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Literature

Derek Sandhaus on Décadence Mandchoue

Derek Sandhaus discusses the new edition of Décadence Mandchoue, the China memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse: "In 1898 a young Englishman walked into a homosexual brothel in Peking and began a journey that he claimed took him all the way to the bedchamber of imperial China's last great ruler, the Empress Dowager". More

Comedy

CCC in The Wu: New Open Mic Night

Comedy Club China ventures out to Wudaokou for the first regular comedy open-mic in Haidian. So enjoy a night of cheap booze, free laughs and all the magic you've come to expect from a night out in the Wu. Runs 9pm to 11pm. More

  • Literature

    Derek Sandhaus on Décadence Mandchoue

    Derek Sandhaus discusses the new edition of Décadence Mandchoue, the China memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse: "In 1898 a young Englishman walked into a homosexual brothel in Peking and began a journey that he claimed took him all the way to the bedchamber of imperial China's last great ruler, the Empress Dowager". More

    Comedy

    CCC in The Wu: New Open Mic Night

    Comedy Club China ventures out to Wudaokou for the first regular comedy open-mic in Haidian. So enjoy a night of cheap booze, free laughs and all the magic you've come to expect from a night out in the Wu. Runs 9pm to 11pm. More
  • Anniversaries

    La-bas Turns 1

    La-bas hosts two nights of live jam sessions on their stage, celebrating their one-year anniversary. 30rmb on Arrow Factory pints all weekend. More

    Live Music


    Dragonforce

    Technical metal wizards Dragonforce play Yugong as part of Painkiller Magazine's 15-year anniversary celebrations. Heavy! Full info

    Cabaret


    Anchors Aweigh!

    Modernista hosts a 1940s-themed musical cabaret stage show featuring returning American singer Kate Smith and the Moonglow Burlesque dancers. More info
  • Charity

    Brawl on the Wall

    Charity boxing event Brawl on the Wall returns for its 2015 edition at Park Hyatt. Check white collar roughnecks beating each other senseless in your best black-tie attire. Proceeds go to Leo's Foundation, supporting infants with respiratory infections. Ticketing info here.

    Live Music

    The Hormones

    Chengdu electro-rock act The Hormones return to the stage at Temple Bar. They're touring behind their latest single "Red Tear", which is "a symbolic expression of anatomizing all the true emotions hidden in our bodies, such as anxiety, loneliness, hope and depression, and being honest to our own ego." Oh rilly? More info
  • Film

    Culture Yard Screening: Beijing Bicycle

    Culture Yard continues their semi-regular screening series of stone-cold Chinese indie film classics. Tonight's selection is 2001 feature Beijing Bicycle: "A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age." Screening at 7pm, with a discussion afterwards. 50rmb cover. More info
  • Dining

    BBQ Charity Dinner @ Home Plate

    Home Plate hosts an intimate (for them) dinner to raise money for a good cause. Great food, free-flow wine and beer, live music, and big-hearted people. Runs 7pm to 9pm. 200rmb BBQ dinner. Only 50 tickets available. RSVP to lamarr_irby@hotmail.com.

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  • Art Spectacle

    Van Gogh Alive @ Joy City

    Chaoyang's Joy City Mall hosts Van Gogh Alive, a multi-media, immersive exhibit featuring over 300 of Van Gogh's works — including Starry Night and others from his Greatest Hits reel — in a flashy, three-dimensional video installation format. "Journey through the life and art of Vincent van Gogh in a symphony of light and sound." Tickets are 80rmb a pop — order here. The exhibit opens on September 8 (delayed from an initially slated August 8 opening due to the Sept 3 parade) and will remain on view until December 6. More
  • Documentary

    Music Documentaries: Modulations

    Meridian kicks off a month-long movie night schedule every Wednesday night, focusing on music documentaries. First up is Modulations — a look at the origins and development of electronic music, from raves to hip hop to recent club sounds. No entry fee, 8pm start. (Note: this event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 but was rescheduled due to the September 3 parade.)

