5 Cool Events To Check Out This Weekend: Food, Films And Photography

Good food, great films and must-attend photography exhibitions: the start to February isn't so bad after all.


Photo Dialogues Session 1 by Aik Beng Chia

Widely considered to be one of Singapore's most respected street photographers, Aik Beng Chia, was self-taught and got into the genre after battling a bout of depression. You've seen his works for our January issue - now you can get to meet the man himself and learn first-hand, how he does what he does - capturing the nitty gritty, non-postcard side of Singapore. You know, instead of the usual typical (insert eye roll) cafe/flowers/food filtered shots on Instagram?

Admission is free with registration, more details here.

February 3, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

DECK, 120A Prinsep Street

the projector

Daniel Day-Lewis Retrospective 2018

Have yet to caught Phantom Thread, supposedly Daniel Day-Lewis' final film before he retires? Well you're in for a treat - The Projector is throwing a mini retrospective (February 3 - 24) for the three-time Oscar winner (the most awarded male actor in Oscar history), starting with 1985's My Beautiful Laundrette.

03 Feb, 9:00pm - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
04 Feb, 5:00pm - My Left Foot (1989) *First Oscar
10 Feb, 8:30pm - The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
11 Feb, 5:00pm - The Age Of Innocence (1993)
24 Feb, 8:30pm - There Will Be Blood (2007) *Second Oscar
various dates & times - Phantom Thread (2017)

The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower

the projector

HAPPY END by Michael Haneke

Love European flicks? Then you can't miss out on Michael Haneke's Happy End, a story on the classic middle-class family, set in the idyllic French town of Calais. While they remain absorbed in superficial everyday problems, the very real, life-threatening quandary of refugees in a refugee camp just a few miles away is all but ignored. Sounds familiar? Yeah, thought so. This is an exclusive screening of the film, and it stars one of France's greatest actress, Isabelle Huppert.

February 4 - February 11, various screenings, more details here.

The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

the projector

Esquina's Food Market

Singapore's food scene is famously cut-throat, and it's not uncommon for a newly opened restaurant to close within a few months. Feted tapas joint, Esquina, however, is turning six this year - nothing to sneeze at. To celebrate this milestone, they're throwing a one-day-only Food Market, a mini rendition of the famous Barcelona food market “La Boqueria", where three top Spanish chefs will be holding court with delicious drinks and grub. If you're a fan of Esquina or even just really good Spanish food in general, I'd say get your tickets now.

February 4, 3pm - 8pm

Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road



the projector We Will Have Been Young

The topic that governs this photography exhibition is obviously youth - a universal quality that's been sought after since time immemorial. See how 12 rising photogs (both local and regional) tackle the topic through more than 150 photos, including intertwined sub-genres such as sexuality and identity. This is a travelling exhibition, and will drop by various regional countries before it's destined for Berlin.

If you need any indicator it's a must-watch, even international bigwigs such as CNN has picked up on the exhibition - the young lensmen here might just be the Cindy Shermans of tomorrow, so head down. More details here.

On now till February 3

Objectifs, 155 Middle Road

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This article is originally published on Female Singapore.

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