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2009.1.22 Event Calendar


Wednesday to Feb. 3: “Paik Yeon-soo Sculpture Exhibitions - Animals are Home.” This year, artist Paik Yeon-soo’s exhibition is focused on pets, their owners and the home.

Paik is an animal lover and always dreamed of living in a house full of animals. His strong affection for images of animals, particularly those of the four-legged variety, comes from the experience of spending more than 10 years of his life with his own pet dog. Upon arriving home, there was always a canine companion to welcome him.

Through Paik’s sculptures, the upcoming exhibition will portray the artist’s love for animals.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 732-5556, www.artspace-hyun.co.kr


Wednesday to Feb. 10: “Kim Seon-hoe Exhibition - Finding Sun in the City.” Photographer Kim Seon-hoe’s exhibition takes the city of London as its backdrop and subject.

The exhibition deals with the life of the city through some of its popular spots. Although capturing the familiar sights of London in her rectangular frame, Kim took a subjective view in the work.

The exhibition is based on Kim’s past experiences in London. She has tried to portray the life of a foreign photographer in new surroundings, along with the social and cultural differences she encountered there.

Although digital photography has rapidly modernized the art form, Kim has firmly focused on the traditional photographic process to show the artistic reality of photography.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 720-8488, www.gallerylux.net


Friday to Feb. 15: “Waiting for the Hero.” Billed as a “comic-action satire,” the musical “Waiting for the Hero” begins this weekend.

In 1595, Joseon (or Korea) was suffering under war caused by the Japanese invasion. As the situation became more dire, Joseon Admiral Yi Sun-sin was forced to take up arms himself before ultimately being captured by the Japanese.

Bucking typical perceptions of high-ranking military figures as serious-minded and strict disciplinarians, the musical tries to show that they are also human beings - men who will go to great lengths to find food when starving.

The musical is written and directed by Lee Hyun-gyu of “Liar,” together with music by Jang So-young of “Singles” and “The Brothers Were Brave” and choreography by Seo Jung-seon of “Finding Kim Jong-wook” and “Music in My Heart.”

Actors Park Jung-hwan and Kim Jong-wook will share the role of Admiral Yi Sun-sin.

Tickets cost 40,000 won ($29.32) for all seats.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 747-2090, www.club.cyworld.com/The-Hero


Jan. 29 to Feb. 27: “Romeo et Juliette.” If you’re expecting just another typical version of Romeo and Juliet - boy meets girl, big balcony scene, boy dies, girl dies - think again. The original cast behind the acclaimed French production of Gerard Presgurvic’s “Romeo and Juliette” is returning to Seoul.

With Shakespeare’s tragically romantic storyline combined with emotive music and spectacular choreography, this version of Romeo and Juliet set Korean musical fans abuzz when the original cast performed here in January 2007.

Enjoy unforgettable songs such as “Le Poison,” “Le Balcon,” “Verone,” “Les Rois du Monde” and “Aimer” as the Montagues and Capulets find new ways to ruin their children’s happiness.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 200,000 won.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday), 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

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

1544-1555, www.romeonjuliette.com


Jan. 30 to March 29: “Love Again.” Created for those who were in love, are in love or will be in love, this musical is surely for everyone.

As the story begins, we find a woman addicted to sleeping pills who is struggling to come to terms with the end of her relationship with her lover.

After an overdose, she awakens to find herself in the underworld, caught somewhere between life and death, where she meets two messengers who ferry dead souls.

In an unexpected twist, the messengers encourage her to return to the world of the living, but the brokenhearted woman hesitates, believing that there’s no hope in her life without her love. Instead they suggest she go on a journey to reflect on her life.

Thanks to the journey of discovery, the woman slowly opens her heart and discovers the meaning of love.

Pleased with the results of their meddling, the two masters of death then decide to try and reconcile the two ex-lovers.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.

The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays, and at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 4

(02) 745-2124, www.treeandwater.com


Today: “2009 Vienna Boys Choir New Year’s Concert.” The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the world’s best known boys’ choirs, is visiting Korea once again to give a New Year’s concert.

Known for its outstanding vocal standards, the choir has performed works by a range of composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Johann Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Anton Bruckner.

