Thursday, October 12, 2006

Salam Aidilfitri and Happy Deepavali

Jd, Arvind, Dave and the rest of the wild animals here at the SmoovePinch zoo wish our loyal readers and visitors Salam Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin and a very Happy Deepavali.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Light Up One Million Candles

The innocent victims of Internet child abuse cannot speak for themselves. But you can. With your help, we can eradicate this evil trade. We do not need your money. We need you to light a candle of support . We're aiming to light at least One Million Candles by December 31, 2006. This petition will be used to encourage governments, politicians, financial institutions, payment organisations, Internet service providers, technology companies and law enforcement agencies to eradicate the commercial viability of online child abuse. They have the power to work together. You have the power to get them to take action. Please light your candle at www.lightamillioncandles.com or send an email of support to light@lightamillioncandles.com Together, we can destroy the commercial viability of Internet child abuse sites that are destroying the lives of innocent children.

Friday, September 22, 2006

The Remember Series Continues

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Remember Series Collectors Edition Poster. Free Download here Remember: Tin Mine, Rumours & Club Oz in November (Coming Soon) Remember Series: Betelnut & Brannigans. Saturday August 25th (Info) Remember Series: Viva Dance Club. Saturday August 5th (Info) Remember Series: 11LA, Faces and Phase2. Saturday July 15th (Info) Remember: DV8 (1989-2006). Saturday June 3rd (Info) See Your Pictures from the various events: Boom Boom, Heaven & Modesto's Forum (Photo Album) 11LA, Faces & Phase2 (Photo Album) Viva Dance Club (Photo Album) Betelnut & Brannigans (Photo Album) Did our camera's capture you? Did you miss these great parties? See the SmoovePinch Nightlifestyle section for more information on the event nights Press and Media: Click here for the latest press release

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Heineken Thirst Studio 06

After months of anticipation, Heineken Thirst Studio is finally here to rock party-goers in one of the biggest music events of the year. At the top of the KL Tower on 16 September, the hottest dance and rock acts will come together for a night of heart-thumping beats and electrifying grooves. Heineken Thirst Studio presents a stellar lineup of some of the most exciting international and local acts made out of Groove Armada Soundsytem, Futon, H.U.M.P. feat Haze, Heineken Thirst Studio Winner CosmicSpaceMunkys, past Thirst winners Altered Image (2005) and Blink (2004). Be part of this not-to-be-missed event on 16 September at KL Tower. Doors open at 8pm. Admission is RM50 (pre-sale) and RM60 (door-sale). Tickets are available at Tower Records, Rock Corner, Zouk Kuala Lumpur and Laundry Bar at Italiannies, The Curve.
Said Yap Swee Leng, Heineken Marketing Manager, “Heineken Thirst Studio 06 is our biggest and most daring Thirst yet. With huge dance and rock acts like Groove Armada Soundsystem and Futon coming together, supported by fantastic local talent like Haze, CosmicSpaceMunkys, Blink and Altered Image, Heineken Thirst Studio 06 is definitely an event not to be missed.” View Pictures of Heineken Thirst Studio 2006 Here.
Headlining international dance act Groove Armada Soundsystem is one of the most exciting British dance acts of recent years. They gave the dance scene some of its biggest hits, including anthems like “I See You Baby” and “Superstylin’”. Groove Armada have come a long way since then. The group, made out of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, recently completed a remix track for Madonna and has been busy in the studio working on their new album. Malaysian fans will receive a sneak preview of some of the tracks from their upcoming new album. Groove Armada Soundsystem are definitely going to give KL-ites a night to remember. Headlining international rock band Futon have been described in the press as “…dirty punk underwear under electro trousers: a world class act” and “...like ice cream: nice”. This Bangkok based band is made out of an eclectic assortment of characters. There is Momoko the Japanese sword fighting champion, the glamorous and gorgeous Thai lead singer Gene, Bee the Japanese teenage boy band member turned guitarist, David the UK producer who’s worked with All Saints and The Cardigans, Simon the ex-drummer for Suede and Oh, bass player and well known Thai actress. Together, Futon is a band that defies definition and confronts the South East Asian pop stereotype with reckless abandon. Headlining local act is H.U.M.P. (HazeUniversityMusiqPeople). Described as big room electronic music at its finest, a stellar collective of musicians led by founder Haze (H.U.M.) will come together on stage at Heineken Thirst Studio. The line-up of artistes include Haze (H.U.M.) – Musical Director/Synth/Vocals, DJ Gabriel (UDG) – Decks/Effects, Transient Vortex – Computers/Synths/Vocals, B4C – Computers/Synths/Vocals, Jamie Wilson - Guitars, Steve Thornton - Percussion and Altered Image - Visuals. Heineken Thirst Studio 06 Winner CosmicSpaceMunkys also promise to put on a performance to remember. As part of the grand prize for winning Heineken Thirst Studio, CosmicSpaceMunkys flew to UK recently to work with renowned international producer Paul Epworth. Epworth has worked with acts like Bloc Party, Goldfrapp and Maximo Park to name a few. Together, Epworth and CosmicSpaceMunkys created some amazing new tracks, set to debut at Heineken Thirst Studio on September 16. Heineken Thirst Studio 06 doesn’t end at KL Tower. Event attendees will have access to the exclusive Heineken Thirst Studio After-Party with Heineken Thirst Global Winner 2005, DJ Ronin at Zouk, Kuala Lumpur. Thirst Studio ticket holders can party on at Zouk from 1am onwards (17 September 06), immediately after Heineken Thirst Studio 06 at KL Tower. Don’t miss out on one of KL’s biggest outdoor music events of the year! Admission tickets are priced at RM50 (pre-sale)/RM60 (door sale). Tickets are available at all Tower Records and Rock Corner outlets, Zouk KL and Laundry Bar at Italiannies, The Curve. In conjunction with Heineken Thirst Studio 06 and the launch of the “Flying Fox”, AJ Hackett Kuala Lumpur will be offering “Flying Fox” and “G Force-X” special discounts for Heineken Thirst Studio 06 attendees only. This one day only special rate is RM20.00 for the “Flying Fox” and RM50.00 for the “G Force-X” The launch of the “Flying Fox” takes place on the day of Heineken Thirst Studio 06: Saturday, September 16th, 2006 at 4.00pm. It will be officiated by the world famous founder of the bungy jump, A.J. Hackett himself. For a chance to win tickets and for more information on Heineken Thirst Studio 06, log on to http://www.heinekenmusic.com.my/. Launch the Heineken Thirst Studio 06 site (Member content only, please login to view detail. Non-members, please register) Full terms and conditions for participation are published on the Heineken Thirst Studio site.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Speed Zone Tour 2006

