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"Mommy, Photography is Easy!": Ever wondered what "limited edition" really means in photography? Gallery Kong is offering the special exhibition "Mommy, Photography is Easy!" to tell visitors many secrets about photography. Divided into five sections, the exhibition explains from A to Z about color photos, black-and-white photos and printing technologies. The actual works from the gallery`s collection by many local and international photographers are used as examples. It runs through July 31 at Gallery Kong in Palpan-dong, central Seoul. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.gallerykong.com or call (02) 738-7776.
"Earth Alert: A Photographic Response to Climate Change." To alert the public to the dreadful situations all over the world caused by climate change, the British Embassy, the Korean Cultural Centre U.K. and Daelim Contemporary Art are co-hosting this photo exhibition. About 100 photos taken by 13 British and Korean photographers, including Chris De Bode and Joo Myung-duck, are on display. Each photographer captured the impact of the world`s climate change through their own perspective. The exhibition runs through Aug. 23 at Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Tongi-dong, central Seoul. The museum is closed on Mondays. Tickets are 4,000 won for adults and 2,000 won for youth. For more information, call (02) 727-0667 or visit www.daelimmuseum.org
"The Image of Youth": Puberty is one of the times we hate the most while experiencing it but miss the most once it is gone. Ilmin Museum of Art gathered some photographers to record the precious moments of today`s Korean adolescents and published a book titled "The Image of Youth." There are nine Korean photographers who participated in the making of the 600-page book, including Kang Jae-gu, Park Jin-young and Yang Jae-kwang. Each photographer focused on different characteristics of Korean teenagers. Visitors can also check out some of the photos at the museum. The museum is currently displaying selected works at the exhibition under the same title as the book. The exhibition runs through Aug. 23 at the Ilmin Museum of Art in Sejongro, central Seoul. For more information visit www.ilmin.org or call (02) 2020-2055.
"Voyage to the World of Illustration": Anyone who has enjoyed fairy tale books will be happy to find hundreds of illustrations displayed on the first floor of COEX this summer. More than 420 works by 55 renowned illustrators from all over the world are showcased at this exhibition. The genres of illustrations vary from fairy tales to advertising. Most of the participating artists are world-famous, including Anthony Browne, Barbara McClintock, Herve Tullet, John Burningham and Robert Ingpen. Anthony Browne in particular is popular among Korean mothers. Visitors can find the original drawing of Browne`s famous fairytale book, "Gorilla." The exhibition runs through Aug. 23 at COEX in Samsung-dong, southern Seoul. Tickets range from 5,000 won to 10,000 won. For more information, visit www.illust2009.co.kr or call (02) 6000-0030.
"Miffy at the Museum": The beloved character Miffy visits Seoul for its first official show in Korea. There, Miffy`s creator Dick Bruna displays some of his original drawings. Visitors can also see 2,000 pieces of his earlier works as a book designer before he came up with the hit character. Korean contemporary artists also participate in this exhibition through reinterpretations of Miffy. Whimsical sculptures, installations and exciting works of interactive media greet visitors. One-hundred celebrities, including movie director Bong Jun-ho and actress Choi Yeo-jin also designed their own versions of Miffy for the show. The exhibition runs through Aug. 30 at Hangaram Art Museum at the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul. Tickets are 15,000 won. For more information, visit www.sac.or.kr or call (02) 580-1705~5.
"Modern Korea 70": Many modern things have popped up and disappeared during the last several decades, giving up their places to something more convenient or beautiful. One by one, these once cutting-edge items turned into antiques. However, Hanyang University Museum at Haengdang-dong is showcasing 70 of these nostalgic items from the past 70 years for the purpose of sharing memories while commemorating its 70th anniversary. The exhibits vary from Korea`s first ramen, soju and cigarettes to beepers, "noraebang" (karaoke) machine and computers. Old CD jackets and movie posters from the 1970s will make middle-aged Koreans nostalgic. Korea`s first analog computer, invented by Hanyang University professor Lee Man-young in 1964, can also be found at the exhibition. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31 at Hanyang University Museum at Haengdang-dong, eastern Seoul. For more information, call (02) 2220-1394~6 or
"Fernando Botero": Are all Latin people this fat? Colombian artist Fernando Botero`s paintings make viewers wonder. Plump South Americans dressed in colorful clothes stare directly at the viewers with expressionless faces. Known as the "aesthetician of corpulence," Botero is one of the best-selling artists in the world and is recognized as the representative of Latin art of the current era. To see his works, Korean fans can head to National Museum of Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, which is currently hosting the artist`s solo exhibition. More than 90 pieces of Botero`s paintings and sculptures from the artist`s own private collection are on display. Most of the works were completed from 1985-1992. The exhibition runs through Sept. 17 at National Museum of Art, Deoksugung in central Seoul. The museum is located inside Deoksugung, near City Hall station in Seoul (subway lines 1 and 2). Tickets range from 4,000 won to 10,000 won. For more information, visit botero.moca.go.kr or call (02) 368-1414.
