Four things to do from Aug. 1 to 7

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A still from Netflix's "The Sandman," dropping Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of NETFLIX

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, August 1) — This week, catch an adaptation of an iconic Neil Gaiman comic, watch films at this year’s Cinemalaya, visit a hybrid art exhibition, and attend a live pop show.

Get your tickets for Cinemalaya 18

After two years of no in-person screenings, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is back this August with a lineup of 12 full-length films and 12 short films to be screened at select Ayala Malls and SM Cinemas and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Films competing in this year’s festival include Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “12 Weeks” and Gabriela Serrano’s “Dikit.” Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance award-winning film “Leonor Will Never Die” will be opening the festival on Friday at 5 p.m. For full screening schedules and information on tickets, visit — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Watch the much-anticipated adaptation of “The Sandman”

The Netflix adaptation of acclaimed author Neil Gaiman’s DC comic book “The Sandman” finally drops this Friday, Aug. 5, after decades of attempts to put the “unfilmable” material onscreen. The first season covers the events in the first two books “Preludes and Nocturnes” and “The Doll’s House,” where The King of Dreams, Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) is captured by a magician (Charles Dance) in an attempt to summon Death (who happens to be Dream’s older sibling). This happens at an unfortunate time as Dream attempts to deal with a rogue nightmare named The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), who has mouths for eyes and has become a serial killer in the waking world. Morpheus’ hundred-year captivity is but a catalyst to the events in this ten-episode series, which should be an event for fans of the graphic novels as well as anyone who is interested in mythology and dreams.

Dream is part of The Endless, seven siblings (Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction, and Delirium, who was formerly known as Delight) who are representations of the forces that govern the world of humans — gods and monsters alike. They are powerful entities who are tasked to take on responsibilities in their given realms. Death, for example, deals with souls and ferries the dead to the afterlife. Destiny knows everything there is, from past, present, and future. Dream is responsible for The Dreaming, a place you go when “the waking world leaves you wanting and weary,” a place where “sleep brings you… to find freedom and adventure.” In the first season, we only meet Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and the twins Desire (Mason Alexander Park) and Despair (Donna Preston) among the siblings. Their appearance will serve to flesh out the duties and complexities of the Endless as beings and as a family.

Gwendolyn Christie in "The Sandman." Photo courtesy of NETFLIX

The Netflix show is one of the two adaptations currently ongoing, the other being the Audible drama adaptation where Dream is voiced by James McAvoy and narrated by Gaiman himself. In other words: "Sandman" fans are fed. And deliciously so with these two works bringing to life characters that debuted 34 years ago. Prior to these, film adaptations of the series were put into production hell many times over until it was picked up by Netflix. Considering the hype that has been surrounding Netflix's "The Sandman," and the previews of characters such as Dream and Lucifer (played by Gwendoline Christie), it looks like the show we’ve all been dreaming about. — DON JAUCIAN

A review of the show is forthcoming on CNN Philippines Life. "The Sandman" drops Aug. 5, 3 p.m. Manila time. If you want to catch up on the graphic novels, head on to

Attend a hybrid visual art exhibition

For 30 days starting Aug. 6, the Norwegian Cultural Center is hosting an international hybrid exhibition online and in-person between Oslo and Manila. The four-day physical exhibition of visual art will be held from Aug. 6 to 9 at Sine Pop! in Cubao, Quezon City and Verse Gallery in Oslo, Norway. Admission is free. Visit their for more information. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Listen to Ena Mori perform her new album live

There’s a certain brand of pop that’s thoughtful and dancey at the same time, which is precisely why I’ve had Ena Mori’s new album “Don’t Blame the Wild One!” on repeat ever since it was released last July 29. This Aug. 5, we’ll get the chance to hear and dance to those songs in person at the first leg of Mori’s album tour at 123block, Mandala Park. Who else is excited to finally let loose to “S.O.S” in person? Apart from Mori, the lineup includes LONER, Blaster and the Celestial Clowns, One Click Straight, and Syd Hartha. — GABY GLORIA