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THE VINYL WORD

By Queen Bee  /  STAFF REPORTER

VIEW THIS PAGE Fifi’s sister Lili is a classy hangout popular with expatriates from the Tianmu area and Taiwanese celebrities and socialites. Housed in an old-style three-level Taiwanese house with a small backyard, the place retains a laid-back charm and is chic, with minimalist decor and antique furniture.

Lili is a bar, a restaurant serving Szechuan and Shanghainese home-style dishes, and an art gallery. It’s something of a cultural nexus, displaying paintings by Timothy Nathan Joel and hosting DJ workshops.

Opened and designed by Lily Wen (溫慶玉), sister of fashion maven Isabelle Wen (溫慶珠), and Patrick Lee (李紹榮), an established painter and consultant for major construction projects (the firm he works for designed Taipei 101’s facade), Lili breathes new life into the Tianmu scene.

Wax Apple D is in charge of the music every Friday and Saturday from 9pm until 1am, blending everything from Latin, acid jazz and funk to house and Afrobeat.

Lili, 760, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6, Taipei City (台北市中山北路6段760號).

On the Net: lili-arts.com/index.htm.

The scene in Tainan consists of three clubs: The Orient, La Sight and Club Fusion. With the first two favoring Top 40 hip-hop, Fusion is the only one that caters to electronic music heads. Besides, it is considered the only venue in the city that has a real club setting — decent sound and lighting systems. Fusion first opened as an electronic club about five years ago and has since struggled to balance its music policy between mainstream hip-hop and electronica. There’s a monthly night dedicated to electronic music, which tomorrow features Naked from South Africa and local DJs Mark, Ugly, Dipper and FatDirty.

Club Fusion, 483, Yonghua 2nd Rd, Tainan City (台南市永華2路483號), from 10pm to 4am. Entry to the all-you-can-drink bash is NT$450 for men and NT$300 for women.

The graffiti stencils, sculptures and video works by cutting-edge urban/street art crew Scall Art lend this party artsy kudos. DJs Chi Funk, Ripper, Renf and Dao will be in the mix, complementing the art with house, breaks and electro beats.

Scall Art Party at Liquid Lounge, 98 Chungming S Rd, Taichung City (台中市忠明南路98號). From 11pm to 6am. Entry is NT$300.

It’s about time Taipei rekindled a passion for deep house. And who could be better than Saucey and Sona to get off first base? This much-loved weekly event is back after a yearlong hiatus. Bump, tomorrow from 10pm to 2am at Opus Bar, 104, Civil Boulevard Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市市民大道四段104號). Admission is free.VIEW THIS PAGE

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