"Funny! Funny! Performance Art Gallery": Sejong Center for the Performing Arts offers a full-course show, from looking at paintings and enjoying performances to experiencing various art programs. With "Light" and "Color" as its themes, the show features more than 30 impressionist paintings, a play about Jean-Claude Monet and many playgrounds where kids can learn how to paint like Monet and Georges Seurat. The paintings at the show are not original but certified copies, so kids may feel free to touch them. The show runs through Sept. 27 at Sejong Center near Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. Tickets are 15,000 won. For more information, visit www.thinkbridge.co.kr or call (02) 578-0262.
"Hello. Into. Ink, Paper. 2": If you are tired of Western art, how about some Korean paintings for a change? Hello Museum introduces Korean paintings by seven young Korean artists. The paintings are familiar, easy and fun. Among the exhibits, a nice-looking tiger gives a broad smile, showing all of his bright white teeth. Named "Happy Hoya," this painting teaches children about the importance of health. Reservations are obligatory for the docent tour, which takes about 70 minutes. Following the tour, children not only get to see art but participate in various experience programs. The tour is also available in English. The exhibition runs through Sep. 30 at Hello Museum in Yeoksam-dong, southern Seoul. Tickets for the docent tour and full one day experience are 20,000 won for kids and 2,000 won for parents. Regular admission to the museum is 5,000 won. For more information, visit www.hellomuseum.com or call (02) 562-4420.
"DJ Doc Poolside Party": Veteran Korean Hip-Hop group and party people, DJ Doc will hold their summer staple two-day poolside concert at the Sheraton Walker Hill Riverpark today and tomorrow. Concert-goers clad in nothing but swimwear have added an element of debauchery and fun in their poolside summer concerts and this year looks to be a continuation of what has become part of the group`s timeless repertoire. For more informaiton on tickets contact (02) 02)542-4145 / 450-6452
"Madame Butterfly": Korea National Opera stages Puccini`s widely-popular opera "Madame Butterfly" July 17-25 at Seoul Arts Center. The work is a part of the troupe`s My First Opera series which introduces popular pieces to audiences who are not acquainted operas. It centers around a tragic love story of a geisha, Cio-Cio San and U.S. officer Pinkerton. Tickets run from 10,000 won to 50,000 won. For further information, call (02) 586-5282 or check out www.nationalopera.org
"Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode": German youth choir, Radio Youth Choir Wernigerode, led by Peter Habermann, holds their concert July 18 and 19 at Goyang Aramnuri Aram Concert Hall and Nowon Culture & Arts Center, respectively. The choir, known for their specialty in German folk songs, will perform diverse tunes including "Sah Ein Knab Ein Roslein Stehen" and "Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz." All Tickets are 10,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743.
"Seoul Chamber Ensemble The 38th Regular Concert": Seoul Chamber Ensemble, led by its musical director and conductor Kim Jun-cha, gives its 38th regular concert July 26 at Seoul Arts Center. Cellist Kim Chul-ho and violinist Hwang Sun-bin collaborates with conductor Kim. The program for the concert includes Tchaikovsky`s serenade "Allegro Moderato" and Mozart`s violin concerto No. 4. Tickets are 10,000 won and 30,000 won. For details, call (02) 732-0991.
