6 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, December 2, 2019

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Dec 3: Star Horse

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Swedish dream-pop band Star Horse embark on a six-city China tour early this week. First formed in early 2011, the four-piece put out their debut self-titled release later that year, which quickly received recognition online. Catch their shoegazey tunes at Yue Space.

Tue Dec 3, 8.30pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door); Yue Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Dec 5: BimBamBoom

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Formed by Japan's supreme drumming machine Miyoko Yamaguchi and music producer S-Ken, BimBamBoom is recognized for their mainly instrumental hits infused with lots of funk and sprinkled with cheery chants. From their deliciously groovy cover of 'Lowrider' to the high-energy bop 'O.E.C. Tiger Roll,' the eccentric quintet mixes feel-good soul with edgy rock 'n' roll. Their danceable jams will have you moving and grooving all over the dance floor so get ready for a wicked good show at Omni Space. 

Thu Dec 5, 8.30pm; RMB150 (advance), RMB200 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here

Dec 7: Murder & Mulled Wine Talk 

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Beijing Postcards has uncovered documents in British National Archives to show a portrait of a young Pamela Werner, before her grisly murder, and a collection of historical photographs and antique maps that will open a window to the Beijing she knew. Using three original maps from the 1930s, the talk will retrace her steps presenting places like the Fox Tower, the French ice-skating ring, Hotel Des Wagons Lits and the notorious badlands. 

Sat Dec 7, 3-4.30pm; RMB150; Beijing Postcards, see event listing.

Dec 7: Christmas Party for Pets & Their People 

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The jolly Christmas spirit is extended to your four-legged friends at ICVS’ Christmas party. Bring the family and have fun at their party for pets, owners, pet rescuers and pet lovers. There will be delicious treats for both pets and humans, as well as a chance to adopt or sponsor animals and win the grand raffle draw, with all proceeds donated to ICVS Non-Profit Humane Animal Welfare Programs. Reserve your spot via email to reception@ICVSASIA.com by 10am on December 7. 

Sat Dec 7, 2-5pm; International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS), see event listing.

Dec 7 & 8: Lakecia Benjamin

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With her charismatic presence and fiery performance, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin keeps the dancefloor packed and grooving. After joining the esteemed jazz program at New York’s New School University, Benjamin was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader for artists such as Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, as well as curating an extensive list of recording credits. Find soul and funk aplenty at Blue Note Beijing. 

Sat Dec 7 & Sun Dec 8, various times; RMB280 (side seat), RMB360 (table seat); Blue Note Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Dec 8: Urna Chahar-Tugehi 

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Born into a family of herders in Inner Mongolia, Urna was raised in a community where song was an integral part of everyday life. She has since had extensive experiences across the world, first studying at the Shanghai Conservatory, touring internationally, and now being based in Bavaria, Germany, and Cairo, Egypt. Urna was also awarded the RUTH Prize in 2003 for Best International Artist. Don’t miss her musical prowess this weekend. 

Sun Dec 8, 7.30pm; RMB160-360; Forbidden City Concert Hall, see event listing. Buy tickets here.


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