Since their first performance in Korea in 1978, the choir has visited annually. The team coming this year will perform a program that includes “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff, Maurice Durufle’s “Tota Pulchra es Maria,’’ “Lobe den Herrn, Meine Seele’’ by Mendelssohn and Jacobus Gallus’ “Pueri Concinite.”

Under the theme “Musical Journey Around the World,” the second part of the concert will consist of Johann Strauss’ “Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka,” Rossini’s “La Passeggiata” and even Korea’s classic folk song “Arirang.”

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 318-4301, www.sac.or.kr


Saturday: “Digitalism Live in Seoul.” The German electronic duo Digitalism, known for helping to create the electro-punk genre, is visiting Korea for their first concert.

Consisting of Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci, Ditigalism was created when the two members met at a record store and the store’s owner suggested they team up.

As the duo’s D.J.ing reputation took off, the pair continued to find obscure, unheard records to animate their crowds.

Following the release of the duo’s debut album “Idealistic” in 2007, it received strong support from many big names like Soulwax, Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Blackstrobe, Tiefschwarz and The Glimmers.

Digitalism’s ever-evolving gig set-up has also shifted from being less like a portable studio to resemble more of a live band stage.

Tickets cost 44,000 won purchased in advance or 55,000 won at the door.

The club door opens at 8:30 p.m. The performance starts at 11:30 p.m.

Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 6447-0042, www.eden-club.co.kr


Jan. 31: Chick Corea and John McLaughlin have embarked on a global tour in a project called the Five Peace Band, which will be arriving in Korea this month.

Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American jazz pianist, keyboardist, drummer and composer, known for pioneering the jazz fusion genre during the 1970s.

John McLaughlin is an English jazz fusion guitarist and composer who played with Miles Davis on his landmark electric jazz-fusion albums, “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew.”

Corea and McLaughlin will be joined on stage by jazz masters Christian McBride (bass), Kenny Garrett (saxophone) and Brian Blad (drums). Looking back at the previous performances, this upcoming concert with five jazz masters in one place is surely one not to be missed.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 132,000 won.

The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 2 or 3

(02) 2644-9604, www.interpark.co.kr



Mobis Phoebus vs. Daegu Orions

Ulsan Dongchun, 7 p.m.

KCC Egis vs. LG Sakers

Jeonju, 7 p.m.


SK Knights vs. KT&G Kites

Jamsil, 7 p.m.

ET Land Black Slamer vs. Samsung Thunders

Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.


Mobis Phoebus vs. LG Sakers

Ulsan Dongchun, 3 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. KCC Egis

Daegu, 3 p.m.


SK Knights vs. ET Land Black Slamer

Jamsil, 3 p.m.

KTF Magic Wings vs. Samsung Thunders

Busan, 3 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. Dongbu Promy

Anyang, 3 p.m.


LG Sakers vs. Daegu Orions

Changwon, 3 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. KCC Egis

Ulsan Dongchun, 3 p.m.


Dongbu Promy vs. SK Knights

Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. KT&G Kites

Jamsil, 3 p.m.

ET Land Black Slamer vs. KTF Magic Wings

Incheon Samsan, 3 p.m.


Mobis Phoebus vs. Daegu Orions

Ulsan Dongchun, 7 p.m.

LG Sakers vs. KCC Egis

Changwon, 7 p.m.



Wednesday to April 5: Woosuk Repertoire Theater is holding the 2009 Seoul First Play Festival to showcase plays that haven’t been seen by Korean audiences before.

Works such as “Stop Kiss,” “Moonlight Trunk,” “Orphan Muses,” “One Sun” and “Queen Elizabeth,” none of which have been performed here before, will make the festival attractive to theater-goers.

With the local theater industry suffering from a lack of capital due to the economic slump, few new plays are being staged these days. And of the plays that are seen, the repetitive nature of their themes is keeping audiences away from theaters.

With this in mind, the festival organizers have planned to inject some fresh plays onto the theater scene.

Through this festival, new plays with unfamiliar themes will be shown.

As this is a festival, there will be many special events taking place, such as a question and answer session with directors, in which audiences can enjoy chatting to directors and producers and posing questions for them to answer, as well as other interactive events.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost 15,000 won for all seats or 45,000 won for the five-ticket package.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 762-0810, www.otr.co.kr
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