"U&Me Blue Concert": Their music is timeless but they only lasted three-years as a duo in the Korean music game. Simply put, they were way beyond and ahead of the trend and they suffered for it. Only now, the music industry have caught up with the critically acclaimed band comprised of the producer-songwirter extraordinaire Bang Joon-seok and Lee Seung-ryeol. The duo will hold a pair of shows at the LIG Art Hall in Seoul on July 30-Aug. 1. For ticket information contact (02) 6900-3906
"Master Piece Series III": The third part of Seoul Philharmoic Orchestra`s Materpiece Series which introduces world`s most beloved symphonies takes place July 31 at Seoul Arts Center. The program will include Mozart`s clarinet concerto where Puerto Rican clarinetist Ricardo Morales will collaborate with the philharmonic, and Schumann`s symphony No. 9, "The Great." Tickets run from 10,000 won to 50,000 won. For details, call (02) 3700-6300 or visit www.seoulphil.or.kr
"Vienna Philharmnic with Sumi Jo": Acclaimed Vienna Philharmnic Orchestra, led by renowned Indian maestro Zubin Mehta, unites with Korean soprano Jo Su-mi for a concert on Sept. 29 at Seoul Arts Center. Jo will perform diverse tunes including "Mein Herr Marquis" from "Die Fledermaus" and "Je veux Vivre" from "Romeo et Juliette."
The concert is a fifth of the Super Concert series which is hosted by Hyundai Card. Tickets are from 70,000 won to 350,000 won. For details, call (02) 318-4301.
"Placebo Live in Seoul": London-based alternative rockers spearheaded by the very androgynous frontman Brian Molko will perform in Seoul at the Olympic Park Hall on Aug. 5. This will be the band`s second visit to Korea after their headlining stint at the 2006 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival. Known best for hit singles such as "Every You and Every Me," "Pure Morning," "The Bitter End" and "Meds" the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. For more details on tickets contact (02) 1566-1369
"Lady Gaga Fame Ball Tour": Rising international pop-superstar and visual performance starlet Lady Gaga will hold her first concert in Korea at the Olympic Park Hall in Seoul on Aug. 9. Known for such worldwide chart-topping hits like "Just Dance," "Poker Face," and dance club favorite "LoveGame," the 22-year-old will look to enthrall Korean audiences with her trademark visual performance which mixes 70s-era glam rock, Pop Art and avant-garde aesthetics. For more information on tickets visit www.interpark.co.kr
"Kleopatra": Created by well-known Czech singer Michal David, the musical became an instant hit in Europe after its 2002 premiere. The show, which portrays the life of the Egyptian queen and temptress, is playing at Theater Yong in the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, through July 12. Television and film actor Kong Hyung-jin has made his musical debut playing Caesar. Tickets run from 30,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, call 1544-5955.
"My Scary Girl": The show is a musical version of the 2006 popular local film of the same name. The show portrays an awkward but romantic relationship that develops between Hwang Dae-woo, a naive English instructor who has never really dated a girl, and Lee Mi-na, a sweet girl who claims to be an art major but turns out to be a serial killer. Screen and television actor Shin Sung-rok plays the English teacher, while musical actress Bang Jin-eui plays the mysterious art student. The musical will be staged through July 15 at The Stage in Changcheon-dong, Seoul. All tickets are 45,000 won. To find out more, go to www.myscarygirl.com or call (02) 2230-6601.
"Mamma Mia!": One of the most popular "jukebox musicals," the show consists of hit songs by 1970s pop group ABBA. It features the story of Donna, a single mother who tries to find the real father of her daughter, Sophie, among three men in time for Sophie`s wedding. Donna is played by veteran musical actresses Choi Jung-won and Lee Tae-won. Actors including Jun Su-kyung, Lee Kyung-mi and Sung Ki-yoon, who have performed in the show since 2004, are back as well. The show offers 3 p.m. performances for Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as offering a 20 percent discount. "Mamma Mia!" will run through July 23. Tickets are from 40,000 won to 120,000 won. For details, call (02) 577-1987.
"Dreamgirls": Broadway show "Dreamgirls," better known to the Korean public by the 2006 movie version starring pop stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson, which was loved by viewers for its catchy tunes and touching story, is running at Charlotte Theater in Jamsil-dong, southern Seoul. In the Seoul show, the main characters Deena is played by musical actress Jung Sun-ah, who has proven her talent in hit shows including "Nine" and "Xanadu," while Effie is played by both musical actresses Hong Ji-min and Cha Ji-yeon. The show will be staged until July 26. For details, go to www.musicaldreamgirls.co.kr or call (02) 556-8556.