The much looked forward to Speed Zone Tour 2006 is finally here! Partygoers can now look forward to some excellent music in an amazing setting, as the event will be held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Grandstand Tower – the first time ever an event is being held within the grounds of a Grand Prix circuit during race season. Held to celebrate the thrill of the 2006 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Speed Zone is organised proudly by Protein Events, in conjunction with SIC. The heat is set to burn come September 9, 2006 at the grounds of the circuit, as five international DJ’s spin off the event of the season. Our very own DJ Joey G will get the party started, and up and coming German trance duo Blank & Jones take over soon after. Gabriel & Dresden, who recently released a remix of Gustavo Santalaoralla's "Wings", the theme song of Brokeback Mountain, take the deck next. Both duos are coming to our shores for the very first time, while Gabriel & Dresden, regarded now as the haute couture of club cultures, are making an exclusive pit stop at Speed Zone as part of their World Tour to promote their new self-titled album. Italian-born Misstress Barbara is up immediately after, set to display her hard edge techno style of spinning right till the end of the party. The organiser, Protein Events, has previously brought to the local club scene international names like ATB, DJ Montana, DJ Brent Burns and DJ Tall Paul. This season’s event is yet another opportunity to bring the best of the club culture in celebration of motorsports in Malaysia. 2,000 clubbers will party for free at the Speed Zone Tour 2006 once registered on http://www.speedzonetour.com/ beginning 7 August 2006. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the door for RM20, which includes one standard drink. The parties are open to partygoers 18 and above only, and all tickets collections and purchases are dependant on display of a valid photo ID.
The Speed Zone Tour 2006 is the official Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix party, and as such is providing as many Malaysians as possible the opportunity to experience the fever of Speed Zone – befitting its status as the ONLY Grand Prix party of the season. For more information on the Speed Zone Tour 2006, please call 03-2072 9443 View pictures from the Speed Zone Tour here

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Terry Fox Run 2006

This year's Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research will take place at the Lake Gardens on 17 September 2006, starting at 9am. The beneficiary will be Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation ("CARIF" www.carif.com.my) Information about CARIF, the run, the route and the amenities and activities for children on the day of the run can be found at www.terryfoxrunkl.org Cash donations will be gratefully received; as will donations in the form of the purchase a T-shirt. T-shirt may be purchased from any San Francisco Coffee Outlet in Kuala Lumpur. The organisers want this event to be a firm statement by everyone living in Malaysia, from all walks of life, that they each accept a responsibility to find a cure for cancer, and will take active steps to support the quest to find a cure. We hope that you will promote this event amongst your family and friends to promote the idea that if we all pull together, we can and we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Knowledgedownloads.com launch party

WWF Malaysia’s Art for Nature 2006

Feed Me! An Exploration of Appetites. Food is one of the most important aspects of Malaysian life. Whether we eat in stalls, hotels, at home or in coffee shops, food brings people together and keeps them together. Similarly, the act of feeding and hosting others reveal the character of our affections and ambitions. This year’s Art for Nature, Feed Me! An Exploration of Appetites, is an exploration of physical, emotional and even spiritual hungers, and our need to assuage them. On a deeper level the theme of this exhibition forces us to recall how uncontrolled appetites have led to tremendous destruction of natural resources and the oppression of peoples. Under the guise of development and modernisation, we have inflicted irreversible ecological damage to the forests, oceans and hills that surround and support us. Why has our hunger been allowed to run unchecked? A total of 31 artists will be participating in Art for Nature 2006. Expect to see works by established artists like Abdul Multhalib Musa, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Yusof Majid and many others. Proceeds from the sale of artworks will be channelled towards WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to safeguard Malaysia abundant and unique natural heritage. The event will be held at Rimbun Dahan, the home of Angela and Hijjas Kasturi, Kilometer 27, Jalan Kuang, 48050 Kuang and is open to public from September 10th until September 24th 2006, from 10am to 5pm. There will be an art talk on September 17th at Rimbun Dahan starting at 3pm. Seats to the art talk are limited. Please RSVP to confirm your participation. For more information please call Ms Sujatha Krishnan / Mr River Foo at 03-7803 3772 or log on to wwfmalaysia.org. Art for Nature 2006 is sponsored by Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn. For further information: Ms Sujatha Krishnan Mr River Foo Tel: 03-7803 3772 (6304) Tel: 03-7803 3772 (6314) Email: skrishnan at wwf.org.my Email: rfoo at wwf.org.my

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Invite: OGGI Turns 5 at The Regent Hotel KL

