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What to Do This Weekend: Opera, Art Class, and Live Rock Music!

Hello Gwangju!

Ready for the weekend? Let’s see what’s happening in our town!

Friday, January 19th

Courtesy of Gwangju Art & Culture Center

Courtesy of Gwangju Art & Culture Center

There will be three performances of an operatic version of the classic children’s story Hansel and Gretel taking place at the Gwangju Art and Culture Center. Tonight’s performance takes place at 7:30 p.m., and there will be two more on Saturday the 20th at 3:00 p.m., and again at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at 10,000 won, and go up to 30,000 won. For more information about getting tickets, please click on this link (info is only in Korean).

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Friday night is also a great night to support local businesses. First, it’s the only weekly open mic night at Loft 28. If you want to perform, then all you have to do is bring your own instrument and Loft will provide the rest. Performers will also receive one free drink. Open mic starts at 11:00 p.m., and if you need more details then please visit their Facebook page. If you’re looking for great drink specials tonight then you know the place to go is Tequilaz. Unlimited draft beers are only 12,000 won (cash only), and unlimited rail cocktails are 20,000 won (again, cash only). Need some delicious food to pair up with these drink specials? Check out their menu of Mexican favorites. The drink specials go from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and if you need more information then go to their Facebook page here. Finally test out your musical knowledge with Speakeasy’s Name That Tune! There will be mutiple rounds to participate in, and it’s free to play. Winners will receive a free drink. The fun starts at 10:00 p.m. so check out their Facebook page if you need more details.

Saturday, January 20th

Courtesy of City Hall

Courtesy of City Hall

You still have almost two weeks left to enjoy the ice skating rink at City Hall. The operating hours are from 10:00 a.m., to 5:40 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m., to 8:20 p.m. on weekends. It only costs 1,000 won to use, and that includes skate rental. The rink will be open until January 31st, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t delay! There are a number of city buses that will get you there, so check out the poster above for more details.

Courtesy of Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of Gwangju Art Class

At this Saturday’s GIC art class you’ll be able to make illustrated postcards to celebrate the lunar new year, which in 2018 is the year of the dog! You’ll learn lettering and illustrative techniques, and you’ll be able to add color using watercolors and pencils. The class will start at 12:30 p.m., and it will last until 3:00 p.m. The cost of the class is only 5,000 won, and all materials will be provided (although feel free to bring your own). For all the other info that you need, please go to their Facebook event page. Today’s class will be led by local artist Lisa Casaus.

Courtesy of Club Bohemian

Courtesy of Club Bohemian

Tonight at Club Bohemian there will be three bands performing that will definitely make you want to rock out! They’re all part of the Cut-Throat Fest that is happening tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. The line-up includes Sever the Ear, Heavy Gauge, and Abyss. As you can tell by their names they are certainly not K-pop bands! Advance tickets are 15,000 won, and go up to 20,000 at the door. For more more info please click on this link to a post on the Gwangju Facebook page.

Sunday, January 21st

On Sundays a very dedicated group of volunteers go to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. If you are interested in helping out, please go to their Facebook event page.