Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight’s spotlight is on Japanese musician and composer World’s End Girlfriend, whose real name is Katsuhiko Maeda. Jazz/rock artist Joanna Wang (王若琳) takes the stage tomorrow. The new installment of The Next Big Thing on Thursday features electro rockers Iron House (鐵屋), nu-metal/emo punk group 70% (柒拾趴樂團) and Duda Deportiva.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文創園區), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
Photo Courtesy of Legacy Taipei
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$1,500 tonight, NT$800 tomorrow, NT$200 on Thursday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Japanese rockers Flow arrive tomorrow at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. American rock band of Montreal plays on Sunday. Wednesday’s show is by American post-hardcore/emo act Our Last Night.
Photo Courtesy of Legacy Taipei
■ 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
■ Show starts at 7pm tomorrow, 8pm on Sunday and Wednesday
■ Admission is NT$1,800 tomorrow, NT$1,400 on Sunday, NT$1,200 on Wednesday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through thewall.tw, tickets.books.com.tw, www.walkieticket.com or www.famiticket.com.tw.
Photo Courtesy of Legacy Taipei
Tonight’s lineup at Pipe Live Music, a major venue for indie music and parties, include indigenous hip-hop/rock outfit Generation 7 (七字輩), hardcore band Winslow and folk/shoegazing combo Erwin Schrodinger’s Cat (薛丁格的貓). Pop punk group Ms. Mr (米思特) is among the performers tomorrow. Later the same night, the venue hosts a techno party with DJs Vice City, Soma, Wayland as well as musicians like hip-hop artist Aristophanes (狸貓) and sound artist Ruby Fatale.
■ 1 Siyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市思源路1號), tel: (02) 2364-8198. On the Net: www.pipemusic.com.tw
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight, 7pm tomorrow, 11pm for the late-night party
Photo Courtesy of Orangegrass
■ Admission is NT$350 tonight and tomorrow, NT$500 for the late-night party. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.walkieticket.com, www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon and FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
Tonight, two metal acts Zangief (桑吉爾夫) and Devil Assassin (惡魔刺客) team up with dance rock band P!SCO for a show at Jack’s Studio (杰克音樂), a music studio in Ximending (西門町).
■ B1, 76 Kunming St, Taipei City (台北市昆明街76號B1), tel: (02) 2381-0999.
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$500
Tonight, La Cumbia Del Sol plays psycho-Cumbia-Reggae-Balkan grooves at indie rock club Revolver, with True Funk Soldiers also on the bill.
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678
■ Show starts at 10:30pm
■ Admission is NT$300
Acoustic act Chris Hsuan (子軒) is among tonight’s performers at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. Tomorrow, MajaM Quintet (麻將樂團) plays improv jazz, reggae and Flamenco music, with PiA also on the bill.
■ 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: www.witchhouse.org
■ Shows start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games, open 11am to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$350
It is a night of cover songs with alternative rock outfit Frande (法蘭黛樂團) tonight at Kafka on the Shore (海邊的卡夫卡), a coffee house-cum-music and arts venue in the National Taiwan University area.
■ 2F, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號2樓). On the Net: www.kafkabythe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Admission is NT$500. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.indievox.com
It is live music with psychedelic rockers U.TA (屋塔), X.O.X.O. and Iron House (鐵屋) tonight at indie music venue APA (小地方展演空間), followed by post-hardcore outfit Frusciante (佛香甜), Floating Boat (浮舟) and Duda Deportiva tomorrow. MEC Band (小男孩樂團) is scheduled on Sunday. Thursday’s lineup features progressive/metal group Pink Noise (粉紅噪音) and electro/rock band The Dead Future (死未來).
■ B1,147, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市杭州南路一段147號B1), tel: (02) 2327-8658. On the Net: www.facebook.com/apamini
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow, 8pm on Sunday and Thursday
■ Admission is NT$350 tonight, on Sunday and on Thursday, NT$300 tomorrow, available through www.indievox.com
Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) hosts Japanese folk rockers Sunny Day Service tomorrow.
■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號), tel: (02) 2370-8805. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$2,000 tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com
Jazz vocal ensemble Funkschon (放聲) croons tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Tomorrow, The Ash Hines Jazztet plays jazz grooves and compositions influenced by the cool-Jazz genre, followed by New Japan Trio on Sunday.
■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1), tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net: www.sappholive.com
■ Show starts 9:30pm tonight and tomorrow, 9pm on Sunday
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday
Paiwan musician Sauniaw (少妮瑤) performs tomorrow at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言), while Sunday’s lineup is formed by alternative outfit Automatic (自動波) and Keelung-based rockers Rusty Rivet (鏽鉚釘). Metal/grunge/blues band bwbc (廢埕樂團) and 88 A-Chiang (88阿強) hit the stage on Wednesday.
■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓), tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Shows start at 9pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday and Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Post-punk rockers Macbeth (馬克白) appear at There Cafe & Live House (那兒咖啡), a venue for indie music in Taoyuan, tomorrow.
