Kim Gak-sung Band | Friday, December 7, 7–10 p.m.
Kim Gak-sung is a man with a band and plan. Or at least, a guitar. Starts “late at night.” Free admission (though why not show some love to the cafe for hosting and buy a coffee?). WAYSOFSEEING is at 683-134 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu (behind MMMG, B1).
Samba Party: One Way Ticket To Bohemia | December 7 & 8, 7–10 p.m.
Get your samba on with Escola Algeria at Bar Alegria in Hongdae this weekend. There will be music, Brazilian bites (feijoada!) and beverages (caipirinha!) to fuel you through the night. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy live performances throughout the night. Reserve your tickets here for 10,000 won or pay 15,000 won at the door. Bar Alegria located in the basement level at Mapo-gu Cheongjeon-dong 4-5. Call 02-6082-3533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Seoul Bike Show | December 7–9
Go lust after the bikes showcased at the Seoul Bike Show, which opens today at COEX. Check out the simplified program and the list of exhibitors you can expect to see at the show, or view some photos from last year’s show here. Once you’ve had your cycle fill, swing by the new Samseong branch of Brooklyn the Burger Joint for some of Seoul’s best burgers while you’re in the hood (tip: try the cheese skirt burger!). Seoul Bike Show, open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the website for more info.
Suzuki Tsunekichi in concert | December 8 & 9, 7 p.m.
“Idiosyncratic Japanese singer songwriter / guitarist / accordionist Suzuki Tsunekichi will be playing his first-ever show in Korea.” His dusky voice and guitar grace the iconic opening track of the popular Japanese drama Shinya Shokudō. These concerts will celebrate the simultaneous release of two albums (roughly translated), “Fish Vinyl” and “Homesickness.” For opening acts and more info, visit here and here. At Veloso (Seogyo-dong 358-121). Tickets 35,000 won in advance, 40,000 won at the door.
Short films at Jebi Dabang | Sunday, December 9, 7 p.m.
A cafe by day, a lounge by night and now, cinema by weekend. Jebi Dabang hosts an evening of five short films on Sunday. At Jebi Dabang, First floor (Sangu-dong 330-12).
Indoor Ice Gallery | Open year-round
To get a scaled-down taste of Korea’s winter festivals (most of which take place in January and February), visit Ice Gallery. Not to worry, parkas are available for visitors brave enough to enter this “giant underground freezer” that boasts a dazzling array of ice sculptures, including replicas of a Seoul landmarks and traditional hanok villages. For an extra 5,000 won (1,000 for children), you can learn to carve ice from the experts. 7,000 admission. Located at Jongno-gu Hwa-dong 138-7 (across the street from Jeongdok Library). Open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (last admission at 8 p.m.), Tuesday through Sunday, year-round. Closed Mondays.
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