What's Up Guangzhou: April 3-9

By That's PRD, April 3, 2017

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That's PRD takes a look at the best of the week: 

April 4: Idea Exchange 


This week at the Idea Exchange, André Ley, a local pianist and composer who graduated from Xinghai Conservatory of Music, will talk about the art of composing, sharing some easy principles and patterns to form euphonic melodies while playing the attendees examples from pop music and the cinema. Join this week’s melodic session and exchange your idea of music. 

Apr 4, 8pm; RMB30 (RMB10 if producing student cards). E Coffee. See event listing.  

April 5: Salsa and Bachata Experimental Class


Intimidating as it is, the benefits reaped from salsa are well worth any initial pangs of inhibition. Salsa dancers can expect to keep in shape, maintain a positive mood, overcome difficulties communicating with the opposite sex, release pressure and enlarge their social circle, as is written in Salsa Cubana’s online course description. Join Salsa Cubana's experimental class and experience salsa for free!

Apr 5, 7.30-9.30pm; free. Contact Grace on WeChat (ID: 18925166128). Guangzhou Salsa Cubana. See event listing

April 6: Hooley’s Trivia Night 


Every Thursday evening, Hooley's presents a night of trivia. Head over to indulge in a wide range of questions and prizes for the top three teams! Hang around after to enjoy live music. 

Apr 6, 8.30pm; free entry. Hooley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. See event listing

April 7: Doc Night 


Hosted by Global Friendship, a collection of interesting and curious individuals from around the world, Doc Night is a documentary screening project followed by heated discussion and elevated by various perspectives. The subject of Doc Night this week is Before the Flood, a documentary directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio who, through conversations with individuals from a wide range of fields, including tops scientists and Barack Obama, probes into the problem of climate change and feasible solutions. 

Apr 7, 7-10pm; RMB45 for non-members (includes a beer or coffee), RMB1 for GF members. Zoo Coffee (Huanshi Dong). See event listing

April 7: Mahan Esfahani Harpsichord Concert 

Before Iranian harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani went to Stanford University where he studied musicology and music history, he, when a young boy, was guided on harpsichord by his father. A BBC New Generation Artist from the year 2008 to 2010, Esfahani has been tirelessly promoting harpsichord as a mainstream concert instrument. Come to Guangzhou Opera House to see a harpsichord concert by Mahan Esfahani, who the Guardian eulogized as “young, suave and eloquent.” 


We have a pair of tickets to give away! Message our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) with the subject 'Harpsichord' and why you should win. Please include your full name and contact number. 

Apr 7, 8pm; RMB180-580. Experimental Theater, Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing

April 7: Female Guitarists Concert 

On April 7, T:union will stage three adroit female guitarists who are of different nationalities and personalities but share a common passion for guitar. They are: Christie Lenée, hailing from the US, whose performances resembles those of legendary guitarist Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews; Taiwanese fingerstyle guitarist Xu Yijuan; and 20-year-old Japanese guitar player Kanaho.

Apr 7, 8-10pm; RMB150-300. T:union. See event listing

April 7-9: 2017 China (Guangzhou) Pet Expo 


Love adorable pets? Yeah, us too. The China (Guangzhou) Pet Expo is the largest of its kind in South China and features all kinds of animals, pet food, medical equipment and other ‘necessities’ for pets. There’s even an animal parade, where dogs, cats, turtles and, uh, spiders (allegedly) will strut down the street together. A wide range of activities will be arranged for your furry friends, while rare species of pets will also be available to take home – for a steep price.

Apr 7-9, 9am-5pm; RMB30, free for children under 1.1 meters. Guangzhou International Source Center. See event listing

April 7-9: A Zen Trip Weekend Getaway


Getting bored of your oily and calorie-packed diet in the city? Sign up for this weekend getaway at a Buddhist temple in the mountains, where simple, nutritious, healthy vegetarian meals will help to freshen your appetite. A two-day event organized by a group of Zen Buddhism enthusiasts, the trip is open to anyone aged 15-50 and will include activities like meditation, a gongfu tea ceremony and Buddhism classes.

Apr 7-9. Bus to the temple leaves at 7.30pm on every Friday at Exit A of Liede Metro Station and arrives back in Guangzhou at 8pm on Sunday at Haizhu Square Metro Station. For more information, contact Shengxin at 176 8885 8760 or on WeChat: gsbenxin. See event listing

April 8: EuroCham Gala Dinner


The EuroCham Gala Dinner, which sees more than 300 attendees from foreign and Chinese business communities attend every year, is one of the most important corporate events in Guangzhou. It is an opportune occasion to network with a party of professionals, managers, VIP corporate clients and local political figures in a stylish and chic environment. This year’s event is themed 'Fashion Through Time,' so come dressed up in whatever is or was fashionable from the 1920s till today and enjoy a night of reveling. 

Apr 8, 6.30pm-midnight; RMB800 for members, RMB1,200 for non-members. LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. See event listing

April 8-9: Seafood Brunch at Catch 


Catch, located on the 100th floor of Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, is launching a new weekend brunch with abundant seafood dishes and a panoramic view of the city. A wide array of Asian style delicacies will be offered in addition to a new menu that features eight different dishes with prices starting from RMB98. 

Apr 8-9, 11.30am-2pm; Prices start from RMB98 per dish (plus 15 percent). Catch (Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou). See event listing

April 8-9: Happy BBQ 


Happy Monk at Happy Valley is to cater to your every whim with a meaty, generous barbeque dinner this weekend. Comprising two appetizers, main courses (including chicken wings, lamb chops, cheesy hot dogs, fish chops and more), unlimited soft drinks, as well as French handmade ice cream and crepes, this weekend feast is not to be missed. For an extra RMB68, diners can enjoy a free flow of Carlsberg, gin and tonics and Cuba Libres. 

Apr 8-9, 5.30-7.30pm; RMB128 for adults, RMB68 for children. Happy Monk (Happy Valley). See event listing

April 9: Tribute to Michael Jackson – String Concert by Aupa Quartet 

From Aupa Quartet’s classical instrument comes a diverse repertoire of groovy, spontaneous music varying from jazz to funk to flamenco. Their own composition, catchy tunes coupled with improvisations, has come to be known as “aupa style.” After playing with distinguished musicians in well-known music halls in Barcelona, France and Italy, Aupa Quartet is to visit Guangzhou this April to give a concert with a MJ-themed repertoire. Don't miss these talented instrumentalists. 


We have a pair of tickets to give away! Message our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) with the subject 'Aupa' and why you should win. Please include your full name and contact number. 

Apr 9, 3pm; RMB180-380. Experimental Theater, Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing

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