2008. 11.20 Event CalendarDOBAEBACSA
To Sunday: ”Sojourners Exhibition.” Dobaebasca is hosting a quirky exhibition by three artists whose works are often inspired by journeys.
This exhibition features collage works by Young Chung, an audio loop by Jamaica Fredericks and photography from Yong-Nicholas.
In “Sojourners,” the word “journey” takes on various meanings, referring to both physical and metaphysical travels.
The works range from the obvious to the puzzling, voyaging near and far, yet never losing sense of their heart, transporting lovers of art through time and space.
The gallery is open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The gallery in located in Hannam-dong, behind the Itaewon fire station, near the Grand Mosque. Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3
SUNGKOK ART MUSEUM
To Jan. 11: “The Power of Photography: 21 French Contemporary Photographers.” Relative to the span of art, photography has rapidly become a preferred medium of creative expression.
In this post-modern era, the public’s preference for photographic images has surpassed painting.
This trend has been greatly enhanced by technological advances that allow images to be more easily manipulated and reproduced infinitely.
The connection to photography stems from its use in historical records, advertising and mass media.
Photography has now evolved from mere recording of events and journalism to its own distinctive artistic genre.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.
Admission ranges from 3,000 won ($2.05) to 5,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 737-7650, www.sungkokmuseum.com
CHUNGMU ART HALL
Friday to Feb. 8: “The Happy Life.” Oh Man-seok, star of the popular local production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” has now created his own musical.
Oh is directing “The Happy Life” with the help of fellow Hedwig star, Lee Jun, as music director.
The story centers on Beom-jin, a 30-something high school music teacher who lives a humdrum life, unable to emotionally let go of his ex-girlfriend, Seon-young.
Meanwhile, Beom-jin’s student Sae-gi becomes an orphan when his mother runs away and his father dies in an accident.
As the story progresses, the two are drawn to each other, slowly becoming close friends. Beom-jin teaches Sae-gi how to “feel” the music, and Beom-jin learns how to “feel” life again.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 50,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. weekdays, 5 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. It is closed on Mondays.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
(02) 764-7858, www.thehappylife.co.kr
OLYMPIC PARK FENCING STADIUM
Saturday: “2008 Lightning Concert - Crazy Volume 1.” Korean hip-hop masters Drunken Tiger, Dynamic Duo, Buga Kingz, Wind City, No Brain and Lee Ssang will join forces for a “Just Come Out and Have Fun!” concert aimed at students who have been holed up studying in libraries.
The artists are attempting to relieve the stress and gloom brought about by academic pressure, especially catering to high school students who have just finished their CSAT exams.
Before worrying about their future, it is a great opportunity for teens to let their hair down with their favorite hip-hop stars.
With artists billed as “crazy,” “outspoken” and “free,” nobody knows just what to expect.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 66,000 won.
The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Olympic Park Station, line No.5, exit 3
(02) 567-9499, www.interpark.co.kr
CHUNGMU ART HALL
Nov. 27 to Feb. 21: “Beautiful Girl: The Musical.” Ever since the mega-hit movie “200-Pound Beauty” blazed across cinema screens in 2006, the tale has been seen as a perfect fit for a musical. Now the much-awaited stage version will appear as “Beautiful Girl” this month.
Despite some differences, the musical’s story line remains the same.
Han-byul (played by Choi Sung-hee and Yoon Gong-joo) is an overweight woman who believes her only gift is her voice.
She dreams of becoming a singer, but decides she has no choice but to record her voice to be used by someone prettier.
While singing backstage, Han-byul falls in love with producer Sang-jun (Song Chang-ui).
In a bid to win his love, the hefty singer undergoes major plastic surgery, debuts on stage, becomes a star and charms Sang-jun in the process.
With songs “Maria,” “Star” and “Beautiful Girl,” to be performed with an orchestra, organizers expect the musical to be as popular as the film.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 80,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
(02) 3485-8700, www.musicalbeautifulgirl.com
OLYMPIC PARK OLYMPIC HALL
Nov. 30: “Drama Omnibus Concert - A Journey to the Dream.” Concerts featuring songs from musicals are proving extremely popular nowadays. But with its strong emphasis on plot, “Drama Omnibus” is a new type of musical concert.
