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Another thing to do outdoors this weekend: China Free Improvisation, the label/booking platform by experimental music power couple Li Jianhong and Vavabond, is hosting an outdoor environmental improv concert at the Olympic Forest Park on Saturday. If you're not sure what "environmental improv" is, here's a sample of Li Jianohong improvising on guitar together with the sounds of a small Zhejiang mountain town.

Performers at Saturday's event include double bassist A Ming, contemporary dancer Bei Ou, Feng Hao and Li Jianhong on guitar, Li Zenghui and Wang Ziheng on sax, Yan Yulong on violin, Zhu Wenbo on clarinet, and Liu Xinyu and Vavabond on assorted electronics. Guest of honor is Polish musician Weronika Partyka, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Should be a long, interesting, challenging one for fans of the harder to grasp musics.

2pm start, no entry fee. More info here.

ACTIVITIES / APR 25

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If you're formulating your carousing plans for this weekend, here's one for your humble consideration. Something different. A couple of well-traveled Beijing DJs, Shen Yue and Kaize, are hosting a Saturday afternoon and night random party in some hostel. It's called "Be Stupid" and it's a celebration of... I don't know... the summer, the joys of human existence, the wondrous tapestry of life, tech house, whatever.

Will it be good? Maybe, man. I'm going to go with 'maybe' on this one.

But yeah, something a bit different. Here's the address and dets.

NIGHTLIFE / APR 25

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We told you last week or whenever that was that beloved hutong bar and resto 4corners had managed to stave off closure by reworking their operating space. Basically, they're losing the front room. Thus, this Saturday night, they're hosting one of their Wrecking Parties -- the third one of these in fact -- and they're inviting one and all down to the bar for a little DIY renovating. Yes, that's right, they'll have a sledgehammer and you can hit a wall with it or something. Maybe several walls. Maybe several swings.

And drinks deals! 25rmb mix drinks! 10rmb shots! 5rmb off all beers in the house!

A 5rmb discount? What? Get the fuck out!

Anyway, yes. Drinks specials. Sledgehammers. Destruction. 4corners. Saturday.

NIGHTLIFE / APR 24

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Speaking of patios: BJ Foodies is taking advantage of the warming to host their April charity dinner on Nola's terrace on Sunday. 100rmb gets you a set dinner of creole soul cuisine: Natchitoches Meat Pies, Devilled Eggs with ChowChow Relish, Duck Jalapeño Poppers, Corn & Shrimp Bisque with Chili Oil, Chicken, Shrimp, & Andouille Jambalaya, Fried Catfish with Corn Maque Choux, and more stuff I can't understand/pronounce. Proceeds go to Project Candy, a non-profit supporting underprivileged children in rural China.

Click here for the full menu and RSVP here to reserve your spot.

DINING / APR 24

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A few BREAKING NEWS items have come down the wire concerning an issue that affects us all: Patios. Are they open yet? Can we drink on them yet?

Yes. Yes indeed. Tonight over at the Four Seasons, they're celebrating the opening of their Opus Terrace, which is actually one of the best in the city. It's called "Opus", FFS. If lofty drinks are you thing, that's one to keep in mind. The party is a Riviera Events shaker, with a Cuban theme -- cigars, rums, music. 250rmb at the door gets you open bar privileges from 6pm to 1am. You could do some serious damage.

Meanwhile, across town, it's the one you've all been waiting for kids: Migas opens up their rooftop this weekend -- gloriously, triumphantly -- with special guest, Hot Toddy in from the UK on Friday and Los Residents on Saturday. Details here.

NIGHTLIFE / APR 24

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