So, we were going to do this big photo-documentary about all the destruction in the immediate vicinity of the Drum / Bell Towers, but we got lazy That's Beijing got there first and, eff that, we play second fiddle to NO ONE. However, we can report an upside to all the chaos, you selfish bastard: soon-to-be-nonexistent bar Au Goulot is offering massive drink deals that will stand for as long as it itself does. It's a real fire sale situation, with floating drink deals on every night from 8pm, and half-price on ALL drinks after 11pm. Think they might just end up throwing bottles of Pernod at random passers-by before too long. All that asbestos in the air is making them crazy.

So yeah, get while the gettin's good!



Just confirmed: the third annual CNHC (China Hardcore) Festival will happen on Saturday, August 23 at Mako. Thrown by Beijing's China United Action crew, the 3rd CNHC Fest will once again feature a headlining set from Hong Kong heavyweights King Lychee. The godfathers of Chinese HC will be joined by Beijing and Shanghai acolytes Loudspeaker, Unregenerate Blood, Return the Truth, xIt Never Happenedx, Resist Control, Spill Your Guts, Saving Molly, The Last Resort, Own Up, Passage, and Demerit.

That's a lot of fast & heavy-flavored punk to fit in to one day. CNHC III will kick off at 3pm and run you 150rmb at the door. That's like, 10 kuai per band. Check out a little video preview the organizers whipped up here, and find more event info in the listing.



Big art world to-do this weekend: Caochangdi gallery Three Shadows is hosting the first proper solo exhibit (in China) for Beijing-based, internationally toasted photographer Ren Hang, he of the ultra-chic "sexy semi/naked Chinese youth in provocative scenarios" aesthetic. Sure you've stared at his work for slightly longer than would be deemed appropriate in mixed company on Neocha at some point.

The exhibit, Physical Borderline, opens on Saturday afternoon. Here's some of the curator-speak around it:

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Next Saturday, Beijing eco-activists Greening the Beige continue their Today Culture Salon lecture series — a partnership with Today Art Museum — with social psychologist Thomas Talhelm giving a live demonstration of how to build your own air purification system. Talhelm has led DIY workshops all over the country, so he'll share his experiences on that front. Attendees interested in participating in the workshop can order a DIY air purification kit for 200rmb and build it on the day. Sign up for that here, and do it quick: participation in the workshop is capped at five people.

Otherwise the event is free and runs from 3-4:30pm on Saturday, August 9. More info here.



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