Sunday, February 26, 2012

SPORE Art Salon, Tuesday 28 February

Yup, another SPORE Art Salon is ahead!

SPORE Art Salon
Venue: Blu Jaz Cafe, 9 Bali Lane
Date: Tuesday 31 January 2012
Time: 8-11pm

I'll let Olivia Kwok do the describing:

This month will see us putting poetry and spoken word performances on stage, a visiting visual artist who'll show you a portrait made in film (!), plus, get ready to topple head over heels for an extremely talented young musician who will bring you heart-felt music and song. Not forgetting... sharpen those pencils and fill up your palettes for life drawing with a model so enthusiastic to pose for all!

Also, we have a very special guest feature... our long-time salon regular, collaborator, host, musician,... the absolute sparkle of every night and great friend who needs no introduction... JOHNNY KIM! He will take the stage for the very last time during his stay here in good ol' Singapore so be sure not to miss this one! It's going to be a wonderful evening out, and we cannot wait to getting around to this... see you all then!

WHERE: BluJaz Cafe (12 Bali Lane)
WHEN: Tuesday 28 February 2012, 7:30PM
FB Event Page :


SPORE Art Salon is a non-profit initiative created for visual artists to meet, mingle, inspire, and share with performing artists. During the event, we alternate between drawing sessions with live models, and performances from musicians, contortionists, poets, dancers, actors and more. We also feature works of, and demonstrations by visual artists, individually or collaboratively.

For those who are new to the art salon, our event is modeled after world famous Giles Larrain's Art Salon in NYC, with a distinctly Singaporean twist and flavour!

There is a minimum donation of $7/person at the door, and proceeds will benefit our featured artists. The bar and kitchen will be open, so come have some drinks and dinner, meet, mingle and inspire with fellow creatives of various disciplines. Guests are encouraged to participate in the life drawing sessions in between performances, so, bring your sketch materials along!

For information on our archived editions, please visit


Pink Walls Oil on Gesso, by Gavin Maughfling



Gavin will be showing images of some of the paintings he has been making since January in Singapore, and talking about some of the ideas he is exploring while working here. He will also be introducing a short 5-minute film entitled ‘Sam’, which was first shown at the Frisk Salon event ‘Manual’ in London in May 2011.

A British artist based in London, Gavin is currently visiting Singapore on a three-month sabbatical, during which he is working in a studio in Paya Lebar, producing a series of paintings based on abstractions of Singapore HDB estates, as well as a running a drawing course at the Goodman Arts Centre.

Gavin was trained at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, and on the Fine Art Masters Programme at the University of East London. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally, including solo and group shows at The Lounge Gallery (London), CAP Projects (London, jointly curated with Nicky Hodge), Prenelle Gallery (London), Jill George Gallery, London, ICA (London), the Mostyn Gallery (Lllandudno), Kelvingrove Gallery (Glasgow), Galerie Van Den Planken (Antwerp), Elzenveld Foundation (Antwerp, with the British Council), Art Paris (Paris) and the Holland Art Fair (The Hague).

He has held residencies at the British Embassy, Luxembourg and at the University of Hertfordshire. His work is held in numerous collections and is represented in the Government Art Collection in the United Kingdom.



DON SHIAU (host)

Nina Chabra

Do various things for my life.
I try to live restful throughout.
With the occasional conversation with a tree.

RIO CHAVARRO (performer)

Rio Chavarro

Rio Chavarro aka "El RIO de MIAMI" was brought to Singapore on the wings of fate (actually in 3 different air planes) a little over a year ago to play "Charlie Chaplin" (the one greatest loving inspiration of his art) for Universal Studios in Sentosa and has lovingly supported the SPORE Art Salon since its early days at the ECHOLoft.
He is a latino-Miamian bilingually unapologetic poet, actor, comedian, story-teller, writer/director. Rio has been performing his poetry and one person shows in bars, festivals & on the streets for the past 12 years in cities all over the US including Miami, NYC, L.A. In South America, he's toured his shows through Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, & Brazil. In Central America through Mexico, Costa Rica, & Panama. In Europe: Scotland's famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Spain, France, & Italy.
Kicked out of both Julliard Conservatory for being outspoken and then the New World School of the Arts for his outstanding directorial abilities, he has continued to act, direct, write poetry, plays, pilots, and is currently working on finishing a novel, a TV series, and his first attempt ever at writing a children's book.
He will be reading selected pieces of his work including a few written here in SG... he will tickle and tantalize the audience with his mixture of thoughtful story-telling, child-like witty comedy, & ADDHD poetry to then polish it all off with a song at the end.

