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Theater

Taipei Children’s Art Festival (台北兒童藝術節) ends this weekend with a series of performances that include A Good Time at Antique Le-Le’s Music Box (古董店的幸福時光~樂樂的音樂盒) by Shiny Shoes Children’s Theatre (鞋子兒童實驗劇團), Dance Forum Taipei’s (舞蹈空間) The Adventure of Spiders — Spiderina (史派德奇遇記之八腳玲瓏) and The Princess and the Jesters (小丑與公主) by The Puppet and Its Double Theater (無獨有偶親子劇場).

▲Venues include Family Theater at Taipei City Hall (台北市政府親子劇場), Da-an Forest Park (大安森林公園) and Kuandu Nature Park Auditorium (關渡自然公園多媒體演講廳).

▲Today through Sunday

▲For performance times and ticketing information visit www.taipeicaf.org, call (02) 2528-9580 X191 to X199 or send an e-mail to info@taipeicaf.org

Based on American playwright Neil Simon’s play of the same title, Godot Theatre Company’s (果陀劇場) Fools (傻瓜村) is a lighthearted comedy about a young schoolteacher trying to lift a 200-year curse of stupidity cast on the inhabitants of a remote Chinese village. Stars accomplished stage actor Lee Li-chun (李立群). Tickets for tomorrow evening and Sunday’s shows are sold out

▲National Theater, Taipei City

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

at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The latest musical by Tafen Musical Theater (大風劇團), It’s a Wonderful Life (美好的人生), is a light-hearted comedy about four young thespians pursuing their dreams while struggling to make ends meet in Taipei. The 21-member cast includes theater veterans Wang Bosen (王柏森) and Huang Shih-wei (黃士偉). [See story on Page 15.]

▲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)

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Danish band Mew brings its grandiose art rock to Taipei this Wednesday for a show at Nangang 101 (南港101).

The trio has enjoyed wide acclaim from major indie music publications such as Web site Pitchfork.com, which praised its 2006 release And the Glass Handed Kites as “cutting-edge elegant.”

The group was the opening act for a run of shows with Nine Inch Nails this summer. In the middle of an international tour, Mew arrives in Taiwan to promote its latest album from Columbia Records, which sports the lengthy title No More Stories / Are Told Today / I’m Sorry They Washed Away / No More Stories / The World Is Grey / I’m Tired / Let’s Wash Away.

▲Mew

Nangang 101 (南港101), 71 Xingnan St, Nangang Dist, Taipei City (台北市南港區興南街71號)

Wednesday at 8pm. Doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets are NT$1,600 and NT$2,600 in advance, available at The Wall

(這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Tickets are also available through tickets.books.com.tw. Admission at the door is NT$2,000 and NT$3,000

On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw; www.mewsite.com

— David Chen

Carsick Cars and White, two of Beijing’s most well-known indie bands, make an appearance tonight at Underworld (地下社會). Last month Carsick Cars released their second studio album, You Can Listen, You Can Talk, which is packed with carefully crafted pop tunes colored by explosions of shimmering guitar. It’s a formula that earned the band the honor of touring Europe in support of Sonic Youth and won it a growing legion of fans in Beijing and beyond.

White was born when Carsick Cars guitarist/vocalist Shou Wang (張守望) joined forces with then-Hang on the Box drummer Shenggy (Shen Jing,

沈靜) to make music that escapes the traditional verse/chorus/verse format. White’s sonic experiments consist of numerous disparate elements laid side-by-side. It’s far less readily accessible than the music of Carsick Cars, but equally influential on Beijing’s underground scene.

Carsick Cars and White, 9pm tonight at Underworld, B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1)

Admission is NT$300, includes a drink

On the Net: www.carsickcars.com; www.whitebeijing.com

— Taylor Briere

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▲Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$300 to NT$3,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw

Holo Taiwanese Opera Troupe (河洛歌子戲) gives Taiwanese opera a feminist touch in Love and Hatred in Mountain Fortress (山寨情仇), which tells the tale of a woman’s struggle against patriarchal society.

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

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

at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Le Sacred du Printemps (春之祭), Stravinsky’s celebrated ballet, is Chamber Ballet Taipei’s (台北市內芭蕾) latest production.

▲Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號)

▲Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm

▲Tickets are NT$600 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Classical music

Paganini Festival in Taiwan (帕格尼尼大賽四位首獎得主聯合大師班暨系列音樂會) includes concerts and master classes that feature emerging local violinists Lu Siqing (呂思清), Huang Bin (黃濱), Huang Mengla (黃蒙拉) and Ning Feng (寧峰). In concert, they will perform with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (長榮交響樂團) under Gernot Schmalfuss. The festival begins today with a recital by Huang Bin of works by Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak (arranged by Kreisler). On Wednesday all four violinists play a program of concertos by Saint-Saens, Bruch and Beethoven. Members of the public may sit in on master classes, which begin today and run through Aug. 7.

▲Concerts today and Wednesday at 7:30pm; daily master classes start tomorrow and end on Aug. 7

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