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1. Rituals of Invasion and Resistance Exhibit

The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum is presenting Norberto Roldan’s works from different periods of his career, “rooted in social, political and cultural commentary surrounding everyday life, history and collective memory.” His installations, be it in their original form or as reconstructions, showcase contemporary art and material culture, negotiating ‘the boundaries of life and art, history and critique.’ The exhibit will last the whole month so you’ll have plenty of time to check this out. Opens Sept 2 to Octo 5, 4:30pm 1F Galleries, UP Vargas Museum, Diliman, Quezon City. Free entrance. Event page

2. PAK! kyusi: Improv Comedy Night 

Cap off the week with laughs and gags without going to distant. PAK! kyusi: Improve Comedy Night – a monthly improv show in Quezon City – will feature performers from different improv groups such as Lipstick Therapy, 6PM Improv, 20/20 Improv and Mind Melt. Sept 2, 8pm. Roots Katipunan, Quezon City. Entrance at P200 with 1 free drink. Event page

3. White Wall | Spoken Word Open Mic 

Feeling poetic as of late? White Wall Poetry – a collective of performance poets aiming to revolutionize and elevate spoken word poetry – will be hosting an open mic event. This free format event encourages anyone to come by and perform their written pieces. Special performances will also grace the event. If you wish to be part of the open mic, make sure to pre-register and send an email to whitewallpoetry@gmail.com. Sept 5, 7:30pm, Dulo MNL, 4992 P. Guanzon St. Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. Free entrance but must pre-register. Event page

4. SENSES | Sounds For The Soul 

Indulge and groove to the sound of soul and jazz. World Extravaganza – an Open Mic Community Music and Arts Organization dedicated to organize events and design programs to promote, advocate, and communicate music and the arts – brings you a night of music in “SENSES, Sounds For The Soul.” Performers include Farewell Fair Weather, One Click Straight, Swallowed By The Whale, Bea Lorenzo, Athalie, and Out of Order. Sept 6, 8pm. Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Entrance at P200. Event page

5. 2017 Korean Film Festival 

Annyeong! The Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines is bringing back its Korean Film Festival to select Philippine cinemas. With the theme, “Boldness of Youth,” the festival will feature five Korean films – My Brilliant Life (2014), The King of Jokgu (2014), Very Ordinary Couple (2013), How to Steal a Dog (2014), and Twenty (2015) – showing young characters and the various challenges they face in their lives. Through these films, viewers can be encouraged if they are in similar circumstances and can let the older audience understand what the young is going through. Sept 7 to Oct 18, SM Megamall (Manila), SM Lanang Premier (Davao), SM City Iloilo (Iloilo), SM City Cebu (Cebu), SM City Clark (Pampanga), and SM City Dasmariñas (Cavite). Free entrance. Event page

6. The ZIG Pen Meet 3

Calligraphy tools brand ZIG Kuretake, in partnership with National Bookstore, will feature 50 creative artists to showcase their expertise through stage demos of live murals, water coloring, illustrating, name writing calligraphy and journaling all in one event. The Zig Pen Meet, already on its third year, promises to deliver tips and tools to kick-start your hobby. Special kits will also be gifted to lucky winners present in the event. Sept 9, 10am. Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong. Free entrance but must pre-register. Event page

7. Exhibit: 100 Days of Secrets by Terence Eduarte 

A portrait for a secret. What does it mean to withhold a secret? Does it hurt to keep? This is Terence Eduarte’s unique and intriguing project to be displayed in his first solo exhibit. Dubbed as “100 Days of Secrets,” Eduarte illustrated 100 strangers in exchange of 100 secrets. It hopes to “become an outlet for people to release thoughts and feelings they normally would not express.” Opens Sept 10 to Oct 10, 3pm. ASPACE GREENBELT, Makati. Event page

8. 38th Manila International Book Fair 

The biggest and longest running book fair in the country is back. Aiming to spread the love for reading among the Filipino public, the fair is set to feature over 100 exhibitors including Adarna House, Inc., Anvil Publishing, Inc., Ateneo University Press, Fully Booked, National Bookstore and more. Visitors will be given access to the largest and most varied collection of printed material. It could be textbooks for members of the academe and novels for book worms. Opens Sept 13 to 17, 10am. SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complez, Pasay City. Entrance fee at P20. Event page

9. The Chainsmokers Live in Manila 

Get ready to party! A major bop is coming your way. American DJ/production duo The Chainsmokers are coming back to wow the Manila crowd as part of their “Memories Do Not Open Asia Tour.” The EDM/Pop duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are behind the hit song, “Closer.” Sept 13, 8pm. SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. Ticket prices range from P1,312 (General Admission) to P6,300 (VIP Floor Standing). Event page

10. Modern Calligraphy Workshop

They say beginnings in calligraphy are always the hardest but with adequate guidance, it becomes easier. This is what The Write Thing PH wants to do at their Modern Calligraphy Workshop. Meet calligraphy buddies and enjoy learning basic stroke techniques and more. Sept 16, 9am. Love Monday Cafe, San Rafael St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Workshop fee is P1,000 but must sign up because seating is limited. Event page

11. Cine Europa Film Festival 2017 

Forget booking that plane ticket. Europe has come to the Philippines. The 20th edition of Cine Europa Film Festival is presenting a wide roster of films in multiple genres from across Europe, including France, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Czech Republic, and Spain. Sept 16 to 26, 12nn. Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. Free admission. Event page 

12. Bandwagon Live: Lucy Rose Manila Cinema Tour 2017 

English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is taking her Worldwide Cinema Tour  to the Philippine stage. Perfroming hit songs such as “Our Eyes,” “Like An Arrow, “Till The End,” and new songs from an upcoming album, her ‘uniquely emotive post-acoustic pop’ will be heard in online music publication Bandwagon’s Live music series. The musician will laso be screening Something’s Changing, a documentary of her experiences in the fan-organised tour in South America which lasted about 8 weeks, playing 33 gigs in total. Sept 16, 7pm. 19 East, Km. 19, East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City. Tickets priced at P1,700 (Standard) and P2,000 (Door). Event page

13. Nam Joo Hyuk Private Stage (Close-Up) in Manila

Oppa alert! Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok Joo lead actor Nam Joo Hyuk is coming to Manila for a fan meet and greet, a response to “the love calls sent by his international fans.” Sweeeg! This will be his first official fan event for his Filipino supporters. The actor is reportedly preparing various activities as the event will deviate from the usual format. Sept 23, 8pm. Kia Theatre, Cubao, Quezon City. Tickets range from P3,710 (Balcony) to P8,480 (VIP + Hi-Touch). Event Page 

14. Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major 

Time to be enlightened. The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), with Freedom from  Debt Coalition and SUGID Productions, will stage a special performance commemorating the 45th Martial Law Anniversary, its heroes and everyone who live in the period. It aims to highlight the atrocities and current impacts of the martial rule such as the continuing consequences of the incurred Marcos debt, the culture of impunity, and a strong disregard for human rights. Sept 26, 8pm. PETA Theater Center, New Manila, Quezon City. Event page

15. How to Write Scripts for Theatre 

Want to write script for a story you want or need to share? Theater enthusiast and Palanca-winning writer Dr. Joem Antonio can teach you the basics of writing plays through his six-hour crash course. Sharing how to come up with a story for a script and how to make your story feasible for the stage are some of the topics that will be elaborated in the session. Sept 30, 10am. U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. Class fee is at P3,500; Minors, students, teachers, homeschooling parents, PWD, and senior citizens with 20% discount. Event page

Featured image grabbed from MIBF and CinemaBravo

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