- ADAM LAMBERT—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 17, 7pm 119,000 won
Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert
performs for the first time in Korea in February.
The runner-up in the eighth season of American
Idol, Lambert’s career has blossomed with the
release of his 2012 studio album Trespassing,
featuring hits like the title track “Trespassing”
and “Never Close Our Eyes.”
The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard
200 chart, a first for an openly gay artist in the
- PATTI SMITH—1ST LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 2, 7pm 110,000 won
T. 02-563-7110 Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- The Goddess of Punk comes to Korea for the first
time ever. The Chicago-born artist first gained
attention in the 1970s when her creative
combination of poet lyrics fused with rock lit the
musical world alight. In 2011, she was even listed
in TIME magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential
People.” Even today she’s still going strong,
releasing her 11th album, Banga, in June 2012.
- THEE OH SEES—FIRST LIVE SHOW IN SEOUL
KT&G Sangsang Madang Feb 24, 6:30pm 40,000 won (35,000 won in advance)
firstname.lastname@example.org www.roundx2.net [ Map 7 E2]
- The San Francisco-based pop band Thee Oh Sees is
holding a concert in Korea for the first time on Feb
24. The band is noted for its prolific album releases
as well as its energetic live shows, featuring Dwyer
on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and
tambourine, Petey Dammit on bass, and Mike Shoun
on drums. In 2007–8, the band released two hit
albums under the German Tomlab label.
Thee Oh Sees returned in September 2012 with Putrifiers II, an album combining
Castlemania’s fractured pop sensibilities and Carrion Crawler/ The Dream's
ferocious rock experimentation.
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 3, 7pm 110,000 won T. 02-332-3277
Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- Famous for its part in creating the “shoegazing”
sound, My Bloody Valentine has had a long and
illustrious history. Formed in Dublin way back in
1983, the band spent a long period being
inactive from the early 1990s to 2007. Since
then, the band has given several international
performances, and it is even— allegedly—
preparing to launch a third album. If My Bloody
Valentine’s unique blend of digital reverb, pitch
bending, and distortion is to your liking—or
if you’ve never heard it before and want to
find out more—make sure you book tickets
to see them at Uniqlo AX (former AX-Korea)
on February 3.
- BEN FOLDS FIVE—THE 1ST LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 24, 6pm 110,000 won T. 02-563-0595 Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- An alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina, Ben Folds Five is making its
first appearance in Korea with a Feb 24 concert.
Consisting of lead vocalist Ben Folds, bassist Robert
Sledge, and percussionist Darren Jessee, the group
achieved mainstream success in the alternative,
indie, and pop music scenes. The band is best
known for the hit single "Brick" from their 1997
album Whatever and Ever Amen, which gained
airplay on many mainstream radio stations.
Though disbanded in 2000, the trio reunited in
2008, releasing a new album titled The Sound
of the Life of the Mind.
- RACHAEL YAMAGATA—LIVE IN SEOUL
Samsung Hall, Ewha Womans Univ. Feb 23–24, 7pm 88,000 won T. 02-3143-5156
www.s2enter.com [ Map 6 C1]
- American singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata is coming to Seoul, hoping
to expand her fan base here following her notable success of concert tours
in Korea last year. This time, she will cater to her younger, more devoted fans,
performing at Ewha Womans University’s Samsung Hall on Feb 23 and 24.
Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago group Bumpus and spent six
years touring, writing, and recording with the band before leaving in 2001 to
begin a solo career. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows
and she has collaborated with other musicians, including Jason Mraz, Rhett
Miller, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals, and Ray Lamontagne.
