Event Calendar

Oct
16
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Oct
17
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Oct 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Oct
20
Sat
Oktoberfest @ Gorilla Brewing Company
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Oktoberfest @ Gorilla Brewing Company

Oktoberfest @ Gorilla! Sat. 10/20

Gorilla Ogtobeopeseuteuga will be held!
Admission fee: $ (Festival only beer beer + including a glass of beer)

To all of the festivities.
– Limited Edition, Gorilla Oktoberfest only get beer beer!
– a glass of beer!
– Beer Refill Only 5000 won!

Beached Bar’s Farewell Party @ Beached
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Words Only+50 @ Ovantgarde
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Words Only+50 @ Ovantgarde

Wordz Only, the oldest sibling of Poetry Plus, will return for an evening of poetry, short stories, personal narratives, testimonials, raps and rhymes, & tall tales. Wordz Only+50 will be the 108th event under the 18 year old Poetry Plus event series umbrella. Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate. This is a great event for both first timers and savvy performance veterans, as well as everyone in between!

For Wordz Only+50, we boast a double feature: Jack Arkell, a more recent voice to our performance stages, and longtime Poetry Plus participant Bob Perchan. Anthony Velasquez will serve as the primary host and tone-setter.

*Jack Arkell has featured at events across the UK and even read poetry at a comedy club in Shanghai. He regrets that. He comes to Ovantgarde to put further stage time between himself and that dark evening.

*Bob Percahn is a longtime Busan expatriate and is one of the very individuals to wash upon these peninsular shores by boat. Yes, he got off the boat! He is highly acclaimed poet and has published in dozens of literary journals throughout the United States. Among his books are Perchan’s Chorea: Eros & Exile, Overdressed to Kill, and Mythic Instinct Afternoon. His collection of poetry Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light won the 1999 Pearl Poetry Prize.

*Since re-launching in July, Words Only has been blessed to have Blake Roberts and Rachel Szabo play acoustic sets to open the night. For Words Only+50, Leah Barbata will grace our stage. If you caught her last month at Liquid Arts, then you already know how captivating and catchy her songs are when she performs. Be sure not to miss out!

*The Process: everyone who wishes to perform will be able to write their names on a slip of paper and toss it into the Wordz Only floating lunch box. One of our luminaries (read: anyone), will draw the first name and that’s how we will begin. It’s your turn to perform when the preceding performer draws your name from the lunch box (Just an FYI: this does not apply for our feature). All these performance slots are for 5 to 7 minutes. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, we encourage you to practice before the event and make sure your piece falls within these time parameters. If you only have one 2 minute piece, well, that’s fine, too. Getting to 5 minutes is not required.

*The Ovantgarde is a brand new place and it is sure to become a fixture in the local art scene. Our last event here went wonderfully and the Ovantgarde is the perfect home for our events. This place is cool.

To get there: In Kyungsung (subway stop 212), come up exit 3 and walk straight by the Starbucks on your right. At the first street, which slopes down, turn right. And turn right again at the very next street. After 20 meters or so, turn right again into the short alley with the big red sign for the Litre coffee shop on the tiny corner. Walk to the back. Look left. Go down the steps! Grab a beverage and a chair. Be wary of being too fashionably late because you’ll risk not being able to secure a chair or advantageous standing spot.

Oct
23
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Oct
24
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Oct 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Oct
25
Thu
AMCHAM Busan Committee Meeting @ Park Hyatt
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
AMCHAM Busan Committee Meeting @ Park Hyatt
►DATE Thursday, October 25, 2018
►TIME 6:30pm – 9:00pm
►VENUE Park Hyatt Busan, Living Room (31st Fl.)
►SPECIAL GUEST Daniel Gedacht
Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Busan, Korea 
►THEME Busan October Networking Night
►COST KRW80,000 for members
KRW90,000 for non-members
(Inclusive of Light Buffet + Unlimited Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks until 9:00pm)
►RSVP/PAYMENT BY Noon, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
* No refunds for cancellations made after this date and time.
* For walk-ins, additional KRW10,000 will be charged.
– 2 complimentary admisssions for Founding Partners
►CONTACT (email) amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org, (phone) 82.2.6201.2229
Oct
26
Fri
2018 Gwangan Halloween Pub Crawl @ HQ, Evas, LA, Beached, Gorilla
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Halloween Party @ Peters Pub
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 11:45 pm
Oct
27
Sat
2018 Halloween AT Basement! 250,000 won in Prizes! @ Basement
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
2018 Halloween AT Basement! 250,000 won in Prizes! @ Basement

