Holy Pap! Burlesque Nuns!

By Antares There’s a website where you can answer a few questions and determine precisely what your belief system is. I got 100% for Unitarian Universalism, 98% for Neo­Paganism, and only 8% for Roman Catholicism. Gardner and Wife Productions claim they debated the theological correctness of NUNSENSE with prominent Catholics before deciding to Malaysianize and […]

Pulau Antara The Island In Between: A Haunting Experience Indeed

By Antares Five hours after leaving the Citra Istana Budaya auditorium – a grandly named island of culture amidst the woeful disarray of the National Cultural Complex – I am still haunted by PULAU ANTARA THE ISLAND IN BETWEEN. “Did you know Kompleks Budaya was undergoing massive reconstruction when you chose this venue?” I asked […]

An Introduction to Shi Dai Qu

By Jess C. Shi dai qu, which describes the type of Mandarin songs that initially rose into prominence in pre-war Shanghai, were written by combining western music with regional Chinese tunes. These songs had been dubbed by critics as “the bastard son of the music world” and constantly attacked by the intelligentsia. Li Jinhui was […]

Chinese oldies, Made Popular by Dama Orchestra Again

By Jess C. Names like Zhou Xuan, Li XiangIan and Bai Guang were not only famous years back, their songs have transcended time and are now immortal. Made popular in the 1930s to 1960s Shanghai arid later in Hong Kong, these songs are now known as the Chinese golden oldies or in mandarin shi dai […]

FERTILE GROUND – Antares undergoes MenAPause

By Antares Allan Perera and Indi Nadarajah discovered each other through the legendary Instant Café Theatre, of which both were early members. The mirth-provoking chemistry between them is reminiscent of classic comedy double acts like Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Belushi and Akroyd, Cheech and Chong. What’s more, both happen to also be accomplished […]