What's On in Beijing: November 2018

By That's Beijing, November 2, 2018

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Nov 2: Blossoms


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Glittering synths, triumphant riffs and catchy, sing-along vocals – these are all characteristics of the supreme sounds of ‘80s glam rock and pop. Stockport indie rockers Blossoms pay ode to these very sounds. With the release of their self-titled debut album, the synth-pop quintet found itself at the top of the UK Albums Chart. The lush record, full of euphoric tracks, is a sonic emblem of the greatest hits era, notably revolutionized by rock-goes-disco bands like The Killers and Arcade Fire. Catch their China debut at Omni Space and in the meantime, read our recent interview with the band.

Fri Nov 2, 9pm; RMB220 (presale), RMB280 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 3: Moonglow Cabaret 1930


Join Moonglow Burlesque for a vintage night of chorus lines, showgirls and gorgeous costumes, as they bring you a spectacular show in classic 1930s style.

Sat Nov 3, 9pm; RMB190-240 (includes one drink); Modernista, see event listing.

Nov 4: Jing-A Halloween Beer Mile


It's time to pick out a costume and hit the mean streets of Xingfucun! On Sunday, Jing-A will be holding their annual Halloween Beer Mile. At the beginning of each lap behind the brewpub, participants will be given a full cup of beer to help fuel them to keep running. Don't forget your costume! (Seriously, they're mandatory.)

Sun Nov 4, 3pm; RMB100; Jing-A Brewpub, see event listing.

Nov 5: Gaja Wine Dinner

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Gaja is not the name of a new fancy fusion concept but the family name of Italian wine producer Angelo Gaja, whom you will have a chance to meet at this exclusive dinner organized by Jing at Peninsula Beijing. He will bring with him his best wines, made purely from Italian grapes, while French Chef Julien Cadiou will take care of the rest. 

Mon Nov 5, 7pm; Jing @ The Peninsula Beijing, see event listing.

Nov 6-18: 'Chicago' Musical

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Murder, greed, corruption... and all that jazz! Chicago, the award-winning musical following the story of 1920s starlet Roxie Heart is coming to Beijing and it's going to bring all the razzle dazzle that we need to get through the pains of brutal weather. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or not, don’t miss out on all the odd greatness of this roaring production. 

Thu Nov 6-Sun Nov 18, 7.40pm; RMB100-1080; Tianqiao Performing Arts Centersee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 9: Jermann Wine Dinner by Wine & The City

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Wine and food lovers, this one's for you. Wine & The City is hosting yet another wine-and-food-filled dinner. This time around Alojz Felix Jermann, the son of one of Italy's most iconic winemakers, will co-host a special dinner at Opera Bombana. Along with Wine & The City, Felix will go through some of the most well-known Jermann wines and pair them with a special menu made for the occasion by Opera Bombana. Dishes will include Australian Rabbit with Roasted Potatoes, Veal Tripe with Polenta, Traditional Friuli Soup and so much more.

Fri Nov 9, 7pm; RMB880; Opera Bombana, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 10: Nocturnes & Future Orients

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Having recently released the atmospheric single ‘Any Kind of Mood,’ local indie talent Nocturnes are embarking on a six-city Asia tour with a stop in Beijing this month. Catch their spellbinding and ambient tunes at their School Bar gig, with supporting act Future Orients. 

Sat Nov 10, 9pm; RMB60 (advance), RMB80 (door); School Barsee event listing.

Nov 10 & 11: Roberto Bolle and Friends

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Roberto Bolle is one of the world’s most celebrated ballerinos. The Italian ballet superstar is following in Pavarotti’s steps and bringing his own ‘Roberto Bolle and Friends’ to China. He’ll perform a collection of original choreographies, together with his fellow dancers, with his signature style and legendary precision. 

Sat Nov 10 and Sun Nov 11, 7.30pm; RMB160-880; NCPAsee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 10 & 11: Disney on Ice

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Your favorite animated characters come to life thanks to world-class ice skaters in the upcoming live-action show Disney on Ice. The lavish costumes, dazzling light effects and overall whimsical production makes for great entertainment, and not just for kids. Catch the spectacular show on the rink at the Workers' Gymnasium, and if you feel like you’re too old for all that, take Elsa’s advice and just let it go. 

Sat Nov 10 and Sun Nov 11, various times; RMB180-580; Workers’ Gymnasiumsee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 13: The Vaccines

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Characterized by punchy guitar riffs and overall catchy tunes, the Vaccines make their China debut at Tango. The energetic UK indie rockers are released their most prized debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? in 2011, which is laden with feverish hits like ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra). 

