The only three-word phrase in the English language that sounds better than four-day weekend is wine and dine. That's because we all know what is coming for dessert. One party pooping government official must not be getting his share of rub and tug because he decreed that the working masses must make up for all of the dragon boat revelry by working this Saturday. This killjoy and his poorly executed call to arms hasn't stopped the O-Brothaz Sound System from taking over Hips tonight for a Caribbean music spectacular. Along with their usual reggae and dancehall, there will be some reggaeton thrown down by DJ Morach. Once thought of as the bastard stepchild of real Jamaican music, reggaeton is slowly gaining acceptance in the musical world. Lion, restaurant owner extraordinaire and one-third of the O-Brothaz collective explains, "Dancehall and reggae are unique because of the structure of the riddims. Reggaeton has simplified this and created its own vibe. This is good in a sense because more people are listening to the music we love."
The party starts early in Taichung on Saturday night at Chifunk's Urban Funk Festival. From six to midnight, Alu Cafe Amphitheater near the baseball stadium will be pulsating with the rhythms of Two Hands, Subtle, Lazy Daze, and 4in Funk Affair to celebrate the Summer solstice. Stencil art, local vendors, and Tibetan monks will be on hand so the unexpected is expected.
Back in the capital city, two new DJs are itching to get their needles dirty in the muddy basin of the Taipei nightlife scene. Digit and 9 Pin are hosting Keep It Funky at PS Caf? and promising that they will do just that. Just down the street, Luxy's Lohan/Hilton/Spears-inspired House Biaaatch stars Steve Smooth alongside the delectable debutante duo of Cookie and Nina.
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If you happened to catch Team Canada setting fire to the speakers at Party Room last year, then you know what's in store for the opulent Room 18 coterie on Saturday night. DJs Grand Theft and DR One have been on a major tear since they last visited these shores with the release of their highly acclaimed Classic Material mixtape. Almost instantly, Team Canada was thrown to the forefront of the mash-up movement because they seamlessly amalgamated the blue-eyed soul of Joe Walsh with witty Detroit Rock City lyricism of Eminem while also brilliantly integrating Beck's Loser into Buju Banton's Champion. This tremendous tag team will have their second volume of Classic Material with them and the public should do what they have to do to get their hands on it. Team Canada will also be featured at the Sunday Breeze Pool Party with Soundmind, Hooker, and Junior and Megan.
For three weeks, Play, Wednesday's soiree for mature house music lovers at Paulina's, has been on hiatus. No more as Owl T graces the ones and twos for her last dance in Taiwan. Joining her will be electronic guru, Viba, and his chilled out sounds.
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.