Jay Bernard

Jay Bernard is currently the writer-in-residence at NUS University Scholars Program and The Arts House. She is from London and has performed her work all over the UK, including Shakespeare's Globe, The Royal Opera House and The Southbank Centre. Her first pamphlet, Your Sign Is Cuckoo, Girl was selected as PBS pamphlet choice in 2008, and she is currently working on another. She blogs at, and you can follow her @Brrnrrd on twitter.

Andrea Vazquez

ANDREA VAZQUEZ (singer/song writer)
Andrea Vazquez is a sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter.

She is currently in high school and taking music as a subject. She has been interested in music ever since she was a little girl, and has always loved being on stage performing. She began composing her own songs when she was just 12 years and has more than 50 songs to date. She gets her inspiration from her own experiences, and each song talks about a specific event in her life, She looks up to singers like Sara Bareilles and bands like Maroon5. She is self taught in guitarist and piano player and loves to play both instruments. She regularly takes part in school music shows and loves performing in open mikes around Singapore. When she graduates high school she hopes to go to London to study music further in University and pursue it as a professional career in the future.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Update on events next week!

From Print to Screen to Print – Book-to-Movie Adaptation and Back
Sun 19 Feb, 11am-1pm
Rendezvous Hotel (Ballrooms 1, 2, 3)
Presentations by children's writer and screenwriter Adeline Foo, author of the bestselling trilogy of The Diary of Amos Lee, and poet/playwright Ng Yi-Sheng on the movie novelisation of Eating Air. Part of the All In! Young Writers Media Festival.
Debate: This House Would Not Sacrifice Cultural Heritage For Progress
Saturday 18 February, 2-3pm
Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Glass Hall
A satirical, slap-your-knee, high octane debate featuring Dr. Gwee Li Sui (TellTale, Man/Born/Free), Adrian Tan (The Teenage Textbook), Ng Yi-Sheng (GASPP) and many others! Enjoy beverages from SOHO Coffee as well!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

January 2012 texts!

Two in a row on the same day? Why the hell not.

+"Voices: an Annotated Anthology of Contemporary Bahraini Poetry" ed. Hasan Marhamah

Maha Gargash’s “The Sand Fish”
Danderma's The Chronicles of Dathra, a Dowdy Girl from Kuwait, Vol I


+Hugh Miles’s “Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the West”
+Tony Perrottet’s ”Napoleon’s Privates: 2500 Years of History Unzipped”

+Maneesh Sharma’s “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”
+Peter Chan’s “Wu Xia”
=Patrick Shen’s “The Philosopher Kings”
Mark Mylod’s “What’s Your Number?”
Most of +Tsui Hark’s “The Chinese Feast”
Short Circuit selection: +Marcia Ong’s “Kristy”, =Ezzam Rahman’s “Someday My Prince Will Come”, =He Shuming’s “Labour Day”, +Lincoln Chia’s “Sisters”, +Regina Tan’s “Transit”, +Kirsten Tan’s “Thin Air”, =Leon Cheo’s “Swing”, and Loo Zihan’s “CHANCRE”

STAGES’ “iChestnuts 15”
Ravindran Drama Group’s “Hanuman Resurrection II”
+LaSalle’s “Exit the King”
+Singapore Art Museum’s “Future Proof”
+Singapore Maritime Museum’s permanent exhibition
=Brian Gothong Tan’s “Milk and Honey”

Books November and December 2011

I know I've been horribly behind on updating this blog. I'm not really sure what to do about it, really... It's the age of Facebook and Twitter, but having a regular site like this helps me document what I've covered in my life.

Anyway, here's what I watched and saw at the end of last year. January will be up, maybe tomorrow.

+Alvin Pang's "What Gives Us Our Names"

+Victor Pelevin’s “Omon Ra”

=Verena Tay’s “In the Company of Heroes”

+Christiane Bird’s “The Sultan’s Shadow”
=Melanie Chew’s “The Presidential Notes 1: Yusof bin Ishak”

+Seema Mohanty's “The Book of Kali”
“The Quran”

+Olivier Megaton's “Colombiana”
Most of =Tate Taylor's “The Help”
=Milan Luthria's “The Dirty Picture”
+James Bobin's “The Muppets”

LaSalle’s +“Loveplay” and “Hamlet”
+The Necessary Stage's “Gemuk Girls”
TheatreWorks's =“Dust: A Recollection”
+W!ld Rice’s “Aladdin”

=Tania de Rozario’s “A Language of Longing”
=“The Elephant Parade”
+Kiran Nadar Museum of Art's permanent collection
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi's +" the seeds of time" and ="Company Paintings"
+Indian War Memorial Museum's permanent collection
=Red Fort Archaeological Museum
+Central Sikh Museum