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2009. 3.5 Event Calendar


To March 15: “Hong Soun: Sidescape.” With edgy and disturbing scenes taken from war-ravaged lands where attacks are an everyday occurrence as familiar as a glass of milk, Hong attempts to create a picture of what it’s like to live on the other side of the fence.

Hong’s oil paintings are of rocks, mountains shorelines and trees. The images are taken from print media, postcards and advertisements. Many of his pictures appear disturbing, yet the threatening essence holds the attention of viewers. There is an appalling frankness in his works that tears at the definition of beauty.

One refreshing aspect of his work is his refusal to use images of pop stars or models. Images appear ambiguous for a reason, leaving the viewers to make up their own minds.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(02) 3142-1693, www.sitesantafe.or


To March 20: “The Eddie Martinez Show.” American artist Eddie Martinez has been causing quite a buzz in the U.S. art scene with his out-of-this-world hand paintings and cartoon-like characters.

Martinez’s works can best be characterized as dangerous, witty, raw and open to multiple interpretations.

From messy tabletop settings to skull paintings, you’ll find humorous subject matter next to serious reflections on the past. His latest works focus on abstract images and natural settings.

The upcoming show is redolent of modesty and candor.

His intention is not to propose some grandiose agenda to address the era we’re living in but to surround ourselves with a pleasant, easygoing ambience where we can meet with friends.

The gallery is located next to the Gucci store in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.

(02) 511-7305, www.seomituus.com


To March 29: “Charles Eames: Master of 20th Century Design.” Charles Eames may be a relatively new name in American design, but his works are already beginning to stand out as classic pieces of modern design.

Eames specializes in architecture, equipment and furniture, as well as industrial design.

Through his work, he adds intelligence to his field and creates thoughtful images.

Eames is recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in 20th-century art and development.

If you’re in search of new ways to spruce up your apartment in time for spring, or are simply a fan of structural design, then take a closer look at this collection.

Seocho Station, line No. 2, exit 3

(02) 513-3660, www.sac.or.kr


Friday to March 14: “The Marriage of Figaro.” You couldn’t ask for a more special performance to re-open the Seoul Arts Center’s opera house.

The much-beloved venue was damaged by fire in 2007 and has since undergone extensive renovations.

To celebrate, a great show has been organized to reintroduce the building to the joy of opera.

Following a single day in Count Almaviva’s Spanish palace, this a classic satiric opera with music by Mozart.

With British director David McVicar giving the play his individual interpretation, we can expect as much emphasis on acting and the story line as we can on the music and vocals.

The songs will be sung in Italian with Korean subtitles.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 200,000 won.

The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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

(02) 580-1300 or www.sac.or.kr


Saturday: “Sejong Soloists 15th Anniversary Concert.” Described by CNN as “one of the top chamber music groups in the world,” the Sejong Soloists have just released a new album, “Passion,” and will celebrate their 15th anniversary with a performance in Seoul.

Since its inception in 1995, the New York-based Sejong Soloists have established themselves to be a premier, conductor-less string orchestra.

Envisioned as a “cultural ambassador” by artistic director Hyo Kang, this unique ensemble brings together individually distinguished solo and chamber musicians hailing from nine nations.

Sejong is highly committed to creating new programs and forging new collaborations across different disciplines. Commissioned new works include pieces from composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Behzad Ranjbaran, Sukhi Kang, Eric Ewazen and Jay Greenberg, among others.

The Sejong Soloists has collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Vladimir Feltsman and the Juilliard String Quartet.

With the delicacy of a string quartet and the power of a large orchestra, the Sejong Soloists are synonymous with quality and virtue.

The 15th anniversary concert is set to be one of their most memorable.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 80,000 won.

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

(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


Saturday: “The 13th Series Wonder Concert.” The Songs Children’s Choir and Daewon Children’s Choir will present music from popular film soundtracks. They will perform under the supervision of conductor and music director Kim Nam-yun, “popera” diva Rose Jang and daegeum (large bamboo flute) player Kim Kang-bok together with the Korea W Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea W Concert Choir and Seongnam Oratorio Choir.

The concert’s program contains songs such as John Williams’ “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones”; Klaus Badelt’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”; James Horner’s “My Heart WIll Go On” from “Titanic”; and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” from “Mamma Mia!”; Arthur Altman’s “I Will Follow Him” from “Sister Act”; Richard Rodger’s “Do-Re-Mi” and Joe Hisaishi’s “A Waltz of Sleigh” from “Welcome to Dongmakol,” plus many more film favorites.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.

