pessimistic idealist. I’m the kind of...

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SHORT STORY | It’s Magic by Masami Mustaza

Image credit: ashscrapyard.wordpress.com Mother’s love had no bounds, which was pretty much how Richard Mogumbirak came to be the size that he was today. His vital statistics read as follows: – Height: 1.75 metres; – Weight: 138 kilos; – Waist size: 46 inches; resulting in a BMI of over 40, a belly that jiggled and spilt over the entire circumference of his belt and flabby thighs as big as a batang pokok pisang. And Richard had a non-existent chin. Or neck. It was hard to tell. It wasn’t so much of a paunch – if it was possible for a neck...

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Megha Duta | Bahagian 24 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Kredit gambar: Asit Sankar Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Watak yaksa yang meminta gumpalan awan pergi bertemu isterinya (yaksi) tidak terburu-buru menyatakan apakah pesanan yang perlu disampaikan. Sebaliknya, yaksa membayangkan dan menggambarkan situasi fizikal dan emosional yaksi yang ditinggalkan sejak lapan bulan dahulu. Sloka 31 – Rambut isteriku tentulah kusut dan tidak kemas kerana dia hanya mandi menggunakan air; tanpa diminyak dan disapu wangi-wangian. Rambut kusut itu akan menutup pipinya dan isteriku akan cuba mengalihkannya dengan meniup udara menerusi bibir. Dalam mindanya, dia masih akan teringin untuk menikmati saat-saat manis berdua-duaan dengan aku, suaminya. Biarpun tidak dapat dilakukan dalam...

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This Malaysian Dad drew comics of life with his autistic son for an hour daily…and turned it into a video!

Art is healing and supportive. Don’t believe me? Well, you’ll have to check out this inspiring video by Faizul Khalid aka Zulkha, on the trials and tribulations he faced as a dad to an autistic son. It was supposed to be released last year but due to series of personal events, Zulkha coudn’t complete it in time. Instead of shelving this project idea, he set work to it, dedicating at least an hour on a daily basis, despite the stress of moving to a larger city, from Kapit to Kuching in Sarawak, working and caring for his son at the...

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Enlightening guilt and regret through Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm

All images credit: Joshua Teo  Thunderstorm (or in Chinese, 雷雨 Léiyǔ) might have been written during the infamous Chinese weepies era of the 1930’s, but the play itself has reached a legendary status – almost cult-like – to a certain extent among the East Asian literary and performing arts circles. As a testament, all four days of Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm, directed by Faridah Merican were sold out before the curtains could even open here at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Though the show in itself might have received mixed reviews, I found the entire play, which was punctuated with one...

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Cerpen | Bertemu Seniman di Hotel Bajet oleh Abdullah Hussaini Mohd Ghazali

Sejak iklannya diuar-uarkan di facebook saya sangat teruja. Saya telah menandakan ‘menghadiri’ pada RSVP acara program yang dianjurkan seorang seniman muda yang meningkat naik namanya kini. Saya memang minat giler dengan dia. Mulanya saya terjumpa filem pendek bikinannya di Youtube dan sejak itu saya mula berminat dengan hasil kerjanya. Apabila dia mula membikin novel saya segera beli melalui pos. Walaupun saya punya keinginan untuk ke majlis pelancaran novelnya, bertentang mata dengannya, meminta autografnya dan mengatakan ‘filem pendek Cik Wan sangat brilliant’ tetapi hasrat itu terpaksa saya lupakan. Maklumlah saya duduk di kampung sangat jauh dengan Kolumpo tu. Novelnya meletupkan...

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Megha Duta | Bahagian 23 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Kredit Gambar: Christian Vey  Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Menerusi monolog watak yaksa kepada gumpalan awan dalam sajak klasik Megha Duta, dia tidak terus menyatakan apakah mesej yang perlu disampaikan kepada isterinya. Sebaliknya, dihuraikan dahulu secara terperinci situasi yaksi yang tinggal sendirian di Alaka selepas yaksa dibuang daerah ke Ramagiri. Dalam bahagian Poorvamegha, watak yaksa merujuk isterinya (yaksi) sebagai “adik ipar” kepada gumpalan awan. Kini, yaksa merujuk yaksi sebagai “sahabat” kepada gumpalan awan berkenaan. Sloka 26 – Wahai awan yang tenang dan cantik dipandang! Engkau juga mungkin melihat isteriku bermain alat muzik veenai yang diletakkan pada riba. Dia begitu ingin...

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Travelling without a camera? Check out this awesome hack!

While most people these days travel with their hands glued to a smart phone or camera device, Ahmad Hakym gets by with a bagful of sketching tools. Instead of snapping as many photos in as many angles as possible, he simply finds a scenic spot, where he can linger long enough to soak up the sights, sounds and smells, which he then transfers onto his sketchpad. As long as he has his little “Doraemon” bag, with compact size watercolours, spray bottle, brushes, sketchbooks, watercolour postcards and tissues, he’s all set. A post shared by Ahmad Hakym Ahmad Hilmy (@kymioflario)...

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SASTERAWAN KAVYAN – BAHAGIAN 3

Gambar kredit: Uthaya Sankar SB Baca Bahagian 2 di sini. Walaupun jumlah Sasterawan Kavyan – iaitu penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia – tidak ramai, hal ini tidak bermakna mutu karya yang dihasilkan oleh kelompok ini tidak setanding karya penulis Melayu. Pada masa lalu, dalam kebanyakan pertandingan menulis cerpen, akan ada kategori khas bagi “penulis bukan Melayu”. Walaupun kategori khas itu mungkin berniat menggalakkan penulis “bukan Melayu” turut berkarya, ia secara psikologi memberikan tanggapan umum bahawa karya “penulis bukan Melayu” tidak setaraf karya penulis Melayu. Tentu sahaja tembok dan tanggapan negatif itu sudah berjaya dirobohkan Sasterawan Kavyan...

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june, 2018

9jun8:00 pm- 10:00 pmDown Memory Lane 2 with Jimmy Fong and The Baby Boomers

9jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmT4YP 2018 WIP: Mid-Season Workshop Performance

14jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

15jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

16jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

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17jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

17jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmwuwuming 無無明

18jun3:00 pm- 5:00 pmwuwuming 無無明 (matinee)

23jun4:00 pm- 12:00 amHauntFest MY

23jun6:00 pm- 9:00 pmPARI PARI DI klpac

23jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmintim sessions #8

27jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmMalam Sayu Berpuisi

28jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!

29jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!

30jun7:00 pm- 12:00 amNEON BEATS PARTY

30jun8:30 pm- 10:00 pmTHAT’S ENTERTAIMENT! A Night of Radio Hits!