FRIDAY, August 21
Xiangru Chang Ge @ Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace
(相如长歌). Musical about Han Dynasty writer Sima Xiangru. Starts at 3 p.m. Tickets: 80 to 680 RMB
Falcongate China Tour 2009 @ Little Bar
From Gyula, Hungary, comes Falcongate, a poppy punk outfit with a sound similar to that of New Found Glory, No Use for a Name, and AFI. With opening band local rockers Jenny's Doll (珍妮的玩偶). Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 30 RMB
Angry Hungarians Falcongate punk up Little Bar with their poppy melodies Friday.
Hello, Chengdu @ Foxy Bar
Acoustic folk-pop singer Wang Danrui (王丹瑞). Part of the ongoing "Chengdu Live" series. Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 100 RMB
Nanuna German Beerfest Closing Party @ Nanuna
German beer festival. DJs R-sun, Wu, Three, Xiao Zhi, Xiao Yan, Shen Yi, Weiwei. All-you-can-drink German beer, fruits, giveaways. Starts at 9 p.m. Entrance: Tickets 360 to 420 RMB. EDIT 8/21: All You Can Beat's Clockwork party is scheduled for this venue. DJs Elektra Kute, Dutsie Wilde, D. Bassmann, and Andy Mac. Happy hour 11 to midnight. Starts at 10 p.m. No cover charge.
Blind Gift Exchange Party @ Jambo Africa House
Bring a small, inexpensive gift for a blind swap at the bar. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
Party: Drop the Beats No. 7 @ Café Panam(e)
With DJ Songfei. Starts at 10 p.m. No cover charge.
End of the Heat @ Lan Town
Chill-out, techno, and psy-trance night with DJs Xiao Tao & Sagit and guest band Future. Starts at 10 p.m. Entrance: 10 RMB
Beijing Beat @ Panda Club
Panda Club pre-opening with DJ Yangxu. Starts at 10 p.m. Entrance: 20 RMB. (Added 8/21)
SATURDAY, August 22
Back to School Golf Outing @ Luxe Hills
18 holes. RMB1379 includes cart, caddy, buffet lunch, prizes). RMB120 per hour, RMB20 per 30 balls. Sponsored by Léman International School. Limited capacity. RSVP: don.smith [AT] lis-chengu [DOT] com or 13880528130. Starts at 8 a.m.
Bike Tour to Yuantong Ancient Town @ Tianfu Square
Cyclists will depart from the Mao Zedong statue at Tianfu Square and ride to Yuantong Ancient Town in Wenjiang, approximately 100 km roundtrip. Dining costs to be split between participants. Contact Hans at 13880710998 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
"My Way" Book Signing @ Chengdu Book Center
"My Way" (我的路) is a five-part (and counting) picture-book series by young Chengdunese illustrator and blogger Ji Di (寂地). The series has been translated into several languages. 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Illustration from Ji Di's "My Way" picture-book series. Ji Di signs copies of her books for fans Saturday.
Back to School Children's Pizza Competition @ Peterpan
Kids assemble the pizzas; everybody eats the delightful results. Noon to 2 p.m. Participation fee: RMB88 per child, includes materials, one soft drink, and a Peterpan T-shirt.
Chengdu Blades vs. Changchun @ Chengdu Stadium
Soccer home game. Starts at 3:30 p.m. Entrance: 20 to 80 RMB
South that Starts from South @ Little Bar
Hardcore Dai Wah Mui (大话梅) and alt-indy rockers Golden Cage, both from Guangdong, warm up the Little Bar stage Saturday with opening act local rockers Storyline. Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 10 RMB EDIT 8/21: Entrance to this event is 30 RMB.
Cantorockers Golden Cage and Dai Wah Mui represent the southside Saturday at Little Bar. Nei sik m sik teng, y'all?
Milk@Coffee @ Foxy Bar
Beijing pop duo. Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 100 RMB (includes one drink).
Jasmine Leong Live @ the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium
"The queen of love songs" (梁静茹) famous for her love-themed pop ballads celebrates "Chinese Valentine's Day." Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets 280 to 880 RMB
Refrigerator Dance Party @ Panda Club
Panda returns after a long hiatus with live electro dance party featuring Changsha DJ Length and Gameboy-inspired bit-tunes duo Monkey Benders. Starts at 9 p.m. Entrance: 30 RMB
Panda Club celebrates its re-opening with the Refrigerator electro-dance party from "furnace city" Changsha.
Sextinguishers @ Shamrock Bar
Live band. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
Cara Phillips @ Bookworm
Jazz, rock, showtunes. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
DJ Wu @ Hemp House
Smoking hip hop night with DJ Wu. Free smokes all night. Starts at 10 p.m. Entrance: 10 RMB
DJ Wu wants to give you lung cancer.
SUNDAY, August 23
Shamjam @ Shamrock Bar
Solo performance. Starts at 3:30 p.m. Free entrance.
COMMUNITY EVENTS - ONGOING
Major League Baseball Park @ Zizhu Plaza
Mini-baseball tournament, pitching machine and batting cage, official uniforms and gear. Sponsored by Helios. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bus departs from location on map twice daily, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free to attend.
