“I’ve been with the Zouk family for 23 years and counting and have seen the club grow from its humble beginnings to the most recent acquisition by theOn November 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
“I’ve been with the Zouk family for 23 years and counting and have seen the club grow from its humble beginnings to the most recent acquisition by the Genting HK conglomerate. 2016 has been an exciting one, with our brand extending regionally with the ZoukOut asset being launched in various editions and formats in Boracay, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I am honored to be part of this closing campaign of Jiak Kim and definitely excited for the club’s move to Clarke Quay. It marks yet another milestone for the brand and I’m confident that this is just the start to even greater things, both locally, regionally and globally” — Benny Heng, Managing Director of Zouk Singapore.
Zouk Singapore is set to carry forth its legacy with its move from Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay. Famed as the institution that propelled the dance music movement, the home to all dance music lovers and the rite of passage for all revelers in Singapore, Zouk Singapore has called Jiak Kim its home for the past 25 years.
Following the establishment’s first ever fun run, The Zouk Run, Zouk will be bringing back a series of all-time favourite party nights as part of its closing campaign including Mambo Jambo (30 November), Readyset Glo (25 November), and Balearic (18 November) to commemorate the countless laser-dazzled and confetti-drenched celebrations at the iconic Jiak Kim complex.
“All good things must come to an end, for better and bigger amazing things to happen. It is definitely with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to Jiak Kim, but we are also very excited for the big move and to share the new spaces and create new experiences. As part of our closing campaign of #ZoukAtJiakKim, we will be bringing back some key music nights that helped to shape Zouk over the past 25 years, through generations of club kids and Zoukettes. This November will be momentous, memorable and the last chance for a last dance at Jiak Kim. See you on the dance floor.” says Sofie Chandra, Head of Marketing and Event of Zouk Singapore.
Upcoming Closing Events
The Final Mambo Jambo @ Jiak Kim
Wed, 30 November, 2016
Hailed as one of the longest running party phenomenon in Singapore, Mambo Jambo is the absolute introductory experience for all first-timers. A parade of extraordinary flamboyance and perfect synchrony, the final rendition at the Jiak Kim warehouse promises no less than the legacy the series has earned. The religious Mambo kids are encouraged to ready their moves and all partygoers can expect a playlist of classic anthems that are set to get throats singing, hands moving, and feet in a flurry of dance all night.
Zouk @ Jiak Kim Finale Weekender
Fri & Sat, 2 & 3 December, 2016
Over the last weekend at the beloved warehouse complex, Zouk will be rounding up all current and alumni DJs who have played a part in establishing Zouk into the dance music instituition that she is.
Taking on the decks across all three stages as well as Velvet Underground – Lounge, the all-star line-up include Andrew Chow, djB, and Aldrin who will paying tribute with their signature brand of music to the space that have impacted their lives as local DJs. Spanning across all genres of dance music, Zouk fans can expect to be floored with back-to-back anthems and beats from one room to another for one last dance before the shift to Clarke Quay.
Superga & Zouk
Thu, 1 December 2016
In conjunction with the momentous shift from Jiak Kim Street to Clarke Quay, Zouk has collaborated with Italian footwear brand, Superga to launch a limited edition sneaker to commemorate the move. An opportune moment to celebrate the club’s roots as well as the onset of a new location and experience with an exclusive design, the limited edition sneaker weaves together the DNA of Zouk and the Superga 2750 – Superga’s best selling silhouette.
Furnished in a pure white, full-grained leather upper, the pair boasts a matte silver trimming and Zouk’s iconic “Z” logo stamped on the outer corners of each sneaker. To mark Zouk’s 25 year-strong history from warehouse to super club, the matte heel loop sees an embossed detailing of the coordinates of Clarke Quay (right) and Jiak Kim (left) on each side of the shoe, as well as the historic Zouk eye. Further codes of the club can be identified via the matte black shoe box, emblazoned with Zouk’s sleek “Z” and the accompanying branded shoe bag.
Designed as a sneaker for the revellers to dance their way and move along with Zouk to the new location, the stark white collaborative sneaker serves as a fitting memorabilia of the evolution from a once dilapidated and roofless warehouse to the top 6th club in the world. This partnership also marks Superga’s first ever collaboration with a locally established brand.
Superga X Zouk sneaker will launch on 1 December 2016 at the retail price of SGD169.90 at Superga stores located at Wheelock Place (#B2-04), Vivocity (#02-73/75) and online.
Tickets to Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland 2016, are already selling fast with less than two weeks to the opening of Christmas Wonderland on 2 December. EventOn November 24, 2016 / By Nookmag
Tickets to Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland 2016, are already selling fast with less than two weeks to the opening of Christmas Wonderland on 2 December. Event organiser Blue Sky Events today unveiled a wide range of dining and shopping experiences available at the event.
Visitors can look forward to a more diverse variety of dining options from traditional festive nibbles to international delights. Savvy shoppers looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift can shop to their hearts’ content with hand-made crafts and treats. Vendors will showcase custom-made items from traditional wooden huts specially imported from the United Kingdom, including handmade miniature gifts from Blue Stone Craft Gifts and Toys, tea and bodycare gift sets from YES Wellness, handcrafted trinkets from Curious Creatures, natural soy candles from Sally’s Room, locally designed apparels and leather accessories from CATCH and ONE+ONE, artisan perfumes from Freda’D Parfum, exquisite jewellery from ATP by Ariati and adorable sock toys Angel Wings Workshop.
Likewise, delight your palate with signature dishes and culinary offerings from all over the world such as Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes) by The Dutch Pancake Store, Kürtöskalács (traditional Hungarian chimney cones) from Happy Bellies, Peri-peri Chicken from African Tandoor and wizardry-inspired dishes such as Butter Beer Battered Fish and Chips from Street Food Circus.
Over at the Ice Palace, visitors can experience wintry dining in the tropics and indulge in seasonal delights from French patisserie La Noël chez PAUL in an alpine-themed setting. Offering great views of the Ice Skating Rink, Snow Playground and Ice Slide, diners will feel like they are at an elevated ski lodge as you sip on Hot Chocolate with a Christmas twist – flavoured with gingerbread, orange, mint or sea salt caramel or savour traditional Yuletide dishes such as Roast Beef with Red Wine Sauce and Vegetables.
Visitors can also indulge in festive delicacies by Harry’s at a new two-storey Glass House within the Supertree Grove. Diners can look forward to Harry’s Merry Wings, Mrs Claus’ Baked Salmon, Holly Jolly Turkey, Eggnog, Mulled Wine and many more. The second storey is available for private events.
Visitors can enjoy special creations exclusive to Christmas Wonderland, including the Mao Shan Wang Durian Churros by Churros Factory, Crispy Cinnamon Apple Wantons by The Travelling COW, Brewerks’ Turkey Burger with Cranberry Mayonnaise and Brussels Sprouts slaw, and Apple Cinnamon Tsukune sliders from The Diner.
The excitement continues at Hard Rock Café with authentic all-American favourites including their legendary burgers and chicken wings. Patrons can also shop for their popular classic tees from their limited-edition Christmas retail collection.
Access to the Festive Market is included with admission tickets to Christmas Wonderland, which takes place at Gardens by the Bay from 2 December 2016 to 1 January 2017, from 3.30pm to 11pm daily. Tickets start from SGD4 and can only be purchased online. Each paying adult can bring in up to three children under 0.9m free of charge. Visitors must purchase their tickets prior to visiting the event, as tickets will not be available for sale at the event.
Additional charges for some attractions within the event grounds apply. Selected capacity-controlled attractions will be available for pre-bookings online.
Experience one of the world’s top ski destinations, offering a multitude of enchanted activities to create extraordinary holiday moments, with exceptional facilities and services at the KIRORO ResortOn November 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
Experience one of the world’s top ski destinations, offering a multitude of enchanted activities to create extraordinary holiday moments, with exceptional facilities and services at the KIRORO Resort in Hokkaido.
Riding the wave of the ‘Talk of the Town’ dream destination for lovers and portrayed as a romantic backdrop for the latest hit Thai movie, ‘One Day’, the world-class KIRORO Resort invites you to create cherished memories with loved ones.
