Cut Glass Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest | November 4–6 & 11–13
From Cut Glass Theatre: “Oscar Wilde has come to Seoul! The newly formed Cut Glass Theatre Company proudly presents their inaugural production, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. This production of Wilde’s quintessential comedy is a celebration of Victorian ideals, with great attention paid to the beautiful details of style, dress, manners, and speech of the period. The light and tripping text of this comedy of manners moves like music and will leave the audience giddy and gasping for breath. Come and experience for yourself what has made The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most beloved and enduring comedies of all time.” Check showtimes and directions on Facebook.
Roland Appel in concert | November 5
Electronic music veteran (seriously, this guy started DJing and producing music in the early nineties) Roland Appel will bring his minimal house vibe to Mystik, a new club in Itaewon that opened just last week. Mystik aspires to be one of those places – every cosmopolitan city has them, like Berlin’s Watergate and Tokyo’s Yellow – with a distinctive style, selective musical choices, and a space well-suited for the experience. Resident DJs Yeon-jun, Ashoka, Bada Lehner, Moritz and Big Frank spin weekly. Itaewon-dong 119-8 12/6, floor B1. 20,000 won at the door.
Lasse Lindh: Live in Seoul | November 4, 8 pm
Swedish indie pop-rock artist Lasse Lindh has been producing music for over a decade, and has spent this past year living in Korea. His latest album, “The Tiger With No Stripes,” was inspired by his sojourn in Seoul. SangSang Madang Live Hall: Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 367-5. Tickets 45,000 won in advance at Interpark, 50,000 won at the door. Standing room only.
Seoul Lantern Festival | November 4–20
Since 2009, the Cheongyecheon, the stream running through the heart of Seoul, has lit up with brilliantly colored lanterns in shapes both traditional and fanciful for the Seoul Lantern Festival. It’s a gorgeous sight, but expect crowds, especially on the first and last days. The main starting point for the parade of lights is at Cheongye Plaza, Gwanghwamun station exit 5.
Exhibition: Panoramic Prague | through November 19
Have a hankering to get out of the country, heck, out of the continent this weekend? Head over to the Seoul Museum of History, where vivid photographs and 3D video installations bring one of Europe’s oldest and most charming cities to life in the center of Seoul. Free admission. Viewing hours: 9 am–9 pm weekdays, 9 am–6 pm weekends. Directions here.
Exhibition: My Way by Jean-Michel Othoniel | through November 27
Head over to Gallery Plateau to immerse yourself in the gleaming colors of My Way, a “mid-career retrospective of the leading French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel (b.1964, Saint-Étienne). This exhibition encompasses the artist’s unique artistic spectrum from the early works of the 1980s to the latest monumental installations contemplating the philosophy of existence through the formal beauty of glass.” (from the Gallery Plateau website)
Seoulist writer Vivian Lee notes that the architecture of Gallery Plateau is itself worth a visit: “It’s beautiful.” Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–6 pm, adults 5000 won, City Hall station exit 8. Directions here.
Additional reporting by Mia Kim, Vivian Lee and Meagan Mastriani.