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What to Do This Weekend: Open Mic Contest, Portrait Drawing, and Movies!

Hello Gwangju!

After a week of battling the snow, it’s time to get out and do something! Let’s see what’s happening this weekend.

Friday, January 12th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

This Friday night at Loft 28 is their 4th edition of their open mic night singing contest. If you want to participate, all you have to do is bring your own instrument, and Loft will provide the rest. Do you still need some convincing? How about all performers get a free drink? The winner of the contest will receive a trophy, and their name will be added to the list of previous winners. It’s a great way to hear some of the terrific local talent that we have in town, and it all takes place this Friday at Loft 28! The competition will begin at 10 p.m., but make sure you get there early so you can partake of their delicious menu of home cooked food. For more information, please go to their Facebook page. Also on Saturday night, their DJs will be playing some of the best reggae music for people to enjoy.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

After all this snow, I’m sure many of us are going to need some fantastic food and great drink specials to kick off the weekend. One place that has both of these things is Tequilaz. Their Friday night drink specials have become very popular, and it is easy to understand. Unlimited draft beer is 12,000 won (cash only), and unlimited rail cocktails are 20,000 won (again, cash only). Then there is the selection of tasty Mexican dishes that you can enjoy. The specials run from 9 p.m. to midnight, so get there early and start your Friday night! For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

At Speakeasy tonight it’s the return of Name That Tune! There will be multiple chances to play, and it won’t cost you anything to do so. Winners will receive free drinks for their knowledge of all kinds of music. Plus, they are having a special when anybody who buys a drink will receive a free shot of Fireball Captain’s Punch! For more info about what’s going on tonight, please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, January 13th

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

After a holiday break, the Saturday art classes are back at the GIC! Today’s lesson will focus on portrait drawing. The meeting will start at 12:45 p.m. with some basic portrait drawing practice, and then the model will arrive at 1 p.m. The lesson will last until 3 p.m., and the cost is only 10,000 won. All materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own. For more details about the class, and directions to the GIC, please go to their Facebook event page. Today’s class will be led by local artist Raquib Hasan Apu.

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

This Saturday will be the monthly meeting for the Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to engage with fellow teachers in professional development. Today’s meeting will feature a two part workshop, as well as helpful tips that you can use in your own classroom. The meeting is free to attend, and is open to all teachers. For more details about the meeting, please follow this link. You can also get more info by going to their Facebook page. Start time is at 1:45 p.m., and it goes until 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 14th

Courtesy of Gwangju Cinema

Courtesy of Gwangju Cinema

If you haven’t checked out the Gwangju Cinema yet, then this is a good weekend to catch a movie at Gwangju’s oldest cinema. Playing right now are critical favorites Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch, and Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson. You can also see the Golden Globe nominated film Loving Vincent. To find out all the films that are playing, and their showtimes, please go to their Facebook page.

On Sundays a dedicated group of volunteers go to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs, and no amount of snow is going to stop them. To join them in helping out our four legged friends, please go to their Facebook page.