Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats will be staged at Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋) tonight, tomorrow and Sunday and before moving to Tainan and Kaohsiung for additional shows from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3. For complete showing schedule, go to www.kham.com.tw.
■ Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋), 2, Nanjing E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市南京東路四段2號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$800 to NT$5,800, available through 7-Eleven ibon, FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort and Hi-Life (萊爾富) Life-ET kiosks
Sayonara My Love (大國民進行曲) is a black comedy by Golden Bough Theater (金枝演社) that tells the story of a group of Japanese army officers who refuse to accept the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II and retreat to the mountains with a detachment of Taiwanese soldiers in the belief they are still fighting for the Japanese emperor. The music is produced by folk legend Chen Ming-chang (陳明章).
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Formosa Zephyr Opera Troupe (台灣春風歌劇團) presents Murder in the Blizzard Night Inn (雪屋客棧殺人事件), a Taiwanese operatic thriller based on Murder on the Oriental Express by British crime writer Agatha Christie.
■ Taipei County Arts Center (台北縣藝文中心演藝廳), 62 Jhuangjing Rd, Banciao City, Taipei County (台北縣板橋市莊敬路62號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Assignment Theater’s (差事劇團) Where is Jiang Hu (江湖在哪裡) tackles the antagonistic contradictions between the city and the countryside through a story that begins as a virus that causes amnesia sweeps through a farming village.
Hoping for Hoping Peace Festival (和平音樂祭) organizers have bad luck with weather. This year’s Peace Fest, which was to be held this weekend at the Cincyuan Hot Springs in Hsinchu County, has been postponed because Typhoon Fanapi looks likely to make a direct hit on the island on Sunday. Organizer Sean Wratt says they will likely postpone the fest for two weeks, but reiterates that it won’t be canceled.
Of course, there will be changes in the band lineup — which was to include Kimbo (胡德夫), drum group Pan Africana and ska band Skaraoke — as some groups that were scheduled to play this weekend have other engagements two weeks from now. Peace Fest organizers will fill the gaps with other bands or DJs, but have said to stay tuned as everything is in flux at the moment.
So far there’s no change in venue, which is the Cincyuan Hot Springs, Taoshan Village, Wufong Township, Hsinchu County (新竹縣五峰鄉桃山村清泉), on County Highway No. 122 (縣道122)
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By Thomas Walk
■ Taipei Cinema Park (台北市電影主題公園), 19 Kangding Rd, Taipei City (台北市康定路19號)
■ Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at
Lee Qingzhao the Private’s (李清照私人劇團) Sia Lyu Di (夏綠地) is a theatrical exploration on American feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story The Yellow Wallpaper. The original story was written as a collection of journal entries by a woman who is confined by her husband to a room and starts to believe she is one of the women she imagines in her head.
■ Arki Galeria (築空間), B1, 2, Chongqing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路一段2號B1)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at
Season Opening Concert — Mahler No. 5 (NSO馬勒系列開季音樂會 — 馬勒第五) opens a new season for the National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團) with a program that mixes Chinese orchestral music into its normal repertoire of the Western classics. The program will include Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Op. 26, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor, and will feature I-Uen Wang Huang’s (王怡雯) Diptych of Taiwan, with Huang Hao-yin (黃好吟) on guzheng and Wang Ming-yu (王銘裕) on erhu. Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉) will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團).
■ Tonight at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw