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The Taipei International Jazz Festival, which started last weekend, continues with free outdoor performances this weekend at Taipei Water Park (台北自來水園區). Tonight’s program includes Element of the Moment, from Okinawa, a quintet that performs smooth-sounding, modern jazz.

Tomorrow the Claude Diallo Situation takes the stage. This trio is led by Swiss-born, New York-trained pianist and composer Claude Dillo, who is making his second appearance in Taiwan.

These shows are the warm-up for the festival’s finale on July 23 and July 24, with a lineup of more than a dozen musicians/teachers from Europe, the US and Japan. For more information, check out

■Tonight and tomorrow from 7pm at Taipei Water Park (台北自來水園區), 1 Siyuan St, Taipei City (台北市思源街1號)

■On the Net:,

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director William A. Stanton will draw on his considerable experience as a diplomat for The Paradox of America, a lecture that examines the oppositional themes and factors that have shaped the development of the US body politic. The talk is part of the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation’s (龍應台文化基金會) MediaTek lecture series titled Taipei Salon (台北沙龍). Stanton’s international experience — he previously served in Pakistan, Lebanon, South Korea, Australia and China — places him in a unique position to reflect on the apparent contradictions of America at home and how the country is viewed overseas. Lung Yingtai (龍應台), a leading cultural critic and professor at the University of Hong Kong, will moderate the lecture.

■Taipei Salon (台北沙龍), The Paradox of America. The lecture takes place at Yue-han Hall (月涵堂), 110 Jinhua St, Taipei City (台北市金華街110號) and will be conducted in English only. Admission is free, but those attending must pre-register online at or by calling (02) 3322-4907

■Tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm

Indie-rock sensation 1976, recent winner of Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award for Best Band, takes the stage tonight at The Wall (這牆) in Taipei. The group, which seamlessly blends Mandarin lyrics with a British sound, has been growing in fame in recent years, especially after opening for Oasis last April on its Live Forever Tour.

Expect to hear tracks primarily from last November’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, an album that muses on the work of acts such as The Smiths and Pearl Jam. Listen to the first track of the album, The Night Is Young, where the band’s musical muscle becomes evident as it uses an 1980s synth-pop sound to produce

Brit-rock melancholia.

■Tomorrow at 8pm 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). Tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net:

■Admission is NT$500 at the door 


The month-long 2010 Taipei Children Arts Festival (第十一屆台北兒童藝術節) kicked off yesterday and features a film festival, music, dance, puppet shows and theatrical performances by groups from Italy, Spain and Taiwan. For more information, go to

■ Venues include Grass Mountain Artist Village (草山國際藝術村), Dahu Park (大湖公園), Puppetry Art Center of Taipei (台北偶戲館), Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), Family Theater at Taipei City Hall (台北市政府親子劇場) and Wenshan Theatre (文山劇場)

■ The festival runs through Aug. 7

■ Tickets are NT$150 and NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at Outdoor and community performances are free

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