Here are some of the events, shows and workshops you can check out this weekend.
1. Monty Python's Spamalot
When: July 28 to August 12
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza
Upstart Productions is bringing the Tony Award-winning musical to Manila, starring multi-awarded actor Rachel Alejandro, theater diva Carla Guevara-Laforteza, and stage veteran Lorenz Martinez.
The musical features the story of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. It is based on the film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
It will be shown Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until August 12.
Tickets are at P2,000 (orchestra center), P1,800 (orchestra side), P1,500 (loge), and P1,000 (balcony). Get tickets at TicketWorld through (02) 891-9999 or Upstart through (0917) 811-6156 or [email protected]
2. "Your Highness"
When: July 27 (8 p.m.) and 28 (3 p.m., 8 p.m.)
Where: CCP Little Theater
Eisa Jocson collaborates with Ballet Philippines for the world premiere of her newest production, "Your Highness."
Choreographed by Jocson herself, "Your Highness" will be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September.
Jocson is an internationally renowned artist, creating and touring
works in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at 832-3704, or Ticketworld at 891-9999.
3. Art Battle Manila
When: July 29
Where: Top Shelf at Fully Booked, BGC
Local artists will converge at Art Battle Manila this weekend for a live painting competition.
Painters will be given 20 minutes to create art. While they work, patrons move around the easels to watch the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives, or any non-mechanical implements.
Twelve artists have been selected to join.
4. Smart Parenting Convention
When: July 29
Where: Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall
Featuring at least 12 talks, this year's Smart Parenting Convention highlights different topics, such as pregnancy, babies, preschoolers, and the family. Participants can also shop at more than 70 booths.
For more information, check out www.smartparenting.com.ph.
5. "Wailing Women"
When: July 27 (8 p.m.) and July 30 (6 p.m.)
Where: Pineapple Lab
Ea Torrado, the artistic director of Daloy Dance Company, confronts the inarticulable interior experience of grieving through "Wailing Women."
This dance theater piece embodies the different manifestations of coming to terms with loss — loss of a friend, an idea, a home, identity, a sense of self — through stories of "the crying ladies" and the many wailing widows and mothers found in the crime scenes of the ongoing Philippine war on illegal drugs. "Wailing Women" ponders and embodies unresolved pain and bereavement.
For tickets, contact [email protected] or call 834-5763.
6. "Balitok: Voices from the Mines"
When: July 29 (7 p.m.)
Where: TIU Theater
Featuring youth from various Cordillera communities, "Voices from the Mines" tackles the state of an industry in the region.
The play is organized through the Cordillera Green Network’s Environmental Education Program – Theater Project on environmental issues for indigenous youth in the Philippines and Indonesia.
Admission is free. For further queries, e-mail [email protected], or contact project coordinator Hector Kawig at (0905) 229-7972, or Lily Jamias at (0928) 342-0719.
The TIU Theater is located at Amorsolo St. near Dela Rosa St., Legazpi Village, Makati City.