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2008. 8. 21 Event Calendar


To Aug. 27: “Yin Qi.” Yin Qi is one of the new generation of internationalized Chinese artists, currently based in both China and France.

Yin is noted for having removed the objectivity of color from his works. His “Interior” series displays everyday household images of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

However, by presenting these familiar spaces with a sense of unfamiliarity, he compels viewers to see an entirely new space. His refusal to use any colors injects a dimension of surrealism to otherwise commonplace scenes.

In addition to Interior, the exhibition also presents Yin’s other major works, the “Dogs” series and the “Sea” series, along with 22 recent oil collections of flower and landscape pieces. His other collections include his collage diary and 40 witty drawings made on graph paper.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1; Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 2; or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com


To Sept. 2: “Pa-Ya Exhibition, Noblesse Children.” In this exhibition, the artist Pa-Ya shows that free excursion in the extraordinary imaginative world of fictional images is possible through a variety of pictures.

In the “Noblesse Children” series, one of Pa-Ya’s most famous works, the kids in the images, carrying expensive designer bags, stare at viewers with meaningful expressions.

As you contemplate these images, the realization dawns that this is not so different from our own childhood memories.

After all, the artist asks, who as a young child hasn’t played dress-up with their mother’s lipstick and jewelry, or put on their father’s suit and necktie and pretended to be an adult?

The gallery is open from Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, or Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 549-7574, www.parkryusookgallery.co.kr



Aug. 29 to Oct. 26: “Broadway in Dreams.” In 2004, Yoon Seok-hwa, Yang Hee-kyung and Park Hae-mi thrilled Korean audiences with their quick-stepping tap dance skills in the production of the musical “42nd Street.” Now the stars are tap dancing their way back with the musical “Broadway in Dreams.”

The musical, based on the 1933 Hollywood movie of the same title, loosely follows the original story, yet the music, choreography and the stage have been tweaked by the Korean producers for 21st-century theatergoers.

The Great Depression of 1930s America may have passed, but the magic of modern-day Times Square in New York provides a fitting background for the dancing youngsters to follow their dreams as they try to get in the money.

Tickets range from 40,000 won ($40) to 100,000 won.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 1

(02) 741-1234, www.kepco.co.kr/artcenter


Aug. 30 to 31: “Boston Ballet - Three Masterpieces.” One of the world’s most highly acclaimed repertory ballet companies, the Boston Ballet is visiting Korea for the first time to perform “Three Masterpieces.”

Under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen, the Boston Ballet is well known to Koreans for its visually compelling choreography and a diverse repertoire that ranges from classical ballet to contemporary works.

The Three Masterpieces program features works that showcase modern American ballet interpretations. Through George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia” and Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room,” the company will highlight the past, present and future of modern ballet.

Performances will be staged at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4

(02) 1544-1681, www.bostonballet.co.kr


Aug. 30 to Sept. 7: “Dancecal - 15 minutes, 23 seconds.” A combination of “dance” and “musical,” the so-called “Dancecal” is the latest genre to excite Korean audiences.

A day before a new production is set to open, an accident occurs during the final rehearsal, throwing the entire production into disarray. “15 minutes, 23 seconds,” shows just what is going on backstage. It has a simple plot that focuses on the conflicts, tensions and the sacrifices of the many people working behind the scenes.

The story is based on the true story of the Seoul Performing Arts Company in 1992. On Nov. 18, a day before the play “Dreaming Railroad Train” was to open, a serious accident occurred in which the stage collapsed and left 20 people injured. In this Dancecal they have to decide whether they will cancel the performance or whether the show will go on, despite the actors being confined to wheelchairs.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 523-0987, www.museum.go.kr



Sunday: “Kingston Rudieska Concert - Live Fiction.” Kingston Rudieska, a nine-member brass ska band, is performing a live concert this weekend.

