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Fight for your right ... to picnic

By Ho Yi

With far more concrete than green space, Taipei isn’t feted for its lush parks and luxurious gardens. But surprisingly, picnics have become all the rage in the capital. In June, some 8,000 urbanites turned up to a large picnic held at one of the city’sFULL STORY

A musical, sung in Paiwan

By Enru Lin

Created by the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO, 臺灣國樂團) for its 30th anniversary, Muliyav! Where Are You? (Muliyav在哪裡?) is an unusual musical about a Paiwan Aboriginal village. Each one of the musical’s five acts is unscripted. Each is also sung in the Paiwan language, without subtitles,FULL STORY

Live Wire: Come together

By Joe Henley

This year, Daniel Pearl Day takes on a heightened level of poignancy following the brutal slaying of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic State militants who are currently staging an insurgency in both Iraq and Syria. Much like Pearl, Foley was killedFULL STORY

Events and entertainment listings

By Ho Yi

Contemporary Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Sunday’s spotlight is on Japanese rockers The Hiatus. ■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市八德路一段1號) ■ Show starts at 7pm ■ Admission is NT$1,600 in advance and NT$1,800FULL STORY

Highlight: The Stranger & Ethics

By Diane Baker

Choreographers are inspired by many things: a musical phase, a song, a book, a person or nature, social conditions or current events. Questions of identity and the Sunflower movement that emerged earlier this year during protests against the government’s handling of cross-strait negotiations and tradeFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings

By Enru Lin

At solo exhibition Biologist (生物學家), Chang Teng-yuan (張騰遠) presents a post-doomsday Earth. Thousands of years into the future, parrot-biologists have arrived on Earth to study the ruins of human civilization. In color-splashed acrylic pieces, Chang depicts the parrot-biologists’ observations, along with new sustainable life formsFULL STORY

The Vinyl Word

By Marcus Aurelius

Like Israel having a huge nuclear weapon arsenal, an open secret that is known by almost everyone but rarely discussed is the fact that gangsters and cops are heavily involved in the nightlife scene in Taiwan. Last Saturday night, this came to a head whenFULL STORY

Movie releases

By Ian Bartholomew

Before I Go to Sleep We recently saw Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth together in the more than adequate drama about a soldier who returns to his Japanese POW camp to face his torturer in The Railway Man. The chemistry between Kidman and Firth was notFULL STORY

Walking on sunshine2014-09-18

By Ho Yi

Ten years is a long time to film a documentary, but for director Singing Chen (陳芯宜), it was worth it. Titled The Walkers (行者), it explores the career of choreographer Lin Lee-chen (林麗珍), the renowned founder and artistic director of the Legend Lin Dance TheatreFULL STORY

Restaurant review: YakiYan Japanese BBQ Restaurant (原燒)2014-09-18

By Eddy Chang

With about 400 outlets in Taiwan, China and Singapore, Wowprime (王品) is one of the nation’s largest restaurant chain operators. Inspired by yakiniku (traditional Japanese barbecue), the group established the YakiYan Japanese BBQ Restaurant chain in 2004, which specializes in Japanese-style barbecue with light seasoningFULL STORY

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