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2008. 10. 2 Event Calendar


To Oct. 17: “Nigel Hall Exhibition.” In recent years, British artist Nigel Hall has explored volume through freestanding sculpture made from steel and through relief sculptures formed from polished wood. His exploration of landscape and understanding of scale have enabled him to create a number of sculptures for the open air.

Often made from corten steel, these site-related sculptures borrow space from their respective locations. The outdoor works compete with the elements and the consistently changing light. In contrast, the indoor sculptures require controlled light and a more stable environment.

The titles also provide clues which may refer to the initial stimulus for the work. The works are precisely and carefully constructed to create a variety of shadows and edges: rich deep seams to medium toned surfaces, linear edges and seductive forms.

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

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

(02) 549-7574~6, www.parkryusookgallery.co.kr


To Oct. 19: “Kim Kang-yong’s Brick Painting.” Assuming that the canon of Modernism is applied to the analysis of medium and form in the fundamental structure of painting and two-dimensionality, Kim Kang-yong’s brick painting can be classified as a Modernist work.

Even if Kim’s painting seems to represent everyday objects such as bricks as they are, Modernist art critics may assert that his work is subordinated to illusionism or trick-of-the-eye techniques.

The artist’s brick painting has to be understood as an exploration of form to discover the true meaning of reproduction and hyper-realistic optical tricks by shattering the fixed notions we have about them.

Kim believes that he is able to transcend the phenomenal world of images through his infatuation and that unification can become salvation and solace for those engaging in art as well as the artist himself.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is from 2,000 won ($1.70) to 3,000 won.

Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3

(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com


Friday to Sunday: “Uncle Vanya.” Lithuanian director Mindaugas Karbauskis has teamed up with Russia’s Tabakov Theater to illustrate the power of traditional Russian plays.

“Uncle Vanya” is a tragicomedy about family relations in a peaceful countryside town written by 19th century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Vanya is a farmer who lives with his mother and Sonya, the daughter of his dead sister. He works hard on the estate of his brother-in-law, Professor Serebryakov, to earn money for his family.

The trouble begins when Serebryakov returns home with his beautiful young wife, Yelena, to live on the estate. Vanya and his friend Astrov both fall in love with the charming Yelena.

The tension escalates when Serebryakov tells Vanya that he is going to sell the estate, provoking a standoff between Vanya and his brother-in-law.

Karbauskis, who is noted for productions of “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner and Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen,” won the Best Director Award at the 2004 Stanislavski Awards and is a double winner of the Russian Golden Mask Award.

The show starts at 4 p.m.

Tickets cost from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 3673-2561, www.artstheater.arko.or.kr


From Saturday: “Nunsense.” The comedy musical featuring five troublesome nuns is back.

“Nunsense” follows a host of amusing incidents that arise as a group of nuns desperately try to make a large sum of money quickly to pay for the funerals of 52 residents of the convent who died from food poisoning while they were away playing bingo.

Dan Goggin’s musical debuted off-Broadway in 1985, and has since been translated into at least 26 languages. Its Korean version is known here for hilarious performances that leave audiences in fits of laughter.

The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Tickets cost 40,000 won for all seats.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 1

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


Monday and Wednesday: “Medea and its Double.” The winner of the Best Director Award at the 19th Cairo International Festival For Experimental Theatre, “Medea and its Double” is running in Seoul as part of this year’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival.

The play is based on the Greek tragedy “Medea” by Euripides, and is about a mother who kills her own children after being abandoned by her husband. Despite her terrible deed, Medea manages to win some sympathy, as she is driven to kill her children in order to hurt him.

This new interpretation has won praise for its unique drama.

With its traditional Korean music and dance performances, Medea is a timeless tragedy that will appeal to today’s audiences.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. on both days.

Tickets cost 30,000 won for all seats.

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

(02) 923-1810, www.sac.or.kr



Daejeon Citizen vs. Busan I’Park

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Seongnam Chunma vs. Gyeongnam FC

Tancheon Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Incheon United vs. FC Seoul

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 5 p.m.


Gwangju Sangmu vs. Pohang Steelers

Younggwang Sportium, 3 p.m.

