Five things to do this March 20 to 26

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On April 14 and 15, the dance company is set to open its 2023 dance season with a restaging of “Encantada." Photo from ALICE REYES DANCE PHILIPPINES/FACEBOOK

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, March 20) — Catch these music, dance, and theater performances, an art exhibit, and try out a new beer joint this week.

Catch the comeback of music prod The Rest is Noise

Music curator and producer The Rest Is Noise — known for their local gigs and year-end “All of the Noise” shows that brought international acts like Sobs and Phum Viphurit to Manila pre-pandemic — is finally back after three years with a new show. The Rest is Noise 35 features some of the prod’s favorite acts, including Eggboy, Gabba, Kindred, SOS, Spacedog Spacecat, and PLAYERTWO. Catch it on March 24 at Balcony Music House in Makati. Show starts at 7 p.m. Get your early bird tickets at ₱500 via Walk-in tickets are priced at ₱600. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

View Jay Lozada’s "Living on the Edge"

Artist Jay Lozada’s third exhibit unravels from a departed artist friend’s rag used to clean paint brushes to, as stated in the exhibition notes by Prof. Rubén D. F. Defeo “a purely sensate experience of form and material,” that delves into Lozada’s stint working with fiber and fabric in the Middle East. The wealth of experience is conveyed in every fabric and every color that Lozada uses in his works, inviting the viewers to dive in and look further into his private life.

Aside from Lozada’s exhibit, other newly opened shows in Gravity Art Space include Khavn’s “NARDONG PUTIK SJ's 'FAUNA DE FILIPINAS (1837),” Nino Martinez’s “A Great Miracle Happened Here,” 1111’s “Without a Shadow of Doubt,” and Greys Compuesto’s “The Tears of Things." — DON JAUCIAN

Learn more about the exhibits through Gravity Art Space’s Facebook page

Get tickets to “The Sound of Music”

The 1965 film “The Sound of Music” is one of my top three comfort watches: films I turn to during off days, when the vibes just aren’t vibing. Seeing it onstage recently in Manila reminded me just why it’s so good — it’s a lighthearted but socially conscious story about two hot people who hate each other (the best kind of love story), and the music by Rodgers and Hammerstein are some of the best in musical history. During this Manila run at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater, two local actors play Baroness von Schraeder (Karylle Tatlonghari) and Rolfe (Markki Stroem). Though Stroem doesn’t exactly look like he’s 17 going on 18, he and Karylle each gave an engaging performance. While I still hold the movie close to my heart, there is something special about seeing it performed live. Hearing some people in the audience around me outwardly reacting to some of my own favorite moments in the musical is a nice reminder of how it continues to be one of the best love stories of all time. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

“The Sound of Music” is now running at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati until March 26. For tickets, visit their official page.

The seafood ravioli from Perfect Pint. Photo by MARGA BUENAVENTURA

Visit the new Perfect Pint shop in Rockwell

I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, so when the Perfect Pint invited us to the launch of their new shop at The Proscenium, I was initially just looking forward to the food. The gastropub has been known to serve the kind of dishes that even non-beer drinkers would come back for. But okay, I kept an open mind when they set up a beer tasting menu. Chef Gene Gonzalez made the experience non-intimidating for those who may not be familiar with the drink. He started off by asking us to taste a blond beer with a squeeze of lemon, then a bit of salt. It was a great way to demonstrate how the right dish complements different types of beer. What soon followed was an amazing selection of food and brew. Some standout pairings were the seafood ravioli and the There Goes Tequila (the beer is stored in tequila barrels), and the sausage platter that suited the bitterness of the Quirky Dude German Lager. For dessert, the s’mores with vanilla ice cream went so well with the Black Mamba Stout, evening out the caramelized sweetness of the dish. I thought I’d only ever go back to Perfect Pint for the food, but it turns out, the beer is truly worth a visit too. — MB

The Perfect Pint is located in the retail row of The Proscenium in Makati.

Buy tickets to “Encantada”

As a National Artist for Dance and Ballet Philippines founder, Alice Reyes is known for developing a uniquely Filipino dance language, combining different movements from Philippine indigenous dance, modern dance, and classical ballet. She opened Alice Reyes Dance Philippines over the pandemic. On April 14 and 15, the dance company is set to open its 2023 dance season with a restaging of “Encantada,” a work directed and choreographed by Reyes herself, featuring live music by Joey Ayala and Ang Bagong Lumad with Bayang Barrios. The show commemorates Earth Day, exploring Filipino folklore, history, and culture, and brings awareness to the consequences of man’s destruction of nature. For tickets and updates, visit their Facebook page and website. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF