2008. 12. 4 Event CalendarGALLERY SUN CONTEMPORARY
To Dec. 20: “Jeong Ji-hyun Solo Exhibition.” In this exhibition, the artist extends her personal realm to the issues of self and existence.
In Jeong’s works, eggs and fish appear frequently to represent fragility and vulnerability. One of the distinctive features of her recent work is the sensation of color - red, blood-like spots appear in her flowers, creating a look that is feeble yet eerie. The background of her work is left empty.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 720-5789, www.suncontemporary.com
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART
Thursday to Feb. 15: ”Ancient Futures.” This exhibition explores the relationship between the natural and human worlds.
“Ancient Future,” a title adopted from an essay by Helena Norberg-Hodge looks upon the present and future of contemporary arts by observing the progress of mankind.
In the process of achieving material well-being, humans have been destroying the environment, a space essential for life, while justifying our domination over nature with a desire for progress. In this artificial environment, life has been changed for humans and other creatures.
The museum is open from 10 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday, until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Admission is 8,000 won ($5.46) to 12,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1, 11 or 12; Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5; Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 5
(02) 2124-8800, www.seoulmoa.org
DOOSAN ART CENTER
Friday to Feb. 8: “The Brothers Were Brave.” Musical fans are eagerly awaiting the collaboration between writer Jang Yoo-jung - of musicals “Oh! While Your Were Sleeping” and “Finding Kim Jong-wook” - and Jang So-young, the director/producer of “Singles” and “Music in My Heart.”
Coming from a well-to-do family, brothers Suck-bong and Joo-bong have been disappointments to their successful father.
After three years of not seeing their father, they are shocked to discover he has passed away. But the grief soon gives way to a bigger issue: Who will receive the inheritance?
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 60,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 708-5001, www.doosanartcenter.com
SEOUL KYO YUK MUNHWA HOEKWAN THEATER
Wednesday to Jan. 18: “Song Seung-hwan’s Famous Fairytale Musical Nutcracker.” The beloved Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” has been transformed into a children’s musical.
It’s a peaceful Christmas Eve when Mary receives a nutcracker as a Christmas present from her uncle. But when her older brother Fritz breaks the nutcracker, Mary is forced to repair her toy.
That night, mice invade Mary’s bedroom and the Nutcracker tries bravely to fight them off. Later as he helps Mary fix the toy, her Uncle Dromier reveals the legend surrounding the Nutcracker.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
The show is staged at 2 and 4:30 p.m. daily except for Mondays.
Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 7
(02) 738-8289, www.i-pmc.co.kr
DAEHANGNO BADA THEATER
Wednesday to March 8: “Happy Tears.” The fun-filled musical comedy about police officers is coming to the stage.
After watching many musicals, audiences often complain that something is “missing.” “Happy Tears” attempts to offer something with more substance that can amuse as well as touch audiences.
In Korea, due to a history of dictatorship, the image of police officers has been somewhat negative. This musical hopes to change this perspective. Although policemen must be tough, they are also human beings with familiar concerns.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays and 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets cost 30,000 won for all seats.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3
(02) 766-2124, www.interpark.co.kr
SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Saturday: “Shin Young-ok - We Have a Dream Concert.” Known among Koreans as “The Voice from Heaven,” soprano Shin Young-ok will perform a concert which audiences unfamiliar with classical music will find easy to relate to.
Her recently released album, “Cinematique,” comprises well-known songs from films. In the first part of the concert, Shin will spread some Christmas cheer with a selection of seasonal songs. The second half will consist of instantly recognizable songs from Cinematique.
Accompanying the songs will be the deep, rich sounds of an orchestra and images from the original movies projected on a screen.
The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 180,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5
(02) 522-9933, www.sejongpac.or.kr
Saturday: “Steve Mac.” One of Europe’s most prolific and successful pop music producers and D.J.s, Steve Mac, will perform this weekend.
Responsible for chart-topping singles from artists like Westlife, Boyzone and Kelly Clarkson, the producer has over 135 worldwide top 40 singles to his name, 50 of these being No. 1 hits.
Coming from an ’80s hip-hop background, Mac brought his eclectic production to the house and techno genres, while his most recent work has been picked up by high-profile D.J.s like Ali Dubfire and Pete Tong.
As a performer, Mac’s D.J. sets are pure energy. Clubbing fanatics will be impressed by his use of three decks, CDJs, FX and samplers that all contribute to the seamless and funk-fueled sound for which he is famed.
