Tomorrow and Sunday, the Taipei Artist Village (TAV) hosts the Winter Open Studio, a free event featuring workshops by artists-in-residence. There will also be musical performances, beginning with a taiko drum show from Taipei Drum (台北極鼓集).
Highlights include an installation by Australian artist Jayne Dyer, who created thousands of black butterflies to display at the TAV Gallery as a message of “nature in crisis,” and a performance by Taipei’s 1/2Q Theater (二分之一Q劇場), which combines modern dance and theater with traditional kun opera (崑劇). Workshop sessions include a demonstration of “contact improvisation” by performance artist Mauro Sacchi and vocal experiments from sound artist Alice Chang (張惠笙). On Sunday the event concludes with a party and performances from The Tribe of West Africa, an African percussion group, David Chen and the Muddy Basin Ramblers and The Dana Wylie Band.
▲ Taipei Artist Village, 7, Beiping East Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號). Tel: (02) 3393-7377
▲ A detailed schedule can be downloaded from www.artistvillage.org/events.php?type=4
▲ Tomorrow and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm; on Sunday, there is a party from 6:30pm to 10pm
▲ Entrance to all events is free
Mando-pop superstars A-mei (張惠妹) and Wang Lee-hom (王力宏) join MC Hot Dog, Wu Bai (伍佰) and China Blue, Kimbo (胡德夫) and dozens of other local and foreign acts at the Pacific International Sightseeing Festival 2009 (2009太平洋國際音樂節) at the Meiluen Brewery Hualien, which starts today and runs through Jan. 4, 2009. In addition to the music there will be exhibitions sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and trade associations. The festival is organized by the Hotel Association of the Republic of China (中華民國旅館商業同業公會全國聯合會).
▲ Pacific International Sightseeing Festival 2009 (2009太平洋國際音樂節) at the Meiluen Brewery (美崙酒廠), 6 Meigong Rd, Hualien City (花蓮市美工路6號). For more information, including directions and a band schedule, go to
▲ Today through Jan. 4, 2009 from 10am to 9:30pm (ends at midnight on New Year’s Eve)
▲ No admission fee
Li Ling the Abandoned Hero (半世英雄•李陵) is the fifth experimental kunqu (崑曲) play created by 1/2Q Theater (二分之一Q劇場). Han Dynasty general Li Ling, who has been betrayed and captured by the Huns, is waiting to strike back against the enemy, only to find that the emperor has ordered the death of his entire family. Haunted by grief for the rest of his life, Li never returns to his homeland.
▲ Experimental Theater of the National Theater, Taipei City
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Wonderwork (誰是聖誕老公公), staged by If Kids Theater (如果兒童劇團) for the second time in four years, tells the story of an old man who is inexplicably chosen to be of one of the world’s 500 Santa Clauses. As he helps deliver presents to children, it dawns on him that people see him as a greedy, stingy and inconsiderate person.
▲ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
▲ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:30pm
▲ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The president’s daughter is cast in the role of Juliet in Tainaner Ensemble’s (台南人劇團) humorous play within a play K24 (Chaos). The K24 Bureau of Investigation discovers that an attempt will be made on the first daughter’s life on opening night and tries to uncover the killer’s identity. This weekend’s performances feature the first two episodes from the six-episode series.