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Rock4Hope Charity Concert

Rock4Hope is a charity concert organized to raise funds for the surgery of 20-year-old 2005 Dream Malaysia Awards winner, Yvonne Foong, to remove a tumor in the brain. The Mass Communication student of Life College was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2, a rare and incurable genetic disorder which causes tumors to grow in her brain, spine and along peripheral nerves. Three major surgeries have passed since the diagnosis four years ago, but many tumors in Yvonne's body still needs to be removed. The tumors damage random nerves as they grow. Yvonne, who spends her time studying and writing freelance articles for local dailies, is currently in need of funds to remove a brain tumor called Acoustic Neuroma that had made her deaf in both ears. The avid classical singer and pianist she once was, is now living in a world of silence. You can make a difference to the life of this plucky young adult, by giving her the hope of hearing again. Besides removing the tumor, the amount raised will be used to purchase an Auditory Brainstem Implant, the only hearing aid in the world suitable for her condition due to the adsence of hearing nerves to the brain. Yvonne invites you the concert that gives her the hope of a better quality of life Performing Artists: Deja Voodoo Spells and A Day At The Zoo Venue: Sunway University College, Multi-Purpose Hall Date: 9th September 2006 Time: 7:30pm onwards Ticket Price: RM20 only. Tickets are now on sale at the following locations: Fantasia Music Studio 32-B, Jln 20/16A, Paramount Garden, Section 20, 46300 PJ. Tel: 03-78738991 Jaq’s and Jan’s (next to Victoria Station or Jake’s Charbroil steak house) very near Bangsar Shopping Center. Attributes No. 8 Jln SS 13/6, 47500 Subang Jaya. Canaanland (PJ Branch) F14, (First Floor), Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya. Tel : 03 - 77260461 Canaanland (KL Branch) 8th Floor, Menara TA One, 22, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur (Opposite Petronas Twin Towers/KLCC). Tel :03 21662601/2 Canaanland (Damansara Perdana branch) Unit 2-15, Perdana The Place, No. 1, Jln PJU 8/5D, Bandar Damasara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-77264233 AYA 2nd Floor No. 34B, Jalan SS 15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor (Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm). Tel: 03-56378737

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Summertime Superjam 2006 with Channel [V], Pulau Besar Melaka

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"Malaysia's First Annual Music & Beach Festival" Pulau Besar . Melaka . 2 & 3 September . 2006 Official Event Website: www.nocturnalzone.com/summertime/
Tickets Details
Pre-Sale: RM 80
- includes event entry, island transfer and 2 free drinks, plus while stocks last, Door Gift Pack and Welcome Drink.
VIP Packages
- includes 5 hours of free flow, Summertime DVD, Entry to the VIP Marquee, Accommodation, Ferry Island Boat & Land Transfer and all meals.
- each package is for 2 persons and varies with the accommodation choice between
a) Hill Chalet VIP Package : RM 1,399
b) Beach Chalet VIP Package : RM 1,799
Ferry Time Slots:
As it is an island event, ferries to the event will run on a strict schedule. Selection of Ferry Departure Times are made with purchase of tickets, so please get your tickets early to ensure that you will be able to get the departure time of your choice.
Bottle Prices:
The price of all bottles is set at RM250. This includes Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila and Champagne
**other drinks as well as beer, alco-pop and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.
Limited Tickets on Sale at Tower Records, get yours before it's all supergone!
Tower Records Outlets with tickets to Summertime SuperJam with Channel [V]:
Mid Valley . One Utama . KLCC . Hartamas Shopping Centre . Lot 10 . Plaza Gurney, Penang (RM3 per ticket handling fee shall apply)
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The 5 most creative answers will win 2 x RM80 tickets each. Answers can be found on the official Summertime SuperJam with Channel [V] website. Closing date is on August 25th. Winners will be notified on August 28th. Click here for answers to your numerous curious questions about the event. Email (summertime at nocturnalzone dot com) to receive updates on the event.
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WOMAD Singapore

WOMAD Singapore is back! An inspiring mix of the ancient and modern where centuries-old traditional music sits side-by-side with the latest global sounds. Experience Singapore's definitive music festival as 16 artists groups from 5 continents bring to you the best that music has to offer. “It's not about superstars. It's not about marketing or the music videos. The music that WOMAD champions is real.” - MTVAsia.com Featuring JIMMY CLIFF JAMAICA \BUKKY LEO & BLACK EGYPT NIGERIA • CHICO CESAR BRAZIL • DULSORI KOREAGUO YUE CHINA • MUSAFIR GYPSIES OF RAJASTHAN INDIA • RADIO MUNDIAL PUERTO RICO SAM TSHABALALA SOUTH AFRICA • SOUL JAZZ SOUNDSYSTEM UNITED KINGDOM T-BONE THAILAND • SUSANA BACA PERUASSOCIATION OF CAPOEIRA ARGOLA DE OURO (S) SINGAPORE MOVIDA DJs ADRIAN WEE & MARVIN KAM SINGAPORE • RISENGA MAKONDO SOUTH AFRICA STEVIE GOLDSMITH AUSTRALIA • KNG MIAN TZE & DAHLIA OSMAN SINGAPORE Click here for the WOMAD Singapore Asian Short Films Showcase Information Tickets: SISTIC Hotline: (65) 6348 5555 Website: www.sistic.com.sg

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Malaysian DJ Battle Championship

The main objective is to promote the “Art of Turntablism” and to encourage more DJs to step in to the field of producing & writing music. Malaysian DJ BATTLE Championship is created for the Bedroom and Amateur DJs to expose their music dreams via experiencing of live performance; especially for those who are not involved in the club scene. Our research indicates that many of the bedroom DJs and hidden talents are shy to perform. therefore this will be the chance for them. The contestants: Open for Bedroom & Amateur DJs. (Those who have won a title in any DJ championship will be considered later) Qualification: Open for those battle DJs who are NOT afraid to lose! www.the-bionic.com

