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2008.3.20 Event Calendar

To April 6: “MEENA & SASA[44]: KUKJE 080307 - 080406.” You might call artists MeeNa Park and Sasa[44] nerds: They both love collecting objects and data, then documentating, numbering, organizing and analyzing it. But don’t confuse these two.
Park works with traditional canvas and paint and combines patterns to create new symbols. She is focused on patterns and color. You might recognize some symbols from the “Dingbat” font in her works.
Sasa[44], on the other hand, extracts new elements from existing images using various media such as photography, video and installations. His work deal primarily with using ready-made objects in unconventional ways.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1; Gyeongbokgung Station, line No.3, exit 5; Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 735-8449, www.kukjegallery.com

April 22 to July 13: “The Art of Cartier.” The sumptous works of French jeweler Cartier come to Seoul in an exhibition. Some 260 glittering pieces of jewelry, timepieces and accessories created between the mid-19th century and mid-20th century will be on display. A collection of drawings, advertisements and craft tools will accompany the jewels. The exhibit, co-hosted by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, is the largest of its kind that Cartier has held.
Cartier, one of the most prestigious names in jewelry today, is named after the Cartier family. The company was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier.
City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 2 or line No. 2, exit 12
(02) 2022-0615

March 26 to April 20: “Gamoonjang Baby.” If you’re looking for Korea’s traditional beauty, don’t miss this show. This is a dramatic interpretation of Jeju Island’s creation myth. A woman living during ancient times begins to feel her maternal instinct kick in. As she grows increasingly aware of her power to give life, the woman summons up her courage to propose to a man. Their lovechild becomes Jeju Island.
The woman’s positivity and passion makes her life look like bliss. She steps outside the traditional image of a woman to carve out her own life. The Korean fiddle plays the melodies of this play. This play has been invited to international festivals in Russia, Japan and Germany.
Tickets are from 15,000 won to 20,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 969-3997, www.interpark.co.kr

March 28 to April 27: “Closer.” Love can encompass many emotions. In this play, viewers can observe desire, jealousy, attachment and possessiveness. Since its premiere in 1997, playwright Patrick Marber’s “Closer” has been remade into a film version in 2004. Starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law and Natalie Portman, the film chronicles the destructive nature of the relationship between these four characters. This version of the same story hits the stage in Seoul with pop star Danny An and actress Hong Eun-hee among its cast. This Korean adaptation is one of the 30 foreign language versions of Closer. The Broadway version of the show was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999. The show begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 764-9760, www.club.cyworld.com/playga

April 3 to 6: “Mabou Mines Dollhouse by Lee Breuer.” What was life like for women in the 19th century? Director Lee Breuer examines that question in this play by expressing women’s oppression through visuals.
When a woman named Nora moves into her new home, she finds that everything is far too small. She can’t pass through doors and she dwarfs the tiny furniture. But Helmer, Nora’s diminutive husband, finds that the tiny house suits him.
This adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s original play features a cast of males under 4-foot-2 and very tall women. Prepare to be shocked by the message of this satire of the patriarchy in human society. The avant-garde Breuer has been credited with creating a new type of American play.
The show is at 8 p.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.interpark.co.kr

March 26 to 30: “Evergreen.” Concert diva Park Jung-hyun marks a decade of performing with this concert. She made her comeback after a two and a half year hiatus at the end of 2007, and she’s ready to face the crowds again.
Park’s sixth album, “Come to Where I Am,” shows the singer’s growth as a lyricist and producer. Throughout her career, Park’s concerts have sold out.
Park reportedly chose the LG Arts Center as her concert venue.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 88,000 won. Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 3485-8700, www.lgart.com

March 29: “Sergei Trofanov’s Gypsy Passion.” This gypsy violin master plays with Korea’s best lyrical singer, Yoo Yul. The melodies of gypsy music strike a chord with Korea’s soul and sentiment. They feature contradictory feelings of sadness and delight. The audience will take a gypsy caravan through these pieces, such as Russian folk songs, film scores and a bit of K-pop. Sergei Trofanov is known for his modern, simple arrangements of gypsy. At this concert, fans will hear the harmony of the violin, accordion and piano.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 99,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5
(02) 927-2848, www.sac.or.kr

