Don Quixote returns
The National Theater Company of China (NTCC) will present Don Quixote, adapted from the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes' (1547-1616) novel. The play is directed by Meng Jinghui, the most influential director in experimental modern drama. The ideal spirit of Don Quixote is highlighted in the drama version, which suits the style of Meng's previous works, including Rhinoceros in Love and Two Dogs' View of Life. Multi-media techniques are employed to heighten the dramatic flavor.
7:30 pm, Jan 8-10, 12-16. 80-480 yuan. National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square. 6655-0000
Playing a woman
Popular male dan (a young woman in Peking Opera) performer Li Yuguang will lead the New Year's vocal concert of Chinese classical songs. Li, 31, from Northeast China's Jilin province, is acclaimed for his grace, sweet voice and dazzling dance movements. As a leading performer of the China Opera and Dance Drama Company, he has led the overseas shows of the company many times and even held a solo performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2009.
7:30 pm, Jan 8-10. 280-1,680 yuan. Poly Theater, Dongsi Shitiao, Chaoyang district. 400-818-3333
The inaugural exhibition, The Same, features new works by six contemporary artists. They include video works, photographs, installations, performance art and easel work. The creations by Ma Yunfei, Wang Peng and Li Yongbin are in the realistic style, while Zheng Zaidong uses traditional Chinese painting to approach contemporary themes. Zhang Yajie paints ordinary daily objects and Li Tianyuan visits his childhood and hometown.
10 am-5:30 pm, until Jan 7 except Monday. 01100001 Beijing art gallery, C3, Red No1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang district.
He Jia, a Naxi ethnic from Yunnan province, does not stick to his cultural roots in his artistic pursuits. Instead, he has turned to pop art, a genre popular in the 1950s in the United States.
In his visually stimulating but ambiguous oil paintings and installations, the 34-year-old toys with various commercial icons and logos, cultural symbols and images, to express his perception of the impact of the market economy and consumerism on Chinese society.
10 am-6 pm, until Jan 10. Art Seasons Gallery, 798 Art Zone, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district. 5978-9850
Health and beauty expo
At the expo featuring exhibitions and live demonstrations by professionals in the beauty and spa industry, you will learn about the latest beauty products, pick up beauty tips and win vouchers that may be used some of the town's best health and beauty venues.
This is one of a kind. You cannot afford to miss it.
10 am, Jan 9. 150 yuan. Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfanglu, East Third Ring Beilu, Chaoyang district. 137-1863-6575.
An improvised jazz gig, entitled Sub Jam, featuring multi-instrument player Li Daiguo, guqin player Wu Na, Yan Jun, Jun Yuan, Justin Sebastian and Olaf Hochherz will be staged at Two Kolegas this Friday.
On Saturday there will be a similar, smaller performance at Tree Cape Cafe.
8 pm, Jan 8. 50 yuan. Two Kolegas, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang district. 135-5227-6845
Buyi band's gig
On Friday, Jiangjinjiu Bar will host a live performance featuring the Buyi band.
Critically acclaimed by the mainstream media as the most outstanding popular rock band, Buyi has been around for 15 years with albums such as, That Long, Endless Wine, a new EP That Place of Buyi Band and many more unofficially released records which are widely enjoyed.
9:30 pm, Jan 8. 30 yuan. Jiangjingjiu Bar, 2 Zhongku Hutong, Dongcheng district (near the North gate of Drum Tower). 8405-0124
In 2009, three Chinese-based bands - Queen Sea Big Shark, Hedgehog and Casino Demon -- went on a 22-day music tour around the US, presenting items under the theme of "Sing For China".
On Jan 8 these three bands will come together to put on their first show at Yugong Yishan since their tour of the US, to present a maximum rock party.
At the show, Zijian and Atom, members of Hedgehog, will turn into a brand new group, B-side Lovers, replacing Hedgehog for the night. Queen Sea Big Shark and Casino Demon, who are preparing their new album, will play a few tracks from it, springing a delightful surprise on their fans.
9 pm, Jan 8. 60 yuan. Yugong Yishan. East Courtyard, site of Duanqirui Government, Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district, 6404-2711
The band Yufeimen will perform at Star Live, to mark the launch of their new album, 10 Garden, covering a full range of music genres. The program will feature a live DJ, tracks, guitars and vocals.
