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Essentials with JD # 327 **ACC PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS LIVE SITE**

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Incase you will be missing out on Olympics action if you are shopping or eating downtown remember the ACC is a live site for the games!

 

“Gwangju Live Site for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be in operation from January 9th to February 25th at the Asia Culture Plaza of the Asia Culture Center situated in downtown Gwangju.

The space will provide a live broadcast of the competition and various entertainment events including dance performances, magic state and recreational events.

The live site is organized by the City of Gwangju and the 2018 PyeongChang Organizing Committee free non-alcoholic beverages will also be made available for those who participate.” ***

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Don’t forget your mask, stay safe and healthy,

 

JD

 

(***For more up to date local news visit www.gfn.or.kr )

 

Adjustments.

Adjustments

 

It is now the final week of February. We have made it this far, and if you are still tuning in to the photo blog, you deserve a silent pat on the back. For, several months ago, it was difficult to see the light at the end of the seasonal tunnel. While in some ways this winter was easier than some in recent memory, it was still worse than others. Nevertheless, I suspect that I am not alone in sensing some amount of seasonal change just around the corner. Just several days from now, March will arrive in all its delayed glory. For, while still mostly symbolic of the warmth to come, the name itself signifies an adjusting of not just our wardrobe, but perhaps our bodies as well.

It is relatively easy to become physically habituated to life in one season or the next. In Korean culture, much is made of the seasonal nature of the local ecology and cuisine. And, while such references may seem expected, if not redundant at times, it is important to remember what relief these anticipated changes have made to local inhabitants throughout the centuries. From poets to physicians, this separation from one season to the next requires an adjustment of both mind and body.

The scene above was what awaited me not too long ago. My back had finally given up its quest to be straight and pain-free. Upon entering the clinic I was serendipitously ushered behind a veil of white into the presence of the contraption above. It was a time of adjustment, my seasonal deliverance into what will most assuredly come.

[Image taken using my Nikon FE2 with a 50mm f1.4 lens shooting Kodak Tri-x 400.]

 

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

 

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What to Do This Weekend: Open Mic, Name That Tune, and Auditions for a Good Cause!

Hello Gwangju!

Has everybody been enjoying the Olympics? I guess many of us know a lot more about curling than we did before it started! Let’s see what’s going on in our city this weekend.

Friday, February 23rd

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Begin your weekend with Loft 28‘s  weekly open mic night. If you are interested in performing, just bring your instrument and everything else will be taken care of. Need some incentive to show off your musical abilities? All performers will receive one free drink. Open mic begins at 11:00 p.m., but you should get there early so you can try out their delicious menu of home cooked favorites. For more details about open mic, please go to their Facebook page here.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

If you’re a person who likes music, but would rather win prizes than sing, you need to go to Speakeasy on Friday night for Name That Tune. It’s free to play, and you could win some free drinks. All you have to do is listen to about 30 seconds of a song, and try to guess the name or artist. It’s a fun way to wind down the week, and did I mention you can win free drinks? It will all start a little after 10 p.m., so to get more info about NTT, and other events happening at Speakeasy, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

If you like mac & cheese, but prefer something better than what comes out of a box, then you’re in luck. The First Alleyway is having their mac & cheese special tonight.  It’s only 8,000 won, and you can add extra ingredients for only 500-1,000 won more. If you need any more information, please go to the Alleyway’s Facebook page.

Saturday, February 24th

Courtesy of the GIC

Courtesy of the GIC

The Saturday lecture series at the GIC took a break last weekend, but they are back for one more during the month of February. The topic will be about hiking, which  is very popular here in Korea. The talk will be given by Roger Shepherd, who is the owner of Hike Korea. He is originally from New Zealand, and he is going to be focusing on his time hiking the Mt. Baekdu Daegan trail. Part of Mt. Baekdu is located in North Korea. He’s been hiking on the mountain for over 10 years, and this Saturday he’ll be talking about his experiences on the mountain. The GIC lecture series is free to attend, and it will go from 4-5 p.m. If you would like more details about it, then you can go to the GIC’s website: gic.or.kr, or you can also check out their Facebook page as well.

