▲Performances begin at 10:30pm on weekends, 10pm on weekdays. Sappho is closed on Sundays and Mondays
▲No entrance fee
Franz and Friends (城市舞台藝文沙龍), an upscale restaurant and performance space in Taipei’s East District, hosts music shows every night. Weekly highlights include Denise Juan (阮丹青), a former pop singer turned piano teacher, television presenter and traveler, and her band Sunshine Costa. They play tonight. Tomorrow it’s Buona Sera, a group featuring soprano Chang Hsiao-ni (張曉倪).
▲25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號B1). Call (02) 2579-0558 for reservations, or visit www.franzandfriends.com.tw for more information
▲Minimum charge of NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays, on other nights there’s a one-drink minimum
Thoughts of Culture and the Speech of Objects: Contemporary Ceramics in Mainland China (文思物語—大陸當代陶藝展) at Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館) celebrates 30 years of contemporary ceramics in China. The exhibit displays works from the past three decades under two themes: an exploration of traditional culture through ceramics; and an investigation of artistic possibilities inherent in ceramics as a medium. Also on display is Surveying and Testing the Foundations: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Taiwan (測量探底—臺灣當代土象). Using the groundbreaking 1981 Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Ceramists as its starting point, the exhibit surveys the explosive growth of ceramics as an artistic medium in Taiwan.
▲Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館), 200 Wenhua Rd, Yinge Township, Taipei County (北縣鶯歌鎮文化路200號). Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 8677-2727. On the Net: www.ceramics.tpc.gov.tw
▲Both exhibits run until Oct. 11
Sickles, shields, swords, daggers and axes are some of the 500 unique iron weapons displayed in Fatal Beauty: Traditional Weapons From Africa. Employing photographs, maps, illustrations and film footage, the exhibit provides an in-depth survey of the role iron weapons played in the traditional cultures of Central Africa.
▲National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2361-0270
▲Until Sept. 27
“Looking up, looking down, nothing of beauty remains in this world,” is a quote by musician Landy Chang (張培仁) to describe Taiwan’s creative industry. Though somewhat pessimistic, the idea underlies Looking Up! Looking Down! (抬頭一看，生活裡沒有任何美好的事), an exhibit that presents 11 young Taiwanese artists working in a variety of media to explore the theme of beauty in contemporary society.
▲Eslite Xinyi Bookstore (誠品信義店), 5F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號5樓). Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 8789-3388 X1588
▲Until Aug. 2
The Institute of Beasts is the brainchild of Steve Dutton and Steve Swindells, two academics who developed this exhibit during a three-month residency in Seoul. “Members” of the institute — including dogs, hamsters, deer and lovebirds — are introduced using drawings, photographs, installations, animation and video as a means of producing and investigating impulses, compulsions and diversions.
▲Taipei National University of the Arts, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (台北藝術大學關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Beitou Dist, Taipei City (台北市北投區學園路1號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Tel: (02) 2893-8871