So the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is holding its annual little get-together in Beijing, with intense power meetings starting next week. APEC, if you're not familiar, is a cabal in which every nation (actually they call it "member economies" because Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei are individual members and you know China's not down with them being called States) touching the Pacific Ocean tries to figure out a way to get collectively richer. Networking, synergy, New World Order, all that cool stuff. Each Autumn, political and economic power brokers hang out in one of the member country's economy's coolest cities to decide the near futures of the 98% of us in the lower socioeconomic order of things. This is Beijing's first year to host (Shanghai had the APEC meeting in 2001) — so you know they're gonna LOCK SHIT DOWN.

Doesn't really matter to me... I'm a broke crypto-anarchist and the only reason APEC registers in my social calendar is they had to shift the Dong Dong Festival dates because of it. But if you're more practical, Beijinger boss Michael Wester has a detailed breakdown of how APEC will fuck your shit up / be kinda rad for the next few weeks. Basically: commuting's going to be more of a pain in the ass than usual, it'll probably be less polluted for a while, and the work schedule will get wonky. If you're a teacher or work in "non-essential government services" you'll get a mandatory six-day holiday. And if you're reading this, you're very likely either a teacher or in some "non-essential" career, so, congrats!

Get the full scoop over at the Beijinger.



For the month of November, guest Movie Monday curator Maya Rudolph partners up with Rager Pie for a series of Pi(e)-themed screenings. There will be pie by the slice available at all of them, with possible thematic pies being made... no human flesh ones though, I don't think. That's rough even by Beijing meat standards. Here's the program:

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Assuming you'll freak responsibly enough tomorrow night to get out of bed at a decent hour on Saturday: current IFP resident Maurice Bogaert and Chinese artist He An will give an afternoon talk on the topic of Harmony or Disruption - Installation Art as Spatial Condenser:

In recent years installation art has gone from being sculptural interventions in space to becoming total integrated environments which aim to change our common perception of space. Works by contemporary artists such as Mike Nelson, Thomas Saraceno and Olafur Eliasson invite the public to experience space that is modified through either subtle means such as repetition or reproduction to new configurations and materials which open up a new physical awareness.

Each artists' presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by architect and IFP program director Max Gerthel. More info on that one here.

Also: IFP is currently recruiting their next crop of residents. Specifically, they're looking for "visual artists, architects and designers, based in Sweden or with a strong connection to the Swedish art scene" working with the theme of "public space in China." There are two residency periods open: August 15-November 15, and September 15-December 15. Find more info + apply (by tomorrow!) here.

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The Hutong Yellow Weasels are back from a bit of a break from the Beijing fiddlin' and foot-stomping scene, back tonight hosting a "West Virginia Barn Dance" tonight at Mako Livehouse. Traditional line and square dancing to Appalachian fiddle tunes is on the agenda, with dance callers Nathan Paul and Chris Hawke leading the charge.

Fun way to enjoy a little old timey Americana and kick off your Halloween weekend. Details here. 50rmb cover. Starts 9pm.



If the Music Monday and yesterday's roundup didn't provide enough Halloween events for you to get into, you have a problem, dude. Also, here's an extra one: tonight, the Bookworm hosts a collection of Beijing-based authors who'll be reading their original ghost fictions. The organizers say:

Each piece in this eclectic mix of short works will offer a different take on the phantasmal. The results may be macabre, humorous, bone chilling, experimental, grotesque, life affirming, or whatever else the mad scientist lab of the writer’s brain can concoct.

I hope they're all prefaced with, "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society..." That would be so cool.

Tonight, 7:30pm, 50rmb. More info here.



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