Yes, it's Friday and I'm sure many of you, including myself, are wondering what to do this weekend.
And of course, our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim, has all the answers.
Hello Michelle, what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young and hello to you all.
Well it's spring time once again, which means the weather is warmer and the flowers are starting to bloom.
You can also see the signs of spring in the art and culture world, as exhibitions of flowers and plants are being held.
So if you are ready to experience the essence of spring, take a look at this.
The Four Gracious Plants: Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum and Bamboo, were traditionally the subject-matter of Korean Literary Painting.
An exhibition showing orchid paintings is opening in Korea.
How about indulging the beautiful appearance and sweet scent of orchids
[Interview : Moon Bong-sun, Painter] "Painting the orchids with ink, rather than colors, makes them come alive and it is the reason these flowers have been expressed with ink since ancient times".
The pointy blossoms and straight leaves stretch upward to the sky.
The winter orchids that grow on Halla Mountain during the cold seasons resemble the graceful shape of a crane, and the spring orchid which bows its head looks like a bashful and beautiful girl.
The author of this exhibition, who has observed orchids for the past 35-years, has discovered the marked characteristic of Korean orchids.
The author's realistic take yields original pictures rather than a predictable ink-and-wash painting composition.
[Interview : Moon Bong-sun, Painter] "The characteristic of Korean orchids, when contrasted with Chinese orchids, is their beautiful bowing head, giving them a unique appearance of elegance and grace".
These orchids, completed with a single stroke of the brush, use restraint to express the subtle beauty of Korea.
[Reporter : ed:paul] The exhibition will be held from March 14th to April 1st at the Gong Art Space in Gwanhun-dong.
You know, spring is my favorite season because of the warm weather and all the beautiful flowers blooming.
This exhibition is definitely making me even more excited about spring.
[Reporter : ] Yes. I feel like this exhibition will be a great way to start the new season.
I agree. Are there any other events we can go to[Reporter : ] For everyone who loves to read, I have a special event that may have you interested. Check this out.
Recently, plays in the form of dramatic readings are featuring more frequently, where actors read novels on stage.
The protagonist's younger cousin has lost her husband and now searches for a new love, finding the thrill of romance in her twilight years.
The protagonist becomes nostalgic through the experience of her cousin.
This is the novel "For Yearnings" of the late author Park Wan-seo.
[Interview : Ha Il-ho, Stage producer] "The difference is that this type of acting will keep the author's style of writing intact. It almost feels like being read a short story from beginning to end".
The characters are unleashed through the words of the actors, and they come to life on stage.
[Interview : Lim Jung-hee, Audience] "I don't have much time to read books. And it's so much more moving when the actors read these novels out loud..."
An old killer and a young gambler end up having to travel together, by chance, and together they discover the meaning of life.
This is rising young novelist Cheon Myoung-kwan's novel "To a more wonderful life", which shared the stage with other novels by Yoon Sung-hee and Kim Jong-hyuk.
[Interview : Lee Ho-seong, Actor] "A dramatic reading, as opposed to acting, can be more lyrical. It has the advantage of encouraging the audience to be more imaginative".
A dramatic reading is able to marry the best of both the literary and theatric worlds.
And it is also silently shaking up the way we think of theater.
[Reporter : ed:paul] This reading of the novel "For Yearnings" will be held at the Sundol Theater until the 30th of this month AND the reading of "To a more wonderful life" will be held at the Sanwoolim Theater Company until the 24th of this month.
I feel like having a book read to you would be a very different experience than just simply reading the book yourself.
[Reporter : ] I feel that way too.
I think it would be easier for the listeners to visualize and paint an image in their heads about the details of a book, as the readers act the story out with their voices.
Yes, I love to read and now I'm curious to see the difference between reading a novel and having someone read it to you.
I will definitely go to this event.
And now you have the events bulletin for us I believe[Reporter : ] Yes I have more updates on exhibitions on Chagall, Finland design, and Cubricks
[Reporter : ed:mark] This events bulletin consists of three new events.
The Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting an exhibition of Chagall's works through March 27th.
The exhibition will be divided into 6 parts, to help the audience gain a better understanding of the main theme of his paintings.
The "Design Finland" exhibition will take place from the March 17th to April 14th at the Hangaram Design Museum of the Seoul Arts Center.
The exhibition focuses on timeless, sustainable design and the relationship between nature and man.
The National Museum of contemporary Art has opened an exhibition entitled, "Art Folly 2012_Cubrick" by architect Kim Chan-joong.
The exhibition will be running until June just outside the museum in the plaza of Seoul Grand Park.
Thank you again for the update I will see you next week
[Reporter : ] Thank you.
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