If you're one of the tens of people in Beijing chomping at the bit to watch the Major League Baseball 2014 World Series, congratulations! That means you're an American, and our empire has not entirely crumbled yet! Also, you're in luck, because hutong Moroccan rum bistro Cu Ju is opening up at 8am tomorrow to show it live. Breakfast and drinks will be served, and Cu Ju will open early as long as the World Series is going.

Full schedule here.



If you didn't manage to make it to Lantern last weekend for their reopening party, here's some party pictures of the whole sordid affair. (Not really sordid.)

If you squint passed all the beautiful faces of people wilding out, there's a look at what the club looks like after renovations.

You're welcome?



New stuff from Bacatgon Projects, the motley crew behind those A.M. Brainstorms at The Other Place and the new multidisciplinary arts magazine Bajia. "Perceptions of Home" is a video documenting an event of the same name that Bactagon curated back in March, in which they occupied three floors of the Home Inn on Xiguan hutong with site-specific installations lasting 24 hours. "Gallery poetics in a nondescript hutong motel," they say. "Sounds real cool!", I say.

If you didn't make it out back in March, you can soak in a short recap — shot & cut by our sister site Creative Hunt's DJ Furth — right here.

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Shanghai's biggest music festival event of the year, the JZ International Festival, was last weekend in SH, and if you want to have a look at the event photos, click here.

Worth it solely to check out what Bootsie is wearing. He didn't disappoint.

We've got a bit of run-off from that here in Beijing, with a few of the featured performers at the festival making the trip up to tack on Beijing shows -- Marcus Miller is at Yugong tonight, if you want to pony up for door tickets. (300rmb at the door -- ouch). Starts 9:30pm.



This Sunday, popular vinyl shop, fRUITYSHOP is hosting the fourth installment of their "Beijing Records Day" series, with sundry heads from the city descending on the venue to meet up, trade stories, dig for records, and play some music. They've got a pretty great selection, with an emphasis on soul, funk, and disco. Good opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts and maybe score a deal or two.

Runs 3pm to 9pm. No entry fee. Details here.



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