FRIDAY | JULY 23
Saturation @ Hemp House
Independent short movie Saturation (饱和) directed by Chinese visual art pioneer and pornographic photographer Ren Hang (任航). Ren will be present at the screening. RMB 10. Starts at 8 p.m. View some of Ren's artwork on his blog.
Destruction Tour @ Little Bar
On their tour of southern China, Changsha metal band Moonless Acheron (暗月冥) is bent on destroying all the hottest places in the country. Warm suggestion: put your prettiest metal costume on—a crew from Hunan TV is touring with the band. Support: Feuersbrunst (烈火焚城). RMB 40. Starts at 8 p.m.
Mr. Turtle & Mosaic @ Kuan Zhai Alley
They need no intro: reggae band Mr. Turtle (海龟先生) & dance rock band Mosaic (马赛克) are performing at Kuan Zhai Alley at 7:30 p.m., Friday (in the square with the Western-style buildings). This show is part of an ongoing live music program at Kuan Zhai Alley, with traditional Chinese music every afternoon, and rock bands every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. until August 28. Free entrance. See program here (Chinese only).
Panda Night @ Panda Club
Party with DJ Wang Xu (王旭). RMB 20. Starts at 10 p.m.
Reggae Obama @ Lan Town
Reggae Party with American DJs Chronic Jefferson & Blaze Lincoln. RMB15. Starts at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY | JULY 24
Jiang Wen Movies Tribute @ Elephant Bar
Two Jiang Wen (姜文) movies in one afternoon: In the Heat of the Sun (阳光灿烂的日子), a film about the ongoing Cultural Revolution in early '70s Beijing starts at 2 p.m. Devils on the Doorstep (鬼子来了), often called Jiang Wen's most remarkable work as well as one of the best Chinese movies about the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) starts at 4 p.m.
Fingerstyle @ Lan Town
Acoustic guitar night with Jay Gaoi, traveling musician and sojourner in France; violist Peipei Yuan, sojourner in Norway for 11 years; and vocalist Gavin McCloskey from Ireland. Free entrance. Starts at 9.30 p.m. View the program list here.
SUNDAY | JULY 25
Your Secondhand Life secondhand and flea market @ Hemp House
Come sell your stuff and/or browse for treasures at Chengdu's favorite collection of secondhand clothes, books, household goods, and more! 2 p.m. until dark, Saturday, July 25. Click here for more information.
Chengdu Panda Hash House Harriers @ Kempinski Hotel
Biweekly outing for the drinking club with a running problem. RMB 50 (female members: RMB 30). Meet at 2.30 p.m. @ Orchid Villas (the corner on Renmin Nan Road). More info here
Before Sunset @ I Coffee
Artistic romance Before Sunset, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Starts at 2:30 p.m. Minimum charge RMB 10.
Summer in the Pine @ 37 Degrees Bar
Folk live with special guest Xia Ying (夏颖) from Mosaic. RMB 20. Starts at 8:30 p.m.
Nothing: We Are Not the Master of Everything @ No.10 Gallery of Art
Contemporary art exhibit. Through July 27.
Kehua Tiandi: Etchings from the Louvre's Collection 《刻画天地——法国卢浮宫馆藏铜版画展》 @ Sichuan Museum
Etchings of a number of renowned pieces from the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa. French-Sino cultural-exchange activities. From July 14 to September 5. Click here for more information (Chinese only).
Now is Nao @ Hemp House
Noisy rock band Nao (孬乐队) from Malaysia. RMB 40 (30 for students). Starts at 9 p.m., Thursday, July 29.
Shamanica @ Lan Town
Psytrance night with DJs, psychedelic environment, double happy hour, and more. Release your inner shaman and dance till the morning. RMB 10. Starts at 10 p.m., Friday, July 30. Call for info: 13548061306
Stolen Time @ Little Bar
On her debut tour, indie/folk singer Shao Yibei (邵夷贝) attracted almost a thousand people for one show at the Mao Live House in Shanghai. With her first album, Guojiajia (过家家) just released, the "elder artistic woman" is on the road again. RMB 60. (RMB 50 with advance booking) Starts at 8 p.m., Sunday, August 1. Watch the video of Shao's "the Song of Elder Artistic Women (大龄文艺女青年之歌)" performed at Mao Live House last month here. Pay particular attention to the lyrics (if your Chinese is up to it!).