Tue Nov 13, 8pm; RMB380-880; Tangosee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 14: Rhye

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From their ambiguous start, intensified by the androgynous and illusive vocals of lead singer Mike Milosh, Rhye captivated listeners with their subdued rhythm and blues-influenced pop. Starting out as a duo with Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, Rhye debuted their first albumWoman in 2013. The romantic record, featuring the tender and expansive single ‘Open,’ is a flawless collection of delicate disco layered with lush vocals – an echo of the soft and sensual funk perfected by ‘80s singer-songwriter Sade. Catch the band's Beijing debut at Omni Space.

Wed Nov 14, 9pm; RMB350 (presale), RMB450 (door); Omni Spacesee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 14: Owl City

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American electronica project Owl City lands in Beijing. Known best for starry synth-soaked singles like ‘Fireflies’ and ‘Good Time’ with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, singer-songwriter Adam Young proves he’s not a one-hit wonder with his most recent album Cinematic

Wed Nov 14, 7.30pm; RMB380-780; M Spacesee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 16-18: CBAC Craft Beer Festival

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CBAC stands for the Craft Brewer’s Association of China, the exclusive club that includes only Chinese beer producers, with zero ownership by commercial brands. As the Chinese craft beer market keeps growing at a fast pace, CBAC is holding its first-ever beer festival, where the crème de la crème of Chinese brewers will get together to meet the public and celebrate with some frothy brews. So, grab your complimentary sampling glass and learn everything about this exciting new world of Chinese craft beers. 

Fri Nov 16-Sun Nov 18, 2-9pm; RMB150/session, RMB400 (weekend pass, 3 sessions), RMB500 (deluxe weekend pass, all sessions); TRB Coppersee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 17: Four Tet

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Experimental musician and producer Four Tet is bringing his lush eclectic mixes to Omni Space this November. Hailing from England, the electronica artist has been an influential beatmaker since 2001. 

Sat Nov 17, 9pm; RMB220 (presale), RMB300 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 17 & 18: WR/OC Music Festival

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Another festival is coming to Beijing and this one boasts an unexpected headliner – US hardcore rap talent Machine Gun Kelly. With a slew of other international and local hip-hop acts rounding out the lineup, you won't want to miss this wild two-day music event. 

Sat Nov 17 & Sun Nov 18, 6pm; RMB228-1280; Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 17-22: Badain Jaran Desert Caravan

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China Hiking invites you to participate in the ultimate hiking trip: a seven-day journey through the Badain Jaran Desert. Tracing up and down giant dunes all the way to the remote lake Nuretu, this will be a breathtaking experience – in every sense of the word. But if you’re not the most resilient of travelers, you can just jump on a camel whenever the fatigue kicks in and let the animal take you across the sand. Also, your friends and colleagues won’t be able to reach you. How’s that for a nice escape? 

Sat Nov 17-Thu Nov 22; RMB9500; meeting point at Beijing airport, see event listing. (For more info, visit chinahiking.cn, email info@chinahiking.com or call 1565 2200 950.) 

Nov 18-20: Daniel Baremboim & Staatsoper Berlin 

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Living legend Daniel Barenboim will lead the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra to perform a repertoire that includes Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven for Beijing audiences. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the world’s most respected directors and to enjoy the prestigious sounds of Berlin’s Staatsoper. 

Sun Nov 18-Tue Nov 20, 7.30pm; RMB280-1680; NCPAsee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 20-29: Traditional Chinese Painting Lessons

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Chinese painting has really something special. Because of China’s unique history and culture, the country developed an aesthetic and style like no other. But you live in Beijing, which means Chinese painting does not have to remain a mystery to you. In fact, you now have the chance to grasp the basics of this fine art at the painting lessons organized by the Beijing Mandarin School. Under the skillful eye of a professional teacher, you’ll be able to make your own work and even take it home to show it off. 

Daily, Tue Nov 20-Thu Nov 29, 1-3pm; RMB80 (advance), RMB100 (door); Beijing Mandarin School, see event listing. (For info and to sign up, follow them on WeChat at BJMS-Etower, email info@beijingmandarinschool.com or call 010 6508 1026)

Nov 21-25: 'Feathers of Fire' Shadow Play

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‘Feathers of Fire’ is a cinematic shadow play created by visual artist Hamid Rahmanian. While the story is a classic – the tale of two star-crossed lovers, inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh – the techniques used to bring it to life are pure modern innovation: The captivating graphics will be projected on a cinema-size screen. It’s a visual pleasure for children and adults alike. 

Wed Nov 21- Sun Nov 25, various times; RMB180-580; Tianqiao Performance Arts Centersee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 22: Virgin Suicide

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Presented by Haze Sounds, cheery indie rock band Virgin Suicide land in Beijing later this month. Dance along to the glittery tunes of the Danish five-piece at Omni Space.

