Fashion Charity Bazaar hosted by Muine Magazine | January 6, 11 am–7 pm
Korean fashion and lifestyle magazine Muine (뮤인) is hosting a charity bazaar to benefit Save the Children’s “Change the Future” campaign at Gallery YEH (예화랑) on Garosugil. Where else can you get 30 to 50% discount on top fashion, accessories, cosmetics and lifestyle brands and feel good about investing in a child’s future? The marketplace opens at 11 a.m., and an auction of two pieces of work donated by painter Kim Won-suk will be held at 3 p.m. Gallery YEH, 532-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. Event inquiries: 070-4033-5430.
Friday Fashion Fundamentals: Yahae’s inaugural open studio | January 6, 6 pm
Street fashion photographer and Yahae founder Michael Hurt just opened a brand new studio in Hongdae. For this free-for-all shoot, Yahae is inviting models who are building portfolios, photographers looking for practice, designers showcasing their clothing, and generally, anyone interested in networking and learning in the fashion scene. It’s win-win-win all around, and looks like a good party to boot (beer and wine will be served). Come at 6 p.m. and watch the looks evolve every hour, from Formal to Funky to Fashionista and Freestyle. Free admission. Sungsan Building B1, 570-38 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu. See Facebook for more info and directions.
New Year’s first show Club Spot | January 5, 7:30 pm
From pop-punk to rockabilly and skate, this line up of seven bands looks like high energy fun. Plus, Club Spot is offering free cocktails from 11 p.m. to midnight. 15,000 won, Seogyo-dong 358-34. Next to the Smoothie King by the Hongdae Playground. RSVP on Facebook.
Stand Up Seoul Presents Danny Cho | January 6, 9:30 pm
After his successful string of shows in Seoul last spring, L.A. native and former MADtv cast member, Danny Cho is back in town to tickle your funny bones. Locals acts will open the night at Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon. 15,000 won admission. RSVP on Facebook.
Her Space Holiday | January 7, 8 pm
SuperColorSuper brings us yet another global indie favorite. In the words of SCS itself: “Marc Bianchi/Her Space Holiday is nearly surgical in his ability to slice delicate songs of love, loss, hope, despair, and optimism out of one very hard year. An authentic foray into intelligent dream-pop from the ex-punk artist. Featuring intricate string arrangements, analog synth patterns, lush guitar-like drones and tasteful drum programming abound, but it is the songwriting that elevates the album to its elite status. Traditional song structures take unexpected turns throughout, highlighting introspection and vulnerability most often missing in electronic music.” 30,000 won at the door, see here for discounted advance tickets. Club FF: Sangu station exit 1, take an immediate U-turn from the exit, head north toward Hongik U. for 250m, turn left at the 7-11. Club FF will be on your right after 50m.
The Beautiful Store in Itaewon is open
Korea’s pioneering social enterprise, Areum Da-un Gagae (아름다운가개), or Beautiful Store, opened its seventh store in Itaewon on Thursday. The Itaewon post is a used bookstore carrying mostly Korean books, but the English language selection isn’t too shabby, either. Japanese, Chinese, French and other language literature also available. Open Mon–Sun, 11 am–7 pm. Ansung Tower #306, 737-28 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. Tel: 1577-1113. See here for map and directions and find out more about the Beautiful Store here.