On and In Theater (On and In表演工作室) presents Private Fears in Public Places (寞日寓言), a story about seven Taipei residents — four men and three women — who struggle with loneliness.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm, 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A collaboration between If Kids Theater Company (如果兒童劇團) and Taipei Chinese Orchestra (台北市立國樂團), TCO’s Magic Stone (國樂魔法石) mixes traditional music with children’s theater to tell the tale of a magical forest where a magic stone protects all living things.
■ Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Part of the 2010 Traditional Performing Arts Festival (2010傳統表演藝術節), Guoguang Opera Company’s (國光劇團) Chihsing Temple (七星廟) is a story about a young woman who outsmarts her father to marry the man she loves.
■ Guoguang Theater (國光劇場), 8-1, Ln 66, Muzha Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市木柵路三段66巷8-1號)
■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$200 and NT$300, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
Three actors play 12 roles in Ark Theatre’s (方舟劇場) latest production People’s Tales (小人物語), which revolves around several characters including a retired teacher suffering from amnesia, a gangster boss, a robot and a dead person who comes back to life.
■ Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre (牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei City (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available
through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chinese News Weakly (給我報報), a popular 1990s newspaper column that pioneered writing news satire in Taiwan, the column’s creator, Neil Peng (馮光遠), is holding a series of stand-up comedy gigs that includes a promotional campaign for his popular iFool routine, which lampoons the iPhone.
■ Comedy Club, B1, 24 Taishun St, Taipei City (台北市泰順街24號B1)
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 (includes one drink), available at the door or through tickets.books.com.tw
Mercedes-Benz Classical Music Festival — Anne-Sophie Mutter Festival (世紀古典音樂年2010系列 — 安．蘇菲．慕特音樂節) brings the award-winning German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Taiwan for a series of concerts in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. She will present two separate programs: An Evening of Brahms, which will include Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 and Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108, accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis; and An Evening of Dvorak, which will include Romance in F Minor, Op. 11 and Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, as well as Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68, with Michael Francis conducting. [See story on Page 14.]
■ Evening of Brahms: today at 7:30pm (Taipei), tomorrow at 7:30pm (Kaohsiung); Evening of Dvorak: Sunday at 7:30pm (Taichung) and Wednesday at 7:30pm (Taipei)
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City; Kaohsiung’s Chih-teh Hall (高雄市文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市五福一路67號); Taichung’s Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Taichung City (台中市學士路98號)
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$4,800, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.ticket.com.tw
NSO Chamber Concert — Desdemona (NSO室內樂 — 戴斯德夢娜) presents soprano Susan Botti performing with Li I-ching (李宜錦) and Teng Hao-tun (鄧皓敦) on violin, Grace Huang (黃瑞儀) on viola, Lien Yi-shien (連亦先) on cello, Shanon Chieh (解瑄) on harp, Lin Hui-ying (林慧英) on piano and Chen Ting-chuan (陳廷銓) on percussion. The program will include Botti’s own Prelude for Seven Instruments and Desdemona, as well as Caplet’s Conte Fantastique and Samuel Barber’s String Quartet No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 11.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ National Recital Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$400, available
through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Magical Journey — Peter Pan
(魔幻之旅 — 小飛俠彼得潘)
is a musical performance by the Taipei Philharmonic Children Choir (台北愛樂少年及兒童合唱團) with special guest host Julie Tsai (蔡玓彤) from MoMo Kids TV (MOMO親子台).
■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3-1 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3-1號)
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Appearing tonight are Sissey Chao (趙一豪), who sounds like Jim Morrison singing in Mandarin, and his band Double X. They share the bill with wacky rockers The Clippers (夾子電動大樂隊) and post-punk band Psycho. Taitung reggae rockers Matzka and Di Hot make their semi-regular appearance at the venue on Wednesday.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park
(華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City
■ Shows start at 8pm tonight, 8:30pm on Wednesday, 8pm on Thursday
■ Entrance fee is NT$600 tonight and NT$400 on Wednesday. Tickets are available through ERA ticketing, online at www.ticket.com.tw or www.legacy.com.tw, or at ibon electronics kiosks at 7-Eleven stores
American post-rock band The Album Leaf performs tonight at The Wall (這牆). Tomorrow indie rockers Love Manana (愛的大未來) play in support of their new EP, Alice no Llorres. Later on it’s the Earworm 2nd Anniversary Party featuring DJs John Selway, Yoshi, BB and Databass [see the Vinyl Word]. Sunday is for metal heads with a program titled Day of Reckoning, featuring Misery Index of the US, GxSxD of Japan and local acts Revilement and Emerging From the Cocoon. On Thursday the venue hosts young rockers on the scene io, a group of Chinese-Canadians that won ICRT’s battle of the bands last year, and Oli Band, a Mando-pop outfit recently featured on the TV show Superband.
■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1).
Tel: (02) 2930-0162.
On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw
■ Music shows start at 8pm tonight, tomorrow and on Sunday. Tomorrow’s dance party starts at 11:30pm
■ Entrance fee is NT$1,200 tonight, NT$500 (NT$400) tomorrow for the band and NT$800 (NT$650 in advance) for the dance party, and NT$900 (NT$700 in advance) on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewall.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw
The Sirius Harmonica Ensemble
(天狼星口琴樂團), a trio of harmonica virtuosos, performs tonight at Witch House (女巫店). Jazz fusion group Gina’s Can (吉那罐子樂團) appears tomorrow. Indie band Tuesday (星期二樂團) plays on Thursday.
■ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號).
Tel: (02) 2362-5494.
On the Net: www.witchhouse.org
■ Performances start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games open 11am to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays; 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays
■ Entrance fee for music shows is NT$300
Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) tonight hosts The Sound of Jazz Quartet, which includes as a member the young and talented drummer Doris Lin (林文昱). Indie-rockers La Petite Nurse (小護士樂團) perform tomorrow along with Olivia Yan (閻韋伶) and her band Taohuayuan (桃花源樂團). On Sunday it’s Hankong (空弦), a jazz outfit with a guzheng (古箏) player that specializes in bossa nova and funk, and fusion and acid jazz group Hands Up Band (分享器). Monday is the venue’s weekly open jam.
■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓). Tel: (02) 2368-7310.
On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Shows start at 10pm tonight, 9pm all other nights. For a list of standard songs and ground rules for the open jam, visit the venue’s Web site
■ Entrance fee is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday, NT$150 on Monday
Puyuma Aboriginal singer Leo Chen (陳永龍) shares the bill tonight with The Clippers (夾子電動大樂隊) at Riverside Live House (西門紅樓展演館). Tomorrow is a capella night, featuring Japanese group Chicken Garlic Steak, O-Kai Singers (歐開合唱團) and Focal Plus. Performing
on Thursday are Indie Famous
and grunge-rockers Monkey Pilot (猴子飛行員).
■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號). Tel: (02) 2370-8805.
On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8:30pm tonight, tomorrow and on Thursday
■ Entrance fee is NT$400 tonight, NT$500 tomorrow and NT$400 on Thursday. Tickets can purchased online at www.riverside.com.tw/livehouse or tickets.books.com.tw
Alt-rock band the Silent Toads (啾吉惦惦) plays tonight at Underworld (地下社會) with Mr Dirty. Tomorrow it’s expat rockers Half Mile Radius and electronica rock group The Looking Glass. On Sunday, seven bands will be at the venue to perform for a live recording project featuring regular Underworld performers, including 1976, Macbeth (馬克白) and Down in Air (盪在空中). On Wednesday it’s One Question (一個問題) and metal band Brain Corrosion.
■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1). Tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net: www.upsaid.com/underworld
■ Music shows run from 9:30pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9pm to 11pm on Wednesdays. Sunday’s recording session runs from 3pm to 9pm. Underworld is open daily from 9pm, closed on Mondays. Happy hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays before midnight
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight, which includes one drink, NT$100 on Wednesday and NT$400 on Sunday. No admission fee on other nights and after music shows
Earl Hines II Jazztet appears tonight at Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge and jazz venue. Tomorrow it’s Jo Jo Ma Quartet, a group led by saxophonist Joseph Marchione. On Tuesday the venue hosts pianist Jason Hayashi and his trio. Edamame Jazz Trio (毛豆三重奏) appears Wednesday. Emo Jazz Trio performs Thursday.
■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1).
Tel: (02) 2700-5411.
On the Net: www.sappho102.biz
■ Music shows begin at 10pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays
■ Entrance is NT$100 tonight and tomorrow, free on other nights
Tonight Roxy Roots hosts an evening of jazz music with the Lin Wei-sheng Quartet (林煒聖四重奏). Tomorrow night Taipei Latin Soul Band performs for the venue’s Fiesta Latino ladies night. Wednesday is the venue’s open jam.
■ 90 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路90號). Tel: (02) 2725-3932.
On the Net: www.roxy.com.tw
■ Shows start at 10pm
■ Entrance is NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays (NT$200 credited toward food and drinks)
EZ5 Live House hosts Mando-pop singers backed by a live band every night. Highlights for the week include Julia Peng (彭佳慧), a major draw who appears every Tuesday, and male crooner Shin Lung (辛隆), who performs every Saturday.
■ 211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2738-3995.
On the Net: visit www.ez5.com.tw
■ Music shows run from 9:45pm to 12:30am
■ Entrance fee (includes two drinks) ranges from NT$600 to NT$850, depending on the performer
Taipei Swing holds dance socials on Friday nights at Capone’s, with live music from blues band BoPoMoFo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ). Dancers of all levels are welcome, and beginner’s lessons are offered while the band takes a break. Tomorrow it’s Salsa night with live music from Latin on Fire.
■ 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號)
■ Live music from 9pm to 11:30pm on Fridays, 8pm to 11:30pm on Saturdays
■ On Fridays there’s a minimum charge of one drink, dancers receive a free drink coupon. On Saturdays the minimum charge is NT$300
The 22nd Taipei Arts Festival (臺北藝術節) opens tonight with three productions, a slightly scaled-down pandemic version that seeks to keep its tradition of big ideas, challenging programs and international connections alive and moving forward in an increasingly uncertain world. The theme of this year’s festival is “Super@#S%?” — as good a term as any when descriptives and superlatives seem not only inadequate, but somewhat irrelevant in a world where so many people cannot imagine being able to return to theaters, either as performers or audience members — they are too worried about having a job and their health. Technically, however, it is
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Since its launch in 2014, the Taiwan Season has increasingly become a “must-see” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. So, when this year’s three-week Fringe became an early casualty of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Chen Pin-chuan (陳斌全) was determined that the Taiwan Season must continue in some form. Chen, director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, says that he and Taiwan Season curator and producer Yeh Jih-wen (葉紀紋) had been thinking of ways of growing and adding value to the season anyway. The crisis and the cancellation of the live performances brought those ideas forward as
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