“Lovers and moviegoers responded overwhelmingly to the recently released One Day movie, especially the picturesque and romantic winter scenery in Hokkaido that captured the hearts of travelers the world over. An elegant backdrop for the latest hit movie, KIRORO Resort sits amidst snow-covered mountain ranges, where lovers ring the much talked about ‘Love Bell’ to have their love wishes answered. This talk-of-the-town phenomenon has helped make KIRORO Ski Resort one of the must-visit romantic destinations among Singaporean fans.”
— Mr Saranyu Adhyanasakul, Director
International Business Development,
Proper-ty Perfect Public Company Limited
Best of the World 20 Must-See Places for 2016 by National Geographic
Situated at one of the Best of the World 20 Must-See Places for 2016 by National Geo-graphic, KIRORO Resort is the first ski resort in Japan by Property Perfect PLC, and is now set to welcome visitors from all walks of life, from skiers, snowboarders, couples, families and friends, offering an unforgettable powdery snow ski experience coupled with a wide range of adventurous and rejuvenating activities and world-class hospitality and services.
Unmatched Ski-Experience at KIRORO Resort
The World’s Premiere Ski Destination
Boasting its position as a top ski resort in Hokkaido, KIRORO is a hidden powder paradise and one of the Asia’s fast growing tourist destinations, where the mountains are renowned for regular snowfall, accumulating vast amounts of light and dry powder snow at an average of 21 meters, during a ski season that lasts up to 150 days. Suita-ble for snow activities and skiing for amateurs and professionals, and featuring 21 ski trails and 9 gondolas, KIRORO is attracting beginner, intermediate, and advanced ski-ers from around the world and partnering with NZ Ski, a leading ski resorts group in Australia and New Zealand, and Powder Alliance, a leading ski network from North America. At KIRORO, other snow activities including snowmobiles, snow rafting, snow shoe trekking, snow buggies, and snow Segway are also available. For beginners, Snow Park, a Snow Academy for adults and children can be enjoyed.
Unrivaled Magnitude of Lifestyle Activities
In addition to an exhilarating skiing experience, visitors to KIRORO Resort can also create memorable moments with a variety of lifestyle activities from relaxing Japanese Onsen, Resort Market, and a wide variety of new restaurants, throughout the Hokkaido powder winter season.
Unforgettable Romance by the World’s Top Luxury Hotel Brands
Heralding superior service and facilities, KIRORO impresses travelers with two leading brands under the Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The KIRORO – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido, the brand’s first property in Asia-Pacific is conveniently located close to the KIRORO Town shopping area, offering 282 luxury appointed rooms and suites to accommodate more than 800 discerning guests. The Sheraton Hokkaido KIRORO Resort opens its doors to ski connoisseurs with 140 luxury appointed rooms and suites for a maximum of 400 guests, complimented by in/out direct access to ski slopes and the Mountain Centre.
KIRORO Resort ‘Ski for Free’ Hotel Promotion
You can now book your trip directly on KIRORO Resort’s website, and for a stay over 2 nights, you can enjoy free ski passes and ski rentals, with a per-day value at 6,800 yen.
* This promotion will be available for the period from 20th Feb, 2017 – 30th Apr, 2017.
It has been a rainy November, and you’ve found yourself cosying up at home in front of the TV looking for a great series to sink yourself into.On November 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
It has been a rainy November, and you’ve found yourself cosying up at home in front of the TV looking for a great series to sink yourself into.
Rather than escaping to the world of fiction, why not select the nonfiction instead? If you think documentaries are only for wildlife lovers and history enthusiasts, think again. Today’s nonfiction releases are as diverse as real life itself, spanning everything from crime thrillers to immersive biopics. If you’re ready to take the documentary plunge but am not sure where to start, use the cheat sheet below to find your match on Netflix today.
|If you enjoy…||Then try…|
|Murder mysteries and gritty crime memoirs||Amanda Knox | Trailer
Was Amanda Knox a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive student abroad trapped in an endless nightmare? Netflix’s original documentary sheds new light on the events and circumstances of the past nine years through unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material. Prepare for a narrative thriller that goes beyond guilt or innocence.
Also try: Making a Murderer, Team Foxcatcher, Audrie & Daisy, 13TH
|Action heroes and mind-blowing stunts||Fittest On Earth | Trailer
With lines like, “I’ll die this before I lose this workout,” Fittest On Earth is much more than your average sports documentary. The film follows several of today’s physically toughest, most extreme athletes as they take on the gruelling CrossFit Games, the ultimate test to prove that they are the fittest on earth.
Also try: Pumping Iron, Dawg Fight, Iverson
|Exploring new cuisines and traveling the world||Chef’s Table | Trailer
Gifted. Eccentric. Visionary. In this original docu-series, find out what’s inside the kitchens and minds of the international culinary stars who are redefining gourmet food. Warning: Don’t watch this on an empty stomach – the visuals are absolutely mouth-watering.
Also try: Cooked, The Mind of a Chef, Sohm
|Fashion stories and eccentric icons||Iris | Trailer
Acclaimed documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) focuses on fashion legend Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed style maven who who at 93 is still at the top of her game, choosing dresses, advising models and haggling with buyers. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
Also try: Fresh Dressed, The True Cost, Jeremy Scott – People’s Designer
|Deep controversy and headline-defining scandals||Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief | Trailer
Defectors from one of the world’s most controversial religions speak out in one of 2015’s most highly-acclaimed documentaries. Going Clear profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees, and the church’s shocking, potentially illegal practices.
Also try: Holy Hell, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, Jesus Camp
|Music heavyweights and their influences||I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead | Trailer
Superstar DJ Steve Aoki reflects on the driving force behind his career: his ambitious father, Benihana founder and perennial daredevil Rocky Aoki.
Also try: The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Which is your favourite? Tell us here : Nookmag
They say good things are worth the wait. Ahead of the Kilo Lounge re-opening in December later this year, Kilo is proud to present A SERIES OF INTENTIONS,On November 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
They say good things are worth the wait. Ahead of the Kilo Lounge re-opening in December later this year, Kilo is proud to present A SERIES OF INTENTIONS, featuring 3 pop-up parties at 3 separate, undisclosed locations that will be revealed only on the day of the event itself.
A SERIES OF INTENTIONS by Kilo Lounge :
DJ W!LD (FR) with Oliver Osborne (UK) and Jeck Hyde (FR)
Born in Dijon, DJ W!LD grew up influenced by the formative hip-hop movement, and took his name from the genre’s defining film, Wild Style. He’s an artist in it for all the right reasons: for art’s sake, to help foster scenes and communities, and to educate the next generation.
Date: Friday, 18 November
Time: 10pm till late
Location: Undisclosed—to be revealed on the day itself.
* Stay tuned to their Facebook event page for more details.
Cover Charge: SGD30 online or at the door (if available)
A SERIES OF INTENTIONS by Kilo Lounge :
Petar Dundov (HR) with Brendon P. (SG)
Born in Zagreb in the early ‘70s, Dundov believes that “techno is music that precedes movement. It is dance music, solid enough to carry emotions through the dance floor and abstract enough to be a template for ever”. His heady productions truly embody this ethos.
Date: Saturday, 19 November
Time: 10pm till late
Location: Undisclosed—to be revealed on the day itself.
* Stay tuned to their Facebook event page for more details.
Cover Charge: SGD30 online or at the door (if available)
A SERIES OF INTENTIONS by Kilo Lounge :
The Revenge (UK) with Maurice Simon (SG)
“The Revenge is a producer who understands the past but embraces the future,” Resident Advisor says. “His forward-thinking productions and versatility as a DJ have ensured him a place as one of the leading names in dance music over recent years.”
Date: Friday, 25 November
Time: 10pm till late
Location: Undisclosed—to be revealed on the day itself.
* Stay tuned to their Facebook event page for more details.
Cover Charge: SGD20 online or SGD30 at the door (if available)
Cooking Beats returns this year for a second instalment of A Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, 24 November. Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving the Kilo way by bringing back good music and plenty of hearty food and warm conversation, with drinks all the way up to 12 midnight.
This year’s menu includes:
Kilo Presents : Cooking Beats — A Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, 24 November 2016
66 Kampong Bugis
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselvesOn November 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselves with is a reflection of our personality. As a brand that has shunned conventional watch industry standards since 2012, SEVENFRIDAY understands the need to stand out and stand up for who they are. Its industrial avant-garde watches aside, SEVENFRIDAY’s love for all things different has led to several global lifestyle elements. From a bistro lounge that doubles up as a watch gallery in Jakarta, to a full-on punk rock gig in London, SEVENFRIDAY has embodied the philosophy that different is better.