Costume Contest! 250,000 won in PRIZES!
10:00 pm Best Couple/ Team 40,000 won drink coupons
11:00 pm Funniest 40,000 won drink coupons
11:30 Sexiest 40,000 won drink coupons
12:00 Best 1st prize 80,000 won drink coupons 2nd 30,000 3rd 20,000
No cover!
90s Dance Party with Dj Salami

Halloween Party @ Peters Pub
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 11:45 pm
Halloween Party @ Wolfhound
Oct 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Oct
30
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Oct 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Oct
31
Wed
Halloween Rock Festival @ Ovantgarde
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Halloween Rock Festival @ Ovantgarde

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[ 할로윈 돌잔치 ]
DATE : 2018.10.31 (Wed)
DOOR OPEN : 7:20pm
VENUE : OVANTGARDE 오방가르드
(부산 남구 용소로 7번길 15-1 B1)
ENTRANCE FEE : FREE
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HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Halloween Movie Screening @ HQ Gwangan
Oct 31 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Halloween Movie Screening @ HQ Gwangan

We’ll be screening the proper Rocky Horror Picture Show on Wednesday, October 31st at HQ Gwangan. Movie starts at 9:30 PM. We’ll also have some drink and candy specials for the holiday!

Nov
6
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Nov 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Nov
7
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Nov 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Nov 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Nov
13
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Nov 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Nov
14
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Nov 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Nov
20
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Nov 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Nov
21
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Nov 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Nov
27
Tue
Open Mic @ Basement - PNU
Nov 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
7-9 Happy Hours
9:30 open mic begins!
WithAmy Kathleen and the Gang.. New players/singers welcome!
Nov
28
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Nov 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Dec
1
Sat
True Busan Presents: NDA @ Ovantgarde
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
True Busan Presents: NDA @ Ovantgarde

After the success of Happy Accidents, True Busan is bringing you a live multimedia event like none other.

These stories are so secret and confessional that every person in the room will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement that states what is said in the room stays in the room.

Featuring stories from Ryan Estrada, Amy Rose, Carlos Williams, Will Jacobs, Rabi’a Laurie Neeno, Mark Zink with music and more!

The event is being held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ovantgarde in KSU and admission is 5,000 won at the door.

True Busan presents: NDA @ Ovantgarde
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
True Busan presents: NDA @ Ovantgarde

After the success of Happy Accidents, and my experiences in giant storytelling shows back in America, True Busan is bringing you a live multimedia event like none other.

These stories are so secret and confessional that every person in the room will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement that states what is said in the room stays in the room.

Featuring stories from Ryan EstradaAmy RoseCarlos WilliamsWill JacobsRabi’a Laurie NeenoMark Zink with music and more!
5000 won at the door!

Dec
5
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Dec
12
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Dec
14
Fri
2018 Gwangan Poker Run Pub Crawl @ Gwangan Bars
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
2018 Gwangan Poker Run Pub Crawl @ Gwangan Bars

Card sharks and gambling novices alike,

On December 14th, the bars of Gwangan Beach are putting on a Poker Run Pub Crawl to help the family of Antony Jackson, a great friend of the Busan expat community who passed away in October. Never been to a Poker Run and have no idea how to play cards? Don’t worry because NO POKER PLAYING SKILL IS REQUIRED!!!

You will have from 6:00 until 1:00 AM to pop into each of the bars. At your first bar, buy a Poker Run Ticket for 5000 won**. At each bar, after you buy any drink or food item, you will be given one token. Give the Poker Run volunteer your token and you’ll be able to draw one card from a standard 52 card deck. The resulting card will be drawn on your Poker Run ticket. Once you visit and get a card at each bar, you will have a full 5 card poker hand. Turn in your completed ticket at your final bar and you’re good to go!

You can also have one re-draw at each bar for an extra 3000 won**.

There will be big prizes for the Top Three Hands of the Night. Plus Plus when you turn in your completed ticket to the final bar you come to, you’ll be eligible for a raffle–so even if you’ve got an awful hand, you’ve still got a chance to win big!