Doors open at 9 p.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
JAMSIL INDOOR GYNMASIUM
Sunday: “Seotaiji Symphony with Tolga Kashif Encore.” After a successful joint concert in September, British conductor Tolga Kashif, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean music icon Seotaiji will combine for an encore performance.
At the last concert, more than 35,000 turned up to see Seotaiji’s comeback performance, as he stretched the boundaries of music, bringing together East and West, classical and rock.
Debuting in 1992, Seotaiji rose to prominence with the revolutionary single “Nan Arayo.” His emergence was celebrated for changing the Korean music landscape.
Tolga Kashif debuted with the London Philharmonic and made waves when he composed a symphony drawing on music from the rock band Queen. Currently, Kashif is known for his gifted talents as a conductor, composer, producer and arranger.
Tickets cost 143,000 won for all seats.
The concert begins at 6 p.m.
Sports Complex Station, Line No. 2, exit 6
EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY
Dec. 14: “Connie Talbot with Friends.” Connie Talbot, the child prodigy singer, will be holding a special concert with Korean artists as guests.
Talbot rose to fame as a finalist of the hit television show “Britain’s Got Talent,’’ managing to impress the show’s notoriously harsh judge Simon Cowell in the process.
Since the 2007 show, the youngster from the U.K.’s West Midlands has been busy promoting her CDs, shooting videos, signing her autograph and appearing on TV shows across the world.
At the Seoul concert, she will sing some of her favorite tunes, including “Ben,’’ “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’’ and “You Raise Me Up.”
Guitarist Lee Byeong-woo and musical actor Im Tae-kyung will join as special guests.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 110,000 won
Ewha Womans University Station, line. No. 2, exit 3
(02) 2052-1386, ticket.interpark.com
Suwon Bluewings vs. FC Seoul
Suwon World Cup Stadium, 2 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. Dongbu Promy
Busan Sasik, 7 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. Daegu Orions
Jamsil, 7 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Jeonju, 7 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. LG Sakers
Ulsan Dongcheon, 7 p.m.
SK Knights vs. KTF Magic Wings
Jamsil Students, 3 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. Daegu Orions
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. Samsung Thunders
Anyang, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Dongbu Promy
Changwon, 3 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Daegu, 3 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. SK Knights
Ulsan Dongcheon, 5 p.m.
KCC Egis vs. KTF Magic Wings
Jeonju, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. KTF Magic Wings
Changwon, 7 p.m.
SK Knights vs. Samsung Thunders
Jamsil Students, 7 p.m.
KCC EgisC vs. Dongbu Promy
Jeonju, 7 p.m.
GWANGJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008, Gwangju
Thursday to Monday: Sponsored by the Korean Film Commission and the Korean Federation of Film Archives, the five-day festival will be held under the theme “Rediscovery of Passion.”
The program is divided into “World Cinema,” “Young Cinema,” “Lee Chung-jung Memorial” and “Catherine Deneuve Retrospective.”
In World Cinema, recent and successful films screened in Korea, such as “Caramel” and “Vitus” will be shown. Young Cinema will feature new directors’ works such as Kanji Nakajima’s “The Clone Returns Home.” Lee Chung-jung will be celebrated for such works as “Seokhwachon,” and “Seonhakdong Traveler.”
In the Catherine Deneuve Retrospective, the representative French actress’ films such as “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” and “Belle de jour” will be shown.
The opening ceremony will be held at Megabox Gwangju M Theater.
From Seoul, take a bus to Gwangju from Express Bus Terminal.
Nambu Bus Terminal Line No. 3 exit 5
(062) 062-228-9968, www.giff.org
HI SEOUL FESTIVAL - CHEONGGYE STREAM LASER LIGHT SHOW, Seoul
From Dec. 15: The Seoul city government will be staging laser light shows this month at the upper end of the Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul as part of the Hi Seoul Festival’s winter program.
Each laser light show will consist of a “digital canvas,” which will make displays of various forms using a tunnel fountain and the water fountain at the upper end of the stream as the show’s screen.
It is hoped that the laser show will contribute to showcasing the Cheonggye Stream area as an attractive tourist destination where nature and IT technology coexist harmoniously.
The 25-minute-long laser light shows will be presented three times each night, at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. The venue for the show will be the upper-end of the stream, between the Gwangtong and Jangtong bridges.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5; Jonggak Station, line No.1, exit 5; Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2, exit 2
(02) 3290-7060, www.korea.net