With the number of events in Chengdu growing at a steady pace, we've decided to forego including each and every event in our Thursday "Weekend preview" post. Instead, we'll profile a handful of the weekend's major events in more detail than we did previously. Of course, if you want the full list of what's on this weekend, you can still check our events calendar any day of the week!
Mr. Chelonian Live at the Little Bar
Mr. Chelonian, sometimes referred to as Mr. Turtle, or Haigui Xiansheng, formed in 2004 in then-home Guangxi province. In China's young underground music scene, it's hard to find a band that's been around that long; and, with a few exceptions even harder to find a Chengdu-based band with that much experience. But in 2007, Mr. Chelonian's members, now all in their early to mid 20s, set up in Chengdu and have remained ever since, playing the occasional home gig every now and then. Sounding something like Bob Dylan meets Nirvana, they're perhaps most recognizable by their skinny-pants and Slash-like headwear-donning bassist Jiang Han. Mr. Chelonian plays Little Bar on Friday with opening band Night Garden. Starts at 8 p.m. Entrance: 25 RMB.
2009 Dream Tour Music Festival
Those who were around last May recall the Zebra Music Festival with fond memories, a landmark event that brought three days of music, food, and camping out with friends to Chengdu for the first time. This weekend, Chengdu sees its second large-scale festival with the Dream Tour at Dreamland, an amusement park south of the city in Huayang.
With a total of around 30 acts, the festival will feature most of Chengdu's standbys and a handful of out-of-towners.
Main stage lineup (Saturday): Space Rocket, Blue Weekend, Proximity Butterfly, Tong Dang, Mr. Chelonian, Muma. (Sunday): Ziran Er'ran, Falling Cookies, Sol Spaceship, The Trouble, Mosaic. The second stage will see a handful of local folk acts and pop singers.
The City FM radio-sponsored event runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 10 p.m. each day. Entrance: 140 RMB per day or 240 RMB for two days (includes access to amusement park facilities). For tickets call 82008220, 67006700, 86154702, or 86154703
Bus lines to Dreamland: 501 OR 801, 803, 805, 807, 809, 811, 813, 815, 817, 819, 821, 823, 825A and B, 828, 829 and transfer to line 2B, 4A, 4B
Shangfeng Shangshui (上风上水)
Windows facing doors. Holes in buildings. New-age feel-good interior-decorating schemes, or ancient Oriental wisdom? Feng shui might be a mystery to most of us, but on Saturday feng shui expert Sha Zhizhi (沙知止) attempts to demystify it in a lecture. The seminar will be a brief introduction to feng shui, covering feng shui's functioning in modern life, especially in choosing real estate and setting up living environments. Sha Zhizhi has served as a professional feng shui consultant for various corporations. Starts at 3 p.m. at Lan Town. In Chinese only. No cover charge.
Alex Heimkind is a German DJ and VJ who's been riding all over China by bicycle. As part of a 20-city tour, this weekend he stops in Chengdu to play Panda on Saturday night. Starts at 10 p.m. No cover charge.
Your Secondhand Life Secondhand + Flea Market
With the idea to keep stuff in a cycle of use rather than discarded by the side of the road, Your Secondhand Life was born. Chengdu's rapid turnover of foreigners means that the newly arrived can stock their flats with the goods left behind by the just-departed. Over two years and four markets, the event has grown beyond a laowai rummage sale into a vibrant daytime party and fair featuring music and performances that attracts a number of the city's young local crafters and DIYers.
This Sunday's market will feature a special matinee rendition of Small Anchor Press's "Gay Plays" by the newly formed Chengdu Theatrical Group.
Selling everything from new and used clothes to handmade books, jewelry, postcards, and shoes to baked goods, books and CDs/DVDs to musical instruments and household goods, the market offers a little bit of something for everyone. Stretch out the last days of summer into September with Hemp House's special end-of-summer smoothies and cold beer.
Starts at 2 p.m. and runs until dark. Those who wish to sell can start setting up at 12 noon. No registration required. Entrance is free.
Muma & Third Party Live at the Little Bar
Beijinger Muma (木玛), the driving force behind one of the country's most successful post-80s underground bands Muma Band, has been rocking the P.R.C. for nearly nine years. In 2007, he met The Third Party, and they've been together ever since, releasing the "Velvet Highway" album and touring non-stop.
Muma & Third Party's sound is characterized by its moody vocals and minimalistic melodies over dreary riffs and dark basslines. Starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance: 40 RMB.
Forever Teresa Teng at the Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace
The voice of Mando and Cantopop icon Teresa Teng (邓丽君) is immediately recognizable by anybody who came of age in the 1970s or 80s in east Asia. The immensely popular and influential Taiwanese singer will be memorialized in a Sunday evening concert at the Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace. Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets: 100 to 880 RMB.
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