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Events & Entertainment


A widow confronting middle age provides the main theme for theater company Lee Qingzhao the Private's (李清照私人劇團) play Ciao Ci-chao (曹七巧). The lead protagonist is taken from the play's name. The work touches on themes of feminism and modernist thought and has the widow Ciao attempting to stave off her loneliness by flirting with men. But her amorous overtures aren't reciprocated because her anger towards her surroundings, coupled with her fear of growing old, prevent her from engaging in normal relationships.

* Crown Theater (皇冠藝文中心小劇場), 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei (台北市敦化北路120巷50號)

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

* Tickets are NT$450 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Workshop in Heaven Theater's (黑門山上的劇團) The World's Number One Bun: The Legend of Ding Tai Feng (天下第一包 ? 鼎泰豐秘笈) mixes historical fact with comedy and follows the growth of one of Taiwan's most famous chain restaurants, Ding Tai Feng (鼎泰豐), from a small eatery to a franchise with stores throughout the world.

* Taipei City Government Family Theater (台北市政府親子劇場), 2F, Taipei City Hall, 1 Shifu Rd, Taipei (台北市市府路1號2樓)

* Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

* Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,200 and are available through ERA ticketing or online at

This weekend will see the last performances of the Italian Puppet Show: Sandrone (桑得羅尼) by Taiyuan Puppet Theater (台原偶戲團). The performance follows the humorous buffoonery and exploits of the tall and wickedly intelligent Fagiolino and his short, daft friend Sandrone, the Laurel and Hardy of the puppet theater.

* 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

Those interested in beiguan (北管) or nanguan (南管) music should check out the performances this weekend that are part of the 2007 Kuandu Arts Festival. Tomorrow features the nanguan performance To-hoe Takes the Ferry (桃花搭渡), the story of a maidservant who has to deliver an important letter to her mistress' lover. On Sunday, the entertainment heads north with a beiguan performance called The Peach of Longevity (蟠桃會), which features a brilliant array of costumes and acrobatics.

* All performances at Taipei National University of the Arts (國立臺北藝術大學音樂廳) 1 Xueyuen Rd, Beitou Dist, Taipei (北市北投區學園路1號)

* Nanguan performances are tomorrow at 2pm and 4pm; beiguan performances are Sunday at 2pm and 4pm

* Tickets are NT$200 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

Listening to the 21st Century - Works by Emerging Composers of Taiwan (傾聽21世紀 ? 臺灣新銳作曲家聯展) is a rare chance to hear the work of emerging local composers, many of whom are expanding the conventions of Western classical music with the inclusion of traditional Chinese instruments and even electronica. The composers featured in this concert are mostly in their mid-30s. A lecture by Luo Chi-min (羅基敏) will be held prior to the concert in the lobby of the National Concert Hall.

* Tonight 7:30pm

* National Concert Hall, Taipei

* Tickets are NT$300 to NT$800 and are available through NTCH ticketing

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica (基頓.克萊曼與波羅的海絃樂團), one of the most highly rated violinists from Eastern Europe and an acknowledged master in interpreting tango music for the orchestra, will perform Bartok's Divertimento, New Work for Violin and Strings by Kissine and a selection of movie themes including such favorites as A Fist Full of Dollars and Psycho. This concert is part of the NTCH's 20th anniversary celebrations.

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