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Bread and Puppet Theater’s giant puppet pageant was rescheduled from last weekend to this Sunday because of Typhoon Fanapi. There will be dancing, singing, music and storytelling as the giant puppet parade takes to the streets for a 40-minute march from Sijhou Aboriginal Community (溪洲部落) to Bitan Bridge (碧潭大橋) in Sindian (新店). Those interested in being part of the parade should meet at Sijhou Aboriginal Community before 4:30pm. For more information, visit www.ssps.com.tw.

■ Sijhou Aboriginal Community (溪洲部落), 201-3, Sijhou Rd, Sindian City, Taipei County (台北縣新店市溪洲路201-3號)

■ Sunday at 4:30pm

The 8th Taipei Tango Festival (第八屆台北國際探戈節) includes a lineup of workshops, tango courses, milonga, an African-Argentine dance and

music form, and shows performed by tango masters from Argentina including Roberto Herrera, Silvana Capra,

Pablo Rodriguez and Noelia Hurtado. For more information, click on

www.tangotaiwan.com.

■ Venues include Domal House (圓頂劇場), 3, Zhongxing Rd Sec 3, Sindian City, Taipei County (台北縣新店市中興路三段3號), the Red House Theater (西門紅樓), 10 Chengdu Rd, Taipei City (台北市成都路10號) and Tanguisimo Tango Space, 7F-4, 169, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段169號7樓之4)

■ Tonight and Sunday at 8:30pm, tomorrow and Monday at 9pm

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,700, available at the door or by calling

(02) 2779-1136

As part of the ongoing Xinbei City International Arts Festival (2010新北市藝術節), Water Field Tribe (水田部落), an art group founded by Atayal (泰雅) artists, presents a 12-hour long event including gigs by Country Boys (農村武裝青年) and The Clippers (夾子電動大樂隊), performance art shows by Atayal artists, and the Golden Sugarcane Film Festival (金甘蔗影展). For more information, visit www.ssps.com.tw

HIGHLIGHT

BY NOAH BUCHAN

When the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) sent police to arrest Cheng

Nan-jung (鄭南榕) in April 1989 for insurrection, the publisher of the

pro-Taiwanese independence and democracy magazine Freedom Era Weekly committed suicide by self-immolation rather than be taken in. Cheng’s suicide pervades Against Again Troupe’s (再拒劇團) Time of Liberty (自由時代), a play that begins tonight at Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre. Part commemoration of Cheng’s life and what he stood for, part examination of the state of the media, Time of Liberty tells the story of a young reporter trying to uncover the events surrounding the death of a popular blogger, who allegedly committed suicide by self-immolation. The dialogue, in Mandarin and Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), contains several references to Taiwan’s popular culture and the commercialization of print and television media.

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 and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm. Additional performances on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at 7:30pm and Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at 2:30pm. NT$450 tickets are available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artstickets.com


■ Shenkeng Children’s Playground (深坑兒童遊戲場), 14 Pingpu St, Shenkeng Township, Shenkeng Village, Taipei County (台北縣深坑鄉深坑村平埔街14號)

■ Tomorrow from 10am to 10pm

■ Free admission

Originally created in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chinese-language cinema, the musical Song of Light and Shadow (電影之歌) has been revised to incorporate professional musical theater actors and multimedia technology to tell the story of an inspiring filmmaker and producer in 1930s Shanghai. The production team includes such luminaries as Taiwanese producer Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) and Hong Kong art designer Timmy Yip (葉錦添).

■ National Theater, Taipei City

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

■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,800, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The Ping Tan Company of Suzhou City (蘇州市評彈團) presents A Night of Ping-Tan: Highlighting Sheng Xiaoyun (盛世評彈—蘇州市評彈團作場). Pingtan (評彈) is an ancient operatic form using the southern Chinese Suzhou dialect and the pipa (琵琶),, or Chinese lute, as well as other string instruments. The shows feature Chinese pingtan diva Sheng Xiaoyun (盛小雲).

■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25,

Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, Mobius Strip Theater’s (莫比斯圓環創作公社) Poetry of Insomnia (睡不著的歌) is an enigmatic story about memory, time and eternity.

■ Insomnia Cafe, 13, Ln 93 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路93巷13號)

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