THURSDAY, August 27
"Where East Eats West" @ the Bookworm
In "Where East Eats West: The Street-Smarts Guide to Business in China," author Sam Goodman boils down China business basics into easy-to-digest lessons, from the perspective of an entrepreneur who's been in China since 1995. Starts at 7:30 p.m. No cover charge.
FRIDAY, August 28
"Gay Plays" (in English) @ the Bookworm
Two short plays about time, life, and lasting friendships by American playwright Lonely Christopher, presented by Small Anchor Press. 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. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: 15 to 50 RMB (SMS 15108471450 for discounted presale tickets)
Silent Resentment @ Little Bar
Goth-metal sextet Silent Resentment hail from Beijing and released their first album Death is Utopia in June. With femme fatales keyboardist White Rose and vocalist Libido backed by heavily distorted guitar grinds, they offer a theatrical, dramatic show. You can hear them here. Beijing-based mixed foreign and Chinese rock 'n' roll quartet Chaoziran opens. Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 25 RMB
Funk to Folk @ Machu Picchu
Funk to folk night with DJ Iws from Finland. Starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
Gramophonetics @ Le Café Panam(e)
Trash pop with DJs Marty B. & Easy Lee. Champagne specials. Starts at 10 p.m. No cover charge.
Acupuncture Records (针刺疗法) China Tour @ Panda Club
House & techno from Beijing featuring Acupuncture Records DJs Wengweng and X.L.F. Starts at 10 p.m. No cover charge.
SATURDAY, August 29
Cycling Tour to Ping'le Old Town @ Tianfu Square
Departs from the Mao statue at Tianfu Square at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and returns at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Ride is approximately 103 kilometers roundtrip and will pass through Shuangliu, Xinjin, and Qionglai. For English-language information, contact Hans at 13880710998.
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) on Saturday and returns Sunday. 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.
MJ Flash Mob @ Chunxi Lu
A flash mob is part-public stunt, part-performance art meant to grab the attention of passersby. In cities around the world, groups gather and perform a pre-planned action for a specified period of time. Previous flash mobs have included the Worldwide Pillow Fight and London's Silent Disco. Saturday would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, and flash mobs around the world are gearing up for a massive re-creation of "Thriller." Chengdu's will take place at Zhongshan Guangchang on Chunxi Lu at 4 p.m. The organizers hope up to 100 people will join in, and to that end, they've created a long video to teach potential participants the steps of the dance.
Village Dogs Howlin for the Moon bears @ Shamrock Bar
Animals Asia Foundation founder Jill Robinson gives a presentation on the moon bears, plus vegetarian buffet, live music from Hong Kong band Village Dogs, and raffle. Starts at 7 p.m. Entrance: 35 RMB or 100 with buffet
"Gay Plays" (in Chinese) @ the Bookworm
Two short plays about time, life, and lasting friendships by American playwright Lonely Christopher, presented by Small Anchor Press. 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. Plus stick around for Cara Phillips' weekly reportoire of jazz, rock, and classic showtunes. All proceeds go to Da Shan International. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: 15 to 50 RMB (SMS 15108471450 for discounted presale tickets)
Burning Scrap Iron @ Little Bar
Will Spill the Last @ Hemp House
Dance party with DJ Emcore from Beijing spinning tech-house and minimal. Starts at 10 p.m. Entrance: 20 RMB.
SUNDAY, August 30
Soccer: Chengdu Blades vs. Qingdao @ Chengdu Stadium
Starts at 3:30 p.m. Entrance: 20 to 80 RMB
Liang Zi @ Elephant Bar
(亮子) Live folk with opening band Mahou (马猴). Starts at 9 p.m. Entrance: 15 RMB
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, usually from the Huoshui Park near the former amusement park along the river down to the Jah Bar. 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: "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. Closes Friday.
CLOSING: "Black Screen" @ Re-C Art Space
(黑屏) Artists: He Yunchang, Ma Yongfeng, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Wang Qingsong, Wu Chengdian. Closes Friday.
CLOSING: Wang Xin Jiang Nan Landscapes @ Sichuan Art Museum
Watercolor landscapes. Closes Saturday. No entrance fee.
"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.
"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 through September 27.
"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). 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. Buy one, get one free Tsingtao beer every day. Through August 31. Upcoming: Buy a steak (RMB48 to 138) and get any menu item free (up to 50% of the steak price) all weekend long.
Buy 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.
Purchase lunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and receive a 40% discount coupon for any main course. From August to December 2009.
Ladies' Night @ Mooney's
Free martinis for ladies, all night every Thursday.
Wild Justice, Animal Emotions, and Why They Matter @ the the Bookworm
Ecology and biology professor, Roots and Shoots ambassador, and author Marc Bekoff will discuss the moral lives of animals and the emotions that are key to moral intelligence. Wednesday, September 2, 7:30 p.m. No cover charge.
Boss Ma Jazz Band @ the Hemp House
Live jazz standards and improvisations with one of Chengdu's favorite jazz bands.
Wednesday, September 2, 10 p.m. No cover charge.
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. No cover charge.
"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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