2008. 10. 23 Event CalendarINSA ART CENTER
To Nov. 4: “Seo Yura - The Masterpiece in My Life.” Seo Yura’s exhibition sheds light on the elements of pop art that were sneered at as insubstantial, foolish or tasteless.
Her piled-up books represent affluence. The heaped books in the paintings remind you that they were once the exclusive property of only a few as well as a symbol of power, wealth or sacredness, but now, they are so numerous they’re almost redundant. However, there are so many other aspects of this stack of books: worldly interests, gorgeous women, films noted for their moving scenes, and prestigious designer brands that are objects of desire among women of today.
Seo Yura’s paintings have elements of pop art in the way they endorse the artistic value of all kinds of public interests.
Existing only as fragmented images in each book, they are combined according to the artist’s intention and reconstituted through her vision.
Admission ranges from 1,000 won ($0.75) to 2,000 won.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
(02) 736-1020, www.ganaart.com
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART
To Nov. 30: “Reading the Boundary Between Fiction and Nonfiction.” This exhibition presents artworks that try to defy the boundary between reality and unreality, fiction and nonfiction, the concept and the image.
It is possible to intentionally record reality based on the fact that photography and visual media are not just tools that record images. They can now control and create entirely new situations.
This phenomenon is not simply drawn from the media but also from artists’ attempts to pull up the hidden stories formed under the multidimensional culture and social structures of the 21st century.
Reading fine arts starts with understanding conceptualized art and how literary concepts are conveyed. The main theme of this exhibition is the interchangeable relationship between real and surreal, exhibiting the works of artists who focus on the line between fiction and nonfiction and artworks that show vagueness.
The exhibition offers a chance to understand the meaning of fiction in fine arts, and to step back and forth across the line of reality in an interesting way.
The museum is open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, 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, exit 1, line No. 2, exit 11 or 12; Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5 or Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 5
(02) 2124-8800, www.seoulmoa.org
BAEKAM ART HALL
Saturday to Jan. 18: “Singles.” First shown in 2007, this musical was immensely successful here, filling a record 85 percent of seats for its entire run, and proving especially popular among women between the ages of 20 and 35.
The musical centers on a group of women in their late 20s, searching for a turning point in their lives as they each face an array of problems, in both their working and love lives.
“Singles” was praised in its first run for its strong, realistic story line, combined with addictive melodies and well-written lyrics that focus on issues that audiences could relate to.
If you are single and confused about life, share your confusion with others by seeing this musical.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 60,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 8
(02) 559-1333, www.baekamhall.com
LEMEILLEUR SMALL THEATER
From Oct. 31: “Do Dream Love.” This creative musical is a classic love story that centers on a married couple.
After nine years of dating, third-rate musician Myung-hoon and famous TV producer Soo-hee finally get married.
But after eight years of marriage, their relationship has proven to be extremely difficult and volatile. Drinking away their problems in a bar, they decide to get divorced.
But with the barman’s help, they begin to confront their tumultuous past, leading them on a process of recollecting precious memories of love that they have forgotten.
The story of “Do Dream Love” is told through the approximately 40 songs in the 100-minute performance.
Park Si-beom, Kim So-hyang and a cast of other interesting characters will perform.
Tickets cost 40,000 won for all seats.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 747-2232, www.gonirang.com
ARTS THEATER TREE AND WATER
Oct. 28 to Jan. 25: “A Night’s Serenade.” This musical is a touching, modern story of a mother? daughter relationship.
Ji-sun is a D.J. on an Internet radio program called A Night’s Serenade. On air, she relates well to her listeners, but at home she is misunderstood by her mother, who disapproves of her life.
Ji-sun feels she is constantly nagged and scolded by her mother, Jung-ja.
However, tragedy strikes when one day, after a fight with her mother, Ji-sun has an accident and loses consciousness.
In this state, she begins to dream and is taken on a journey back to 1973 where she gets to see her mother going through her own trials of young love.
The musical is noted for both its humor and emotion, with witty but touching dialogue, reminiscent of a real mother-daughter relationship.
A discount of 50 percent will be given to mothers and daughters attending the performance together.
Tickets cost 30,000 won for all seats.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 4
(02) 745-2124, www.treeandwater.com
HOAM ART HALL
Friday: “Tommy Emmanuel Concert.” The Australian acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, known for his unrivaled finger-picking technique, is visiting Korea to perform a solo concert.