This year, the brand delves deeper into the world of sub-cultures and music, presenting SEVENFRIDAY LIVE, an experience like no other. A music experience for the discerning tastemaker, SEVENFRIDAY Live was born out of the same passion for music that one can find in underground secret gigs – a do-it-yourself attitude laced with a rebellious streak for all things commercial. Kicking off the inaugural experience in Singapore, SEVENFRIDAY Live saw Singapore’s most underrated musical export Xhin (pronounced “sheen”) take the stage.
Best described as a “sound futurist”, the multi-instrumentalist has dabbled in several sub-genres from progressive metal to minimal tech and played in high-profile clubs all across the world. Xhin’s set took guests into the industrial world of distortion and electrical riffs, a reflection of SEVENFRIDAY’s unique design philosophy.
Alongside Xhin onstage was local singer-songwriter Anise on her violin, bringing a unique live experience, by fusing progressive metal with jazz, classical and electronic elements. In a set that showed off the diverse influences of both artistes, Anise proved that the violin need not be pigeonholed to classical music.
SEVENFRIDAY Live was inspired by founder Daniel Niederer’s love for music. “Music is, in my opinion, one of the most emotional artforms, with different styles appealing to different moods and/or personalities. It can easily unite people of different cultures, religions and races and is a possible powerful tool to spread a message of freedom.”
At the transformed Cherry Discotheque, SEVENFRIDAY Live also saw the artwork of visual designer, FrankNitty3000, bringing guests on an alternative journey. Pushing the boundaries of conventional norms, Frank describes his artwork as the “deformation and juxtaposition of familiar existing still imagery” that has been given a second moving life.
The visceral experience of senses is just the first step for SEVENFRIDAY Live. In taking SEVENFRIDAY Live on a global tour, the brand hopes to bring together fans of the brand and immerse them in the ever-bold world of music. As SEVENFRIDAY believes, “Show me, don’t tell me.” What other form of passion is as hard to describe as the love for music? So show us, don’t tell us what the reflection of your personality is.
Xhin (pronounced as “sheen”) has been crafting ominous cuts of cutting-edge electronic music since 1997. Building a forte in sound design, he is best described as a sound futurist. His identical rhythmic structure and compositional techniques which incorporate elements of techno, tight sub bass, ambient and IDM delivers a hint of chaotic soundscape amidst artistry. Xhin is now signed to Berlin-based techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts to release his dark, intense and experimental side of things. This will be yet again the beginning of an old new direction for him to explore and experiment sounds even deeper for his future releases.
Singer-songwriter Anise writes about her hometown Singapore and the heartbreak her situation sometimes brings; and occasionally also about the rough terrain of love and loss. Her soft vocals have been described as ‘feathery’ and ‘misty’, and her stage presence lures the audience into her cocoon of nervous energy. Anise pairs off-kilter chords with tender lyrics and poignant storytelling into her songs.
Starting his dynamic career in The Netherlands, Frank graduated from the esteemed Design Academy Eindhoven in 2005. In a few short years, Frank has developed a unique visual aesthetic and fervent enthusiasm in all of his work. He has worked in Europe, Tokyo, creating films and ads for brands like Adidas, Reebok and Heineken. Frank’s work can be described as vibrant & energetic yet poetic at times. His experience with short and long format as well as his technical expertise allows him to push the boundaries of conventional norms. He is a multi-faceted talent with a keen eye for detail and polished execution.
Fans of the wildly successful Avengers movie franchise can now live out their vigilante dreams too. Following successful runs in New York, Seoul, Paris and Las Vegas, theOn November 5, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Fans of the wildly successful Avengers movie franchise can now live out their vigilante dreams too. Following successful runs in New York, Seoul, Paris and Las Vegas, the MARVEL’S AVENGERS S.H.I.E.L.D Exhibition finally makes its way to Singapore.
After checking it out at the Singapore Science Centre, Arman Shah lists five things that fellow self-proclaimed geeks can look forward to at this experiential exhibition.
Probationary agent training
Bid a temporary farewell to civilian life and prepare to undergo training as a recruit before becoming an official S.H.I.E.L.D agent. You’ll be handed a communications device (alternatively, you can download the app on your mobile phone) through which Agent Maria Hill will brief you on your mission and offer access and insight into every exhibit.
High Performance Test Lab
Think you can handle the Super Soldier programme that Steve Rogers underwent to become the world’s first Avenger? Put your physical prowess and mental sharpness to the test at the High Performance Test Lab. Undergo the strength and cognitive reflex assessments to prove that you’re just as fit and mentally acute as Captain America.
What goes on in the mind of the Hulk to trigger his transformation? How is the Bifröst Bridge able to transport Thor from Asgard to Earth? What are the scientific properties of vibranium that’s used to make Captain America’s shield? Get your answers from the touchscreen panels that take superhero trivia to a whole other level of geeky-cool.
Superhero costumes and weaponry
Your obsession with superhero costumes doesn’t have to end just because Halloween is over. An impressive collection of costumes and weaponry belonging to both superheroes and villains are on display behind well-polished glass panels. Admire the sleekness of Black Widow’s skintight leather suit and feel dwarfed by the Hulkbuster that stands over 3m tall.
Augmented reality games
Let’s face it – we all want to know what it’s like to don Tony Clark’s crime-busting suit. At the Iron Man Advanced Engineering Bay, you can put on the suit in an augmented reality setting and actually shoot out blasters from your hands! During the final stage of your recruit training, you can also team up with fellow visitors in the Game Room to battle villains before you officially become a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Too fun, too cool.
It’s time for that ghoulish countdown to the most frightful night of the year, and you’d definitely want to be the biggest and baddest nightmare in town. ButOn October 30, 2016 / By Nookmag
It’s time for that ghoulish countdown to the most frightful night of the year, and you’d definitely want to be the biggest and baddest nightmare in town. But just in case your nerves aren’t quite there yet to out-scare the rest of the competition, take a quick peek at some reel-life monsters!
If you’re in the mood for more, check out the other monsters on Netflix depending on your appetite for scares:
Monsters? What monsters?
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby must stop a menacing scoundrel who plans to turn their town of Coolsville into the complete opposite.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories
Shrek dares his friends to bring on the scary with ghost stories told in a haunted castle. Later, Ginormica and the Monsters face alien pumpkins.
A man brings home a cute creature as a Christmas present for his son that spawns a horrifying army of devilish — and dangerous — little beasts.
Maybe no one can tell that my knuckles are white if I play it cool…
When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.
A medical student-turned-zombie tries to retain her humanity by eating brains at the morgue and finds she has an uncanny new gift for solving crimes.
Hide your wife, hide your kids, hide your Halloween candy!
The classic tales of Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and more are woven together in this horror series set on the dark streets of Victorian London.
Secrets are just a part of daily life in the small Pennsylvania town of Hemlock Grove, where the darkest evils hide in plain sight.
As Halloween approaches, these 7 watering holes in town – amongst others, and in no particular order of popularity – present their most diabolical attempts at celebrating aOn October 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
As Halloween approaches, these 7 watering holes in town – amongst others, and in no particular order of popularity – present their most diabolical attempts at celebrating a spooky evening. Dare you feast your guts on the festivities this weekend?
Throw a Spooktacular Bash with Deliveroo’s Hallow-Roo!
From 24 to 31 October 2016, celebrate Hallow-Roo with Deliveroo and some of the most loved restaurants in Singapore. With yummy treats such as “Witches’ Brew” and “Angel’s Whispers” from juice expert Sprout, KPO’s “Evil Mother in Law Cocktail”, traditional Halloween pumpkin dishes from Spizza, Wing Zone’s “Black Voodoo Chicken”, Meat Liquor’s famous “Monkey’s Fingers”, “Oozy Eyeballs Pizza” from Da Paolo, and the “Chilli Crab Pasta from Hell” by Nassim Hill, our favourite Roo is definitely gonna be busy!
But wait! Deliveroo throws yet another squeal worthy deal into the mix – by partnering with StarHub to give out a free 30-day movie pass on StarHub Go, diners enjoy unlimited spooky movies with your spooky meals when you order from each Halloween restaurant partner throughout the Halloween period 24 Oct – 31 Oct (while stocks last).
