5 reasons to look forward to the weekend

Desiree Pakiam
Going Out – By Day

Why wait for Labour Day to relax and have fun? Some events this 28 and 29 April promise to give you a really good time.

L'Arc~en~Ciel 20th L'Anniversary World Tour 2012
They've sold 40 million records and performed for 3 million people since their debut in 1991. Now

Hyde, Ken, Tetsuya and Yukihiro — the members of popular Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel — are coming to Singapore for the first time. And you can be sure they won't disappoint. 28 Apr, 8pm. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $98.

Miss Pole Dance Southeast Asia 2012
A competition for pole dancers? You bet. Catch contestants Vivienne Tan, Naoko Enomoto, Stephanie Javellana and Melody Rose as they flex their bodies to form the "crab" and the "carousel". 28 Apr, 7.30pm. Avalon Club, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from $42.

Netball Super League 2012
Who will be crowned Singapore's top netball team? Sports aficionados, don't miss the action at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. 28 Apr, 2.30pm. Free admission.

Only You: The Fish of Lee Kang-sheng — The Journey in the Dessert
Why would a monk give up his worldly possessions readily — except for a bag of dead fish? Award-winning director Tsai Ming-liang's play attempts to answer this question with intriguing life lessons along the way. It will be performed in Mandarin with English subtitles. 28 Apr, 8pm. 29 Apr, 3pm. Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets at $43.

Mayday Public Holiday Walking Tour of Istana
Thanks to a guided tour of Istana by Geraldene Lowe, you will learn the stories behind the Singapore head of state's official residence, the gun presented by Lord Louis Mountbatten after WWII, and Queen Victoria's statue. You can take a stroll in the Japanese garden too. 1 May. Istana Gate. Free admission for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.