■ B1, 454, Fuxing Rd, Taoyuan (桃園市復興路454號B1), tel: (03) 339-8819. On the Net: www.therelivecafe.com
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$400. Tickets can be purchased online through tickets.books.com.tw and www.indievox.com
Electronic folk duo Nasyy (南西樂團) appears on Sunday at Sound Live House (迴響音樂藝文展演空間), an independent venue for music and art exhibitions in Taichung. Local rockers, including Losers, Excited Horse(興奮馬) and The Never Over (永無止境) congregate on Wednesday. Thursday’s roster includes C chord (嘻扣樂團) and Peace Lemon (和平的檸檬).
■ B1-1, 429, Henan Rd Sec 2, Taichung City (台中市河南路二段429號B1-1), tel: (04) 2451-1989. On the Net: facebook.com/SoundLiveHouse
■ Show starts at 8pm on Sunday, 5:30pm on Wednesday, 7pm on Thursday
■ Admission is NT$400 on Sunday, NT$350 on Wednesday, Thursday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com
Post-rock/emo band Orangegrass (橙草) plays Paramount Bar (百樂門酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, on Sunday.
■ 70 Minzu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市民族一路70號), tel: (07) 389-0501
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$500, available through www.indievox.com
Noisy experimental rock group The Sign of Human (記號士) takes the stage at In Our Time, a restaurant-cum-gallery located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區), tomorrow. Sunday’s show is by alternative/folk rock band I am not Dorothy (不是桃樂絲).
■ 99, Penglai Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市蓬萊路99號), tel: (07) 521-0017
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tomorrow and NT$200 on Sunday, available through www.indievox.com
Paiwan musicians Stonedoorairport (石門航空) and I am not Dorothy each play a set at Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village comprised of a music venue, design and crafts shops and a weekend arts fair in Taitung City, tonight. Pinnyumayan group Savakan shares the stage with Black Kids Band (黑孩子) tomorrow.
■ 26, Ln 135, Xinsheng Rd, Taitung City (台東市新生路135巷26號), tel: (089) 343-393. On the Net: facebook.com/tiehua
■ Shows start at 8pm. Music venue and crafts shops are open 2pm to 10pm Tuesdays through Sundays. Weekend arts fair opens 6pm to 10pm every Friday, 3:30pm to 10pm every Saturday and Sunday
■ Admission is NT$120 tonight and NT$250 tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.books.com.tw
Taipei Discussion and Learning meets at Frog Free Cafe (蛙咖啡) to hear lectures and discuss topics such as philosophy, science, anthropology, globalization and alternative medicine. This week’s event is an open discussion and is titled Labor, Wages, Immigration and the Modern Worker. The discussion is likely to incorporate aspects of what it means to be in the labor market at this time in history. Topics to be discussed include globalization, minimum wage and fair trade. All discussions and lectures are conducted in English.
■ Frog Free Cafe (蛙咖啡), 5, Alley 9, Songjiang Rd, Taipei City (台北市松江路69巷5號)
■ Tomorrow at 8pm. Admission is free. Look for Taipei Discussion and Learning on Facebook
Tobie Openshaw is confident that Taiwan’s government has good reasons for not including him in the Triple Stimulus Voucher Program, which launched at the beginning of this month. That’s just as well, because it seems unlikely he’ll ever discover the logic by which it was decided that he, along with other foreign residents not currently married to Taiwan citizens, shouldn’t receive the vouchers. “We’ve stood side-by-side with our Taiwanese friends through the COVID-19 crisis, complying with government measures, cheering its success and sharing that news with the world at large. If the stimulus coupons are meant to be spent to keep
When the BBC approached Caroline Chia (查慧中) in July 2018, and asked her to make arrangements so a documentary-making team could gather footage showing how global warming may be increasing typhoon intensity, she delivered everything that was in her power to provide. Chia got permission for the BBC crew to shoot inside the Central Emergency Operation Center, film the army’s disaster-relief efforts and follow mayors around as they supervised the cleaning up. “In total, it was about one week of work for my cousin — who’s my business partner — and I,” recalls Chia, who was born in Taipei but
Every time Chen Ding-shinn (陳定信) saw a liver cancer patient in his ward, it reminded him of his father, who died from the disease at the age of 49. Historically, Taiwanese suffered from an unusually high prevalence of liver ailments as well as cancer, and Chen was troubled by the number of terminal patients. After decades of research, Chen and other experts found that Taiwan had the highest percentage of hepatitis B carriers in the world, which often developed into cirrhosis and cancer. In the early 1980s, he served as a key member of the Hepatitis Prevention Council (肝炎防治委員會), which
If you think Leaving Virginia is going to be Taiwan’s modern-day version of American Pie, leave after the first 15 minutes. It starts that way, an ode to those hormone-crazed teenage years as Big D (Isaac Yang, 楊懿軒) tries to lose his virginity on his 18th birthday but his Christian girlfriend rejects his advances and storms off. His best friend Zulie (Ng Siu Hin, 吳肇軒), convinces Big D that he will be rendered impotent if he doesn’t lose his virginity by the end of his 18th birthday, setting off the course of events. It feels like the rest of the film