Paul Smith Documentary | Fridays & Sundays through April 29
Every Friday and Sunday at 5 pm and 4 pm, respectively, Paul Smith Korea hosts screenings of Paul Smith, Gentleman Designer, a documentary by Stéphane Carrel. View a snippet of the doc here and contact the store via 02) 6957-5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat in advance. Run time: 60 minutes. Screening takes place at the Paul Smith flagship store, 650-7 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. Parking unavailable.
Indie band Electric Eels album release party | Saturday, April 14
To celebrate the release of their second EP, Choishin Yuhaeng (최신유행), Korean indie darlings, the Electric Eels (전기뱀장어) will host a solo concert in Hongdae. 15,000 won (20,000 at the door) admission includes an unreleased demo CD and one free drink, and it seems they’re even planning to put on a whimsical little play that night as well (what can’t these kids do?!). Summer Here Kids (썸머히어키즈) will open. Reserve tickets by 6 pm, Friday, April 13 at theelectriceels.com. At Cafe Bbang (카페 빵), located on Hongdae’s “Cafe Street,” near Hongdae Station (exit 8).
Sweet Spring Benefit Concert | Saturday, April 14
Singers Hwayobi (화요비) and Junsun Kim (김준선) headline this evening of entertainment for college-bound Korean orphans. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the “Seeds of Hope” scholarship fund, which will provide both a monthly stipend and mentoring program for high school graduates who wish to continue their education. Myeong Jin Children’s Home choir will also perform. Tickets 50,000 won at Interpark. At Jangcheon Art Hall in Apgujeong. Visit here for details and directions.
Dongdaemun Spring Flower Festival | April 14–15
The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April 13–17) may be the city’s definitive attraction of the season, but if you shudder at the thought of a DSLR-toting couples stampede, consider its younger brother, the Dongdaemun Spring Flower Festival (동대문 봄꽃 축제) instead. The cherry blossoms that cover 2.5 kilometers of a park along the Jungrangcheon (a tributary of the Han River) may be smaller in scale, but its organizers made sure that it doesn’t lack in any of the festivities. Start the day early by participating in a community walk and soak in the afternoon with a series of concerts. Saturday evening’s opening concert features K-pop stars ZE:A ( 제국의아이들), Dal Shabet (달샤벳), Tony & Smash (토니& 스매쉬), ALi (알리), Led Apple (레드애플) and more. On Sunday, there will be a sketching competition and talent contest for amateur singers, as well as another concert series for the older crowd, featuring famous veteran singers you’ve never heard of. Both days are guaranteed to be family-friendly, complete with a kid zone equipped with a bouncy playground, facepainting artists, photo zones and plenty of food for purchase. Festivities start at 7 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday at Jungnangcheon Gymnasium 1 (중랑천제1체육공원), located near Junggok Station (중곡역) exit 2 or Janghanpyeong Station (장한평역) exit 4.
Korean Food and Tourism Expo | April 12–15
The usual rounds of performances (with a guest appearance by Nanta), displays, and workshops appear on the schedule for yet another expo, though arguably Korean food is one of the pillars of tourism here. Oh, and Korean food is also delicious. Did we mention Nanta? Finish up your day at the expo with a trip to the Yangjae Flower Market, or the Yangjae Citizens’ Forest next door and enjoy these very first days of spring. Admission 8,000 won. Yangjae-dong 232, right next to the Yangjae Flower Market (or take the Sinbundang line to Yangjae Citizens’ Forest Station, exit 4).
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