2009. 4.1 Event Calendar

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2009. 4.1 Event Calendar

EXHIBITION



MAPO ARTS CENTER

To April 12: “Anne Frank’s Diary.” This traveling exhibition spotlights Anne Frank, the courageous Jewish girl whose diary has become a window onto the horrors of the Holocaust for millions of children worldwide.

The exhibit includes versions of the diary in 30 different languages and over 80 photographs and works of art related to Anne, and film of her while she was still alive.

The entries in the 13-year-old Anne’s diary, which she addressed to “Kitty,” a character in a series of novels she enjoyed, recorded her everyday life hiding from the Nazi government. Anne never lost hope, even when she and her family were forced to live cooped up in a small room.

The exhibit has drawn admirers from all over the world, with 30 million people coming to see it in Europe and 50,000 in Japan.

Tickets cost 5,000 won ($3.59).

The exhibit is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

(02) 3274-8600, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr



ARTSONJE CENTER

To April 26: “Tomorrow.” This exhibit by Bae Young-whan is unusual in that it has a product: a modular library capable of bringing culture to underprivileged areas.

Models of libraries made of wood or corrugated cardboard are at the center of the exhibition, which seeks to find the common ground between art and public service.

Yi Jeongheah’s companion exhibit, “Houses of Skin,” explores the projection of identity onto living space through three model houses.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1

(02) 733-8945, artsonje.org/eng/



SEOUL ARTS CENTER

To May 8: “Karsh Exhibition.” Celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Yousuf Karsh, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated portrait artists, this exhibit comes to Seoul after enjoying great success at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Karsh is most famous for his black and white photos of historic and popular figures such as Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Jacqueline Kennedy, Pablo Picasso and Mother Teresa. Out of Karsh’s 4,000 photos, 70 of his best known pieces thought to be representative of his unique style in shooting his subjects were selected for this exhibit. Significantly, all the photos on display are original vintage prints.

Tickets range from 6,000 won to 8,000 won.

The exhibition is open Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 or 4

(02) 580-1301, www.sac.or.kr



SEOUL ARTS CENTER

To May 15: “Gustav Klimt: The Secret of the Golden Light.” The world’s largest exhibition of the works of the early 20th-century Austrian artist makes its last Asian stop in Seoul.

The exhibit is a joint diplomatic effort between the Korean and Austrian governments and brings to the Seoul Arts Center over 100 pieces, including paintings, drawings, original posters and even studies of the Beethoven Frieze, the seminal painting that became an icon of the Vienna Secessionist movement.

Before this last overseas stop for the exhibit, it visited 20 museums in 11 countries, starting with the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere of Vienna, which has the most extensive Klimt collection in the world. Participating as curators are the head of the Belvedere, Alfred Weidinger, and Jane Kallir, a world-class expert on Klimt’s art.

Tickets range from 5,000 won to 16,000 won.

The exhibition is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 or 4

(02) 580-1301, www.sac.or.kr



GALLERY CAMELLIA, Seogwipo, Jeju Island

To June 14: “Eight Thousand Years of Spring, and Eight Thousand Years of Fall - A Stroll On the Hills of Dongbaek.” Gallery Camellia welcomes spring with a special exhibition of dongbaek (camellia) flowers. With the scenery of Mount Halla in the background, visitors can enjoy rare camellia flowers from all over Korea and even Asia and Europe in a specially equipped arboretum.

An accompanying art exhibit includes unique interpretations of the blossom by artists such as Kang Suk-moon, Kim Kyoung-sin, Roh Suk-mi, Ryu Jun-hwa, Park Hyung-jin, Choi Hye-in and Hwang Hye-jin. Gallery Camellia is using this event to promote spiritual healing and the “slow life” movement by offering a break from the rat race and a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature. The gallery’s other gardens have different themes, and there are even lodging accommodations on request.

The exhibition is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Sundays.

(064) 792-0088, www.camelliahill.co.kr





MUSIC



MAPO ARTS CENTER

Saturday: “Malo Jazz Concert - This Moment.” This concert marks the return of acclaimed Korean jazz vocalist Malo to the stage, to promote her fifth album. Called by some the Ella Fitzgerald of Korea and the “queen of scat,” her unique interpretations have turned the local jazz scene on its head. In particular, Malo is famous for combining jazz with the Korean language in unprecedented ways. The lyrics of the songs on her third and fourth albums were written in Korean. Malo is a multitalented artist, writing, arranging and producing her own songs. The concert will include her own songs plus new versions of her favorite Korean and overseas pop songs.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

(02) 3274-8600, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr



MAPO ARTS CENTER

April 14: “Yiruma Concert - Love Me.” Korea’s most famous New Age pianist walks onto the Mapo stage for his long-awaited first concert of 2009. The 30-year-old composer studied at the Purcell School of Music in London, and graduated as a composition major from Kings College of London University. He also has his own radio show on KBS-1, titled “Yiruma’s Music from All Around the World.”