Courtesy of V-Day Gwangju

Courtesy of V-Day Gwangju

Also happening this weekend at the GIC are open auditions for this year’s performance of The Vagina Monologues. For the past couple of years the V-Day Gwangju organization has put on a production of TVM to help raise money for domestic abuse awareness in Korea. This year will be different though as men are also encouraged to come out for the auditions because there will also be a production of a play called The Mending Monologues. If you want to help out for a great cause, as well as be an actor in either play, then come down to the GIC between 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. today, and tomorrow, the 25th. For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Washed Up.

Washed Up

 

The photo above could have no better title. Nor could it better express feelings of solitude, surrender, and perhaps helplessness better than it already does. While these feelings may be prevalent, they need not carry with them an implied negativity, or animosity towards the scene. We may see ourselves in the white mass of net and brine above. Dragged in from the depths, we can see where we once were, and where we now have landed.

There is a peace within the plight of the subject in this photo. There is nowhere else it can be apart from where it is. What good is there to wish otherwise? All that it can do is wait for the inevitable tide to return, and wash it out, back into the unknown. When viewed from this lens, this image is one of great possibility. There is faith in the inevitable, and surrender to what is, in the moment.

This photo was taken at dusk at a landscape which is beautifully stark. It is the winter, and in it no space for any other lifeform. What better time to remain alert for those surprises which wash our way. Or, if we see ourselves in this hunk of white matter, what better time than to just be here. We live in Jeolla-do, and for this week at least, this is what is. It is enough.

 

[Image taken with a Contax T2 shooting Kodak Ektar 100.]

 

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

 

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What to Do This Weekend: Seollal, Open Mic, and Movies!

Hello Gwangju!

Happy Lunar New Year Gwangju! It’s a holiday weekend so let’s see what’s going on in our city.

Friday, February 15th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Don’t worry about your favorite hang out being closed during the holidays because many of them will be open. Tequilaz will have its usual business hours, and of course that means their great Friday specials. Unlimited draft beer for only 12,000 won (cash only), and unlimited rail cocktails for 20,000 won (again, cash only) will be available from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The good times will continue after with karaoke until 2:00 a.m. Celebrate Seollal the Gwangju way-with some tasty Mexican food, and great drinks at Tequilaz! For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Loft 28 will also be open for their weekly open mic night show. If you want to perform for the people of Gwangju just bring your instrument and everything else will be taken care of. All performers will receive one free drink. Open mic begins at 11:00 p.m., but don’t wait that long to go. They have a great menu, including many Jamaican inspired dishes. Also on Saturday night Loft will be having another one of their popular house parties. For info about both events, please check out their Facebook page here.

Saturday, February 16th

 Courtesy of the ACC

Courtesy of the ACC

If you’ve never been to the ACC downtown, then the holiday weekend is the perfect time to check it out. You only have about one more month to check out acclaimed artist Tomas Saraceno’s exhibit Interplanetary Bodies. There’s also an interesting exhibition on the tattoo culture of Asia. You can also bring the kids to the ACC because they have a great children’s center. To find out when they’re open during the weekend, as well as details about the many different exhibits, please click on this link for the ACC website.

For many people holidays mean going to the movies, and a big one is opening up here this weekend. Black Panther arrives in theaters this Seollal, and it is guaranteed to be a big blockbuster. Even if you’re not a fan of comic book movies, you should still check it out for the awesome action sequence shot in Busan! Film fans are also in for a big treat this weekend because the 1982 sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner is being rereleased in theaters. If you’re like me, and have never had a chance to see it on the big screen, then you got to head out to the cinema this weekend. For times and locations of these films and more, please go to cineinkorea.com.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Free jello shots?? I think I have your attention! You don’t really need a reason to go to Speakeasy because most of Gwangju knows what a great place it is. Still, if you ever did need one, free shots is always a good one! There’ll be great music, and fantastic drinks from the friendly and helpful staff. Don’t forget that Friday night is there ever popular Name That Tune. It’s free to play, and you could win free drinks! For info about both events, please go to their Facebook page.

Have a great holiday Gwangju, and keep enjoying the Olympic coverage!