Green Ray Theater (綠光劇團) continues its hugely popular production of Human Condition 5 — The Nature of Male is Wandering Mood (人間條件五 — 男性本是漂泊心情), the fifth chapter of its highly acclaimed Human Condition series. Written and directed by Wu Nien-jen (吳念真), the show features the series’ regular cast including actress Lin Mei-hsiu (林美秀) and theater veteran Luo Bei-an (羅北安).
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow at 2:30pm
■ Chungshan Hall (台中市文化局中山堂), 98 Syueshih Rd, Greater Taichung (台中市學士路98號)
■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
2012 Cross-Strait Beijing Opera Joint Performance (2012兩岸京劇交流聯演) features top operatic talent from China and Taiwan produced as a collaboration between the Beijing Opera Troupe of the National Taiwan College of the Performing Arts (國立臺灣戲曲學院京劇團) and the Beijing Opera Theater (北京京劇院).
■ Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm
■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路3段25號)
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,500; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Deep Fall (秋夜), a new production from Taiwan’s avant-garde Firefly Theater (螢火蟲劇團), written and directed by the troupe’s artistic director Han Jiang (韓江). The production features actor Ronnie Oscar Tung (董浚凱) and actress Huang Hsiao-ching (黃曉菁) in the leading roles.
■ Tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm
■ Sinjhuang Cultural and Arts Center (新莊文化藝術中心演藝廳), 133 Jhongping Rd , Sinjhuang District, New Taipei City (新北市新莊區中平路133號)
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The National Concert Hall hosts the Taiwan Pro Arte Orchestra (普羅藝術家樂團) for a romantic-themed program that spans Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, to soundtrack music from The Godfather movie and the television show Hawaii Five-O. Liao Chia-hung (廖嘉弘) will conduct.
■ Friday at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$2,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra visits Taipei this weekend for a two-night run. Conductor M. Tilson Thomas will lead the orchestra through Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 on the first night. The second night is Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mahler’s Symphony No.5 IV Adagietto. The concert features Wang Yu-ja (王羽佳) on violin.
■ Satuday and Sunday at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$3,600, 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.
College-rock favourites Echo (回聲樂團) take to the stage tonight. Another beloved indie rock band, Aboriginal group Totem (圖騰) plays tomorrow to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
■ 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$800 tonight, NT$600 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
Tonight indie rock club Revolver hosts live music from New Sunglasses (新墨鏡), Sugar Lady and Silent Toads (啾吉惦惦). On Saturday, L.I.L. presents “Electric Relaxation (Loungin’ and Bouncin’) with DJs Vicar, JackoL and Wright, among others. On Wednesday, the venue hosts live music from The Okay Cars and The Motions. (Last week, the incorrect concerts were listed for this venue. The Taipei Times regrets the error).
■ 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 start at 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and tomorrow, NT$150 on Wednesday. Admission includes one free drink
Bobwundaye, a small pub on Heping East Road (和平東路) in Taipei, hosts an open mic every Wednesday.
■ 77, Hoping E Rd, Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號)
■ Shows start at 9:30pm
■ Free on Wednesdays
Dark Eyes performs gypsy jazz at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) tonight. Tomorrow, it’s indie rock and electronica acts Rosy (玫瑰紅) and Miss Banana (香蕉小姐). On Sunday, rock groups Crimson (飛紅樂團) and OverTone take the stage. 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
■ Shows start at 9pm
■ NT$400 tomorrow and NT$350 Sunday. Tickets can purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Singer-songwriter Annie Hung (洪安妮) and Mando-pop singer Hsiao Hung-jen (蕭閎仁) perform tonight at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館). On Thursday, it’s pop singer Rebecca (同恩), who shares the bill with indie-pop group Goosander (川秋沙).
■ 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 8pm
■ NT$400 tonight and on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw/livehouse or tickets.books.com.tw
Ash and Friends perform modern jazz standards tonight at Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge hosting jazz mostly. Tomorrow saxophonist Terry Hsieh (謝明諺) leads his ensemble Texas Cactus. The Expats Trio are on Tuesday and Trio JT performs on Wednesday.
■ 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$200 tonight and tomorrow, free on other nights
Acclaimed Aboriginal singer Samingad (紀曉君) performs every Thursday at EZ5 Live House, which hosts Mando-pop singers backed by a live band every night. Other highlights include Mando-pop songstress Julia Peng (彭佳慧) on Tuesdays.
■ 211, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市安和路二段211號), tel: (02) 2738-3995. On the Net: visit 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
On Fridays at Italian restaurant Capone’s, Taipei Swing holds dance socials with live music from electric blues band Bopomofo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ). On Saturday, drummer Abe Nbugu Kenyatta leads a band playing music from his hometown of New Orleans. Iris sings “romantic chansons” Sunday nights and on Wednesdays, it’s Latin music from guitarist Roberto Zayas. Duo Blurrs Bros perform blues and American songbook tunes on Thursdays.
■ 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 Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, hosts live music every Saturday.
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Zuoying Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市左營區立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617. On the Net: mercurybar.blogspot.com
■ Starts at 9pm
■ Entrance is NT$200, includes one drink
Taipei Discussion and Learning meets every Sunday at Wisteria Tea House (紫藤廬) to hear lectures and discuss topics such as philosophy, science, anthropology, globalization and alternative medicine. All discussions and lectures are conducted in English. This weekend’s lecture is titled “Holotropic States of Counsciousness.”
■ Wisteria Tea House (紫藤廬), 1, Ln 16, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段16巷1號)
■ Every Sunday at 8pm
■ Entrance is free. For more information visit www.taipeidiscussionandlearning.blogspot.com