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OLYMPIC PARK, Soma Gallery

To April 19: “Emotional Drawing.” To celebrate the gallery’s 20th anniversary, Soma Museum of Art is exhibiting 250 pieces by 18 different artists from Asia.

Artists from Korea, Japan, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran and Egypt highlight the human solidarity that supersedes national boundaries.

The exhibition aims to provide visitors with an opportunity for self-reflection amid the simple yet expressive drawings.

The exhibition was shown at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo last summer and in Kyoto last November.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is 3,000 won ($2.26) for adults, 2,000 won for students and 1,000 won for children.

Mongchontosung Station, line No. 8, exit 1, or Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 410-1066, www.somamuseum.org


To October 11: “Fascination of Europe: Western-style Paintings in Modern Japan.” This exhibition features an interesting selection of 40 paintings by Japanese artists that were preserved in the Yi Royal Museum. They were initially collected by Korea’s King Yeongchin during the 19th century.

The pieces are mostly oil paintings of human figures and landscapes, carefully grouped according to their subject matter.

The exhibition will give an introduction to the history of Japanese Western-style paintings from the 16th to the 20th centuries - a significant period in Asian art history in which, due to its colonial influence, many Asian countries followed Japan’s lead. The artists, fascinated by foreign things, have incorporated traditional themes in modern oil paintings.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. On Sunday, it is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided English Tours are available.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr



Ongoing: “Drawing Show.” This is a nonverbal musical performance in which amazing paintings are created on stage.

This unique show combines art, theater and music to create a high-energy performance that will delight audiences of all ages.

During the 90-minute show, the performers create 10 works of art. Some of the paintings are done on standard sheets of paper, while others use the entire stage as a canvas.

The performers are extremely innovative with their use of materials, using everything from luminous paint to banana skins and the latest technology.

The talented performers will keep the audience entertained with their clown-like antics as they create large, complex paintings in just a matter of minutes.

The performance runs Tuesday to Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays and holidays at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 1 or 2

(02) 766-7848, www.drawingshow.com


To April 26: “Picasso’s Women.” This play by Irish playwright Brian McAvera, now showing at the Towol Theater, traces the life of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, one of the most revered artists of the 20th century.

The play tells the stories of four women - Picasso’s wives and lovers, and also his muses - who provided the artist with inspiration. It unfolds in the form of monologues spoken by each woman.

Picasso’s Women is accompanied by live jazz music throughout and stars Kim Seong-nyeo as Jacqueline, Seo Lee-sook as Olga, Bae Hae-sun as Francoise and Lee Tae-rin as Marie-Therese.

Performances starts at 8 p.m. weekdays except Mondays, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

(02) 577-1987, www.sac.or.kr


To May 3: ”Sing, Sing, Sing.” Now showing in southern Seoul is a jazz musical that tells the story of a retired music teacher who runs a jazz club, his student, Yuna, and her sister.

“Sing, Sing, Sing” focuses on family relationships and is told through the reunion of the estranged sisters.

The musical is the sequel to the 1995 Korean show “Singing in the Rain” by the Seoul Musical Company, which focused on brothers as opposed to sisters.

The play is performed with live jazz music composed specifically for the musical by jazz pianist Jina, as well as other songs like Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. weekdays except Mondays and 3 and 7 p.m. on the weekend.

Tickets range from 35,000 won to 45,000 won.

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

(02) 3141-1345, www.sac.or.kr


Friday to April 26: “Ballet La Bayadere.” This ballet performance follows the dramatic story of a young temple dancer that takes place, not in the usual European setting, but in India.

The performance tells the tale of Nikia, a young temple dancer who falls in love with Solor, a warrior serving the local rajah.

The plot becomes complicated as the jealous Brahman at the temple conspires to kill Nikia.

The performance was created in 1877 by the famous dancer, Marius Petipa, who was attracted to the charms of Eastern culture.

The large-scale performance with 150 dancers on stage is being produced by Universal Ballet.

The performance opens at 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There is no performance on Monday.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

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

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



To April 24: ”A Spring Tour in Korean Music.”

The Seoul Namsan Gugakdang will play Korean traditional music on the slope of Mount Namsan, adding the subtle scent of tradition to the flower blossoms.

The performance, “Hwaranchunseong,” showcases dance and instrumental music; the Friday performance, “Manhwabangchang,” consists of vocal and instrumental music.

Hwaranchunseong means “spring flowers in full bloom” and manhwabangchang means “every creature coming alive and growing.”

Both concerts will present traditional Korean musical genres, which audiences can experience while surrounded by the abundant spring flowers of Namsan.

Performances are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission costs 20,000 won for adults and 10,000 won for students.

Chungmuro Station, line No. 3, exit 3 or 4

(02) 2261-0514, www.sejongpac.or.kr


To April 30: Free Lunchtime Concerts. The National Palace Museum of Korea inside Gyeongbok Palace is hosting lunchtime concerts every Thursday this month.

At a charity event titled “Jumeokbap Concert,” popular Korean musicians will perform live in the open air amidst the beauty of spring flowers.

The concert venue is an outdoor stage located at the museum cafe, with seating at its tables, and parasols.

Profits from the sale of jumeokbap, flavored balls of rice, will be given to the Sungkonghoe Food Bank, a charitable foundation that holds regular cultural events with the proceeds helping to support undernourished children and raise awareness about their needs.

The performances are free.

Gyeongbokgung Palace Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 3701-7611, www.gogung.go.kr


Tomorrow: “Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Korea.” Kazuhiro Koizumi, one of Japan’s best-known conductors, will share the stage with Gwon Hyeok-ju, a young Korean virtuoso, for this special concert.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” from “Eugene Onegin,” Violin Concerto in D Major and Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

The performance will be conducted in line with the latest trends in global classical music circles.

The concert is a part of the Kumho Asian Orchestra Series that aims to facilitate cultural and artistic exchange in Asia. The series began last year with a visit by China’s Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range between 25,000 won and 100,000 won.

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

(02) 6303-1927, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Wednesday: “In Celebration of 40 Years - Chung Myung-wha.” Chung, one of Korea’s best known cellists, is celebrating 40 years of her life as a musician.

Chung has played the cello for 52 years, and made her professional stage debut 40 years ago.

Chung will be joined by pianist Kim Dae-jin, and together they will play Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 6, Schubert’s Sonata for Viola and Piano D. 821 in A minor, known as “Apeggione,” and Strauss’ Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 6.

Chung is a professor of cello at Mannes College of Music in New York, as well as the head of the cello department at the Korean National Institute of Arts.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 22,000 won to 55,000 won.

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

(02) 547-5694, www.sac.or.kr




KIA vs. LG

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Lotte vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Doosan vs. Samsung

Daegu, 5 p.m.

SK vs. Hanwha

Daejeon, 5 p.m.


KIA vs. LG

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Lotte vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Doosan vs. Samsung

Daegu, 5 p.m.

SK vs. Hanwha

Daejeon, 5 p.m.


Hanwha vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6. 30 p.m.

Lotte vs. SK

Moonhak, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. KIA

Gwangju, 6.30 p.m.

Samsung vs. LG

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.




To May 15: ”Spring Sejong Deurak Festival.” Spring has come and the Sejong Center is offering a lunchtime entertainment series.

The festival consists of 24 performances by artists including the Lee Won Kook Ballet Company, B-Boys, Tree Bicycle and Zoo, the Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra, the Seoul Metropolitan Chorus and the Seoul Metropolitan Musical Theater.

Dance performances featuring a sampling of various genres including traditional, contemporary, salsa and flamenco will be held Mondays and Thursdays, with music performances running on the other days.

The festival began in 1988 and is recognized as one of the most popular programs for people working in offices nearby.

On Children’s Day on May 5 there will be special events for children and their families, including a performance by the Seoul Metropolitan Junior Chorus.

There will also be people doing face painting, mime and other activities for children in the garden.

The free festival runs Mondays to Fridays at 12:20 p.m. On Children’s Day, the events begin at 11 a.m.

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

(02) 399-1620, www.sejongpac.or.kr.
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