Art For Grabs returns on 28 and 29 September, with its usual jamboree of books, art and culture at Annexe Gallery. As well as browsing the market, look out for these free events to tickle your grey matter.

Malaysian Cinema in a Bottle – Book Launch

Saturday 28 September, 12pm

The legendary film critic Hassan Muthalib will launch his history of Malaysian cinema, from its roots in oral storytelling through to post-WW2 filmmaking and the New Waves of the 1980s and 1990s. A must for film buffs.

Dubook Press + Buku Fixi – Book Launch

Saturday 28 September, 2pm

Four new books will be launched at this event, including three from the popular modern novel imprint Buku Fixi: SERONOK (Saat Omar), SAMAR (Dayang Noor) INFANTISID (Rozlan Mohd Noor) and MAAF AKU BUKAN LAGI LEON TROTSKY KAMU SEMUA (Lucius Maximus).

Tukang Perahu Pulau Duyong 

Saturday 28 September, 4pm

Catch the premiere of this documentary about the tradition of boat-making in the community of Pulau Duyong in Terengganu. Directed by Azharr Rudin and Imri Nasution, the film is in Malay with English subtitles.

MERDEKARYA!

Saturday 28 September, 6pm

The PJ arts venue hosts a stand-up comedy, spoken word and live music session featuring regular open mic performers. The witty and multi-talented musician-novelist Brian Gomez will MC.

Theorising Trouble: Understanding Malaysia in an Era of Crisis

Sunday 29 September, 12pm

Get your fix of brain food at this live installment of BFM89.9’s “Night School”, where the topic will be whether theory and philosophy can help us solve our current socio-economic troubles. Join hosts Sharaad Kuttan and Ahmad Fuad Rahmat along with Boon Kia Meng, Shahril Hamdan and Syed Muhammad Muhiyuddin Al-Attas.

Homeless by Choice

Sunday 29 September, 3pm

Actress Mislina Mustaffa decided to live without a home for a year. In what is sure to be an eye-opening discussion, she’ll talk about her experiences and about the cultural perceptions of women, home-making and house security.

Find out more about Art For Grabs here.