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Beijing Life: Weekender June 23-29

Highlights of this weekend and the week ahead

The most intriguing and exciting events for the weekend and beyond. 



June 23


HIVER at Lantern, 11pm-7am, RMB50-80

The two men known as Hiver, Giuseppe and Sergion, found their passion in Milan and got the attention of various major labels. Now they have an incredible number of EPs making huge success around the world. End the week on a high, Hiver will be bursting their deep, and sensual techno at Lantern.

Gongti West Road
工体西门向北100米 (许仙楼餐厅后侧地下)


Ember Swift Showcase Show! 9pm-11:59pm, RMB50-60

School Bar is humbled to be hosting Ember Swift, multitalented musician and student of Chinese culture. Come and hear how Chinese and Canadian culture influence her music down to the lyrics that combine English, French and Mandarin. Ember Swift has definitely something unique about her, don't miss hearing cultural fusion at its best. 

School Bar
53 Wudaoying Hutong


Jiangsu & Zhejiang Food Festival, All Day, RMB468-498

JW Marriot has invited two guest chefs from Jiangsu & Zhejiang, to showcase the very best that these provinces have to offer. Their ample menu with over 40 dishes will have you taste the amazing flavors, and see the outstanding talents of the chefs behind them. Friday night dinner is served.

JW Marriot
18 Xuanwumen Waidaijie



June 24

Summer Succeeds Spring: Beijing Queer Chorus Choral Salon, 7-9pm, RMB60 includes one drink

Join the LGBT and allied singers of the Beijing Queer Chorus in their encore performance. With a range of folk songs and more contemporary arrangements, 13 graceful tunes will carry you to a simpler place and let you linger far from the cares of the day. The talented choral members--some of whom wear masks because they're not out to their friends and family--will fill you with inspiration to reach for your dreams.

Frontier Center
751D-PARK, 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd


Hutong Party at Café Zarah, 1pm on ward, Free

For the new comers: Yes Hutong parties exist and are mind shatteringly good! Stumble, crawl, or even walk your way to Café Zarah where the BBQ is waiting for you. Toxic Entertainment will take care of you with talented Dj’s line-up to keep you dancing till you drop. Another incredible experience to tick off your Beijing to-do list.

Café Zarah
46 Gulou Dongdajie



June 25

Cool Down with Mantra Bar and Yeyo, 11:30am-7pm, RMB330

When the rains finally leave us alone, the scorching heat of Beijing will be back. That's why Mantra Bar and Yeyo are ready to welcome you by the pool side, serving BBQ, salads, free-flow drinks, DYI coconuts: Everything you want, they have. Even pets can run around on the grass and have an all natural snack from Penny's. Sit back relax and stay cool at E-West Club.

E-West Club
Dingzhuang, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District


Homemade pasta workshop, 3:30-6pm, RMB300

A wish come true, how to make homemade pasta with Fabio Falanga from La Dolce Vita. You don't have to be pro or be any good in the kitchen, pasta making is easy, quick and oh so satisfying to eat. He will show you how to manipulate dough to make all kinds of pasta including you favorite. Get your hands dirty and be quick to reserve a spot.

La Dolce Vita
2/F Friendship Youth Hotel, 43 Sanlitun Nan Lu
Tel: 132-4031-7802


150th Canada Day Fair, 11am-5pm, RMB50

Canada is turning 150 and they are holding a massive birthday party to celebrate. The very best of Canada will be there, including their most famous merchandise, a lobster-cooking demo, and in a defiant gesture towards Beijing’s heat, an ice rink. Go visit little Canada with your friends and family this weekend. 

Jianguomen DRC Compound



June 26

High Tension: 8 Winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, 10am-6pm, RMB40

Start your Monday with a powerful exhibit. France’s prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize winners are reuniting in an exhibition demonstrating the nation's contemporary art scene.  These eight artists fearlessly confront the world in which they find themselves. Their work explores the spread of information, the impact of new technology, shifting urban landscapes, and the memory of war.

Red Brick Art Museum
Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Township


Chinese Film Industry’s Transformation with Producer Ren Jie, 1-3pm, Free

Mr. Ren Jie, an experienced Chinese producer, will be hosted at the Columbia Global Centers, where he will share his exceptional experience and personal thoughts for the transformation and development of the Chinese film industry. A unique experience for film buffs and aficionados.

Columbia Global Centers
26, 1/F, Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street



June 27

The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017, 10am-7pm, RMB50-60

Works from 23 artists and groups from China and beyond are included in “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017” exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). These brave artists express their views on China’s current situation and the unpredictability of its future, using art as their medium. Make time to visit the rare expressions of contemporary issues through the eyes of artists and their works.

4, Jiuxianqiao Lu


Mama Rainbow, 1:30-3pm, Free

Fan Popo, filmmaker and LGBT activist based in Beijing, is well know for winning a lawsuit against the government after his film Mama Rainbow was taken down from the internet. He will be hosted at the Columbia Global Center to talk about his works and his struggles. Get inspired and delve deeper into the work of a filmmaker exposing a hidden side of society. Please RSVP to this email: beijing.cgc@columbia.edu

Columbia Global Centers
26, 1/F, Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street



June 28

Wednesday’s Paddy O’Quiz, 8:30-11:55pm, Free

A week is not a good week without a pub quiz to test your knowledge or lack thereof. Paddy’s has one every Wednesday, but this week will be special as it will be in partnership with Cheers and Sherpa's. Which means that you can win tons of great prizes and you don't have to be first to win something. Get the team together and have a good time.

Paddy O'Shea's
28 Dongzhimen Outer St, Chaoyang



June 29

Puppetry Show at Modernista, 9pm, RMB50

That’s right Modernista will have a Chinese shadow puppetry show, it’s not always about jazz and swing over there. This fine art combines puppetry, dance, theatre and music all-in-one. There are very few chances to have such a unique show in such a unique venue, and in fact last time the tickets were all sold out. Grab yourself a ticket while you still can!

44 Baochao Hutong
Tel: 136-9142-5744


Pour Les Dame,  5:30pm

Bistro B has something for everyone, but on Thursdays its Pour Les Dame invites ladies (groups of four or more) to meet up and catch up. Once everyone is accounted for you may begin dining on some of Bistro B’s signature dishes. They will even throw in a bottle of their finest house wine. Go on have yourselves a great time! 

Bistro B, Rosewood
Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou

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