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Restaurant review: The Pengs’ Restaurant (彭家園)

By Eddy Chang

The Pengs’ Restaurant is the first Cantonese restaurant in Taipei’s East District. Established 30 years ago near Yanji Street (延吉街), it is often confused with another restaurant bearing the same name and a similar menu on Dongfong Street (東豐街). Though the owners of the twoFULL STORY

Trends: A mouth full of crickets?

By Bradley Saacks

At the Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in Washington, metal butterfly mobiles hang from the ceiling and bugs are on the menu. The chapulines tacos are jammed with thumb-sized roasted grasshoppers, a delicacy head chef Colin King cooks in tequila and chipotle puree and serves with shallots. “There’s aFULL STORY

CD reviews

Still Brazy, YG, Def Jam In a world where hip-hop’s borders — aesthetic, regional and more — are increasingly porous, making an album as insular as Still Brazy, the second major-label effort by Compton rapper YG, counts as bold. Still Brazy is an artisanal, proletarian Los AngelesFULL STORY

Book review: Love from a different era

By Bradley Winterton

If readers have read anything by novelist Li Ang (李昂) it’s likely to have been The Butcher’s Wife. This sensational novella, describing how a persecuted wife murdered her sadistic husband, was an enormous success when it was first published in 1983, and was equally successfulFULL STORY

Finding the TAO2016-07-29

By Dana Ter

The mercury in Taipei is expected to climb to 35 degrees Celsius this weekend. If you’re looking for a way to cool off, Taiwan Adventure Outings (TAO) is organizing a hike to Cloud Heart Waterfall (雲心瀑布) in New Taipei City’s Sanxia District (三峽) tomorrow morning. TAOFULL STORY

Artisan for a day2016-07-29

By Han Cheung

If you ever wonder how your custom shoes or jewelry are made, you might be able to find an answer tomorrow at Taipei’s A.C.I.D. Lab (岸汐職人聚落). The handcraft collective, whose roster includes shoemaking, leatherwork, silversmithing and clothesmaking professionals, is opening its doors so the publicFULL STORY

Events and entertainment listings2016-07-29

By Noah Buchan

Contemporary Japanese jazz sextet Soil & “Pimp” Sessions will play their version of energetic “death jazz” tomorrow at Legacy Taipei, a venue that hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Taiwan’s Skaraoke, who play a delightful mix of reggae, swing and jazz, will also beFULL STORY

Highlight: Noise Art — White Fungus 152016-07-29

By Dana Ter

If you can stay awake tomorrow night, the White Fungus 15 release party begins at 11:50pm at Korner. Founded in 2004 by New Zealand brothers Ron Hanson and Mark Hanson, the Taichung-based arts magazine has since endeavored to introduce Taiwanese artists to international audiences. TheFULL STORY

Highlight: Taipei International Choral Festival2016-07-29

By Han Cheung

The 16th Taipei International Choral Festival kicks off today with performances around the country by local and international choirs. It ends on Aug. 7. The official opening is Sunday night at Taipei’s National Concert Hall, featuring Chuang Tung-chieh (莊東杰), who took first place at last year’sFULL STORY

At the sound of the seashell horn2016-07-28

By Han Cheung

Like the other able-bodied villagers in Fusing (復興) on the coast of Yilan’s Jhuangwei Township (壯圍), a 14-year-old Lin Jung-wen (林榮文) would drop whatever he was doing and run toward the ocean at the sound of the seashell horn. A fishing boat had cast its 200mFULL STORY

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