( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-02-25 07:12:01


The Paper Tigers' Hutong Hipster music video release party in Beijing

Date: March 4 - 8:30 pm

Venue: Dusk Dawn Club (DDC)

Price: 50 pre-sale; 60 at the door

Beijing's hottest indie rock band, The Paper Tigers, will celebrate the release of its first single and accompanying music video at Dusk Dawn Club, the hip music club and events space enlivening the capital's hutong arts scene. The song Hutong Hipster and its video are tributes to life lived in Beijing and in its fertile cultural underground, where creativity comes with whiskey, bicycles and rock 'n' roll. Also playing on an evening of what DDC calls "Massive Rock" are hard rock, blues and funk outfit OCC; the cinematic post-metal of INXU; and the progressive rock of the Feng Di Band. If all work and no play makes everyone dull boys and girls, then it's time to jump onto your bikes and get out into that Beijing night.

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Second Annual Shamrock Festival in Beijing

Date: March 17 - 8:30 pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse

Price: 80 yuan pre-sale; 100 door

Mao Livehouse reopens its doors once again for another burning slab of rock 'n' roll, this time returning with the Shamrock Festival, which is now in its second year as a Beijing institution celebrating that yearly excuse to drink spirits, St. Patrick's Day. Performing are funk- and soul-inflected rockers Jokers Belief, which is fronted by real-life Irishman Alan Kelly; the steroidal power pop of Disaster Chat; Chinese neo-grungers, Drunkard; the eponymously descriptive Funky Monkey; and indie-rock dance punks, The Paper Tigers. And as if the music wasn't enough, there are drinks specials and prizes galore. Courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey, the first 200 audience members to arrive will receive a voucher for a free shot of the "spirit of Ireland." Concertgoers willing to wear something green and approximate a rowdy Irish accent get a special Irish discount: buy one Guinness and get one free. Finally, 10 lucky leprechauns will win a bottle of bubbly (courtesy of Cheers Wines) from a prize draw. Winners will be announced by each band during their performance.


Huangmei Opera: The Female Official in Hongcun Village

Date: March 4-5 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

Price: 100-480 yuan

Way back in 1403, Hu Zhong, who was appointed as the temporary patriarch of the village by her husband before he took office afar, tried to protect all villagers against the long-term damage by fire hazard as the village was located far away from any rivulet. Later, with the help of He Keda, Huizhou's geomancy master, the villagers completed an ox-shaped watercourse for enhancing the natural habitat after several years' effort. During the construction, this beautiful, delicate lady underwent twists and turns like funds shortage and engineering accidents. She also had to face difficulties like gender bias and spite from villagers out of jealousy. To make things worse, her husband not only stayed out for a long time, but also diverted his project fund for a concubine. But all sufferings have their rewards. A crystal stream emerged and began gushing up finally. Such bold attempt has kept the village alive up to now. After 600 years, the water system has been granted the laurel of "World Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

China Film Symphony Orchestra

Date: March 17 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

Price: 80-500 yuan

China Film Symphony Orchestra is one of the national outstanding orchestras founded earliest in the People's Public of China. Over sixty years, along with the development of China's film and television music arts, the Orchestra has performed music for nearly two thousand of films, TV dramas, documentaries and special films. The Orchestra also performed music in more than 40 countries and regions, and played symphonic concerts, opera and ballets with international conductors, composers, musicians and dancers for many times to promote Chinese music development and international cultural exchange.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

Ghost-The Musical in Guangzhou

Date: Feb 25-26 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Guangdong Performing Arts Center Theater

Price: 180-980 yuan

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film of 1990, Ghost won numerous awards worldwide and is one of the biggest grossing films of all time. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin's script won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film's iconic love scene at a potter's wheel was famously performed to The Righteous Brother's Unchained Melody. Adapted for the stage by Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST is directed by Matthew Warchus. Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, Illusions are by Paul Kieve and Musical Supervisor and Arranger is Christopher Nightingale. Lighting and Sound are by Hugh Vanstone and Bobby Aitken. Jon Driscoll is the Projection Designer and Ashley Wallen is the Choreographer.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Philippe Bizot-40 Years of Silence

Date: March 7-12-7:30 pm

Venue: Penghao Theater

Price: 80-680 yuan

Philippe Bizot doesn't say a word on stage and yet, using exaggerated facial expressions and body movements, he expresses himself perfectly. "Silence is my language, my music, and my song," the 58-year-old French mime artist says. "The art of pantomime is a universal language, the language of emotion." The renewed version of 40 Years of Silence consists of 13 short stories as a retrospective of Bizot's 40 year career as a mine.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Wuthering Heights by Chapterhouse Theater Company in Beijing

