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2009.1.15 Event Calendar


To Feb. 8: “SSamzie Space Annual Exhibition: Emerging 9.” The ninth exhibition of the Emerging Series showcasing up-and-coming artists is opening today in Seoul.

Selected artists this year are Kim & Hyun with “Banana Tasted Milk,” Park Eun-young with “La Mer” and Lee Chul-hyun with “Superstar II.”

The works can be loosely tied together under the theme of the younger generation’s view of human existence. Lee’s large-scale robot figure deals with the border between real and virtual space. Kim & Hyun’s installation, made out of milk cartons, discusses how we are manipulated by international politics.

Park’s video installation introduces a dream-like spiritual space in which time is inconveniently stretched.

Although the artists are young, their works have been shown in many exhibitions to date. Kim & Hyun held exhibitions at Gallery Curiosity and also participated in the Seoul Open Art Fair.

Park, who has studied painting in Paris, has exhibited at the Busan Biennale and La Nuit Blanche. Lee, meanwhile, has participated in the Blue Tower Exhibition and Hidden Track.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the gallery tonight at 6 p.m.

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 3142-1693, www.ssamziespace.com


To Feb. 8: “Two Handbags in a Pickle - Solo Exhibition of John Bock.” The Arko Art Center is introducing John Bock’s first solo exhibition in Asia.

The exhibition’s title, “Two Handbags in a Pickle” refers to two microcosms that are situated on another level of the universe that formulate an absolute, abstract symmetry, but never imply relative values like good and evil.

The metaphor of two handbags is repeated and expanded from the external level between two institutions, through the internal level within the museum between the two gallery spaces, to another internal level inside of his own works between object and performance, performance and video, and video and installation.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays.

Daehangno Station, line No. 4, exit 3

(02) 760-4780, www.arkoartcenter.or.kr


To Jan. 24: “Who Killed the King’s Scholars?” Based on Lee Jung-myung’s novel, “Deeply Rooted Tree,” this Sejong-era whodunit is being staged in Seoul this month.

In the 25th year of King Sejong’s reign, the corpse of a young Jiphyeonjeon scholar (royal researcher) is discovered behind Gyeongbok Palace.

The only clues left behind are mysterious body paintings and a “forbidden book.” As investigations continue, more murders occur, provoking the questions, who is the murderer and what is his motive?

This play is directed by Park Seung-geol of “A Dwarf Who Fell in Love with Snow White.” His productions are known for their intriguing turning points, quick scene changes and edge-of-your-seat drama.

Tickets range from 15,000 won ($11) to 30,000 won.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 741-3934, www.galaplanner.co.kr


Friday to Feb. 28: “Choi Jung-won, Chun Soo-kyung and Lee Kyung-mi’s Vagina Monologues.”

Korea’s very own version of “The Vagina Monologues” is finally coming to the stage.

With three actresses on one stage, the so-called trialogue version of the play will star famous actresses Choi Jung-won, Chun Soo-kyung and Lee Kyung-mi.

Written by Eve Ensler, an American playwright, performer and feminist, The Vagina Monologues was first staged off-Broadway in 1996. The play was based on private interviews with more than 200 women from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Touching on the delicate subjects of sex, rape, menstruation, self-mutilation, masturbation, orgasms, childbirth and the variety of names for the vagina itself, the play’s recurring theme is that the vagina is a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 40 different languages and performed in over 100 countries.

Now with a stellar all-Korean cast, the local version of The Vagina Monologues is set to shake up Korean notions of women.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.

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.

(02) 2051-3307, www.ticketlink.co.kr


Saturday to March 1: “Two Nights and Three Days between Mother and Daughter.” Starring Kang Bu-ja, one of Korea’s favorite actresses, this play attempts to illustrate that mothers, though they may conceal their emotions at times, have their children’s best interests at heart.

Having graduated from a prestigious university, Mi-ran now works for a high-flying company. One day, she unexpectedly ventures south to her hometown to visit her mother.

But things at home are not as she expected. Upon seeing her widowed mother living alone in a dilapidated house without heating, Miran reacts by taking out her frustration and guilt on her mother, who in turn, senses there is some trouble in her daughter’s life.

