2008. 11.13 Event CalendarINSA ART CENTER
To Nov. 25: “Second Gananowart - Choi Ji-young: A Made-Up Scene.” Capitalism and consumerism have turned the world’s antique shops and flea markets into malls and department stores. In this exhibition, an art museum is likened to a department store which metamorphoses commodities into icons.
The objects that appear in Choi Ji-young’s paintings work as a substitute for identity and desire. A bed, a sofa, a chair, a bathtub, a chandelier, an incandescent lamp and a tea table seem to be floating in the background, submerged in darkness. This evokes a psychological, internal and implicative mood.
Her paintings remind viewers of a high-quality catalogue advertising commodities. She imbues classicism with a modern quality that makes antique furniture stand out, raising their value as commodities.
Admission ranges from 1,000 won ($0.74) to 2,000 won.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
(02) 736-1020, www.ganaart.com
To Nov. 25: “The Presentation - Shim Moon-seup.” Looking at the materials that Shim Moon-seup has worked with since the early 1970s - soil, wood, water, light, stone, plants and neon - one is struck by the thought that he could easily have been one of the 1960s Arte Povera artists.
That he did not join this movement which originated in Turin, Italy, was obviously a matter of geography, but also perhaps at a deeper level, his artistic approach is in fact different from theirs.
Shim’s works are involved with the concept of energy, both human and natural. Hence this constant search for movement, from evocations of flowing water to his works on rhythms, cycles and transience.
Shim chooses to directly reveal the forces that breathe life into reality, the energy fields that generate all movement as a metaphor of life’s fragile equilibrium.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 2 or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA
Tuesday to Dec. 31: “Musical Radio Star.” We are taken back to the year 1988, to the scene of the annual Music Awards. Riding the wave of his popularity, rock star Choi Gon wins the Artist of the Year award, to the delight of throngs of screaming fans.
Fast forward 20 years to the present day, and all Gon and his manager Park Min-soo have left are a lot of debt and the unwanted mantle of being an “aging rock star.”
Wallowing in self pity and misery, the violent Gon seems bent on a path to self-destruction, until his ever-loyal manager reluctantly sets up a temporary job for Gon as a radio DJ in the small Gangwon town of Yeongwol, only to arrive and find an old studio and an inexperienced producer. Will Gon be able to reignite his career?
The role of Choi Gon will be shared by pop singer Kim Won-jun and Kim Do-hyun. Jung Jun-ha and Seo Beom-seok will play the role of Park Min-soo.
Tickets range from 10,000 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.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2
NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA
Nov. 21 to Dec. 28: “Fiddler on the Roof.” First shown on Broadway in 1964, the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” has won countless Tony, Academy and Golden Globe awards.
The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his efforts to sustain his family and tradition while outside influences encroach upon their lives.
He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters - each daughter’s choice of husband moves progressively further away from established custom - and with the Tsar’s edict to drive the beleaguered Jewish community from their village.
The role of Tevye will be shared by Rho Ju-hyun, who is regarded as Korea’s “father of the stage” with his 40-year acting career, and the veteran actor Kim Jin-tae. Kim Jae-beom, Lee Mi-ra and Sin Seong-reok will also perform.
Orchestra members will play on stage during the whole show, making popular songs such as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker” even more memorable.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2
(02) 501-7888, www.musicalfiddlerontheroof.co.kr
MAPO ART CENTER
Nov. 22 to Dec. 7: “Ping Pang Pong.” The show that answers the question on everyone’s lips: “Can an old bicycle be reborn as a musical instrument?” will be staged again in Seoul beginning this month.
The non-verbal music performance, which combines drama and percussion with instruments made with industrial materials, was first seen at the Macao Arts Festival in May followed by the Seoul Performing Arts Festival.
In “Ping Pang Pong,” the performers play with three different elements - traditional Korean instruments, musical instruments from all over the world and creative, recycled instruments.
Instruments by Steve Langton from Australia’s Hubbub Studio and Noridan will be featured on stage. Noridan is the cultural arts venture project of the Haja Center, operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yonsei University.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.
Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2
(02) 2677-0054, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr
CHUNGMU ART HALL
Friday to Sunday: “Yang Hee-eun Concert.” Billed as a concert “every member of the family can enjoy,” Yang Hee-eun, a popular local singer known for her smooth voice and guitar playing, is giving a concert this weekend.
For over nine years as a radio DJ, Yang has been listening to the personal stories of women in their 30s to 50s and encouraging them as they share their struggles about life’s difficulties. Every morning through her radio program “This is Radio Period,” Yang shares tears and laughter with ajumma (housewives).
Now, Yang has decided to communicate face-to-face with her listeners by performing on stage. With hit songs such as “Morning Dew,” “Talking about the Loneliness of Love,” “White Magnolia” and “In My Age Forty,” Yang has remained a steady seller in Korea with a strong fan base.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Sindang Station, line No. 2, exit 1
(02) 2230-6601, www.cmah.or.kr
Saturday: “John Digweed Concert.” John Digweed, who has been rated as one of the world’s top 10 DJs for more than a decade, is visiting Korea.
This British DJ is a legendary electronic musician who made a big contribution to popularizing electronic dance music in the 1990s. Digweed became famous worldwide through the “Renaissance: The Mix Collection” project on which he worked with Sasha.
This incredible success brought him opportunities to work with famous musicians such as Danny Tenaglia, Underworld, Quincy Jones and New Order.
Working in both mainstream and underground clubs, he also manages his own studio company, bringing new artists such as Danny Howels, Suicide Sports Club and Jimmy Van M to the spotlight.
In the upcoming performance, Digweed will be working together with popular Korean DJs Todd, Dyan and DJ Yeonjun.
Standing tickets cost 30,000 won which includes one free drink.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 1 a.m. Sunday.
Gangnam Station, Line No. 2, exit 6
(02) 599-3165, www.clubmass.net
MAPO ART CENTER
Sunday: “Korean Jazz Orchestra - 6th Regular Performance.” The Korean Jazz Orchestra, the only jazz orchestra in Korea, is holding its sixth regular concert.
The orchestra was established in 1992 under the name Korean Pops, but was forced to disband temporarily due to financial problems, before being re-established in 2005.
Following in the path of the Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glenn Miller orchestras, the Korean Jazz Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from standard jazz to pop, classic, and traditional Korean music jazz arrangements.
Expect to hear the songs “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Bone Talk,” “Cafe Rio,” “In the Mood,” and an ABBA medley. With pop singer Park Kang-sung, it will also play “What a Wonderful World” and “Don’t Get Around Much More.”
Vocalist Han Hyun-hae will sing “Paper Moon” and “Chega de Saudade,” together with the 24-member band.
Tickets cost 30,000 won for all seats.
The concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Dongbu Promy
Changwon, 7 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. SK
Incheon, 7 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. Samsung Thunders
Daegu, 7 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. KT&G
Ulsan Dongcheon, 7 p.m.
SK vs. KTF
Jamsil Students, 3 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. KCC
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Changwon, 3 p.m.
KTF vs. LG Sakers
Busan, 3 p.m.
KT&G vs. Daegu Orions
Anyang, 5 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. Samsung Thunders
Incheon, 3 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. KCC
Ulsan Dongcheon, 3 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy
Jamsil, 7 p.m.
SK vs. KT&G
Jamsil Students, 7 p.m.
KCC vs. LG Sakers
Jeonju, 7 p.m.
GUNSAN INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL 2008, Gunsan, North Jeolla
Wednesday to Nov. 23: Gunsan is inviting you to the 5th Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival.
Gunsan, in North Jeolla, boasts an ecosystem in which more than 800,000 winter migratory birds of 50 different species, including mallards and wild geese, can be seen together.
Gunsan also offers a migratory bird viewing place for tourists to take a closer look at the birds.
With all the ecosystem education programs provided, Gunsan is regarded as a mecca for migratory bird watching.
The five-day festival in Kumgangho will feature performances, exhibitions and booths. Also, there will be an opportunity to take special searchlight tours with ornithologists and other interesting excursions.
Bird watchers or anyone interested in nature can come and enjoy the festival with family members, friends and lovers.
From Seoul, take a train at Yongsan Station to Gunsan Railroad Station.
Yongsan Station, line No.4
(063) 453-7213, www.gsbird.co.kr