The 2011 Taipei Poetry Festival (台北詩歌節) ends this weekend with a series of lectures, seminars, poetry performances and exhibitions. Aboriginal musicians Ilid Kaolo, Gelresai Chen, Pisuy Poro and Atayal poet Walis Norgan will join together for a celebration of Aboriginal poems and songs on Sunday. The Polish Liberature exhibition sheds light on Polish writer Zenon Fajfer’s concept of liberature, showing that the material that forms a textual work is important and essential to the whole creative process through a collection of stone books, bottle books and a 10-meter-long street book. For more information, visit the event’s Web site at poetry.culture.gov.tw/2011.
■ Zhongshan Hall (台北市中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)
■ Poetry performance takes place on Sunday at 2:30pm, exhibition runs from 1pm to 9pm today to Saturday, till 5pm on Sunday
■ Free admission
The Comedy Club hosts an all-English show starring Tom Levene, Matt Bronsil, Clint Rand, Jason Kaja, Nic Sando and Torch Pratt.
■ 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)
■ Saturday at 10pm
■ Tickets are NT$350, one NT$140 drink coupon included. Contact the Comedy Club to reserve seats by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (02) 2764-5529
A collaboration between American director Dan Chumley and Taiwanese actress Peng Tzu-ling (彭子玲), the Black Dog Theater’s (烏犬劇場) The Way We Move (豐饒之地) is a satirical comedy that demonstrates how fulfilling the feminine gender role can drive a woman mad.
■ 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, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$400, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Lin Hwai-min’s (林懷民) latest work, How Can I Live On Without You (如果沒有你), could surprise Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) fans familiar with the troupe’s meditative style. Envisioned as an ode to Taiwanese music from the past six decades, the production has bright colors, swinging hips and features an eclectic mix of songs from the likes of folk singer Tsai Chin (蔡琴), Fong Fei-fei (鳳飛飛), rocker Wu Bai (伍佰), indie singer-songwriter Crowd Lu (盧廣仲), Jay Chou (周杰倫) and 1940s crooner Bai Guang (白光).
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are sold out, but seats remain for shows tonight and tomorrow at 7:45pm
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 and NT$1,600, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
My Ancestors of 18 Generations (三口組．我的祖宗十八代) by Taiwan Drama Performance (台灣戲劇表演家) fuses rock music, dance and Chinese stand-up comedy to tell a story of three friends that spans 18 generations and dates back to Chinese history’s Three Kingdoms Period (三國時代).
■ Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中市中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市學士路98號)
■ Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Mengla Huang & Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (打開貝多芬的音樂盒．黃蒙拉與長榮交響樂團) features acclaimed violinist Mengla Huang (黃蒙拉) performing with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (長榮交響樂團) under Gernot Schmalfuss. The program will include Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Violin Concerto in D Major and Symphony No. 7.