Yen Chen-shen (嚴震生), a research fellow at National Chengchi University’s Institute of International Relations, will discuss post-Gaddafi Libya in a lecture titled Why Do People Feel Insecure Even Though the Dictator Is Gone? (為什麼強人垮了?我們更覺不安?). Government restructuring, disputes among different tribes, armed conflict and the threat of terrorism are among the topics Yen will discuss in the talk, which is part of the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation’s (龍應台文化基金會) Thinkers Salon (思沙龍) lecture series. A screening of State of Denial, a documentary directed by Anne Reevell, will precede the lecture. The film tells the story of Muammar Gaddafi’s fall from power through the lives of insiders, defectors and military advisors who helped to end the dictator’s four-decade-long regime last year.
■ Thinkers Salon (思沙龍), Why Do People Feel Insecure Even Though the Dictator Is Gone? The lecture and film screening take place at Yue-han Hall (月涵堂), 110 Jinhua St, Taipei City (台北市金華街110號). The film is in English with Chinese subtitles; the lecture will be conducted in Mandarin only. Admission is free, but those attending must register online at www.civictaipei.org or by calling (02) 3322-4907
■ Feb. 18, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
— By Noah Buchan
As part of the ongoing Headspring Festival 2012 (匯川藝術節), Comma Theater Company’s (逗點創意劇團) Sit Down uses chairs to examine the absurdity of life. The festival features a rich lineup of music, dance and theatrical performances and runs through April 1. For more information, visit www.head-spring.com.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ For schedule and ticketing information visit the festival’s Web site or call (02) 2930-0754
Ou Yeh (歐耶) of the comedy troupe NG Improv Club (新激梗社劇團) will go solo for the very first time and perform improv comedy tomorrow night at Live Comedy Club & Cafe Taipei. On Saturday, Comedy Night With Rifat features expat stand-up comedian Rifat performing alongside magician Meng Hsiang (孟享).
■ Live Comedy Club & Cafe Taipei (卡米地喜劇俱樂部), 20, Ln 553, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段553巷20號)
■ Both shows begin at 8pm
■ Tickets are NT$350, available at the door and online through www.walkieticket.com. Alternatively, contact the Comedy Club by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (02) 2764-5529 to reserve seats
All U People Theater (全民大劇團), the multimedia group that produced the wildly popular spoof politics TV show The Largest Political Party (全民最大黨), turns its satirical eye to soap operas starring entertainment industry idols for Crazy Idol Soap (瘋狂偶像劇). In the show, TV soap actor James Wen (溫昇豪) plays a successful TV producer who coaches supporting actress Megan Lai (賴雅妍) on how to become a female lead.
■ Metropolitan Hall (台北市社教館城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$750 to NT$3,000, available online at www.artsticket.com.tw and through 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Taipei Quyi Troupe (台北曲藝團) presents three children-friendly opera programs this weekend that draw on ancient Chinese literature, poetry and novels.
■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw