Out and about
Updated: 2014-06-22 07:33
The Schoolhouse Orchard hosts a local farmer's market at the socially conscious resort near the Great Wall, featuring tasty treats, local honey, handmade tofu and more. Look for flavored vinegars and very shippable spirits made at the orchard.
Starting at 11 am, June 28. Schoolhouse Orchard at Mutianyu. 010-6162-6506.Theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com.
No matter what passport you hold, this celebration has something for everyone. The Canadian International School grounds will be buzzing with kids' games, live music, performances, a ball-hockey tournament and more. Tickets cost 80 yuan ($13) in advance at the Canada China Business Council office or 100 yuan for adults and 30 yuan for children 5-12 at the door. Kids 4 and under free.
3-7 pm, June 28. 38 Liangmaqiao Lu (Road). 010-6465-7788, 010-8526-1826 Ext 25.
The American Employees Association of the US embassy runs summer camps for kids ages 4-12, with themes ranging from colossal fossils to viking sails and dragon tails. There are plenty of outdoor activities, too - crafts, swimming, rock-climbing and more. The cost is 3,380 yuan or less per week. Students at the host school get a 20-percent discount.
July 7-Aug 15. British School of Beijing. 010-8531-3285.
Confucius and more
If you're still trying to get your head around Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, Context Travel is ready to help sort facts from myths. A three-hour walking tour of the Confucius and Lama temples is led several times per week, and a knowledgeable PhD student will explain and answer questions along the way. Discover how the three major religions have shaped Chinese thought through history and how religious practice fits into contemporary Chinese life.
10 am every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 550 yuan. Meets outside Costa Coffee at Wudaoying Hutong. Contexttravel.com.
Cracker comes to town
One of the city's oldest underground live music houses welcomes Cracker, an aging alternative rock band from the US front-manned by David Lowery, this weekend. The band's gold-selling album Kerosene Hat recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, but the blues-infused twanging guitar of Euro-Trash Girl and wallowing-in-the-mud spirit of Low retain much of their appeal. Tickets cost 80 yuan at the door or 60 yuan presale.
8 pm, Friday, June 27. 851 Kaixuan Road, near Yanan West Road, Changning. 021-5237-8662. Seeyoopay.cn/event/crackersh.
Cansai de Ser Sexy
If you haven't had your fix of all things Brazilian this month, then head to Qianshuiwan to check out Cansai de Ser Sexy at a World Cup quarterfinal party. The Brazilian pop/rock/electro outfit, known for songs like Music Is My Hot Hot Sex and Meeting Paris Hilton, bring a decade of performing experience to Shanghai. They have toured with Gwen Stefani and are popular fixtures at leading festivals in Europe and Asia. Tickets cost 180-240 yuan.
9 pm-late, June 28. Qianshuiwan Creative Arts Center, 179 Yichang Road, Jiangning Road, Putuo. 021-6266-3191.
Street art party
Mr Men & Little Miss character creations of 100 local Hong Kong celebrities, artists and illustrators will be on display at the Peak Gallery. The art pieces will be donated to a charity sale after the show. Visitors will be able to create their own characters as well as soak up a mini-carnival complete with a bar, snack kiosks, a tattoo station and gaming booths every Sunday and public holiday. Events are free with a purchase from the Peak Galleria mall.
Every Sunday and public holiday until August 31. 118 Peak Road, The Peak. 852-2849-4113.
1,600 Pandas Hong Kong tour
Adorable paper mache pandas will be flash mobbing around Hong Kong to bring a little cheer and raise awareness of conservation issues. The collaboration between the World Wildlife Federation and French artist Paulo Grangeon also includes four special pandas created just for the Hong Kong visit. The pandas will be popping up at more than 10 local landmarks before heading to PMQ for their final stop.
10 am-8 pm, until July 17. PMQ. 23 Aberdeen Street. Central. Pmq.org.hk.
Technasia returns to its place of birth in Hong Kong, when it was formed to put Southeast Asian dance music on the map in 1996. The group has since moved on to Paris, but founding member Charles Siegling is back to where it all started to show how far they've come.
10 pm, June 27. HK$200 from Ticketflap.com. HK$250 at the door before 12:30 pm, HK$300 after. Volar, B/F, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Central. 852-2810-1510.
(China Daily 06/22/2014 page5)