Theater & dance
Based on young American playwright Sarah Ruhl’s play of the same title, Ren-Shin Co-op Theatre’s (仁信合作社劇團) Eurydice is a feminist take on the Orpheus myth, in which the title character is portrayed as a heroine.
■ Experimental Theater, Taipei City
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Alone in the World’s Room (在世界的房間), a play by female director Angela Ma (馬照琪), was inspired by French novelist and playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmittby. The production tells the tale of a little girl who documents her confinement in a hospital room.
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500, available NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s (雲門舞集) Water Stains on the Wall (屋漏痕) is the newest creation by Lin Hwai-min (林懷民). The production was inspired by Chinese landscape painting and the Tamsui River, which the artist can see from his home in Bali (八里) Township, Taipei County.
■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’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)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 and NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Sayonara My Love (大國民進行曲) is a dark comedy by Golden Bough Theatre (金枝演社) that tells the story of several Japanese army officers who refuse to accept their country’s surrender at the end of World War II and retreat to the mountains with a detachment of Taiwanese soldiers in the belief that they are still fighting for their emperor. The production’s score was composed by folk legend Chen Ming-chang (陳明章).
■ Tainan City Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立文化中心), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (台南市中華東路三段332號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$2,000, available NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
For Les Noces-Le Sacre Du Printemps (婚禮/春之祭), Century Contemporary Dance Company’s (世紀當代舞團) founder and choreographer Yao Shu-fen (姚淑芬) has teamed up with visual artist Wang Pan-yuan (王攀元) to present a modern take on Igor Stravinsky’s two great ballets, originally created for the Ballet Russe. While Sacre or the Rite of Spring is the retelling of a pagan religious ritual, Les Noces (The Wedding) is centered on a different ritual, a Russian village wedding. In both pieces, the power of women takes center stage.
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$700 to NT$1,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Play Bach — Jacques Loussier Trio 2010 Taiwan Tour (爵士搖擺巴哈之夜 — 賈克‧路西耶三重奏) brings the French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier to Taipei to perform his unique adaptations of Bach as part of a jazz trio.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall,
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,000, available through ERA ticketing or online at www.tickets.com.tw
NSO Masters and Exploration — The Poetic Cellist: Jian Wang (NSO名家與探索系列 — 大提琴詩人:王健) presents cellist Jian Wang (王健), who famously appeared as a 10-year-old child prodigy in Isaac Stern’s 1981 film From Mao to Mozart and who has since become an international celebrity, performing a program that includes Sebelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49, Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104. The National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團) will be conducted by Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉).
■ Today 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
Rouge — Wu Shih-san Percussion Recital (2010吳思珊打擊樂獨奏會 — 紅) brings percussionist, theater designer and multimedia artist Wu Shih-san to the stage to introduce a new work that builds on the success of Neopercusme, which premiered to critical acclaim last year. The program includes Wu’s interpretations of established percussion works.
■ Today at 7:30pm
■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Jerry Junkin vs TSW (四劍客與布蘭詩) sees the Taipei Symphonic Winds (台北市立交響樂團附設管樂團) performing with four French horn virtuosos — Chen Yen-how (陳彥豪), Wang Yi-chun (王怡鈞), Hsiao Chung-chieh (蕭崇傑) and Chen Hsin-chung (陳信仲) — under the baton of guest conductor Jerry Junkin. The program includes Selections From “The Danserye” by Susato and Dunnigan, Brambock’s Concerto for Four Horns and Wind Band, Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
■ Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)
■ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$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. This weekend it’s The Next Big Thing, a program featuring the venue’s picks for promising bands. Tonight psychedelic indie rock band Macbeth takes to the stage, while tomorrow it’s nu-metal outfit Underflow.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ 8:30pm tonight and 8pm tomorrow
■ NT$200 tonight and tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw or www.legacy.com.tw or at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Electro-rockers Sunset Rollercoaster (落日飛車) and indie rock trio Green!Eyes play tonight at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. Tomorrow hip-hop rock band Living Force (存活勢力) and pop-rockers Lumei (露魅) perform, and on Sunday the venue hosts J-pop star ALvino.
■ 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
■ Shows start at 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 6pm on Sunday. Shows usually start on time
■ Entrance is NT$500 tonight and tomorrow (NT$400 in advance) and NT$1,500 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw
Mando-pop songwriter Debbie Hsiao (蕭賀碩) performs with jazz pianist Alex Pryrodny tonight at Witch House (女巫店), which regularly hosts performances from both indie rock bands and folk artists in a coffeehouse setting. Tomorrow it’s pop-folk music from Coverpeople. On Thursday, actress and neo-folk singer Enno Cheng (鄭宜農) shares the bill with post-rock group Cicada.
