Fri, Dec 23, 2011 - Page 13 News List

So this is Christmas

Whether you are in the mood for a craft workshop or sexy Santa contest, events in the nation’s capital this holiday weekend have all the bases covered

By Catherine Shu  /  Staff Reporter

Tequila and scantily dressed dancers will replace Mrs Claus and the reindeer at the Brass Monkey.

Photo courtesy of Brass Monkey


Huashan 1914 Creative Park will host a series of holiday performances and activities this weekend. Highlights include workshops on Sunday, during which attendees can make felted wool Santa key chains and other crafts, as well as a movement class taught by members of Cloud Gate Theater (雲門舞集). Live performances at Huashan Theater (華山劇場) tomorrow afternoon include indie groups D.C.W. (東城衛), 23 Half (23號半), Tic Tac Tea and singer Jelly, as well as a show by artist Mr Eyeball (眼球先生).

Cast members from the ensemble TV drama The M Riders (萌學園之萌騎士傳奇) will be on hand to sign autographs tomorrow and Sunday afternoon. Pick up last-minute gifts at a holiday market that runs throughout the weekend.

■ Live performances are tomorrow from 1pm to 6:40pm. Activities start from 1pm and run until about 7pm tomorrow and Sunday

■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). On the Net:

■ Performances are free, but limited to the first 250 people who show up. Workshops are NT$500 each and include materials for craft classes

Simple Market’s special Christmas workshops focus on recycling worn-out clothing into holiday decorations. Bring your old clothes to the market and learn how to turn them into hanging ornaments, tote bags or patchwork cushion covers. Classes are about 30 minutes each.

■ Tomorrow from 1pm to 5pm

■ Xinyi Public Assembly Hall (信義公民會館), 54 Songqin St, Taipei City (台北市松勤街54號), tel: (02) 2758-2609. On the Net:

■ Class fees range from NT$90 to NT$200 and include supplies. Bring your own used clothing or fabric


Singer-songwriter Peggy Hsu (許哲珮) and Circus Band (馬戲團) headline Riverside Live House’s (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) Dear Christmas concerts tomorrow and Sunday. A Berklee College of Music graduate and Golden Melody Award winner, Hsu is a highly sought after songwriter who has worked with the likes of Tizzy Bac and Sandy Lam (林憶蓮). Her own best-selling albums blend folk and pop.

■ Tonight and tomorrow at 8:30pm

■ Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館), 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號), tel: (02) 2370-8805. On the Net:

■ Tickets are NT$500 in advance, available from or, or NT$600 at the door

Folk-pop singer-songwriter (and occupational therapist) Europa Huang (黃建為) will lead Christmas celebrations at Witch House for the third year. He will be joined by singer and songwriter Pumpkin Li (李德筠).

■ Tomorrow at 10:30pm

■ 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:

■ Admission is NT$450 at the door, which includes one drink

Underworld’s (地下社會) Christmas Eve party includes performances by shoegazers Manic Sheep and brother-sister indie pop duo Come On! Bay Bay! (來吧!焙焙!). DJs William Lo, Mono Chao, Two and a Half Stars (兩星半), Bounce Girlz and Dizzy will man the decks.

■ Tomorrow at 9:30pm

■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net:

■ Admission is NT$500 before 11:30pm and NT$300 after. Both prices includes one drink

Celebrate Christmas Eve with LaLa Hsu (徐佳瑩) at Legacy Taipei (傳音樂展演空間). Hsu, the winner of One Million Star’s (超級星光大道) third season, is one of the most critically acclaimed contestants to have had their careers launched by the hit TV competition. Hsu is known for her genre-crossing sound and ability to blend different musical influences, including Taiwanese folk opera. She will perform tomorrow at Legacy starting at 8pm.

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