2008.2.14 Event CalendarHANGARAM ART MUSEUM
To Feb. 18: “Happy Paintings’ Days: The First Seoul Arts Center Artists’ Studio Exhibition.” Spring draws a little closer with this cheery exhibition of colorful paintings. The Seoul Arts Center’s own resident artists present their works. Featured artists include Kang Hee-soon, Kwon Min-jin and Kim Kyung-rae. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
From Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, take the shuttle bus.
(02) 580-1460, www.sac.or.kr/eng
GANA ART GALLERY
To Feb. 24: “Joel Shapiro Solo Exhibition.” Contemporary sculptor Joel Shapiro brings viewers a step closer to appreciating the art of sculpture in this exhibition. By laying out his work in familiar and comprehensible terms, Shapiro’s work is accessible to everyone. This exhibition shows sculptures large and small, as well as drawings. After its stop at Gana Art Center in Pyeongchang-dong, central Seoul, the exhibition will move to the Gana Art branch in Busan.
Since Shapiro’s first solo exhibition in 1970, he has had more than 100 solo exhibitions and retrospectives in world-renowned museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Admission ranges from 2,000 won ($2.11) to 3,000 won.
Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
GANA ART BUSAN
To Feb. 24: “Let A Thousand Flowers Blossom: Gana Art Center Atelier Group Exhibition.” Two years have passed since Gana Art Gallery opened two ateliers, or artists’ studios, in Pyeongchang-dong, central Seoul, and another in Jangheung, South Jeolla. This exhibition invites artists from the Pyeongchang and Jangheung ateliers to display their work. The title of the exhibition sums up the ateliers’ goal of showcasing the diversity of artwork by various artists. After its stop in Busan. the exhibit will travel to Cite Internationale des Arts, a nonprofit arts center in Paris. The Paris stop on the tour is designed to introduce Korean art to the foreign art scene. Admission ranges from 1,000 won to 2,000 won.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
(02) 736-1020, www.ganaart.com
DOOSAN ART CENTER
To Feb. 24: “I Love You Because.” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” gets another reincarnation in this musical, only with the gender roles reversed. In the show, two couples fall for each other despite having nothing in common. Austen Bennet, a greeting card writer, is devastated when he finds his long-term girlfriend Catherine in bed with another man at her apartment. In an effort to cheer him up, Austen’s brother Jeff sets up a double date. On the date, Austen meets Marcy Fitzwilliams, a photographer, and Jeff meets Diana Bingley, an accountant. As the story unfolds, Austen grapples with going back to Catherine or giving Marcy a chance. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays, except Mondays, and 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 501-7888, www.iloveyoubecause.co.kr
ARTS PLAY THEATER
To March 2: “That Man, That Woman.” This play sends the message that even ordinary love can be interesting. The story is based on a real radio drama that gained popularity among tens of thousands of listeners from 2001 to 2005 and a book by the same name written by Lee Mi-na. The curtain rises on a college student, Yeong-min, who has his eye on a girl who commutes on his bus every morning. Meanwhile, Yeong-min’s brother Yeong-hoon secretly loves his colleague at work, Seon-ae, but is too scared to confess his feelings for her. Eventually, the brothers summon up enough courage to express their feelings. When the girl on the bus loses her purse, Yeong-min comes to the rescue, and Yeon-hoon decides to ask Seon-ae to dinner. The play begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays except Mondays, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are 30,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 4
KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM
Feb. 22 to 24: “Divine Performing Arts of New York.” The legacy of a long line of traditional Chinese performing arts comes on tour to Korea. The Divine Performing Arts of New York, a Chinese performance company, was founded in the United States in 2006. The company has since attracted about 600,000 audience members across the globe. This time, with a cast of more than 100 performers, the company presents spectacular traditional performances, with an emphasis on the Tang Dynasty. The group will perform against the backdrop of live Chinese classical music. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23 and 2 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
THE NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA
To Feb. 24: “The Yahoo! Children’s Song World Festival with Frees.” Edutainment, or educational entertainment, is the name of the game for Frees, a singing group for children. The group is known for singing hundreds of educational songs for young audiences while entertaining with rhythmic movement. A variety of additional performances, including magic shows, theater and musicals, will accompany Frees. The group recently released an album containing 100 popular songs. The show begins at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets range from 15,000 won to 20,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2
(02) 3442-7701, www.ntok.go.kr
VISTA HALL AT WALKERHILL HOTEL
Feb. 23: “2008 Lee Seung-hwan Live Concert.” Veteran K-pop singer Lee Seung-hwan, who is well-known for his enthusiastic live performances, has hosted benefit concerts to help children with leukemia for nine years. This year’s special lineup boasts 20 musicians, including D.J. D.O.C., Kim Jin-pyo, Crying Nut and Park Jeong-hyeon. The concert begins at 7 p.m. All tickets are general admission and cost 77,000 won. Proceeds from the show will be donated to children’s charities.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit
Feb. 29: “Clazziquai Project ― Robotica Club Party.” The Clazziquai Project gets its name by combining classical, jazz and groove. That’s also the type of sound this Korean fusion band produces.
The band’s three members, D.J. Clazzi, or Kim Sung-hoon, Choi Horan and Alex Chu, as well as frequent collaborator Christina Choi will put on this overnight D.J. party. Outstanding D.J.s from Japan and Korea such as Ram Rider, Yasutaka Nakata, D.J. Quinn, Jinu and Gon will be Clazziquai’s special guests for the show.
Clazziquai won an award at the MNET KM Music Video Festival for Best Soundtrack, and won Artist of the Year at the Korean Popular Music Awards. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are 30,000 won.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 13
(02) 545-9174, www.clubanswer.co.kr
OLYMPIC PARK STADIUM
Feb. 29 to March 1: “YB Band 10th Anniversary Concert ― To Be Continued.” YB or Yoon Do-hyeon Band, one of the foremost rock groups in Korea, will give the last concert of its five-month-long tour of Korea in Seoul. The band has performed 20 concerts across the country to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The set list will include YB Band hits such as “I Might Love You” and “Love Two” as well as new songs not yet released in Korea. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Feb. 29 and 7 p.m. on March 1. Tickets range from 55,000 won to 77,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 521-1808, www.sosfo.or.kr
JEONGWOL DAEBOREUM FIRE FESTIVAL, Jeju
Feb. 21 to 23: Around Lunar New Year, the citizens of Jeju Island traditionally burned old grass from their pastures to destroy vermin and get ready to grow fresh new grass.
This fire festival stems from that old custom. This year’s event features the overwhelming sight of fire burning all over the fields on Jeju. Visitors will also be able to participate in a variety of activities, such as kite flying, horseback riding, archery and more. The festival will also feature a photography competition.
From Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport, take a flight to Jeju Island. On Jeju, take a bus bound for Saebyeol-oreum, Bongseong-ri, the festival venue.
KOREAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Samsung Thunders vs. KCC Egis
Jamsil, 7 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. KT&G Kites
Changwon, 7 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. KTF Magic Wings
Jeonju, 3 p.m.
SK Knights vs. Samsung Thunders
Jamsil Students, 3 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. Mobis Phoebus
Daegu, 3 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. KT&G Kites
Incheon, 3 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. LG Sakers
Busan, 5 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. SK Knights
Ulsan Dongcheon, 5 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. Daegu Orions
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. Daegu Orions
Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. KCC Egis
Changwon, 7 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. Samsung Thunders
Anyang, 7 p.m.