- MARIO GIACOMELL—THE BLACK IS WAITING FOR THE WHITE
The Museum of Photography, Seoul Thru Feb 24 Free T. 02-418-1315 www.photomuseum.or.kr
Mongchontoseong Station 몽촌토성역 (Line 8), Exit 2. The gallery is located on the 19th floor of Hanmi Tower
- The Museum of Photography, Seoul is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a special exhibit
featuring the late Italian artist Mario Giacomelli (1925–2000). Titled The Black is Waiting
for the White. the retrospective show runs till Feb. 24. Giacomelli is often referred to as an
artist who pursued poetry-like photography and wrote photo-like poems, too. The exhibit
is the domestic premier of Giacomelli’s artwork and displays 220 photos spanning his entire
career, as well as publications produced during his lifetime and the Museum's Giacomelli
collection. The venue is located in Bangi-dong, southeastern Seoul.
- LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Feb 28, 8pm / Mar 1, 7pm
R: 350,000 won, S: 250,000 won, A: 180,000 won, B: 120,000 won,
C: 70,000 won T. 02-599-5743 www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal
Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus
- Following its resounding success here
in early 2012, the London Symphony
Orchestra (LSO) is returning to Korea
for a two-day concert program dated
Feb 28 and March 1. Under the
skillful baton of Dutch maestro
Bernard Haitink, the orchestra will
present Benjamin Britten’s "Four
Sea” interludes, Mozart’s piano concerto No. 17, and
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 on the first day. The
second-day program will be devoted to Beethoven’s
piano concerto No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s symphony
No. 9, featuring the seasoned pianist Maria Joao Pires
as a collaborator.
- CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Feb 6–7, 8pm R: 360,000 won,
S: 280,000 won, A: 200,000 won, B: 130,000 won, C: 70,000 won
T. 1577-5266 www.clubbalcony.com Nambu Bus Terminal Station
남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- The Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, a hallmark American
orchestra once headed by
maestro Daniel Barenboim, will
be invited to Korea for two
concert engagements on Feb 6
and 7. Its current resident music director Riccardo
Muti is set to captivate the local audience with a
program that includes Busoni’s suite from Trandot,
Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, Verdi's Overture to I
Vespri siciliani, Mendolssohn's Symphony No. 4
Italian, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 Eroica.
Founded in 1891, the symphony makes its home at
Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer
season at the Ravinia Festival.
- ART ACROSS AMERICA
Charles Demuth, Welcome to Our City, 1921, Oil on canvas, 63.8 x 51.1 cm .
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1993.3
Photography©Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
National Museum of Korea Feb 5–May 19 12,000 won
T. 02-2077-9000 www.museum.go.kr
Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역
(Jungang Line, Line 4). [ Map 8 A3]
- This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Museum of Korea, the Philadelphia Museum
of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This exhibition is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is supported by an indemnity from
the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
A large collection of American paintings and decorative art will travel to
Korea for a rare exhibition titled Art Across America. The showcase is
designed to offer an in-depth look into America’s fine art tradition,
which spans well over 300 years, since precolonial times. Drawn from the
collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation,
the show is due to open at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on Feb 5
and run until May 19. Afterwards, the exhibition will move to the Daejeon
Museum of Art.
- SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD WINTER GAMES
Pyeongchang (Alpensia Resort and Yongpyong Resort) & Gangneung (Indoor Ice Rink) Jan 29–Feb 6 T. 033-339-0000 www.2013sopoc.org * More details at www.korea4expats.com
- The Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 will take place Jan 29 through Feb 6 in Pyeongchang, the hub of Korea’s winter sports and the
venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. About 3,300 athletes and officials from some 120 countries will compete in seven events such as alpine skiing,
cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, and floor hockey. Targeting both children and adults with mental
disabilities, the global sporting event has been held every two years since 1968 and alternates between summer and winter editions. The winter
version was introduced in 1977. The Games aims to bring a number of important issues to the forefront of international discussion and provides
invaluable support for intellectually disabled individuals throughout the world, making a positive impact in countless lives.
Dir. PARK Chan-wook Release date: February
- Park Chan-wook broke out of his comfort zone for his English-language debut
Stoker. He is widely known for plumbing the depths of human depravity in
the cult classic Oldboy and the vampire tale Thirst. His films definitely have an
unsettling factor, but they’re so captivating. Based on a script penned by actor
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Stoker is complete with some creepy and
stark imagery, evoking a feeling of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt.
