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Events & Entertainment

The Chairman (董事長樂團) won the Golden Melody Award for best band earlier this month, confirmation that the nine-year-old rock combo's new line-up and new sound for its Looking for a New World (找一個新世界) album released late last year hit on a winning formula. The band has grown up, ditched the more punk/rock elements and honed a repertoire of sophisticated post-rock tunes. In 2000 the group's then frontman Guan Yu (冠宇) lost his fight against leukemia, and the band released a tribute album in 2003 entitled Solo Flight (董事長 -- 冠宇: 單飛). The combo was formed in 1997 and quickly rose to prominence on the alt rock scene. ● Tonight at 8pm ● Tickets are NT$400 ● Location: The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市羅斯福路四段200B1). Call (02) 2930-0162 or visit


The Apartment (公寓春光), a new satirical play by the Godot Theater Company (果陀劇場), featuring well-known local comedian Gu Pao-min (顧寶明). Godot is known for its adaptation of many works of contemporary Western drama as well as local dramatic works.

● At the National Theater

● Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500 and are available from NTCH ticketing.

● Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

Big Love by the Tainaner Ensemble (台南人劇團), a presentation of the 2001 Obie Award winning Broadway play by Charles Mee which itself is a modern take on the classic Greek tragedy The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus. The performance is directed by John Maloney.

● Tickets are NT$400 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

● At the National Experimental Theater, Taipei.

● Tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

The Hero Does Not Fear Cats (英雄不怕貓) by the Just Apple Children's Theater Troupe (蘋果劇團), a children's play based on the award-winning series of illustrated books by Hau Kuang-tsai (郝廣才).

● At Novel Hall (新舞台), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路3-1號).

● Tickets are NT$300 to NT$800 and are available through ERA ticketing.

● Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm

Auntie Liu (劉姥姥) a new Honan-style Chinese opera from the National Guoguang Chinese Opera Company (國立國光劇團), which draws once again from the classic Chinese novel The Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢).

● At the Guoguang Theater (國光劇場), 5F, 77 Muzha Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市木柵路三段77號5樓).

● Tickets are NT$300 to NT$500 and are selling out fast.

● Tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm


Canada Day, or as the organizers would have it Canada D'eh, will be celebrated with a "forest music festival" at Da-an Park. This shift in venue from previous celebrations means that there will be no BBQ, so people are encouraged to pack their own picnics and settle down to enjoy the great music at the park's performance space. There will be bands and comedy acts including Scott Cook, Mister Green, Public Radio, David Chen and the Muddy Basin Ramblers, Chris Garvin and Milk.

● Admission is free.

For those in Taichung, Canadian DJs will be working the decks and playing Canadian tracks for the Swank Canadian Content night to celebrate Canada Day featuring DJs Matty D, Gareth Jones, Declan and Scottyballer.

● At Liquid Lounge, 98 Chungming S. Rd., Taichung.

● Tomorrow from 3:30pm until 9pm in Taipei and 11pm to 4am in Taichung

Classical Music

Forum Music Weekend Piano Duet Concert (十方樂集週末雙鋼琴音樂會) will feature pianists Chen Chieh-ru (陳潔如) and Cheng Ching-min (鄭靜旻). Chen's vast piano repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, and she performs recitals extensively both in the US and abroad. Cheng is a full-scholarship doctoral candidate in the music school at University of Miami and is currently a piano accompanist of the New World Symphony and the New World School of the Arts. The program will include Ravel's Une Barque Sur L'Ocean and Alborada del Gracioso; Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Major, No.1, Op.32, Prelude in G Major, No.5, Op.32, and Suite No.2, Op.17 for two pianos; Prokofiev's Piano Sonata in A Minor, Op.28, and Lutoslawsky's Variations on a Theme by Paganini for two pianos.

● At the Forum Auditorium (十方樂集音樂劇場演奏廳), 4, Ln. 187, Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路187巷4號).

● Tickets are NT$250 and are available through NTCH ticketing.

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