Beijing-based documentarian and Hot & Cold half Joshua Frank has a new video doc up on China File, an edifying ~10-minute break from whatever you're doing now. Collecting Insanity is a brief look at a surreal piece of material-cultural display in rural Sichuan: "Frank tours the Jianchuan Museum Cluster, of Fan Jianchuan, an ex-official and real estate magnate, in the town of Anren, near Chengdu. The group of exhibits, named after Fan himself, display their owner’s collection of millions of historical artifacts, gathered over a lifetime of obsessive accumulation. Fan’s museum displays objects from various historical events, including the officially memorialized Sino-Japanese War and the far more taboo fallout of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake."

Watch Collecting Insanity here.



The weather's finally nice... get out tomorrow afternoon to check out a bunch of rad art events happening. Curator talks, "hair-themed snacks", urban flux photography, and a psychedelic supergroup invades UCCA.

All of these are happening in the afternoon / early evening of Saturday, September 20:

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Meridian Space is continuing their pretty on-point Cinema Club screening series this month by showing three classic heist pictures. 'Three Heists' kicks off tonight with Kubrick's 1956 debut feature, The Killing:

"A veteran criminal (Sterling Hayden) is planning one last heist before settling down. In order to rob million from a local racetrack, he assembles a team consisting of a corrupt cop, a betting window teller, a sharpshooter, a wrestler, and a track bartender. But the plan suffers when the wife of one of Hayden’s subordinates tries to cut herself (and her lover) in on the payoff."

This one put Kubrick on the map and was the main inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs. Meridian's showing that one next week. Find the full 'Three Heists' screening schedule in the listing.



Getting older: it's the new thing. Celebrating birthdays this weekend are Maybe Mars, turning seven years old with a show Friday night at Yugong. If the one last year is anything to go on expect a packed house. On stage is The Yours in from HK (a newer addition to the fold, they're also kicking out a new album on the night), White+, Murmur, and Birdstriking. Details here. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, also on Friday is Yen's anniversary, which usually manage to draws half the city out. Lights, lasers, action. SmartTicket has your advance tickets, if you want to go.

On Saturday night, Yugong Yishan itself also turns ten with a huge line-up of Beijing bands: Re-TROS, Carsick Cars, WHAI, and a few others playing earlier in the night, and a few legacy Beijing DJs taking over after for more of a dance thing. 100 beans at the door. Details here.

Everyone's turning 10. 2004 must have been a hell of a year. You've peaked Beijing! You've peaked!



Kind of an interesting one on tonight if you're looking to start your weekend off early. Dada is hosting a few veterans of the Beijing rock scene button jamming down on their DJ decks. On the bill is White+ -- the one dude, the other dude, or both, I don't know -- playing music -- Neu! maybe? -- as well as members from Queen Sea Big Shark and Da Bang. Said members are going to be playing original electronic stuff that they've done.

No cover. Details here.



Satan is super stoked because one of his favorite metal bands of all time is coming to Beijing: Carcass. They're playing Yugong Yishan on October 9, headlining the 14th anniversary for hesher media kingpins, Painkiller.

Carcass, dude. Carcass.

That's all we need to say, eh? Shit's not cheap -- 300rmb pre-sale -- but we can personally guarantee that every last jiao of that is going to the cause of evil worldwide.

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