Selumbar, tajuk buku kedua penulis amatur, Ikmal Ahmad, adalah analogi daripada salah seorang watak karya tersebut yang menggambarkan hidupnya seperti kaki ditikam selumbar, sakit jika ditarik keluar tetapi jika dibiarkan juga menghalang daripada maju ke hadapan. Pertembungan antara dua watak utama, iaitu Razin, seorang ustaz muda yang disayangi dan dihormati orang kampung dengan Sufi, seorang pelawat yang sampai ke surau Razin, menandakan permulaan cerita dan adegan yang akan mengolah persepsi hidup kedua-dua pemuda tersebut. Razin akan menyesali pertemuannya dengan Sufi dalam jalan cerita buku ini yang mendalami tema-tema berat seperti Islam dengan homofobia, hormat terhadap ibu bapa dan sayang sesama...Read More
Fresh from bagging the Best Newcomer Award at the recently held British Fantasy Award, London based Malaysian author Zen Cho reveals to Eksentrika that despite her name, she has been far from zen when it comes to writing, and yet she has already begun writing a sequel to her debut novel, ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’. “I have actually been working on the second book way before ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’ was released,” Zen says, adding that her debut novel, which was started in 2012, had taken nine-months to complete. She immediately began penning the sequel soon after sending her first manuscript to publishers, Ace and Macmillan. International acclaim has since...Read More
First up, let me explain the title. Selumbar is the Malay word for wood splinter and the novel is so called due to an analogy by one of the characters, likening his life to his feet being pierced deep with a Selumbar. If he pulls it out, he will suffer great pain, and yet leaving it in would only cause the wound to fester and hinder his walking forward. An innocent encounter between the main character, a much loved and respected modern day ustaz, Razin and a supposed stranger in Razin’s village, Sufi, kickstarts the drama. What unfolds will afflict...Read More
Renowned Malaysian horror stories writer Tunku Halim launches his eighth short story collection and a sequel to his best selling book, Horror Stories, today. Titled Horror Stories 2, the book launches at 3pm at Kedai Fixi, Petaling Jaya. Eksentrika’s sits down to speak to the man himself on what sets this book apart from the previous and if he uses black magic to get ideas for his stories. What differentiates this book from all the previous spooky stuff you’ve written? What can readers look forward to? The book contains not only a retrospective, a selection of some of my earlier...Read More
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She quit her job, went on a solo travel through Europe and South America and left imprints of her art along the way. This might sound like a mere daydream for most people but for Ruby Subramaniam, it is part of her reality. Now a year after trading a promising career in digital media marketing for a living off paintbrushes and canvas, the 26-year-old is making headway at becoming her own definition of “artist”. Her many current projects include planning her first solo exhibition, writing a modern day memoir and introducing international art events to the local scene. She...Read More
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SHORT STORY | The Peculiar Autumn by Farahrina AliNov 18, 2017
This is the 7th annual
This is the 7th annual show organized by Tutti Art Club. This group show will showcase works of Artist Seeling Tan with a group of students who are normal and also those who have learning challanges. Art show no barrier and we all come in as group to celebrate the differences of each individual. There is no disability in our creations, each and everyone can paint equally well.
Presented by: Tutti Art
Date & Time: 15th Oct 2017 @ 3pm
Launch of Art Exhibition at 3pm with students short violin and cello performance at 3pm.
Exhibition will be held from 10 – 21 October from 10am – 10pm.
October 10 (Tuesday) 10:00 am - November 21 (Tuesday) 10:00 pm
The Marriage of Figaro (Le
The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), a comic opera in four acts by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Soon to be wed, Figaro and Susanna, servants to the Count and Countess Almaviva, are worried that the Count will attempt to seduce Susanna on her impending wedding night. Can Figaro outwit his Scheming and skirt-chasing master? A single day of madness, revenge, conspiracy and deception! Hilariously funny. Featuring Chi Hoe Mak as Count Almaviva, Ang Mei Foong as Countess, Ho Chi Mei as Susanna, Samuel Lim as Figaro, Chaing YiLing as Cherubino, Cynthia Tan as Marcellina, Chin Vun Chieh as Dr. Bartolo, Alphonsus Sim as Basilio/Don Curzio, Bui Yik Ling as Barbarina, Terence Au as Antonio, KL City Opera Orchestra Ensemble, KL City Opera Chorus and the children from the Opera for Kids workshop.
