2008. 11.27 Event CalendarSEOUL ARTS CENTER
To Sunday: “Contemporary Korean Artists in Paris.” This exhibition is the second in a series featuring Korean contemporary artists around the world, following the successful “Contemporary Korean Artists in New York.”
The exhibition, which focuses on local artists currently working in Paris, will showcase works on three themes: The root of myth; the quest for expression as substance; and restricted desire.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.03) for adults and 2,000 won for students.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1276, www.sac.or.kr
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA
To October 2009:”Fascination of Europe: Western-style Paintings in Modern Japan.” The National Museum of Korea is hosting an exhibition which introduces an interesting group of Western-style paintings by Japanese artists.
The works are part of a larger collection preserved by the Yi Royal Museum consisting of both modern Japanese-style and Western-style paintings.
The exhibition is composed of three sections, the first of which focuses on the history of Japanese Western-style paintings from the 16th century to the 20th century.
The second section portrays the female world of paintings in modern Japan. Against tradition, in Western-style Japanese paintings, artists approached the female figure through careful observation and depiction using lifelike detail. Despite this, Japanese artists still followed conventions and the seated female pose became the primary model of composition.
The third section focuses on landscape painting in modern Japan, particularly the importance of light and shadow, which was well developed and popularized by Western-style paintings.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and to 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Closed Mondays.
Entrance is 2,000 won for adults and 1,000 won for children.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
DAEHANGNO DRAMA HOUSE 1
Friday to Jan. 25: “May I Love You?” Although this melodramatic musical travels a well-trodden path, this love story will still make you laugh and cry as you sympathize with its characters.
The story centers on a couple with many differences besides their 12-year age gap. Yeon-jae is a third-rate actor and his wife Ga-young is from a well-to-do family with a Ph.D. in literature. Their relationship may seem imperfect, or even impossible, yet somehow they find a way to keep their love alive.
The musical was created by Song Si-hyun, a famous composer known for his songs in musicals such as “Tunnel,” “Love is Magic,” “Five Elements on Love” and so on.
With a strong script and quality acting from the two main performers, you will be taken down memory lane as you think of your past or present loved ones.
Tickets range from 15,000 won to 25,000 won.
The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(032) 655-8815, meulmye.or.kr
SEOUL OPEN THEATER CHANGDONG
Tuesday to Dec. 24: “Graduation.” Nowadays with GPAs, CSATs and other nasty acronyms filling the minds of students with stress, this musical tries to give hope to teenagers.
When a teacher comes to a small island town from Seoul, he finds a classroom with a cocktail of different characters, from fashionista Hyun-joo and Amy the bookworm to the rich kid Byung-min.
Over time, the teacher, Mr. Jeon, grows close to his students and becomes like a big brother to them.
However, just before graduation, in the midst of exam pressure, complaints surface about the teacher and he is forced to resign. What will happen to him and the students?
In recreating a warm, cozy classroom atmosphere of the past, the musical shows the importance of relationships over high grades.
A variety of musical styles, including electronica, will add a certain dynamism to the musical.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.
The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Changdong Station, line No. 1 or 4, exit 1
(02) 745-1575, www.sotc.or.kr
DAEHANGNO LUNATIC THEATER
Dec. 5 to Jan. 4: “Lunatic.” What do you need to be happy in life? Money? Love? The perfect body? According to this musical, the key to happiness lies simply in being crazy.
Lunatic offers a glimpse into the sometimes fantastical world of a mental hospital, depicting not just a home for the mentally ill but a wonderful, happy place for those who were hurt to rediscover their former selves.
Through four different characters who come to the mental hospital for their own unique reasons, audiences will have time to reflect and muse on the true meaning of happiness, or in the musical’s words: “When life seems unfair, there are warm-hearted people to rely on, those who can comfort your broken heart.”
Tickets range from 15,000 won to 40,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 3674-1010, www.lunaticshow.com
YONSEI UNIVERSITY CENTENNIAL HALL
Saturday: “Zoo Concert.” Korean band Zoo will celebrate their 20th debut anniversary by giving a concert billed as “People Who Sell Memories, People Who Buy Memories.”
When Zoo, consisting of top university students, first debuted in 1988, their fan base was mainly teenage girls. Twenty years have passed and their fans are now mainly women in their mid-30s. In order to bring back their lost passion and to help them recall memories of the past, Zoo members Park Gi-young, Bae Young-gil and Yoo Jun-yeol will play their hit songs such as, “Hyehwa-dong,” “I Will Love You,” “In the Street” and “Things Change.”
