2008.1. 24 Event CalendarGANA ART CENTER
To Sunday: “Park Suk-won, Solo Exhibition.” Since his debut in 1965, Korean sculptor Park Suk-won has won great acclaim for his knack for working with metallic materials. Over the years, nature has influenced Park’s sculptures. In this exhibit, Park’s work is in thirds: First is his “experimental” period (1965-1973), then the “segmentation” period (1974-1989) and the “conjugation” period (1965-1973). The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is 3,000 won ($3.16).
Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3,
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KOREA
To Sunday: “Contemporary Korean Prints, 1958-2008.” The 1950s marked a period of turbulence and grief for Korea as the republic attempted to pick up the pieces after the Korean War.
But Koreans have been able to document the rapid changes that took place in the past five decades through print art with methods as traditional as Japanese wood-block prints or as progressive as commercial-inspired lithographs.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays and to 9 p.m. on weekends. Admission ranges from 1,500 won to 3,000 won.
From Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4, take the shuttle bus service to the museum.
(02) 2188-6000, www.moca.go.kr
GALLERY SPACE A-CHIM
To Tuesday: “Yoon Jin-young.”
Humans are always at the top of the food chain. But what happens when they’re inserted somewhere in the middle? That is the coceit behind photographer Yoon Jin-young’s latest exhibit. Yoon creates edible masks of a human face from ingredients such as bean gelatin, rice, vegetables, fish and eggs, then photographs the masks among food. Admission is free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
From Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, head toward Jeongdok Library
(02) 723-1002, www.mooze.co.kr
To Feb. 3: “Desire of the Wind.” Mid-life crises often find their way into the plotline of many theatrical performances. In yet another take on the new life middle age can bring, this Korean production deals with both the treats and threats of mature indiscretion.
When middle-aged woman Yoo Nan-hee’s husband breaks her heart with his affair, she decides to have a little fun of her own. Her new man ends up being a young freelance photographer who, despite his age, teaches her a thing or two. Son Bong-sook plays Yoo, and Lee Myeong-ho plays the photographer. Kim Myeong-hwa, who wrote “Birds Don’t Take the Crosswalk,” wrote this play. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost 30,000 won for adults and 20,000 won for students.
Sinchon Station, line No.2, exit 1
(02) 334-5915, http://perform.kcaf.or.kr/sanwoollim
To Feb 24: “Deadly Run.” Forget about Alexandre Dumas’ stuffy old “Three Musketeers.” This experimental play, staged for the first time in April 2004, is a new interpretation of the three musketeers’ adventures.
In this adaptation, the young and beautiful queen longs for her husband’s affection. Unfortunately, the naive king is controlled by the malicious cardinal. One day the queen accidentally sees her maid making love with D’Artagnan, a musketeer, and decides to seduce him to get the king’s attention.
This play won a Donga Play award and a This Year’s Play award. All actors remain active onstage until the curtain falls, and live music serves as a backdrop. The play is at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are 20,000 won or 25,000 won.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 708-5001, www.interpark.co.kr
Feb. 6 to May 25: “Musical Cha Cha Cha.” The love triangle is the tried-and-true way of injecting drama into a romance. In this musical, a playboy named Bong-soo breaks up with his devoted girlfriend, Geum-seon. Undaunted, Geum-seon travels to Seoul to win back her man, only to encounter a charming country bumpkin named Eok-soo. Finding love at first sight, Eok-soo is determined to win Geum-seon’s love. Amid all this unrequited love, Bong-soo’s remaining time in the military is ticking down. Yang Ggot-nim, Sinyi and Park Chae-won are triple-cast as Geum-seon. The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost 40,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 741-9700, www.zillerzone.com
SEOUL ARTS CENTER
Feb. 1: “For Beautiful You.” Baritone Kim Dong-kyu celebrates the 20th anniversary since his debut in this concert. His repertoire includes Il balen del suo sorriso, La Calungna, Bessame Mucho and Amigos Para Siempre. The Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra will back up Kim’s deep voice.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 2650-7481, www.sac.or.kr
Feb. 16: “Bjork: The Volta Tour.” Eccentric Icelandic songstress Bjork touches down for her first concert here. This tour is to promote her latest album “Volta.” She has released six albums so far. Bjork also has won a variety of awards, including the MTV Music Awards, Brit Awards and even Best Actress at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Part of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to Unicef. Tickets range from 67,000 won to 89,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No.5, exit 3
(02) 3444-9969, www.bjork.com
YONSEI UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM
Feb. 16: “ERU 1st Concert.” Love is in the air at this concert. Eru, who has risen to fame on the strength of his romantic ballads, holds his first concert. For couples who would like to postpone their Valentine’s Day amore, the concert will also feature a screen which will show proposals from ticketholders. Paternal love will be on display as well, as Eru’s father, Tae Jin-ah, will make a guest appearance.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are from 55,000 won to 66,000 won.
Yonsei University Station, line No.2,
(02) 517-0394, www.interpark.co.kr
BUSAN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
To Feb. 3: Some of the world’s best performers come together to create some musical harmony. In its fourth year, this festival has a musical education element: Music students will be able to receive pointers from some of their favorite stars. Featured musicians include cellist Chung Myung-wha, pianist Jerome Rose, Matti Raekallio, violinist James Buswell and violinist David Quiggle.
From Seoul Station, take a KTX train bound for Busan.
(051) 747-1536, www.busanmusicfestival.com
WORLD MASKS FESTIVAL, Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi
To Feb. 17: Although Uijeongbu is famous as the setting of the TV show “MASH,” it’s actually masks that are on display at this festival. Some 200 masks from around the world will be on display at the Uijeongbu Arts Center during this festival. Admission is 2,000 won. Uijeongbu Station, line No. 1
(031) 828-5841, www.uac.or.kr
SOKCHO WATER FIRE FESTIVAL, Gangwon
To Sunday: Great balls of fire! Sokcho holds its first fire festival to demonstrate traditional fireworks from the Joseon Dynasty.
Visitors can take boat rides, stroll on a floating bridge and fly kites.
The festival begins at 3:30 p.m. with dance performances and lasts until 10 p.m. with a fireworks finale. Singers such as Tae Jin-ah, Jeon Young-rok, Namgung Ok-bun will take the stage on opening day.
(033) 639-2144, www.sokchowaterfire.com