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2008. 10. 16 Event Calendar


To Oct. 26:”Oasis.” It is often said that water is the basis of life and that everything comes from water and eventually goes back to water. In most religions, water signifies purity and the cleansing of sins.

Water also provides artists with a source of unending inspiration.

In this exhibition, artists explore the theme of using water to escape from dry, busy modern society.

Elger Esser matches the image of water to personal memories. Mike Perry plunges into the unique, ever-changing charm of the ocean.

Syoin Kajii’s works show love of the mighty power and passion of the ocean. Kim Dong-chul creates comfort and healing through waterscapes while Do Sung-wook uses light to create shining riverbanks.

Admission is 1,000 won ($0.80) to 2,000 won.

The gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Novotel Ambassador Busan, Haeundae District, Busan.

(051) 744-2020, www.ganaart.com


To Nov. 5:”The Fifth Seoul International Media Art Biennale” This year’s biennale, to be held at the Seoul Museum of Art, is themed “Turn and Widen.”

The biennale looks at the advent of media art and the impact as new media fields have merged into the world of art.

It aims to find answers through a variety of exhibits to such fundamental questions as: What is media art How is it different from conventional art What changes have been made in this field of art And what influences are there likely to be in the future

Based on these questions, the biennale classifies the difference between traditional and media arts into three categories: light, communication and time.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closing at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Admission is 8,000 won to 12,000 won.

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

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


Friday to Sunday: “The Prince of Tennis Musical.” This Japanese musical, which was first staged in 2003 at the Tokyo Arts Theater as “Tennimyu,” will be performed in Korea this weekend.

“The Prince of Tennis” is an action musical based on an original anime and manga series that deals with young tennis players and their quest to rise to the top.

Featuring original work by Takeshi Konomi and other top animation artists, the musical combines striking choreography with quality acting to make the comic book come alive on stage.

The story is centered on a middle-schooler named Ryoma, a capable tennis player who lives under pressure from his father, who was once a talented tennis player.

Ryoma is accepted into his school’s varsity team and becomes a key player as his school goes on to defeat other teams in the national competition.

In the final round, Ryoma comes up against Hyotei in an action-packed climax.

If you were a fan of The Prince of Tennis comic books, you will definitely enjoy this musical.

Tickets range from 25,000 won to 70,000 won.

The show is staged at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. on the weekend.

Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5 or 6

(02) 2051-3307, www.coex.co.kr/conv


Oct. 24 to 26: “Army Musical - Mine.” Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Military, a talented group of soldiers and popular Korean stars who are currently fulfilling their mandatory military service are staging a musical.

“Mine,” Korea’s first army musical, refers literally to a land mine. But is also a metaphor for the barriers and obstacles created between family members and the army.

The story revolves around what happened on a fateful day when a young lieutenant threw himself in harm’s way to save one of his men. Through the tragic accident, a father and his son grow closer together as they discover what they really value in life.

The show stars 40 soldiers who are currently serving in the military. Among the cast are singer and actor Ahn Chil-hyun, also known as Kangta, and the rapper Yang Dong-geun.

Over 400 hopefuls auditioned in June for the other singing and acting parts.

Musical star Lee Byung-jun, who isn’t serving in the army, plays the main role of Lee Jong-myung.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9

(02) 743-6487, www.musicalmine.kr


Oct. 24 to Nov. 30: “Shout.” Described as “the ultimate ’60s musical,” Shout will be staged for the first time in Korea.

Centered on the theme of women trying to find their own identity, the musical takes you back to the fabulous, hazy days of the swinging ’60s through songs by popular female artists of the period.

The title refers to a famous song from British singer Lulu. In the musical, Shout also refers to the title of a women’s magazine that all the five main characters enjoy reading.

The musical features memorable songs from the ’60s such as “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “I Only Want to be with You,” “To Sir with Love,” “Shout,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” and “Downtown,” plus many of Korea’s favorite pop songs from the ’60s.

The local performance features an exciting cast that includes Horan, Ji Young-sun and Song Eun-i, along with other noted professional musical performers.

