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Events & Entertainments

After thousands have used their ballads to learn English, it's time to see Michael Learns to Rock in the flesh.

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Upcoming

Michael Learns to Rock are big in Asia, partly because they do slow songs that you can study English too. Many thousands of Taiwanese have mastered the English language listening to the Danish trio's ballads. That's Why (You Go Away) and Take Me To Your Heart are two of their best-known songs. They will be playing two nights at the Taipei International Convention Center, on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Tickets are priced from NT$1,000 to NT$4,200 and are available from Era.

- Tickets (www.ticket.com.tw), or call (02) 2341-9898. Concerts start 7:45pm. Find out for yourself why MLTR is the biggest-selling international band in Malaysia, without having to set foot in Kuala Lumpur.

Theater

M. Butterfly(蝴蝶君) is based on the play written by David Henry Wong. It tells the story of a French civil servant who falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera star, who, following the tradition of Beijing opera where only males can perform, is a man masquerading as a woman. The opera star is also a Chinese spy who extracts information from him about the Vietnam War.

- Guling Street Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St Taipei (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號)

- Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

- Tickets are NT$300 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artstickets.com.tw

Irma la Douce (巴黎花街) by Godot Theater (果陀劇場) tells the story of a fired cop on the steamy streets of 1960s Paris, who falls in love with a prostitute named Irma la Douce, who he meets 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.

- Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), 505 Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei (台北市仁愛四段號505)

- Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

- Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artstickets.com.tw

Italian Puppet Show: Sandrone (義大利木偶戲:桑得羅尼) by Taiyuan Puppet Theater Company (台原偶戲團) follows the hilarious exploits of Fagiolino and his friend Sandrone, the Laurel and Hardy of the Italian puppet stage.

- Nadou Theater (納豆劇場), 79 Xining N Rd, Taipei (台北市西寧北路79號)

- Tomorrow at 3pm

- Tickets are NT$200 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artstickets.com.tw

Mom is so Annoying (媽媽好討厭) tells the amusing story of two daughters who, after being scolded by their mother, wish that she would disappear. To their astonishment, their mother does in fact disappear and their initial feelings of joy soon turn to sadness as they anxiously await her return.

- Yuanlin Performance Hall, Changhua County (員林演藝廳), 99, Ln 2, Chungcheng Rd, Yuanlin Township, Changhua County (彰化縣員林鎮中正路二巷99號)

- Tomorrow at 7:30pm

- Tickets are NT$200 to NT$400 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artstickets.com.tw

Classical Music

Soprano Gigi Chan Solo Recital (女高音詹怡嘉2007獨唱會 - 愛的故事). Chan's 2006 release of a recording featuring Bach's Cantatas won critical acclaim. In addition, she is the sister of Chan Yi-yi (詹怡宜), a veteran anchorwoman at a local TV, who will preside at the recital. She will also be joined by violinist Roger Chiang (姜智譯) and pianist Lin Ya-hsu (林雅敘). The program is based on the theme voices of love, and will feature music by Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, Faure, Satie, Romberg, Arditi, and Puccini.

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