Arts&Culture (06/05/19)

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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside Macbeth.

Student discounts given

STUDENTS will get a 20% discount on all zones and performances of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will have performances from Sept. 17 to 22 at The Theatre at Solaire. To avail of the discount, students should use the promo code SRTCLASS20 or present their school ID at any TicketWorld outlet.

MCAD public programs

AS PART of its ongoing exhibit of The Spectre of Comparison which was shown at the Venice Bienalle, the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MCAD) will have a series of public programs from June to July. These include a hands-on workshop called “Poetry in Neon” on June 15, 3 p.m., at the MCAD Multimedia Room. The workshop is meant for children, ages eight to 10, to visualize poetry through neon painting. Meanwhile, there will be a Filipino Sign Language Guided Tour on June 18 and July 19, 2:30 p.m., held in collaboration with Benilde’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. For workshop attendance or tour bookings, e-mail

Silverlens exhibits

TWO exhibits opened on June 1 at Silverlens: The Quality of Sunlight is a Filter Through Which Our Thoughts and Feelings Pass by Catalina Africa, her third solo exhibit at the gallery; and Flux by Bea Valdes, her second solo show at the gallery. Africa presents paintings, objects, and video that explore the genre of landscape painting reconfigured into the artist’s unique visual language of patterned abstraction. A globally collected accessory designer, Valdes is known for her intricate and handcrafted clutch bags and jewelry. She has expanded her practice to large scale installation and sculpture. The exhibits are on view until July 6 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave.Ext., Makati.

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky plays Norma.

Bellini’s Norma

THE sixth season of CCP Met Opera in HD culminates with Norma, Vincenzo Bellini’s two-act opera, to be screened on June 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3. Known for its bel canto genre, the opera tells the story about Norma, a Druid high priestess who broke her chastity vows and had two children with Pollione, a Roman proconsul. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the titular role in a new production by Sir David McVicar. Also in the performance are Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, tenor Joseph Calleja as Pollione, and Matthew Rose as Norma’s father. Leading the Met Orchestra and Chorus is Maestro Carlo Rizzi. The CCP Met Opera in HD series features screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through the high definition digital technology and Dolby sound recreating the experience of watching an opera production at the Met “live.” For details call Greenbelt 3 Cinemas Customer Service at 757-7883 or CCP Sales and Promotions at 832-3706, or e-mail

MSO does Cayabyab

THE MSO opens its season with a tribute to the music of newly appointed National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab. Mr. Cayabyab’s choral and orchestral output will be interpreted by the MSO under the baton of guest conductor Prof. Jonathan Velasco together with the Ateneo Chamber Singers. The Music of Ryan Cayabyab: An Orchestral Tribute will be held on June 9, 6 p.m., at the Hyundai Hall, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

Beautiful opening this month

BASED on the true story of Carole King’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock and roll legend, Beautiful features classics such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman.” Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, a production of AtlantisTwenty, will run from June 14 to July 7 at the Meralco Theater, Pasic City. It stars Kayla Rivera and Nick Varricchio, and is directed by Bobby Garcia. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

B+Abble 2019 arts forum

THE forum B+Abble: A Series of Talks on Contemporary Arts and Design, will be held on June 22, Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., at the PETA Theater in Quezon City. It is meant to encourage people to think outside the box in their fields of expertise, helping them approach their craft in new ways. The speakers are Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) founder Gabe Mercado, visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso, Interior Design Director of Mañosa & Co. and Founder of Awit At Laro Bambi Mañosa, and Javier Design Studio Manila (JDSM) founder architect Joseph Javier. Now in its 5th edition, the annual forum’s lectures are “The Joy of Improv: The Improvisational Mindset as a Key to the Creative Economy,” “Changing the Landscape of Philippine Art & Design,” “Awit at Laro: Celebrating the Spirit of Play through music, art, dance and culture,” and “The Design of Purpose.” There will also be musical performances by R&B and soul singer Bea Lorenzo, and experimental OPM and jazz duo Project Yazz. Tickets are priced at P800, P500 for members of the United Architects of the Philippines Alabang Chapter, and P350 for students. For seat reservations and details, e-mail or go to

2 at Mo_Space

RUNNING until June 30 at Mo_Space are Juan Alcazaren’s P and Wire Tuazon’s Sometimes We Name Typhoons After Men. P is a thematic extension of Alcazaren’s work, “End of the Affair,” which was part of MO_Space’s flipbook project, Flipping Out, shown at Art Fair Philippines earlier this year. Discussing his works in the show, Mr. Tuazon wrote, “The works are drawn reflections upon the art of painting itself: that we see our own world mirrored and not the worlds of the past or of some other space or culture.” The gallery is located at the 3rd level, MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Drum Tao returns with a new show.

Drum Tao returns

DRUM TAO returns to Manila on Sept. 5 to 8 at the Theatre at Solaire with a new show, Rhythm of Tribe, Time Travel Chronicles. The show combines martial arts and choreography for an innovative contemporary Japanese production with costumes designed by Junko Koshino. Tickets — available through TicketWorld (891-9999, — range in price from P1,400 to P5,600. For group, corporate, and showbuyers call 897-9697 or 0915. An Early Bird discount of 15% on VIP and Silver seats, and 10% on Balcony will be given until June 14 when using the promo code DT2019.

City of Bawal

NO jaywalking. No trespassing. No littering. No loitering. No loading and unloading. No parking. No U-turn. No texting and driving. No drinking and driving. No entry. No guns allowed. No smoking. No illegal vendors. Not for hire. Post no bill. Do not blow horn. Obey speed limit. Do not delay. How to grasp the everyday minutiae of the city of bawal? City of Bawal is an ongoing exhibit at 1335 Mabini featuring works by Brisa Amir, Datu Arellano, Kristoffer Ardena, Jan Balquin, Lesley-Anne Cao, Miggy Inumerable, Czar Kristoff, Celine Lee, Cris Mora, Indy Paredes, Mark Salvatus, Jel Suarez, and Jose Tong. City of Bawal closes this Saturday, June 8, with an artists walk-through, and a performance from Isola Rosa. This event is open and free to the public. The gallery is located at C18 Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati.