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Saturday: “YB Concert.” One of Korea’s most popular rock bands, YB (formerly the Yoon Do-hyun Band), will be performing at the Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium on Saturday. The concert will help promote YB’s latest album, which is their 8th so far, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group’s debut. The show is also to support Incheon’s success at the Global Fair & Festival 2009.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 77,000 won ($35-$62).

Bupyeong-gu Office Station, Incheon line No. 1, exit 2

1566-0802, www.interpark.com


Sunday: “Gabriele Natilla Guitar Recital.” Italian guitarist Gabriele Natilla will be performing in Seoul this week with local guitarist Lee Ye-eun.

Born in Taranto, southern Italy, Natilla studied at the National Conservatory of Bari-Monopoli and has won awards in numerous music competitions around the world, including those in Italy, France and Japan.

With Lee, Natilla will be playing many popular pieces such as “Moon River” from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “I Will,” one of The Beatles’ hit songs. The two will also perform “Day by Day” by new age musician Steve Barakatt.

The recital starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are 10,000 won and 20,000 won.

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

(02) 332-5545, www.sejongpac.or.kr/english/


Sunday: “Gum Nan-se’s Happy Classic with a Story.” The Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul is holding a classical music concert with one of Korea’s most distinguished conductors, Gum Nan-se.

A special feature of this concert will be Gum explaining some of the pieces to the audience.

Gum debuted as a conductor when he was only 17 years old. He was given the chance to be the conductor of many orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is currently involved in the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra.

In this concert, he will be accompanied by the Euro-Asian Chamber Orchestra, pianist Brian Suits, violinist Lee Kyeong-sun, Leif Pedersen on the clarinet, soprano Seo Hwal-ran and Hwang Se-mi on the marimba.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

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

(02) 580-1300, http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/



Today and Saturday: “Korean Dances Meet Caribbean Music.” The International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO) supports the collaboration of Korean dancers with those from different cultures around the world. It will present its 12th project ? Korean Dances Meet Caribbean Music ? this week.

The music from the Caribbean region is rich with colorful sounds and unique rhythms. In the two shows here, six contemporary dancers will perform their new pieces to reggae and soul music.

The audience will also be able to enjoy other genres of Caribbean music and dance like Cuban salsa, rumba and calypso. The Korean band Windy City will join the performances as well.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 14,000 won to 42,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 3216-1185, http://artstheater.arko.or.kr/eng/


To July 26: “I Confess.” This noir tale based on the 1953 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name will take the stage in Daehangno starting this Friday. Hitchcock originally created the film as a response to Paul Anthelme’s play “Nos deux consciences.”

The story begins with a murderer’s confession to a young priest, which leads to his dilemma between right and wrong as a man of the cloth.

This depiction of a man’s two-faced actions and weakness conveyed through confession has had audiences pondering their wrongdoings for decades.

The cast consists of talented musical actors and actresses, and the play’s backdrops includes a serene chapel, among others. And then, of course, there’s the thrilling chase scene involving a detective determined to catch the killer.

The play starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays; 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 744-8025, www.interpark.com


To Aug 23: “Don Juan.” Koreans will now have a chance to get up close and personal with history’s infamous l’homme fatal in Felix Gray’s musical version of Don Juan.

The seven main performers of the musical will sing a total of 41 songs. Some, like the love duets Don Juan and Maria exchange, are chanson-style with sentimental lyrics.

Other scores leave a stronger impression, incorporating powerful and energetic Latin rhythms. Adding yet more energy and color to the stage are some 130 moving lights and Spanish-style costumes that embrace both traditional and modern fashion.

The cast, consisting of Korean and Spanish members who performed in Korea five months ago, is receiving rave reviews.

Shows start at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.

Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exit 1 or 9

(02) 2230-6601, www.musicaldonjuan.co.kr


Tuesday to Aug. 30: “42nd Street.” One of Broadway’s hottest shows is being staged in Seoul this summer.

With a stellar cast consisting of Park Sang-won, Park Hye-mi and Ock Ju-hyun, the upcoming show has local musical fanatics exited. And as it will be staged in its classic 1980s original version, a revival of the musical’s golden days is anticipated.

