All Week Long: Feige Vintage Fair
For the duration of the National Day holiday, you can get your annual vintage fix outside Wukesong Hi-Park, where Feige will post up for their largest Vintage Fair yet. Pop in from 1-7pm every day from October 1-7 to visit over 200 vendors slinging modern & vintage goods galore. Separate zones for indie designers, commercial vendors, an American Culture presentation, games and interactive activities, and stage performances. The live component includes 14 bands and several DJs providing tunes throughout the week.
60rmb entry per day. More info in the listing.
All Week Long: 'Van Gogh: Alive'
If you haven't had the chance to check out the Van Gogh video installation exhibition down at Chaoyang Joy City Mall, the October Holiday is a good time to do so. Maybe with more people out of town or with their families for the season, you might get more of the exhibition to yourself. From SmartBeijing's photo gallery and review, posted a few weeks back:
"'Van Gogh Alive' is a 'multisensory art exhibition' that explores the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh in an 'incredible, stimulating multimedia format'. Said stimulating format? The 'SENSORY4TM' -- 'a unique system that combines multichannel motion graphics, cinema-quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most spectacular multiscreen environments in the world.'
"Yes, it's the 'SENSORY4TM' -- I'm not making that up.
"It's basically a giant warehouse space outfitted with a maze of massive 30-foot screens and a booming soundsystem, cranking out floor to ceiling images set to a truly ripping classical music soundtrack. 'Vincent Van Gogh Alive' is for people who really want to go BALLS DEEP on their love for the post impressionist master."
More information and a picture gallery of what it looks like right here.
All Week Long: Modernista's Brunch Deal
House of Euro swank Modernista is offering their brunch deal daily from October 1-7, from 12pm to 5pm. If you usually spend Sunday rolling around in your bed, clutching your head in pain, and cursing your existence, hey, here's seven opportunities to see how normal people live with this whole "brunch" thing.
Modernista's brunch menu includes veggie options (quiche, pancakes, tomato and ricotta ravioli, etc.), as well as meatier affairs -- eggs Benedict with Parma ham and white mushrooms. Set prices range from 60rmb to 75rmb, with options in fresh juices and re-toxifying cocktails. Reservations highly recommended: 13691425744 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Week Long: Great Leap Beer Specials
What you're looking at there is the complete list of the daily 25rmb beer specials at all three Great Leap Breweries for the holidays.
'Nuff Said. Excelsior.
All Week Long: Old What Bar's 13th Anniversary
Forbidden City-adjacent rock dive Old What celebrates the unbelievable milestone of keeping its doors open for thirteen years. Nice work dudes! They kick off a night early with a pre-gamer on September 30, then launch into a full roster of rock, punk, folk and more for the duration of the break. Here's the full spread (all 9pm start and free unless otherwise indicated):
Oct 1: Improv band party
Oct 2: Clazzy Band
Oct 3: "Beijing Power" Punk showcase (9:30pm start)
Oct 4: Nathan Borofka, Jony and Eve jam party
Oct 5: Motorbike Girls, Power Powder
Oct 6: Randy Abel (blues harmonica/vocals), Chris Hawke (guitar/vocals), Heike Kagler (cello/vocals), Xin Xin (fiddle)
Oct 7: BBQ Afterparty
SEPT 30: Fang's Full Menu Official Opening Party
It's not officially in the Golden Week holidays, but the night-of is close enough so we'll stick this one in here. Fangjia Hutong's newest proper-drinks-for-proper-gorwnups bar, Fang, is hosting their official full menu opening this Wednesday night, with free tapas as they last (hint: get there early), complimentary shots on the hour, a 45rmb special cocktail on the night, tons and tons of house music, and good times had by all (prediction).
SmartBeijing checked out this Fang bar a few weeks back -- click here if you're interested -- and it is indeed a great place to grab a cocktail. Good option to get your holiday started in a mature fashion before you blow it all by doing silly and regrettable things as the night progresses.
Fair warning: It's a small place. Get in earlier -- opens at 7pm.
OCT 1: The Wolfpack @ Camera Stylo
Camera Stylo screens 2015 festival smash-hit The Wolfpack: "A brand new documentary, fresh off the festival circuit. It's a fascinating find. The director discovered a family of brothers who had been confined to their apartment for the whole of their childhood, never socializing or going to school. Their only contact with the outside world came in the form of Hollywood movies on television, and this is clearly reflected in their behaviour, speech and dress. To look at them, they could be a motley collection of film studio extras. Fascinating look at a very unusual upbringing."
iMDB adds: "Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, 'The Wolfpack,' the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes."
Crazy. 8pm start, no entry fee. More info
OCT 1-2: 24-Hour Dionysus Party
Meanwhile, down at Chaoyangmen: Modernsky Lab hosts a marathon 24-hour party to kick off the October break. 20 DJs, two stages, one entire 24-hour cycle of music. Things kick off at 3pm with a pastry fair and "relaxing/detoxing activities that slowly climb into mind-blowing psychedelic tracks and dangerous tunes." Neato. They add: "Medical assistance, food, and of course drinks will be served non-stop." Seems like they've covered all the bases.