Best Hand of the Night: 40,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar (200,000 TOTAL!!!)

Second Best Hand of the Night: 20,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar

Third Best Hand of the Night: 10,000 in Bar Credit at Each Bar

Three Raffle Winners: A Free Shot at Each Bar (except at Galmegi, where they’ll give you a free beer instead)

***100 PERCENT OF THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE TICKETS AND RE-DRAWS WILL BE GIVEN TO HELP THE FAMILY OF ANTONY JACKSON.

Antony Jackson has been a member of the Busan expat community for 20 years. He gave his time freely to the community hosting trivia nights, contributing to Poetry Plus and other arts events, building and fixing computers for friends and strangers, and just generally being a supportive source of wisdom and guidance for so many old-timers and newcomers here.

Unfortunately, this stalwart of our community passed suddenly in October. More importantly, his family is without him. Antony passed away at a relatively young age, and his plans of working to support his family and to put his son Tae Bin through university are gone. Tae Bin is an aspiring graphic artist who plans to develop his craft at Sheridan College, Canada. He will work and apply for scholarships, but we would like to help him and his mother out this holiday season through this fundraiser in memory of Antony.***

Dec
15
Sat
Liquid Arts Open Stage #12 @ Ovantgarde
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Liquid Arts Open Stage #12 @ Ovantgarde

Liquid Arts Open Stage Open Stage will return on Saturday December 15 at 8:00pm at the Ovantgarde in the Kyungsung University area. Yes, it’s holiday season and it’s time to bring the best of our spirits together for another night of performances, fun, and camaraderie. My cohost for this event will be the talented and engaging Azeem M.

What is the Liquid Arts Open Stage? Well, it’s an evening of performances across whatever artistic endeavors performers wish to contribute: spoken word and storytelling, comedy, music, theater, improv, dance, and whatever mish-mash that can be dreamed up. Here is a partial list of how to approach this event and what we hope to attract:

-Aspiring performers who have very little or no stage experience.

-Performers who are new to Korea but who have not had a chance to be on stage & introduce their talents to the community.

-Veteran Busan performers who are unable to attend the other weeknight open mics in Busan.

-Veteran performers seeking to present raw material or branch out into other genres.

-Performers looking to create collaborative work either within a particular discipline like co-songwriting or across disciplines like theater & music or poetry & music or music & dance.

-Theater folks can do original or classic scenes, with or without scripts, rehearsed or not, whatever.

We do sign ups at the event and time allotment will be determined once we see how many folks want to perform.

Additionally, we’ll be serving up a special acoustic performance by some of Busan’s Best of Best! More about that soon!

How to get there: KSU is stop 212 on the Green Line. Go up & out exit 3. Walk straight past Starbucks. Take the first right. Go 1 block. Turn right. Turn right into the first little alley. It’s on the left. Go down the steps.

Dec
19
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Dec
21
Fri
The Ha Ha Holiday Hole – Busan’s Comedy Open Mic at HQ Gwangan @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
The Ha Ha Holiday Hole - Busan's Comedy Open Mic at HQ Gwangan @ HQ Gwangan
Well, we’ve decked the halls and we’ve got the funniest folks in Busan coming out to share their holiday cheer with ya! Not only that, but this month we’ve got a huge name, coming all the way from the North Pole to once again host for us … SANTA CLAUS! Ever heard of him!?! Kris Kringle, himself, will be parking his sleigh on the roof of HQ Gwangan, and doing what he does best – making a list and checking it twice. We’re gonna find out who’s funny or NOT!

Friday, December 21st, HQ Gwangan

Sign up roughly begins at 9:30, show begins around 10PM.
w5,000 AT THE DOOR (INCLUDES ONE FREE DRINK)

It is an open mic, so new and first timer comedians are encouraged to step up to the mic. Come early and sign up!

Comedians are asked to keep their sets UNDER 7 minutes, with a wrap-it-up light shown at the 6 minute mark. (In the event of a long list, you may be asked to reduce your set time – so BE FLEXIBLE)

Hosted this month by Santa Claus!!!

NO FILMING!
NO SMOKING!
NO RULES!