42nd Street has a message of hope in its story about how a girl from a small town in the countryside achieves her dream of becoming a Broadway starlet during the Great Depression of 1930s America.

The show will be staged Mondays to Fridays at 8 p.m., with an additional 3 p.m. show on Wednesdays; 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 3674-2210, http://www.lgart.com/EngHome/index_.aspx


Saturday to Sept. 20: “Come and Meet Me.” This theatrical thriller will be at The Stage in Sinchon, northwest Seoul, just in time to spook the summer heat away.

The play is based on the original screenplay for the popular 2003 Korean blockbuster “Memories of Murder.”

Based on the true story of a serial killer that ran rampant in 1986 around the Hwaseong region in Gyeonggi Province, this play has been the talk of the town for those who love mystery.

A group of law enforcement officials and a journalist yearning for a good story encounter many surprising scenes and shady suspects in their quest to find the notorious killer.

Adding another chilling element, police officer Kim discovers that every time a murder happens, a famous Mozart piece plays on the radio.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3

(02) 744-4334, www.thestagetheater.co.kr




Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Hanwha Eagles

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. LG Twins

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Hanwha Eagles

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. LG Twins

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. SK Wyverns

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Doosan Bears

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Kia Tigers

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.




Incheon United vs. Chunnam Dragons

Incheon Munhak Stadium, 7 p.m.

Jeju United FC vs. Suwon Samsung BlueWings

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Daegu FC

Pohang Steelyard, 7:30 p.m.

Busan I’PARK vs. Gangwon FC

Busan Asiad, 8 p.m.


Jeonbuk Motors vs. Ulsan Hyundai FC

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Gyeongnam FC

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.




To July 26: “The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.” The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, dedicated to horror, thriller and sci-fi flicks, kicked off last week.

Since its birth in 1997, PiFan has grown to become the most representative symbol of Bucheon, Gyeonggi, and is now one of Korea’s three major film festivals.

This year’s PiFan features 202 films from 41 countries. Celebrating its 13th anniversary this year, the festival focuses on the unlucky number 13.

But don’t let the festival’s general focus fool you- it’s not all about blood and guts. There are plenty of fantasy and animation movies suited for children.

The festival’s hours will vary based on the films being screened.

Tickets range from free of charge to 10,000 won depending on the time, place and event.

Songnae Station, line No. 1, exit 2

(032) 578-1738, http://www.pifan.com/eng/

JISAN VALLEY ROCK FESTIVAL, Jisan Forest Ski Resort, Icheon City, Gyeonggi Province

Friday to July 26: “Jisan Valley Rock Festival.”

The Jisan Valley Rock Festival will feature many world-famous bands including Oasis, Weezer, Basement Jaxx, Fall Out Boy, Starsailor, Jet, Human Instinct and Jimmy Eat World.

Big name local acts like the Kim Chang-wan Band, Jang Ki-ha and the Faces, and Unnine Ibalgwan will also take center stage.

This will also be an eco-friendly event.

Organizers say that recyclable cups and plates will be used, and participants will be encouraged to use public transportation.

The festival costs 88,000 won ($69) for one day, 132,000 won for two days and 165,000 won for three days.

(02) 3444-9969, http://www.valleyrockfestival.com/english/english.html


To Aug. 8: “Latin American Cultural Festival.”

Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korea Foundation and supported by the Latin American and Caribbean Embassies in Korea, the Latin American Cultural Festival invites visitors to come and get a glimpse of the life in the tropical region.

At the Korea Foundation Cultural Center Cinema Room, special screenings of Latin American films will be held until Aug. 1.

Popular films such as Brazil’s “Two Sons of Francisco,” Mexico’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and the Dominican Republic’s “Perico Ripiao” will be screened.

The Cultural Center is also providing an exhibition called “Borderless Generation: Contemporary Art of Latin America” through Aug. 8.

Renowned artists such as Uruguay’s Diego Masi and El Salvador’s Jose David Alberto Aguilar Herrera are some who have participated in the exhibit.

Book online for free tickets.

City Hall Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 9

(02) 2151-6500, http://cafe.naver.com/latinamericanfest
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