Stoker follows the story of an eccentric teen, India (Mia Wasikowska). After
India’s father dies in a car crash, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she
never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother
(Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious,
charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror,
this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- THE LAST STAND
Dir. KIM Ji-woon Release date: Feb 21
- Korean director Kim Ji-woon’s first English-language feature The Last Stand is
to be released in Korea on Feb 21, following its US opening last month. Written
by Andrew Knauer, The Last Stand is an action thriller about a US sheriff trying
his darndest to stop the leader of a drug cartel from reaching the Mexican
border. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger takes the lead for
the first time since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Kim has found success
with a variety of films and film genres, including A Tale of Two Sisters (horror),
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (western), and I Saw the Devil (revenge).
- PINK MARTINI CONCERT
Seoul Arts Center Mar 20, 8pm R: 120,000 won, S: 90,000 won, A: 50,000 won T. 02-599-5743 www.sac.or.kr
Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- Pink Martini, the famed “little orchestra” group from
the US, will give a concert in Seoul on March 20. The
12-member band draws inspiration from music from all
over the world, thus creating a repertoire that skillfully
blends classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop. Likewise,
the band performs its multilingual repertoire on concert
stages and with symphony orchestras throughout
Europe, Asia, and North America. The Portland-based
band is characterized by its signature eclectic, acousticoriented
sounds and is often associated with the neoswing
trend of the 1990s. While most neo-swing acts favored a combination of jump
blues and early rock & roll, the diverse Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend
of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and classical film music.
- GRIMES CONCERT
Rolling Hall Mar 23 54,000 won (45,000 won in advance)
email@example.com http://supercolorsuper.com [ Map 7 F1]
- Toronto native Claire Boucher, who goes by the
stage name Grimes, will steal the limelight in a
Seoul concert. Her music has been noted for its
atypical combination of vocal elements as well as a
wide array of influences, ranging from industrial and
electronic to pop, hip-hop, R&B, noise rock, and
even medieval music. The experimental Grimes
draws upon vastly different influences and creates
a mystical sound and feel with her haunting vocals.
Grimes’ live show is sonically and visually appealing,
with infectious beats, dancers, and improvisation.
Don’t miss her live concert in Korea, where she will
be appearing with her new setup, a full band.
- THE SCRIPT—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Mar 27, 8pm 110,000 won T. 02-332-3277 Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- The biggest Irish band since U2 comes to Korea for
the first time ever. So much has changed for the
Script since they released their first album four years
ago. First they broke into Ireland and Britain; then
the States; then everywhere from Asia to South Africa.
Along the way, they toured with U2, Take That, and
Paul McCartney, sailed through the second-album
syndrome that sinks so many bands, played to a
55,000-strong crowd at an historic hometown show
in Dublin, amassed almost four million followers on Facebook and 1.5 million on
Twitter, and saw their singer star on TV talent show The Voice. Their music has been
featured in popular television programs such as 90210, Ghost Whisperer, The Hills,
Waterloo Road, East Enders, Made in Chelsea, and The Vampire Diaries.
- JULIO IGLESIAS CONCERT
Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park Apr 9, 8pm VIP: 220,000 won, FR: 190,000 won,
R: 160,000 won, S: 120,000 won, A: 90,000 won T. 02-407-2589 www.ehyundai.com
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- Globally-touted Spanish singer Julio Iglesias is
returning to Korea for a concert in April. Blessed
with a powerful voice and a gift for communicating
with the audience, Iglesias is one of the most
popular and enduring figures in the history of Latin
music. He has sold over 300 million albums
worldwide and remains a popular concert draw and
chart-topping recording artist with a long-spanning
career. The height of his success was during the
1970s and 1980s. Among his best-known songs are
“Hey”, “Non Stop”, “Starry Night”, “Calor”, and “Crazy”. His duets with
Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder all topped the charts.