8 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, September 9, 2019

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Sep 11: The Twilight Sad 

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Born out of a group of school friends, Scottish indie-rock and shoegaze band The Twilight Sad has been critically acclaimed for their moody, layered tunes and experimental creativity. They have played all over the world in concerts and festivals, notably supporting The Cure in their North American and European tours. Expect an intense live show. 

Wed Sep 11, 8.30pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Sep 12: Kamasi Washington

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Trailblazing jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his band hit the Blue Note stage. Defined by his funky improvisational style and soulful compositions, the American bandleader has stunned audiences across the globe. Celebrated for his, well, epic record The Epic, the masterful musician will perform two energy-packed sets for Beijing audiences this week.

Thu Sep 12, 7.30pm & 10pm; Blue Note Beijing, see event listing

Sep 12: Softer Still 

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Surrey-based quartet Softer Still create dream-like indie-pop to bop your head, tap your feet and open your mind. Performing their 2018 album Nuances, you will be treated to a lush soundscape of summery shoegaze, with nods to progressive rock of the ’80s and ’90s. 

Thu Sep 12, 8.30pm; RMB 120 (presale), RMB150 (door); Omni Space, see event listingBuy tickets here.

Sep 12 & 13: Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly 

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Pee Wee Ellis, the renowned saxophonist, composer and arranger, will be bringing his distinctive brand of jazz-funk to Blue Note Beijing this week. His 65-year career has taken him from leading jazz bands in Florida to being a member of the James Brown Revue and Van Morrison’s band, establishing himself as an essential figure in the realm of funk and soul. Take a trip back to the groovy times at this gig. 

Thu Sep 12 & Fri Sep 13, various times; RMB420-500; Blue Note Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Sep 13: The Sleeping Beauty 

Be enthralled by the magic and fantasy of the ballet The Sleeping Beauty. The critically-acclaimed Russian State Ballet are no strangers to Beijing stages, having performed a number of their repertoire here in past years. Composed by Tchaikovsky and brought to life by the Russian State Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty tells a classic tale of love and innocence, featuring amazing choreography, lavish costumes and detailed sets. 

Fri Sep 13, 7.30pm; RMB180-880; Mei Lanfang Grand Theater, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Sep 13-15: 2047 Apologue 3 

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Acclaimed multi-award-winning director Zhang Yimou returns with the third series of his stage series, 2047 Apologue. This conceptual performance combines traditional Chinese folk arts with modern production equipment, exploring a dialogue between humans and technology, their intertwining nature, and their future. Zhang Yimou also collaborates with 20 local and international teams in this sprawling show. Cross the boundaries of time and culture at the NCPA this weekend. 

Fri Sep 13-Sun Sep 15, 7.30pm; RMB168-1,280; Opera House @ NCPA, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Sep 13-15: Mid-Autumn Festival Events

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Staying in the city for the long weekend? Don’t worry. There is so much going on during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. We’ve got you covered with a special guide highlighting all the awesome themed events taking place in Beijing over the holiday.

Through September 25: Beijing Design Week @ Hotel Jen Beijing

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In collaboration with Beijing Design Week, Hotel Jen Beijing has launched a Jen-Why-Art project from now until the end of September. The hotel has teamed up with a number of young artists to create a rare art project showcasing the many possibilities of art. Each exhibit includes a detailed introduction and voice explanation.

Through September 25; Hotel Jen Beijing, see event listing.

[All images courtesy of promoters]


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