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BASED on the true story of Carole King’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to rock ‘n’ 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.”
HISTORIA Culinaria, y Cultura, a two day festival on June 8 and 9 in the heritage town of Taal, Batangas aims to educate visitors on interesting and little known facts about significant segments in Philippine history such as art and architecture. The festival includes talks by experts, guided tours around Taal, film screenings, a photography display of Taal’s historical places. For inquiries, call 0927-975-1683, 0916-633-6706, or 0961-252-3338.
EMERGING bands and budding young artists gather as De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) celebrates its 30th year with the first Benilde Music and Arts Festival: Best of Benilde @ 30 on May 18 to 24 at the College’s School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus.
THE Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble (PMCIE) continues its journey as global Filipino musical ambassadors with Pinoys to the World: A Celebration of Filipino Musical Artistry, a concert series that began in the Philippines in February this year and will culminate in a string of performances in New York City, including a gala concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on May 31.
LEARN about Oreo’s latest promo and win a trip to South Korea and other prizes at the Oreo Play & Win Grand K-Pop Fans Day on April 13, 2 p.m. at the Eastwood mall open grounds. There will be activities and performances by AC Bonifacio, Jinho Bae, and LMN Dance Crew.
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will hold the 3rd Performatura festival on April 5 to 7 with activities including poetry readings, literature classes, chanters from the regions, and slam poetry contest. For the complete festival schedule, visit performatura.wordpress.com.
SHANGRI-LA Plaza rounds off celebrations for International Women’s Month with the INSPIRE | WOMEN photo exhibit, which marks the 11th anniversary of fashion photographer Rxandy Capinpin, and his latest collaboration with clothier Levenson Rodriguez.
THE Center for Possibilities Foundation, an NGO dedicated to addressing the plight of indigent children with special needs, will be staging a concert at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave., Makati City on March 2, 6 p.m. titled Love Inclusively, to be preceded by the opening of the Art Exceptional exhibit.
FOR the 6th concert in its 36th concert season on Feb. 8, 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of Yoshikazu Fukumura, will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischutz Oveture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, K.543 in flat major, and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, op 73 in D major. For inquiries and tickets, contact the CCP Box Office (832-3704), visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, or contact TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
PIANIST Raul Sunico, together with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform four piano concertos — No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1, No. 2 in C minor, op. 18, No. 3 in D minor, op. 30, and No. 4 in G minor, op. 40 — by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff in A Rach Concert on Jan. 26, 8 p.m., at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
IN celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents AHRT!: Artists for Human Rights on Dec. 8, 3-10 p.m., starting with the artist talk The Memory Project 01: The Thirteen Artists in a Time of Dictatorship from 3-6 p.m., Bulwagang Juan, with Jaime de Guzman, Danilo Dalena, Brenda Fajardo, Cian Dayrit, Carlo Gabuco, Eisa Jocson, Archie Oclos, and moderated by Karen Ocampo Flores.
ENJOY a series of musical performances featuring a certified birit queen and one of the country’s leading orchestras. Award-winning vocalist Morissette will be sharing the stage with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra on Dec. 1 at Robinsons Place Manila; Dec. 8 at Robinsons Galleria; and Dec. 15 at Robinsons Magnolia. All shows are at 6 p.m.
SHANGRI-LA Plaza kicks off the holiday season with exclusive events, performances, and bazaars this month. During November weekends, fairs and bazaars will be held at the East Atrium and Food Forum at the Main Wing: The Grand Christmas Fair by The Weekend Showroom and food finds at A Taste of Christmas by Silk Events until Nov. 18; and Make Your Own Havaianas event at Grand Atrium from Nov. 17 to 20.
ATLANTIS Theatrical Entertainment Group presents Waitress, a musical about a waitress at a diner who decides to join a pie baking contest which she hopes would give her a chance to live a new life, from Nov. 9 to Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
RESORTS World Manila presents All Out of Love The Musical until Oct. 28 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Featuring the music of Air Supply, the story is written by award winning Canadian playwright Jim Millan. After music mogul Tommy King convinces rocker Jimmy Crimson to pursue a world tour to promote a new album but to also dump his girlfriend, Jimmy changes his mind and pursues his love. For tickets and schedules, contact TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in cooperation with the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, presents the Akapela Open International finals night at the CCP Main Theater on Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Akapela Open International is a movement and competition for contemporary a cappella ensemble singing.
JULIE Borromeo’s Performing Arts Foundations presents Guadalupe The Musical at the Meralco Theater until Oct. 14. With book and lyrics by Joel Trinidad and direction by Baby Barredo, the story is based on the apparition of the Virgin Mary to peasant Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.
THE SANDBOX Collective and 9 Works Theatrical present the Philippine debut of Lungs, a play by Duncan Macmillan, until Oct. 7 at the Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati. With temperatures warming, sea levels rising, and the planet slowly dying, one couple considers the unthinkable — having a baby.
NEW VOICE Company presents Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on Aug. 11, 8 p.m. (English) and Aug. 12, 3 p.m. (Filipino), at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. The show stars Monique Wilson, Missy Maramara, and Mae Paner. Directed by Thea Tadiar, the monologues focus on themes such as body issues, love, sex, menstruation, childbirth, and rape. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
PETA brings Rak of Aegis back for a 6th run until Sept. 2. The musical, featuring the music of the jukebox band Aegis, tells the tale of a perpetually flooded barangay and how its inhabitants adapt. The PETA Theater Center is at No. 5 Eymard Dr., New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
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