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2008.4.17 Event Calendar

HAKGOJAE GALLERY
To April 25: “Sensitive Systems - The 20th Anniversary Exhibition.” Hakgojae celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opening a new exhibition hall in Bukchon Hanok Village. Hakgojae brings tradition and modernity together in its architecture. The rear exhibition hall is new, while the front building is a hanok, or traditional Korean house. “Sensitive Systems,” a special exhibition curated by Lorand Hegyi, director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne in France, features masterpieces by foreign and domestic artists.
The Hakgojae features works by Lee U-fan, Roman Opalka, Giuseppe Penone and Gunther Uecker, among others, between the new exhibition hall and the hanok building. These works share a theme of how individual pieces create beauty as part of a larger montage.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, to 6 p.m. on Saturday, closed on Sunday.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1; Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 2; Gwanghwamun Station line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com


ARKO ARTS THEATER
April 17 to 27: “Medea and Its Double.” Medea, the mythological Greek heroine, is at the center of this reinterpretation of this classic tragedy. When Medea’s husband, Jason, of golden fleece and Argonaut fame, takes another wife, Glauce, Medea becomes furious. As she grieves, Medea seeks revenge on Jason, whom she believes has chosen Glauce because of her status as a royal princess. Thus, she plots to kill Jason, Glauce and Glauce’s father Creon. In her distress, Medea adds another element to her plot: killing her two sons. But rather than portraying Medea’s murderous rage as a symptom of madness, this play casts the heroine in a more sympathetic role of spurned wife and desperate mother, raising questions of what life and death mean for a modern woman. This performance includes elements of Korean culture and art. Tickets are 20,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 760-4840, www.arttheater.arko.or.kr

COEX ART HALL
April 23 to May 18: “Teeth.” As a children’s musical sung entirely in English by Korean-based actors and singers, “Teeth” is a rarity. In the play, Prince David travels into the woods in search of a sleeping princess, whom he wakes with a kiss. But when she wakes up, she refuses to spend the rest of her life with Prince David because of his appalling breath. Can Prince David conquer his love for sweets to win the love of his princess? Find out in this delightful dental drama. Tickets are 30,000 won.
Samsung Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 747-0035, www.smusical.com

MAPO ART CENTER
April 25 to 27: “Marionette Concert.” They’re not Pinocchio, but these puppets come alive in the hands of their master, Kim Jong-gu, a marionette craftsman. Kim makes his wooden puppets by hand. In addition to their well-carved features, these puppets almost seem to breathe. The artistry and craftsmanship of Kim is evidenced by the lifelike movements of the marionettes as they dance. While intended for children, adults may find the performance mesmerizing. Tickets are 15,000 won.
Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 3274-8502, http://www.mapoartcenter.or.kr

YONSEI UNIVERSITY
Saturday: “Romance.” Korean diva Lee Eun-mi takes the stage as the flowers of spring bloom. This great vocalist has given hundreds of live shows in more than 20 years. Her songs about breakup and romantic memories have struck a chord with many fans. Her album, “Twelve Songs,” released last year, showcased the purity of her voice. Last year, she also published a book of poetry, “Meeting Poems with Bare Feet,” expressing her appreciation of human love. Tickets range from 44,000 won to 66,000 won.
Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3
(02) 741-9700, www.interpark.com

OLYMPIC PARK
April 29: “Save Africa, Save Your Soul.” When pop singer Kim In-soon made her debut in 1978, she faced racial discrimination, but now, she’s Korea’s diva. Best known as Insooni, the biracial singer has managed to overcome racism and become a star. Famous for her ballad “Goose’s Dream,” Insooni’s message of compassion and tolerance has taken flight. For this concert, she seeks to raise awareness of poverty in Zambia. Proceeds from the concert will go toward building a hospital and school there. Fellow artists Park Mi-kyung, So Chan-whee, BMK and Park Ki-young will join Insooni onstage. Tickets range from 25,000 won to 70,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 733-1750, www.korea-sports.com

MELON-AX
May 1: “Sum 41 Live in Seoul.” The pop-punk rockers of the Canadian band Sum 41 have been brash from the start. Since their breakthrough hit “Fat Lip,” which hit the North American airwaves in 2001, the guys of Sum 41 — Deryck Whibley, Avril Lavigne’s husband; Jason McCaslin and Steve Jocz — have railed against conformity and raved about wild parties.
Now, coming off the release of their 2007 album, “Underclass Hero,” Sum 41 comes to Korea to rock their fans on this side of the Pacific. Fans should expect to hear the band’s presumed forthcoming single “With Me” at this concert. Tickets are 88,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 457-5114, http://www.ax-korea.com/

EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY, Welch-Ryang Auditorium
May 3 to 5: “Paul Potts Concert in Korea.” As he made his journey from being a cell phone salesman to world-famous opera singer, Paul Potts proved that some dreams can come true. After wowing fans in the first season of the British television program “Britain’s Got Talent,” Potts has been able to overcome his rather dowdy appearance to become a star.
Opera companies, who previously turned away Potts because of his appearance, may be having second thoughts now that he’s on a world tour. Potts comes to Seoul for a three-night engagement, followed by another show in Busan at KBS Hall on May 7. Tickets range from 77,000 won to 132,000 won.
Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 722-6504~5, www.interpark.co.kr


K-LEAGUE SOCCER
Saturday
Pohang Steelers vs. Daegu FC
Pohang Steel Yard, 3 p.m.
Gwangju Sangmu vs. Jeonbuk Motors
Gwangju World Cup, 3 p.m.
Seongnam Chunma vs. Daejeon Citizen
Tancheon Jonghap, 3 p.m.
Jeonnam Dragons vs. Busan I’Park
Gwangyang Jeonyong, 7 p.m.
Sunday
FC Seoul vs. Jeju United
Seoul World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.
Suwon Bluewings vs. Ulsan Tigers
Suwon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.
Gyeongnam FC vs. Incheon United
Changwon Jonghap, 1:20 p.m.
www.kleaguei.com

KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION
Today
LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions
Munhak, 6:30 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
Sajik, 6:30 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Woori Heroes
Cheongju, 6:30 p.m.
Friday
Doosan Bears vs. SK Wyverns
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
Woori Heroes vs. Lotte Giants
Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. LG Twins
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday
Doosan Bears vs. SK Wyverns
Jamsil, 2 p.m.
Woori Heroes vs. Lotte Giants
Mokdong, 2 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. LG Twins
Daegu, 2 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Gwangju, 2 p.m.
Sunday
Doosan Bears vs. SK Wyverns
Jamsil, 2 p.m.
Woori Heroes vs. Lotte Giants
Mokdong, 2 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. LG Twins
Daegu, 2 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Gwangju, 2 p.m.
Tuesday
LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Lotte Giants
Munhak, 6:30 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Woori Heroes
Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday
LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Lotte Giants
Munhak, 6:30 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Woori Heroes
Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.
www.koreabaseball.or.kr

KOREAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Championship Finals
Best four-out-of-seven series
Today
Dongbu Promy vs. Samsung Thunders
Wonju Chiak, 6:20 p.m.
Saturday
Dongbu Promy vs. Samsung Thunders
Wonju Chiak, 2:30 p.m.
Monday
Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy
Jamsil, 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday
Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy
Jamsil, 5:15 p.m.
www.kbl.or.kr


LOTTE WORLD’S 2008 MASQUERADE FESTIVAL
To May 25: Seoul is a long way from Venice, Italy, but Lotte World brings the magic of the Carnival of Venice to Seoul. Like the actual event in Venice, the Masquerade Festival features elaborate masks and costumes.
But there’s more to this festival than just dress-up. The event features a parade that includes three themes: “Dream of Venice”, “Animation World” and “Nature World”. Characters from classic fairy tales and cartoons will march in the parade, and photographers will be on hand to take souvenir snapshots. Other performances include a masked magician performing tricks from China and a masked B-boy battle. For those who don’t own a masquerade mask, you can rent your own or get your face painted for free at the festival. Tickets are 24,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 4
(02) 411-3508~9, http://www.lotteworld.com

JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, North Jeolla
May 1 to May 9: Films from all over the world descend on Jeonju to showcase their cinematic aesthetics. The competition will include entries in several unique categories.
“The Jeonju Digital Project” is a competition run by festival organizers. Three directors were chosen to produce a 30-minute digital film using digital camcorders and editing equipment. Their finished products will premiere at the festival. “Cinemascape” introduces directors’ vision for film. “Korean Cinema” is for domestic documentaries, independent films and new releases. There will also be a retrospective of international masters of the film industry. Festival venues will be the Sori Arts Center, the Culture Hall at Chonbuk National University, CGV Jeonju and Primus Cinema Jeonju. Tickets are 10,000 won.
Take a bus to Jeonju from Express Bus Terminal, Nambu Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.
(02) 2285-0562, http://www.jiff.or.kr/
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