Seoulist Weekender (November 18–20)

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AXIS live true stories | November 20, 7–10PM
Live storytelling collective AXIS holds its second event this weekend in Itaewon on the theme “Turning Point.” It’s creative nonfiction spoken by the authors themselves—think “This American Life,” but more local and more live. All donations collected will go to the UNHCR for the famine in Somalia. Located at Berlin Cafe & Lounge, 457-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu. No cover charge, though it’s always nice to support the venue with your purchases. Think of it as a little like dinner theater. Facebook event page.

Lana Sutra in Seoul | through November 25
“The Lana Sutra is a series of 15 installations conceived as a homage to love and dedicated to the desire for an equal and sharing society,” says the Benetton website. From the Latin roots for wool (lana) and sutra (a uniting thread), its colorful yarn figures also evoke the beauty and eroticism of the Kama Sutra. Created by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo for United Colors of Benetton. Seoulist contributor Vivian Lee writes, “I fell in love with the artwork, message and the process behind it. Go visit!” And don’t miss the free exhibit posters for visitors. Located at Benetton Korea F&F East 1F Gallery, 662-9 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu (15 minutes from Yeoksam station, exit 8). Gallery closes at 8PM. Free admission.

Record and CD Fair in Seoul Vol. 1 | November 19, 12 noon
You knew it was coming, right? Time to get nostalgic about the CD and our Discman days (ok, it’s about the LP too, but we’re really fascinated that our youth just became retro). Live performances, exhibits and vendors will gather to display and celebrate these charming relics. Click for more information in English and Korean. Located at Platoon Kunsthalle in Nonhyeon-dong. Free admission.

Sugarpoint Banana Jam 2011 Keep On Dancing | November 19, 4PM
Come to be wowed by Korea’s top young B-boy, hip-hop, popping and locking dancers. Stay for the afterparty. Their website (Korean) has more info and a complete performers list. Located at Konkuk University Millenium Hall (aka 새천년홀), Konkuk University station [건대입구역], exits 2, 3 & 4. Admission 15,000 won on-site. Afterparty at Club Phantom, Sinsa station, exit 2.

2011 Seoul Photo Festival | through November 30
Held at the Seoul Museum of Art, the main exhibition is intriguingly titled “The Detour of the Real,” and promises to question the boundaries of reality and virtual reality without the aid of hallucinogens. Jokes aside, it’s an interesting question for a “realistic” medium in an age of digital manipulation (e.g., Exhibit A). Workshops and a photo auction supporting young up-and-coming photographers will also take place. Visit the website for direction. Visiting hours: Tues–Fri 10AM–8PM, Sat–Sun 10AM–7PM, closed Mondays. Free admission.

Crazy Amazing Exhibition of hand-carved wooden tables/utensils | Through November 22, 10AM–6PM
NOTE: So this is not the real title of the exhibition. But Seoulist Design Director Jungho Kim described it as such and I couldn’t imagine a better way to put it. Jungho writes, “I met this guy when I was in Jiri-san in February. The work is absolutely amazing—the kind of stuff that I’d love to have in my future home.” Located at the Korea Design & Craft Foundation Gallery in Insadong.

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