That's Guangzhou takes a look at the best events of the month:
Jan 5: Linda Gentille
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The creative Linda Gentille incorporates gypsy dance rhythms into her piano playing to create a magnificent sound. Solo performances by the American pianist resemble that of an orchestra. Catch her recital at Xinghai Concert Hall this month.
Jan 8: Chai
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Four Japanese girls set out to redefine the meaning of ‘cute’ via music and thus formed Chai. Fusing sonic elements, their sound is influenced by Basement Jaxx, Gorillaz, CSS and Tom Tom Club, while lyrics focus on self-empowerment. In the island nation, the four-piece band have won a devoted following with their unique music videos.
Jan 11-20: Mozart, l’opera rock
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Yes, it’s about the life story of the legendary Austrian composer, and there’s classical music involved, but not quite in the way you’d imagine. As its name implies, this French musical intertwines pop rock with classic compositions by Mozart. On stage, the juxtaposition of rock music and classical compositions and costumes serves to underline the timelessness of Mozart and his works. The two-act musical will be staged at Guangzhou Opera House this month. Be sure not to miss it.
Jan 12: Space Station
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The South China-based post-rock band is touring with their latest offering, Home, Destiny and the Mist from the Beginning of This Century, which is a reflection by band members on the ever-changing art scene in China. The substantial use of slow rhythms and delays contributes to the band’s musical aesthetics, which are brilliantly demonstrated on their new album.
Jan 12: Wang Leehom
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One of the brightest Mandopop stars, Wang Leehom has been active on the music scene in China since the summer of 1995, when he appeared on a talent show in Taiwan. The New York-born musician and Berklee College of Music graduate rose to prominence through the release of his second album The One and Only, the namesake single of which made Wang’s name known to every Chinese person who has ever patronized a karaoke bar. His rendition of ‘Descendants of the Dragon,’ a well-known Chinese song from the ’80s, added to his popularity on the Chinese mainland.
Jan 15-Feb 4: CNY Poon Choi by Grand Hyatt Guangzhou
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Poon choi, literally ‘basin dish’ in English, is a traditional Cantonese dish that holds a variety of ingredients in a large wooden, metal or porcelain basin. Using premium ingredients, the culinary team at Grand Hyatt Guangzhou have crafted a sumptuous array of poon choi dishes to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig. Ingredients utilized in the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou’s poon choi include sea cucumbers from Norway, fish maw from Indonesia, New Zealand deer tendon, mushrooms, wild abalones, oysters, roast goose, hand-made fish balls and prawns, among various other delicacies. For more information, call 8396 1234 ext. 3451.
Jan 19: Yo-Yo Ma at Youth Music Culture Guangdong
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The Youth Music Culture Guangdong music festival at Xinghai Concert Hall will see internationally renowned musicians and conductors like Yo-Yo Ma and Michael Stern host public workshops, lectures, rehearsals and concerts. Ma will collaborate with young musicians at the opening concert of the music festival. Don’t miss this chance to see a musical master in action!
Jan 25-27: Swan Lake by Roma City Ballet
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Roma City Ballet are rooted in the headstream of ballet in Italy. The top Italian dance troupe is critically acclaimed for their elegant dance moves and have toured all over Europe on behalf of Italy. This month, come to Guangzhou Opera House and be amazed by their ballerinas’ graceful performance of an all-time classic, Swan Lake.
Until Jan 31: Cang Xin: Model of Energy
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The works of Chinese artist Cang Xin are very conceptual, whether they are paintings or installations, and are associated with abstract concepts like ‘dark matter,’ ‘dark life’ and ‘dark consciousness.’ Performance art is another way through which Cang conveys these avant-garde concepts. Via the expression of body movements, which are inspired by the hunters and nomadic people of North China, Cang wants to raise public awareness of such topics as identity politics.
Until Jan 31: Casserole Delicacies at Ming Court
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Savor a selection of heart-warming and classic Cantonese casserole dishes created by Chef Chau at Ming Court. The special casserole menu features prized delicacies such as sea cucumber, abalone, fish maw and grouper, among other ingredients, which are prepared using time-honored methods. Noteworthy dishes include poached fish maw in pumpkin soup, braised fresh turbot in a clay pot, as well as braised assorted seafood and bean curd in a clay pot.
Until Feb 16: The Colorful World – North Korean Oil Painting
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North Koreans were introduced to oil painting not too long ago, yet their painters have mastered the techniques, artistic characters and aesthetic language of oil painting. In general, their works are refreshing and natural, while the use of color reflects their unique appreciation of the art. From sceneries and landscapes to portraits and more, North Korean oil paintings never fail to offer audiences a sense of sweetness and tranquility.
Until Feb 19: Chinese New Year Gourmet Goodies
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From rice cakes and cookies to Chinese New Year hampers, The Mandarin Cake Shop has you covered this Spring Festival – offering the perfect gifts for friends, business associates and your family. The Wealth Rice Cake Gift Box is priced at RMB228 and comes in two distinct and delightful flavors: brown sugar and coconut. The Deluxe Chinese New Year Hamper is priced at RMB888 and includes both brown sugar and coconut rice cakes, olive oil, XO sauce, tea leaves, mixed nuts and a bottle of red wine.
Until Feb 19, all day. The Mandarin Cake Shop (Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou). See event listing.
Until Mar 20: Echoes of the Nile: Exhibition of Ancient Egyptian Civilization
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Explore ancient Egyptian civilization at this exhibition at the Guangdong Museum. A total of 235 relics straight from the Egyptian Museum in Turin will be on display, exposing visitors to the dynamic daily life, religious beliefs and memorial services of ancient Egyptian society. Exhibited artifacts include precious mummies and sarcophagi, the mysterious Book of the Dead, ankhs, deity statues and stone tablets, among other valuable antiquities.
Until Mar 31: Family Buffet at Sofitel
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Are you a parent who dreads bringing your offspring out to a nice buffet lunch? Then the family brunch at Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich is perfect for you! Featuring a special ‘Kid’s Corner,’ which includes a Le Petit Prince-themed dining area with cartoon cutlery and fun toys, the hotel’s 2 on 988 Café offers kids a mouthwatering children’s buffet (and a special dessert!). While the wee ones are entertained, parents can enjoy an array of gourmet breads, cheeses, meats and seafood, accompanied by a free-flow of Chardon sparkling, red and white wine.
Ongoing: Ladies Night at The Connoisseur
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Toss on a pair of high heels, call up your girlfriends and head over to the recently upgraded The Connoisseur to enjoy a wide selection of exquisite food and drinks at the restaurant’s popular ladies’ nights, which run from Tuesday to Saturday weekly. Ladies can enjoy an appetizer, main course, dessert and free flow of sparkling, red and white wine for the extremely affordable price of RMB180, while after dinner they can also revel in a 50 percent discount on alcoholic beverages at Lobby Lounge.
Ongoing: All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum at Tea 5
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During this festive season, the crack chef at Tea 5 is bringing a little extra flare to the hotel’s most popular dim sum offer with the addition of special Chinese New Year-inspired dim sum dishes. Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience and savor a wide selection of delectable and authentic Cantonese goodies.
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