Lisa Ono returns
Hailed as a musical 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', Lisa Ono's music is tranquil and melodic in nature. It helps the listener to unwind and de-stress. She seems to be a favorite with shopping malls and coffee bars, although she does not perform in Beijing all too often.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lisa Ono exhibited a great degree of musical talent when she started singing and playing the guitar at 15. In 1989 she debuted as a professional Bossa Nova singer and quickly rose to be a prima donna in that genre in the last 20 years.
With her new albums, Cheek to Cheek and Look to the Rainbow, Lisa Ono returns after her first Beijing concert a year ago. She promises to sing her iconic Bossa Nova classics, exposing the audience to her interpretation of Rio Style and Classic American Jazz. She will also sing some Chinese numbers, which are being kept secret.
7:30 pm, Dec 5. 280-1,280 yuan. Beijing Exhibition Center Theater, 135 Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng district. 400- 810-3721
Xu Zhong will lead the China Philharmonic Orchestra to present Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture Op 527, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 in C Major Op 26 and Classical Symphony Op 25. Pianist and conductor Xu, 41, is well known for his interpretation of Debussy's works in China. The Shanghai native graduated from the Paris Conservatory of Music.
7:30 pm, Dec 6. 50-480 yuan. Poly Theater, Dongsi Shitiao, Chaoyang district. 400-818-3333
Classic love story
The National Ballet of China (NBC) will present the classic three-act ballet Sylvia. Inspired by Italian poet Torquato Tasso's 1573 poem Aminta, it was first set to music by French composer Leo Delibes in 1876.
It narrates the love story of the shepherd Aminta and the fairy maiden, Sylvia. The NBC first staged the play in 1980. The latest version is a product of cooperation with the Paris Opera Ballet.
7:30 pm, Dec 1, 2. 120-500 yuan. National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square. 6655-0000
Hong Changhao's oil paintings feature the luxuriant flora of the Yunnan plateau. His works, that have both detailed presentations as well as broad, overall views, trace the alternating seasons, and are set off by bright sunlight and blue skies.
10 am-5 pm, until Dec 6 except Monday. Hongzilan Gallery, Building 6, 22 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang district. 5807-4911
Chan Man-kam has always been interested in Chinese literature and poetry. Although he majored in medicine from the University of Hong Kong, Chan never disengaged from literature. In recent years, he has also taken to calligraphy, with great success. A specialty of his works is a cursive style. He has, so far, held three solo exhibitions.
9 am-5 pm, until Dec 5 except Monday. Beijing World Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, A9 Fuxinglu, Haidian district. 5980-2222
Attend The Bookworm's Pub Quiz, hosted by the inimitable Tom Champagne, and win prizes, including drinks, mystery bonuses and tickets to events held at the bookstore.
7:30 pm, Nov 30. The Bookworm, Building 4 The Village at Sanlitun, Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district. 6586-9507
Flamenco and choro duet
Smooth Frenchman Pierre Brahin came to China in 2000. He specializes in jazz and flamenco and would be releasing his first album Frank Segen Quartet in January this year. Brahin has collaborated with Nicolas Mge to work on the Flamenco and Brazilian choro project, the hallmark of which is improvisation. The duo promises to bring you a rhythmic and happy night.
9:30 pm, Dec 1. Free entrance. Ginkgo Restaurant and Bar, 199 Andingmen Neidajie, Dongcheng district. 6402-7532
Happy hour at Zeta
It's a place James Bond would feel at home in. It's got high ceilings, a balcony to leer from, dimmed lights and a somber decor.
Escape the mundane tempo of everyday life and hang out in the uniquely groovy environment of Zeta Bar. There's a 50 percent discount on all drinks from 6 to 9pm.
6-9 pm, Nov 30. Free entrance. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfanglu, Northern East Third Ring, Chaoyang district.5865-5050
A whiff of summer
The lofty and spacious interiors of Tun bar are great to lounge at. The high ceilings, rustic wood beams and flooring, along with an abundance of natural green foliage, creates a feeling of summer inside.
An antiquated brick-style DJ booth modeled after the Great Wall situated next to a wall-size digital projection screen is the focal point of the club. Daily, 6 pm-late. Sanlitun Nanjie, 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang district. 6585-5866