"Wedding Fund": The show is a musical adaptation of the popular play "Owalaen Gyeolhonhalgeoya (I Will Get Married in May)." It features three female high school alumni who compete with each other to get married first, because only the first one to get married gets to take the "wedding fund" that they had been accumulating for the past 10 years. Musical actresses Yoo Na-young, Park Hye-na and Kim Min-joo play the three female characters, while actor Jun Byung-wook plays the multi-man, who performs as diverse male characters. "Wedding Fund" will be shown until Aug. 13 at Eda Theater in Daehangno, Seoul. Tickets are 35,000 won and 45,000 won. For details, call 1588-5212.
"Don Juan": The Korean production of musical "Don Juan" is on an encore run through Aug. 23 at Chungmu Arts Hall in Heungin-dong, Seoul. The musical centers on the Spanish nobleman who sees women only as a means to an end, plus the complex relationships he gets involved in. The show features not only lively Latin music, including songs like "Du Plaisir" and "Los Amigos," but also eye-catching flamenco dances. Musical actors Kim Da-hyun and Kang Tae-eul double in the role of Don Juan. Tickets run from 50,000 won to 120,000 won. To find out more, call (02) 501-1377.
"Pinocchio": An Italian musical debuting in Korea, "Pinocchio" will be shown Aug. 7-23 at Seoul Arts Center. The show, based on the fairytale classic "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi, combines themes from traditional Italian operas with the spectacles of Broadway musicals. It has already proven a success in Europe, touring more than 20 nations since premiering in 2003. The musical features such diverse genres of music as hip-hop, Cansone, traditional Italian pop and even Latin. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 150,000 won. For further information, go to www.musicalpinocchio.com or call (02) 3461-0976.
"42nd Street": The popular Broadway musical will be staged from July 21-Aug. 30 at LG Arts Center. The show draws on the story of two nameless chorus girls who make their dreams of becoming leading musical actresses on Broadway. It is especially known for the eye-catching tap dances performed by the tall and lean dancers. Actresses Park Hae-mi and Ok Ju-hyun each play the two female leading roles, Dorothy and Peggy, while veteran actors Park Sang-won and Kim Bup-rae double in the role of musical producer Julian. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 120,000 won. For more information, visit www.42ndstreet.co.kr or call (02) 2005-0114.
"Notre Dame de Paris": The first French musical to be adapted into Korean, "Notre Dame de Paris," returns Aug. 4-27 at Seongnam Arts Center in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province. One of the most successful French musicals, it has drawn more than 10 million theatergoers around the world since its 1998 premiere. The Korean production has also achieved huge success. Tickets are 30,000 won to 120,000 won. For more information, visit www.ndpk.co.kr or call (02) 3484-3862.
"Sing, Sing, Sing": The sequel to the hit-show "Singin` in the Rain" premieres from July 24 to Aug. 30 at CTS Arts Hall in Noryangjin-dong, Seoul. Jazz musical "Sing, Sing, Sing" will feature live band performance and original tunes including "Between You & Me" which are specially composed for the show by Korean jazz pianist Gina. Tickets are 35,000 won and 40,000 won. For more information, call Seoul Musical Company at (02) 3141-1345.
"I Love You": The Korean production of the hit omnibus romantic musical from Off Broadway features the diverse love stories of around 60 characters played by just four actors including veteran musical actor Nam Kyung-joo who starred in the premiere run in 2004. The realistic description of the process of a relationship - from the joyful beginning stage to the ennui - as well as witty lines has appealed to the audience in previous runs. The show will be staged through Sept. 13 at KT&G Sang Sang Arts Hall in Samsung-dong, Seoul. Tickets are 35,000 won and 50,000 won. For details, call (02) 501-7888.
"Jekyll & Hyde": The original Broadway team for "Jekyll &Hyde," one of Koreans` favorite musicals with many repeats over the years, shows for the first time from Aug. 28-Sept. 20 at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. The show is receiving extra attention from local musical fans because acclaimed U.S. actor Brad Little will play the leading role of Henry Jekyll. Little already has a lot of Korean fans thanks to his powerful performance as the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera" in 2005, as well as his solo recital in 2006. Tickets run from 22,000 won to 140,000 won. For details, visit www.musicaljekyllnhyde.com or call 1588-5212.
"Rent": The original Broadway production of "Rent" will be staged in Korea Sept. 8-20 at KBS Hall in Yeoeuido-dong, Seoul. The performance, which will be a part of the show`s final tour, will feature such actors as Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp who starred in the premiere run. The show is about poor young artists` love and passion towards art. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 200,000 won. For more information, go to www.rent-broadway.co.kr or call 1544-1681.