Chengdu runners tackle a scenic city route of approximately 5K. Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. For English-language information, contact Hans at 13880710998.
First Aid Training @ Red Cross Sichuan Province (Yushuang Lu, Red Cross, 4th Fl.)
Saturdays and Sundays. Registration fee: RMB 110. For the enrollment form, click here. For English-language information, contact Hans at 13880710998.
CLOSING: "Through Our Eyes" @ O Gallery
Exhibition depicting life through the eyes of Sichuan's most talented young oil painters. Through Saturday, August 22.
CLOSING: "Through The Souls" @ O Gallery
Sichuan young oil painters' exhibition in O Gallery. Li Jie, Yang fang, Gao Dongdong, Feng Hanping, Ji Tianbin, Meng Xiao, Teng Yun. Through Saturday, August 22, 5 p.m.
CLOSING: "Six Directions" @ A4 Gallery
Contemporary art exhibition by Chinese artists He Qianli (何千里), Wang Haichuan (王海川), Xu Li (许力), Ceng Hong (曾宏), and (Liao Xinsong (廖新松). Through August 22.
OPENING: "Our Olympics" @ 82 Gallery
(我们的奥运). The 2008 Beijing Olympics in review. Outdoor exhibit featuring Olympics photography by Jiang Xiaowen (姜晓文), Wang Ruilin (王瑞林), Lei Yuandong (雷远东), and Leo Chen (陈新宁). Runs from August 22 to September 27.
A tennis racket, caught mid-air, at the 2008 Olympics. See it at 82 Gallery this Saturday.
"China Narratives": Fourth Chengdu Biennale @ the International Exhibition Center. Showcasing hundreds of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations by hundreds of local and national established and emerging artists. Read more here. Entrance: 20 RMB. Through August 28.
"Black Screen" @ Re-C Art Space
(黑屏) Artists: He Yunchang, Ma Yongfeng, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Wang Qingsong, Wu Chengdian. Through August 28.
"Image Spirit": Contemporary Art @ K Gallery
Featuring works of He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, Ye Yongqing, Guo Wei, Shi Jinzhen, Liu Hong, Chen Wenling, Luo Fahui, Wang Chengyun, He Gong, Zhang Xiaotao, Pang Maokun, Tang Ke, Li Changlong, and Li Guo. Through September 16.
"Obstruction" @ A Thousand Plateaus
Multimedia exhibit exploring "art not as representation but as obstruction," featuring the works of artists Chen Qiulin (陈秋林), Guan Yinfu (关音夫), Xiao Xiong (肖雄), Yu Ji (余极), and Zhang Hui (张慧). Opening July 28, 3 p.m. Through September 30.
FOOD AND DRINK PROMOTIONS
Pasta, Wine, Pizza Specials @ Vera Napoli
All pasta dishes half-price all day every Tuesday. All pizzas half-price all day every Saturday. All French Bordeaux wines half-price all day every Friday. Through August 31.
But 2, Get 1 Free @ Dave's Oasis
All drinks and pizza, daily through September 20. Plus 10-kuai beer and shots 'til 10 p.m. every Saturday.
Half-Price Baked Goods @ Peter's Tex Mex
All locations. After 8 p.m.
Shamrock Drink Specials @ Shamrock
Coffees, fruit juices, hot drinks. 5 RMB to 15 RMB. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Plus 20 RMB lunch specials, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ladies' Night @ Mooney's
Free martinis for ladies, all night every Thursday.
Lunar Lover's Day @ Vera Napoli
Couples' romantic set menu for "Chinese Valentine's Day." RMB199 per couple (10% if booked before August 23). Wednesday, August 26.
Hash House Harriers 300 Weekend Trip @ Mengding Mountain
Weekend getaway in celebration of the Chengdu Hash House Harriers 300th run. Bus departs 9 a.m. from the Gloria Regent (Tongzilin Bei Lu and Renmin Nan Lu). Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30. RMB300 for Hash members; RMB350 for others. Includes transportation, accommodation, meals, drinks, T-shirt, two runs, entry to the mountain. Seats limited to 50 people. Pre-registration required.
"Gay Plays" @ the Bookworm
Two short plays by American playwright Lonely Christopher, presented by Small Anchor Press. Saturday, August 29 (English-language production), and Sunday, August 30 (Chinese-language production), 7 p.m. Tickets: 15 to 50 RMB. Student and pre-sale discounts. A selection of Small Anchor Press's bilingual, limited-edition handbound short-story and poetry books will also be available. All proceeds go to Da Shan International.
Your Secondhand Life @ Hemp House
Chengdu's biggest secondhand, crafts, and flea market and community day. Snacks, drinks, vendors. Shop, sell, or swap. Sunday, September 6, 2 p.m.
"Notes by Spirit" @ Re-C Art Space
(灵性的笔记) Featuring artists Feng Dekui (冯德奎), Guo Yan (郭岩), Ma Jie (马杰), Xue Bowen (薛博文), Zhong Lei (仲磊), Zheng Xiaoyu (郑翛予). Opens Saturday, September 12 at 3 p.m. and runs through October 10.
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