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(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-01-07 08:05
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Veteran conductor

What's on

The Belgian Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra has a wide repertoire that ranges from the classical and romantic to the modern. Veteran musician Michel Tabachnik has been the 70-year-old orchestra's chief conductor and artistic director since 2008. Born in Geneva in 1942, Tabachnik learned piano, composition and conducting at an early age. His specialty is the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner and Honegger. He has composed a number of works over the past 40 years, including D'autres Sillages, Trois Impressions and Nord pour Orchestre.

7:30 pm, Jan 10. 280-580 yuan. National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square. 6655-0000

国家大剧院, 天安门广场西

Puppet show

The China Puppet Theater will stage programs adapted from traditional Chinese fairy stories, during weekends. They include Yamiao Zhuzhang, a folk story of the Song Dynasty, about a man who tries to help the shoots grow by pulling them up, and ultimately withering them.

10:30 am, weekends during Jan 9-24. 50, 80 yuan. China Puppet Theater, A1 Anhuali, Chaoyang district. 6424-3697 ext 8004

中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区安华里甲一号

Music from Germany

The Youth Chamber Philharmonic NRW, Germany, will mark its debut with a program that includes Blue Danube, Hungarian Dance No 5, Overture of The Barber of Seville and the intermezzo of Cavalleria Rusticana. Established in 1974, the orchestra is known for its performance of the classical symphonic works of Bach, Mozart and Haydn in a romantic style. Composed of young musicians from around the world, it has been led by accomplished conductors such as Karl-Heinz Bloemeke, Joachim Harder and Fernando Eldoro. The upcoming concert is led by Christian Fritzner.

7:30 pm, Jan 10. Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park, Northwest of Tian'anmen Square 6559-8285



In line with sketch

What's on

A grand exhibition entitled 60 Years of Sketch Drawing Practice is on at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

Divided into three parts, the exhibition at CAFA Art Museum features over 2,000 sketches by former art students, professors at the academy - China's top institute for art majors, several case studies of the relations between artists' sketches and their later creations, as well as old video footage showing sketch drawing classes decades ago in China.

10 am-5 pm, until March 7

CAFA Art Museum, 8 Huajiadi Nanjie, Chaoyang district, Beijing



Subtle scenes

Zhao Liang's oil painting exhibition Certain Uncertain has more than 10 of his recent works on display. The 26-year-old artist's creations convey a sense of quiet and peace. The overlapping subdued shades of white and light blue give his images of flower and articles of daily use a mysterious air, leaving the viewers with an ambiguous feeling.

10 am-5 pm, until Jan 12. 9 Art Space 798 Gallery, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district. 8459-9662

北京9艺术空间798展厅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号3818库内

Live music

From Canada, with music

What's on

Canadian folk band Great Lake Swimmers will begin their first six-day tour across China from Beijing.

Comprising lead vocal artist and guitarist Tony Dekker, banjo player Erik Arnesen, keyboardist Julie Fader and Bret Higgins on upright bass - this is a line-up music fans cannot afford to miss. They will perform numbers from their latest and fourth album, The Lost Channels, which was a big success in Canada and sat at the top place on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart in Canada in 2009.

8 pm, Jan 7. 100-150 yuan. Yugong Yishan. East Courtyard, site of Duanqirui Government, Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district, 6404-2711


Liu Yusi returns

Liu Yusi is a post-80s performer. In 2004 he went to Sydney at 17, and performed over 100 gigs at local pubs over the next four years.

He evolved his own music style, blending blues, folk, country, reggae and soul. In 2008 he released an independent EP, It's not Illegal to Live in A Dream, composed and written by himself.

Liu will take the stage at Jianghu Bar and play the harmonica and guitar simultaneously. His lively stage act, on the lines of a folk blues singer from the 60s, is sure to create good vibes with the audience.

9:30 pm, Jan 7. Free. Jianghu Bar, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nandajie. Dongcheng district. 6401-4611


Celebrate the 50s

Bling will, for the first time, put a live band together with a DJ and dancers for a night of 1950s music, featuring poodle skirt and rockabilly. Buy a cocktail and get one free.

In the following weeks, Bling will do more events featuring music generic to the different decades - the beats of the 60s, disco of the 70s and rock of the 80s.

9 pm, Jan 7. Free entry. Bling, Solana 5-1, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuanlu, Chaoyang district. 5905-6999



Swing dance

Swing Beijing holds a beginner's class at Weigongcun every Thursday. It is suitable for those who have no swing dance experience and are looking to pick up the basic steps to be able to just get up and dance. A swing dance party will follow after 9 pm.