For this concert, Yiruma will play a few of his all-time favorites such as “Kiss the Rain”, “Maybe” and “River Flows in You” and new acoustic variations on some of his tracks.

Tickets range from 36,000 won to 54,000 won. The show beings at 8 p.m.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

(02) 3274-8600, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

April 17: “The Beautiful Singer Songwriter Series at the Theater - Rachael Yamagata.” The Sejong Center’s series of local and international singer-songwriters brings singer, songwriter and pianist Rachael Yamagata to Korea.

Her unique voice and style has captured the hearts of critics across the world, with The New York Times writing she “keeps her music understated enough to curb melodrama.

When she does raise her voice, she’s not belting but crying out.”

Her contemplative music has been compared to that of Norah Jones and Fiona Apple, while her songs have appeared in many popular American television shows, including “How I Met Your Mother,” “ER” and “The OC.”

Tickets cost 50,000 won. The show begins at 8 p.m.

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

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

THEATER



SEONGNAM ARTS CENTER

April 18: “Rose Jang - Musical Popera Gala Concert.” Broadway-starved New Yorker expatriates, listen up - this may be your chance to share the fabulous music of the Great White Way with your Korean buddies. The Korean vocalist Rose Jang brings her formidable pipes to bear on hits such as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “All I Ask From You” from “The Phantom of the Opera”, “All That Jazz” from “Chicago” and many more. She will also sing “Memories” from the global hit-musical “Cats,” the piece that originally launched her into fully fledged stardom. There will also be time for autographs and encores.

Ticket prices range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1

(031) 783-8000, www.snart.or.kr



CHUNGMU ART HALL

To Sunday: “Musical Radio Star.” The beloved local musical returns with a rare encore run, but with a few variations to spice things up.

The general story remains the same. We are taken back to the year 1988, riding the wave of his popularity, rock star Choi Gon wins the artist of the year award, to the delight of throngs of screaming fans. Fast forward 20 years to the present day, and all Gon and his manager have left are a lot of debt and the unwanted mantle of being an “aging rock star.” Wallowing in self pity, Gon seems on a path to self-destruction, until his ever-loyal manager reluctantly sets up a temporary job for Gon as a radio DJ in a small town. The cast includes many experienced and award-winning actors, most notably the singer Kim Won-june and Jung Jun-ha, one of Korea’s best-known comedians.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won. The show runs Tuesdays to Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m.

Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9

(02) 2230-6600, www.cmah.or.kr



SPORTS



KOREAN BASEBALL FEDERATION



Saturday

Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns

Moonhak, 2 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 2 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions

Daegu, 2 p.m.

Heroes vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 2 p.m.



Sunday

Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns

Moonhak, 2 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 2 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions

Daegu, 2 p.m.

Heroes vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 2 p.m.



Tuesday

Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. KIA Tigers

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.



www.koreabaseball.co.kr





FESTIVALS



MOUNT YEONGCHI AZALEA FESTIVAL, Yeosu, South Jeolla

Friday to Sunday: Spring means the return of the azalea blossoms, painting Mount Yeongchi a cheerful and majestic pink.

For the 17th year, the local government in Yeosu commemorates the blossoms with events such as a “Miss Azalea” competition and activities for children.

The festival also promotes trips to the mountain’s Heungguk Temple, originally built at the end of the 12th century by a monk who was dissatisfied with the Buddhist power structure of the day.

The current buildings date to 1624; the originals were destroyed by war.

Visitors to the festival will also have the opportunity to make flower rice cakes, attend poetry recitals and hear performances of traditional Korean music.

From Yongsan Station, take a train to Yeosu. Shuttle buses are available to the festival locations.

Yongsan Station, line No. 1

(061) 691-3104, www.jindalrae.or.kr



NONSAN STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Nonsan, North Chungcheong

April 10 to 12: If spring to you means scrumptious strawberries, you won’t want to miss this, the 11th year of delicious festivities dedicated to the juicy delicacy in Nonsan, North Chungcheong Province.

Visitors will be able to make strawberry jam, strawberry rice cakes and even strawberry wine. They will also be able to pick strawberries, practice arts and crafts and of course taste a wide variety of fresh concoctions made from strawberries.

Fireworks displays, Korean traditional music, a song festival and a martial arts performance add to the excitement.

From Nambu Bus Terminal, take a bus to Nonsan.

The festival takes place along the stream just north of Nonsan’s express bus terminal.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3.

(041) 733-0861, www.nsfestival.co.kr
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