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Theater

Cats is the hit musical based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a book of poems about feline friendship. The musical, like the poem, revolves around a ball, during which one lucky cat will be bestowed with an extra life. Cats will be cats, however, and the tension mounts and rivalries are fueled as the leading contenders for the extra life try to out do each other over a backdrop of memorable songs and breathtaking dance routines.

* Chih-De Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, Kaohsiung City (高雄中正文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

* Today, tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$800 to NT$4,800 and available through ERA ticketing


Irma la Douce (巴黎花街) by Godot Theater (果陀劇場) tells the story of a former cop on the steamy streets of 1960s Paris, who falls in love with a prostitute named Irma la Douce after they meet at a seedy bar called the Cafe Moustache. After killing off la Douce's pimp, the ex-cop takes his place and gradually loses all sense of reality as he becomes increasingly jealous of the hooker's johns. A highlight of the performance is the comedic acting talents of Chin Shih-jie (金士傑), who plays the role of the cafe owner.

* Taichung Zhongshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Hsuehshi Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)

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

* Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,400 and are available through NTCH ticketing


According to … 劇說 … is a joint production by Hsin Tien Senior High School (新店高中), Taipei Chenggong High School (成功高中) and the Affiliated High School of National Chengchi University (政大附中). The play uses different voices to look at life in contemporary Taiwan, from a student's perspective.

Highlight

Highly regarded expat folk/jazz ensemble Unfinished (未完成) is in Taipei for four performances this weekend. Unfinished enjoys a large following in Tainan, has released two albums, Shades of Blue and Heaven Like Water, and is about to release a third. Their first concert is a free performance at 7:30pm tonight at the Gongguan branch of Eslite, at 98 Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3 (台北市新生南路三段98號), followed by a 9:30pm show at Witch House, at 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Road Sec 3, Taipei (新生南路三段56巷7號). NT$300 cover includes one drink. Tomorrow at 9pm, Unfinished plays The Living Room, at 3F, 8 Nanjing E Rd Sec 5, Taipei (台北市南京東路五段8號3樓). Cover is NT$400. Then at 11pm they take the stage at lounge bar Sappho, at 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei (台北市安和路二短102巷1號). For more information, visit Unfinished’s Web site at www.pink-donuts.com


* National Taiwan Arts Education Institute (國立台灣藝術教育館), 47 Nanhai Rd, Taipei (台北市南海路47號)

* Tomorrow at 6:30pm

* Admission is free. Call (02) 2325-7383 X31 for tickets


A Hero Is Not Afraid of a Cat (英雄不怕貓) by Children's Apple Theater (蘋果兒童劇團) is a family play that tells the story of a kingdom of rats and the exploits of a particularly adventurous rodent named Gebu. One day on his travels, Gebu encounters a mountain cat who — surprise, surprise — is the enemy of the rats. But because the rats have all lead easy lives, none are willing to fight the cat until a hero comes along and saves the day.

* Taipei Culture Center, Wenshan Branch (台北市立社教館文山分館), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei (台北市景文街32號)

* Tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$200 and are available through NTCH ticketing

Classical

Homeland Famous Music for the Family (故鄉名曲精華音樂會親子共賞首選). From The Mill in the Black Forest to Longing for the Spring Breeze, Homeland Chamber Ensemble (故鄉室內樂團) will present a series of lectures and concerts from tonight through March 25. The lecture/concerts will be presided over by Chen I-lin (陳宜琳) in Taipei and Du Shu-feng (杜淑芳) for the Taichung events. Featuring violinists Chang Shih-peng (張士芃), Chan Ching-ching (詹青青), violist Chen Chih-yuan (陳麒元), cellist Lien Yi-Shien (連亦先), and pianist Liao Chiao-han (廖皎含), the concerts will include a program of quintet, quartet, trio, and solo works, presenting Eilenberg's The Mill in the Black Forest, Mozart's Turkish March, Oesten's Dolly's Dreaming and Awakening, famous Taiwanese music Longing for the Spring Breeze (望春風), Amazing Grace, Schubert's piano trio Wiegenlied, Medelssohn's Song of Spring, Chopin's Nocturne Op.9-2, the first movement of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No.5 in F Major, Op.24, Bridge's Pieces for Viola, the third movement of Davidov's Cello Concerto No.2, the first movement of Brahms' Violin Sonata No.2 Op.100, and Falla's Danse Espagnole.

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