European Chamber Ball @ Kempinski Hotel
More than 40 dishes of European food, wines, bands, dancing, prizes, etc. See more details and the menu on douban. Entrance price: RMB300 per member, RMB450 per non-member. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration info.
Constellation Party @ Jambo Africa House
Different cocktails for different constellations. If you're a Gemini, congratulations! Show them your ID card and get the Gemini cocktail for free, because it's your month now! Free entrance. Starts at 8 p.m.
Crow's Feet Band & Tomorrow Wanted @ Hemp House
"European Night" with Beerpong Tournament @ Shamrock Bar
Teams of three play for prizes. RMB30 per team. Music from the last 3 decades with DJ Tom. Dress in your national dress and win drinks. European beer & shot specials. Starts at 9 p.m.
Dancing Party @ Le Café Panam(e)
15 Kuai special drinks from 10 to 10:30 p.m., Japanese Suntory Beer for 15 Kuai and Coke for 10 Kuai (actually, there's a Wowo downstairs). Free entrance. Starts at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY | MAY 22
Hongkou 160 km Bike Ride
Hongkou (虹口) in Dujiangyan (都江堰) was destroyed during the earthquake two years ago. Hans' "Ghost Rider Team" is riding there to see the new Hongkou. Total distance: 160km (turnaround in 2 days). Gather at the Mao statue in Tianfu Square, 8:30 a.m., Saturday morning, return before 5:30 p.m., Sunday. Call Hans: 13880710998 or see their official website Bikechina for more details.
The Use of Tarot @ Lan Town
Tarot class, Lesson 3. Let's prove it's useful! Free entrance. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Vagina Monologues @ Eight and a Half Bar
Following the first season showing on April 30, everybody seems to want to know that body part better. So here comes Season 2! The Vagina Monologues (阴道独白), originally written by American writer Eve Ensler, discusses women's issues—bodies, relationships, and selves. Free entrance. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Independent China in Stereo @ Little Bar
They're coming, together! OMG!!! Carsick Cars and 24 Hours—two of the best bands from the Maybe Mars (兵马司) label. The former band is highly influenced by The Velvet Underground, Suicide, and Sonic Youth. At end of 2009, their new album "You Can Listen, You Can Talk" was chosen as one of the top ten albums of the year by the Washington Post. The latter is a rising rock band from the ancient city of Xi'an. Their debut album "No Party People" (any relation to 24 Hour Party People?) came out just last year, but Chengdu fans are already crazy about them and ready to throw the Zhongnanhai (中南海) cigarettes! RMB50 (students 40). Starts at 8 p.m.
Watch Carsick Cars's "Zhongnanhai" at 2010 Strawberry Music Festival here.
And 24 Hour's "Mr. Stevenson" here
Michael Jackson Tribute Concert @ Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace
American band Who's Bad, aka the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band. Ticket hotline: 400-610-3721, 028-66510500/66510600. Internet booking. RMB 180/280/380/480/680/880. Starts at 8 p.m.
Anesthetic in Time @ Hemp House
While Carsick Cars and 24 Hours are rocking Little Bar, local Britpop bands Novocaine (麻醉剂) and 17 Seconds (17秒) are tag teaming at Hemp House. RMB 30 (incl. a drink). Starts at 9 p.m.
University Teachers' Art Exhibition @ West Village Lifestyle Center
The first art exhibition in the Southwest dedicated to university teachers. Works include oil paintings, etchings, watercolors, lacquer paintings, sculpture, and pottery. Free entrance. 2 to 6 p.m. Through May 30.
White Paper Conference @ Intercontinental Century City Chengdu
The 2010 White Paper represents views of AmCham-China, AmCham SHH members, and AmCham Southwest members chambers. Focuses on trade and commercial issues impacting American business in China, and establishes a policy platform for the next year. RMB180 for members, RMB 250 for non-members. Starts at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 25. Register at here. See more details on the official website.
The Big Trouble @ Le Café Panam(e)
Local reggae/indie-rock band The Trouble (热超波) are going to cause big trouble in Paris Café before they start another tour to the North. RMB 30 (incl. a draft beer). Starts at 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 26.
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.
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