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Beijing/Shanghai/Universe promoters Split Works have revealed their final line-up for their multi-city, multi-venue, multi-media Jue Festival event, taking place from March 12 to March 22.

They're doing it Bonnaroo-style, with one big poster, with the bigger acts at the top and then a Star Wars text scroll to the smaller acts, ending right around "Compact Dicks" and "Cousin Kippy" at the bottom, font size .00000000000001.

Click here to have a look.

Lots of lovely things on that. In particular, Japanese world smashers BORIS, making their mainland debut. Here's a "Statement" from them. The other big-font name is Roc Nation hip hop producer Jay Electronica, so that's like... the bookends of music right there.

Anyway, you can put on your reading glasses and scroll through that line-up at that link up there if you want...

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This one doesn't seem to be getting much play elsewhere but it's a pretty cool booking: South London dancehall mainstay Tippa Irie is performing tonight at Yugong Yishan.

Irie's stuff dates back to the mid-'80s, with this little hit, "Hello Darling", which charted in the UK and got lots of radio play. Blast from the past, that one. Sweet reggae music, bless up. Since then he's been (rock) steady, performing featuring slots on a bunch of stuff, including this Black Eyed Peas song (eh...) and on The Bug's 2008 London Zoo record. Here's his collaboration with The Bug. The Bug, incidentally, is coming in to Beijing for Split Works' Jue Festival this year.

Tippa Irie is joined tonight by HEAVY HK's Blood Dunza, Beijing's Ultimate Band Crew, Raddam Ras aka MC Webber, and Oshi playing a reggae/dancehall set.

If you're into reggae and dancehall, this is a big night. Details here.

NIGHTLIFE / JAN 30

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Celebration generation, get into it while you can. Megaclub Circle (Is it a "mega" club? Sure, why not.) is closing for renovations for the month of February.

"Dear loyal patrons and party-goers of CIRCLE,

Although I regret to inform you that CIRCLE will be closing its doors starting on Feb.1st, I am pleased to announce that it is to allow for upgrades and renovations to our club. CIRCLE is always striving to keep things fresh and fun for our clients and these alterations will help us give you an even better party experience! We estimate the upgrades will take about a month and we are looking forward to welcoming you to a better and brighter CIRCLE in the near future!"

There you go. Circle in March 2015: bigger, badder, more, more, more. Their closing party is January 31.

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Long-running Beijing diving instruction provider SinoScuba is launching a new semi-regular (monthly-ish) meetup for divers in the city. First one goes down tonight at The Local, with a screening of James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge: "Voyage to the bottom of the ocean as Titanic director James Cameron becomes the first person to visit the deepest part of the Marianas Trench, almost 11,000 meters beneath the surface."

I've always held that the deep sea is way weirder / scarier than deep space. True Earth aliens down there.

The screening is free and open to divers and non-divers alike. Starts at 7pm. Follow SinoScuba's Facebook page for more info and updates on future events.

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We're back at it with our Movie Mondays at Dada for (most of) the month of February. Chunjie be damned! Our resident selector Maya Rudolph is on top of her game as usual, presenting a full month of films on the theme of Shakespeare in Love (in the '90s (but not 1998's Shakespeare in Love because that one sux)):

"The great thing about Hollywood in the 90s is that it was basically a high school theater club. And why not? Morale was high, cups ranneth over, Keanu Reeves was down for just about anything, and no idea was too erudite, too weird, or too stupid. And so as with the ambitious high school thespian, many a Hollywood screenwriter looked to the Bard, for nothing goes so well together as Shakespearian verse and lip liner."

As always: Dada, 9pm start, free popcorn. Here's the full SmBJ February Movie Monday schedule:

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DINING / JAN 28

GLB: can't stop, won't stop. Here's a look inside the new Great Leap Brewery in Liangmaqiao area. On the menu: Pizza. Beer. What else do you need?


ACTIVITIES / JAN 27

SHENANIGANS. Double "K" Kendra and Kelsey tour the First Trick Museum of Beijing. Kind of like a Mad magazine fold-in crossed with the DSM-V. Maybe not.


DINING / JAN 27

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