April 3: “Giovanni Mirabassi Trio in Concert.” One of Europe’s most desired jazz pianists visits his Korea. Giovanni Mirabassi’s highly praised new album “Terra Furiosa” shares the name as this world tour. This tour also celebrates Mirabassi’s 10th anniversary since his debut. World famous percussionist Leon Parker and bassist Gianluca Renzi round out the trio. The group will play pieces from their most popular albums such as “Avanti!”, “Prima O Poi” and “Terra Furiosa.”
Tickets are from 40,000 won to 80,000 won. Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5.
(02) 548-4480, www.sac.or.kr

April 1 to 4: “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The so-called mad opera strikes Korea. Lucia is forced to enter a marriage of convenience with an influential man. She’s in love, however, with another man, Edgardo. Even when she’s married, Lucia can’t stop thinking of her true love and begins to feel that her life is increasingly meaningless. Lucia di Lammermoor, a tragic opera that is Gaetano Donizetti’s most famous, includes the notable “Mad Scene.”
In this production, Lucia’s voice is tragic yet melodious. Because the main character’s singing requires great technical skill during the Mad Scene, it’s a great opportunity for a singer to show off their ability. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5
(02) 586-5282, http://www.nationalopera.org

April 6: “Ne-Yo & Sean Kingston Groove 2008.” The two gifted hip-hop/R&B stars visit Korea for the first time.
Ne-Yo flew up the Billboard charts immediately after his debut with his hit single “So Sick.” This Grammy winner sold two million copies of his 2007 album “Because of You” worldwide and won Best R&B Male Artist at the BET Awards the same year. Even before his debut, he was recognized for his work on albums with Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and Ruben Studdard, as well as for composing Mario’s “Let Me Love You” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”
Baby-faced Sean Kingston, who made his debut at 17, hit it big with his self-titled album. The Miami-born, Jamaica-raised youngster has found success with singles like “Beautiful Girls,” “Me Love” and “Take You There.” He’s also recently collaborated with Fergie on “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Natasha Bedingfield on “Love Like This.”
Tickets range from 77,000 won to 88,000 won. Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02)410-1683, www.sosfo.or.kr

March 28 to 30: Let the sunshine in by taking a trip to Jeju Island. There, visitors can bask in the golden glow of the island’s native yellow canola flowers. But there’s more to do at this festival than simply enjoying a field of flowers. There will be a walkathon in the flower fields, food tastings, chocolates and snacks made from canola flowers, as well as concerts. Goods made from canola will also be on sale. Don’t forget your camera.
From Seoul, take a plane to Jeju Island from Gimpo airport. On Jeju, take the No. 600 Samyang airport limousine bus and get off at the International Convention Center inside the Jumun Tourist Area.
(064) 735-3544, http://tour2jeju.net/intro.asp

LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles
Jamsil, 1 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions
Munhak, 1 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
Sajik, 6 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Woori Heroes
Gwangju, 6 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles
Jamsil, 1 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions
Munhak, 1 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Woori Heroes
Gwangju, 1 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
Sajik, 5 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers
Jamsil, 1 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Woori Heroes
Munhak, 1 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears
Daejeon, 1 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants
Daegu, 1 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers
Jamsil, 1 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Woori Heroes
Munhak, 1 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears
Daejeon, 1 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants
Daegu, 1 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. SK Knights
Daegu, 7 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. LG Sakers
Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. KTF Magic Wings
Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. Daegu Orions
Anyang, 3 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. Samsung Thunders
Ulsan Dongcheon, 3 p.m.
SK Knights vs. KCC Egis
Jamsil Students, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Mobis Phoebus
Changwon, 3 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy
Jamsil, 3 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Jeonju, 3 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. KT&G Kites
Busan, 3 p.m.
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