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Universal Art Center

To Dec. 31: Universal Ballet company brings its version of the traditional holiday production to theaters this month.

Along with “Swan Lake” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker” is one of the three great ballets composed by Peter Tchaikovsky. UBC has presented “The Nutcracker” every year since 1986. Its version is adapted from the one choreographed by Vasily Vainonen in 1934, with further adaptations by Oleg Vinogradov.

The performance starts at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. The Dec. 21 show is at 7:30 p.m. only.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 80,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


White Box Theater

Dec. 24 and 25: This one-man show is based on David Sedaris’ acclaimed essay that humorously relates his short-lived stint working as an elf at Macy’s department store one Christmas. The show will be performed by Daniel Kennedy and is directed by Desiree Munro and produced by the Probationary Theater Company.

It will be performed entirely in English with Korean subtitles.

Performances are at 8 p.m.

Tickets are 15,000 won.

Hyochang Park Station, line No. 6, exit 2



Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center

Dec.31: Choi Soo-yeoul, a young, emerging Korean conductor, will lead the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra on the last day of 2011. The concert will have international performers, including Alessio Bax, a pianist who won Leeds International Piano Competition and Jong-min Park, a bass singer who won International Tchaikovsky Competition. The concert will feature classical and jazz music, as well as a choir.

The concert starts at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.

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

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


Times Square

Dec. 31: This annual end-of-year event features three stages and 20 acts, including headliner UV; French electronica producers Breakbot and So Me; French synth-rock duo Housse de Racket; acoustic pop duo Autumn Vacation; dance and electronic outfit Goonamguayeoridingstella; indie band 3rd Line Butterfly; indie rockers The Freaks, Summer Here Kids and Mongoose; and indie folk group One Punch.

The event is from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tickets range from 66,000 won to 99,000 won.

Youngdeungpo Station, line No. 1, exit 3

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


Sheraton Grande Walkerhill

Dec. 31: Asian-American electro hip-hop group Far East Movement is putting together this hip-hop and electronic music festival to celebrate the New Year. Six teams of artists will perform at Vista Hall, while four teams perform at the Walkerhill Theater.

The lineup includes Idiotape, Sebastian, DJ Virman, DJ Feadz, Justin Michael, DJ Yup, Beat Burger and more.

The event is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Tickets range from 66,000 won to 132,000 won.

Go to Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 1, and catch the free shuttle bus in front of Techno Mart.

(02) 323-2838, www.mnet.com

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