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Date(s) - 05/18/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office of New York


Cover image: Kang Mu-Xiang

What’s up?  The Taipei Economic and Cultural Center presents the latest installment of its Taiwan Cultural Month series with an intimate talk with Taiwanese sculptor Kang Mu-Xiang.

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Sculpture by Kang Mu-Xiang – courtesy

Why you should go.  You can find “some good things in the trash,” Robin Williams’ famous line in the film The Fisher King. Similarly innovative sculptor Kang Mu-Xiang has a penchant for turning junk into something extraordinarily beautiful.

Using old elevator cables and leftover materials usually found Taiwan’s skyscrapers, Kang, creates new three-dimensional pieces while cleverly combining traditional Eastern Oriental philosophy with modernity in his works.

TPECC's Fashion show at the Taiwan Excellence, 2015 © WhereNYC

Fashion show at the Taiwan Excellence in collaboration with TPECC, 2015 © WhereNYC

What is TPECC The Taipei Economic and Cultural Center is an impressive place featuring many free cultural events that are worth checking out. They are often short, hassle free and you always meet new people. They tend to be dry so don’t always count on wine, but there are plenty of cool spots in the area that will complete a boozy date night. See below.

Spirikal says:

  • RSVP in advance
  • Attire? Business or Casual
  • Business cards are always a plus
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Fancy a drink or bite to eat nearby?
  1. Bookmarks Lounge at the Library Hotel ($$) at Madison by 41St. – On the ground floor you’ve got the Madison & Vine Wine bar but head up to the top for Bookmarks Lounge.
  2. Kinokunya Books 1073 Ave of the Americas by 41st (opposite the park), New York, NY 10018 – browsing for Japanese books, stationary and more.
  3. Madison Ave. Bistro ($$) 238 Madison Ave by 37th, New York, NY 10016 – Unashamedly French classic with great desserts.
  4. Momosan ($$) Lexington between 38th &39th Sts. – Chef Morimoto’s latest ramen venture. Sake, ramen and fusion inspired dishes. The Tan tan men ramen is fantastic.
  5. Ootoya 141 W 41st St (west of 6th Ave), New York, NY 10036 – Japanese izakaya, family style with smart interior.
  6. Peacock Alley & Sir Harrys at the Waldorf Astoria ($$) on Lexington by 49th Street. I’m a sentimental guy and can’t say “no” to an old school wine bar at a legendary hotel.
  7. Riki ($) Izakaya, inexpensive, upstairs karaoke rooms. Non-tipping establishment
  8. Soba Totto $$ – classy, fantastic intimate sake bar, great find
  9. The Upper Terrace Bar at Bryant Park Café  ($$) Bryant Park by 40th @ 5th Avenue, just above the Bryant Park Grill  – tucked away slightly but lively and this seasonal outdoor bar is not open late but is a great find with a secluded feel and fantastic view.
  10. Udon West($) You can’t go wrong here. Pitchers of beer, decent Japanese izakaya grub, fast service.