The Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company’s (稻草人現代舞蹈團) Feet In, Happening (足In‧發生体) is a site-specific performance in which dancers create, perform and complete the work by interacting with the audience and the space where the event takes place.
■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段181號)
■ Tomorrow at 6pm
■ Free admission
DBS Collective (深層腦部刺激合作社) presents Lost in Digi-tration, a performance that combines sound, video imagery, sculpture, interactive installation and the human body.
■ Nanhai Gallery (南海藝廊), 3, Ln 19, Chongqing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路二段19巷3號)
■ Sunday at 7:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$150 at the door
After receiving an enthusiastic reception at Taipei’s Metropolitan Hall, Chamber Ballet Taipei (台北室內芭蕾舞團) is taking its contemporary version of Giselle by artistic director and choreographer Allen Yu (余能盛) to Tainan. Julie Gardette of the Finnish National Ballet and Michal Stipa from the Czech National Ballet Theatre shine as the tragic lovers, with Alexandre Katsapov as the would-be rival for Gardette’s hand. [See story in the Taipei Times on Aug. 8, page 15.]
■ Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall (台南市立文化中心演藝廳), 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan (台南市中華東路三段332號)
■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm and Sunday
■ Tickets are NT$400 to NT$1,500, available online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A Sandwich Husband (當岳母刺字時…媳婦是不贊成的) is the latest comedy by All U People Theatre (全民大劇團). It looks at the centuries-old rivalry between mothers and their daughters-in-law through a comic rendition of the historical story of Yue Fei (岳飛), the Southern Song Dynasty general noted for his loyalty to the emperor. The production stars acclaimed actresses Fang Fang (方芳) and Ann Lang (郎祖筠).
■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)
■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Rendezvous Avec Chopin (與蕭邦有約) pays tribute to Chopin in a concert that features Wu Chia-wen (吳佳雯) on piano performing the composer’s Barcarolle, Op. 60 and Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58. The program also includes Ferruccio Busoni’s Variations and Variants on Chopin and Federico Mompou’s Variations on a Theme by Chopin.
■ Today at 7:30pm
■ Forum Auditorium (十方樂集音樂劇場演奏廳), 4, Ln 187, Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路187巷4號)
■ Tickets are NT$250, available through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Around the World on 88 Keys (環遊世界88鍵) is a concert by the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra (台北愛樂管弦樂團) and jazz pianist Ronnie Kole. The orchestra will be conducted by Paul Lin (林天吉). The program includes arrangements of popular favorites ranging from A-Train to Mozart’s Turkish March.
■ Today at 7:30pm in Taichung and tomorrow at 7:30pm in Taipei
■ Taichung Tun District Art Center (台中市立屯區藝文中心), 201 Dasing Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市大興路201號) and National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available at the venue for the Taichung concert and through NTCH ticketing or online at www.artsticket.com.tw for the Taipei concert
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight and tomorrow the venue hosts a lineup of Mando-pop singers, including JJ Lin (林俊傑), as part of the 2011 Street Fashion Festival (2011創意潮流文化節) [see story above]. On Wednesday, a trio of indie bands takes to the stage: Silverbus, The Little and 1976. On Thursday, it’s the venue’s Next Big Thing concert series, featuring Queen Suitcase (皇后皮箱), Goosander (川秋沙) and My Skin Against Your Skin.
■ 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 at 7pm tonight and tomorrow and 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday
■ NT$800 tonight and NT$600 tomorrow (NT$500 in advance), NT$800 (NT$600) on Wednesday and NT$350 on Thursday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw or www.legacy.com.tw, and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Tonight The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, hosts an evening of J-pop inspired by cosplay, with all-male otaku group Fudanjuku and the Nakano Fujo Sisters. Tomorrow Inoran, co-founder of popular J-rock band Luna Sea, takes to the stage. On Wednesday it’s Bowztiger (包子虎), Go Go Rise and The Looking Glass. Note: Primal Scream was originally slated to perform in Taipei this past Wednesday, but canceled the concert. Those who purchased advance tickets from The Wall can obtain a refund until Aug. 31 by visiting the venue between 3pm and 11pm.
■ 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
■ Shows start at 8pm.
■ NT$1,400 tonight (NT$1,200 in advance), NT$1,700 tomorrow (NT$1,500 in advance), NT$400 (NT$300 in advance) on Wednesday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw
Tonight Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area, hosts Hakka singer-songwriter Ayo (謝宣圻) and jazz fusion group Gina’s Can (吉那罐子樂團). Tomorrow Chia’s Jazz Trio takes to the stage.
