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To Aug. 23: “Cultwo Show Summer Concert.” Cultwo, one of Korea’s most renowned groups for both its songs and comedy routines, is holding its annual summer concert “The Cultwo Show” at the Mapo Arts Center.

This year’s Cultwo show will be the group’s first after a three-year break.

The two male members of Cultwo are planning to make this show the cult hit of the year with their frank and witty comments. They also hope to keep audiences laughing and happy throughout the show.

This year, the group will interact more with the crowd, made possible in part by the design of the venue, which has a narrow gap between the stage and the seats.

The group is also offering brave souls a chance to propose to their boyfriends or girlfriends during the performances.

Shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays begin at 8 p.m., while shows on Fridays begin at 9 p.m. There are two shows on Saturdays and Sundays, the first at 3 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 won ($49.23) to 80,000 won.

Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

(02) 3485-4445


Friday to Sunday: “Electronic Beach Festival.” Korea’s first electronic beach festival is being held at Haeundae Beach, Busan. The world’s most renowned and talented electronic icons from inside and outside Korea will be holding daytime and night concerts for three days. Electronic bands such as Free Tempo, 80kidz, Yuksek, Onetwo and Popular Computer are the main guests. Concerts are followed by dance parties at the “Club Night Stage,” which will last until 5 a.m.

The main concerts take place between 5 and 10:30 p.m.

A one-day pass costs 22,000 won; a three-day pass costs 55,000 won. You can get tickets at the door for 33,000 per concert.

Club Night Stage tickets are an additional 20,000 won and are available only at the door. No reservations needed.

(02) 543-6831, http://club.cyworld.com/beachpartyweeknt

JAMSIL STADIUM, Auxiliary Field

Saturday: “ETP Fest 2009.” Three world-famous rock bands are visiting Korea for the “ETP Fest 2009” concert.

The lineup includes Nine Inch Nails, an American industrial rock band led by Trent Reznor. Also known as NIN, the group puts on spectacular performances, which have been mesmerizing fans for the last two decades.

Next up is Limp Bizkit, the “nu metal” band that reunited with its original members earlier this year for a world tour after breaking up in 2006.

Also playing is the European rock band Keane. The group has created a niche for itself in the rock world by using a piano as its main instrument. The band has also been known to use the banjo, violins, a saxophone and acoustic guitars in their songs.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 198,000 won.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 3, exit 6 and 7

(02) 737-9779, www.etpfest.com


Aug. 19: “Craig David.” English R&B singer-songwriter Craig David, who reportedly has tens of thousands of Korean fans, is coming back for a concert on Aug. 19.

With four albums that reached out to 20 million fans, David plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his career in Korea. Both American artists and many Korean artists, ranging from Rain to JYP, have called themselves fans of the singer and consider him a role model.

David is receiving more attention here than ever before ahead of this concert because of his decision to visit Korea not as just a stop on his Asian tour, but specifically for the Hyundai Card Super Concert.

His album “Greatest Hits,” which was released late last year, made a splash around the globe, leading one of the best Korean R&B artists ? Wheesung ? to remake his song “Insomnia.”

Tickets range from 85,000 won to 130,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5

(02) 2280-4115, http://ticket.interpark.com



To Aug. 9: “Dreamgirls.” One of the world’s most beloved musicals of all time has returned to Korean theaters. OD Musical Company, Vienna Waits Productions, CJ Entertainment and Charlotte Theater have teamed up to bring back “Dreamgirls.”

The musical features a Korean cast including Kim Seung-woo, Oh Man-seok and Hong Ji-min, among other local notable performers.

The original story, directed by Bill Condon, debuted with a nationwide release in December 2006. A period piece set in the 1960s and 1970s originally with a primarily African-American cast, Dreamgirls is an adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name. The musical was based on the history and evolution of American R&B music during the eras of doo-wop, soul, Motown, funk and disco.

The Korean version of this musical is set on a rotating stage with 120 moving lights. The performance includes more than 600 costumes and 115 wigs.

With its cult hit “Listen,” the musical leaves a lasting impression on audience members.

The musical begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 130,000 won.

Jamsil Station, line No. 2 and 8, exit 3

(055) 241-9196, http://musicaldreamgirls.co.kr


Aug. 15 and 16: “Jekyll & Hyde.” Having received much attention from audiences around the world, the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” is holding a preview performance in Masan prior to its monthlong run at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts from Aug. 28 to Sept. 20. This will be its very first visit to Korea.

Jekyll & Hyde is a Broadway musical based on the novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Now in an entertaining musical form, Korean audiences can experience the classic, gripping story of one man’s battle with good and evil for themselves.

The story features the protagonist Dr. Jekyll, who experiments with a drug that splits his personality into two elements.

He gradually loses control of the process and finds himself slipping more and more frequently into the guise of the evil and depraved Hyde. When Hyde is sought for murder, Jekyll kills himself.

This year’s Jekyll & Hyde will be played by Brad Little, who also performed in “The Phantom of the Oprah,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and many more classics.

The musical begins at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, and 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 16.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 110,000 won.

1644-4868, www.musicaljekyllnhyde.com




LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Seoul Heroes

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Seoul Heroes

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Seoul Heroes

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Seoul Heroes

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 5 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions

Sajik, 5 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Seoul Heroes

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Gwangju, 5 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions

Sajik, 5 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Munhak, 6 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 6 p.m.



Aug. 15

Jeju United vs. FC Seoul

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Ulsan Hyundai

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




To Aug. 9: “Busan Sea Festival 2009.” Busan is hosting its annual sea festival, which is the largest summer festival in the city.

The event will include a wide range of programs including the Busan International Rock Festival, a hip-hop festival, a magic festival and the Busan World Class Best Trick Skateboard Contest. Each event is held on different beaches, at different times.

Admission to all events is free.

Beaches: Haeundae, Gwangalli, Dadaepo, Songdo and Songjeong.

To get to Busan from Seoul, take the KTX (which takes about 3 hours) or drive (which takes about 6 hours).

(051) 888-3392~7, http://english.busan.go.kr/main

2009 ORGANIC FOOD EXPO, North Gyeongsang Province

To Aug. 16: “The Organic Food Expo 2009.” This year’s organic food expo in Uljin County has the theme of “Eco-friendly Agriculture! Bio-industry Protects Humans.” The purpose of the expo is to raise public awareness about organic food and provide comprehensive information on eco-agriculture.

The exhibit will feature an animal farm, a native crop farm, a botanical garden, a “pond of wisdom” and much more.

There will be an opening ceremony followed by various events such as fusion music, percussion, traditional folk performances and games, a tea ceremony, an art performance and fireworks.

Admission fees are 12,000 won for adults and 10,000 won for children.

To get to Uljin, take a bus from the Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul.

(054) 781-2005, http://www.ofex.or.kr


From Aug. 24 to Sept. 1: “Chungmuro International Film Festival.” This year will mark the Chungmuro International Film Festival’s third year of bringing films from around the world to Seoul.

This year, 210 films from 40 countries will be screened during the festival.

Outdoor events will be held at City Hall’s Seoul Plaza and movies will be screened at Myeongdong CGV, Myungbo Art Hall, Megabox Dongdaemun.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Sejong Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and the closing ceremony will be at the National Theater of Korea at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost 5,000 won for adults and 4,000 won for those under 19 years old. Opening and closing ceremony tickets will cost 10,000 won.


Daehan Theater: Connected to Chungmuro Station, lines No. 3 and 4

Joongang Cinema: Connected to Euljiro 3-ga Station, lines No. 2 and 3)

Myeongdong CGV: Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2, exit 6

Dongdaemun Megabox: From Dongdaemun Stadium Station, lines No. 2, 4 and 5, exit 13, go to the ninth floor of the Good Morning Building

(02) 2235-0036~37, http://www.chiffs.kr
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