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2008. 9.4 Event Calendar

KUKJE GALLERY

To Oct. 5: “Anish Kapoor.” Born in India and now based in London, Kapoor emerged on the international stage in the early 1980s as one of a number of artists in Britain whose new techniques re-established sculpture as a vital means of artistic expression. An interlocutor between Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions, Kapoor’s work engages both the traditional forms and material concerns of minimalism while simultaneously embracing themes of Indian cosmology and spiritual transcendence.

This exhibition is comprised of 10 large-scale sculptures made from a diverse variety of materials, including polished stainless steel, acrylic, resin and dyed Vaseline. Together, these works provide a dynamic overview of the artist’s carefully cultivated formal vocabulary and continue his long-standing practice of using new and unorthodox technologies to create evocative objects.

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; or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 735-8449, http://www.kukje.org


GYEONGHUI PALACE

Friday to Sept. 30: “Ancient Palace Musical - Dae Jang-geum (Jewel in the Palace).” Last year’s hit musical “Dae Jang-geum (Jewel in the Palace)” is back with an all-new cast and director, and will be staged at the ancient Gyeonghui Palace in central Seoul.

The previous production received some criticism for following exactly the same story line as the hugely popular MBC drama of the same name, which portrays a woman who serves as a palace cook for the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty before rising to become the first female physician.

However the new version of Dae Jang-geum, the fourth musical of the Seoul Culture Foundation’s program, will feature new characters. Its outdoor stage will add to the performance’s realistic nature and leave a lasting impression on audiences. The show stresses symbolism and dazzling music and costumes.

Also, the perspective toward the main character Jang-geum has been altered slightly to focus on how she paved her way to successfully achieve her dreams.

The show is staged at 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won ($27) to 50,000 won.

Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 4

(02) 738-8289, www.i-pmc.co.kr



CHANGJO CONCERT HALL

Friday to Nov. 12: “Fusion Korean Classical Play - Magic Zoo.” After walking away with three prizes from the Seoul Children’s Play Awards - for direction, production and acting - “Magic Zoo” is returning for another run. Acknowledged as one of the best children’s plays here, it is said to embody the endless possibilities of the Korean play.

This is an adventure story about Eomji and Deolleong, who accidentally stumble upon a secret passage to the Magic Zoo while playing hide-and-seek. There, Eomji and Deolleong watch an animal show under the supervision of the zoo’s magician - who just happens to be a monkey. After the show, when the two are about to leave, the animals approach them and ask for help. In order to rescue the poor animals from the cruel magic spells, they must find the golden life feather.

The vivid visual effects will take children on an imaginative journey to this magical land.

The show is staged at 2 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays) and 12 and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Tickets cost 20,000 won for all seats.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 747-7001, www.changjo1.co.kr



DOOSAN ART CENTER

Tuesday to Nov. 23: “Xanadu.” The musical “Xanadu” is being staged in Korea with an all-local cast.

The fun musical-on-roller-skates follows the journey of the beautiful Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in the 1980s on a quest to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist. They team up to create the greatest artistic creation of all time: a roller disco. But trouble starts when Clio falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny. With her jealous sisters scheming to have her banished forever to the underworld, the unlikely love story faces many obstacles.

The story covers the familiar but inspiring theme of following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. The story rolls along to the original hit score composed by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, which includes “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman”, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu.”

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 99,000 won.

Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1

(02) 1544-1555, www.smxanadu.com



DAEHANGNO CULTURE COMPLEX E-DA

Sept. 11 to Nov. 2: “Failan.” Based on the 2001 Korean film “Failan,” starring Choi Min-sik and Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung, the musical version of Failan has been reborn with a seven-piece band providing the music for this touching story mixed with modern dance and mime.

Failan deals with the travels of Kang-jae, who is on a painful journey of discovery after being left by his lover. The sad story about searching for love fits perfectly with the accompanying music: folk, rock, and country music conveying the passion and ambition of a man’s heart.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost 40,000 won for all seats.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 744-0300, www.e-eda.com


KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

Today

Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Woori Heroes

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Tomorrow

LG Twins vs. SK Wyverns

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Woori Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

LG Twins vs. SK Wyverns

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Woori Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 5 p.m.

Sunday

LG Twins vs. SK Wyverns

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Woori Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 5 p.m.

Tuesday

LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Woori Heroes

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday

LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Woori Heroes

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

www.koreabaseball.or.kr



ROLLING HALL

Friday: “Cherry Filter - Special Live Orange Road.” Formed in 1997, Korean rockers Cherry Filter hit it big with a style that comprises emotional ballads, punk rock, rave and trance.

They recently released their hit song “Orange Road.” This modern rock song makes the most of the unique voice of Cherry Filter’s female vocalist, Youjeen. The song displays feminine yet powerful vocalism and effervescent lyrics showcasing the group’s own bright colors.

The common rock-and-roll rhythm will appeal to many. The song basically asks a lover to “forget for the moment all the stress, and go on a journey together.”

Apart from Youjeen, the band includes bassist Yaenhead, guitarist Zin and drummer Sonstar.

Standing tickets cost 20,000 won.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Honggik University Station, line No. 2, exit 6

(02) 325-6071, www.rollinghall.co.kr



EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM

Saturday to Sunday: “Alex Concert - My Favorite Songs.” Regarded as one of the hottest male singers nowadays, Alex Chu, who is the male vocalist of the group Clazziquai, has been working on a solo project and will perform a solo concert titled, “My Favorite Songs.”

The ever-romantic Alex sings stories of love and parting with his tender voice and gentle smile. As the title implies, Alex is planning to sing some of his favorite songs as well as songs by other singers. His remakes include Kim Dong-ryul’s “Like a Child,” Noel’s “Propose” and Loveholic’s “Flower Vase.”

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 77,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 2 or 3

(02) 1588-1555, www.interpark.co.kr



DOM ART HALL

Saturday to Sunday: “Andy Live Concert - Shall We Love?” A member of the boy band Shinhwa, Andy released his first solo album this year. Following the success of his solo concerts in Korea, Japan and China, and continued requests from his fans, Andy will give another concert in Seoul this weekend to welcome the fall.

This time, Andy wants to shed his nice-guy image, and is planning to put on a more powerful stage performance instead. But with the title “Shall We Love?” Andy will no doubt deliver his popular love songs to his adoring fans. The concert is also scheduled to tour Daegu and Busan.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 77,000 won.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Children’s Grand Park Station, line No. 7, exit 1

(02) 1566-1774, www.domarthall.com


THE BUSAN BIENNALE 2008

Saturday to Nov. 15: Hosted by Busan Metropolitan City and the Busan Biennale Organizing Committee, The Busan Biennale 2008 will open this weekend.

Art and culture are closely related to wasteful activities, where products are consumed and discarded, instead of being preserved or augmented. In this regard, the festival promises to exhibit a distinctive philosophy of “Expenditure” through contemporary art created by artists invited from around the world. Exhibits will include paintings, photographs, videos, installations and outdoor sculptures.

The Biennale, which will take place at various locations including the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Gwangalli Beach and APEC Naru Park over 71 days, will have more than 200 works of art from 40 different countries. The event’s main exhibitions will be a Contemporary Art Exhibition, a Sea Art Festival and the Busan Sculpture Project.

From Seoul, take a bus from the Nambu Bus Terminal or a train from Seoul Station.

(051) 888-6691, www.busanbiennale.org
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