Friday, July 28, 2006

INXS Switched On World Tour ‘Live’ in Malaysia

The INXS Switched On World Tour ‘Live’ in Kuala Lumpur concert, exclusively presented by Celcom. 18th August. 8.30pm, Stadium Merdeka This marks the band’s first trip to Malaysia with original members Andrew Farriss (keyboards, guitar), Tim Farriss (guitar), Jon Farris (drums), Garry Beers (bass) and Kirk Pengilly (guitars/sax, vocals). INXS were responsible for hits like Suicide Blonde, Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Devil Inside and New Sensation lead singer Michael Hutchence. They suffered a cruel blow with the death of Michael in 1997. Last year, the band made a comeback with the reality TV show, Rock Star: INXS, where they conducted an international search for a new lead singer. Canadian JD Fortune beat thousands of other hopefuls and went on to record his first album with INXS, Switch. Shortly after completing the record, INXS and JD Fortune went on tour to promote Switch with their INXS Switched On World Tour that started in their home country. After successfully touring the United States, INXS is heading for Malaysia to remind fans here why the band has lasted almost two decades. INXS will play a two-hour show, showcasing a selection of their old hits and new tracks from Switch, the band’s first full-length studio album since 1997’s Elegantly Wasted. KL Hilton, playing host to the band, is also on the right track in promoting arts and the entertainment scene. The INXS Switched On World Tour ‘Live’ In Kuala Lumpur is also organised by Galaxy Productions. Tickets range from RM62 (free seating) to RM382 (free standing in front of stage), and are available from Galaxy Group. For details, call 03–22822020 or log on to www.galaxy.com.my Seating Plans :: Ticket Outlets :: Axcess

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Force of Nature: Yogyakarta Quake Aid 2006

On Saturday, May 27 2006, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the province of Yogyakarta on the Java Island of Indonesia. With over 35,000 people injured and over 300,000 homes destroyed, the estimated cost of rebuilding has been put at RM 2 Billion. Early media attention ensured that Malaysians responded well over the first few days of the tragedy. However, good as that initial response was, there still remains much to do. To help the people of Yogyakarta fully recover from this natural disaster and achieve prosperity and independence once again, The Force of Nature Aid Foundation (FON) has developed a compelling event to unite in support of them through the FON – Yogyakarta Quake Aid 2006. The event will feature 3 stages offering some of the best of Malaysian and Indonesian entertainment, a variety of carnival attractions and an exclusive V.I.P. Lounge The Main Ticket stage will feature live popular music artists and bands including Kris Dayanti, Melly Goslow, Ning, Sheila Majid, Dayang Nurfaizah, Pop Shuvit, LO, Disagree, Padi, Anuar Zain and more. A DJ pavilion to excite the youth and dance music enthusiasts featuring the likes of DJ Gabriel, The Works, Stylustiks, DJ Winky, DJ Romi, internationally acclaimed DJ Cheapshot and more. A Comedy Theatre stage adds laughter with stand-up comedy by the big names of the Malaysian comedy scene including Instant Café, Harith Iskandar, Scenario, Afdlin Shauki, Jit Murad and more. A day-long Family Carnival to attract every level of society with fun and games from paintball, foosball to PlayStation 2 booths and giant bouncing castles, even a hot-air balloon! As Malaysians, we love our food so there will be plenty of that! Details: Saturday, 19 August 2006 Bukit Kiara Equestrian Golf and Country Club (Polo field) Carnival, Music and Comedy Festival start from 5.00pm till Late. Note: For corporations wishing to participate in sponsorship for this event, please contact us via email directly at 'smoovepinch at ascension dot com dot my' for us to send you the sponsorship kit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Puteri Gunung Ledang, The Musical

The spectacular show returns on 6th to 21st August at Istana Budaya. See pictures here For ticket prices, bookings and purchases (while stocks last), click here or here or available at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur Box Office: 03-40265558 (Because if you missed it last time, you should not make the same mistake of buying tickets last minute and missing out on getting what everyone who went last time wants to go see again.. seriously) Click here to read our past information on PGL The Musical.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Little Penang Street Market