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  • Ballin'

    Lux Lay-days Night Launch @ the Waldorf

    Waldorf Astoria Beijing is partnering with McLaren and Lane Crawford to introduce an "ultra-fabulous" Ladies Night. Said ultra-fabulousness includes free suprises for ladies between 7pm and 10pm. Sparkling wine and cocktails, spa give-aways, and special performances. Call ahead for reservations. Location: Peacock Alley (Ground Floor). Dress code: Old Shanghai. More
  • Live Music

    Lifafa (New Delhi)

    New Delhi indie scene lynchpin Lifafa brings his unique blend of '50s Americana and '60s Bollywood soundscape to Beijing for two gigs: a dancefloor set of deep South Asia cuts on Sept 10 @ Dada and a live set on Friday @ DDC alongside Carsick Cars frontman Zhang Shouwang. Sample the tunes right here.

    Clubbing

    Bye Bye Disco 7th Bday

    Pei Sun and friends return after a long hiatus, bringing their signature brand of fun-loving nu disco electro sounds. With this edition they're celebrating seven years of the party around Beijing. Hey, good work everyone! 10pm start, no entry fee. Further party details
  • Outdoors

    Ditan Park Trip

    The Temple of Earth, also known as Ditan Park, is the second largest of the four Temples of Beijing. Check it out via guided tour from That's Mandarin. More

    Live Music


    RAN Live

    New label Ran Music steps into full-on promotion mode, showcasing a bill comprised of their roster's talent. Deep bill feat. MC Dawei, Luv Plastik, Soulspeak, and more. Full info

    Clubbing


    Slugabed

    The Antidote hosts the return of Ninja Tune's Slugabed alongside Danish producer ELOQ. Music from the outermost reaches of dubstep, hip hop and beyond. More info
  • Experimental Film

    The Absent Screening & Discussion

    UCCA hosts a screening of experimental short film The Absent: "In this short film techniques from traditional Chinese painting are combined with Western-style drama, exploring issues of politics, gender, and identity." The film is in Chinese with Chinese and English subs. More info

    Jazz

    Bosphorus Double Trio

    A whole lot of jazz on stage at DDC with two jazz trios collaborating on a concert. An international cast of musicians performing for Bosphorus Double Trio -- one night only at DCC. 60rmb at the door. Starts 8pm. More info in the listing.
  • Live Music

    Nite Fields (AUS) @ School

    School Bar hosts Brisbane post-punk/shoegaze duo Nite Fields ahead of their slot at Shanghai's Echo Park music festival. Critical praise for their latest, Depersonalisation, compares it to "early Cure and New Order... 4AD’s proto-shoegaze (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil), the delicate guitar picking of Felt and Vini Reilly, melodic gifts of The Monochrome Set and psych pop drones of Spacemen 3." Solid list of referents. Support set from Beijing's Gate to Otherside. 50rmb, 9pm start. More
  • Dad Rock

    Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi — one of the biggest names in popular rock music worldwide — makes his Beijing debut. Ticketing + timing info here.

    Classical Music / Comedy


    MozART Group Humoresque

    Combining classical music (and popular music) with comedy, the MozART performance group returns to China for their third tour. More info

    Gulou Debauch


    Gulou Double Decker #7

    pangbianr x Live Beijing Music shake things up and knock 'em down once again @ Dada/Temple. Quality & hangovers guaranteed. Full lineup here.
  • Live Music

    Shocking Pinks

    New Zealand indie greats Shocking Pinks (Flying Nun, DFA) hit Beijing, sharing the School Bar stage with SUBS and Lonely Leary. 60rmb, 9pm start. More

    Clubbing


    MIIIA

    Shanghai-via-Canada DJ MIIIA is the featured guest for the fifth installment of the Konekt Asia Series at Lantern. Maximum ooontz for your buck. More info

    Anniversaries


    Yen Anniversary

    BJ party label Yen turns 11 up on the roof at Migas. Mickey Zhang, Dio, Eddie LV, and more on the decks, half the city on the dance floor. Get there early, it will sell out. More
  • Popular Music

    Muse

    UK alt rock band of the masses Muse makes their Beijing debut at the MasterCard Center. Find ticketing brackets and more info in the listing.

