Weimar plays Sarangbat

Yesterday violin students of Professor Viktoria Kaunzner of the German School of Music Weimar delighted residents of Sarangbat Mental Rehabilitation Center in Hwaseong with an afternoon performance. The performance of live music did much to lift the spirits of everyone…

More than a magazine

A vendor sells The Big Issue outside Kangnam Station. (PHOTO: An Ah-hyun)

Have you ever seen men selling magazines in front of subway stations? They often wear red jackets with name tags shouting, “Hello. This is The Big Issue!” Until recently, these magazine vendors were homeless. The company that publishes The Big…

A diamond in the rough

Kohinoor owner Lee Kun-ju prepares coffee. (PHOTO: Kim Da-hye)

In front of Kangnam University is a café called Kohinoor, owned and operated by Lee Kun-ju. The name Kohinoor comes from a famous diamond. It was also the name of the jewelry store where Lee and his wife bought a…

Live music in Hongdae

A recent evening reminded me why Hongdae is one of the best places to find live music. Walking down a street, I found high school students — one singing and playing guitar while another kept the beat on a djembe…

Written in the stars?

Astrology is the study of how the planets and stars directly influence our lives. While some find it interesting and compelling, others find it absurd. I’ve never been a fatalist, but I wondered what astrology had to say about me.…

Home is where the art is

Despite the summerlike heat a few Sundays ago, art enthusiasts lined up to see Suh Do-ho’s exhibit “Home Within Home” at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. Suh, well known for his interesting point of view reflected in his installation…