The Korean band debuted in 2004, and quickly gained a following by performing in clubs around the Hongik University, Itaewon and Apgujeong areas. Differing from the Two-Tone style of ska music developed in England in the 1970s, Kingston Rudieska has its own unique musical flavor which fuses Jamaican reggae with authentic ska and even jazz. As with most bands of these genres, Kingston Rudieska’s music sounds best when heard live.

Tickets cost 20,000 won when purchased in advance or 25,000 won at the door.

The concert begins at 6 p.m.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(010) 8650-3488, www.kingstonrudieska.com


Saturday: “Chocolate Music - I am Going to Propose Now.” Singer-songwriter Haneul-hae will be performing a concert this weekend to celebrate the establishment of his own record company, Chocolate Music.

In Korea, autumn is a prime season for weddings, hence the first Chocolate Music concert is going under the title, “I am Going to Propose Now.”

Together with the musicians of Chocolate Music, Haneul-hae will share his love stories and even offer tips on how to romantically propose to that special someone. Moreover, there will be an opportunity for audience members to actually propose to their loved one on stage.

The emotionally charged atmosphere will be aided by his band consisting of piano, acoustic guitars and other string instruments.

Tickets cost 44,000 won for all seats.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 4 or 8

(02) 375-6261, www.ligarthall.com


Aug. 30: “Ian Pooley and Louie Austen Concert.” Ian Pooley, the German-born D.J. known around the world as the “Master of European house music” and Louie Austen, a classically trained singer turned nightclub crooner from Austria with a Frank Sinatra-esque voice, have joined forces.

Pooley gained a reputation as an innovative house music producer who creates unusual sounds, such as his mix of Detroit techno and East Coast house. In stark contrast, the middle-aged Austen, although new to many, has been performing on the electronic music scene for a couple of years. With his alluring voice and humorous on-stage presence, Austen is building a small cult following among electronica fans. Together they will try to blend jazz and dance music for all generations.

Standing tickets cost 30,000 won which includes one free drink.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the concert set to run from 1 to 3 a.m.

Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 6

(02) 599-3165, www.clubmass.net




Gyeongnam FC vs. Suwon Bluewings

Changwon Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Incheon United vs. Pohang Steelers

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Daegu FC vs. FC Seoul

Daegu World Cup Stadium,7 p.m.

Seongnam Chunma vs. Jeju United

Seongnam Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Chunnam Dragons

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Gwangju Sangmu vs. Busan I’Park

Gwangju World Cup, 7 p.m.

Jeonbuk Motors vs. Ulsan Tigers

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.



LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Woori Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Woori Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.



Friday to Sunday: The 2008 DIJF is taking place at Daegu’s Suseong Artpia event center this weekend. The purpose behind this festival is to help promote Daegu’s quality range of cultural programs as well as to let people enjoy some great music. Throughout the weekend, a host of popular musicians will perform jazz and contemporary music.

The festival will feature both street performances and more intimate indoor performances. In addition, residents and festival participants will be able to freely enjoy music anywhere in the city through one of the many music booths erected to let people get a hands-on experience of musical instruments and analog and digital sound equipment.

Concert performances begin nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 100,000 won.

(053) 744-5235, www.ssartpia.or.kr

THE 28th GEUMSAN INSAM FESTIVAL, South Chungcheong

Aug. 29 to Sept. 7: The Geumsan Insam Festival, now in its 28th year, was selected as the best festival in Korea by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for 2007.

Geumsan in South Chungcheong is a prime growing area for Korean insam, or ginseng, producing around 80 percent of the domestic product.

During the festival, which kicks off later this month, you can discover how ginseng grows, experience picking the plant by hand, learn about its health benefits and distinguish the differences between Korean ginseng products and others. You can also experience traditional folk dancing and traditional Korean music events and even take part in a cooking contest.

The festival will be held at the Geumsan Ginseng Center Plaza and the Ginseng and Herb Street in downtown Geumsan.

Buses to Geumsan take around 2 and a half hours from the Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul, and depart every 90 minutes.

Express Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3

(841) 750-2391, www.geumsan.go.kr
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