It may not be exactly winter yet, but it sure does feel like it! Let’s see what’s happening this weekend.
Thursday, December 7th
Zumba is back after taking a break last week. Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to any level. It takes place at 7 p.m., and is led by certified Zumba instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfy clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water because you’re going to need it. Thursday night Zumba class at the GIC is always a terrific way to start your weekend. For more details, please go to the Facebook event page here. After your body gets a workout, how about giving your brain a turn with trivia night at Speakeasy. In just a week The Last Jedi will open, so tonight’s theme is about one of the greatest film series of all time, Star Wars! It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you can form a team of up to 5 players, or find one to join. The second place team will get its money back, and the first place team will win the rest. The winning team will also receive a 25,000 won bar tab! For more details please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.
Friday, December 8th
The only weekly open mic night in town takes place tonight at Loft 28! If you are interested in performing, all you have to do is show up and bring an instrument, Loft will take care of the rest. Performers will also receive a free drink as well. Even if you don’t play an instrument, come on down and enjoy some great local talent. Need another incentive? How about the great menu at Loft! Open mic night begins at 11 p.m., and if you need more info, then please go to Loft’s Facebook page. If you’re looking for a great place to go downtown on a Friday night, then Tequilaz is a great choice with their drink specials. Bottomless drafts are available for 12,000 won (cash only), and bottomless rail cocktails for 20,000 won (again, cash only). The specials begin at 9 p.m., and go until midnight. Don’t forget about their delicious Mexican favorites as well. For more information, please check out the Tequilaz Facebook page.
Saturday, December 9th
This will be the last weekend for the Gwangju Art Class and GIC Talk series before they go on winter break. Today’s class begins at 12:30 p.m. and it will focus on Human Anatomy. The cost of the class is only 10,000 won, and materials will be provided for you (you can bring your own if you want). Today’s class will be led by local artist Raquib Apu. If you need more information, please check out their Facebook page. At 4 p.m. the GIC Talk series will begin with their last one of the year. Today’s lecture will be given by a married couple who are working on a local farming project. The talk will go for about an hour, and it is free to attend. If you need more info, please go to their Facebook page.
The Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL will be holding their last meeting of the year on Saturday. They will have two great presentations that will help your professional development, and there will also many chances to meet and talk with other teachers. Since this is their last meeting of the year, they will also be having their year end holiday dinner after the meeting. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, and other dishes all provided by The First Alleyway. The meeting, which starts at 1:45 p.m., is free to attend, but their will be an additional cost for the dinner. To find out more about the meeting and the dinner, please follow this link. You can also get more details by visitng the chapter’s Facebook page.
For many years their used to be an indie music festival here in Gwangju. But, since 2013 it’s been on hiatus. Well music fans, it’s back this weekend! The 2017 Gwangju Indie Music Festival will start today, and go through until tomorrow the 10th. There will be over a dozen bands performing, including Gwangju’s very own punk band, Crying Nut. The music will begin at 3 p.m. on both days, and go until the evening. It all takes place at the Peak Music Hall, which is located in the same building as the GFN radio station. For more details about the bands, and exact directions, please go to Peak’s own site (info is only in Korean). You can also check out the Facebook event page too.
Sunday, December 10th
On Sundays a dedicated group of volunteers go out to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. If you would like to join them, please go to their Facebook page to find out how.