Over the course of two nights and three days, mother and daughter talk about their lives, sharing their experiences and helping each other resolve their issues.

A screen and stage star, Kang has spent most of her life acting. Her portrayal of a mother this time should not be missed.

Tickets cost 44,000 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.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 6005-6731, www.interpark.co.kr


Friday: “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Masterpiece Series I.” The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Masterpiece Series continues under the supervision of artistic director Chung Myung-hoon.

Featuring pianists Lars Vogt and Aleksandar Madzar, the concert will showcase representative works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Rimskii-Korsakov, Verdi, Mozart, Stravinsky and Bruckner.

German pianist Lars Vogt rose to prominence at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in the 2003/04 season.

Aleksandar Madzar is a distinguished Serbian pianist, winner of the prestigious Leeds competition, and has had his playing described by the Slovenia Times as “a flight on the wings of imagination, sensitivity and wide horizons.”

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 399-1111, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Saturday: “Kim Bum-soo Concert - Happy Lucky Radio.” To kick-start the new year, Kim Beom-soo is back from a nationwide tour for an encore concert.

Despite slumping industry sales in 2008, Kim’s album was a steady seller and he followed this up with a sell-out concert to celebrate, before embarking on a successful nationwide tour.

In today’s digitalized world of electronic music trends, Kim’s music follows an analog path with touching ballads that make listeners nostalgic for the old days of the transistor radio.

Fans will be treated to Kim’s songs from hit soap operas “The Last Empress” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 77,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 5

1588-5555, www.interpark.co.kr


Saturday to Sunday: “The Swell Season Live in Seoul.” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who rose to fame after starring in the film “Once,” are visiting Korea under the name The Swell Season.

The Swell Season, originally the title of a 2006 album by the Irish Hansard and Czech Irglova, has become the formal name of their collaboration since their rise to prominence in 2008.

The duo has won countless awards, including last year’s Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly.”

The concert will feature The Swell Season’s hit songs such as “If You Want Me” and “Fallen from the Sky” from the Once soundtrack.

Joining pianist Irglova and guitarist Hansard will be bassist Joe Doyle, violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire, guitarist Robert Bochnik and Graham Hopkins on drums.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 99,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 399-1111, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Samsung Thunders vs. SK Knights

Jamsil, 7 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. KCC Egis

Anyang, 7 p.m.


Dongbu Promy vs. Mobis Phoebus

Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.

LG Sakers vs. ET Land Black Slamer

Changwon, 7 p.m.


SK Knights vs. Daegu Orions

Jamsil, 3 p.m.

KTF Magic Wings vs. KT&G Kites

Busan, 3 p.m.

KCC Egis vs. Samsung Thunders

Jeonju, 3 p.m.


Dongbu Promy vs. LG Sakers

Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs KTF Magic Wings

Daegu, 3 p.m.

ET Land Black Slamer vs. KCC Egis

Incheon Samsan, 3 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. Mobis Phoebus

Jamsil, 3 p.m.


ET Land Black Slamer vs. KT&G Kites

Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.


KTF Magic Wings vs. SK Knights

Busan, 7 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy

Jamsil, 7 p.m.


DAEGWALLYEONG SNOW FESTIVAL, Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province

Saturday to Monday: It seems that there is less snow in winter now compared to years past.

So if you miss the fun of snow fights with friends and family and making snowmen, head to the 17th Daegwallyeong Snow Festival in Pyeongchang, Gangwon.

With its crystal snow and ice, the festival will take you back in time to a snow-white fantasy world.

Among the diverse events, participants can enjoy a snow flower composition contest, cultural performances and a mountain hunting demonstration.

The opening ceremony will be followed by the Naked Marathon, and a concert from a traditional percussion quartet.

Exhibitions will include a ski history museum, the Pyeongchang Tourism Photo Exhibition and the Big Snowman Gate Exhibition.

There will also be hands-on opportunities for making kites, yeot (wheat gluten), arrows and traditional masks.

For children, snow rafting, snow slides, bobsleighing and other fun events will be held.

From Seoul, take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gangneung, Gangwon. From Heonggae Terminal, the festival events hall is a 10-minute walk.

Dong Seoul Express Bus Terminal Station, line No. 2, exit 3

(033) 336-6112, www.snowfestival.net

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