Executive Producers – Danny Chen & Ho Soon Yoon
Conductor – Juan Montoya
Stage Director – Vince Connor
Vocal Director – Cecilia Yap
Concert Master – Lim Jae Sern
Repetiteur – Soon Kun Ming
Date & Time –
12th & 14th October 2017 @ 8:00pm
15th October 2017 @ 3:00pm
Venue – Pentas 1, klpac
12th October 2017 – RM108, RM118, RM128, RM138, RM148
14th & 15th October 2017 – RM128, RM138, RM148, RM158, RM168
Early bird 15% off from July 15th – August 15th, 2017
10% off for students, seniors and physically challenged
Tickets on sale NOW!
October 12 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - November 15 (Wednesday) 3:00 pm
Flyboys (2006) Duration: 140 mins (approx.) Language: English Subtitle: English Synopsis:
Duration: 140 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country’s first fighter pilots.
War Horse (2011)
Duration: 146 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Duration: 169 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
The Pianist (2002)
Duration : 150 mins (approx.)
Synopsis: A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Presented by: The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat
Curated by: Joe Hasham OAM and Dato’ Faridah Merican
Venue: Indicine, klpac
Date: 16, 17, 23 & 24 October @ 3pm
October 16 (Monday) 3:00 pm - November 24 (Friday) 3:00 pm
Kee Thuan Chye, author of
Kee Thuan Chye, author of ‘No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians’ and other bestselling books, returns to the Malaysian stage as playwright-director after an absence of more than two decades. His last play, ‘We Could **** You, Mr Birch’, played to full houses in 1994 and was invited the following year to the Festival of Asian Performing Arts.
He now brings for the first time to Malaysia his play ‘Swordfish + Concubine’ in its original English version, realising a dream he has harboured since long before the play was judged one of the top 5 in the International Playwriting Festival 2006 organised in the United Kingdom.
To be staged at KLPac’s Pentas 1 from November 2 to 5, the production aims to help raise funds for the family of Ooi Eow Jin, the former RTM Orchestra conductor, who is 78 and suffering from Alzheimer’s and whose son recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
‘Swordfish + Concubine’ is an epic production based on the classic ‘Sejarah Melayu’ (Malay Annals). Thuan Chye digs into the past to create a story about the present.
The story of ancient Singapura attacked by swordfish until it is saved by a boy, and of a young, smart and spirited concubine sentenced to death by impalement – this is made relevant to Malaysia today.
Kee turns it into a lavish and fun-filled piece of theatre. The play is packed with drama, humour, music, movement, silat and, as they used to say in the old Hollywood heydays, “a cast of thousands”! Hahaha!
It incorporates gamelan music performed by the magnificent Rhythm in Bronze – and rap. Yes, rap! Hahaha!
Its dream cast comprises Malaysia’s best actors – Na’a Murad, Sandra Sodhy, Qahar Aqilah, Alfred Loh, Hana Nadira, Arief Hamizan, Amanda Ang, Bella Rahim, Gregory Sze, Iefiz Alaudin, Bright Ong and 12-year-old Joel Timothy Low. In the play, they act, sing, dance and fight. Yes, fight!
2 (Thursday) 1:00 am - 5 (Sunday) 1:00 am
“How do I stop? How
“How do I stop? How do I stop? How do I stop?”
Delve into the trippy and electrifying subconscious of an individual dealing with clinical depression. Through a support system of friends, appointments with the psychiatrist and an endless flow of antidepressants, will he come out of his rut and find light once more?
4.48 Psychosis scrutinizes the intricate dynamics between a tormented individual and the societal pressure to be normal. The play debuted posthumously, also in London’s Royal Court Theatre, in 2000. 4.48 Psychosis is Sarah Kane’s final piece of work. Featuring Phraveen Arikiah, Alex Chua, Claudia Low and Andrew Wood. Directed by Kelvin Wong
Artistic Director KELVIN WONG
Director KELVIN WONG
Writer SARAH KANE
Cast PHRAVEEN ARIKIAH, ALEX CHUA, CLAUDIA LOW, ANDREW WOOD
Date & Time:
# Show 1 : 2nd November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 2 : 3rd November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 3 : 4th November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 4 : 5th November 2017 @ 3:00 PM
# Show 5 : 8th November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 6 : 9th November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 7 : 10th November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 8 : 11th November 2017 @ 3:00 PM
# Show 9 : 11th November 2017 @ 8:30 PM
# Show 10 : 12th November 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Venue: Indicine, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: RM 58 (RM48 for Concession)
Call 03 4047 9000 to purchase tickets or click Buy Ticket!
November 2 (Thursday) 8:30 pm - December 12 (Tuesday) 8:30 pm