8:30 pm, Jan 8. 80-100 yuan. Star Live Concert Hall, third floor of Tango, 79 Heping Xijie, Dongcheng district. 6425-5677.
Out & About
Hiking to a spring pool
After a three-hour hike in winter, nothing could be better than relaxing in a hot spring pool.
The walk starts in a valley and trails along the hills, in the countryside of Changping, passing streams, orchards, trees, small villages, and frozen reservoirs. The trek over, relax at a small, secluded, Japanese-themed hot spring hotel.
After enjoying a gourmet lunch with drinks, head back to Beijing.
Meet at Lido Starbucks (north-east gate of Lido Holiday Inn, 6 Jiangtailu, Chaoyang district) for bus transportation. Visit www.beijinghikers.com for reservation and more information.
8:30 am, Jan 13 . 550 yuan. Beijing Hikers, Room1907, Building 107, Jiangfu Jiayuan, Xiaochengezhuang, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang district. 5137-4906
09:30 Nature & Science
09:55 Chinese Civilization
10:15 Sports Scene
10:30 New Frontiers
14:30 Culture Express
15:15 Learn to Speak Chinese
15:30 Nature and Science
15:55 Chinese Civilization
16:15 Sports Scene
18:30 Around China
19:00 World Wide Watch
20:00 Asia Today
20:30 Culture Express
22:30 New Frontiers
23:15 Sports Scene
8:40 Tmz 143
9:00 The Good Old Boys
11:00 Charlie Wilson's War
12:35 The Making Of Charlie Wilson's War
21:00 The Strangers
22:20 Tmz 144
22:40 The Making Of Charlie Wilson's War
23:00Charlie Wilson's War
ESPN STAR sports
08:00 Repeat Global Football
08:30 Repeat Dubai Ladies Championship
09:29 First Air Sportscenter Right Now
09:30 Live 2010 Citi Bcs National Championship Game
Match: Texas vs. Alabama
13:00 Live Royal Trophy 2010, The
17:00 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now
17:01 Repeat Tiger World Of Football
17:30 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now
17:31 Repeat Goals - FA Cup 2009/10
18:00 Repeat Sportscenter Right Now
18:01 Repeat 2009 International Challenge Of Champions
19:00 2010 Argentina - Chile Dakar
19:30 Live Sportscenter Asia
20:00 Live Football Forecast
20:30 First Air Beach Soccer Eurocup 2009
Match: Spain vs. Switzerland
21:30 First Air First Edition
22:00 Repeat Sportscenter Asia
22:30 Repeat 2010 Citi Bcs National Championship Game
Match: Texas vs. Alabama
These days, college graduates have one more choice when it comes to starting their careers - going to the western regions of China, where the nation needs them the most. Since China's Youth League launched this campaign in 2003,more than 100,000 volunteers have answered the call. On Life in China at 23:30, CRI will welcome one of those volunteers. Li Wei went to the poverty-stricken county of Sanyuan in Northwest China's Shaanxi province five years ago. Now, he has settled down there and found his place teaching and inspiring local children.
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 Beat Generation
23:30-24:00 Life in China + Chinese Studio
This is an animated feature film bearing the same title as one of The Beatles' all-time hit album. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning and based on the music of The Beatles. The band members appeared only in the closing scenes of the film.
7:30 pm, Jan 8. 15 yuan. Sculpting in Time, Beihang University, 37 Xueyuanlu (beside Deep Tennis Club), Haidian district. 8231-0664
Films showing at cinemas
A Simple Noodle Story
Bodyguards and Assassins
The Treasure Hunter
(The above films are Chinese with English subtitles)
10/F, Joy City Shopping Mall, Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng district. 6601-8177
BB65, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang'an Jie, Wangfujingeast side of Oriental Plaza. 8518-5804
3/F, Bldg 8, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang district (opposite BTV building).
G1, Sanlitun Village, Sanlitun, Chaoyang district. 6417-6118
44 Shuangyushu Kexueyuan Nanlu,Haidian district. 8211-5566