Daegu FC vs. Suwon Bluewings

Daegu World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Ulsan Tigers vs. Chunnam Dragons

Ulsan Munsu, 4 p.m.

Jeonbuk Motors vs. Jeju United

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 6 p.m.



The Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

The Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 5 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. The Heroes

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns

Daegu, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Doosan Bears

Gwangju, 5 p.m.


SK Wyverns vs. The Heroes

Munhak, 5 p.m.

OLYMPIC PARK, 88 Grass Field

Friday: “The 10th Ssamzie Sound Festival.” The Ssamzie Sound Festival, also known as Ssamsafe, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Ssamsafe is a conceptual festival which comes up with fresh concepts each year to satisfy audiences who wish to experience diverse genres of music as well as culture.

But perhaps the most interesting and attractive feature of Ssamsafe is that it is a very Korean festival too. Following the concept of “Korean Creative,” the festival has unearthed such local musical talents as Nell, Pia, Rumble Fish, Hot Potato and many more.

This year, as the festival will be held on Korea’s National Foundation Day, the festival’s slogan is “Made in Korea,” with dozens of popular and talented musicians from around the country in the lineup for the 10th anniversary.

Tickets cost 10,000 won for all seats.

The concert is held from noon to 10 p.m.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 422-8211, www.ssamziesoundfestival.com


Friday: “Omara Portuondo - Gracias Tour in Seoul.” The legendary Cuban singer of Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, is visiting Korea to give a concert as a part of her “Gracias” tour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her life as a musician and to promote the release of her fourth album, also titled, “Gracias.”

On a previous visit to Seoul, Portuondo wowed Korean fans when she performed in hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, and sang the classic Korean folk song “Arirang.” For this year’s concert, Portuondo will sing about life and love together with guitarist Swami Jr., pianist Harold Lopez Nussa, Felipe Cabrera on the double bass and percussionists Andres Coayo and Rodney Yllarza Barreto.

With the songs from her new album, the 78-year-old queen of Cuban music will give a typically passionate performance of delightful Latin rhythms.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 165,000 won.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

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

(02) 563-0595, www.interpark.co.kr


Tuesday: “Latte e Miele.” The LG Art Center’s Italian Progressive Rock Band Series concludes this year with another legendary art rock band set to play here.

Debuting in 1970, Latte e Miele released their first album “Passio Secundum Mattheum,” based on the theme of Jesus’ sufferings in the Book of Matthew. The album has since grown in stature to be regarded now as a progressive rock masterpiece.

For this concert three original members, Oliviero Lacagnina, Giancarlo Dellacasa and Alfio Vitanza, will perform their hit songs.

The Italian Progressive Rock Band Series bought bands PFM and New Trolls to Korea in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Through the concerts, fans were given a golden opportunity to meet legendary progressive rock heroes, who despite some wrinkles put on an impressive show.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.

The show starts at 8 p.m.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


Tuesday: “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Tango Special.” The strong, passionate rhythms of tango meet classical music in this mashup concert.

Regarded as the finest orchestra in Korea, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, under charismatic conductor Gisele Ben-Dor, who has been described as a “newly rising star full of talent,” will be joined by famous bandoneon player Juanjo Mosalini Jr.

The orchestra will play masterpieces by renowned tango composers Piazolla and Ginastera, specifically Ginastera’s Panambi Suite and Estancia Suite, and Piazzolla’s Aconcagua Concerto and Adios Nonino.

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

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 3700-6300, www.seoulphil.co.kr


Saturday: The 2008 Seoul International Fireworks Festival, always a favorite among couples, is back again this autumn.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with a live SBS concert called “Lee Kyung-sil’s Let’s Meet the World,” featuring many famous Korean singers.

After speeches from the mayor of Seoul, Oh Se-hoon, and other dignitaries, the fireworks show will erupt into life over the Han River from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The skies will be lit up with fireworks from Korea’s Hanwha Group with the theme “Challenge Your Dream” and Hong Kong’s Pyromagic Productions with “Paint the Sky with Love.”

The festival will be held at the Han River Citizens’ Park located in Yeouido, central Seoul.

Yeouinaru Station, line No. 5, exit 3

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