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The Mhy-Huang Taiwanese Opera Troupe (明華園黃字戲劇團), Ming Hwa Yuan Gezai Opera Company (明華園戲劇團), Shiu-Kim Taiwanese Opera Troupe (秀琴歌劇團), Ming-Ju Taiwanese Opera Troupe (明珠女子歌劇團) and Holo Opera Troupe (河洛歌子戲劇團) team up to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a series of traditional gezai operas (歌仔戲).

Fengshan Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (高雄鳳山國父紀念館), 228 Guangyuan Rd, Fengshan City, Kaohsiung County (高雄縣鳳山市光遠路228號)

Tomorrow and Monday at 2:30pm and Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30pm

Tickets are NT$200 to NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing

Tickets for Godot Theater Company’s (果陀劇場) much-anticipated Chinese-language production of Shakespeare’s Othello (針鋒對決) are running out fast. The production features accomplished Taiwanese stage actors Lee Li-chun (李立群) and Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑). [See Page 14 of the Sept. 19, 2008, edition of the Taipei Times for a review of the production.]

Tainan Municipal Cultural Center

(台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City


Jan. 30 at 7:30pm

Tickets are NT$500 to NT$4,000, available through NTCH ticketing

Classical music

2009 Ma Yo-yo New Year Concert (2009馬友友新年音樂會) will see the superstar cellist perform two concerts, the first in Taipei on Wednesday and the second next Friday. The program includes Bach’s Suite for Violin Cello Solo Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s Partita, Zhao Jiping’s (趙季平) Summer in the High Grassland and O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz.

Wednesday (Tainan) and Jan. 30 (Taipei) at 7:30pm

Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號); National Concert Hall, Taipei City

Lunar New Year openings

The following nightspots and restaurants will remain open throughout the Lunar New Year holiday. Call ahead to confirm the venue’s hours as some locations may close early.

Hell’s Kitchen

Address: 1, Civil Blvd Sec 5, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2748-6407

Hours: Daily from 8pm till late


Address: 148 Shida Rd, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2364-8222

Hours: Daily from 5pm to 1am or 2am

On Tap

Address: 49, Ln 308, Guangfu S Rd, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2741-5365

Hours: Daily from 6pm till late


Address: 5F, 22 Songshou Rd, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2725-3520

Hours: Daily from 9pm to 2:30am, opens at 10pm on Monday

Brass Monkey

Address: 166 Fushing N Rd, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2547-5050

Hours: Weekdays from 5pm to 1am, closes at 4am on Thursday and 2am on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31


Address: 100, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City


Telephone: (02) 2325-4433

Hours: Daily from 11pm to 2am

The Tavern

Address: 5, Lane 380, Keelung Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (基隆路一段380巷5號)

Telephone: (02) 8780-0892

Hours: Sunday from 5pm to midnight, Monday to Feb. 1 from noon to 2am

Jake’s Country Kitchen

Address: 705, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6, Taipei City (中山北路六段705號)

Telephone: (02) 2871-5289

Hours: Sunday, from 6:30am to 3pm, Monday and Tuesday from 9:30am to 9:30pm and Wednesday through Jan. 30 from 9:30am to midnight

Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$4,800 for the Tainan concert and NT$1,800 to NT$6,000 for the Taipei Concert, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Bravo Super Bass (陳維哲低音提琴幫創團音樂會) sees the creation of a new musical ensemble by Chen Wei-tse (陳維哲), the principle cellist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. The opening concert includes Bizet’s Carmen Fantaisie, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, Bach’s Chaconne, Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka, Offenbach’s Can-Can Norris’ Cool and Cake Walk, all arranged for cello.

Feb. 3 at 7:30pm

National Recital Hall, Taipei City

Tickets are NT$300 and NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing or online at


The Wall (這牆) and Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) are closed from today through next week for Lunar New Year. Both venues re-open Feb. 6.

Tomorrow night at VU Live House Tranquility Bass Productions presents Lunar Phase, an evening of drum ’n’ bass with DJs Rich, Mixter T, Coffeepot and Shaman.

B1, 77, Wuchang St Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段77號B1).

Tel: (02) 2314-1868

Begins at 11pm tonight

NT$350 admission, includes one drink

Bearbabes (熊寶貝樂團), whose sparse, atmospheric sound showcases the ethereal voice of female singer and bassist Cookie (餅乾), perform tonight at Witch House (女巫店). The venue is closed from Saturday to Wednesday for the Lunar New Year holiday. On Thursday, Puyuma guitarist and singer Hao-en (昊恩) performs a solo set.

7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號).

For more information, 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 Sundays through Wednesdays; 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays

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