7:30-11:30 pm. Rain-Sun Dance Studio, Weibo Times Center, Tower B, Weigongcun, Haidian district (near Exit D of Weigongcun Station of Subway Line 4). 136-0135-4134

夏宇阳光舞蹈俱乐部, 韦伯时代中心B座 海淀区地铁四号线魏公村站



09:30 Nature & Science

09:55 Chinese Civilization

10:15 Sports Scene

10:30 New Frontiers

11:30: Around China

13:00 Dialogue

13:30 Rediscovering China

14:30 Culture Express

15:15 Learn to Speak Chinese

15:30 Nature and Science

15:55 Chinese Civilization

16:15 Sports Scene

16:30 New Frontiers

17:30 Documentary

18:30 Around China

19:30 Dialogue

20:00 Asia Today

20:30 Culture Express

21:30 Rediscovering China

22:00 China Today

22:30 New Frontiers

23:15 Sports Scene

23:30 Documentary


8:35 Tmz 142

9:00 A Mighty Heart

11:00 Internal Affairs

13:00 Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008)

14:35 The Making Of Changeling

15:00 Listen To Me

17:00 Over The Top

18:35 Tmz 142

19:00 Role Models

20:35 The Making Of Changeling

21:00 The Good Old Boys

22:55 Tmz 143

23:15Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008)

ESPN STAR sports

08:00 Live 2009 Gmac Bowl

Match: Central Michigan vs. Troy

11:30 Repeat Goals - FA Cup 2009/10

11:59 First Air Sportscenter Right Now

12:00 Repeat UEFA Champions League 2009/10

Match: ACF Fiorentina vs. Liverpool

14:00 2010 Argentina - Chile Dakar

14:30 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now

14:31 Repeat 2009 International Challenge Of Champions

15:30 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now

15:31 Repeat Goals - FA Cup 2009/10

16:00 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now

16:01 Repeat 2009 Gmac Bowl

Match: Central Michigan vs. Troy

19:00 Repeat 2010 Argentina - Chile Dakar

19:30 Live Sportscenter Asia

20:00 First Air Castrol Football Crazy

20:30 Repeat Players Lives

21:00 First Air Beach Soccer Eurocup 2009

Match: Spain vs. Portugal

22:00 Repeat Sportscenter Asia

22:30 Repeat 2009 Gmac Bowl

Match: Central Michigan vs. Troy


CRI highlight

Hope in a Changing Climate is a new documentary which saw a special screening at the recent Copenhagen climate change summit. In it the success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is indeed possible by stabilizing the earth's climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.

The film's producer John D. Liu comes on the show Voices From Other Lands. He discusses the remarkably successful efforts by local people to restore degraded ecosystems - transforming them into verdant, life-sustaining environments which enable people to break free from entrenched poverty.

07:00-07:30 News & Reports

07:30-08:00 People In the Know

08:00-11:00 EZ Morning

11:00-12:00 China Drive

12:00-14:00 Third Wheel

14:00-17:00 EZ Cafe

17:00-19:00 China Drive

19:00-20:00 Sunset Blvd

20:00-22:00 The Pulse

22:00-23:00 All That Jazz

23:30-24:00 Voices from Other Lands + Chinese Studio

00:00-03:00 China Now


Exploring Lima

Oblivion is the latest documentary from Peruvian-born, Netherlands-based director Heddy Honigmann.

Set in her beloved Lima, the capital of Peru, the film turns the spotlight on people on the street, like bartenders and street performers. These people were asked to talk about family, dreams, memories and profession. Honigmann effortlessly pictures their inner worlds and captures a sense of the Peruvian capital as a political and social entity.

7 pm, Jan 7. Free. Beijing Channel Zero Media, 7G Building, 4 Merlin Garden, 33 Zizhuyuanlu, Haidian district. 8855-0621


Pina Bausch on screen

UCCA presents two works by German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch: Cafe Muller and The Complaint of an Empress.

The first one is considered one of Bausch's most autobiographical works, representing her Tanztheater style of dance. The second film, directed by Bausch, presents and explores love in a fragmental and chaotic way.

Cafe Muller will be screened on Jan 7 and 10 and The Complaint of an Empress on Jan 28 and 31. Both films are without dialogue.

7 pm, Jan 7, 10, 28 and 31. UCCA, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district. 8459-9269


Coen brothers' original

A Simple Noodle Story, Zhang Yimou's latest film, has rekindled interest in the Coen brothers. Yimou's film is allegedly adopted from the latter's Simple Blood.

If you want to check out the film that inspired Yimou's work, grab a seat at 3club.

7:30 pm, Jan 7. 15 yuan (includes a cup of tea or soft drink). 3club, 43 Western North Third Ring Road, Haidian district. 8211-5288


Films showing at cinemas


A Simple Noodle Story

Bodyguards and Assassins

The Treasure Hunter

(China Daily 01/07/2010 page27)