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2008. 9.18 Event Calendar


To Nov. 5: “The Fifth Seoul International Media Art Biennale.” The biennale will showcase the convergence of art and technology in innovative works by artists from all over the world.

Artists from 26 countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Australia, France, the United States and Denmark, have been invited to present their works at the event. This year’s main theme is “Turn and Widen,” referring to the growing influence of media art around the world. The exhibition will explore the differences between the forms of traditional art and media art.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closing at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Admission ranges from 8,000 won ($6.90) to 12,000 won.

City Hall Station, lines No. 1 and No. 2, exits 1, 11 or 12, Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5 or Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 5

(02) 2124-8800, www.seoulmoa.org


Sept. 28 to Oct. 16: “Jingdezhen Qingbai Porcelain -The Beauty of Pure White Blooming in Blue.” The exhibition will showcase 75 items, including Qingbai pottery, also known as blue-white porcelain. It was one of the most favored types of pottery in China during the Song and Yuan Dynasties.

This exhibition space is divided into sections which discuss the use of food vessels, the spatial decoration of ceramics, decorative techniques and the refined sense of aesthetic appreciation of ceramics.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Closed Mondays.

Admission is 1,000 won for children and 2,000 won for adults.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr



Thursday to Oct. 19: “Jung Han-yong’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” This is the Korean version of a play based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey.

Following a recent announcement that the Oregon State Mental Hospital, the location of the film, would be remodeled, interest in the play was revived in theaters around the world. The 1975 film starred Jack Nicholson.

For the Korean version, director Woo Hyun-jong has teamed up with actors Jung Han-yong and Jung Ah-mi, among others.

Tuesday and Thursday performances will also feature an audience forum with experts from mental hospitals and the cast.

Tickets range from 25,000 won to 38,500 won.

The play starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 3

(02) 742-3577, www.ceciltheater.com


Sept. 26 to Nov. 30: “2008 Musical Rocky Horror Show.” Known around the world as a musical with a cult following, Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show” will be performed in Daehangno, central Seoul.

On the way to visit a college professor, clean-cut Brad Majors and his fiancee, Janet Weiss, run into tire trouble and are forced to seek help, following a light at the end of the street, where Dr. Frank-n-Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments.

The musical was first shown in Korea in 2001 and saw the debut of many talented actors and actresses such as Lee Sun-kyun, Oh Man-suk and Kang Ji-hwan. It will no doubt uncover new talent again this time.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays, except for Mondays, 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 55,000 won.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 501-4793, www.theatersh.com


Sept. 25 to 27: “Three Sisters.” The 250-year-old Russian State Academic Maly Theater presents “Three Sisters,” by 19th-century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.

The play is about the collapse of the Russian aristocracy and the search for the meaning of life in the modern world through the lives and dreams of a family of three sisters.

Despite modern trends in theater, the Maly Theater has maintained its traditional style of presenting plays. This is its second visit to Korea after the first in 1990. The theater, together with renowned Russian director Yuri Solomin, plans to attract audiences tired of post-modernism.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 100,000 won.

The play is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr




Jeju United vs. Suwon Bluewings

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Incheon United vs. Daegu FC

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 5 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Busan I’Park

Pohang Steel Yard, 7 p.m.

Jeonnam Dragons vs. Gwangju Sangmu

Gwangyang Jeonyong, 7 p.m.

Seongnam Chunma vs. Ulsan Tigers

Seongnam Complex, 7 p.m.


FC Seoul vs. Gyeongnam FC

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Jeonbuk Motors vs. Daejeon Citizen

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 6 p.m.



LG Twins vs. SK Wyverns

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.


SK Wyverns vs. The Heroes

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.


SK Wyverns vs. The Heroes

Munhak, 5 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 5 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Kia Tigers

Munhak, 5 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 2 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. The Heroes

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Hanwha Eagles

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. The Heroes

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.



Saturday: “JAM Project First Live in Korea.” JAM Project, standing for Japan Animationsong Makers, is an anime music group.

Founded in 2000 by famous 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki, the group is composed of vocal artists well known for anime and video game theme songs.

To please animation fans in Korea, original members of the supergroup will perform themes from animations past and present such as Mazinger Z, Macross and Dragonball.

The JAM Project is touring Seoul as part of a world tour to show how Japanese animation has influenced countries around the globe.

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

The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Children’s Grand Park, line No. 7

(02) 324-3814, www.squarepig.co.kr


Sunday: “Judas Priest Live In Korea.” After a wait of nearly 40 years, Judas Priest is visiting Korea for the first time to perform a concert in Seoul this weekend.

Formed in 1970, this British band is an iconic heavy metal group, setting the trend for heavy metal from music to the stereotypical image of leather jackets and motorcycles.

Featuring bass player Ian Hill, vocalist Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing with their current drummer Scott Travis, the band will perform all of their hit songs including a favorite rock ballad among Koreans, “Before the Dawn,” as well as rock masterpieces such as “British Steel,” “Breaking the Law” and “Painkiller.”

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 3444-9969, www.yellownine.co.kr


Sunday: “60th Anniversary Celebration of Opera in Korea - Opera Gala.” Korean opera celebrates its 60th birthday with national and private operatic groups from all over the country gathered to celebrate the occasion.

It has been 60 years since the Western art of opera was introduced to Korea. Korean opera began when tenor Lee In-sun performed the very first opera the country had seen, “La Traviata.” Six decades on, opera has settled into Korean society. For this event, veteran and young vocalists will perform together on stage.

Although the history of Korean opera is relatively short, its standard is now renowned worldwide and many Korean artists are performing all over the world. The celebration hopes to be another great opportunity for the further development of Korean opera.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 586-0945, www.sac.or.kr



Friday to Monday: The Seoul Women Family Foundation is holding a festival this weekend with many performances, exhibitions, experiments and participatory education events.

The festival will begin with a Bibimbap Concert on Friday night, themed “Diverse Multicultural Community” and featuring gayageum and B-Boy performances.

Before the concert, there will be a chance to enjoy bibimbap, seaweed wraps with vegetables and rice, together.

Saturday’s theme is “Communication Between Generations” and will include a gardening experience for grandparents and grandchildren.

The theme on Sunday will be “Relationships Between Couples” with a screening of a film followed by a discussion in which married couples can share their feelings about the movie and their relationship.

All the programs are free. Anyone who registers in advance can participate.

The festival will be held at the Women Plaza, Daebang-dong.

Daebang Station, line No. 1, exit 3

(02) 810-5054, www.seoulwomen.or.kr

MUNGYEONG OMIJA FESTIVAL, Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang

Saturday to Sunday: Mungyeong is holding the Mungyeong Omija Festival this weekend to celebrate the town’s contribution to the well-being craze: the omija berry.

Used in traditional teas, liquor and more, the red berries are noted both for their taste and their medicinal properties.

The festival is also a good opportunity to appreciate the small town of Mungyeong, a community on the foothills of Mount Sobaek that, for centuries, has played a role as the gateway to southeastern Korea.

The festival includes an omija drinking contest, an auction, omija harvesting, omija food sampling, a chance to make omija rice cakes and performances by the Pyeongyang Folk Art Troupe and Saejae Pumgmulpae.

To get to Mungyeong, take a bus from East Seoul Bus Terminal. It takes about three hours.

Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 4

(054) 554-7555, www.5mija.kr
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