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By TAIPEI TIMES STAFF

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Bands play all day at Compass magazine’s annual International Food and Music Festival, which takes place this year at the Art Museum Parkway in Taichung.


PHOTO: COURTESY OF PATRICK BYRNE

Compass magazine’s fifth annual Taichung International Food and Music Festival (康百視雜誌第五屆國際美食音樂節) starts tomorrow at 10:30am with 11 bands scheduled to perform. The festival has moved to a new location — the Art Museum Parkway (美術綠園道) — and this year will have 50 booths. Culinary choices range from German, Italian and Greek to Taiwanese Aboriginal, Mexican, Cantonese, Argentine and French. Bands play from 10:30am to 8:50pm. The lineup is as follows, with each band playing a 50-minute set: ’Round Midnight, Three Day Bender, The Rising Hedons, Moss, Dirty Skies, Alice’s Tears, The Endless Trip (formerly Semicon), Militant Hippi, Chrome Relic, .22, and The Money Shot Horns. The festival goes until 9pm, but the party continues at 89K with Taipei bands Public Radio and High Tide, playing until 3am. Tickets for the after-party are available at the festival, and good for a free beer at 89K.

▲ Art Museum Parkway (美術綠園道), Taichung City, between Wuquan 5th and 7th streets (台中市在五權五街和五權七街之間); after-party with Public Radio and High Tide at 89K, Daguan Rd, Nantun Dist, Taichung City (台中市南屯區大觀路21號)

▲ Tomorrow from 10:30am to 9pm; after-party at 89K from 10pm to 3am

▲ Admission to the festival is free; after-party admission is NT$300 at the door; those who buy after-party tickets at the festival get a free beer

Thierry Bae appears at the National Experimental Theater this weekend.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF NATIONAL THEATER

French choreographer Thierry Bae brings his very personal production of Journal d’Inquietude (Diary of Worries) to the Experimental Theater this weekend, with a Taiwanese accent. The show begins with a solo by Bae and then there is a short film recounting his attempts to find both a place to show his work and someone to perform it. Bae reshot the film here to give it a local context and the third part of the show features a guest dancer (neither Bae nor National Theater staff would say who) performing Bae’s solo under his direction. Journal is an exploration of an “everyman” dancer/choreographer’s struggle to continue to work as he grows older, battling health and financial difficulties as well as other issues.

▲ National Experimental Theater (實驗劇場), Taipei City

▲ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing

Contemporary

Jazz Your Mind is on Friday night at Sappho de Base, the current favorite late night hangout for Taipei’s jazz musicians. Saturday features the Blues Vibrations. The band describes its sound as “funky blues, acid grooves, southern soul, honky tonk, and Taiwan taxi music.” On Tuesday night, it’s a set by the Grace Jazz Trio with an open jam afterwards. Wednesday is a farewell party for American singer and Sappho regular Kecia Jenkins. On Thursday, DJ Zulu spins what he calls “timeless and positive black sounds.”

▲ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1). Call (02) 2700-5411 (after 9pm) or visit www.sappho102.biz

▲ Performances begin at 10:30pm

▲ No entrance fee

Italian restaurant Capone’s hosts Taipei’s most authentic funk and blues band, the Kenyatta Quintet, led by drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta, a New Orleans native. The group plays every Friday until June 27.

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