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What to Do This Weekend: Open Mic, Paper Art, and Some Funk Music!

Hello Gwangju!

I just want to wish good luck to all the athletes taking part in the Winter Olympics which begins today in Pyeongchang! Let’s see what’s happening in our city this weekend.

Friday, February 9th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

A great way to start off your weekend awaits at Tequilaz. You can enjoy their delicious tacos for only 3,000 won. While you’re enjoying the food, take part in the unlimited draft beer (12,000 won), and unlimited rail cocktails (20,000 won). As usual, all of the specials are cash only, and the drink specials go from 9:00 p.m., until midnight. Make sure you stick around for karaoke which begins at midnight and goes until 2:00 a.m. For more details about tonight, please go to their Facebook page. At Loft 28, near the Chonnam back gate, is Gwangju’s only weekly open mic night. If you are interested in performing, all you have to do is bring your own instrument and Loft will handle the rest. Performers will also get one free drink. Open mic begins at 11:00 p.m., and it’s one of the best ways to hear some of the fantastic local talent that Gwangju has. For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

The First Alleyway will be having a delicious Shepherds’ Pie special tonight that will be first come, first serve. Also throughout the weekend, they will be having tomato soup as a side dish with burgers or sandwiches. To get more info about these specials and others, please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, February 10th

Courtesy of The Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of The Gwangju Art Class

Today at the GIC art class you can learn how to make cut paper valentines. The class will begin with some basic paper cutting techniques, and then you’ll be able to design your own valentine. The cost for the class is only 5,000 won and all materials will be provided (you are encouraged to bring your own). The class will begin at 1:00 p.m., and will go until 3:00 p.m. For more info, you can go to their Facebook event page here. At 4:00 p.m. at the GIC the second lecture of the month will be taking place. The topic will be the child welfare system in Korea, and the speaker will be Eunkang Chung, the executive director of the MDream Garden Children’s Home. The talk will last for about an hour, and as always it is free to attend. For more details, please go to their Facebook page, or you can go to the GIC’s page for both events.

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Today is the monthly meeting for the Gwangju chapter of KOTESOL. The meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m., and it takes place at Gwangju National University of Education.  There will be two informative presentations, and plenty of chances to meet and network with fellow teachers. The meetings are free to attend, but they encourage you to become a member. For complete details on the meeting, please click on this link. You can also find out more about the meeting by going to their Facebook page. Come join the meeting and help your professional development!

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

We get a lot of different music that’s played here in Gwangju, and tonight at Speakeasy it’ll be time for some funk! The Bump City Band, which played a great set last year is coming back this weekend to play for an appreciative Gwangju crowd. If it’s live music at Speakeasy, then you’ll know there will be great drink specials being offered. The music begins at 10:30 p.m., and opening up for them will be local musician Don Tao. If you need more details, then please check out the Facebook event page. Also on Sunday, Speakeasy will be hosting a FIFA 18 tournament! Entry will be 5,000 won, and the second place winner will take 30 percent of the pot, while the winner gets the rest. So after you shake your booty on Saturday night, come down on Sunday for a football (video game) tournament. For more info, please go to their Facebook page.

Special Seollal event!

Seollal begins on Thursday, February 15th, and the GIC, along with the Pakistan and Uzbekistan communities of Gwangju will be holding a special event for all to attend. To find out more about it, click on this link which will lead you to a post on the Gwangju Facebook page.