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In this issue of SEOUL, we share some great ideas for Valentine’s Day dates, take in a mesmorizing sunrise in Yeoju, talk with staged photographer Lee Jee Young, do some Valentine’s Day shopping and much, much more.
And if that’s not enough, there’s always our Goings On Around Town, our roundup of the month’s concerts, festivals, exhibitions and other fun goings on.
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Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
An alternative rock band from Versailles, Phoenix made its debut with the 2000 album “United.” The band isn’t the first rock outfit from France, but is widely considered the only one to have made a significant impact outside of that country, with the success of its 2006 album “It’s Never Been Like That.” The group’s latest album “Bankrupt!” from 2012 refines its distinctly Gallic take on a genre that has been mostly ignored by other French musicians.
VENUE: UNIQLO AX
DATE: Jan 23, 8pm
ADMISSION: KRW 77,000–121,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-457-5114, www.uniqlo-ax.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Exit 2 of Gwangnaru Station (Line 5).
2014 BIG BANG +a IN SEOUL
The five-member boy band Big Bang will return as a group for the first time in a year and hold this “joint” concert. With each member having gone solo as either a singer or actor, this will be a rare occasion for them to stop their separate activities and appear again at the same time. This concert will showcase both their all-time hits as a group and the latest solo hits of individual members.
VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium (First Gymnasium)
DATES: Jan 25–26
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000–150,000
MORE INFO: T. 1566-5702, www.olympicpark.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Shake Shop Vol. 11
Putting a modern (and local) spin on the ancient art form of belly dancing, the monthly Shake Shop series feature live collaborations between Korean and expat belly dancers and some of Seoul’s best-known independent bands. Shake Shop Volume 11 happens on Friday, January 24 and will see shimmying beauties Eshe and Navah showcasing their hypnotizing hip work during live performances from local punk legends Rux, bluesy folk/rock band The Greatest Voyage (who are fronted by Kwon Milk from the popular ska band No. 1 Korean), and electro-rock act Love X Stereo. One of Hongdae’s more prominent up-and-comers, Love X Stereo traveled to New York last fall to perform at the renowned CMJ Music Marathon, and they will be returning stateside in March to play at South by Southwest (SXSW)–one of the biggest music festivals in the world.
Sing ‘African Sanctus’ with Camarata Music Company
The Camarata Music Company Chorale is ecstatically looking for new and returning members for their most interesting and ambitious concert to date, a production of David Fanshawe’s “African Sanctus”! No experience necessary! The only requirement is to be able to sing in tune with others, and be willing to work hard! Rehearsals begin on Jan 26, and the concert is on May 10 (possible second concert on May 3). New members are asked to come at 3pm, and returning members at 4pm. Rehearsals are held at the Camarata Music Company Studio, located near Noksapyung Station.
For more info, call T. 010-9806-8655.
The original cast of the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” is coming to Seoul. The production is the true story of the remarkable rise to stardom by one of the most successful bands in pop music history, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The show features the electrifying elements in the group’s history—the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music. This production features many of the band’s biggest hits including “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
VENUE: Blue Square
PERIOD: Thru Mar 23
ADMISSION: KRW 80,000–140,000
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1591, www.bluesquare.kr
GETTING THERE: Exit 2, Hangangjin Station (Line 6)
Looking for Teachers: Cheongna Dalton School
“Be the Change you wish to be” at CDS
Cheongna Dalton School is the only International School fully accredited by both the Korean Government and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The great vision is looking for great people in the following subjects:
Social Studies (History, Economics, Psychology)
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
To apply for the position, please contact Ms. Claudia Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten – Grade 12
344, Cheomdandong-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon, Korea 404-170
A favorite “break the winter blahs” excursion, this will help to cure that feeling of “cabin fever”! The RAS prescription is to get out into the countryside and back in touch with nature. This excursion will take us to Gwangneung, the tomb of King Sejo and his queen, located near Seoul in a picturesque National Forest Reserve, and then on to the enchanting Sanjong Lake.
One of Insa-dong’s cozy backalleys at night. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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The Confucian Transformation of Korea: A Study of Society and Ideology
Goddess of Fire
Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident
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