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The buildup for 2014's Beijing Design Week, which kicks off at the end of next month, is reaching a peak of noise right about now. So much online chatter about The City, Embededness, Archizines, Concrete Spatial Design Ideas, Mobile Design, and other concepts / portmanteaus / fake words primarily used by theoretical architects. You can click through the program as it stands to date right here.

(Oh, cool: the BJDW website is actually well designed this year. Nice work Lava!)

We'll have a comprehensive rundown of the key Design Week events up on SmBJ in the next few weeks. In the mean time, here's one BJDW online thing you can get into: China Design Challenge.

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ART / AUG 29

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Here's one for tomorrow afternoon, assuming you have a sturdy poncho: Beiluoguxiang micro-gallery Flicking Forehead is hosting an alternative fashion show called "Who will you save if xxxx and xxxx are drowning in the sea". It's really more like an avant-garde theater performance, as its a collaboration between Beijing-based Butoh / Noh dancer Beio and DOORS studio. They say: "With the form of fashion show, it’s actually a gig between performance and experimental theater." I say: hey, why not? Beio's personal fashion is a ton of white body paint and very, very flowy clothing, which is a look for sure.

No entry fee, 4:30pm start. More info in the listing.

ART / AUG 29

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The Red Bull international energy drink corp. has been making a few moves in Beijing 'lo these past few months, synergizing, streamlining, brand developing, energizing, creatively something-something creative, blah, blah, and injecting a bit of love and sponsorship into the local electronic music producing community. In Beijing, they're hosting an offshoot of the famous Red Bull Music Academy called "The Bass Camp".

Side note: What do you suppose the Red Bull office is like? I picture it as a bunch of dudes spazzing out all day long, screaming in each other's faces, blasting Red Bull, and dunking basketballs, bean bag chairs and Mac Books everywhere. Just racks and racks of baseball hats.

I digress. The Bass Camp is 20 up-and-coming China-based producers and musicians learning craft, exchanging ideas, working on material, creatively being creative, and whatever else, developing their careers in the music industry. Two of the established artists associated with the program are Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records collaborator, Just Blaze and Warp Records' beatsmith, Hudson Mohawke. We'll probably have a look into The Bass Camp at a future date on SmartBeej. It's our steez.

BUT Just Blaze and Hudson Mohawke are going to be doing a show in Beijing while they're here. September 13. Lantern. 50rmb cover. Going to be a big one.

Details here.

NIGHTLIFE / AUG 28

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School Bar's been pretty much the only music venue to keep a full roster of live gigs going all summer long, and they're not resting on their laurels as we head into the more active autumn months. Starting in September, they're offering a discount deal: 200rmb for any six shows. Pretty nice. Only for students though. Get it? School? To get your School Bar monthly pass, rock up to the bar with a student ID (I still use my undergrad ID in these situations, which has a photo from 10 years ago) and a passport-sized photo. Guess they're taking this pretty seriously.

You can glance the September bookings School has lined up so far here, and tune into SmartBeijing next week for a few choice picks in the September Agenda.

NIGHTLIFE / AUG 27

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