FRIDAY | MAY 14
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), and 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.
Proximity Butterfly @ Little Bar
Psychedelic rock and well-known local Laowai band in Chengdu. New album just released. Support: Tina Yijia Bu (卜一家). RMB 30. Starts at 8 p.m.
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Teressa Teng Tribute Concert @ Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium
Teressa Teng (邓丽君, 1953—1995) was the most famous Taiwanese singer in the 80s and early 90s. In memorial of the 15th anniversary of her death, Jay Chou, Fish Leung, Jason Zhang, Cindy Wang, and other singers from both sides of the strait are having a tour. Starts at 8 p.m. RMB 180/280/480/680/880/1080/1280. Ticket hotline: 400-610-3721, 028-66510500, 028-66510600. Internet booking.
4+1 Jazz Band @ Machu Picchu
Live jazz. RMB 30. Starts at 9 p.m.
Marley in My Heart @ Hemp House
Champagne Night @ Le Café Panam(e)
Elektro-Trash with DJ Marti B. & Easy Lee. Special drinks (10 to 10:30 p.m.) and costume party. Attention, suits are NOT welcome. Free entrance. Starts at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY | MAY 15
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. Buses from Bookworm take runners to starting line just south of Third Ring Road. More info at the SQR official website.
Esperanto Class @ Shuncheng dajie
Esperanto class taught by Sichuan Esperanto Association. 10 to 12 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 24C Sichuan International Broadcasting and TV Building, Shuncheng dajie (顺城大街四川国际广电大厦24C). Contact: Mr.Hsu 13547964848, email@example.com, or check out their website.
Secondhand & Flea Market @ Jambo Africa House
This is not Your Secondhand Life. Free entrance. Starts at 2 p.m. Sellers should arrive no earlier than 1 p.m. to set up.
Journey of Fools @ Lan Town
Learn your future, or your boyfriend's past. Tarot class, lesson 2. Free entrance. 2-5:30 p.m.
The Shining @ Eight and a Half Bar
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Analysis and discussion after movie. Free entrance. Starts at 2:30 p.m.
Wangwen @ Little Bar
Wangwen (惘闻) literally means "desolate" and "hear." Many Chinese post-rock fans regard this Dalian band as the best rock band in China. Support: Orange Castle. RMB 40 (students 30). Starts at 8 p.m. Watch their video "Break the Car" which might remind you of the Iceland band Sigur Ros.
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. RMB488 or sponsor a table of 10 for RMB5,000. firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY | MAY 16
Sing For Friends @ 37 Degrees Bar
Acoustic live performance by the "SU-R" society, a group of rock band members and rock fans at Chuanda. Free entrance. Starts at 7 p.m.
University Teachers' Art Exhibition @ West Village Lifestyle Center
The first art exhibition of university teachers in the Southwest. Works include oil painting, etchings, watercolors, lacquer painting, sculpture, and pottery. Free entrance. 2 to 6 p.m. Through May 30.
Beautiful Snowman @ Little Bar
Taiwan Indie-pop singer Peggy Hsu (许哲佩) "Beautiful Snowman (美好的雪人)" China Tour. RMB150 (advance tickets RMB100). Taobao booking. Starts at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 18.
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, discussing 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.