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.



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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Just in time to do all your pre-emptive V-Day / Chunjie shopping: Shanghai boutique design store The Backroom is expanding to Beijing, opening its second location in Central Park on Saturday. If its Shanghai forebear is anything to go by, you can expect a sort of steampunk hipster aesthetic, with a showroom displaying fashion accessories by locally-based, indie designers, as well as select works from international (mostly Northern European) artists. A quick Google yielded this article which drops such verbiage as "Curiosity Shop", "laboriously handwritten price tags", "urban dandies", "oversized bow ties", "elk head-topped shoehorns". So this is like, gatecrashing a UCCA opening afterparty gear. Feel it.

The official Backroom 2 opening elbow-rubber runs from 3-8pm on Saturday, Jan 31. Find more info in the listing.



Send this one over to your friend trying to "make it" as an artist in Berlin: hutong courtyard gallery I: Project Space has teamed up with Goethe Institute China to offer a ten-week photography residency from July-September 2015. The qualifying criteria are quite simple: you have to be a professional photographer, based in Germany. Probably would help if you speak German as the application materials are all in the Deutsch.

Pretty sweet deal, though. I: Project Space provides shelter and a buzzing network of local artists, curators, and generally interesting people with whom to interact. Goethe provides travel fees and an 800 Euro-per-month "cost of living" stipend, which if you're rent-free in Beijing means "buying lots of drinks for all your friends and still amply covering the cost of living" stipend.

Deadline to apply is March 31. Get on that here.

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Sounds like an interesting one for Sunday night. Capital M is hosting a screening of "North Korea’s first girl power movie", Comrade Kim Goes Flying.

"Comrade Kim Yong Mi is a North Korean coal miner. Her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil, who believes miners belong underground."

Metaphors abound, seems like. The movie is being introduced by its co-director, Nick Bonner. 75rmb entry. Starts 5pm.



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