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Olivia Ong brings her sultry melange of pop and jazz tomorrow night to Legacy Taipei. Listeners can expect a protracted embrace by Singapore’s most popular musical export featuring some of pop music’s most covered songs, such as Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon.

Ong, 24, has been hailed as the next Seiko Matsuda after breaking into Japan’s exclusive music scene at the age of 15 when she won a Japanese singing contest and landed a record deal. She’s performed as a member of the Japanese pop group Mirai and is known in Singapore for her vocals on the theme song to the TV show Little Nyonya. Her voice has been described by one critic as “soulful, pristine and innocent.”

A Girl Meets Bossa Nova, Ong’s debut album, became a best seller across Asia while she was only 19. She is now signed to Taiwanese record company HIM and is currently promoting her self-titled album, Olivia, a loose, languid listen that will dominate much of tomorrow’s set list.

■Olivia Ong at Legacy Taipei, located at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914) 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

■Doors open tomorrow at 7pm, concert starts at 8 pm

■NT$1,000 at the door or NT$800 in advance, available through ERA ticketing or online at 



A kindergarten teacher and an insurance salesman fall in and out of love with each other again and again as they struggle for a way out in The Dying Fish (魚) by Flyinggroup Theatre (飛人集社劇團). The play features actors and shadow puppets designed by theater veteran Shih Pei-yu (石佩玉).

■ 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, 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

China’s celebrated comedian Zhao Benshan (趙本山) leads a group of renowned errenzhuan (二人轉) artists including Xiao Shenyang (小沈陽) for a night featuring a performance style that is all the rage in China. Errenzhuan is a folk art from northeast China that involves storytelling, singing, dancing and clowning about.

■ 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)

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$900 to NT$8,800,

available through ERA ticketing or online at

The eight-member Stand-up Gang

(站立幫) is staging stand-up comedy gigs inspired by otaku subculture at the newly relocated Comedy Club for four consecutive nights.

■ Comedy Club, 20, Ln 553, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段553巷20號). Tel: (02) 2369-3730

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, Sunday

at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300, and NT$270 in advance (includes one drink), available at the door or through

In Firefly Theatre’s (螢火蟲劇團) The Judgment (2012末日大審判), a civil servant is taken to court after he is accused of being mad. In the courtroom, he meets a hotdog-licking woman, a neurotic homosexual and an old woman who is addicted to sex. The only thing missing is the judge. This play is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

■ Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心演藝廳), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:3pm

■ Tickets are NT$200, available

through NTCH ticketing or online at

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