The team behind Beijing-oriented multi-media, trans-disciplinary urban thoughts journal Concrete Flux, fresh off the online launch of their second issue, is already looking ahead to #3. The new theme is "Escapism," which the editorial call for submissions elaborates upon thusly: "The city can be a zone to escape to — from poverty, from boredom, into dreams — and away from — from the noise, pollution, congestion and stress of city life. How do you interpret the theme of escapism and the city in China?" Send your ideas to hello@concreteflux.com by 6pm on August 22, if you want to.

The Concrete Flux crew is also looking to open up its ranks to "writers, designers, artists, photographers, readers and interested people" who might like to get involved with the magazine, associated events, and/or "the broader Concrete Flux mission." Use the above email to say "hello" if you're into becoming a member of the team.



We continue our July Movie Monday series of films that occur during One Summer Day tonight at Dada with a showing of Richard Linklater's retro high school waster classic, Dazed and Confused: "It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to." The MPAA says: "Rated R for pervasive, continuous teen drug and alcohol use and very strong language." SOLD! Here's the trailer.

9pm start, no entry fee, free popcorn. Now that's LIVIN.



Heads up -- the performance segment of the 2014 Beijing Dance Festival happens from this Sunday, July 20 til next Friday, July 25 at two venues: Star Theatre and PLA Theater. The opening event goes down on Sunday night at 7:30pm, featuring members of the Beijing LDTX collective performing to cool modern minimalist/jazz tunes by Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, Zhang Jian, Philip Glass, et al. The rest of the week features daytime workshops and symposia, with nightly "Focus" performances highlighting artists from Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, and Guangzhou.

Tickets range from 160rmb per event to 680rmb for a VIP pass; full breakdown here. Find the master schedule of Beijing Dance Festival 2014 events here and venue maps etc in the listing.



The organizers of Beijing Design Week are gearing up for its 2014 edition, which'll occur September 26 - October 3 in all the old familiar places. For the fourth straight year, they're opening up the multi-site Design Hop portion of the program to external applicants.

Design Hop, if you don't know, is where Beijing Design Week gives a bunch of rogue artists, curators, designers, architects, filmmakers, whatever-elses a BJDW sticker and no funding and smashes them into a small room in one of several "core areas." As with last year, these include Caochangdi, sub-798 zone 751, and Dashilar. This year they're also adding Taikoo Li Village in Sanlitun to the map.

This year, each zone has its own theme going on. Check them all here. Applications for anyone interested in participating with an exhibition or performance or a cool, vaguely-design related phenomenon of any kind is invited to formally apply to participate. Just do it by SUNDAY, JULY 20. Application form here.

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