FRIDAY | MAY 7
Turdus Musicus @ Little Bar
Norway hardcore/punk rock band praised as "the King of TROMSØ Hardcore" are touring China after the Midi Music Festival with their third album "At the End of the Day." Support: Feuersbrunst (烈火焚城). RMB 30. Starts at 8 p.m.
Turdus Musicus previous China tour video
Plaid Girl Meets Plaid Boy @ Jambo Africa House
Jambo Africa House's events are always the most creative ones in Chengdu. This time they are bringing a plaid clothes party. Free entrance. Starts at 9 p.m.
Blue Elektric @ Le Café Panam(e)
Woman DJ Elektra from the UK. Free entrance. Starts at 9:30 p.m.
Pu'an Incantation (普安咒) @ Lan Town
Folk singer Zhao Muyang (赵牧阳), who just performed on the Sky Stage at last weekend's Zebra Music Festival, plays folk music from Dali, Yunnan. RMB 30. Starts at 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY | MAY 8
History of Tarot @ Lan Town
Tarot card class that might help you find your future husband. Free entrance. 2:30 to 5 p.m.
17 Seconds Away From 2012 @ Little Bar
Local rock bands 17 Seconds (17秒) and 2012. Starts at 8 p.m. RMB 30.
Rock Aid Sichuan @ Circle Live Pub
Charity concert. Folk singers Tree (树子), Xiao Dai (小代), Chengdu Radio DJs Jiang Lin (蒋林) and Tong Jia (桐嘉). Free entrance. Starts at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the performance will be used to help children in the Yushu earthquake area. See more info at the official blog.
Mosaic @ Sichuan University
Fifteen kuai can get you in to see the best dance rock band in Chengdu. Starts at 8 p.m. at the Wen Hua Activity Center (文华活动中心) on campus. Listen to Mosaic (马赛克) here or watch their video "Hello, Miss" here.
Kit陈 & Leigh巴 @ Machu Picchu
Folk, soft rock, improvised guitar chaos. RMB 20. Starts at 9 p.m.
SUNDAY | MAY 9
Contact @ Eight and a Half Bar
Classic science fiction movie Contact. Analysis and discussion after movie. RMB 5. Starts at 2 p.m.
Drum Party @ Jambo Africa House
Bring your own drum, get a free beer (sorry, you can only get one free beer even if you bring a whole set of drums). Every Sunday, free entrance.
Greek Mythology @ Sichuan University - International Department
A Grand Overview lecture by Vincent Dang. Unforgettable evening of extraordinary tales and mythological musing. Open to the public. Free entrance. The lecture will last 45 minutes to an hour and be followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Starts at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in Sichuan University's Fundamental Teaching Building (ji chu jiao xue lou), Section C, Lecture Theatre 102.
Design for Living @ Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace
Chengdu is the last stop for the Asian tour of Hong Kong play "Design for Living (华丽上班族之生活与生存)," a play about white collar beauties in the big city. Directed by Li Yihua (林奕华), starring Taiwan movie stars Zhang Aijia (张艾嘉) and Zheng Yuanchang (郑 元畅). RMB 280/380/480/680/980/1280. National ticket hotline 400-810-3721. Chengdu booking hotline: 028-66510500, 66510600. Internet booking.
Starts at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 14.
Half Marathon and 10K Fun Run @ Bookworm
Chengdu Sports Aid Third Annual Half Marathon and 10K Fun Run. *Walkers welcome, too!* All proceeds go to Sichuan Quake Relief and Chengdu Sports Aid projects. Race starts at 7 a.m., Saturday, May 15. Buses from Bookworm take runners to starting line just south of Third Ring Road. Registration at Shamrock, 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 30, May 5, 7, or 12. RMB100/75 (with or without Bookworm breakfast of champions). Sponsorship and registration forms available here or e-mail csafunrun [AT] sichuan-quake-relief [DOT] org
Charity Ball @ Old Chengdu Club
Chengdu International Women's Club Charity Ball. Fundraiser for Handicapped International. "Around the World in 80 Days" theme party with buffet dinner and wine followed by dancing to tunes played by DJ Wu. Tickets: RMB488 or sponsor a table of 10 for RMB5,000. Saturday, May 15. firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada: History, Society, and Culture @ Sichuan University - International Department
Lecture by Carol Leung, Brian Acton and Robert Tanner, dedicated to Canadian society and culture, from Sichuan University's Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures and the Centre for Canadian Studies. Three speakers will illuminate different aspects of Canadian culture through a rich array of presentation strategies. Open to the public. Free entrance. The lecture will last 45 minutes to an hour and be followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Starts at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in Sichuan University's Fundamental Teaching Building (ji chu jiao xue lou), Section C, Lecture Theatre 102.
American Culture and Values through Movies @ Sichuan University - International Department
Lecture by Nathan Taube, it will discuss traditional American viewpoints and concepts that are appealed to in modern Hollywood cinema. Why are villains in Hollywood movies often authority figures, while heroes work outside the law? Open to the public. Free entrance. The lecture will last 45 minutes to an hour and be followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Starts at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in Sichuan University's Fundamental Teaching Building (ji chu jiao xue lou), Section C, Lecture Theatre 102.
Mavis "Come Together" Concert @ Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium
Even after all these years, the "Magical Girl" whose music lives on in so many people's memories remains young, beautiful, and independent. Taiwan indie-pop/rock singer Mavis (范晓萱) is singing in Chengdu early this summer. White is the theme of her "Come Together (一起来一起)" tour; if you are a Mavis fan, be there with us in white at 8 p.m. on May 28. Price: RMB 280 / 380 / 480 / 680 / 980 / 1280. Set tickets: RMB 1000 (RMB 680×2). Ticket hotline: 028-84456688 / 84459300. Internet booking.