What's On | Sunday, 29 November 2009

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FDM #1
Night of dubstep at Chequers Pub, Paceville. Featuring DJs Kone, Ghostdog, Ciza, Volume A, Rhys, Neil. Doors open at 17:00.

December 12
AbSOlut Rocks!
A night of rock music at So Bar, Paceville. Wayne Flask will be resident DJ on the night.

Teatru Unplugged
Twelfth edition of the popular concert series at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta featuring Peter & Papps & Gianni and Eric, Eve Ransom, Carrie, 8Ugly and Renzo Spiteri featuring Ben Murray. Performances start at 20:00. Tickets are at €8, €12 and €15. Bookings:, 2124 6389. Early booking recommended.

December 3
Orchestral concert
A joint production of the MPO and the Manoel Theatre, held at the theatre under the direction of the orchestra’s resident conductor Michael Laus at 19:30. Tickets at €10, €20 and €30. 50% reduction of €10 tickets for students and senior citizens; families may opt for a €20 ticket valid for two adults and up to 2 children (aged between 6 and 12 years). Bookings: 79344 355, 21 246389, bookings@teatrumano

December 4
For Strings Inn + Cable 35 + Retrophytes
The bands will be playing at Escape Club, Paceville. Doors open at 21:30. DJ sets by Legendary Sound System and Danjeli. Entrance is at €6, includes For Strings Inn’s first EP, ‘...with strings attached’.

December 6
Salt album launch
The band will be releasing their second full-length album at the Montekristo Arena, Ħal Farruġ. Doors open at 20:00.

December 7
Brikkuni + Xtruppaw
The bands will be performing at Tattingers, Rabat. DJ set by Tim Ellis and the Club Sandwich crew (Bob and Vinc). Tickets at €12 from all Agenda, Bookends, Vodafone and Exotique outlets or €14 at the door.

December 5, 6
Swan Lake
Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Ballet will be presenting the classic opera at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, 19:30 on December 5 and 16:00 on December 6. Bookings: 25595750/1,,

December 16
The Night Before Christmas
Production of Anthony Nielsen’s (‘Stitching’) dark Christmas comedy at Dun Karm Area, University campus, 18:00. Directed by Erin Stewart Tanti. Cast includes Lizzie Eldridge, Barrie Stott, Philip Leone-Ganado. Entrance is at €2. Refreshments will be served. Organised by The Department of English Students Association (DESA).

December 4 – 6
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Peter Nichols play at St James Cavalier, 20:00. Produced by British company In Company Theatre, directed by Daniel Brennan. Tickets at €15, €10 concessions. Bookings: 2122 3200 or

December 18 – 20, 21 – 23, 26 – 28, 29, 30; January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Aladdin: The Pantomime
Masquerade’s panto is directed by anthony bezzina and written by Malcolm Galea, and will be held at the Manoel Theatre Monday to Friday at 19:30; Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 and 20:00. Bookings:,, 21246389

December 18 – January 3
Peter Panto
MADC’s annual pantomime, held at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali. Written by Nanette Brimmer, directed by Alan Montanaro who will also be playing Captain Hook. All shows start at 20:00, except for matinees on December 26 and January 3 (15:00). Tickets start at €10. Children’s tickets are discounted and are valid for children aged 10 and under. There will be no performances on December 24, 25 and 31; January 1. Bookings:, 7979MADC (6232)

Until November 30
World Children’s Day
Exhibition of childrens’ artwork at the Atrium of St James Cavalier, on the occasion of the Children’s Festival.

December 4 – 7
Swieqi Art Festival
Featuring he works of 30 artists at the Ibragg Parish Hall. Opening hours are Friday, Saturday and Monday: 18:00 – 20:00, Sunday 10:00 – 13:00; 17:00 – 20:00.

Until December 13
Il Suono del Silenzio
Exhibition of works on canvas, board and paper using paint and mixed media by Jean Karl Izzo at the Upper Galleries of St James Cavalier.

Until December 20
…and non-places
Exhibition of photos and etchings by Robert Zahra at Nuvo Art & Dine, Marsascala.

Until January 3
Mario Borg Sillato Art Exhibition
Exhibition at St James Cavalier, the work simulates graffiato with scratching on wood surfaces and inlays of oil paint.

November 26
Is-Siegha tal-Kittieba
Author Rena Balzan will be interviewed by Simone Galea at St James Cavalier, 19:30, as part of the ‘Is-Siegha tal-Kittieba’ series of interviews. Readings from her work and a Q&A session with the public will follow the interview. Entrance is free.

December 11
Bliet – The launch
Norbert Bugeja will be performing extracts from his new collection live at the St James Cavalier Music Room, 20:00. He will be accompanied by actress Nicole Bugeja and percussionist Renzo Spiteri

December 11
Il-Gnien tad-Dmugh
Launch party for Simon Bartolo u Loranne Vella’s Il-Gnien tad-Dmugh, the final instalment in the ‘Fiddien’ trilogy, at Caraffa Stores, Birgu, 21:00. Music by DJ Bob, with obligatory ‘black tears’ make up as part of the dress code. The book will be on sale, and an autograph session will take place.

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