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Dec
23
Sun
Art Benefit and Memorial For Antony Jackson @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Art Benefit and Memorial For Antony Jackson @ HQ Gwangan

As many of you know, this past October, Antony Jackson, a vital and giving member of the Busan Expat Community for 20 years, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and friendship as well as a loving wife, Yeo Ju, and son, Tae Bin. He had particularly close ties to the KSU and Gwangan areas as a frequent organizer, participant, and attendee of so many of the events that have been held over the years–his Halloween costumes were legendary, his trivia teams won more often than they lost, and he had a willing ear and sage (but blunt) advice for everyone he met. Our community is going to miss his presence tremendously. Antony’s family and close friends have helped put together a special Art Benefit and Memorial for him to be held at HQ on Sunday, December 23rd.

Antony passed away at a relatively young age, and his plans of working to support his family and to put his son through university are gone. Tae Bin is an aspiring graphic artist who plans to develop his craft at Sheridan College, Canada. He will work and apply for scholarships, but we would like to help him and his mother out this holiday season through this fundraiser in memory of Antony.

Antony was an incredible artist with a large portfolio of work, and we will have a selection of prints of his sketch work available in return for a donation. A donation of 20,000 won will get you one print, and a donation of 50,000 or more will get you three prints. In addition, HQ will be donating 10% of our total sales for the day. All of these donations will be placed in a Canadian Savings Bond until Tae Bin can attend university.

We will also have a curated group of speakers and musicians to talk about Antony’s life and what he meant to them. This stage of the evening will start at 7:00, and will be organized as follows:

Kenneth May – Speaker
Robert Coates – Guitar
Bradley McMaster – Speaker
Jesse Cull – Speaker
Denis Parnell – Speaker
Gino Brann – Song
Anthony Velasquez – Story
Jeff Lebow – Speaker
Day Kate – Speaker
Mike Ventola – Song

If you did not know Antony, you are still welcome to come and celebrate and remember.

Art Benefit and Memorial For Antony Jackson @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art Benefit and Memorial For Antony Jackson @ HQ Gwangan

As many of you know, this past October, Antony Jackson, a vital and giving member of the Busan Expat Community for 20 years, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and friendship as well as a loving wife, Yeo Ju, and son, Tae Bin. He had particularly close ties to the KSU and Gwangan areas as a frequent organizer, participant, and attendee of so many of the events that have been held over the years–his Halloween costumes were legendary, his trivia teams won more often than they lost, and he had a willing ear and sage (but blunt) advice for everyone he met. Our community is going to miss his presence tremendously. Antony’s family and close friends have helped put together a special Art Benefit and Memorial for him to be held at HQ on Sunday, December 23rd.

Antony passed away at a relatively young age, and his plans of working to support his family and to put his son through university are gone. Tae Bin is an aspiring graphic artist who plans to develop his craft at Sheridan College, Canada. He will work and apply for scholarships, but we would like to help him and his mother out this holiday season through this fundraiser in memory of Antony.

Antony was an incredible artist with a large portfolio of work, and we will have a selection of prints of his sketch work available in return for a donation. A donation of 20,000 won will get you one print, and a donation of 50,000 or more will get you three prints. In addition, HQ will be donating 10% of our total sales for the day. All of these donations will be placed in a Canadian Savings Bond until Tae Bin can attend university.

We will also have a curated group of speakers and musicians to talk about Antony’s life and what he meant to them. This stage of the evening will start at 7:00, and will be organized as follows:

Kenneth May – Speaker
Robert Coates – Guitar
Bradley McMaster – Speaker
Jesse Cull – Speaker
Denis Parnell – Speaker
Gino Brann – Song
Anthony Velasquez – Story
Jeff Lebow – Speaker
Day Kate – Speaker
Mike Ventola – Song

If you did not know Antony, you are still welcome to come and celebrate and remember.

