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The long-anticipated, Chinese-language production of Shakespeare’s Othello (針鋒對決) by the Godot Theater Company (果陀劇場) premieres in Kaohsiung, with headliners Li Li-qun (李立群) and Chin Shih-jie (金士傑), two of Taiwan’s most accomplished stage actors.

■Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm (Kaohsiung), Sept. 6 to Sept. 7 (Hsinchu), Sept. 13 (Tainan), Sept. 18 to Sept. 28 (Taipei), Nov. 8 to Nov. 9 (Taichung)

■This weekend’s performances will be held at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihteh Hall (高雄市立文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號)

■Tickets are NT$1,000 to NT$4,000 (Taipei); NT$500 to NT$4,000 at all other venues. Tickets are available through TRCH ticketing or from Godot Theater Company at

Hong Kong director Mathias Woo (胡恩威) brings his esoteric multimedia stage performance Hua-yen Sutra — Mind as a Skillful Painter (華嚴經之心如工畫師) to Taiwan as part of the Taipei Arts Festival. The performance is a mixture of chanting, music, dance and digital images that is meant to replicate the Buddha’s insight that the world is forged entirely by the mind.

■Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台),

25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City


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

■Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing

The Timid Little Chicken (膽小小雞) by Song Song Children’s and Puppet Theater (九歌兒童劇團) is a puppet performance for the whole family. A mother chicken tries to teach her offspring the ways of the world, but the little chicken is too afraid to learn. But when the mother chicken brings the youngster to a park, what began as fear turns into curiosity.


Tonight at Da-an Forest Park (大安森林公園), musician and environmental activist Matthew Lien performs in a free show, which is being billed as the first concert in Taiwan to be powered fully by renewable energy. According to the show’s sponsors, the Bureau of Energy, the concert will be powered by 100 percent biodiesel fuel made from recycled cooking oil. The bureau will also run exhibition booths providing information on renewable energy, with the exhibitions powered by wind and solar energy. The bureau says the goal of the concert is to promote the use of biodiesel from waste cooking oil at all outdoor activities and night markets in Taiwan.

Since coming to prominence in Taiwan in 1995 with his runaway hit album Bleeding Wolves, Lien has established himself as a spokesperson for environmental causes in Taiwan. His latest album Adventures in the Hakka Heartland, features recordings with Hakka musicians from all over Taiwan.

■Matthew Lien live in concert at Da-an Forest Park (大安森林公園)

■Tonight at 7pm; exhibition booths on renewable energy open at 3pm

■Free admission

Tonight at Roxy Vibe experimental rock quartet To a God Unknown will play their last show under their current name. The band cultivated its current post-rock sound by avoiding normal song structures; their songs often start quietly and build up into walls of noise. To a God Unknown enjoys a loyal following and has often filled venues like The Wall (這牆) to capacity with appreciative crowds.

Also playing tonight are punk band Blood Orange and metal rockers Doublewide.

■To a God Unknown, Doublewide and Blood Orange at Roxy Vibe, B1, 155, Jinshan S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市金山南路1段155號B1)

■Tonight at 10pm

■NT$300 cover includes free drink

■Taipei Cultural Center, Wenshan Branch (社教館文山分館),

B2, 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City


■Tomorrow and Sunday at 2pm

■Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing

Classical Music

The Magic of Taiwan Folk Songs — The Sounds of Liang Hsi-wen (台灣歌謠的清新魅力—聆聽梁茜雯的弦外之音).

The highly regarded local violinist Liang Hsi-wen (梁茜雯) will be presenting a selection of Taiwanese folk songs with piano accompaniment by Lu Yi-tsi (盧易之).

■Today at 7:30pm (Taichung) and tomorrow at 7:30pm (Hsinchu)

National Taichung Library Chunghsing Concert Hall (台中市中興堂),

291-3 Chingwu Rd, Taichung City

(台中市精武路291之3號) and

the Hsinchu Municipal Performance Hall (新竹市立演藝廳),

17 Tungta Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City


■Tickets are NT$200 to NT$800 at both venues, available through ERA ticketing

Za Ondekoza (“demon drum group,” 鬼太鼓座) is back for yet another tour of Taiwan in their ever popular program of percussion and bare buttocks. They perform in Taipei this Sunday and will go on to tour Jhongli, Chiayi and Kaohsiung through September.

■Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (台北國父紀念館), 505, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段505號)

■Tickets are NT$800 to NT$2,500, available through ERA ticketing

Flute Fantastic — Recital by Trevor Wye (崔佛懷長笛獨奏會)

has flute virtuoso Trevor Wye performing a program that includes Telemann’s Trio Sonata in G minor and Couperin’s Three Pieces for Flute Damour and Piano and The Carnival of Venice. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Hsu Chia-chi (徐嘉琪).

■Tomorrow at 7:30pm

■Lujhou Branch of KHS Musical Co Music Hall (蘆洲功學社音樂廳),

162 Jhongshan 2nd Rd, Lujhou City, Taipei County (台北縣蘆洲市中山二路162號)

■Tickets are NT$300, available through NTCH ticketing

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