"Our Joyful Young Days": The musical adaptation of 1987 movie of the same name is showing at U Theater in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, in an open run. The piece centers around Young-min, who was in love with but could not marry his friend, Hye-rin, back in college. The two later run into each other on the subway and Hye-rin, who was divorced at the time, marries Young-min. Popular film actress Uhm Ji-won makes her musical debut as Hye-rin, while comedian-turned-musical actor Jung Sung-hwa plays Young-min. Tickets are 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 547-3061.
"Spring Awakening": The Tony Awards-winning musical from Broadway premieres in Korea at Doosan Arts Center in Yeonji-dong, Seoul. The show highlights the confrontation between teenagers who have just started to discover their sexuality and adults who try to suppress them with their authority. It discusses diverse topics including abortion, rape and suicide. The Korean production will revive everything from the Broadway show, except the actors. Musical actors Kim Mu-yeol and Jo Jung-suk play the two leading roles, Moritz and Melchior, respectively. It will be shown through Jan. 10, 2010. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 80,000 won. To find out more, go to www.springawakening.co.kr or call (02) 744-4011.
"As Time Passes": Popular theater actress Yoon Suk-hwa stars in the play "As Time Passes," a fairy tale-like love story of a middle-aged man and woman showing at Installation Theater Jungmiso in Daehangno, Seoul, until July 30. The play is a stage adaptation of Russian dramatist Alexey Nikolayevich Arbuzov`s "Staromodnaya Komediya (Old-fashioned Comedy)." Tickets are 30,000 won to 50,000 won. For details, call (02) 3672-3001.
"A Midsummer Night`s Dream": One of William Shakespeare`s most beloved plays, "A Midsummer Night`s Dream" will be staged through Aug. 2 at Seoul Arts Center. The classical romantic comedy features an impressive cast - film and television actress Kim Hyo-jin and singer/actor Choi Jin-young respectively play Helena and Demetrius, the two leading roles while veteran actors Lee Mun-sik and Ahn Nae-sang also appear. Tickets are 30,000-40,000 won. For details, call (02) 3672-8070.
"Rain Man": The play adaptation of the same-titled hit movie from 1988 starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise is staged for the first time in Korea. The piece features Charlie, a self-made businessman, who meets his autistic brother Raymond after his parents die. Charlie, who first only cared about his parents` inheritance, starts to genuinely love and care for Raymond. Well-known screen and television actor Lee Jong-hyuk plays Charlie. The play runs through Aug. 2 at SM Arts Hall in Daehangno, Seoul. For details, call (02) 2051-3307.
"Story of an Old Thief": The hit play from theater venture Yeongeukyeoljeon returns at two venues - Daehangno and Gangnam. "Story of an Old Thief," a satirical piece which sheds light on social and political issues with humor, has received favorable response since premiering in 1989, making actors like Mun Sung-geun and Yoo Oh-sung popular. For this year`s version, veteran theater actors Park Jun-seo and Choi Jae-sup join the cast. The play is showing as an open run at Sangmyung Arts Hall in Daehango and COEX Artium in Samsung-dong, Seoul. Tickets are 25,000 won and 35,000 won. For details, call (02) 766-6007.
"Kim Yong-gul and Friends": Kim Yong-gul, the first Korean to become a soloist at Paris Opera Ballet, gives his retiring gala stage on July 11 and 12 at LG Arts Center with other internationally active Korean dancers including Bae Ju-yun and Kang Hyo-jung. Kim will perform an adagio from "Giselle" with Aurelia Bellet from Paris Opera, as well as modern pieces, "In the Middle of Somewhat Elevated" and "AREPO." Tickets are from 30,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3674-2210.
"Great Mountains International Music Festival & School": The annual Great Mountains International Music Festival & School will be held from July 22 through Aug. 14 various locations around the Daegwallyeong Pass of Mt. Taebaek, a place also known for sheep rearing. The main venue, as has been in the past, will be the Yongpyong Ski Resort. The highlight of the festival is the Distinguished Artist Series featuring renowned artists from both Korea and abroad. This year`s list includes cellist Chung Myung-wha, violinist Kim Ji-yeon and Aldo Parisot, a Yale University professor. Tickets for the concerts cost up to 40,000 won. For further information on the festival, call (02) 794-1571 or check out www.gmmfs.com