Thu Nov 22, 8.30pm; RMB100 (advance), RMB120 (door); Omni Spacesee event listing.

Nov 22 & 24: Thanksgiving at Mutianyu


There’s no better place to pass an expat Thanksgiving than the cozy Brickyard Retreat Center at the Mutianyu Great Wall, where you’ll get to enjoy generous portions of roast turkey at one of the best hiking spots. For those who can’t make it on Thursday, the Brickyard will serve a reprise on Saturday. While you’re at it, check out the Brickhouse’s spa, with an outdoor jacuzzi, and their stunning terraces facing the Wall – you won’t regret it. 

Thu Nov 22 & Sat Nov 24; The Brickyard Retreat Centersee event listing.

Nov 23: Feeder

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Feeder released their first album back in 1997 and went on to become one of the most successful bands their hometown of Newport, Wales had ever seen. With 10 studio albums, 12 compilations, four EPs and 40 singles, they’ve authored an extensive library over the years, despite a two year hiatus. While their lineup has changed more than once, two of the original members – Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose – still remain after two decades. Don't miss their show at Tango at the end of the month.

Fri Nov 23, 8pm; RMB380 (presale), RMB480 (door); Tangosee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 23: Call Super

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Party promoters Suan Pan are at it again with another masterful DJ act. This time they’re hosting Berlin-based British producer Call Super at the end of the month. With his expert composition and lively beats, his set at Dada is not one to miss. 

Fri Nov 23, 10pm; tickets TBD; Dada Beijingsee event listing.

Nov 24: UFC Fight Night

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its fighters of all levels for a high-octane night at the Cadillac Arena this November. Talk about a show that packs a punch. Stay tuned for a full list of the fighters. 

Sat Nov 24, 4pm; RMB280-1480; Cadillac Arenasee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 24 & 25: Oddisee & Good Compny

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American rapper and producer Oddisee is bringing his soulful hip-hop to Beijing with a full cast of bandmates joining him on stage at Blue Note. Known for his thoughtful lyrics and eclectic R&B-influenced music style, the prolific artist, who is also one third of rap trio Diamond District, has worked alongside notable rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.

Sat Nov 24 & Sun Nov 25, 7pm; Blue Note Beijing, see event listing.

Nov 25: Yoga Workshop with David Lynch

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If a yoga class with David Lynch doesn’t sound like a good time, it’s because you’re thinking of the wrong person. This Lynch is not a Hollywood director but a yoga instructor from New York City. He’ll be paying a visit to Yoga Yard this month for a special workshop focused on mastering backbends and completing other challenging poses. 

Sun Nov 25, 2-5pm; RMB400 (before Nov 10), RMB450; Yoga Yard, see event listing.

Nov 30-Dec 9: 'Gone with the Wind' Musical

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From the novel that inspired readers for generations comes this heart-wrenching musical adaptation, matched with music from Gerard Presgurvic. The beautiful costumes will evoke the American Civil War Era where this epic story, that spans through 10 years of the life of Scarlett O’ Hara, takes place, while the songs will spell out the pains of growing up and coming of age. 

Fri Nov 30-Sun Dec 9, various times; RMB180-1080; Beijing Exhibition Center Theatre, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Through November

Asuka Japanese Tea Experience

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NUO is debuting the brand new Asuka Japanese Tea Experience – where premium Japanese teas are paired with creative pastries – and we’re here for this luscious new take on afternoon tea. All the desserts are enhanced with tea in their preparation, for a full-out Japanese tea experience. A matchaneeded addition to Beijing’s afternoon tea offers. 

Daily, through Nov 30; NUO Hotel Beijing, see event listing.

Sunday Brunch @ Zarah

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Brunch at Zarah this month where they’re bringing you their all-you-can-eat buffet, created to make everyone happy – even the little ones. Opt for the all-you-can-drink option too, so that you can get all the brunch grub you want, plus free-flow Jing-A brews, prosecco and seasonal cocktails. 

Sundays, 10am-3pm; RMB198 (all-you-can-eat and one drink), RMB298 (all-you-can-eat-and-drink); Zarah, see event listing.

Hairy Crab Season @ Jing Yaa Tang

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As the autumn winds blow and the Osmanthus flowers bloom, hairy crabs are back on restaurant tables in Beijing. Famous for their delicate flavor and buttery texture, these crustaceans are a rare treat available only for a couple months of the year. Jing Yaa Tang invites you to try the innovative recipes of Chef Li Dong, like crab roe xiaolongbao and stir-fried crab meat with milk curd and parma ham. 

Through Fri Nov 30, noon-10.30pm; Jing Yaa Tang, see event listing.

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