Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival | July 19–27
Wednesday’s chobok (초복) signaled the beginning of the hottest period of summer (we hope you ate your samgyetang!). There’s no better place to stay cool than at a dark, air-conditioned movie theater—like at PiFan, where visitors can see all manner of films from around the world. The schedule seems fairly horror-heavy, though there are also comedies, dramas, animated films and more. Our weekend picks include Moth Diaries, a mystery thriller by the director of American Psycho; Pusher, a remake of the cult classic starring top model Agyness Deyn; and Happy End (1999), the tale of a love triangle by Korean director Jung Ji Woo. Or there’s always The Human Centipede 2… At 5,000 won for a general screening ticket, it’s even cheaper than seeing a matinee, so check the full schedule to find your favorites. Psst, there are even a couple of free screenings (first come, first serve). In Bucheon, on lines 1 and 7. Directions, map, booking and additional info on the official PiFan site.
Simone Handbag Museum | Opens July 19
If you’re weary of the “it-bag” ennui of high-end women’s accessories, this collection of over 300 beautifully crafted historical handbags should be a refreshing take on fashion. Museum owner Kenny Park and curator Judith Clark strove to create an exhibit that emphasizes this classic object as a symbol of women’s “emancipation” and the female identity. Witness the evolution of the purse, and with it the progression of women’s roles in society, as you browse bags from the 16th century to the present. At 17 Dosan-daero 13-gil in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. The book, “Handbags: The Making of a Museum,” will be available in September from Yale University Press. Simone Handbag Museum will also sell its own line of bags and offer discounted leather to design students. Follow for updates on Twitter.
PechaKucha Night Seoul Vol. 12 | July 20
A tradition spawned in Tokyo, “PechaKucha” is Japanese for “chit-chat.” It’s a chance to join other creatives for a night of mingling and entertainment. Ten speakers will present an hour’s worth of Powerpoint presentations—if that doesn’t sound exciting, try to put your Powerpoint preconceptions aside. Nobody is going to be reading from text-heavy slides here. The presentations will show 20 images for 20 seconds each and cover interesting topics like “What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard” and “Veganomics.” At Club MoonNight in Itaewon. Admission is 10,000 won and includes one drink. Doors open at 7pm; presentations begin at 8pm. See the facebook event.
MBLAQ tours Seoul, 2012 BLAQ% Tour | July 21–22
You’ve read the Seoulist K-pop survival guide, and you’re dying to test our tips in the field, right? Prepare your personalized placard, make sure you remember all the words to “Stay” and rest your voice so you’re ready to scream like crazy for Joon or Mir. It’s MBLAQ’s first tour of Asia, and posters claim the Seoul performances will be the “climax” event. Two nights at Olympic Hall. Tickets are 99,000 won for standing and R section tickets; 77,000 for S section tickets. Available at Interpark.
Volunteer: Asan Animal Shelter Visit | July 22
We heard that volunteering at Asan is so fun it doesn’t feel like work at all. Participants get to cuddle, walk, feed, groom, and play with adorable dogs and cats all afternoon. Many of the furry friends there need socialization most of all—helping them find forever homes could be as easy as just hanging out with them for a few hours. These weekly visits are the easiest and most convenient way to visit the shelter, which can be difficult to reach alone. Volunteers will meet at the Cheonan/Asan KTX station at 11am. See full directions and details at the facebook page, and be sure to read the guidelines and tips for volunteering before Sunday.
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