In a special event for the anniversary concert, fans can upload old photos on the Web site (www.ezoo.or.kr) together with the back stories and some will be featured during the concert. Through this the group hopes to give people the opportunity to look back on precious memories of their own.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 66,000 won.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3
(02) 720-3933, www.interpark.co.kr
KBS 88 GYMNASIUM
Saturday: “Abba Girls - Mamma Mia! OST Concert.” Following on the back of the phenomenal success of the stage and film versions of “Mamma Mia!”, the four-piece ABBA tribute band from England known as Abba Girls is coming to Korea.
Recently, when the movie was released in Korea it attracted more than 3 million theatergoers while the film’s soundtrack sold more than 1 million copies.
In the first part of the concert Abba Girls’ Kim Graham and Gilda Kristian will perform a selection of tunes from some of the most popular Broadway shows such “Le Miserables.” In the second part, the Abba Girls will perform 14 songs from the Mamma Mia! soundtrack including “Honey Honey,” “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance On Me” and so on.
Tickets range from 35,000 won to 80,000 won.
The concert starts at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
Balsan Station, line No. 5, exit 5
(02) 2600-8888, www.kbs88.co.kr
FREE BIRD BAR
Saturday to Sunday: “Jens Lekman.” Swedish indie pop musician Jens Lekman, will perform in the club district near Hongik University this weekend.
Lekman first rose to prominence in alternative music circles in the U.S. and Europe with the single “You Are the Light” from his debut album “When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog.” He released his second album “Night Falls Over Kortedala” last year.
Lekman’s songs can be described as guitar-based pop with heavy use of samples and strings laced with romantic and melancholy lyrics. According to a review in The New York Times, Lekman’s musical style is reminiscent of the Magnetic Fields or Belle and Sebastian, and his “witty, self-pitying songs aren’t quite as glum as they might first seem.”
The concerts start at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost 25,000 won at the door.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 1
(02) 3142-1695, www..com
SEOUL ARTS CENTER CONCERT HALL
Wednesday: “Harlem Gospel Choir Concert.” The angels of Harlem, the Harlem Gospel Choir, are coming to Korea. The world famous gospel choir is traveling the globe, sharing its joy and faith through music and raising funds for children’s charities.
The choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The choir is made up of some of the finest singers and musicians from black churches in the Harlem and New York area.
The Harlem Gospel Choir strives to make the world a more loving and peaceful place, and through its music and dynamic performances, promote a better understanding of African-American culture.
In this concert, the choir will inspire your soul with such gospel classics as “Amazing Grace,” “Oh Happy Day” and many other favorites.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
(02) 599-5743, www.vincero.co.kr
Daegu Orions vs. KT&G Kites
Daegu, 7 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. SK Knights
Jeonju, 7 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. Mobis Phoebus
Busan, 7 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. LG Sakers
Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.
SK Knights vs. Daegu Orions
Jamsil Students, 3 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. Samsung Thunders
Jeonju, 3 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. Dongbu Promy
Anyang, 3 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. KT&G Kites
Busan, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. SK Knights
Changwon, 3 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. Mobis Phoebus
Jamsil, 5 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. KCC Egis
Changwon, 7 p.m.
SK Knights vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Jamsil Students, 7 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. Mobis Phoebus
Anyang, 7 p.m.
THE THIRD SEOUL INTERNATIONAL FANCY FOOD FESTIVAL 2008, COEX, Southern Soeul
To Sunday: Taste the world. Over four days in Seoul, people can sample unique foods, coffee and desserts in one place.
Organized by the Korea Cacao and Chocolate Association and managed by Exporium Inc., the Seoul International Fancy Food Festival will show delicious foods and desserts from all over the world. Many events are featured such as the Korea Chocolatier Contest, Wine Bar in Fancy Food Festival, Sweet Kitchen and Fancy Food Festival 2008 Experts Conference. The festival also provides some exhibitions for the public to get a glimpse of the different kinds of foods on offer, ranging from chilled, frozen and fresh foods to drinks and desserts. The seventh Seoul International Cafe Show will be held at COEX at the same time.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5 or 6
(02) 2051-3322 or www.fancyfood.co.kr