David Chen and guitarist Ken Othake of Japan perform together in a one-off show, along with special guests Hakka singer Lo Sirong (羅思容) and harmonica player Conor Prunty.
▲ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號). Call (02) 2362-5494 or visit
▲ Performances start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games open 11am to midnight Sunday to Wednesday; 11am to 1am Thursday to Saturday
▲ NT$300 entrance includes one drink
The Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) presents the Unlimited Rock ‘n’ Roll Spirit of Jazz Concert (爵士的搖滾精神不設限音樂會) tonight, featuring jazz pianist Chang Kai-ya (張凱雅), guitarist Geddy Lin (林正如), drummer Toshi Fujii and Lin Hou-chin (林后進) on acoustic double-bass. Tomorrow it’s pop-rock acts Tong En (同恩) and Jacuzzi (賈庫西). Monday is open-jam night.
▲ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓). Call (02) 2368-7310 or visit
▲ Shows start at 9:30pm
▲ NT$400 tonight and tomorrow. Admission includes one free drink. There is a one-drink minimum on Monday
Every Wednesday night at the Cosmopolitan Grill is a blues open mic, held by the Blues Society on Taiwan and hosted by Torch Pratt. All are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in on guitar, bass, or drums.
▲ 1F, 218 Changchun Rd, Taipei City (台北市長春路218號1樓). Call 2508-0304 or visit www.cosmo.com.tw
▲ 8pm to 11pm every Wednesday
▲ Free admission
This is the third and final week of performances for the Taiwan Women Theater Festival.
The first piece in the double bill is the Enemy Within (我的敵人), a modern dance performance featuring Wei Chin-ju (魏沁如) and respected stage actress Hsu Yen-ling (徐堰鈴),
which explores the internal psychological spaces of women through movement. The second performance, My Angel Friends (我的天使朋友), by playwright Zhang Chia-rong (張嘉容), uses the interior musings of four characters to examine the nature of depression.
▲ Guling Street Theater (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei City (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$500, available through NTCH ticketing
The Adventures of Ban Ban (斑斑歷險記) is a children’s puppet performance by Eyuan Puppet Theater (一元布偶劇團) and tells the story of Ban Ban the sheep, who accidentally enters a wolf’s lair. Just as the wolf is about to make Ban Ban his dinner, his sheep comrades charge into the carnivore’s sanctuary and rescue him. The performance also gives children a chance to interact with the puppets and develop a sense of how to protect themselves and respect others.
▲ Taipei Cultural Center, Wenshan Branch (社教館文山分館), B2, 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號B2)
▲ Tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing
Taiwan’s raucous legislature and zany television shows are some of the fodder for Mad in Taiwan (瘋狂年代), the latest work by Ping-Fong Acting Troupe (屏風表演班). The play within a play tells the story of a theater group that attempts to produce a musical that captures the spirit of Taiwan. The trope they eventually hit on is betel nut beauties.