With a complete story line, the performance integrates drama with a concert. Also, many familiar songs from musicals will be included, ranging from classic to pop, most of which are modern and popular.
Jung Young from “Romeo and Juliet,” “Radio Star,” and “Shower” together with director Lee Jong-oh of “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Singing in the Rain” and “The Zoo” will bring you this concert which includes more than 20 songs from musicals such as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Mamma Mia!”, “Miss Saigon” and “High School Musical.”
Tickets cost from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
The musical starts at 5 p.m.
Olympic Park Station, Line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 565-1394, www.interpark.co.kr
SEOUL ART CENTER CONCERT HALL
Thursday to Friday: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After its last concert here in 2005, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is visiting Seoul again with Sir Simon Rattle and Brahms.
Founded in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world’s iconic orchestras. Sir Simon became the orchestra’s sixth conductor in 2002. Since then, he’s focused on transforming the historic orchestra with a blend of traditional and modern pieces.
In this upcoming concert, the orchestra will play Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 on Thursday. Friday’s concert will feature Brahms pieces Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 and Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 98.
Classical music fans will cherish the opportunity to listen to a Brahms symphony performed by the top orchestra from the composer’s country.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 450,000 won.
The concerts start at 8 p.m.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 6303-7700, www.sac.or.kr
Friday to Saturday: “Art for Life - Musical Gala and Jazz Concert.” Your favorite songs from popular musicals together with a sampling of jazz can be heard in southern Seoul this weekend.
When different genres combine, they create totally new music. This harmonization is expected to create “the music of emotion.”
The concert will deliver a “positive and emotional message of music for the people” through songs from the hit musicals “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables,” “We Will Rock You” and many more. A selection of crossover jazz music will also be featured.
Tickets cost 45,000 won when purchased in advance and 50,000 won at door.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 1 or 2
(02) 541-8367, www.yehall.com
Saturday: At just 20 years of age, French D.J. Arno Cost is being heralded as one of the world’s most talented up-and-coming music producers and D.J.s. His work is at the pinnacle of French house music - a sound currently sweeping the global dance music community.
Cost, who as a teenager began producing in his bedroom, found himself on a record label with two close friends in 2006. Under the moniker The Freshmakers, the group enjoyed heavy radio airplay in France and international recognition among prominent D.J.s.
His recent releases have further propelled him into the spotlight. His late 2006 release “Magenta” was hailed by D.J.s the world over as “the track of 2007.”
Cost is constantly in the studio developing new sounds, many of which will be showcased on Saturday night.
Doors open at 9 p.m. with Cost scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.
Tickets cost 30,000 won, which includes one free drink.
Cheongdam Station, Line No. 7, exit 13
(02) 5488-7118, www.clubanswer.co.kr
Ulsan Tigers vs. Pohang Steelers
Ulsan Munsu, 5 p.m.
Seongnam Chunma vs. Jeonbuk Motors
Tancheon Jonghap, 2 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. Daegu Orions
Incheon, 7 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. Mobis Phoebus
Busan Sajik, 7 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. SK Knights
Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. KT&G Kites
Changwon, 7 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. Daegu Orions
Busan Sajik, 3 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Jamsil, 3 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. KCC Egis
Ulsan Dongcheon, 3 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. Samsung Thunders
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. KTF Magic Wings
Jeonju, 5 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. LG Sakers
Daegu, 3 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. SK Knights
Anyang, 3 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. Dongbu Promy
Ulsan Dongcheon, 7 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Samsung Thunders
Changwon, 7 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. KTF Magic Wings
Incheon, 7 p.m.
2008 SEOUL YOUTH EDUCATION MEDIA FESTIVAL, Seoul Trade Exhibition and Convention Hall
Nov. 26 to 29: Education, the media and entertainment converge at the nation’s largest student media festival next week.
Organized by the Seoul metropolitan government, and broadcaster SBS, the Seoul Youth Education Media Festival aims to provide students of all levels, teachers and parents with experiences that contribute to youth creativity and expression through the synthesis of education and media.
The festival includes contests, exhibitions and study tours. Contests include a Theme Film Contest, a Digital Photo Contest and an Education Content Contest Music Video Contest.
There will also be song and dance contests and various educational content and experience booths for such activities as film producing.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Daechi Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 761-1709, www.sef.or.kr