Date: March 16-18 - 7:30 pm

Venue: 9 Theater Beijing

Price: 60-380 yuan

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Emily Bronte's classic love story. This treasured story of enduring love and passion has thrilled and entranced for generations and is now brought alive on stage in an adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner. In the Winter of 1999 Chapterhouse Theatre Company took its first steps toward becoming one of a number of touring theater companies specializing in performing under the stars and at some of the most beautiful gardens the UK had to offer. The very first performance was at Herstmonceux Castle where the company performed Romeo and Juliet by the moat of the beautiful Tudor building. It was the start of an incredible 17 years which has seen the company go from strength to strength changing and adapting to new audiences and challenges every year but holding the same principals of producing warm, traditional and hopefully magical theater in magical surroundings.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Beatles for Babies (A Tribute to the Beatles)

Date: March 9-12 - 4 pm/6 pm/10 am

Venue: China Millennium Monument Premiere Theater

Price: 280 yuan

Yellow submarine, Let it be, Obladi-Oblada and more! This brand-new concert is a family fun at its finest and a tribute to The Beatles. Four experienced musicians (violin, clarinet, cello and percussion) plus one dancer from Spain will be performing live eminent tune to your kiddos in a respectful vibe. No doubt about the magical influence and power of the one and only Beatles, this special tailor-made production with sophisticated arrangements for early years children and their families will surely give you a celebration with live music and songs that stimulate the musical cells in your little ones. Children can move around the stage interacting with the performers. La petita malumaluga is a music and dance company specialized in shows for the very young (0-6 years) with a wide professional experience working with some of Europe's most significant companies.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Body Rhapsody - Teatro Hugo & Ines (Peru)

Date: March 11 - 10:30 am/2:30 pm

Venue: Star Theater, Thames Town, Shanghai

Price: 150 yuan

As if by magic, two mime-artist puppeteers transform different parts of their bodies into a lively lineup of lovable characters. Watch out for the "Belly" that loves to eat but is afraid of gaining weight, the "Knee" that turns into an unlucky bald busker, and the "Foot" that pulls a really long face! Without words or complicated props, the parade of whimsical personalities takes to the stage to highlight the absurdities of daily life through pathos and laughter. Following their first performance in 1989, Teatro Hugo & Ines went on to develop a captivating cast of humorous puppet characters, with its unique, heartwarming skits and imaginative ingenuity astonishing audiences in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Time to be amazed by the creative flexibility of the human body.

Contact: 400-610-3721

"Soundbox - Music To Be Heard" The Temper Trap 2017 Live in Shanghai

Date: March 6 - 8 pm

Venue: Qianshuiwan Culture Center

Price: 288/330 yuan

This soulful Australian alternative rock band first rose to local acclaim in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 with the release of their debut EP. Their 2009 debut album Conditions, propelled by the hit anthem 'Sweet Disposition', was a huge success and sold nearly a million copies worldwide. Two years later, the band delivered the self-titled album, which featured the singles 'Trembling Hands' and 'Need Your Love' and was certified platinum. More than a million albums sold; more than 150 million streams on Spotify; arena support tours with Coldplay and the Rolling Stones; gracing the stages of Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Coachella; being nominated and winning a number of prestigious Aria Awards in Australia, as well as receiving a nomination for best international group at the Brit Awards. It has been a good few years for The Temper Trap.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Equilibrium+Suidakra 2017 in Shanghai

Date: March 11 - 8:30 pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse

Price: 320 yuan

Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences. Their riffs reflect traditional Germanic melodies. Their lyrical themes focus on Germanic tales and Germanic mythology. All of their song lyrics are in German, except for the songs "The Unknown Episode", "Born to Be Epic", "Rise Again" and "Prey". Suidakra is a melodic death metal band from Germany. During their fourteen-year career, they have performed over 200 live shows for several European and Russian tours, as well as a North American tour. They are known for their use of traditional instruments to augment their sound, such as the bagpipe, banjo, and tin whistle.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Activities & nightlife

Om Telolet Om - Ummet Ozcan in Shanghai

Date: March 10 - 10 pm

Venue: M2 Club

Price: 180 yuan

The Turkish-Dutch EDM producer and DJ Ummet Ozcan was born on 16 August 1982, began his musical career at the age of 14. Having the ability to play a plethora of instruments (including the flute and keyboards), he began producing dance music and signed by spinning records. Ambitious genre-blender Ummet Ozcan returns to the Top 100 for his fourth year running after another white-knuckle year of international festivals, boundary-blurring productions and premiership collaborations.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Blue Note Beijing Roy Hargrove Quintet

Date: March 4-5 - 7:30 am

Venue: Blue Note Beijing

Price: 480-580 yuan

Star trumpeter Roy Hargrove returns once again to the North Sea Jazz Festival. The American performed here for the first time in 1986, and since that time has become one of the festival's best-loved musicians. Time and again the wayward Hargrove is able to captivate audiences with his enormous versatility. Traditional or commercial; critics and fans alike rave about him. From Cuban Latin jazz on the Grammy winning album Crisol, right up to the big-band jazz of Emergence, or his pioneering work with hip-hop jazz-funk formation The RH Factor; Hargrove does it all equally convincingly. Besides his wide-ranging solo work, he is popular with many famous artists. His unique playing can also be heard on the albums of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu and Common, to name just a few. This year Hargrove will perform at North Sea Jazz with his challenging full swing quintet.

Contact: 400-610-3721

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