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2009.10.28 TICKET



Today: “Hopkins Smith: Lute Recital.” One of the notable musicians invited to this year’s third International Bach Festival - which is currently being held at various venues across Seoul until Saturday - is lutenist Hopkins Smith.

Based in Basel, Switzerland, Smith is an internationally recognized expert in the field and is considered one of the greatest lutenists in the world. He has recorded over 20 solo albums and has performed in solo recitals across the globe. He principally focuses on solo music for early plucked instruments such as the vihuela, Renaissance lute, theorbo, Renaissance and Baroque guitars and the Baroque lute.

The recital starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets run from 50,000 won ($42.51) to 70,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 6

(02) 6303-7700, www.kumhoarthall.com


Nov. 5 to 8: “Opera Carmen.” The renowned Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from Russia will perform for its Korean fan base to celebrate the 55th anniversary of CBS. Along with Russia’s best performers, the Korean Symphony Orchestra and the CBS Children’s Chorus will also put on a show for the audience.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 250,000 won.

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

(02) 2650-7481, www.sac.or.kr



Today: “Norwegian Soul and Music: Dream.” Norwegian folk musician Unni Løvlid performs with percussionist Terje Isungset, accompanist Ingar Hunskaar and Korean daegeum flutist Shin Kyung-ho in “Dream,” a musical presentation of the poetry and soul of Norway.

Beside experiencing the world of Norwegian music, the audience will hear lines from Norway’s leading poet, Olav H. Hauge. The concert has been specially prepared as one of the programs of the World Festival of National Theaters, which is currently being held at the National Theater of Korea.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Dongguk University, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr

ARKO ARTS CENTER, Arko Arts Theater

Today to Sunday: “Puppet Music Theater: Time Theater.” This top-quality puppet show employs intricate stage formats and an ingenious use of puppets. It’s the second installment in a series of marionette plays that began with “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”

This play, known as “Automata Puppet Drama,” features a multilayered stage that’s the result of the director’s long-term study of the visual narrative.

The audience can expect an especially unique experience full of enchanting music and sophisticated visual effects, as well as a heart-warming story.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 6 p.m. during the weekend.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english


To Nov. 11: “The Turtle of Darwin.” This work by renowned Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga is a black comedy covering the conflict between reality, ideals, science and religion, as well as history and its occasional fabrication.

The play tells the story of a 175-year-old turtle-turned-human named Harriet.

Harriet was brought to civilization from Galapagos by none other than Charles Darwin himself. As she continues to chronicle her life in Europe, it is revealed that she has slowly evolved into a human, one adversely affected by the historical events that she has witnessed.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 25,000 won to 35,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english


Thursday to Sunday: “Ricercar.” Another award-winning attraction at this year’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival, “Ricercar” will be staged this week.

Francois Tanguy, the director of Theatre du Radeau, is known for creating art that goes beyond the imagination. In his latest production, he again shows off his exceptional talent, testing the limits of what can be done on the stage. He flawlessly brings together literature, music, dance and contemporary theater.

The name Ricercar has its roots in early fugue music. It is a metaphor for communication through play and the space in which this communication takes place.

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english


Thursday to Sunday: “Dream Play.” Written by Swedish expressionist playwright August Strindberg, this classical play is based on the portrayal of the unconscious, emphasizing the dream world embraced by psychiatrists like Freud and Jung.

The producers of the piece intend to show their audience something unique, breaking traditional boundaries with fantastic images that depict the world of our dreams, where human instincts are distinctively bare and wild.

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 6 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost 20,000 won for students and 30,000 won for adults.

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english


Friday to Nov. 8: “Hamlet.” This play is the Yohangza Theatre Company’s second attempt to reinterpret Shakespeare’s work after their highly successful run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Constantly incorporating traditional Korean arts into modern drama, director Yang Jung-un this time uses Korean shamanism and salpuri dance in the piece.

The stage is also filled with symbolic objects, lyrical images, music and experimentation, which are revealed as Hamlet progresses through anger and sadness to meet a tragic end.

Shakespeare’s dramatic language is expressed through the dance of 16 actors, while the conflict and confrontation between the protagonists and their doom is accompanied by modernized shaman music.