Kinkilicious x Somersby : A Day-of-the-Dead Halloween Edition ft. ATTAGIRL!
Kinkilicious invites you to celebrate the Day-of-the-Dead with their Halloween edition featuring Somersby and female DJ collective, ATTAGIRL!.
Kicking up a fiesta, DJs DuriO and A/K/A SOUNDS will be spinning a range of beats including Kuduro, Latin Pop and Tribal in between their signature mix of HipHop and RnB. While you party it up, enjoy the night’s drink promotions with the refreshing, crisp natural taste of Somersby with bucket deals at SGD50nett, alongside the Somerita (Somersby served over crushed ice) at SGD16nett per glass.
Throw on your best rendition of a Día de los Muertos costume and stand a chance to win F&B vouchers and more! No time to dress up? There will be make-up artists to give you the coolest skull-face look at the scene. Make-up stations will be open from 7pm, so drop by early to guarantee a makeover! 💀
Halloween with Kinkilicious
29 Oct, Saturday | 6pm till late
*Free entry, open to public
Kinki Rooftop Bar
70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, #03-02
5pm – 8pm : 1-for-1 Happy Hour deals on selected beer/wines/housepour spirits
All night long : Bucket of 5 Somersby at SGD50nett; Somerita at SGD16nett
Attica presents ‘Asia Ghost Stories’ with Henessy
Asia’s scariest ghosts to come to life at this year’s Halloween week from 26 October 2016!
Attica, Singapore’s longest standing nightclub venue, has announced a week of ghostly experiences to celebrate this year’s Halloween. Renowned for delivering the best party vibe in town, this year Attica has teamed up with Henessy to create a series of spooky events to take place from Wednesday, 26 October, culminating with the show-stopping Halloween party, ‘Asia Ghost Stories’ on Saturday, 29 October.
Will it really scare even those with the strongest Halloween constitutions? Only one way to find out!
26 Oct : Naughty Nightmares
Attica’s special ladies night edition of NAUGHTY NIGHTMARES replaces the usual GLAM! Featuring a special Halloween bar with trick or treats in the courtyard as well as gothic nail polish & make-up services, Naughty Nightmares will introduce Halloween this year in ways you’ve never imagined. Ladies are encouraged to come in their most creative and naughty selves, enjoying six drinks before midnight and a bottle of bubbly when they come in a group of 5.
The naughtiest costume on the night will win a SGD500 Attica credit voucher to be used at the club, redeemable for drink packages at Attica within the next month.
28 Oct : Lost Souls
“An abandoned Chinese mansion. Lost souls wandering in search of redemption.”
Lost Souls presents the prelude to the ultimate Halloween party weekend at Attica this year, as unknown entities wander throughout the club in search of more souls to devour and add to their collection. With a special Henessy bottle promotion ongoing throughout the week (1 bottle for SGD240, 2 bottles for SGD450, 4 bottles for SGD800 and a 3L for SGD700), the party is truly on. Enter at your own risk, you have been warned.
The best-dressed Halloween costume on the night will win a SGD500 Attica credit voucher to be used at the club, redeemable for drink packages at Attica within the next month.
29 Oct : Asia Ghost Stories
“The legends of Asia’s scariest ghost stories are coming back to life this Halloween.”
Asia Ghost stories features the most iconic Asian ghosts showing up throughout the club; Sadakos, Pontianaks, Japanese ghosts and everything else you’ve ever read or heard of will embrace the club with their omnipresence. A fortune reader awaits in the courtyard, but tread with caution as the unexpected could be looming just around the corner. Bringing you back to ancient times, Asia Ghost stories are the true terrifying tales and accounts – and you can see them for yourself this Halloween in the flesh.
The best dressed Asian ghost on the night will win a SGD500 Attica credit voucher to be used at the club, redeemable for drink packages at Attica within the next month.
ZOUK Halloween 2016 welcomes you to The Scream Diner on 29 October
On the 29 October, Zouk will be revisiting an eerie past that has been long forgotten. In the spirit of Halloween, Zouk will undergo a transformation that will take all guests back to a time and space shrouded by a dark, twisted memory of ‘The Scream Diner’.
Set in 1958, The Scream Diner was once a popular and well-known hangout for many who live around the Jiak Kim neighborhood. At its peak, the American-style diner was famed for its scrumptious burgers, decadent alcoholic slushies and killer pop tunes which were occasionally accompanied with a crew of dancers for special parties. Until the vanishings began…
Within a span of one year, missing reports with over 50 cases of mysterious disappearances were filed. Upon investigations, the only link gathered from the reports were sightings of the missing at The Scream Diner, which led owner, Mr. O’Donnell to become the prime suspect. Just when the warrant of arrest was issued and interrogations were about to begin, O’Donnell disappeared and the police suspected that he had fled upon realizing that investigations were creeping on him. Upon searching the restaurant grounds, a cryptic message written with blood was found smeared across the front doors –“One World, One Music, MY TRIBE, MY DANCE”.
The case has been left unsolved for decades until echoes of the smeared message were recently heard by patrons. The echoes have sparked a chilling suspicion that O’Donnell is back and he is set to continue where he had left off at The Scream Diner on 17 Jiak Kim Street.
A visual spectacle upon entry, the classic American diner and crime scene theme will spill across all stages with decorations including hanging meats, kitchen pots, knives, gumball machine and of course, a splatter of gory surprises through every corner of the club.
Promising to deliver an over-the-top horror house experience, revelers can expect to be spooked throughout the night – expect torture chambers, hauntings, and a schedule of role-plays and performances across the rooms. The Zouk main room and Phuture will both transform into the heart of the main crime scene – the diner, while Velvet Undergound-Dance will give diners a peak into O’Donnell’s sacrifice room and Velvet Underground-Lounge will feature a diner classic – the milkshake bar.
In the grand tradition of every Zouk Halloween celebration, there are up to SGD15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs! All revelers are encouraged to bring their A-game in dressing up for a chance to snag one of the three attractive best-dressed prizes. A special ‘Best Social Media’ prize will also be given out this year for one lucky winner among those who snap an
Instagram shot with the hashtag, #ZoukHalloween during the night.
Freaky Free Flow Friday at Panorama: Riverside Lounge
Halloween is creeping up and here is a one-of-a-kind experience for those looking for a good spook followed by a grand reward. On 28 October, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm, Panorama: Riverside Lounge celebrates Halloween with a thrilling and chill-inducing virtual reality game, open to any visitor (who need not be a diner) to play – those who dare wins a spooktacular prize!
Likewise, indulge in an evening where an endless flow of fine Italian wines (one red, one white and one sparkling) are accompanied by a buffet spread comprising a pasta and an antipasto including cold cuts and gourmet cheeses – all at only SGD39++/person. The generous feast includes artisanal cheeses ranging from sweet blue Gorgonzola to smoky Scamorza cheese to cold cuts such as their house-made Beef Bresaola.
Panorama: Riverside Lounge
3rd Level, 30 Boat Quay
(above sister restaurant, Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore)
For reservations, please call +65 6532 6283
The CARNEVIL is coming to town @ 1-Altitude!
1-Altitude is bringing back their annual Halloween Party on 29 October, trapping you at one of Singapore’s highest point and dangling you into the horrifying pits of CARNEVIL! Get ready for an ultimate freak out and dance into the dawn of the witching hour while enjoying a specially-concocted CARNEVIL cocktail at SGD18++.
Bonus points for those who come in their scary best, and the entry fee will be waived!
Halloween at KPO: Beneath The Red Chamber
This Halloween, KPO will be transformed into a haunted chamber on Killiney road, as they take inspiration from the horror stories close to every Singaporean’s heart. Vengeful female spirits, vampires and guards to Hell will be there to look out for you. Be prepared to get your spines chilled as tarot card and palm readers read your fortunes – we can’t promise that it’ll be a happy ending…
Trick or treat? To make the night less dark, KPO has decided to offer a sweet deal for the night : 1-for-1 on all draught beer and selected spirit bottles, all night long! Dress up to shield yourself from all evil and blend in so you won’t get bothered. Even better, the best dressed stand to win prizes.
