Post-APEC, we're back to music festival business as usual: international industry mixer / multi-site live music showcase Dong Dong is back next week for its second edition. 11 gigs featuring 30 artists, crammed into four venues across four days (next Wednesday-Saturday). The marquee acts are all at Yugong Yishan, with parallel happenings in the more intimate space of DDC and late-night tip afterparties at Dada.

Lots to choose from. You can check the full program here, and come back on Monday for a Soundcloud-annotated breakdown of the major players. In the mean time, Dong Dong's offering an all-access pre-sale ticket for 400rmb right here. 400 kuai for eleven gigs... not bad!



Bell-Tower-proximal pseudo-Daoist temple Zajia Lab has been on a roll with the alternative film screenings lately. This Sunday, they host current Red Gate artist-in-residence Nurit Sharett, who will present her feature-length documentary, The Sun Glows Over the Mountains:

"Nurit, a granddaughter of Moshe Sharett, retells the story of the aliya of her great-grandfather in 1882, and reviews the political philosophy of her grandfather, who spent two years of his childhood in an Arab village north of Ramallah, and who as an Israeli leader championing peace was ousted from his position of foreign minister because of his opposition to the initiation of the 1956 Sinai War."

Sharett — who's at Red Gate via an award her video work garnered at last year's Videobrasil Contemporary Arts Festival — will be on hand to parse the layered social, political, and personally resonant meanings embedded in the hour-long work. 30rmb at the door, 6pm start. Seating's limited, so RSVP by calling 156 0112 2252. More info in the listing.

ART / NOV 21


If you were hoping to get your daily dose, as you will, of "Shaq Soda" -- the only (probably) soda libation to boast the name, visage, and endorsement of legend basketball player and the greatest actor of his generation Shaquille O'Neal -- the one convenience store that sells it at No. 8 in Ju'er Hutong has gone out of business. No idea why. We'll let you know if we find somewhere else that has it.

That is all. Turn out the lights when you leave...



Good news, broody dudes: Danish post-punk heartthrobs Iceage are finally creeping East, hitting China early in the 2015. The band established near-instant underground cred with their 2011 debut, New Brigade, and have successfully extended said cred across two follow-ups, most recent being this year's cheerless slowburner Plowing Into the Field of Love. Though they've crossed the Atlantic a few times to build their name in the States, this will be their first time in China, presumably part of a larger Asia bid.

Iceage plays Yuyintang in Shanghai on January 9 and Mao Live in Beijing on Jan 10. Sick. Openers & ticket prices TBA, stay tuned...



Just a little reminder, if you were interested in trying out that new oyster restaurant Cpearl, tonight is the night to do it and save some cash. Every Wednesday, they run a dozen oyster special for 218rmb. That's like... waaaaaay cheaper than it usually is.

Read all about it right here.



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