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Goings on around town - October 2012

Goings on around town August 2012

The article courtesy of Seoul magazine



Olympic Park Oct 20—21 1-day pass: 88,000 won, 2-day pass: 140,000 won Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.

Hosted by Korean indie producer Mint Paper, Grand Mint Festival is more than just a gathering of great indie bands. It’s a picnic and an effort to return to nature even in the heart of the urban environment. On the stage in 2012 is Sweet Sorrow, Michelle Shaprow, Joe Brooks, Standing Egg, Yun Sang, Epitone Project and more.

Olympic Hall, Olympic Park Oct 26, 8pm VIP: 220,000 won, R: 170,000 won, S: 130,000 won, A: 90,000 won (02) 3143-5156 Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.

Kenny Rogers—the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s artist-in-residence for 2012—comes to Seoul. Rogers has been producing hits for nearly five decades. His 1978 hit “The Gambler” is not only one of the most popular country standards of all time, but occupies a special spot in the heart of any kid who grew up in the 1980s thanks to its appearance on “The Muppet Show.”
SPAF 2012

Arko Arts Theater, Daehangno Arts Theater, Performing Arts Center of Dongduk Women’s University and other venues in Daehangno area
Oct 5—27 Admission depends on program (02) 3668-0100~7

This year’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF)
brings together artists from Korea and 12 other nations. These are artists who refuse to be pigeon-holed into traditional genres like drama and dance. Through integrated performing arts, the SPAF community aims to explore and stimulate your brain.

The Korea Foundation Cultural Center Thru Oct 17 Free (02) 2151-6520

The logo designs of Stefan Kanchev, a Bulgarian visual designer and leader of the European applied art movement, are coming to Korea for a month-long exhibition. An artist whose work spans the areas of poster, stamp, video, and package design, Kanchev is particularly noted for his logos, with fully 2,500 designs to his credit. This exhibition offers a chance to see his unique vision, the result of a never-ending search for ways to communicate identity to the public through shapes.

National Theater of Korea Thru Oct 28 Admission depends on program (02) 2280-4115~6 Take shuttle bus at Dongguk Univ. Station, Line 3, Exit 2 or take yellow bus No. 2 at Exit 6

The World Festival of National Theaters, held each year since 2007, is the National Theater’s largest international performing arts festival. This is a chance to experience the flagship repertory of national and public theaters and national performing arts companies from around the world that represent each country through international cultural exchange, and to see outstanding and highly individual performing art works from Korea and overseas. The World Festival of National Theaters acts as a bridge to promote exchange between national and public companies of the world that create a new energy by maintaining and developing the traditions of each country in ways appropriate to the present age to provide a forum for cultural exchange in the performing arts and to make Korean culture better known to the world.

V-Hall Nov 10, 7pm 88,000 won (02) 332-3277

American singer-songwriter Adam Young, better known by his musical project name, Owl City, brings his multi-instrumental talents to Seoul. Young began Owl City in his parents’ basement in Minnesota, and developed a following on Myspace before signing with Universal Republic in 2008. The Midsummer Station is Owl City’s four studio album, and even features a collaboration with Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.

Gangdong Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, Sogang Univ. Mary Hall and other venues in Seoul Oct 5—20 Admission depends on program (02) 3216-1185

SIDance was created by the section of the Seoul International Dance Council CID UNESCO in 1998 with the aim to introduce Korean dance to international stages as well as incorporating international trends to the local scene. It is one of the premier dance events in the country. This year, SIDance features three programs by seven local companies, 10 programs from 14 companies from 13 countries, and several international collaboration programs.

Caribbean Bay, Everland Oct 5—6 2-day pass: 165,000 won (02) 6002-7516 Take bus No. 5002 at Gangnam Station, No. 5700 at Jamsil Station, No. 1500-2 at Sadang Station, No. 1113 or 5700 at Gangbyeon Station.

One of the world’s premier electronic music festivals features performances by David Guetta, Orbital, Bloody Beetroots, Twenty One Pilots, Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Jaguar Skills, London Elektricity and much, much more. The Angel Music Group’s Global Gathering Festival began at the UK’s Long Marston Airfield in 2001, and now has 10 festivals worldwide. This year, the Korean festival moves to the Caribbean Bay water park in Yongin.