Beneath The Red Chamber @ KPO
Saturday, 29 October 2016
6pm – 2am
KPO Café Bar
1 Killiney Road
1-for-1 all draught beer (U.P. SGD16nett/pint)
1-for-1 on selected spirit bottles
An award-winning composer who founded the TO Ensemble, Tze Toh helped paved the way for other classical artists in Singapore who dare push the envelope through experimenting andOn October 13, 2016 / By Arman Shah
An award-winning composer who founded the TO Ensemble, Tze Toh helped paved the way for other classical artists in Singapore who dare push the envelope through experimenting and fusing different sounds together. Here, he discusses his group’s upcoming performance at the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM).
How did you get your start in music? Is it true that you were self-taught?
When I was 10, my mother asked if I wanted to take classical piano lessons with my sister. I‘ve always been curious and inquisitive as a kid, so I thought why not. Those lessons didn’t last very long, though; I was already asking our teacher if I could play her something that I had composed. *laughs*
Yes, I’m pretty much self-taught. I’ve been composing and improvising on the piano ever since I was 10; I guess that’s why my perspective on music is very different from everyone else’s. Everything in this universe is mathematical, and there’s always a logic to things, so that’s how I was able to work out my own audio-visual approach to the instrument.
How did the TO ensemble first come together to make music?
I initially had two groups that experimented with fusion music – one combined Jazz with Indian music, while the other combined Chinese with other forms of improvised music. I eventually combined both groups to create Tze n Looking Glass, the ensemble’s original name that was partly inspired by the otherworldly journeys of Alice in Wonderland.
Violinist Lazar T. Sebastine and saxophonist Teo Boon Chye are the two key members of the group. I don’t think that music can happen unless you really connect with another person, so I’ve been very fortunate to have played music with them these past 10 years. Over time, new key musicians and soloists have also joined us, including violist Benjamin Wong and violinist Christina Zhou, who is now our assistant music director.
You won first prize in a prestigious UK songwriting competition in 2011. What did that experience teach you about being a Singaporean musician?
That whole experience was great because it helped put our multi-cultural way of life on the world map. I’m Chinese, but I actually won the competition with an original fusion piece that combined jazz and South Indian music. That reflects how comfortable we are as a society, with everyone immersed in different cultures, from the food we eat to the traditional festivities we celebrate.
What changes have you seen in Singapore’s music scene over the years?
We started performing original fusion music at the Esplanade around eight to nine years ago, and I have noticed that our audiences here have grown more open-minded when it comes to new and experimental music.
Back then, if people came across one of our outdoor performances, they will leave after 10 seconds if they don’t think that they can understand our music. Now, people will sit and listen for a while to give the music a chance. I think that’s fantastic, because when you have a society that’s open-minded, that’s when anything is possible.
What’s your approach to creating music? Describe the creative process.
When I create new work, I usually write with the musician performing it in mind. Christina and Benjamin, for example, are wonderful interpreters of music. When I compose music for them, I know that my musical narrative will come through. Lazar and Boon Chye on the other hand are incredible improvisers; they add this unpredictable and exhilarating texture to my music with their Carnatic and jazz bebop improvisations.
You’ll be performing at the Singapore International Festival of Music this October. What can audience members expect at your show?
We are presenting our new audio-film work “… And There was N0th1ng”, which is a concert of live music accompanied by sound design and video animation. It explores a complicated relationship between Man and Machine, and is inspired by Mamoru Oshii’s animated film “Ghost in the Shell” and Issac Asimov’s “Foundation and I, Robot” series.
We are definitely excited and particularly proud to be presenting our music in Singapore. I think it’s going to be fun and interesting because I don’t think many people will be expecting a fusion of jazz and Indian at a classical music festival. *laughs*
What message do you want to convey through your music?
I do hope our music is a reminder that as human beings, we are one single race. Regardless of our nationality, race or religion, we all share more in common than we often realise. Music is a perfect example.. If we focus on our similarities rather than differences, I think we are one step closer to creating a better world and realising our potential as a race.
Coming 5th November, Zouk Singapore will be holding its first ever run, The Zouk Run, kick starting a series of closing activities in anticipation of the big moveOn October 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Coming 5th November, Zouk Singapore will be holding its first ever run, The Zouk Run, kick starting a series of closing activities in anticipation of the big move to its new digs at Clarke Quay. Conceived as a leisure run that seeks to capture the essence of Zouk’s unique party experience and a celebration of its Jiak Kim Street home of 25 years, The Zouk Run will take participants on a lap dotted with surprises, flagging off and rounding up at the club.
The second home to many dance music lovers for the past 25 years, Zouk is known as the rite of passage for most young adults as they come of age. Over the years, the club has amassed a generation of revelers that have celebrated dance and music together.
Organized in partnership with events agency, Pink Apple, The Zouk Run is primed as a concept to reach out to past and present clubbers, as well as younger audiences that have yet to experience the magic of #ZoukAtJiakKim. The event is a celebratory run that aims to bring together generations of dance music lovers to commemorate the Jiak Kim warehouse as they stride forward to the club’s future at Clarke Quay.
Open to all ages, the 3km fun run will take a route around the Jiak Kim vicinity on the evening of 5 November. Upon every registration, all participants will be entitled to a themed race pack of choice that comes with a specially designed T-shirt and a special party prop. The choices of themes include Mambo King, Podium Queen, The Shuffler, and The Musichead. Promising to incorporate party elements into the run, participants can expect to be delighted by surprises that revelers will find familiar in Zouk.
Available for the night only, limited edition Zouk Run merchandise will be up for purchase at the end point back at the club. The race village will also have food vendors where participants can re-energize post-run. Runners above 16 years will receive complimentary entry to the after-party that will be held at Velvet Underground – Dance, while runners above 18 years will also get free entry to all Zouk dance rooms for the night.
“This is the first run that we have ever organized and we are extremely excited about this,” says Sofie Chandra, Head of Marketing and Events, Zouk Consulting Pte Ltd. “The Zouk brand has always been an identity of music and celebration. With The Zouk Run, we really want to highlight this aspect and gather generations of past, present and future Zouk lovers as we move along to the new space at Clarke Quay,” she adds.
Registrations for The Zouk Run is now open and interested participants can sign-up here.
The Zouk Run
( 5 November 2016 | 5pm onwards )
17 Jiak Kim Street
#ZoukSingapore, #ZoukAtJiakKim, #TheZoukRun
SGD48.00 (1 – 30 October)
*All Citibank card members will stand to receive a 10% discount
by entering the first six digits of their credit card number in the “Promo Code” field.
Race Pack Collection
( 29 & 30 October 2016 | 11AM – 5PM )
Red Tail Bar
3C River Valley Road, #01-04
The Zouk Run t-shirt
Special party prop
Goodies from sponsors
*Free entry to all outlets for all participant 18 years of age and above.
*Free entry to Velvet Underground – Dance for participants 16 – 17 years of age.
Hailing from Germany’s capital of musicals, Hamburg-based ensemble Elbipolis has pushed boundaries and established a name for itself for its harmonious blend of Barock Lounge Baroque and electro.On October 11, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Hailing from Germany’s capital of musicals, Hamburg-based ensemble Elbipolis has pushed boundaries and established a name for itself for its harmonious blend of Barock Lounge Baroque and electro. Here, the founder Jurgen Gross discusses the ensemble’s interpretation of classical music and upcoming show at the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM).
When and how did Elbipolis first come together to make music?
I founded Elbipolis in 1996, but the current constellation of musicians came into being a few years later in 2004. From the very beginning, Elbipolis was concerned with presenting Hamburg’s rich musical repertoire of the baroque era to the public. In addition to that, the group shared an experimental nature that constantly looked for new ways of performing and for direct communication with the audience.
How is the classical music scene in Hamburg? Do you feel well accepted and embraced there as musicians?
Aside from its position as a musical city, Hamburg is an important centre for the international classical music scene, and I expect that with the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in 2017, the city’s status will be raised even further.
Being an independent ensemble, Elbipolis has made a name for itself in Hamburg as a special ensemble for old music. Notable performances have been in conjunction with the north German radio series “Das Alte Werk” as well as a continuous presence at the Schleswig-Holstein music festival. Now Elbipolis has been able to bring its own concert form “Barock Lounge” to life, in co-operation with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
What inspires your music?
Elbipolis’ music is first and foremost the result of the spirit of the ensemble as well as the atmosphere created by all of our individual members. We believe that inspiration comes when all our musicians are at ease with each other and can communicate on a musical level.