Tickets cost 50,000 won for all seats.

The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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

(02) 736-7600, www.ceciltheater.com

SUNGKYUNGKWAN UNIVERSITY, 600th Anniversary Memorial Hall

Saturday: “Korean A Capella Festival 2008.” The Korean A Capella Festival will be celebrating its eighth anniversary with a cappella groups from all over the country showcasing the unique art of harmonious singing without instrumental accompaniment.

The festival aims to offer guests high-quality a cappella events. Saturday’s concert will be headlined by Korean a cappella group Sweet Sorrow, along with the winner of this year’s national a cappella competition, Janice, and all-male groups Exit and Remind.

Before the concert starts, a guerilla concert, or an impromptu street performance, will be held from 2 p.m. outside exit 4 of Hyewha Station. This performance aims to introduce a cappella music to people who are unfamiliar with it.

The main concert will be at 5 and 8 p.m.

Tickets cost 25,000 won for all seats.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 4

1588-1555, www.interpark.com


Sunday: “One Night of Fusion Masters - Kyoji Yamamoto and Neil Zaza Joint Concert.” Legendary Japanese heavy metal guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto and instrumental guitarist Neil Zaza from the United States will perform together in Seoul this Sunday for the first time.

Yamamoto has enjoyed a long solo career as well as being the guitarist for Japanese hard rock band Vow Wow.

Neil Zaza is noted for his adaptation of classical works into his melodic instrumentals, as well as his technical playing ability.

The concert, billed as “the power of originality,” will provide an opportunity to hear different genres of music ranging from rock, instrumental to fusion jazz on one stage.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 100,000 won.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 322-9496, www.onfm.tistory.com


Oct. 22: “Gayageum Quartet Yeoul - Live Concert.” Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the gayageum quartet known as Yeoul is giving a concert titled “Invitation to the Island.”

The group was formed when four women performers in their 20s got together over their shared passion for the traditional Korean stringed instrument known as gayageum.

Five years later, their performances have matured in style.

“Yeol,” which means “rapids” in Korean, reflects the differing characteristics of the group’s members, flowing individually before they arrive at one point together to produce a powerful sound.

Instead of focusing only on traditional music, the quartet has placed much importance in delivering crossover music that fits with contemporary styles.

Yeol has also developed an electronic gayageum to give the traditional instrument a more lively image.

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

Performance starts at 8 p.m.

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

(02) 720-3933, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Jeju United vs. Daegu FC

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 2:30 p.m.

Gyeongnam FC vs. Pohang Steelers

Masan, 3 p.m.

Seongnam Chunma vs. Busan I’Park

Tancheon Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Suwon Bluewings vs. Gwangju Sangmu

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


Chunnam Dragons vs. Jeonbuk Motors

Gwangyang Jeonyong, 3:30 p.m.

FC Seoul vs. Daejeon Citizen

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Incheon United vs. Ulsan Tigers

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.




Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions

Jamsil, 6 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions

Jamsil, 6 p.m.


Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Daegu, 1:30 p.m.


Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Daegu, 6 p.m.


Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Daegu, 6 p.m.



Oct. 23 to 26: With the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the 10th Icheon Rice Cultural Festival is being held this month to celebrate the importance and appeal of Korea’s staple food, rice.

Held in Icheon, a region famous in Korea for its high-quality rice, the three-day festival includes numerous rice-making programs, a traditional musical instrument competition, a puppet show and theatrical performances.

The highlight of the festival will be the making of a 600-meter (1,970-foot) rolled rice cake, garaetteok, which is expected to be big enough to serve every visitor.

Festival organizers are also planning to cook 2,000 portions of rice and sell each bowl with side dishes for 2,000 won - symbolizing the word “icheon,” the name of the festival’s host city, which means “two thousand” in Korean.

The festival will be held at Seolbong Park.

From Seoul, take a bus bound for Icheon from the Gangnam Station area or from the East Seoul Bus Terminal to Icheon Terminal. Then take a local bus or a taxi to Seolbong Park.

Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 4, or Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 6.

(031) 644-4121, www.ricefestival.or.kr

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