Entertainment Guide: Coming Home, UCCA
   2014-05-09 11:36:48    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhao

(Audio from China Drive: Alexander Aucott talks about what's going on in Beijing from May 12 to 18.)

Hello everyone, happy Mother's Day and welcome to the arts and entertainment guide with me Alexander Aucott.

I'll be bringing you a few ideas of how you can enjoy the week ahead in Beijing.

Coming up we have, an eclectic mix of home grown art and music as well as acts coming to Beijing from other corners of the globe:

But first a look at the big cinema release in China over the next seven days.

Poster of "Coming Home" [Photo Provided to CRIENGLISH.com]

There's one film of note out this week on Friday (May 16).

"Coming Home" directed by Zhang Yimou, stars Chen Daoming and Gong Li as a devoted couple before, during and after the Cultural Revolution in China.

They are forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident.

Released during the last days of the Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past.

Unable to recognise Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife's memory.

Perhaps he can manage to make her fall for him all over again?

Now for a look at events going through the week, I'll begin with an exhibition which is having its last day today at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA)

The Exhibition "Art Post-Internet" looks at the way the omnipresence of the World Wide Web has shaped and defined our daily lives since its inception.

As we become more dependent on the Internet, and will very soon have a generation of adults who have never known a world without it, what has this done to create an internet state of mind? How has the centrality of ¡®the network' affected us?

These fascinating questions are explored by a large group of artists to create a fascinating introspective view of the modern world.

The exhibition presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut China.

Address: 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu
Chaoyang District

Telephone: 5780 0200

Now you may recognised the opening music to today's show as coming from Carol Reed's the Third Man. Anton Karas playing the Zither set the tone for this classic British film noir from 1949.

If you like that then you might be interested in an evening tonight in which you can listen to the guzheng, the Chinese equivalent of the instrument.

This month's Sunday Salon at the Bookworm in Sanlitun welcomes Ji Wei.

She is China's only guzheng player to win the 'Golden Record of Best Performer' and the world's first guzheng musician to record with, Deustsche Grammophon.

Ji has been working to push the boundaries of the instrument and create music for a modern audience. Also named one of the Top Ten Successful Women by Jessica magazine, Hong Kong, you can see her tonight for an interactive lecture at this intimate venue from 7:30pm.

Tickets are a steal at just 50 rmb.

Address: 4 Sanlitun Nan Lu, Chaoyang district

Telephone: 6586 9507

Looking to tomorrow night, (May 12) I would suggest going to see a classic film that you almost certainly not have seen, Le Samourai by Jean Pierre-Melville.

This slick thriller, is showing as part of Dada film clubs month of movies with (almost) no dialogue.

In Le Samourai: "Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and never gets caught.

That is until after one job he is seen by witnesses and the more he tries to provide himself with an alibi the more he finds himself cornered.

The French film breaks free of the rules of Hollywood that you won't even realise you're so used to provide a refreshing and thought provoking experience.

The screening starts at 9pm at Dada and there is no entry fee.

Address: 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng District

Phone: 183 1108 0818

On Tuesday night I would suggest you going to XP in Gulou.

At this live venue the Swedish experimental musician Mikko Savela will be performing as part of Zoomin' Night. Local acts Yan Yulong and Long Wang will also be warming things up giving you an evening of groundbreaking tracks.

Entry on the night is 30 RMB, and the gigs get going from around 9:30.

2 Di'anmen Xi Dajie, Xicheng district

On Wednesday night I have a couple of suggestions:

Firstly Ravi @Salud will provide a feast for the eyes and the ears as you'll be treated to live music as well as a modern take on traditional Chinese Shadow art.

Amazingly that one is free of charge and gets going from 10pm.

Address: 66 Nanluoguxiang, off Gulou Dong Dajie Dongcheng district

Telephone: 6402 5086

Otherwise for a live performance on a larger scale go along to the Oriental Palace Theatre. where the award winning show Leo is taking place.

The Gravity defying spectacle tells the story of the struggles of an everyman protagonist. The show starts on Wednesday and runs until Saturday.

Admission for this range from a mere 50 right up to 380 kuai.

Address: No. 47 Longfusi Jie, Dongcheng district

Telephone: 6402 2966

On Thursday night (May 15) are two very different events:

Firstly the Leipzig String Quarter is in town performing a concert at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA)

Founded in 1988, the group is now widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting string quartets on the international chamber music scene.

After touring extensively around the world they are in Beijing for one night only where you can hear them play pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Schnittke, and Mendelssohn.

Starting at 7:30 pm tickets range from 80 to 280 RMB.

For something you can dance to however Lantern is the place to B.

As Part of Adidas Originals Electric Party Series, Superstar DJ A-Trak is in town.

The night promises to combine "music lovers, street fashionistas, and party goers from all different scenes to celebrate under one roof

A-Trak is a Canadian DJ, record producer and the owner and founder of the Fool's Gold Record label.

He's also been performing all over the world since 2004, after he became Kanye West's tour DJ. This night is 100rmb on the door and it Starts 10pm.

Address: 100 meters north of Worker's Stadium West Gate, Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District.

Looking quickly at Friday, there's plenty going on as always. I would probably suggest hitting the rooftop at Migas at Sanlitun.

On this night this very trendy Spanish style bar will be hosting MixMag's 'One to Watch for 2014' Lancelot

This Australian DJ, who is a producer first and foremost, will be performing his winning house tunes in Beijing for the first time.

He'll be supported by Migas residents Bite-size Buddah and Nassdak for another funky party under the moon. Cover is 60 kuai and it gets going from 10 at night.

Address: 6/F, Nali Patio,
81 Sanlitun Lu,
Chaoyang District

That's all for another week, I hope that all helps you enjoy your next seven days in the Chinese capital.

For more information on any of the events mentioned this week you can look under the showbiz section of crienglish.com

I'm Alexander Aucott, see you next time.

If you would like to leave a comment or promote an event, feel free to contact alexanderaucott @ cri.com.cn

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