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!
Four Years Hemp House
Ah, we can remember when Hemp House was brand new, a total reggae-themed, hippie-style hangout where you took off your shoes, had a dark Tsingtao, and listened to whatever local musicians had started up a jam session or drum circle. It was the only one of its kind in Chengdu. Not that much has changed since then—although perhaps the gigs have become more formal, the space has just about tripled in size and the interior undergone a number of renovations, and the place has inspired a handful of similar bars. On Friday night, to ring in its fourth birthday, Hemp House has lined up three of Chengdu's favorite bands: ska/rock Mr. Chelonian, big band The Trouble, and dance/electro rock Mosaic. Local bars' anniversaries have a tendency to persuade even the most reluctant partiers out of their flats for one night, and with the lineup, cheap drinks, and no cover charge, this surely won't be an exception. Foreign DJs Just Charlie, D. Bassman and Andy Mac will close out what's sure to be the party of the weekend. All cocktails are 20 RMB before 10 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. No cover charge. Hemp House
North Korean Orchestra Live
Many Chinese citizens can remember a time when the only entertainment available to the public were films and songs that embraced the political milieu. In those days, the North Korean film "Flower Girl" (《卖花姑娘》), following the lives of a peasant family on the road to revolution, was all the rage, much like the South Korean soap opera "Flower Four" (《韩版花样男子》) is among today's Chinese youth.
But these days, North Korean art is rather rare in China. Last year, over 180 artists from North Korea's Sea of Blood Opera Troupe toured a dozen Chinese cities, performing "Flower Girl" to sold-out audiences. And tomorrow night, a selection of 30 North Korean film songs will be performed to Chinese audiences, marking the North Korean orchestra's first overseas performance since its founding 50 years ago, according to Chinese media reports. CCTV host Cui Yongyuan (崔永元) directs. For more information about the North Korean Orchestra, click here. Friday, 8 p.m. Tickets: 60 to 680 RMB. Sichuan Provincial Stadium
Back to School Party
This isn't what it sounds like. But if we gave it the other possible title, "School Uniform Dress-up Party," you'd also get the wrong idea. Suffice it to say, you're meant to dig your middle-school uniform out of the drawer you shoved it in upon graduation, never to look at again, and don it for the evening. But since many of you reading this probably never even owned a Chinese middle-school costume, perhaps you can make up for it by tying a red hankie around your neck à la the Young Pioneers. Then you can recite your Pinyin lessons all night. Friday, 9 p.m. No cover charge with purchase of 10 RMB. Jambo Africa House
Xixi Park @ Panda Club
One of Chongqing's few laid-back indie bars is the super-comfortable Xixi Park, which overlooks the massive skyscraper's city central area. This weekend, the two peppery southwest cities engage in an exchange: Xixi swaps identities with Chengdu's Panda Club, sending their DJs here, while Panda's DJs head there. DJs Evlove23, Fugui, Tiger L, Sky Z. Friday, 10 p.m. No cover charge. Panda Club
Haemophilus in the South
Looking for something hardcore this weekend? You won't have to look farther than Little Bar, where Beijing hardcore metalheads Voodoo Kungfu will undoubtedly rock the f—k out of this s—t. For a preview of just how hellish it can get, go here.
And, if like us, you're wondering what the hell Haemophilus is, wonder no more. From Wikipedia:
Haemophilus is a genus of Gram-negative, pleomorphic, coccobacilli bacteria belonging to the Pasteurellaceae family. While Haemophilus bacteria are typically small coccobacilli, they are categorized as pleomorphic bacteria because of the wide range of shapes they occasionally assume. The genus includes commensal organisms along with some significant pathogenic species such as H. influenzae—a cause of sepsis and bacterial meningitis in young children—and H. ducreyi, the causative agent of chancroid.
Uh, yeah. Let's just hope they don't tear out anybody's heart and gobble it down as their tour poster seems to indicate they might. Liexijian opens. Saturday, 8 p.m. Entrance: 40 RMB. Little Bar
Fall in Love with a Cowboy
Our "what the hell is this?" award of the week goes to the relatively new Foxy Bar for its weekend-long "Fall in Love with a Cowboy" Party. While you can see the wrongness just in the poster, please, allow us to translate some of the delights in the party description: "When you enter Foxy this weekend, it'll seem like you're entering a time warp of Western deserts. ... We're going to be brimming with the strength and savagery of the cowboy. ... Welcome 'cowboy dances,' 'cowboy violins,' ... and the untamed freedom and spirit of this western history." There's also a bit about cowgirls dancing and a "stunt" involving a horse and a cow that we don't quite, and probably thankfully so, understand. Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 to 11 p.m. at Foxy Bar
Chengdu International Women's Club Welcome BBQ
Back-to-Chengdu meet and greet for those returnees and new arrivals. All are welcome. Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. Entrance: 50 RMB per person (25 RMB for children under 16). QSI School
Hash Run No. 302
Chengdu's longest-running running group gets up to their usually social run ending in a all-you-can-eat pizza noshing competition. Participation fee: males and first-timers, 50 RMB; returning females, 30 RMB. Add 40 RMB for pizza. Meets at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday opposite the Gloria Regent.
Challenge Show C1 Race
The Ford Formula Campus championship third and fourth rounds are this weekend in Chengdu, following opening rounds in Shanghai. Currently female driver Diana Rosario, representing Macau, holds the lead, followed by Filipe Souza of Macau, Adriano do Espirito Santo, and Hong Kong driver Eric Kwong. Saturday and Sunday at the Chengdu International Circuit
"Notes by Spirit"
(灵性的笔记) Featuring artists Feng Dekui (冯德奎), Guo Yan (郭岩), Ma Jie (马杰), Xue Bo'wen (薛博文), Zhong Lei (仲磊), Zheng Xiaoyu (郑翛予). Opens Saturday at 3 p.m. and runs through October 10. Re-C Art Space
For ongoing art exhibitions, food and drink promotions, and more, see our events calendar.
Bicycle Challenge Loop
Are you hardcore, part 2? Ultra-long-distance, non-stop bicycle challange circling the Third Ring Road 10—yes, you read that right, TEN—times. All contestants must finish within 34 hours. Contact Hans at 13880710998 for further information. Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 20. Participation fees: 100 RMB.
A.B.E. Charity Cup @
Annual chamber sporting event with proceeds going to charities. October 24 at the Chengdu Sport University
For full event listings, see our events calendar.
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