Blue Square Oct 10, 8pm R: 70,000 won, S: 50,000 won (02) 587-3021 Hangangjin Station, Line 6. Take the passage between Exit 2 & 3.

Australian guitarist and two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel loves to work. Performing 300 times a year, Emmanuel was praised as a “Certified Guitar Player” by the Certified Guitar Player himself, the late Chet Atkins. This is Emmanual’s fifth performance in Korea. Tommy’s unique style—he calls it simply “finger style”—is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers.

Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex Oct 17, 8pm VIP: 180,000 won, VR: 140,000 won,R: 120,000 won, S: 88,000 won, A: 66,000 won (02) 407-2589 Sports Complex Station, Line 2, Exit 6 or 7.

At 59 years of age this year, Michael Bolton is still going. His unfailing effort has contributed to his on-going live performances and outstanding singing style. With his romantic autumn husky voice, charmingly pleading high-pitched tone, and sophisticated high-quality music, Bolton’s first concert in Korea since his last concert one in 2006 will be one radiating with passionate energy and inspiration.

Yeongam International Circuit, Jeollanam-do Oct 12-14 (02) 3471-1811 It takes three hours to get from Yongsan Station to Mokpo by KTX.Transfer to public transportation. http://

Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, Jeollanam-do hosts the one of the biggest auto racing events in Asia, the Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix. Don’t miss this chance to see the world’s top drivers driving the fastest, most advanced vehicles on four wheels. The cars might be fast, but life in Yeongam is slow—experience the warmth of this charming provincial town while you’re down there.


Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex Nov 17, 7pm VIP: 165,000 won, R: 132,000 won, S: 110,000 won, A: 99,000 won (02) 3141-3488 Sports Complex Station, Line 2, Exit 6 or 7.

Vocalist and songwriter Norah Jones performs in Korea for the first time in seven years. The daughter of renowned Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and concert producer Sue Jones, Jones debuted in 2002 in the best way possible—her “Come Away with Me” album earned five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Her melancholy vocals and cross-over appeal has made her one of the best loved performers of the 21st century. She even landed a starring role in director Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights.” On the program for her Seoul performance are favorites like “Don’t Know Why,” “Thinking About You” and “New York City” and material from her new album like “Good Morning,” “Happy Pills” and “Say Goodbye.”

Dave Matthews Band—Away from the World
“Away from the World” is the Dave Matthews Band’s eighth studio album. The name comes from a line in one of the songs: “Sitting in a box / away from the world out there.” It’s an observation that we are born alone and die alone, and that “our body is our box.” Formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Dave Matthews Band is perhaps best known for their summer tours, featuring lots of improv and their signature video and light show by renowned production designer Fenton Williams. Blending rock, jazz folk and blue grass, their music covers a wide range of personal, social and political topics.
Korean girl group Secret releases their third mini-album, “Poison.” While many girl groups transition from cute to sexy, Secret went the other way—they started sexy, and moved to the girl-next-door look. In 2011, they became the third Korean girl group to debut in the top ten of Japan’s Oricon chart. For Poison, the girls return to their sexy, feminine ways. If the teaser is anything to go by, they’re taking their styling cues from British spy films of the 1940s.


Dir. Rian Johnson Release Date: Oct 11

In the futuristic action thriller “Looper,” time-travel will be invented—but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper”—a hiredgun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)—is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.
17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Screening Venues in Haeundae,Nampo-dong &
Centum City, Busan Oct 4—13 (Asian Film Market: Oct 8—11) General Screenings: 6,000 won 1688-3010 It takes three hours to get from Seoul to Busan by KTX.

The Busan International Film Festival is Asia’s biggest celebration of film. It’s a time not to be missed as Busan’s posh Haeundae district plays host to the biggest names in global cinema. Opening this year’s festival is Hong Kong’s blockbuster cop thriller “Cold War,” and closing will be the Bangladeshi film “Television.” All told, some 300 films from 70 countries are on the schedule. It’s worth going just to see Busan Film Center, a spectacular landmark complex designed by German architectural office Wolf Prix.
The article courtesy of Seoul magazine
Date 10/10/2012

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