The Little Penang Street Market will bring together 60 vendors selling made-in-Malaysia handicrafts, antiques & collectibles, and heritage food. At the same time, 12 celebrities and musicians such as Joanne Kam Poh Poh, Syafinaz Selamat, Norleena Salim, Rozz and the Rozzells are performing for Little Penang in support of Penang’s arts, crafts and creative diversity. The event offers free live music to the public to attract the crowds. The organisers urge the public to ‘Think Global, Buy Local’ and flock to the Sunday market to shop at Little Penang. Every cent spent here will encourage local crafts people to continue and improve what they are doing, as the organisers do not take any of the proceeds. Little Penang will showcase both traditional trades and contemporary crafts. The organisers are pursuing a long-term project to support traditional trades by helping them to ‘contemporize’. This may mean modifying some aspects of the trade, improving the packaging, finding a distributor or using the internet to reach a wider market. Social and charity groups such as Asian Community Service, St. Nicholas, Cheshire Home, Charis Hospice, Penang Prison, Eden Handicapped Centre and Asrama Putri are also taking part to sell their handicrafts. Little Penang also has a project to matchmake designers with charities to help the latter upgrade their handicrafts design and make them more marketable. A major thrust of Little Penang is to showcase designer crafts by Penang-based producers who have developed an international following. For example, glass artist Fuan Wong produces fused glass objects which are promoted by international galleries, including Asia Society in New York. Artist Rebecca Ducket-Wilkinson has evolved a distinctive tropical imagery in her paintings, clothes, crafts and book. Conservation expert Tan Yeow Wooi creates unique miniature Zen landscapes and Chinese-style lamp boxes. Jonathan Yun makes exquisite jewellery inspired by natural and coral forms. Architects and potters Thim and Jane of Claycraft are known for their earthy ceramics and have won awards for their lifestyle products. These designers are among those showing the way for Penang crafts in a global market. In support of the Penang crafts community, these leading designers have also volunteered to be advisors in Penang’s community crafts and traditional trade projects. The Little Penang Street Market will be held on the last Sunday of every month at Upper Penang Road, starting 30 July, when the launch will take place at 11am. The market will be open from 10am to 8pm. The initiative is spearheaded by the Institute for Cultural Enterprise and Lestari Heritage Network, and supported by Tourism Penang, The Garage and the Upper Penang Road Promotional Society. Organised as a community project, Little Penang is endorsed by Tourism Penang and has attracted sponsorship from many local business and individual well-wishers. The organisers are now seeking funding for the future monthly markets and also financial support for the longer-term community crafts and traditional trade projects. Joanne Kam Po Po, diva comedian extraordinaire, holds court in Boom Boom Room Caberet, and acts in Instant Café and KL theatre productions. She is a familiar face in television sitcoms such as Kopi Tiam, Spanar Jaya, and ‘Ah Girl’ and has co-hosted Lonely Planet’s ‘Six Degrees’. Her acid tongue humour and outrageous outfits has made her Malaysia’s leading female stand-up comic. Norleena Salim, singer, actor, comedian and show host, has won awards for Best Comedy Actress in Asian Television Awards for her roles in Under One Roof, and the Odd Squad on Singapore television. She is now based in Australia, where she continues to sing in live concerts and presents three daily programmes on music radio. Syafinaz Selamat, KL celebrity and judge in Malaysian television’s ‘One in A Million’, is vocal master and soloist with the National Choir of Malaysia, and music lecturer at UiTM and the National Arts Academy. After winning the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 1999, she made two albums with EMI, ‘Ingin Bersamamu’ 1999 and ‘Syyh Syafinaz’, 2001. The Rozells is a duo formed by James Rozells and Kathleen Rodrigues, who represent Penang’s Eurasian music heritage. For years, they ran The Rozells Country & Western and Oldies Pub, a favourite watering hole among both Penangites and tourists. Today, they are the foremost promoters of the Penang’s great composers such as Tan Sri-P. Ramlee, Jimmy Boyle and Ahmad Merican, the fathers of modern Malaysian music. Simon and Joni are two very talented young musicians. They are studying in Penang, and represent a growing pool of gifted and determined young performers. Simon will sing and play the acoustic guitar unplugged; Joni will sing. Christopher Estrop is the grandson of Larry Rodrigues and the son of Kathleen Rodrigues, so is very much part of the long musical heritage of Penang. He is a fine guitarist but today he is demonstrating his versatility by playing the keyboard and singing. Tanjung Jammers are a threesome who play for fun. Guitarist Johan is a retired USM Professor, bassist Rohan well-known in Penang circles and James is Scottish but has been in Penang for longer than he can remember. As well as enjoying their music, they also inject it with a little bit of social comment. Mary Carlos was already singing in public some thirty years ago, but took time out to raise her family and become Mrs Malaysia one year not so long ago. She has recently returned to sing on the club and hotel circuit. She will be accompanied by Michael Kay, a graduate from Berkeley, an extremely proficient musician in his own right and now working hard with others to secure the future of music in Penang. The Young Jazz Quartet are the youngest of our musicians today. They range in age from 11 to 14, so they really do represent the younger generation. Despite their age, they are already veteran public performers, having performed for example at the last Penang International Jazz Festival. (Don’t forget to go this year). Antonio and the Mixx is lead by the former lead singer of Sweet September. Rozz sings jazz with the The Jazz Trio at the Bagan in Penang. Devoted to the study of music and theatre, he was trained in the US by renowned vocal coaches and has acted in off-Broadway productions in New York.
‘Support Penang Arts, Crafts & Music… be a part of Little Penang’.
Website: www.lestariheritage.net/littlepenang email: littlepenang at lestariheritage.net

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wangi Jadi Saksi - The untold story of Hang Jebat

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Catch the highly anticipated "Wangi Jadi Saksi - The Untold Story of Hang Jebat" To read more and win tickets to the Opening Night, write your details in the comments section at this link in our "and Action" Section. 27th July-6th August. Auditorium Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Tickets: RM 35/55/75/100. Wangi Jadi Saksi website Axcess Tickets website

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Pussycat Dolls in Malaysia

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POP music’s hottest ‘feline’ group The Pussycat Dolls are coming to town. Sexy sirens Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, Kimberly Watt and Ashley Roberts, will perform at Sunway Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, at 8pm on July 26. It’s gonna be a wet and wild night for fans as the babes will strut their stuff to hit songs like Don’t Cha, Stickwitu, Buttons, Sway and Beep. Show promoter, Absolute Entertainment Sdn Bhd, told The Malay Mail that tickets will be priced at RM200, RM100 and RM70. Pre-sale tickets will be available at six Pussycat booths at Hotlink Germany 06 Grand Finale Carnival in Jalan Bukit Bintang on 9th July. Starting out as a burlesque dance revue, The Pussycat Dolls was founded by choreographer Robin Antin and actress Christina Applegate in 1995. They first appeared in Asia in 2004 to open the MTV Asia Awards in Singapore. Yup.. we thot we thaw a putty tat.. a few putty tats.. ooooh.. For ticket details, call 03-6201-8368 or 03-91739066.
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Download Official Poster here as published in Malay Mail.

