Dream Hotel (夢想大飯店), a modern musical by the Taipei Philharmonic Theater (台北愛樂劇工廠), features 20 original songs ranging from blues to Bollywood and plenty of big dance numbers to create a contemporary musical spectacular.
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ National Theater, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The Happy Prince (快樂王子) by the contemporary puppet troupe Puppet Its Double (無獨有偶). The group presents the classic Oscar Wilde story through a mixture of performance and puppetry.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南市立台南文化中心國際廳原生劇場) at 332 Zhonghua E Rd, Tainan City (台南市中華東路3段332號)
■ Tickets are NT$350; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A brand new production of Blooming Enlightenment (花蕊渡河) by the U-Theater group (優人神鼓) featuring most of the material from the original show that proved such an enormous success at the Taipei International Flora Expo (台北國際花博) last year. Added to this is new material and performances featuring the theater group’s youth division.
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm
■ Chiayi Performing Arts Center (嘉義縣表演藝術中心演藝廳), 265, Jianguo Rd Sec 2, Minsyong Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣民雄鄉建國路二段265號)
■ Tickets are NT$350 to NT$1,800; available through NTCH ticketing and 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. Indie-folk duo katncandix2 (棉花糖) performs tonight. Currently on her 10th anniversary tour, Japanese pop singer and actress Yo Hitoto makes her Taipei stop at Legacy tomorrow.
■ 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)
■ Shows start 8pm
■ NT$900 tonight and NT$2,000 tomorrow. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw, www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Japanese alternative rock band The Back Horn is scheduled tomorrow night at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. On Sunday, it is the release party of three-piece indie outfit Manic Sheep’s debut album. Silent Toads (啾吉惦惦) and Matzka appear on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
■ 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
■ 7pm tomorrow, 8pm on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday
■ NT$1,500 tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday and Wednesday and NT$800 on Thursday. Tickets for all shows, with discounts on advance tickets, can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Tonight at Underworld (地下社會), a small basement club and a favorite indie rock hangout in Taipei, it is the release party of indie rock band HiJack’s third EP, with Pumpkiney Fan Club (南瓜妮歌迷俱樂部) also performing. Punk outfit BRTD and Who Are You? (隱藏人物) play tomorrow.
■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net: www.underworld-taipei.blogspot.tw
■ Shows run from 9pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Underworld is open daily from 9pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes one drink