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Saturday, April 19 is International Record Store Day. Sweet! Do you buy records? Do you know what records are? They're these physical objects — some plastic, some vinyl — that contain music data. You can purchase them in like 300 stores worldwide. Here are some in Beijing:

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SHOPPING / APR 18

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Oh hell yes: über-popular Sichuan snack shack Zhang Mama just opened a second location to accommodate the eternal crowd milling around outside, waiting for a table to open up at their tiny Fensiting hutong stall. Think they recently won an award in one of the expat rags for "Best Hutong Sichuan Restaurant at Which to Put In a Reservation Then Go Drink at El Nido For An Hour and a Half While You're Waiting to Get Seated." Maybe it was City Weekend.

Anyway, Zhang Mama II is now open at 76 Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie. It has two floors and a bathroom, and the same menu of high-quality, low-cost Sichuan eats. Rad. Gonna cop some boboji this weekend for sure.

DINING / APR 18

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Like the headline says: there's a whole lotta disco to be had this weekend in Beijing. And techno and house and all that too but I'm talking about the disco. First of all, local nu-disco authority Philipp Grefer — aka Metro Tokyo — is doing his first ever Lantern gig tonight. Headliner is "Leipzig deephouse-disco wunderkind" Good Guy Mikesh, who'll play a one-hour live set. He's joined by BJ techno vet Yang Bing and Boflex / Tobias Patrick of Dim Sum Disco.

Speaking of Dim Sum Disco — those dudes are really getting around this weekend. It's a disco craze. Disco fires raging in the hearts of Beijing dwellers far and wide (Gulou and Sanlitun basically)...

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NIGHTLIFE / APR 18

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Love rock music but hate commuting to the middle of fucking nowhere to watch rock music in a crowd of 10,000 people who don't even really love rock music all that much and you have to spend like 40 kuai on a warm can of Tsingdao? I have the solution! A few of the international bands coming through for the big rock'n'rolla festivals happening soonish are also playing smaller club gigs, so you barely even have to leave the 2nd ring to get a little taste. Nice! Here's what's on:

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NIGHTLIFE / APR 17

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Intelligentsia Gallery — one new meeting point for self-identifying hutong intellectuals in a post-HomeShop world — holds the opening party for their third exhibition this Sunday. Dialectical Territories is a group show focusing on the blurred lines between figurative vs abstract representation in landscape:

With artworks that range from photography, to painting and sculpture, the exhibition challenges the territorial boundaries that often stand between Landscapes and Abstraction in the realm of contemporary art. Because of their romantic implications these two concepts are usually presented in terms of contrast: Landscapes depicting contextual scenes versus abstraction as the dematerialization of the world around us. However, upon closer inspection, contemporary photography, painting and object-making have the capacity to transform each subject into its opposite, surrogating meaning and possible interpretations. Pure feeling becomes panoramic scenery, oblique cityscapes bands of colour and visual textures.

The opening event starts 4pm on Sunday, April 20. More info here.

ART / APR 17

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