Fun Around Town
By Scott Moses Translated by Ann Lee
Many may find it depressing and complain nonstop that temperatures have risen from normal to sweltering hot. Those who actually enjoy sunshine, however, can start looking forward to absorbing some new sizzling energy for the season in Taipei. That being said, let's have a look at some of the parties coming up in June.
For those who enjoy shaking their hips, the 2009 Latin Music & Dance Festival will be taking place at Riverside Live House on June 13th. The party will be featuring some of the best salsa, cha-cha and other Latin performances Taipei could ever hope for. More importantly, a number of Taiwan Fun staff members will be attending this event in hopes of winning free Spanish language classes and Latin dance classes. For more details about ticket prices, which vary in price, have a peek at Infine-art.com or call (02) 2742-3595 for English ticket purchasing service.
Sadly enough, all good things must come to an end. On June 20, Roxy Vibe will be hosting its final closing party. Nevertheless, diehard Roxy fans out there must keep in mind that this is no time to be wallowing in depression, as the night will explode with six live bands and an after party DJ. The door fee, including a free drink, will run you NT$400, and a number of non-stop drink specials with help you remember--or not remember--this memorable event.
In response to this sudden turn in events, Roxy will open Roxy Rocker, located the B1 level at 177, HePing East Road, Section 1, near National Taiwan Normal University. The new location will contain a full kitchen and be packed with more vinyl records than one could ever ask for. It is sure to be a great hit and, if you wish to partake in the madness, be sure to show up for their soft opening on June 23, as well as its no-door-fee grand opening on June 26. For more information, check out Roxy.com.tw.
If you're seeking more consistent, weekly happenings, there will be an Open-Mic Night at Live Comedy Club Taipei from 8 p.m. every Wednesday, finally giving you the opportunity to practice the skills you need for making the big times, or partaking in an embarrassing experience you won't soon forget. Two comedians will start the night off free of charge and, if you manage to tell a funny joke, you can apparently win a free beer for your efforts. The first Wednesday for every month is reserved for English speakers and the rest of the month is a mixture of both Chinese and English. For more complete details about the event (or possible employment), go to Comedy.com.tw.
If comedy isn't your thing and your heart still yearns for an open-mic night, Bliss might have the answer. Every Thursday night, they have a open-mic night that welcomes all musicians. It might be the perfect chance to break in your band for live performances, or network among an abundance of musicians. Even if you're not a musician, it's a good time to make new friends and check out up-and-coming bands in Taipei. With its growing popularity, you may want to call ahead and sign up early. For further details, have a peek at their web page, Bliss-Taipei.com or their Facebook page, "Bliss Live House - Taipei" for more up-to-date details.
Remember, if you have any big parties coming up that you want everyone to know about, shoot me an email, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party on, Taipei!