Conan The Barbarian
Brawn, beauties and beasts sum up this remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic about the adventures of mighty warrior Conan as he embarks on a mission to save the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. Directed by Marcus Nispel. Stars Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan and Saïd Taghmaoui. Now showing.
The First Grader
The true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Starring Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge and Sam Feuer. Opens Sep. 1.
Social Media World Forum Asia Conference
Learn about key social media platforms and how they can enhance your marketing at this interactive conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Sep. 1-2, Suntec Conference Centre. One-day pass: S$740, two-day pass: S$1,380 from www.socialmedia-forum.com/asia/
Drum Tao Live in Singapore
Japan’s most celebrated and elite company of martial arts drummers, Drum Tao, performs live in Singapore for the first time ever. Expect a two-hour extravaganza featuring artistic stunts of a different kind, as a 14-strong highly disciplined crew of Japanese Taiko drummers take to 400kg Wadaiko drums, bamboo flutes, horizontal harps and more. Sep. 1-3, Esplanade Theatre. S$68-S$128 from Sistic.
Singapore International Storytelling Festival
Reconnect with the magic and manifestations of storytelling as a priceless tool for education, community bonding and conflict resolution. There will be masterclasses and workshops, performances, as well as a digital story-telling competition, featuring international names like Sherry and Bobby Norfolk, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Abbi Patrix, Randel McGee, Beatriz Montero, Lilli Rodriquez-Pang, Dr. Gideon Arulmani and many more. This year’s event includes a special on storytelling for children with special needs and storytelling as a counseling technique. For parents, teachers, educators, librarians, managers and counselors. Sep. 1-6, various timings. National Museum of Singapore. Tickets at http://bookcouncil.sg/sisf/.
19th Israel Film Festival
The Embassy of Israel rolls out its annual film festival with a meticulously handpicked list of seven award-winning films from whimsical dramas, black comedies, suspense thrillers to crime dramas. Sep. 7-13, The Cathay, Picturehouse. Tickets sell out quick, so book fast at www.cathay.com.sg.
Charity Swim 2011
Freestyle your way to doing good: swim 10km along the shores of East Coast Beach to raise funds for the Student Advisory Centre, a children and youth charity. To qualify, each swimmer has to raise at least S$500 for the center’s charity programs. Nov. 13, Mana Mana Beach Club@East Coast Beach. Log on to www.studentadvisory.org.sg for more information.