You collaborated with DJ Brezel Goring for “Elbipolis /Barock Lounge – Outer Space”. What was it like working with him?
Brezel Göring lives in Berlin and is part of the legendary duo Stereo Total. Working with an electronic musician was completely new territory for us, and vice versa – this is also his first time working with a baroque orchestra. He expertly answered the question on how to edit our music, because “rhythms” and “loops” cannot be used for music with such complicated harmonies and varying speeds.
Why is it important for you to reinvent and reinterpret classical music?
This isn’t an easy question for me to answer, because classical music has always been a large part of my musical life and has long been central to my understanding of the arts and culture. Even today, there is always new, completely unknown music to be discovered, especially from the era of the 17th and 18th centuries. This music is unbelievably beautiful and we want to share it with the public.
You’ll be performing at the Singapore International Festival of Music in October. How do you feel about your upcoming gig?
We’re very pleased to have been invited to the international festival and are looking forward to the trip. Of course, we’re excited to meet the people and get a taste of their understanding of their own musical culture. Although we will only be there for a short space of time, we hope to be able to partake in as much cultural exchange as possible.
Have you been to Singapore before? What are your expectations of the city?
No, I have never been to Singapore. I’m really looking forward to getting a feel for the place. I have heard that the city is very well cared for and that the people are accommodating and friendly. It will definitely be a great experience!
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run isOn October 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
After three years of lighting up the night in the city, ILLUMI RUN is returning to make a splash on a sandy new canvas. The home-grown run is set to turn Sentosa’s Palawan Green into a vibrant display of neon colours on 17 December, adding a fun and festive glow to the island’s year-end calendar.
This year’s run will see participants getting doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they run and dance through a thrilling new route on Singapore’s hottest beach destination. Showcasing an inflatable feature and fresh music beats at each of the five ultraviolet zones along the way, the course guarantees much splashing fun on the sand for an ultimate Neon Paradise atmosphere.
The ILLUMI Festival continues into the night with a massive party on Palawan Beach featuring some of Asia’s most highly sought after DJs, including ILLUMI RUN favourites DJ TiNC and Rave Republic. Also taking the stage for the post-party is Taiwanese DJ Cookie, No.1 Female DJ listed by Taipei Times. The DJs’ sets will be accompanied by psychedelic pyrotechnic displays, which, combined with a crowd of luminescent revellers, will make for a stunning sight under the stars.
|Dates||Individual||Party of 4|
|11 Aug – 10 Oct||
11 Oct – 10 Nov
|11 Aug – 10 Nov||SGD 88||
ILLUMI RUN 2016
17 December 2016 | 7pm to 11.30pm
Palawan Green, Sentosa
On Tuesday, 4 October, POP#02 presented the clash between tour bikes and foldies with a show-and-tell session between Cromoly Affairs and BrompingSG respectively. On this evening, AcitOn October 7, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
On this evening, Acit Salbini and Crew from Cromoly Affairs shared their experience from their recent bicycle tour from Manali to Leh, explaining their addiction to pushing themselves to their limits.
Highlights of the evening include their stories of insufficient oxygen, and having to travel without technology after the first 3 days into the trip. The team also shared the possibility of organising another such bike trip in the not too distant future, and welcomes all who are interested to check back on their Facebook page for more details.
In contrast, Ayamirza and Esa from BrompingSG shared how they packed their 16-inch-wheel Brompton bikes off for fun rides across cities such as Perth and Tokyo. After sharing with us that the experience between both cities were vastly different, both speakers encouraged the free-and-easy way of life, with the following food for though : “Life is too short to do something.” For more inspiring quotes from this crew, visit their Facebook Page!
For more images of POP#02, visit us on Facebook!
Likewise, keep yourself updated on our next installation of POP here : Nookmag
130 Countries. 30 Languages. 46 Million Facebook Fans. 5 Emmys®. 4 Boys. 1 Town. South Park’s been there. The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series kicks off its historicOn October 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
130 Countries. 30 Languages. 46 Million Facebook Fans. 5 Emmys®. 4 Boys. 1 Town. South Park’s been there. The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series kicks off its historic 20th season with 10 all-new episodes beginning on Wednesday, 5 October at 10pm (TH/WIB) and 11pm (HK/PH/SG/TW) in Asia. Tune in to see what Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny get into this season!
In the premiere episode “Member Berries,” Garrison is still on the campaign trail and the National Anthem gets a reboot by an American Icon.
Comedy Central (the world’s no. 1 comedy brand) and South Park Digital Studios kicked off the global celebration of the series’ 20th season by bringing the show to life via “The South Park 20 Experience,” a 2-D/3-D interactive fan exhibition first debuted at Comic Con San Diego in July. The currently-travelling experience, part of which is now on display at the Paley Center in Los Angeles through 25 September, features 20 memorable moments from South Park’s history and allows fans to explore and insert themselves into iconic show moments for photo opportunities.
The celebration of “South Park” continues with the launch of an all-new “South Park” Avatar Creator for desktop and mobile devices, the upcoming release of the eagerly-awaited new video game “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” from Ubisoft, tie-up with GIPHY to cut GIFs from iconic moments featured at Comic-Con, as well as special telecasts of selected South Park episodes and a behind-the-scenes documentary film 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park.
“South Park” Avatar Creator
Create your own South Park alter-ego or make one for family and friends! Use your avatar on the South Park Studios forum or share it with friends online.
“South Park” also partnered with GIPHY to GIF up the 20 iconic moments featured at Comic-Con from their respective episodes for fan use here.
South Park Daily Doubles
Fans can catch selected episodes of South Park on-air with two episodes airing daily at 9.30pm (TH/WIB) and 10.30pm (HK/PH/SG/TW), culminating in the season 20 premiere.
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park
Renowned documentarian Arthur Bradford (How’s Your News?) was granted unprecedented access to Parker and Stone. Shot extensively over the course of three months at the South Park Studios in Los Angeles, this exclusive documentary film chronicles the rigorous process of producing the iconic series in under a week. Bradford’s cameras were granted access into the creative process, opening up Parker and Stone’s world to reveal the high-pressure work environment that allows them to turn an idea into a full 22-minute episode each week.
Viewers will get a look at Parker and Stone’s thought process as they approach a new episode and the 24/7 grind they subject themselves to each time the show is in production. The documentary also includes in-depth interviews with Parker and Stone about their working partnership and reflections on highlights from their careers, such as the making of the original short, “The Spirit of Christmas,” as well as their memorable appearance at the 2000 Oscars®.
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole”
On 6 December, Ubisoft will release the highly-anticipated follow-up to the award-winning “South Park: Stick of Truth” as a digital download and at retailers on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Also available will be two collectibles, the RC Coon Bundle exclusively from Amazon and the Fart Pillow exclusively from GameStop. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look into the game development process with Stone and Parker :
South Park first launched on 13 August 1997 and is based on the animated short entitled, “The Spirit of Christmas.” Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are executive producers, along with Anne Garefino, and Frank C. Agnone II. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bill Hader, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are producers.
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX’s mission has been to create champions and unite communities. By working with dedicated and experienced instructors that include Edwin, Koflow, Perk Pietrek,On October 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
Since its inception in 2002, E-TracX’s mission has been to create champions and unite communities. By working with dedicated and experienced instructors that include Edwin, Koflow, Perk Pietrek, and Felix Hoo, as well as inspirational students who have gone ahead and won various awards hosted by magazines or at competitions (some have even represented Singapore on the world stage!), E-TracX is now proudly known as “A FAMILY OF CHAMPIONS”.
BEATMKRZ x Skratch Jam : 2nd Edition
Next Sunday, 9 October, E-TracX proudly presents the second edition in its BEATMKRZ series, BeatMkrz x Skratch Jam; a showcase event featuring a night of experimental fun and electrifying beats. The evening begins with a Skratch Jam session from 5pm to 8pm, and ends on a high note with showcases by E-TracX instructors Koflow and Perk Pietrek, as well as students Direwulf, Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA in BEATMKRZ from 8pm to 9pm.
Skratch Jam @ Kult Kafé (5pm-8pm)
Conceptualised in 2003, the jams are held for participants to share their ideas and learn new techniques from each other in a fun and non-competitive environment. Likewise, these jam sessions have also been great networking opportunities, especially for budding artists, with impromptu collaborative showcases sprouting from connections made during these events.
