arts 07.31.06

Korean Dossier

You still have time to see the Atta Kim exhibition called "On Air" at the International Center of Photography, 1133 6th [43rd] 212.857.0000. The Korean-born photograph's arresting large-scale images are extended exposures of diverse subjects, but all reveries on the passage of time. Closes August 27th.

The NY Korean Film Festival runs from August 25th to September 3rd featuring a range of contemporary Korean cinema, from historical dramas to animated shorts. In addition, there will be a retrospective at BAM of four Lee Man-hee films. Lee was an influential pioneer of Korean cinema.

For anyone interested in Korean movies, you should know about the Korean Cultural Service, 460 Park [57th/58th] 212.759.9550, that (among other things) has a library of Korean movies on both DVD and VHS that you can borrow at no charge. Details here.

Doo-ri Chungrecently won the Council of Fashion Designers Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear. The 33-year-old, who was four years old when her family moved from Korea to the U.S., graduated from Parsons, worked at Banana Republic as an apparel maker, and then at Geoffrey Beene. She showed her own collection in 2003; now you can find the Doo-Ri line at Barneys and Bergdorfs.

Kum Gang San, 49 W. 32nd [Bway/5th] 212.967.0909 and 138-28 Northern Blvd. [Union] Qns 718.461.0909. We like the Queens original, but the Manhattan location has that crazy piano.
Cho Dang Gol, 212.695.8222. Have one of the tofu dishes.
Franchia, 12 Park [34th/35th] 212.213.1001. A teahouse serving vegetarian cooking from Hangawi's owners.
Woo Lae Oak, 148 Mercer [Houston/Prince] 212.925.8200. The city's most stylish Korean eatery.

Han Ah Reum, 23 W. 32nd [5th/6th] 212.695.3283, is the smallish outpost of the H Mart chain of grocery stores featuring Korean (and other Asian) provisions.

On Tuesday, August 8, 7:30pm, at Lincoln Center's State Theater, there will be a special performance to commemorate Master Sun Young Kang's 70 years of traditional royal dance performances, the first time she and her troupe have performed in New York. Kang learned from Han Seong Jun and four generations of dance will be represented on stage: Jun's dance, Kang, her students, and their students. Tickets are $25-$95, 212.721.6500. More info.

The Korea Society, 950 3rd [56th/57th] 212.759.7525, teaches basic to upper intermediate Korean, this fall, $375. To register, and for further information, contact Rebecca Brabant at 212-759-7525 ext. 326 or email here.

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