The Insiders: Concord, land of historical lectures and belly dancing
Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
Concord and Korea have more in common than you think. For instance, did you know they both start with the same letter? Also, the capital of South Korea boasts a population of about 10 million people, which is only about 10 million more than our fair city. They are practically twins.
Even with the avalanche of knowledge we just dropped on you, there’s likely still plenty you don’t know about Korea. Well, not for long. Stop by the Concord City Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the latest installment in the Walker Lecture Series, “Korea, Land of Contrast,” a travelogue and film journey with Buddy Hatton.
Sure, the title sounds like a book report you handed in during your senior year, and yeah, we’re pretty sure Buddy Hatton was a 1950s recording artist, but trust us: you will be smarter for having gone. You will learn about Seoul, “an exciting way to experience the Asia of old and new,” according to the Walker Series press release. Without the jet lag, we assume. Journey through all of South Korea as Hatton highlights the “beautiful palaces” in Seoul (the Concord similarities just don’t stop) and how veterans of the Korean war wouldn’t recognize the ultra-modern cities with high-rises where barracks once stood.
The event is free, and though no reservations are required, it is first-come, first-seated. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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If you’re looking for a little more movement, particularly in the hip region, stop over at Wonder Made at 19 Warren St. for The Sacred Belly, Women’s Healing Dance. The 7 p.m. class is just $5 and is held in the eclectic and engaging atmosphere created at the local art boutique. No experience is necessary, though if you are a secretly-accomplished belly dancer, this would be a tremendous opportunity to wow the crowd.
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