■ 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$300
Underworld (地下社會), a small basement club in Taipei, hosts psychedelic indie rockers Flat Club (假文藝青年俱樂部) and garage rockers Bowztiger (包子虎). Tomorrow Japanese band Mugen Hoso takes to the stage, sharing the bill with Skip Skip Ben Ben, the latest project of the talented songwriter and vocalist Ban Ban (斑斑). On Tuesday, the venue hosts a special show featuring Japanese punk group Takayukidan. Emo-punks Punkhoo (胖虎) are also on the bill. On Wednesday, it’s Miss Banana and Wind Evasion (風迷藏).
■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net: www.upsaid.com/underworld
■ Shows run from 9pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Underworld is open daily from 9pm, closed on Mondays. Happy hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays before midnight
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes one drink. Entrance for Wednesday shows is NT$100
Tonight Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) hosts the Cold Ducks (冷鴨子), a band that plays blues and jazz. Session bassist and teacher Tan Ming-hui (譚明輝) presides over a jam session tomorrow, while Mando-pop singers Chen Yi-fan (陳怡帆) and Huang Tsung-hsin (黃宗信) appear on Sunday. Monday is the venue’s weekly open jam.
■ 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
■ Show starts tonight at 9:30pm, 9pm on all other nights. For a list of standard songs and ground rules for the open jam, visit the venue’s Web site
■ NT$400 tonight, NT$500 tomorrow (NT$400 in advance), NT$350 Sunday and NT$150 Monday. Tickets can purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw or tickets.books.com.tw
No shows are scheduled tonight at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館). Tomorrow the venue hosts Mando-pop singers Ray Liu (劉軒蓁) and Rose Liu (劉明湘). On Thursday, it’s Mando-pop singer-songwriter Ric Huang (荒山亮) and pop-rock band Plover.
■ 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
■ Shows start at 8:30pm
■ NT$400 tomorrow, Sunday and Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw/livehouse or tickets.books.com.tw
Tonight, rock club Revolver hosts DJs ND Yu, Kay and Kolette [see The Vinyl Word]. Bands have yet to be announced as of press time for tomorrow.
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678
■ Shows usually start after 10pm. Contact venue for precise times
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and tomorrow, includes one drink
EZ5 Live House hosts Mando-pop singers backed by a live band every night. Highlights for the week ahead include male crooner Shin Lung (辛龍), who performs every Saturday. Acclaimed Aboriginal singer Samingad (紀曉君) performs on Thursdays.
■ 211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市安和路二段211號), tel: (02) 2738-3995. On the Net: www.ez5.com.tw
■ Shows run from 9:45pm to 12:30am
■ Entrance fee (includes two drinks) ranges from NT$600 to NT$850, depending on the performer
The Earl Hines II Jazztet plays cool jazz tonight at Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge bar that hosts live jazz and blues performances. Tomorrow it’s Flaneur Daguerre, which is holding a CD release party [see story on page 13]. On Tuesday, the Fan Hsu Trio (徐梵三重奏) plays Thelonius Monk compositions, and on Wednesday, it’s Electric Mess Age (電子混亂世代), which plays disco and acid jazz. On Thursday, the Nomads Ensemble performs European jazz and folk music.
■ 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.sappho102.biz
■ Shows start at 10pm. The venue is closed on Sundays and Mondays
■ Entrance is NT$150 tonight, NT$200 tomorrow and Thursday, free on
Italian restaurant Capone’s, hosts Taipei Swing, which holds its weekly social on Fridays. All are welcome to join and a beginner’s lesson is offered. Tomorrow, drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta leads a band playing music from his hometown of New Orleans. On Wednesday nights, it’s Latin music from guitarist Roberto Zayas and bassist Rick Taira.
■ 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號), tel: (02) 2773-3782
■ Live music from 9pm to 11:30pm on Fridays, 8pm to 11:30pm on Saturdays
■ On Fridays, minimum charge of one drink. On Saturdays, minimum charge is NT$300
The Village Cafe (村落餐廳), a bar and cafe located at the Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), hosts live music performances every Saturday. The bill for the coming week is composed of indie rock bands Mr Dirty, Silent Toads (啾吉惦惦) and Half Mile Radius, as well as Forget The G, a group from Macao.
■ 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號), tel: (02) 3393-7377 X207
■ Tomorrow at 9pm
■ Entrance is NT$300, which includes one drink
The Wall (這牆) programs regular live rock shows at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). Tonight the venue hosts an evening of metal with Japanese headliner Deaflock and local headbangers Revilement, Masquerader and Bao Chun (暴君). Tomorrow pioneering post-rock group Sugar Plum Ferry (甜梅號) takes to the stage.
■ 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號). On the Net: pier-2.khcc.gov.tw, www.thewall.com.tw
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ NT$400 tonight and tomorrow.