Although this event has traditionally been held indoors at E-TracX’s DJ studio, occasionally bringing the stage out into the open (such as next weekend!) allows interested viewers and passers-by to comfortably see all the action behind the turntable without being crushed in a small cheek-to-cheek space. And the best news? Everyone gets a chance to try their hand at Skratching! This is one time we don’t have to be a pro to look like one! *grin*
* DJs – please bring your own stylus, slipmats, and skratch records.
* Everyone else – try your hand at skratching or come enjoy the music!
BEATMKRZ @ Kult Kafé (8pm-9pm)
Dedicated to showcasing the creative works of up and coming DJs, as well as Electronic Music Producers in the scene, BEATMKRZ presents its audience with an aural & visual treat as these artists excite your senses with their original tracks, and live sets.
Instead of just playing 1 track after another, this series encourages DJs to be more creative while constantly trying something new by remixing and creating their own music tracks, and performing them live. Be it a solo performance or a collaboration, these young artists are pushed to their creative limits in Turntablism and Controllerism showcases during their BEATMKRZ performance. While being a platform for DJs to showcase their skills, the ultimate aim of this series is to inspire enthusiasts to get a move on, and put their skills to the test!
This edition of BEATMKRZ presents…
Direwulf (E-TracX Student)
Direwulf is a DJ/Producer who has previously played at venues such as, St. James Power Station, Canvas Club, Azzura, Sauce Bar, as well as for the 100+50 Bands Festival in Singapore. Embarking to break convention and recreate Electronica by combining elements of 20th Century Classical, Oriental Chinese and Industrial Metal music with raving synths and thumping 909, the results of his experimentation are showcased in his 2015 EP, The Beginning, which is also his delineation of Electronic Dance Music.
On this evening, Direwulf will be performing 3 of his original tracks (from The Beginning EP) live, with support from Brandon Khoo (Drums), Johnny Chia (Gu Zheng), Kan Zi Jun (Er Hu), as well as musicians from Vivienne’s Verdict.
Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA (E-TracX Students)
Performing as a collaborative group this evening, Chao, Ethan Lian, Ms Yeap, and RuxtA are local DJs who have played at venues such as, Zouk, SPACE Club, Avalon, HOME Club, Tanjong Beach Bar, as well as the KL Hip Hop Festival @ Hartamas (KUL), and the River Festival @ Clarke Quay (SIN). Their showcase for the night will be a Turntablism and Controllerism group routine.
As the evening ends off with showcases by E-TracX instructors Koflow and Perk Pietrek, stay tuned for a night to remember. Come catch them live before they become international stars!
Sunday, 9 October
Early last month, 6 music videos featuring undiscovered music acts in Malaysia and Thailand have been unveiled by Tiger JAMS, the newly minted music platform of Tiger BeerOn October 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
Early last month, 6 music videos featuring undiscovered music acts in Malaysia and Thailand have been unveiled by Tiger JAMS, the newly minted music platform of Tiger Beer that stages collaborations between undiscovered music talents, acclaimed music acts and visual artists.
“Home to You”
An original track created by budding musician Rozella (MY) in collaboration with acclaimed act Darren Ashley (MY), and visual artist Flex (SG), “Home to You” is just one of the 6 videos that showcase the result of collaboration forged through unexpected connections between musicians and artists sparked from the music platform. Since May 2016, over 5,000 participants and over 250,000 votes have flooded into Tiger Jams.
“Tiger JAMS has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to step up as an artist. Ever since our video debut, there has been a growing interest from the local media and the public about our music, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities of what that may bring. We aim to use this opportunity to create more and do our part in developing the local music scene,” said Malaysian singer songwriter, Rozella.
Six undiscovered musicians – Rozella, Son of a Policeman, Donamarie from Malaysia, and Mirrr, Monkey Business and 23’O from Thailand – were shortlisted from the platform.
“Each music video is a work of deep collaboration, an experimentation in exploring new possibilities of sights and sounds of Asia, and a testament to the unexpected connections forged and magic that is sparked when different creative talents are brought together – regardless of background or language differences,” said Mie-Leng Wong, Global Director Tiger Beer at Heineken Asia Pacific Breweries.
All six tracks made their public debut at the #TigerJams Centerstage events with headliner
CHVRCHES in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, on 2 and 3 September respectively. More information can be found at Tiger Jams.
Tiger Jams Music Videos
We last saw Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones as the soft-spoken brawny bartender who was involved with Jessica Jones in a couple of steamy bedroom scenes andOn September 29, 2016 / By Nookmag
We last saw Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones as the soft-spoken brawny bartender who was involved with Jessica Jones in a couple of steamy bedroom scenes and supercharged bar fights. It was also during the bar fights where we realised that, like Jessica, Luke also has superpowers in the form of super strength and unbreakable skin.
So what can we look forward to in Luke Cage’s upcoming standalone series?
Mike Colter explains where we find Luke Cage at the beginning of the series — in Harlem, New York City, six months after the finale of Marvel’s Jessica Jones as he rebuilds his life whilst working odd jobs. “He is uptown trying to find work because, as you may know from Marvel’s Jessica Jones, his bar was blown up and he lived above the bar. He doesn’t have a place to work and he’s got to find a new place to live. He finds people that he knew before and he relies on them to give him safe haven. He’s just trying to figure things out and trying to find himself and what I love about it is that he is really trying to let people live their own lives and he doesn’t want to be involved.”
Of course, it is not long before circumstances outside of his control lure him into the fray. “The story is very much about a man who is trying to find his own destiny,” says Jeph Loeb (Executive Producer). “He has abilities. He is living a lie and he has told people that his name is Luke Cage, and there are very few people who know anything about him prior to when he suddenly appears in Harlem. He’s working now at a barber shop, he’s the guy who sweeps the floor and at night, he works at a kitchen in a nightclub. Unfortunately, the world around him is not really interested in what he wants. It is just interested in what it wants. As much as Luke would like to hide the fact that he has incredible strength and is bulletproof, it is not going to be hidden. In fact, the exact opposite is going to happen.”
Join in the action-packed, bulletproof world of Luke Cage as it premieres on Netflix around the world as Luke Cage becomes embroiled in the battle to defend Harlem – from ripping off car doors, punching through walls, getting pelted by bullets, and everything in between – we promise you an adventure you’ll never forget.
Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premieres globally tomorrow, is the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix. The series follows the releases of Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, leading up to the future release of Marvel’s Iron Fist, and ultimately, Marvel’s The Defenders.
Other superhero series to catch
Marvel’s Jessica Jones — Now Streaming
Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen.
Marvel’s Daredevil (season 1 & 2) — Now Streaming
Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen.
Arrow (season 1 – 4) — Now Streaming
Based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, an affluent playboy becomes a vengeful superhero, saving the city from villains armed with just a bow and arrows.
Gotham (season 1 & 2 — Now Streaming
New detective James Gordon and his experienced partner, Harvey Bullock, investigate the murder of the billionaire parents of 12-year-old Bruce Wayne.
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If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwrightOn September 22, 2016 / By Arman Shah
If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwright has a knack for challenging the status quo – whether subconsciously or otherwise – through showcasing diversity in his choice of characters.
Here, the cheerful Australian shares with Arman Shah the excitement and challenges of working on the “All-New Wolverine” comics series – which sees the iconic male protagonist replaced by a strong and empowered female clone – after his appearance at the 2016 Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC).
You’re a playwright as well as a screenwriter. How did you make that transition to being a comic book author?
Well, I was a multi-award winning playwright who had plays across four continents, but I only made about AUD50 because theatre is a lot like crime in that it doesn’t pay. *laughs*
After one of my short plays won “Best Dramatic Writing” during the Short and Sweet festival, Collin Wilson – a big time comic book artist – helped me adapt it into a comic. It was about a briefcase at a train station, and that comic eventually got me a gig writing for Star Wars!
What were some of the challenges you faced writing for a different medium and audience? Were there also interesting similarities?
I think the biggest challenge was just writing for known commodities like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Batman, Superman, Wolverine and Iron Man.
Writing for these household names with a massive following can be intimidating. You have to make sure that you’re a fan too and can deliver what you love and what they love as well.
While there is a massive difference between writing for theatre and writing for comics, the similarity lies in remembering to entertain people; hopefully they continue to watch, read or listen to whatever you’re doing.
Who was your comic book hero growing up? Why did this character have such a profound impact on you?
For me it was Superman. That first movie came out the year I was born, and for as long as I can remember, I believed a man could fly. I basically love superheroes who inspire hope and exist just to make the world a better place, and characters like Superman and Captain America are right up there.
You’re writing the All-New Wolverine series that’s already six issues deep. What was your reaction when you found out you got the gig?
It was great! I was actually working on something else for Marvel, and when they asked if I wanted to write Wolverine instead, I immediately said yes. We actually talked a little bit when they revealed that it was going to be a new Wolverine, and it absolutely made sense to have Laura Kinney continue Logan’s legacy. The reaction from fans have been fantastic, and I’m so glad so many people are loving the new series.
The new Wolverine is a female clone of Logan’s who’s formerly known as X-23. What were some of your considerations when writing the comics to draw in new readers without alienating the older fan base?
Well, you have to make it very accessible. You’ve got to tell a story that grabs people’s attention from the start, while also not being so bogged down by continuity that they have no idea what’s happening. I also wanted a fast-paced action story that was fun as hell and had some good humour.
So, when you first meet Laura, she’s on the streets of Paris and immediately gets shot in the head. You then see a little bit of her past with her dad in a dream sequence before we rush back to the main story. The reader gets something out of it but doesn’t really know everything that’s going on, and that’s how we wanted it. We can then all go on this journey of discovery together.
There’s been a handful of other characters who have been reimagined lately. Iceman has come out as gay, and Iron Man will be a 15-year-old black girl called Riri Williams. What are some of the positive impacts that such diversity brings?
I think it’s a no-brainer that all entertainment media should reflect the actual world that we live in; It’s a really simple thing. I’ve got a TV and comic book series called The Deep which features a multiracial family; there is an asian mother, a black father and their two kids who travel the world in a submarine.
When I created the show with James Brouwer, people were asking why I decided to do that, but I didn’t even think about it; I just did it. We purposely didn’t say where they’re from so that anybody who wants to identify with them can – they’re yours to own.
But what we really need in terms of diversity is more creators; it shouldn’t just be boring old white guys telling these stories. We need everybody from every country and all walks of life to not just appear on the pages but actually tell the stories behind these pages.
You’re working with artist David Lopez on the All-New Wolverine. What’s the collaboration process like? Do you have any say in how the visuals turn out?
Yeah, sort of. He would send me thumbnails and we’d go through them a bit. He designed a lot of the everyday wear and how she looks, and we really wanted her to look powerful and muscular, like she can actually kick someone’s ass. She’s the clone of Wolverine, so she shouldn’t be this tall and thin thing, and I think David nailed it.
You recently attended STGCC. Why is this platform important for comics fans in Singapore in your opinion?
I don’t think it’s important just for fans; it’s important for creators too. A lot of the time, we’re locked away behind our computers, and we forget there’s a big wide world outside where people are actually reading our work.
So, it’s great for fans to be able to meet creators and just have a quick one-on-one conversation and maybe say “Hey, I really like what you’re doing”. It’s nice to hear that because it sorts of re-energises you and reaffirms that someone does like your work and it’s not just you! *laughs*
Do you have any words for fans of your work in Singapore?
I’d just like to say thank you to them because it’s been incredible seeing the numbers they turn up in for my signings. I love all the support I’ve had for everything from The Deep to Wolverine. There are some really hardcore fans here, and it’s so good to see the enthusiasm; it’s been a lot of fun.
After slaying it as a six-time DJ Battle Champion at 16 and emerging first-runner up during the Singapore DMC DJ Championships in 2010, Perk Pietrek (pronounced pie-trek) isOn September 15, 2016 / By Arman Shah
After slaying it as a six-time DJ Battle Champion at 16 and emerging first-runner up during the Singapore DMC DJ Championships in 2010, Perk Pietrek (pronounced pie-trek) is ready to expand his horizons. In this interview, the prodigious DJ from Singapore shares the excitement of releasing his brand new track “Busy Gyal” through Far East Movement’s record label with Arman Shah.
What inspired the name Perk Pietrek as your stage moniker?
It’s a simple idea, really. My real name is Pietrek, so I removed the alternate letters to get Perk. Perk actually used to be my old moniker during my DJ battling days when I was about 15 and 16. I combined both Perk and Pietrek together ever since I decided to establish myself as an artiste instead of just a DJ.
It’s funny because the name confuses people sometimes. Some think that Perk Pietrek consists of two people, and some just have trouble pronouncing it. I love it though! As long it gets people thinking, I think that’s awesome.
How did you get your start in music? What motivated you to become a DJ?
Like most people, I grew up listening to music. I used to be in the school band and played the trumpet as a kid. I even went to get my own saxophone, which I still have at home to this very day. I guess being constantly involved with music at a young age allowed me to use it as a shelter from many things in my life.
I was 13 when I came across the DJ world, and I went into music production at 16 because that felt like the natural progression. Through music, I wanted to be able to influence people in a positive way, inspire like-minded people and, of course, convey my energy and express myself, so it made sense to become a DJ.
You’ve made a commendable mark beyond Singapore with your brand of tropical bass. How has this signature sound of yours evolved over the years?
Thank you! Genuinely speaking, my sound is ever-changing, especially right now. I get inspired by so many different kinds of music, so I love it when I have full creative freedom to experiment with different sounds, get weird and express myself.
With that said, I do pay a lot of attention to drums. Interesting rhythms really get me going, so my sound usually revolves around getting that crisp, African-inspired percussion line. I’m a huge fan of drum corps as well. It gives me a feeling that I can’t describe, so I always try to convey that energy into my records or any of the shows that I’m playing.
What’s your approach to creating a song or record?
I’ve developed this habit of building ideas in my head whenever I’m travelling. It’s not just ideas for a particular song; I also enjoy visualising the artwork and having a story that carries the message behind a song that I’m going to create. It’s like expanding one song into a full package that portrays who I am as an artiste, and that definitely helps when I’m in the studio.
Did you face any challenges while producing your new track, “Busy Gyal”?
I was actually struggling with a creative block, and I went through this phase of just writing songs over and over again until I managed to break through my own barrier. I probably went through twenty different versions before I finally got Busy Gyal, so that was pretty intense.
Once I got the idea in my head, putting the song together happened freakishly quick. That’s just how it goes; some records happen instantaneously, while some might take a while. It really depends on the flow of things and how I’m feeling in the moment.
How did the collaboration with rapper Rocky Rivera on “Busy Gyal” come about, and what was it like working with her?
The first few drafts of the track actually featured tribal vocal samples because I was going for a very unique take on it. I was working on it constantly, but it just didn’t sound good to my ears; I wasn’t 100% satisfied. It felt like there was something lacking to give it an edge.
That was when I hit Rocky Rivera up via email and got her into the picture. I’m actually in awe of her. She’s an accomplished writer with Rolling Stones and a talented hip-hop artist. She’s based in the States, so we had to do everything over the Internet, from sharing ideas to sending snippets to one another. Her lyrics talk about her being unbothered by the way people judge her work ethics, so that really echoed my values as an artist too.
You’ll be releasing “Busy Gyal” via Far East Movement’s record label. How did this arrangement come about?
It all kicked off when Far East Movement hit me up to do a VIP remix of my track “Sleep is Over”. I’ve been sending them all of my new music for them to listen to since then. When I sent “Busy Gyal” over, they made a really quick decision to sign it immediately.
It’s still a little crazy for me to process that my name is now associated with artistes the likes of Far East Movement. This is a major opportunity for me to reach out to a wider audience with the push from their label. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do as an artist – share my work with as many people as possible and hopefully impact them in a positive manner.
What are your plans for the near future? Any gigs lined up?
We’re planning some big production shows locally and internationally, but we’re all still in the midst of discussions. Shows abroad might happen sooner than you’d think, so keep a lookout for the announcement on my social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. We’re probably going to get some merchandise done for the upcoming shows too, so it’s all good.
Any words of advice for those who aspire to be a DJ like you?
We always get caught up in so many things – both positive and negative – but I feel that it’s all about how you adapt to the situation and keep striving to improve yourself. We’re always wishing to be like someone else, but it’s also important to find out who you are and be yourself too. It’s easier said than done, but to be able to do your own thing and have fun is already a blessing, so just embrace the journey and be positive about it.
Listen to and download Perk Pietrek’s new song “Mirage” here.