The self-taught musician began playing the guitar at the age of 4 and later joined his family’s band.
In the 1970s Emmanuel moved to Sydney and started his career in clubs before getting the chance to work with such artists as Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder.
Over his 30-year career, Emmanuel has worked with John Denver, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Air Supply and Chet Atkins, who bestowed him with the title “Certified Guitar Player.”
This will be Emmanuel’s third visit to Seoul after his performances in 2005 at the Jarasum Jazz Festival and concerts at Baekam Art Hall and Gwangju in 2006.
Tickets range from 35,000 won to 50,000 won.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(02) 587-3021, www.guitarmusic.co.kr
SEOUL ARTS CENTER Concert Hall
Friday: “2008 Swingle Singers Concert.” Originally formed in Paris over 40 years ago, and now based in London, the acclaimed eight-member a cappella group Swingle Singers continues to maintain a fine singing tradition and will return to Korea to perform this weekend.
The Swingle Singers are well-known among local audiences for songs that have been used in numerous TV commercials here.
They have also performed in Korea previously, including a 2005 Valentines’ Day concert and their 2006 joint concert with the Korean group “Zoo” at Seoul City Hall Plaza.
Last year, the group teamed up with the Korean beatbox group “Shlomo” for a highly original concert.
Every time they visit, the Swingle Singers have a new repertoire to please audiences here. This year with two new members, the Swingle Singers will continue to deliver their harmonious sounds.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 100,000 won.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3 exit 5
(02) 2068-8000, www.sac.or.kr
SANGSANG MADANG LIVE HALL
Sunday: “Melo Breeze Autumn Concert.” The Korean musical duo Melo Breeze are back on stage for the first time in 2008 to celebrate the release of a new album.
Melo Breeze concerts are popular for being staged in small intimate venues instead of large arenas, where the artists can connect with their audiences.
Their concerts are said to be performed like a well-made dramatic film.
In fact, most of the songs on the album have been featured on the soundtrack of the popular soap opera “Love in Seoul.”
The two members, Jae-kyung and Park Sang-hoon, will create an unforgettable atmosphere that fans will appreciate.
The concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 40,000 won when reserved in advance and 44,000 won at the door.
Honggik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 330-6200, www.sangsangmadang.com
Ulsan Tigers vs. Daejeon Citizen
Ulsan Munsu, 4 p.m.
Jeonbuk Motors vs. Incheon United
Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 6 p.m.
Pohang Steelers vs. Suwon Bluewings
Pohang Steel Yard, 3:30 p.m.
FC Seoul vs. Seongnam Chunma
Seoul World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.
Busan I’Park vs. Chunnam Dragons
Busan Asiad, 3 p.m.
Gwangju Sangmu vs. Jeju United
Gwangju World Cup Stadium, 3:15 p.m.
Daegu FC vs. Jeonnam Dragons
Daegu World Cup Stadium, 3:20 p.m.
Gyeongnam FC vs. Chunnam Dragons
Changwon Jonghap, 7:30 p.m.
Daejeon Citizen vs. Pohang Steelers
Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.
Daegu FC vs. Jeonbuk Motors
Daegu World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Suwon Bluewings vs. FC Seoul
Suwon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Busan I’Park vs. Jeju United
Busan Asiad, 8 p.m.
Gwangju Sangmu vs. Ulsan Tigers
Gwangju World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Seongnam Chunma vs. Incheon United
Tancheon Jonghap, 7 p.m.
KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION
Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions
Jamsil, 6 p.m.
Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions
Jamsil, 6 p.m.
SEOGWIPO CHILSHIMNI FESTIVAL, Jeju Island
Today to Sunday: Jeju Island, the nation’s ultimate tourist destination, is celebrating the 14th Seogwipo Chilshimni Festival.
“Seogwipo Chilshimni” is the title of a song written in 1938 that evokes nostalgia about the devastation people experienced when Jeju was occupied by the Japanese.
Due to the lyrics of the song, the phrase has become an oft-used expression to refer to the utopia that exists in the hearts of the residents of Seogwipo.
The history of this phrase inspired the name of this festival.
Visitors to the festival can enjoy many healthy programs and cures, including seaweed therapy, gongjinmu (stone healing) and other kinds of natural remedies.
People can also experience native folk customs such as making pottery and bamboo flutes.
From Seoul, take a flight from Gimpo Airport to Jeju Island.
(064) 760-2662, www.70ni.seogwipo.go.kr