    Art Openings


    David Diao

    UCCA hosts a solo exhibit for Chengdu painter David Diao, including "115 works... present[ing] Diao’s work as a field of visual and conceptual adjacencies." More artspeak & exhibition dates here.

    Devil's Music


    Guiguisuisui

    The Necro King returns to a Beijing stage to release his latest. Zombie 8-bit, train wreck blues at its finest. Support from Gum Bleed, Death Narcissist, and Ba Xian Fan Dian. More
  • Comedy

    Kung Fu Komedy with Wil Sylvince (Chapelle’s Show)

    Shanghai-based Kung Fu Komedy welcomes in comedian Wil Sylvince, a one-time writer for Chapelle's Show and Damon Wayans' The Underground. 150rmb pre-sale (available at The Bookworm); 180rmb at the door. Starts 8pm. More info in the listing.
  • Classical Music

    Concert by John Robilette

    When John Robilette made his debut at the Kennedy center in Washington, DC in 1984, Wendell Margrave, the late critic of the Washington Post wrote, “I haven’t heard such a good ‘Carnaval’ since Myra Hess…This is piano playing that was commoner around 1930, when there were fewer pianists but better ones.” Mr. Robilette has since been called a throwback to the “Golden Age” of piano playing, having held itinerant concerts in twenty-four countries. 30rmb ticket, 6:30pm start. More
  • Dining

    The World of Rice Dinner

    A triumvirate of Beijing chefs join culinary forces to host "The World of Rice" -- a six-course meal, showcasing the chefs' signature rice dishes. Participating: Alejandro Sanchez of Niajo, Taka Yamamoto of Sake Manzo, and Omar Maseroli of Mercante + Fiume. One night only. Price: 498 per person, including wine paring. Reservations: table@niajo.com / 5208 6052.

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  • Hip Hop

    J-Fever x Soulspeak

    J-Fever and Soulspeak officially release Color Blind, their new record for Douban's D-Force label. "Against a bump 'n' grind backdrop of beats shaped by Soulspeak reminiscent of D'Angelo, J-Fever gets freakier than ever with lyrics that swing from playful flirtation to deep, deep lovin'..." Mmmmyeah. More info

    Roots Music

    Randy Abel Stable: Lonely to Lonesome

    Beijing's finest Americana root music traditionalists release their second album, Lonely to Lonesome. The Randy Abel Stable live at DDC, one of the more welcoming stages in the city for this kind of thing. Starts 9pm. 50rmb at the door. More
  • Live Music

    Stolen - Loop Album Release

    Chengdu electro-rock outfit Stolen releases their impressive debut LP, Loop, tonight at Yugong Yishan. This is yet another release from fast-breaking new label D-Force, a production of social network Douban.com. Expect deep, dark sounds with dystopic visuals to complement. More info

    Clubbing

    DJ T. @ Migas

    Housing the Bar meets Eddie Lv’s The Loop to bring DJ and producer DJ T. From booty-bouncing deep house to forward disco grooves to straight up Jacking tracks, expect sounds that rattle your soul and lift you up. More info
  • David Byrne Worship

    Sunday Night Disco: Talking Heads

    Last time they did the Smiths/Morrissey disco party, this time it's the Talking Heads. A night full of Talking Heads music and videos and mingling. Full-on Byrne worship. Free entry. 10pm start. More info
  • Live Music

    Orchestra of Spheres (NZ)

    School Bar hosts Wellington, NZ "ancient future funk" trio Orchestra of Spheres for a special Beijing performance. "Born out of Wellington's Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society in 2009, the Spheres have developed a cult-like following in New Zealand. Playing house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and opera houses, the Spheres have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows." Sounds fun. Local support in BJ from Baxian Fandian. 50rmb, 9pm start. More
  • Post-Rock

    New Noise Presents: DNKL

    Swedish ambient electronic band DNKL kicks off a nine-date China tour tonight at Yugong Yishan. "The band has been featured on some of the most influential music websites around and played at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including Way Out West and Roskilde, winning over a legion of fans around the world with their mesmerizing dark electronic pop." Sounds like your standard New Noise post-rock booking to me. 100rmb ticket, 9pm start. More
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