Run the Roasters Chicken Run for Charity

Come join Kenny Rogers Roasters this Sunday 23 July 2006, 7.00am at Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Resort, for their second Roasters Chicken Run, a family fun run which will benefit Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit Pediatrik (Onkologi), a fund for the research and treatment for children with cancer. You can also take part in the exciting games and activities at the ROASTERS Family Carnival in which proceeds received will go towards the fund. Participation forms can be downloaded at www.krr.com.my or walk into any Kenny Rogers Roasters outlet to pick one up. For enquiries, call 03-2142 2266.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Maju Junction Merdeka Challenge 2006

The Maju Junction Merdeka Challenge is back. Bigger, bolder and more exciting with cash prizes of up to RM10,000. This year’s challenge consists of three stages. The first stage is the walk-a-hunt challenge where contestants will have to walk along a 3km route near Maju Junction to complete tasks. The second stage starts once they reach the finish line, and consists of three physical challenges. The third stage gets a bit gruesome with snakes and mice and maggots, much like fear factor.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Free Invitation to Astro Amplified Concert event

Amplified Concert!!! Catch Amplified Season 2 Concert By Hitz.tv at Studio 9 ASTRO (Studio Ali Bawal, PJ). 14th June 2006 - 20:00pm - LO 15th June 2006 - 20:00pm - Deja Voodoo Spells 16th June 2006 - 20:00pm – Burn (AF1), Marsha, Amy & Amelia (AF3), Dina & Nikki (MI) 17th June 2006 - 20:00pm - OAG 18th June 2006 - 20:00pm - Ruffedge * Strictly for Audience age 13 and above only * Smart & Casual dress code. No slippers at all. *Should be there 1 hour before show start as the gate will close at 8pm sharp. First Come First Serve.... Cheers! For Registration Email To: rsvp at ascension dot com dot my by 6pm daily with your complete details of you and your friends coming with you as below. Full Name: Email Address: Mobile Number: IC Number: Event Date(s) I want to attend: Limited To Only the first 40 persons for each event night. You can attend multiple events. Confirmation will be via SMS on event day. Please note the map of the Studio Location in PJ as below.

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Coldplay in Singapore

The inaugural MTV Centrestage Singapore, a celebration of live music, is set to rock the nation on 10th of July at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with music icons Coldplay. Staged by Live Nation and MTV Centrestage, COLDPLAY TWISTED LOGIC TOUR 2006 will be presented by Nokia Nseries and supported by Singapore Tourism Board. Coldplay, one of the most awarded bands in the world with 4 Grammies, 4 Brits, 9 MTV Awards and countless others under their belt, will be performing at this one-night only concert, the only Southeast Asia stop in their 2006 tour. The vanguard of new wave British rock, Coldplay stands as one of the five biggest bands in the world. Coldplay are Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Chris Martin (vocals, guitar, keyboards). Formed in London in 1998, the band signed to Parlophone the following year. Coldplay’s first two albums, Parachutes (2000) and A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002), have sold over 16 million copies worldwide. X&Y, their most recent album released last year, was recorded in the UK and was produced by Danton Supple (Morrissey, Elbow), Ken Nelson (Badly Drawn Boy, Kings of Convenience) and the band. “Since the initial announcement of the four-year MTV Networks Asia-STB strategic alliance in February this year, there has been much media and public anticipation of the series of 17 events slated for Singapore between 2006 and 2009. Hence, we are very pleased to welcome the annual MTV Centrestage to its permanent home here in Singapore. MTV’s top-rate events will enhance Singapore’s position as a vibrant lifestyle destination that offers world-class entertainment and an exciting schedule of international events, thereby boosting our efforts to become the Entertainment Capital of Asia,” said Mr Oliver Chong, Director, Cluster Development (Events & Entertainment), Singapore Tourism Board. Nokia lends its support to MTV Centrestage as the Presenting Sponsor in Singapore, having previously collaborated with MTV and STB for MTV Fashionably Loud in March this year. “Nokia delights in bringing people together through music - it is a natural extension to our vision of Connecting People," said Chris Carr, General Manager of Nokia Singapore. "Nokia has blazed a trail for music on mobiles - from personalized ringing tones to integrated FM radios and MP3 support. We are particularly excited about the newly launched full-featured, music-optimized Nokia N91 mobile jukebox, which features 4GB of music storage." Tickets for this showcase are on sale at all SISTIC outlets from 19 May 2006. Ticket prices are at SGD$168, SGD$148, SGD$118 and SGD$68. For more information on ticket sales, please visit www.sistic.com.sg As part of the lead up to the July 10th concert, MTV channels throughout Asia will offer their viewers unique opportunities to experience MTV Centrestage including: • One viewer each from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will also have a chance to catch Coldplay live in Singapore at MTV Centrestage. An online contest where viewers prove that they are the biggest Coldplay fan will be run on www.mtvasia.com from 26 May to 30 June 2006. A trip to MTV Centrestage Singapore including VIP seats at the concert and a new Nokia N91 mobile jukebox phone awaits the winner from each country. • MTV will air three exclusive Coldplay programming specials across its channels in Asia prior to the showcase in Singapore. All Eyes on Coldplay – a half hour special where leading artists ask the band about their albums and tours; MTV Live – Coldplay – an intimate concert taped at a church in East London which premiered exclusively across MTV channels worldwide the night before the launch of X&Y last year; and a 30-minute music special showcasing Coldplay’s hits. Coldplay has been a part of many recent MTV events including the 2005 Europe Music Awards in Lisbon and the 2005 Video Music Awards in Miami. For more information on Coldplay, please visit www.coldplay.com

