5 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, November 11, 2019

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Nov 11-Dec 28: Anish Kapoor Solo Exhibition

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Anish Kapoor’s major solo exhibition at Taimiao Art Museum of the Imperial Ancestral Temple will address the architecture and spiritual history of the site, reflecting and engaging with the spaces through a series of stainless steel and pigment sculptures. Key works from his innovative early pigment series 1000 Names will be on display, alongside the next generation of sculptures including Angel (1990), and To reflect an intimate part of the red (1981). 

Mon Nov 11-Sat Dec 28, 9am-5pm;Taimiao Art Museum of the Imperial Ancestral Temple, see event listing.

Nov 12-24: Titanic the Musical 

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Direct from London, this musical take on the tragic sinking of the world’s most famous ship brings passengers’ stories to the stage. On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic departed with thousands of travelers aboard. Oblivious to the fate that awaited them, follow characters based on real people as they navigate the journey of their lives. 

Tue Nov 12-Sun Nov 24, various times; RMB180-880; Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 14-16: The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

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Witness the clash of bellringer Quasimodo and corrupt priest Claude Frollo as they vie for the attention of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. Situated in the late 15th century, this gothic-romantic tale by Victor Hugo will be staged in Beijing theaters this week. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been adapted for the stage by TNT Theater, a popular international touring troupe established in Britain. Join them as they unify drama, music, and dance. 

Thu Nov 14-Sat Nov 16, 7.30pm; RMB120-380; Nine Theater, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 14: The Kooks

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Formed in Brighton in 2004, The Kooks first stole hearts with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out in 2006, which included darling tracks like ‘Naïve’ and ‘She Moves in Her Own Way.’ The pop record would come to define the feel-good sound of The Kooks, and was accompanied by such buzz (it went quadruple platinum in the UK) that the band went on to record a live acoustic version at Abbey Road Studios (you know the one) just a year later. Their follow-up releases, 2008’s Konk and 2011’s Junk of the Heart, continued to charm, solidifying the band as a bright and breezy soundtrack for teenage youth, with upbeat guitar riffs and effortlessly catchy choruses about falling in and out of love. Catch the band at their Tango gig later this week.

Thu Nov 14, 8.30pm; RMB320 (presale), RMB400 (door); Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 15: The Drums 

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The Drums are an NYC-based band and they’re bringing with them a quirky blend of surf-rock, indie-pop and catchy riffs. You’ll be able to hear elements of their major influencers, such as The Beach Boys and The Smiths, in their discography. The Drums’ latest album, Brutalism, is layered with emotional rawness and intricate lyrics, inviting audiences along on their China tour. Hear for yourself why this band has been shortlisted in several magazines’ top bands in the past few years. 

Fri Nov 15, 8.30pm; RMB300 (presale), RMB350 (door); Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.


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