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

(02) 3442-4285, www.koreaphil.or.kr


March 12 to 15: “Madama Butterfly.” Following the Seoul Metropolitan Opera’s recent performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” in Italy on Dec. 19 and 20, which resulted in 10 curtain calls plus a five-minute standing ovation at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, the Trieste Verdi Theater company will come to Korea to repay the compliment.

This year, the Trieste Verdi Theater will present their production of “Madama Butterfly” in Seoul. As Conductor Lorenzo Fratini said, “Trieste Verdi Theater will continue the sensation of the performance at the Trieste Verdi Theater by the Seoul Metropolitan Opera. It will be interesting because if La Traviata by Seoul Metropolitan Opera expresses the love for Westerners by those in the East, Madama Butterfly expresses the love for the East, in the eyes of Westerners.”

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 250,000 won.

The show is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Gwanghwamun Station Line No. 5 exit 1 or 8

(02) 399-1783, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Dongbu Promy vs. KCC Egis

Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. Mobis Phoebus

Jamsil, 7 p.m.


KTF Magic Wings vs. Daegu Orions

Busan, 7 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. SK Knights

Anyang, 7 p.m.


KCC Egis vs. LG Sakers

Jeonju, 3 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. Dongbu Promy

Jamsil, 3 p.m.

ET Land Black Slamer vs. Mobis Phoebus

Incheon Samsan, 3 p.m.


SK Knights vs. Samsung Thunders

Jamsil Students’ Gym, 3 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. KTF Magic Wings

Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.

LG Sakers vs. KT&G Kites

Changwon, 5 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. ET Land Black Slamer

Daegu, 3 p.m.


SK Knights vs. KCC Egis

Jamsil Students’ Gym, 7 p.m.


Dongbu Promy vs. Mobis Phoebus

Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. ET Land Black Slamer

Anyang, 7 p.m., www.kbl.or.kr



Suwon Kepco 45 vs. Hyundai Skywalkers

Suwon Gym, 7 p.m.


LIG Greaters vs. Suwon Kepco 45

Gumi Park Jung Hee Gym, 3 p.m.


Hyundai Skywalkers vs. Korean Air Jumbos

Cheonan Yoo Gwan Sun Gym, 2 p.m.

Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs vs. Sangmu KAFAC

Daejeon Chungmu Gym, 2 p.m.


LIG Greaters vs. Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs

Gumi Park Jung Hee Gym, 7 p.m.


Hyundai Skywalkers vs. Suwon Kepco 45

Cheonan Yoo Gwan Sun Gym, 7 p.m.


Korean Air Jumbos vs. Sangmu KAFAC

Incheon Dowon City Gym, 7 p.m.



To Sunday: Nami Island is holding a festival beginning this weekend.

Famous as the setting for the drama “Winter Sonata,” Nami Island is noted as a pristine and peaceful place set apart from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

The festival aims to be a celebration of Korea’s increasingly multicultural society and to provide the chance for expatriates and Koreans to better understand one another.

The organizers have invited foreign residents and migrants in Korea to perform or display cultural activities at the festival alongside Korean cultural groups.

They are also offering free festival entry for all foreigners who show a passport or other appropriate ID.

The festival’s program offers a huge variety of events, including musical concerts, art exhibitions, crafts, foreign foods, markets, workshops, folk arts and culture, children’s activities, film festivals and even a singing competition.

From Insadong, central Seoul, there is a direct shuttle bus at 9:30 a.m. daily.

Jongno 3-ga Station, line No.1, exit 1

(02) 753-1245~8



March 13 to 15: Throughout history, the area surrounding, and including, Seoksan Valley and Sori Mountain has been referred to as a “small diamond” for its breathtaking views resembling North Korea’s Mount Kumgang, which is nicknamed the Diamond Mountains.

The Gorosoi Festival is held in this area every March to coincide with the spring season when the mountain’s snow melts.

There are many events that occur at the festival, including the drinking of Gorosoi sap after hiking Mount Sori.

The sap is considered a health supplement and contains numerous minerals.

The sap is harvested from the trees on the mountain each year.

Visitors can also sample a variety of delicious cuisines at the festival.

From Seoul, take a bus from the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi.

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

(031) 773-6101

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