All-girl industrial band Go Chic and emotronic/breakcore outfit Dynatac perform at Underworld (地下社會) tonight. Punks Inhuman Species (非人物種) and Mr Dirty play tomorrow, while emo-pop band Emotion Gate (情緒出口) and alt-rockers The Fever Cats (發燒貓) take to the stage on Wednesday.
▲B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1). Call (02) 2369-0103 or visit www.upsaid.com/underworld for more information
▲9:30pm to 11:30pm tonight and tomorrow; 9pm to 11pm on Wednesdays
▲Entrance for the music shows is NT$300 tonight and tomorrow and includes one drink; shows on Wednesdays are NT$100. Bar open daily from 8pm; closed on Mondays
Tomorrow Bliss hosts Mixter T’s birthday jam, featuring “feel good jams and party tracks from every genre.”
▲148, Xinyi Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市信義路四段148號), one block east of Dunhua South Road (敦化南路). Call Bliss at (02) 2702-1855 or log on at www.bliss-taipei.com. For more information on live performances at Bliss, visit www.myspace.com/blisslive
▲Tomorrow at 10pm. Bar/kitchen open from 7pm daily. Ladies night on Fridays; women get one free cocktail of their choice
▲No entrance fee
Both established and aspiring Taiwanese pop musicians perform regularly at the EZ5 Live House. This homey pub and restaurant on Anhe Road, with a clientele that ranges from taxi drivers to prominent politicians, is one of the few places where people actually turn off their cell phones and listen attentively to the performers. The venue hosts three different singers every night. Recommended performers include beloved female crooner Tiger Huang (黃小琥), who performs two sets every Monday, and Julia Peng (彭佳慧), who appears on Tuesdays.
▲211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市安和路二段211號). Call (02) 2738-3995 or visit www.ez5.com.tw for more information
▲Music shows run from 9:45pm to 12:30am
▲Entrance fees vary, between NT$600 to NT$850, depending on the performer. Admission includes two drinks
Every Wednesday night at the Cosmopolitan Grill there’s a blues open mic, held by the Blues Society on Taiwan. 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 (02) 2508-0304 or visit www.cosmo.com.tw for more information
▲8pm to 11pm every Wednesday
▲No admission fee
Black Friday — Jayne Dyer Solo Show (黑色星期五). For this installation Australian artist Jayne Dyer has made 3,000 black paper butterflies that cling to the walls, ceiling and windows of the gallery as a message of “nature in crisis.”
▲Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), 7 Peiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號). Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 3393-7377
▲Until Jan. 18
Bologna Annual Illustration Exhibition. The Bologna Children’s Bookfair is one of the most important rights markets for children’s publishers. In collaboration with Grimm Press, Pethany Larsen Gallery is presenting works by four award-winning children’s book illustrators, including Giuliano Ferri and Ariel Pand.
▲Pethany Larsen Gallery (Pethany Larsen藝坊), 30, Ln 45 Liaoning St, Taipei City (台北市遼寧街45巷30號). Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 8772-5005
▲Until Jan. 6
Joint Exhibition by Wang Chi-sui and Lin Ren-hsin (文建會國外駐村藝術家王綺穗與林仁信雙個展). Promising young artists Wang Chi-sui and Lin Ren-hsin revisit Taiwan’s culture, aesthetics and national identity after returning home from their residencies at Egon Schiele Art Centrum in the Czech Republic and Anderson Ranch Art Center in the US, respectively.