Adam’s Diary: What’s on, March 25-April 1

By Adam Graudus, The China Post

Trance Baby Meow (勸世寶貝喵喵), Saturday, March 25 Trance Baby Meow shot to relative fame last year with the hypnotic “喵電感應,” an ode to the supposed telepathic connection between the former punk singer and her cat. Trance Baby and the associated Trance Family have attracted a cult following of coat hanger- and feather duster-waving fans to their raucous and slightly bizarre shows. Support comes from screamo metalers 土匪亡靈, new wave outfit dressed as nuns 樹懶教會我的事,and post-rockers Swill. A night of the truly weird. But then, normal’s boring, isn’t it? Doors: 6 p.m. Entry: NT$200 Address: PIPE Live Music, 1 Siyuan Road, Taipei City

Soccer: Taiwan vs. Turkmenistan, Sunday, March 26 After crushing Southeast Asian powerhouses East Timor in the second-round playoffs to reach the third qualifying round, the Black Bears kick off their group E campaign this Sunday against Central Asian giants Turkmenistan. Taiwan will be looking for a standout performance from “The Kaohsiung Iniesta” Chen Po-liang if they are to have any chance of securing a win over the Akhal-Teke’s. The two teams have met only once, with Turkmenistan running out 2-0 winners in a 2011 friendly. Kickoff: 6 p.m. Entry: NT$100 – NT$700 Address: Taipei Municipal Stadium, No. 3, Dunhua North Road, Taipei City

Layout myself (字我練習包工作坊), Sunday, March 26 With 5,000 years of history, it’s unsurprising Chinese teachers and calligraphy experts are particular about the “proper” way of writing characters. But Taipei’s FabCafe wish to take you “back to middle school” for a lesson in using modern forms of Chinese typography. Learn how to layout and print in Chinese for a variety of formats, including publications and poster art. The organizers encourage you to bring your creativity, with the entry fee including materials to make your personalized Chinese character poster. Doors: 2 p.m. Entry: NT$350 Address: FabCafe Taipei, Huashan Creative and Culture Park, 1 Bade Road Section 1, Taipei City

CNC Machine Tool Workshop, Saturday, April 1 The advent of cheaper computerized machine tools, design software and 3D printers has given rise to the “maker movement”— a sort of DIY for the digital age. Maker Lab’s full-day workshop will allow you to get to grips with the basics of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools, to allow you move your building skills beyond a shoddily constructed bird feeder, as well as impress your friends with some intricately designed souvenirs. Email for more information and to register. Doors: 9:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. Entry: NT$1500 Address: MakerLab, 202 Bo’ai 2nd Road, Kaohsiung