Dec
24
Mon
HAPPY Christmas EVE PARTY at EVA’s Gwangan @ Eva's Gwangan
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
HAPPY Christmas EVE PARTY at EVA's Gwangan @ Eva's Gwangan

Ho!Ho!Ho!
🎅🏻Santa’s day is coming soon but let’s have fun before he comes! Merry Christmas to all Eva’s friends!
Eva wants to give you a happy toasty warm Christmas Eve party!
We will have a BBQ on the roof top with fire pits(🔥 AND mulled 🍷!!!) for you guys so please come have a good time and toast champagne together then make one more great memory at Eva’s with all your friends and us.
SPECIAL EVENT!!
Vote for funniest / ugliest Christmas Sweater!!!
post your funny Christmas sweater picture at evas on Eva’s bar instagram(@evasbar) and hashtagging this
#2018christmaseve
#evasbargwangan
#evasbarbestsweater
#christmassweater
prize : A bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne

We will prepare :
Food
-Pineapple honey glazed ham
-Pineapple pecan mini cheese balls
-Antipasto skewers
-Prosciutto warpped asparagus
-Winter salad w/ honey candied walnuts
-Eva’s Banana chocolate chip bread
-Christmas cake
-Cookies
-BBQ and more !!
We will keep updating about details!!

Drink specials
-Eggnog
-Mulled wine
-Christmas Champagne (pomegranate w/ champagne)
-White Christmas (rumchata w/ peppermint white) and more and more ~🎁🎁🎁

*Bar open from 6pm – 4am but only RSVP private party guests from 9pm-12am
*Attendance Fee : 25,000won (includes food)
*Private Party tickets will be limited to 40
*Reservations available until Dec. 22nd
*Food served at 9pm till gone
*Private party till 12am bar close at 4am

Christmas Eve Dinner with Music from Leah Barbata & David Glover @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Christmas Eve Dinner with Music from Leah Barbata & David Glover @ HQ Gwangan

Looking for a fun, delicious, even potentially romantic way to spend your Christmas Eve? Well, at HQ Gwangan, we’ll be cooking up a Christmas feast–plus we’ve got two amazing local musicians playing two sets of holiday tunes.

Food –

Christmas Dinner Platters with Slow-Cooked Teriyaki Glazed Ham, Steamed Veggies, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Warm Dinner Rolls

Drink Specials:

Mulled Wine – 7000
Virgin Eggnog – 5000
Eggnog with Rum – 7000
Red or White Wine – 4000

Live Music:

The phenomenal Leah Barbata and David Glover are going to be teaming up to bring two sets of acoustic Christmas tunes to set the mood to merry. They’ll play two sets of music–one at 9:00 and one at 10:00.

Hope to see you guys here! Festive dress code not strictly enforced but appreciated!

2018 Red&White Christmas Party @ Wolfhound
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
2018 Red&White Christmas Party @ Wolfhound

Ho ho ho.🎅 The warmest & happiest time of the year is coming and the Wolfhound is hosting a Red & White Christmas party to celebrate! Drink specials are coming up soon. Dress up in your loudest/sexiest/sluttiest Red & White and party the night away.👩‍🎤 Let’s get naughty! Keep up with the Wolfhound Busan! xoxo😘😍🍺

2018 Red&White Christmas Party @ Wolfhound
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
2018 Red&White Christmas Party @ Wolfhound

Ho ho ho.🎅 The warmest & happiest time of the year is coming and the Wolfhound is hosting a Red & White Christmas party to celebrate! Drink specials are coming up soon. Dress up in your loudest/sexiest/sluttiest Red & White and party the night away.👩‍🎤 Let’s get naughty! Keep up with the Wolfhound Busan!

Dec
26
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Dec
28
Fri
Words Only+51 featuring Emily Yoon @ Home Bistro and Cafe
Dec 28 @ 7:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Words Only+51 featuring Emily Yoon @ Home Bistro and Cafe

A very special Words Only+51 is set on December 28th, 8 p.m., at the Home Bistro in Haeundae.

Busan native Emily Yoon is in town for a very short time for the holidays so we are going to feature her and celebrate the release of her new book “A Cruelty Special To Our Species” by Ecco/Harper Collins Publishers. Emily performed at Poetry Plus+42 in September of 2015 and she is currently one of the most vital and fastest rising voices in American poetry. Here is a review of her stunning debut collection that was published in the New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/books/review/cruelty-special-to-our-species-emily-jungmin-yoon.html

*Please arrive as early as possible for this event.

-Leah Barbata will be kicking things off for us with a short set of charming ukulele based songs. Leah has quickly become one of Busan’s most popular performers. So, don’t miss out!

-Julia Gardner (poetry) and Anthony Velasquez (lyric narrative) will both be performing as supporting features for this event. Julia has become a regular to the open mic scene and her poems are always engaging. Anthony has recently completed his MFA and was recently published in the esteemed Sierra Nevada Review.

*Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we will not be able to retain our regular open mic section. We will have a curated night and will have five or six other performers from our Busan literary community participate in five minute sections. Thank you for your understanding.

*Afterwards, we will be treated to the wondrous jazz guitar and trumpet stylings of Robert Coates and Gordon Bazali.

FULL BIO for Emily:

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, selected by Maggie Smith. Her first full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2018. Born in Busan, Republic of Korea, Yoon earned her BA in English and communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in creative writing at New York University, where she served as an award editor for the Washington Square Review and received a Starworks Fellowship. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Columbia Journal Online, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is pursuing a PhD in Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. In 2017, Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

*Home Bistro is a wonderful new addition to our cafe and pub establishments. It has a cozy and modern atmosphere with a full bar and a small menu of vegan cuisine.

*This will be the 110th event under the Poetry Plus+ umbrella dating back to November 11, 2000. Previously, there have been 47 Poetry Plus+ events, 12 Liquid Arts Open Stage events, and 50 Words Only events. Poetry Plus is a curated night of entertainment which includes poetry, storytelling, music, comedy, film, theater, visual art, dance and other genre-bending performances. Liquid Arts Open Stage is similar to Poetry Plus in scope yet it is open to all comers and improvised on the spot that night. Words Only is a night of purely literary and spoken word arts with a little music after the event concludes.

*Programming Note: The Words Only event scheduled for January 12 at Ovantgarde in the KSU area will now shift its focus and be presented as Liquid Arts Open Stage+13. So, please come on out that night as well. It will be our last event until March 2nd as the Busan community at-large breaks for winter vacation and warmer climes.

Dec
31
Mon
New Year’s Eve Sunrise Party at HQ Gwangan @ HQ Gwangan
Dec 31 2018 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 10:00 am
New Year's Eve Sunrise Party at HQ Gwangan @ HQ Gwangan
Let’s bid a fond (or maybe unfond depending on your outlook) to 2018 and look forward to 2019 at HQ Gwangan on Monday, December 31st. Just like we always do, we’ll keep the bar going until the sun rises and then some, and of course, we’ve got a ton of drink and food specials throughout the night, including:

DRINKS

25,000 Bottles of Champagne

From open until 1:00 AM–

3000 Won Tequila Shots
4000 Won Glasses of Red/White Wine
5000 Won Jameson Cocktails

FOOD

TBA

And if those drink specials aren’t enough to push you over the edge, at midnight, we are giving everyone who’s there to ring in the new year a free champagne toast! And for those of you who make it to sunrise–approximately 7:00 AM–we’ll have a free raffle–everyone who is still alive and semi-conscious at the bar at sunrise will get a raffle ticket. We’ll be raffling off a free bottle of Jameson!

Hope to see you on the 31st! And then I’m taking January off from the booze… okay, maybe the first week of January… possibly the first night of January… we’ll see how it turns out.

Jan
2
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Jan 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Jan
9
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Jan 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Jan
16
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club

HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan
Jan 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HQ Gwangan Open Mic Night @ HQ Gwangan

Alright, folks, our new weekly trivia night is continuing to build, and we are always looking for new brainiacs to raise their swords. If you weren’t able to make it in the past, let me remind you that the pub quiz is now at HQ Gwangan every Wednesday, and there’s a new format:

1000 Won Entrance Fee Per Player / Winning Team Gets The Cash!

Maximum Team Size is 5. Minimum Team Size is 1.

2 Rounds of Questions
3 Categories in Each Round
5 Questions in Each Category

Plus in between rounds, we will have a Beer Bonus round where one team can win a free pitcher of Cass or OB.

We’ll be starting the quiz at approximately 9:00, and it’ll be done before 11:00 so for those of you coming from outside of Gwangan, you can hightail it to your bus or subway to stiff over the taxi drivers–or if you want to keep drinking, nobody’s stopping you.

Following, trivia, come on down for the newest open mic in town starting around 11 p.m.

Jan
23
Wed
HQ Wine and Whisky Night @ HQ Bar
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

HQ is rolling out a new weekly event; every Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating wine and whiskey with some of the best drink deals in town.

3000 Won Glasses of White or Red Wine

4000 Won Pours of Jameson

5000 Won Pours of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal, and Canadian Club