Conlay Club Magic Awards 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak

The Rainforest World Music Festival has just won the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) gold award 2006 in the Heritage and Culture category. PATA, the leading US-based travel industry, will be officially presenting 31 gold awards at the 55th annual conference in Pattaya, Thailand from 23rd – 27th April this year. And the festival comes to Kuching, Sarawak again from July 7th – 9th this year. Reputed for its very eclectic mix of bands each year, the festival will bring another seventeen bands to its two stages. The bands come from as many different corners of the globe and just as many different roots, folk and fusion sounds – all of them having a strong personalized ethnic identity that the festival hunts for each year. This year, there will be bands from South America, Korea, France, Mali, Austria, Canada, Turkey, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar , as well as Malaysian bands from Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, who has been the host and creator of the festival since 1998. The festival stands as one of the success stories of Sarawak. It has attracted audience from near and far, the old and young - every year, the numbers have been growing. It is endorsed by the Sarawak Tourism Board and supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Malaysia Airlines has also shown massive support for all the years of the festival by being Official Airlines as almost a hundred musicians are flown in each year. fROOTS, the global world music magazine that is based in the UK, is also, for the second year running, supporting the festival as Media Sponsor. The 3-day festival that goes from a Friday to a Sunday, has two components – workshops or mini-shows during the afternoons and evening shows under the stars in a lush rainforest atmosphere. Music expected at the festival will range from the very spiritual, very traditional roots, to the more world beat bands. The wealth of traditional and exotic instruments being portrayed will also be one of the attractions of the festival. All the daytime and nighttime activities will take place at the Sarawak Cultural Village in the Damai Peninsular, about 45 minutes drive out of Kuching. One day tickets are available at RM60 each. Children aged between 3 – 12 can get a one day ticket for RM30. Tickets will be available at all Visitor Information Centres in Kuching, Miri and Sibu. Check the RWMF website www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com for more information for packages, hotel bookings, the bands, and more. This will be a complete atmospheric and musical experience. It will also be a culinary one as a wide variety of food and drinks will also be available at the festival grounds. Look out for RWMF merchandise as well as CDs that the bands will bring in. The countdown has begun for yet another colourful and hopefully, memorable, Rainforest World Music Festival.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Japan GT 2006

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CHARITY SALE IN AID OF THE INDONESIAN EARTH QUAKE VICTIMS SIC and GT Association will be selling items contributed by the Super GT 2006 teams. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the victims of the recent earth quake in Jogjakarta, Indonesia thru Mercy Malaysia. These items can be purchased at the SIC Road Show situated at the Mall Area of Sepang Circuit on 24 & 24 June 2006 from 9.00am-6.00pm. Price of the items are as follows : i) T-Shirt RM 150.00 each ii) Polo T-Shirt RM 200.00 each iii) Caps RM 150.00 each iv) Used racing gloves RM 350.00 per pair v) Miscellaneous RM 20 – RM 100 per unit In addition, racing fans can also purchase special edition SIC caps autographed by the GT Babes (Aki Oguchi, Kaoru Sumiya & Hisami Asakura) for RM 50.00 each. Only cash payment is accepted. For further information please call Fyreen (PR Sepang Circuit) at 013-4156115 or email fyreen@malaysiangp.com.my)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

World Cup at Heritage Row

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Heritage Row comes alive with parties and most of their outlets opened til late with Drinks, Music, Nasi Lemaks, Gifts, value Beer Promotions, Teh Tariks and Screens to get punters all excited to catch the World Cup in all it's glory everyday and night. Outlets like BarBlonde, SaVanh, Wine Room, Loft and Kristao are running extensive promotions, so do call them up for details/reservations and give it a check.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Piccadilly Reunion and Revival Grand Showcase'

By Invitation Only by Registration

Following the success of the Piccadilly Reunion attended by 2000 over people, we are glad to announce the forthcoming Piccadilly Reunion Series, the first one to commence this coming Saturday, 13th May, 2006 at the same venue. Details are as follows:- Date : Saturday, 13th May, 2006 Venue : Grand Modesto's Jalan P. Ramlee Off Jalan Sultan Ismail 50450 Kuala Lumpur Time : From 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. This is open to ALL ex-Piccadillians, whether you were present at last Saturday's Piccadilly Reunion or not, we hope to see you all there!!! Admission is Free, no Cover Charge; just sign in and enjoy!!!
Also, 'Piccadilly Revival Grand Showcase' featuring Zainalabidin, Pija & Deja Moss 9th June 2006 The Orange 9pm – late! With a Showcase of 4 Stars performing less than 50 metres from anywhere you are sitting/standing! Rm 50 per person ticket or Rm60 for two persons ticket entry. Piccadilly Official Website http://www.piccadilly.com.my/ for latest updates Piccadilly Fanatics Forum http://piccad.two3cats.biz/ Piccadilly Fanatics E-group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/piccadilly Tell Everyone!! Official Media Partner: www.SmoovePinch.net.ms Official RadioStation: Mix.FM

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Nivea Rejunate Challenge

Hey you! This game was MADE for you! You can actually win RM50K Grand Prize – or if you win in each round, you get RM5K. Not bad, I must say… I joined too – and I don’t know the first thing about football, haha! You can register as many times as you like but each time with a different email address. Hey – increases your chances of winning! C’mon, let’s battle it out. Form your own team and your own sub-league with work-mates, family, buddies, etc. Possibilities are endless. See you in the race! Oh – and please send to friends who like football! http://www.niveamen-vm.com/

