What's On in Beijing: Dec 12-18

By That's Beijing, December 12, 2016

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Dec 11-12: Comedian Mike Ward

Funnyman Mike Ward is known for putting on kickass comedy shows. After all, he was the first-ever comedian to get fined $42,000 by a Canadian court for telling a joke. That’s definitely earned him some street cred. In addition to being a household name in French Canada, the Quebec native has won numerous awards, produced three platinum DVDs and been featured on WTF with Marc Maron, Artie Lange’s Artie Quitter Podcast and the Anthony Cumia Show. Not too shabby. If you’re curious to check Ward out for yourself, he'll will be landing at Fella's on Dec 12 (Monday night).

Mon Dec 12, 7.30pm-midnight, Fella's; RMB150 (door), RMB120 (presale).

Dec 15: Extraordinary ‘3DPRK’ Book Launch @ POP-UP Beijing

POP-UP Beijing will be launching the new book ‘3DPRK’ at a special event on Thursday. The book is a collaboration between Koryo Studio and Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič. The two paired up in 2014 and embarked on a 10-day trip across North Korea where and captured over 100 3D portraits along the way. After exhibiting the photographs around the world, the images are now available in this new hardcover box book for the first time ever. Koryo Studio founder and director Nicholas Bonner and Tančič will be holding a discussion during the event and a 20-minute documentary will be screened. So if you’re as fascinated with North Korea as we are, this will be a highly interesting event. 

Thur Dec 15, 7.30-8.30pm; RMB80 (includes one wine or flavored soda water; Fifty percent of admission will be donated directly to KORYO KIDS – a program delivering high-nutrition food parcels to orphanages in North Korea). Email hello@popupbeijing.com or call 6502-5725 to register. For more information, click here.

Dec 16-17: North Side Meets South Side Dinner at The Georg

When it comes to being an accomplished chef, Fabio Strammiello is about as star-studded as they come – we're talking Michelin stars to be exact. Chef Strammiello has worked in Michelin-star restaurants across the globe. He’s now landed in Beijing where he’ll act as Italian guest chef at The Georg. During his two-day stint, the collaborative “North Side Meets South Side” menu will feature a seven-course dinner served with a trio of snacks and a glass of Champagne Devaux. This dinner’s going to be popular, so make reservations while you can.

Fri-Sat Dec 16-17, 6-10pm; RMB888 per person (which includes the glass of champagne), optional wine pairing for RMB688. The Georg, see event listing.

Dec 17: Shakespeare in Love

The year has been many things – good and bad. A more triumphant aspect of the year was the countless events held in remembrance for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. There’s just one more yet and it comes courtesy of Chamber orchestra The English Concert. The rare program, titled Shakespeare in Love, features music inspired by the beloved Bard, such as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen – a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We suggest you go, close your eyes and pretend you’re Gwyneth Paltrow in the concert’s namesake film.

Sat Dec 17, 7.30pm; RMB80-500; Concert Hall of NCPA (tickets via en.damai.cn, 400 610 3721), see event listing

Dec 17-18: Farm to Neighbors Christmas Market

As always, Farm to Neighbors’ Christmas Market will be held during the two weekends before and during Christmas – just in time for some last-minute holiday shopping. Expect 50 great vendors as well as all the regular local producers you've come to know and love from the Farm to Neighbors farmers’ market. Not only can you shop till you drop but you can even make your own gifts. Special workshops include paint-your-own Christmas cards and make-your-own stuffed teddy bear. 

For a full guide on all of the holiday-themed markets going on in Beijing this month, click here.

Dec 17-18 & 24-25, 12-6pm. The Grand Summit, For more information, please contact: 18600116714.

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