Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Taipei Children’s Art Festival (台北兒童藝術節) is offering a wide range of activities including plays and outdoor performances by international troupes, a children’s film festival and workshops by Australia’s Snuff Puppets. One of the highlights is Petit Piere, a theatrical collaboration between the festival and Canada’s Le Carrousel, Compagnie de Theatre. Other participating theater companies include Das Meininger Theater from Germany, Austria’s Dschungel Wien and Taiwan’s Ifkids Theatre. For more information, go to www.taipeicaf.org
▲Venues include Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北中山堂), Family Theatre at Taipei City Hall (台北市政府親子劇場), Da-an Forest Park (大安森林公園) and Puppetry Art Center of Taipei (台北偶戲館)
▲The 26-day festival runs through Aug. 2
▲Tickets are NT$150 and NT$200 for theatrical performances, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
English-language theater company Tellus Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, a play about the decay of the privileged class in the Russian Empire as seen through the lives of the Prozorov family.
▲Cafe Mezone (米倉咖啡), 83 Longquan St, Taipei City (台北市龍泉街83號)
▲Tomorrow and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm
▲Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A tribute to the late writer Yeh Shih-tao (葉石濤), who died of cancer last December, Kaohsiung-based Spring Wind Art Theatre’s (南風劇場) Mr Chien (簡先生) follows a White Terror victim who returns to his hometown years after the era of authoritarian rule has passed.
▲Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)
Jackie Chan (成龍), Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities featured in this year’s AdEaters, a unique screening of the most creative, intriguing and hilarious commercials from around the world.
The five-hour program includes an ad by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese about secret agents and beautiful women. Categories include animation, masterpieces, celebrities, animals and banned advertisements presented uncensored, of course. Acrobats, music and refreshments will keep the entertainment going during the one-hour intermission, and participants will have a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets to Hong Kong.
▲Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), 505, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段505號)
▲Sunday from 2pm to 8pm, one-hour intermission between 5pm and 6pm
▲Advance tickets are NT$700 to NT$900, available at Eslite Bookstores, through NTCH ticketing or by calling (02) 2742-3595. NT$800 to NT$1,000 tickets are available at the door
▲For more information and a peek at some of the commercials from last year’s AdEaters, visit www.infine-art.com/adeaters
— Noah Buchan
▲Tonight at 7:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$300, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
In Hercules (大力士), by children’s theater company Apple Theatre (蘋果劇團), young Hercules, together with his best pal Cupid, overcome different trials in order to return to the kingdom of Zeus after taking part in a failed revolt by Medusa.
▲Taichung County Seaport Art Center (台中縣立港區藝術中心), 21, Chungchen Rd, Chingshui Township, Taichung County (台中縣清水鎮忠貞路20號)
▲Tomorrow at 2:30pm
▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$600, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Nuance Chamber Ensemble 2009 Concert (微分音室內樂集2009) presents a program that includes Faure’s Pavane Op. 50 for Violin and Cello, Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost Trio” in D Major and Brahms’ Piano Quartet Op. 25 in G Minor.
▲Thursday at 7:30pm
▲Hsinchu Municipal Performance Hall (新竹市立演藝廳), 17, Tungta Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City (新竹市東大路二段17號)
▲Tickets are NT$100, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
The Blossom of Love — Alexander Paley & Pei-wen Chen Piano Duet (指間嬉遊—亞歷山大•帕雷與陳佩雯雙鋼琴演奏會) sees these two accomplished musicians perform a program that includes works by Weber, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
▲Today at 7:30pm
▲National Concert Hall, Taipei City
▲Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Steven Leek and the Australian Voices (史蒂芬．里克&澳洲之聲合唱團), part of the 2009 Taiwan Youth Choir Concert Tour (2009台灣青年合唱團巡迴音樂會) organized by the Formosa Singers (福爾摩沙合唱團), presents a program that includes Leek’s My Country, Wirindji and Red Earth, and Matthew Orlovich’s Tides of Ocean.