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Organized by the Paper Windmill Theater Troupe (紙風車劇團),

the Taipei County Children’s Performance Art Festival

(台北縣兒童表演藝術節) is staging carnival-like performances by theater and dance troupes, interactive games and bazaars during its tour of 29 villages and towns. Big Feet Troupe (大腳ㄚ劇團) performs this Sunday in Sansia Township (三峽鎮). Comma Theater Company (逗點創意劇團) performs on Wednesday in Wanli Township (萬里鄉).

Sansia Elementary School (三峽國小), 16 Chungshan Rd, Sansia Township, Taipei County (台北縣三峽鎮中山路16號); Tapeng Elementary School

▲(大鵬國小), 14 Jiatou Rd, Wanli Township, Taipei County (台北縣萬里鄉加投路14號)

▲Shows run from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

▲No admission fee

In Pipo Fairies (碧波仙子) by Taichung’s highly regarded Kuo Kwang Taiwanese Opera Troupe (國光歌劇團), a penniless young scholar whiles the time away feeding fish and turtles in a lake after being rejected by the wealthy father of his beloved. One day, the turtle and carp spirits in the lake decide to repay their benefactor’s kindness by making his wishes come true.

Taipei Culture Center, Yanping Branch (台北市社教館延平分館),

▲ 9F, 21, Dihua St Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市迪化街一段21號9樓)

▲Tomorrow at 2pm

▲Tickets are NT$100 at the door

The latest production of the Dance Shoe series, initiated by Kaohsiung City Ballet (高雄城市芭蕾舞團) in 2004 to provide a platform for nurturing new talents, Dance Shoe VI (點子鞋系列六) features works by six young promising choreographers. It will later tour Tainan City and Kaohsiung City. [See story on Page 15.]

▲National Experimental Theater, Taipei City

▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at


Surrounded by candy hearts and greeting cards, it’s easy to forget that Valentine’s Day is named after a succession of early Christian martyrs. If you’ve got the blues on “Singles Awareness Day” you’re in good company. The Blues Society On Taiwan is hosting a blues party tomorrow, “Because ‘broken hearts are for assholes.’”

The party’s tagline is inspired by the Frank Zappa song of the same name, said lead vocalist of blues band BoPoMoFo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ), DC “Deacon” Rapier, who also plays harmonica, guitar and tenor sax. The group plays authentic Chicago-style blues reminiscent of Rapier’s hometown, original songs and vintage R ’n’ B.

Canadian Mike “Steel-fingers” Tennant sings backing vocals and plays bass, with Aki “the Flame” Ikeda on guitar, and Daisuke “Dafu” Neishi on drums, both from Japan. Also on vocals and piano is Klaus “Amadeus” Tseng from Germany.

With songs like You Done Me Wrong, Empty and What Went Wrong, BoPoMoFo brings you a Valentine’s Day colored all hues of blue.

Sappho de Base, B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1). Tomorrow, from 10:30pm to 1:30am. Call (02) 2700-5411 (after 9pm) or visit for more information.

Entrance is NT$200

BoPoMoFo plays next in Taichung, on Feb. 21 at 89K, 21 Takuan Rd, Nantun Dist, Taichung City (台中市南屯區大觀路21號), and every Friday at Capone’s, 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號) beginning in March

An expat comedy troupe serves up laughs for Valentine’s Day tonight in Taipei and tomorrow in Kaohsiung. Dubbing themselves the International Comedy Troupe in Taiwan (a name no doubt chosen for its acronym, ICTIT), five Taipei comedians — Kurt Penney, Matt “The Puppet Guy” Bronsil, Tobie Openshaw, Spotty Two-shoes and Torch Pratt — will take to the stage for the Wild East Comedy Show. Tonight’s show is at one of the troupe’s regular venues in Taipei, The Comedy Club, and tomorrow they head to Kaohsiung to perform at DC Stage along with the Kaohsiung Improv League, with the show hosted by Lisa Furtado. Penney, who headlines the show, makes a case for a comedy show as a Valentine’s date: “When polled, 90 percent of women say the top romantic thing a man can do is ‘make them laugh.’ So we are doing the guys’ work for them here, see? Look: You come. You laugh. We promise.”

International Comedy Troupe in Taiwan, tonight at the Comedy Club, B1, 24 Taishun St, Taipei City (台北市泰順街24號B1). Visit for more information. Space is limited. For reservations, call (02) 2369-3730. Tomorrow’s show is at DC Stage, 138-1 Qiuchang Rd, Niaosong Township, Kaohsiung County (高雄縣鳥松鄉球場路138-1號).

Tonight at 10pm, tomorrow at 9pm

Admission is NT$500 for both shows and includes two drinks

The Youth Beijing Opera Troupe of Beijing (北京京劇院青年團) teams up with seasoned Taiwanese artists in a series of Beijing opera classics that includes Si Lang Seeks His Mother (四郎探母) and Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea (八仙過海). [See story on Page 13.]

▲Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

▲Today at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$5,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Choreographer Lin Li-min (林麗敏) fuses elements of ballet, modern and jazz dances in Heritage Innovation (傳承,創新) performed by teenage dancers from the Dance Village (舞鄉舞團) troupe.

▲Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

▲Thursday at 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Classical music

Amore, Amore — Duet of Accordion and Soprano (手風琴與女高音的二重奏) brings together Slovenian accordionist and German-trained soprano Chen Hsin-ying (陳心瑩) in a program that includes songs by Rosa, Caccini, Scarlatti and Rodrigo.

▲Today at 7:30pm

▲National Recital Hall, Taipei City

▲Tickets are NT$300 and NT$500, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Romantic Kaohsiung (高雄是這樣浪漫音樂會) is a concert by the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra (高雄市國樂團), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The program, which features pieces such as April Rain (四月望雨) and The Song of the Ai River (愛河之歌), was compiled to complement the atmosphere of Valentine’s Day.

▲Tomorrow at 7:30pm

▲Kaohsiung City Concert Hall (高雄市音樂館演奏廳), 99 Hesi Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市河西路99號)

▲Tickets are NT$200, available through ERA ticketing or online at

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