Saturday, May 13, 2006

SmoovePinch presents The Remember Series

click picture to view larger version save picture and forward to your long lost party kaki's spread the word to make it memorable for you 4 Emotional Nights Tribute to over 70 Clubs 10 DJ's from the Original Clubs Over 20 Years of Great Music & Friends
Lucky Draw sponsored by
Hennessy, Red Bull, Cinema Online, Kuku Bar, Make Up Bar and more
Get more information for Fire of Anatolia and Piccadilly Reunion
"As featured on TV, heard on Radio Stations, featured in the various Press & Magazines, seen Online, on Blogs, in Forums, forwarded by SMS and talked about by all your old friends, aunties and uncles.."
Check out the past info in the The Edge, on Wednesday 19th April in NST, on Friday April 21st in The Star, Malay Mail, Malaysian Today, Traxx FM, Hitz.FM, and on the various other channels...
We will be on NTV7's The Breakfast Show on 8am-10am on Thursday April 20th and Friday April 21st.
Win Free Tickets to the Piccadilly Tea Dance Tribute by tuning in to TraxxFM 90.4 with DJ Najee from 4pm til 7pm on Saturday 29th April.
To win 1 of 25 double passes to Smoovepinch pres. Remember Barbarran Bar And Dance Club @ Bond, answer this question: Where is the Barbarran reunion held? Winners will be based on the 1st 25 correct SMSes received. The closing date for entries is Mon 8 May 2006. Each SMS received will be charged RM1.00. SMS entries are open to Maxis (012, 017), DiGi (016) and Celcom (013, 019) users aged 21 years and above only. Winners will be notified by phone on Wed 10 May 2006! To enter send us your answers, like this: JUICE, SPR, answer, name, NRIC. Then SMS your answer to 39900.
Based from the valuable feedback from the launch event, we have tripled the bar staff, opened up more counters to serve you faster and improved the sound system to make you remember the experience.
Cover charge donation / contribution much needed to pay all the old retiring DJ's and performers laa.. cuz we don't make anything if you come in for free and spend thousands..
so hope you can support us. Thank you. view /download / forward flyers
Work In Progress:
Remember Series: "Backroom", "Movement", "Betelnut & Brannigans", "Viva",
"Ohm, White Room & Echo", "11LA, Faces, Phase2"
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Saturday, May 06, 2006

International Names at Miri Jazz Festival

The Miri International Jazz Festival which debuts in 2006 12th and 13th of May is going to include as many different styles and exotic versions of this genre as its repertoire and it will be held at the Park City Everly Hotel. The event is a brainchild of the Sarawak Tourism Board which has, in the past, been the main instrument in building up the Rainforest World Music Festival that is held in Kuching. Eight very contrasting bands will be performing nightly. Friday 12th May All The Best (Sarawak) Nah Youn Sun (Korea) UBlues (Singapore) Gangbe Brass Band (Benin) Saturday 13th May Mambo Jambo (United Kingdom) Shanghai Jazz Ensemble (China) Fra Fra Sound (Netherlands) Lluis Coloma (Spain) There will be Fra Fra Sound from the Netherlands, Shanghai Jazz Ensemble from China, UBlues from Singapore, Korean singer Nah Youn Sun with her French band, Lluis Coloma from Barcelona, Spain, Mambo Jambo from England and the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin. Fra Fra Sound from the Netherlands is a seven piece Afro-Caribbean jazz big band. Of late, they have also incorporated sounds and influences taken from Latin-American jazz, blues, soul and gospel. They have a vibrant horn section and each individual is a virtuoso in their own right, doing breathtaking and innovative improvisations. Shanghai Jazz Ensemble will be another one of them. This band with the unforgettable Coco as lead vocalist, will be performing on the 13 th of May – the second of the 2 nights of the festival. Sarawak’s very own "All The Best", headed by Shafiee Obe Hairunie, will be the representative of the state in this momentous occasion. Shafiee is a well known figure in the music world in Sarawak – born in Miri and currently the conductor and arranger for the jazz arm of the SONS orchestra based in Kuching. He was also composer and producer for recordings for Camelia under universal records and Diana under Nar Records. Shafiee will be playing on saxophones and keyboards. Together with him will be Abang Taha on drums, Ali Omar on bass and Saji & Azim on percussion. Their repertoire is vast but for the Miri International Jazz Orchestra, they will be presenting a set of contemporary jazz with latin overtones. Tickets for the festival are priced at RM50.00 for a night and a package of RM80.00 for 2 nights per person. Shows will start at 7.30 pm but the doors will be opened early as there will be elegant food and drinks available and for the audience to find a comfortable spot and mingle before the performances begin. The festival is supported by Tourism Malaysia with Heineken as the Supporting Sponsor. The Official Media Partner is ASTRO together with MAS as Official Airline, Park City Everly as Official Hotel, Unison Systems as Official Web Solutions Provider and the supporting partners are Asia Eurowines, Miri Guardians and Water Genesis For more information, call the Sarawak Tourism Board at 082-423600 or the Visitors Information Centre Miri at 085-434181 or email to info@mirijazzfestival.com Check the website for updates at www.mirijazzfestival.com The festival will be partly indoors at the beautiful circular Pavilion with guests able to spill over into the grounds of the hotel overlooking the sea. "All The Best" will be performing on the first night, opening the festival. Also, remember to mark the dates 7 – 9 July 2006 in your busy calendar – that’s when the Rainforest World Music Festival is on in Kuching, Malaysia – on the beautiful island of Borneo They've set up an official RWMF email account – rwmfestival@gmail.com - for the public to write in with enquiries re the Miri International Jazz Festival on 12-13 May 2006 and the Rainforest World Music Festival on 7-9 July 2006. They have people manning this address so if you have anything that needs clarification, please do drop them a line.