6 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, July 29, 2019

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Jul 29-Aug 1: Jane Eyre

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An adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic 19th-century novel, Jane Eyre tells the story of a young and shy protagonist that works as a tutor for her eventual love interest Rochester. Set in the mysterious setting of an old Victorian manor, the classic love story shows Jane transform the gloomy and overtly serious Rochester into a love-struck gentleman. For fans of classic literature, live theatre and timeless love stories, this is not an event to be missed. 

Mon Jul 29- Sat Aug 3, 7.30pm; RMB580-880; National Center for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.


Jul 30: American Football and Chinese Football

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American Football are making their way to China, and have chosen their namesake, Chinese Football, as support. Chinese Football were founded in Wuhan in Central China, also known as ‘China’s Thoroughfare,’ a pretty good analogy for the American Midwest, where a tight emo scene established the stereotypes that we find associated with that brand of music, emo rock, today. Catch up with both bands in our interview.

Tue Jul 30; 9pm; RMB220 (presale), RMB260 (door); Omni Space, see event listing.

Jul 31: La Vie en Rose 

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Nice-based director Gil Marsalla brings her adaptation of the award-winning film La Vie en Rose to Beijing. The show, starring Anne Carrere, tells the story of a young singer in Paris whose career struggles bring her from a relatively unknown performer to stardom. It also boasts never-before-seen photographs and images of the famous Parisian locations where Edith Piaf performed to give the show an organic and nostalgic atmosphere. La Vie en Rose debuted at Carnegie Hall in January 2017 and is now coming to the Chinese capital to continue the celebration of her life as a performance artist. 

Wed Jul 31, 7.30pm; RMB280-880; Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Aug 1: Anne-Marie

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Having recently vaulted to stardom, Anne-Marie is set to bring her charismatic and female-centric message to Beijing. Her first single, ‘Alarm,’ reached No. 2 on the UK charts and was eventually certified platinum. Her true breakout came when she was featured on Clean Bandit’s hit song ‘Rockabye,’ with Sean Paul, which went on to be certified multi-platinum. Since then, she went on to release her debut album Speak Your Mind in 2018. Get down to the rising star’s dance-infused beats at her gig this week at Tango. 

Thu Aug 1, 8pm; RMB 280 (presale), RMB380 (door); Tango, see event listing

Aug 2: Uncorked – Wine Tasting @ Union

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Get ready to taste a myriad of different wines at Union’s exclusive wine tasting this Friday. Guided by The House Collective’s three sommeliers, the event will feature 20 delectable bottles of wine (and some tasty snacks) for your sampling pleasure.

Fri Aug 2, 6-9pm; RMB188 (early bird), RMB200; Union, see event listing.

Aug 2: Comedy Club China Presents Storm Xu

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Comedy Club China is bringing Shanghai-based stand-up comedian Storm Xu to The Bookworm. Laugh your way through all of his humorous retellings of culture clashes this Friday night.

Fri Aug 2, 9pm; RMB100 (early bird), RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door); The Bookworm, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

[All images courtesy of promoters]


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