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Events and entertainment listings

Staff reporters

Theater

Founded by graduates of the National Taiwan University’s theater department, the Ren Shin Co-op (仁信合作社) has been active in bringing the work of experimental playwrights from around the world to Taiwan. The Pillowman (枕頭人), based on a play by Irish writer Martin McDonagh, bills itself as a fairytale for adults, and tells the story of the murder of two children and an author who writes about two such murders. The Chinese adaptation was first released in 2008 to critical acclaim.

■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ National Taiwan University Theater (國立台灣大學台大劇場), 1, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段1號).

■ Tickets are NT$600, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

The Taiwan Drama Performance Group’s production Tien Ruo Guang (天若光) based on a true story about students from Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School (高雄高級中學) who formed self-protection teams during the disturbances now known as the 228 Incident. Their activities, based on protecting people of all ethnic groups saved many lives during a period when Taiwanese and Mainlander elements in Taiwan where at each other’s throats. The play is based on extensive interviews with participants of the 228 Incident.

■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Kaohsiung Cultural Center’s Chihteh Hall (高雄市文化中心至德堂), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)

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

Jimmy’s Subway: A Musical, 2012 Revisited (2012幾米音樂劇— 地下鐵) is a stage presentation of the illustrated book created by Taiwan’s best known cartoonist Jimmy Liao (幾米). A story of love and fantasy in the big metropolis, Subway has been adapted to many mediums, even featuring on Taipei’s MRT system. This musical presentation includes a cast that includes a mixture of indie art icons and mainstream celebrities that is likely to span a wide range of tastes.

■ Saturday at 7:30pm

■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332 Chunghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號)

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,800, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Jazz Ballet Kaohsiung present their new original production titled One Night in August 2009 (2009年8月的某一個晚上...). The group is Taiwan’s only jazz ballet group and the production draws on a wealth of talent from artistic director Lin Yi-chun (林怡君) to award-winning cinema set designer Li Yu-ling (李鈺玲).

■ The show opens in Kaohsiung Wednesday, with performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and will tour to New Taipei City (Sept. 19) and Chiayi City (Nov. 13).

■ National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄中正文化中心至善廳), 67 Wufu 1st Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市五福一路67號)

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw

Classical music

La Voix d’Azur (蔚藍之聲) will perform Hebrew love songs on Saturday and Sunday. Selections include Bengt Johansson’s Examine Me, Dawson’s Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit and Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs.

■ Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm

■ National Recital Hall (國家演奏廳), 21-1 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City (台北市中山南路21-1號)

■ Tickets are NT$300 and NT$500 through www.artsticket.com.tw

Contemporary

Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Singer, songwriter and record producer Jonathan Lee (李宗盛), considered one of the “godfathers” of Mandopop for his collaborations with best-selling artists, performs tonight. Alt-rock band Touming Magazine (透明雜誌) plays in support of their new EP Forever on Saturday night, while Sunday’s sold out show features rapper MC HotDog.

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