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What to Do This Weekend: Zumba, Playwriting, and Free Shots!

Hello Gwangju!

Your week has been either rainy or hot, but don’t let that stop you from having a great weekend. Let’s see what you can do in town!

Thursday, July 13th

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

The best way to start your weekend is on a  healthy note. The best way to do that is by joing Thursday night Zumba at the GIC.  Zumba is a cardio class that is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced participants. Make sure you wear some comfy workout clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water to cool off. The class begins at 7 p.m., and is led by veteran instructor, and Gwangju resident, Thando Mlambo. For directions to the GIC, please go their website. You can also get more details about the class by visiting their Facebook event page here. If you’re looking for a great way to stay in shape, then you need to head to the GIC on Thursday night!

Friday, July 14th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Thursday night is for Zumba, but Friday night is for Open Mic! Loft 28’s Open Mic night takes place every Friday, and it’s another great chance to see local talent in Gwangju. If you want to perform, all you have to do is come and sign up. The only thing you need to bring is your own instrument-Loft provides the rest. Need more incentive to perform? How about participants receive one free drink! Make sure you also try some of the delicious, home cooked food that’s served at Loft 28. For more info about Loft’s Open Mic Night, please go to their Facebook page.

You already know that it’s hot outside, so Tequilaz has a way for you to cool down tonight. They’ll be having a bottomless draft beer special for 12,000 won from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more details, check their Facebook event page. Don’t forget to order some tasty Mexican food to wash down the bottomless drafts with.

Saturday, July 15th

Courtesy of Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of Gwangju Art Class

As usual, there is a lot going on this Saturday at the GIC. First, it’s time for another male figure drawing class. Today, the class will start at 12:00 p.m., and go until 3:00 p.m. The model will arrive sometime after 12:30, and when he does the doors will be locked for privacy. The cost for the class is only 10,000 won, and all materials will be provided for you. For more details about the art class, please go to their Facebook page. At 3:30 p.m. the Gwangju Performance Project will be holding a Playwriting workshop. The goal of the workshop is to show you the fundamentals of writing an effective play. You’ll have the chance to write your own short play, so please bring your laptop, or an old fashioned notebook. The workshop is open to all, and a small donation of 2,000-3,000 won is requested. For more information about the workshop, please click on the link for the Facebook event page. This Saturday’s GIC talk will be about binomial ordering in English and Korean. The lecture will be presented by Robert Daland, a UCLA professor who is a guest lecturer at Chonnam University this summer. The talk will begin at 4:00 p.m., and go for about an hour. For all of these events and more, you can go to the GIC’s website. You can also get more details about the talk series by going to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

You’re never at a loss for places to go to on Saturday night in Gwangju! This Saturday night Speakeasy is giving away free shots for everyone on entry! I should also mention that they are giving away Long Island Jello shots! There will also be a performance by the band Retro 82. Their name tells you what kind of music they play: your favorite 80’s pop and rock hits. Free shots, great music to dance to, and of course the terrific drinks that Speakeasy is known for . . . I know, I already had your attention at free shots. For more about what’s going on at Speakeasy, please go to their Facebook page.