Music from Acid Echoes, Huang Weiwei, Gao Hu, Gasse, Mickey Zhang, Trixphonic, X.L.F., Menghan, Diva Li, Shen Yue, and more, plus visuals from Clockwork Q. 150rmb at the door, runs from 3pm on Friday, October 1 'til 3pm the next day. More info
OCT 2: ATB (DJ Mag #58) @ LiV
Double down on EDM decadence on Friday, October 2 at LiV, if you so wish, when they'll be hosting André Tanneberger, aka ATB (#58 on DJ Mag's top 100), "a German producer who has played a defining role in dance music for over 15 years. He has headlined the world’s biggest festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields and Nature One. He is also a resident at America's world-famous Marquee Club in Las Vegas. His list of collaborations boast the biggest names in EDM including DashBerlin, Moby, and Armin van Buuren." So yeah, a top DJ Mag-ranked DJ playing at the massive LIV, behind his 9th studio release. Starts 10pm. 150rmb pre-sale; 200rmb at the door. More info
OCT 3: Mexican Oktoberfest @ Jing A
On Saturday, October 3, Jing A does a little pan-cultural mashup at their Beijing taproom: "Who says Oktoberfest has to be about lederhosen and bratwurst? [Ed.'s note: King Ludwig I of Bavaria.] We'd rather throw a Tex-Mex craft beer party instead!" Cool? They'll launch their latest product — El Hefe Imperial Hefeweizen (8% abv) tonight. Buy two pints or a liter stein of El Hefe and you'll get a plate of their special Nachos con Chili con Carne con Queso ("fried tortilla chips topped with cheese and our five pepper beef chili"). Runs from 5-10pm. More
OCT 3: Psy @ Dada
If you're looking for your spaced-out trance fix: Beijing psytrance junta GoaProductions will post up at Dada on October 3 for a re-scheduled rager warming up for their Yunnan Spirit Tribe rave set for later in the month. (The previously scheduled August gig was canceled as it conflicted with Beijing's parade rehearsal plans.) Actually a bunch of visiting DJs from that Modern Skylab thing bleeding into this one. Anyway, drop in to Dada for the full-on Goa experience: blacklight gnome wall hangings, very high-BPM dance music, guys and gals who've been practicing their glowstick twirls all year for this very occasion. More info here.
OCT 3: Noise Arcade @ 8-Bit
Also on October 3: the new 8-Bit hosts its first live music performance, celebrating the release of a cassette split between Beijing's Noise Arcade and Sonic Deadhorse from Taiwan. Mr. Arcade (get it? 8-Bit? Arcade?) says: "A special Nasty Wizard drink will be available. What's in it? Fucked if I know." Probably tastes great though. Cassette limited to 50 copies. Here's the latest from Noise Arcade for a sample:
No entry fee, 10pm start. More
Oct 3-7: Experimental Music in Baitasi
Beijing Design Week will be raging for the duration of the break — it closes on October 7. Check out our general primer to the whole thing here.
And here's one component of BJDW that might have slipped through the cracks, but would be cool to check out during the latter half of Golden Week: Dutch composer Martijn Tellinga has put together a five-day experimental music performance/installation at #31 Qianchaoshou Hutong in Baitasi, pulling some of the city's most active free improvisers into a barely-renovated residential space. He says:
"'Bearings' is a five-day performance installation situated in the abandoned spaces of a typical Beijing hutong courtyard house. Entirely whitened — including the items the former inhabitants left behind — each space surrounding the courtyard has a small speaker driver installed. It continuously and quietly emits an electronic tone tuned to the strongest resonance of the space it is mounted in, together forming a chord that gradually travels between the spaces.
"Four violinists appear each day during the exhibition. Their visits to the courtyard are not scheduled and unannounced. Their only instruction is to play quiet single tones of changing duration and at harmonic intervals with the resonant tone of a space, gently modulating the chord that is sounding in the courtyard.
"As visitor, you might encounter a number of musicians in dialogue with each other and the different spaces, a soloist, or the courtyard void of performers simply giving quiet voice to its own resonance. The different states of this piece each ask for your attention in their own way. All, also the still ones, are part of the work, equally important and about to change. 'Bearings' invites you to slow down and sit down. Listen and look..."
Drop in any time between 10am and 6pm from October 3-7 to check out this unique interface between experimental music, drone, architecture, and design.
October 3-11: 2015 China Open
The China Open 2015 gets underway during the holidays, and rolls on through with matches played until the finals on October 11. One of Asia'a premier tennis events, this year's contest features many of the sport's biggest stars, including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Simona Halep rounding out the ladies' bracket and Novak Djokovic, Tomáš Berdych, and Rapahel Nadal in the men's.
Lots of people slamming yellow balls at great velocities and going "UUUUGHGGGHHHHH". Good times.
Tickets for the early rounds on the smaller courts start from as little as 30rmb and climb upwards to astronomical sums for tickets to the main events (80,000rmb -- whattttt).
Daimai.cn has all tickets available via their English-language service right here.
Full schedule right here.