Here's a good way to break up your working week and check out that new live venue DDC if you haven't been yet -- the venue is hosting their second Craft Beer & Music Fair tonight. On taps is six of Beijing's usual suspect craft brewers -- Jing A, Master Gao, Arrow Factory, Nbeer, and Slow Boat -- and they're joined by selected members of the Home Brewers Association slinging their wares. Snacks from Cuju and Stuff'd as well. And, of course, some sort of live music on stage. Don't know who it is. Doesn't matter. Bunch of different kinds of beer and food. There you go.

The even runs from 6:30pm 'til 11pm. 50rmb cover gets you a branded mug from one of the vendors plus some beer in that mug. Details here.



New kids on the culinary block, Rager Pie, are holding their official launch / "soft opening" on Saturday, September 6 at The Other Place. This is one of your classic hutong kitchen labor-of-love startups, with a few industrious young pastry chefs waking up at the crack of dawn to churn out dessert for the masses. Current menu includes Pecan, Pumpkin, and Cream Pie varieties, with more being worked out in the labs as we speak.

The launch event will also involve tacos, guacamole, and premium java from Shanghai's Gospel Coffee Roasters. Find more info on all that here. After launching, Rager Pies will be available within the Gulou and Sanlitun zones via new delivery app BringMe.

For more info on the pies, or if you're a restaurant looking to stock some pies, or if you just want to get your hands on a t-shirt emblazoned with Rager Pie's Aggro Yak Minotaur Guy logo — scan the WeChat thingy in this flyer or email ragerpie@ragerpie.com.



Here's a chill coffee shop art show popping up over the long Mid-Autumn fest weekend: local art and music scene hybridizer Joe Jo (Pet Conspiracy manager, Lava account assistant, like 10 other things, dude has his fingers in a lot of pies) is putting together a two-day solo show for local artist Snow Wang at Cafe Zarah. The exhibit will feature 11 works that Snow has created over the course of her collaboration with DJ Wordy / Soulspeak's Hot Pot event series at Migas. On that tip: the images (deer in bondage gear, an "imagined inverse world, where skyscrapers are destroyed and hutongs worshipped," etc) will also include a musical component provided by Soulspeak, as each visual work comes with an "accompanying sound." Also will be some kind of interactive film installation in collaboration with cinematographer Harrison Schaaf. It all sounds very exciting and multi-media.

Opening party is on Sunday, September 7, from 5pm. The exhibit will be on view until the end of the following day. Find more info in the listing.

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Fresh news from the Dong Dong Festival camp: in addition to their nighttime live music events (which they began to tease a few weeks ago), the daytime workshop / panel / artist lecture / mingpian swapping component of Dong Dong will officially be held at Meridian Space from November 27-28. Confirmed panelists so far include Outdustry founder / Beggars Group China rep Ed Peto, Singaporean C-Pop producer Billy Koh, Beijing indie rock demigod Yang Haisong, and Chinese music crowdfunding platform Musikid's CEO Ma Ke and VP Guo Xiaohan.

Unlike the live music portion, the conference part of Dong Dong is limited to registrants who are somehow, even tangentially, connected to the music industry (can be an artist, label, agent, distributor, promoter, online platform, or even a humble blogger like me). If you're interested and can bullshit some kind of "music industry role," go ahead and register here.



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