■ 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
■ Shows 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 for music shows is NT$300
Reggae performer and hip-hop rocker Matzka (馬斯卡) performs tonight at the Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Tomorrow Mando-pop singer Shadya (藍又時) takes to the stage, followed by aspiring R ‘n’ B pop temptress Sukie Chung (鍾舒祺). On Sunday, it’s rock fusion band Mercenary Soldier (傭兵樂團). 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
■ Show starts at 9:30pm tonight, 7:30pm and 10pm tomorrow, and 9pm on Sunday and Monday. For a list of standard songs and ground rules for the open jam, visit the venue’s Web site
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight, NT$500 for Shadya’s show tomorrow, NT$400 for Chung’s show, NT$500 on Sunday and NT$150 on Monday. Tickets can purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw
Electro-pop band The Girl and the Robots (女孩與機器) and post-rock/folk-rock band We Save Strawberries (草莓救星) appear tonight at Riverside Live House. Tomorrow beloved Aboriginal folk singer Panai (巴奈) takes to the stage, with an opening show by the Little Rukai (小魯凱) acoustic group. On Thursday, it’s indie groups HiJack, Braces (牙套) and 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
■ 8:30pm tonight, 9pm tomorrow and 7pm Wednesday
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow and Thursday. Tickets can purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw/livehouse or tickets.books.com.tw
High-energy garage rockers 88 Balaz (88顆芭樂籽) and DJ Floaty play tonight at Underworld (地下社會), a small basement club in Taipei. Tomorrow, it’s low-key indie-rock duo Zag Lope (柴可洛噗) and Cubic. Later on, the venue hosts several DJs spinning indie dance, electro and disco. On Wednesday, up-and-coming indie bands Passionate Winkers (激情睫毛) and The Hoyo take to the stage.
■ 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
■ Shows run from 9:30pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9pm to 11pm on Wednesdays. Underworld is open daily from 9pm, closed on Mondays. Happy hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays before midnight
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes one drink, and NT$100 on Wednesdays
Tonight, vocalist Tammy Tang (唐么玫) and guitarist Jimmy Liao (廖志銘) bring their jazz duo act to Sappho de Base, a late night lounge bar that hosts live jazz and blues performances. Tomorrow expat blues and surf rock group Blues Vibrations takes to the stage. On Tuesday, it’s drums and bass ensemble Yohei Jazz Trio and on Wednesday, TNT Jazz leads an open jam.
■ 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
■ Shows start at 10pm
■ Entrance is free all nights
EZ5 Live House hosts Mando-pop singers backed by a live band every night. Highlights for the week ahead include Mando-pop songstress Julia Peng (彭佳慧) and male crooner Shin Lung (辛隆), who performs every Saturday. Legendary pub songstress and pop singer Tiger Huang (黃小琥) performs on Mondays.
■ 211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市安和路二段211號), tel: (02) 2738-3995. On the Net: visit www.ez5.com.tw
■ Shows run from 9:45pm to 12:30am
■ Entrance fee (includes two drinks) ranges from NT$600 to NT$850, depending on the performer
Soul jazz singer Djavan performs on Friday nights at Italian restaurant Capone’s. On Saturdays, drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta leads a band playing music from his hometown of New Orleans.
■ 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, minimum charge of one drink, dancers receive a free drink coupon. On Saturdays, minimum charge is NT$300
Taipei Swing holds dance socials on Friday nights at The Tavern. Dancers of all levels are welcome, and a short beginner’s lesson is offered.
■ 415, Xinyi Rd, Sec 4, Taipei (台北市信義路四段415號), tel: (02) 8789 0892. On the Net: www.tavern.com.tw
■ 9:30pm to midnight
■ Entrance is free
89k, Taichung’s long-established spot for local indie bands, hosts Reggae Formosa, a reggae-theme party tomorrow night.
■ 21 Daguan Rd, Nantun Dist, Taichung City (台中市南屯區大觀路21號)
■ Starts tomorrow at 10pm
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and tomorrow
The Checkered Record Club, an indie music club in Tainan, hosts post-rock bands Double Cheese and Cicada tomorrow night.
■ B1, 314, Simen Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市西門路二段314號B1), tel: (06) 222-3238
■ Shows starts at 10pm
■ Entrance is NT$170
The Wall (這牆) programs regular live rock shows at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). Tonight the venue hosts indie rockers HiJack, girl pop-punk group The Fen-Fens (紛紛樂團) and another punk band, The Lawns (草地人). Tomorrow, pop singer Jet (易桀齊) takes to the stage.
■ 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號). On the Net: pier-2.khcc.gov.tw, www.thewall.com.tw
■ Shows start at 7:30pm tonight and 7pm tomorrow
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow
The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, hosts bluegrass/folk performer Tierney Jacobson and one-man delta blues band Jack Conqueroo tomorrow night.
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Zuoying Dist, Kaohsiung City (高雄市左營區立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617. On the Net: mercurybar.blogspot.com
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$200, includes one drink
The Dream Community (夢想社區) postponed its annual Dream Parade on Oct. 23 after rains brought the previous day by Typhoon Megi damaged portions of the Suhua Highway, making it almost impossible for Aboriginal groups and others from the east coast to reach Taipei. The rescheduled parade — featuring floats, costumes and samba drumming groups from Aboriginal communities around the country — will be held tomorrow. (See www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/
■ The 1.2km-long parade route begins at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall plaza, moves up Zhongshan South Road (中山南路) to Renai Road (仁愛路), where the parade will turn right and head toward Linsen South Road (林森南路) before making a U-turn and heading back to Ketagalan Boulevard (凱達格蘭大道).
■ The parade begins at 3pm. The post-parade show runs from 6pm to 8pm on Ketagalan Boulevard
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