Performances are held at 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. on the weekend.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Myeong-dong Station, line No. 4, exit 4

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english


K-League Soccer


Busan I’Park vs. Incheon United

Busan Asiad Main Stadium, 3 p.m.

FC Seoul vs. Chunnam Dragons

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Jeju United FC vs. Gangwon FC

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen FC vs. Gwangju Sangmu FC

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Suwon Bluewings

Pohang Steelyard Stadium, 3 p.m.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs. Gyeongnam FC

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma vs. Daegu FC

Seongnam Main Stadium, 3 p.m.


Korean Basketball League


Dongbu Promy vs. KT&G Kites

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. Mobis Phoebus

Daegu Basketball Stadium, 7 p.m.


Samsung Thunders vs. KT Sonic Boom

Jamsil Indoor Stadium, 7 p.m.

ET Land Elephants vs. KCC Egis

Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, 7 p.m.


KT&G Kites vs. Mobis Phoebus

Anyang Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. SK Knights

Daegu Basketball Stadium, 7 p.m.


LG Sakers vs. KT Sonic Boom

Changwon Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. ET Land Elephants

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

KCC Egis vs. Samsung Thunders

Jeonju Stadium, 5 p.m.


KT&G Kites vs. KT Sonic Boom

Anyang Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

LG Sakers vs. Daegu Orions

Changwon Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. SK Knights

Ulsan Dongchun, 5 p.m.


KCC Egis vs. KT&G Kites

Jeonju Basketball Stadium, 7 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. SK Knights

Wonju Chiak Stadium, 7 p.m.




To Sunday: “Ceramic Festival of Gimhae.” Buncheongsagi is a type of grayish-blue ceramic that was commonly used during the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the transition period from cheongja (green celadon porcelain) to baekja (white porcelain). It received high acclaim for the simplicity of its beauty.

This festival - held in October every year in Gimhae, Korea’s most famous ceramic village - celebrates buncheongsagi by offering pieces at a 30 percent to 40 percent discount. The items, including teacups, have been crafted using traditional methods. Visitors can even watch ceramicists at work at the festival.

Other programs allow those in attendance to make their own ceramics or even write and draw their own artistic imprints on ceramics.

From the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Gimhae and get off at the Gimhae Woedong Terminal. From the terminal, take city bus No. 44 and get off at the Jinrye Nonghyup bus stop, which is close to the festival grounds.

(055) 330-3241, http://festival.buncheong.net

NAMDO FOOD FESTIVAL, Naganeupseong Folk Village, South Jeolla

Thursday to Sunday: “Namdo Food Festival.” The food in Namdo is known throughout Korea as some of the country’s finest. This festival allows visitors to try some of the area’s more famous dishes for themselves.

Festivalgoers will be able to wander through stalls offering samples of Mokpo nakji (octopus), Suncheon yeomso tteok galbi (grilled marinated goat meat) and much more.

There will also be an exhibition about Namdo’s traditional royal Korean court food.

The festival will be held at the picturesque Naganeupseong Folk Village in the city of Suncheon.

From the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Suncheon Terminal.

(061) 749-4221, www.namdofood.or.kr


Thursday to Tuesday: “Seoul International Family Film Festival.” For the ninth annual SIFFF, organizers have decided to highlight Australian cinema. Audiences can choose from among 10 Australian films and will have the opportunity to meet some of the people behind the film “Broken Hill.” Lead actor Luke Arnold, writer/director Dagen Merrill and producers Chris Wyatt and Julie Ryan will be in attendance.

Yongsan Station, line No. 1

(02) 777-1444, www.sifff.org


Nov. 4 to 8: “Seogwipo Bangeo Festival.” This popular festival is held every year in November at Moseulpo Port, in the southernmost region of Jeju Island. It celebrates the bangeo fish (also known as yellowtail), which is widely caught in this area. The meat of bangeo is tender and therefore is very popular served raw. It is also used in a variety of dishes.

Visitors can enjoy fresh bangeo at the festival and then pack some up to take home.

Festivalgoers can also sample some of Jeju’s other specialty foods such as heukdwaeji-gogigui (grilled wild boar meat), galchijorim (cutlass fish boiled in soy sauce with spices) and more.

Take a taxi from the Jeju International Airport to Moseulpo Port.

(064) 794-8032, http://bangeofestival.com

Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.
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