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Featuring Bob Moses, the NCPA dance festival and lots and lots of turkey

Gluttonous American holiday Thanksgiving takes place this Thursday. For those wanting to gobble down obscene amounts of turkey with family and friends this week, make sure you check out our guide to all the Beijing eateries catering traditional Thanksgiving feasts. Before getting to that though, make sure you check out all the other brilliant things to do this week. With dance productions, plenty of live music and killer DJ sets going down, Beijing's still got all the trimmings you need for an excellent week.

Monday

Tuesday

The Mariinsky Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Critics' pick

Part of the NCPA dance festival, The Sleeping Beauty comes courtesy of the stratospheric Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov). Cursed by the evil Carabosse, princess Aurora falls into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday after pricking her finger on a spindle.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 21-23 Nov

Wednesday

Bob Moses

Critics' pick

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, electronic duo Bob Moses consists of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. Releasing their debut album Days Gone By back in 2015, their lead single 'Tearing Me Up' would go on to win a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 22 Nov

Thursday

Thanksgiving in Beijing 2017

This Thursday marks Thanksgiving, that American holiday filled with pies, parades and presidential pardons (of turkeys). For those of you wanting to stuff yourself on some turkey next week, but frankly can't be arsed cooking your own, there are plenty of restaurants out there who've done all the heavy lifting, and basting, for you.

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By: Leanne Wong

Sofia Jannok

Critics' pick

Born and raised in Sapmi, Sofia Jannok is a two-time Grammy-nominated artist and activist. With a voice 'as clear as the Nordic air' (Crepuscule Culture), Jannok's music combines rhythmic beats and traditional Sami joik with contemporary pop music.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 23 Nov

Friday

TAUM Festival

Critics' pick

TAUM (Techno Advance United Massive) is a three-day, multi-venue festival featuring some of the biggest names from China's leading techno labels including Beijing's Prajnasonic, Shanghai's 4x4x4x4 and Room303, Konekt Asia and Chengdu's Atmen. Takes place at Lantern, Dada and Floso Store.

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Various locations 24-26 Nov

Birdstriking

Critics' pick

Having started out with a sound that was often seen as a hybrid of Carsick Cars and Hedgehog, Beijing trio-turned-quintet Birdstriking have gone on to hone their material and establish themselves as one of the capital's leading acts in their own right.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 24 Nov

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Critics' pick

The charismatic Gergiev leads the Munich Orchestra in a programme of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and Rachmaniov's Piano Concerto No. 4, with must-hear pianist Denis Matsuev (Friday 24); as well as Beethoven's 'Lenore Overture No. 3,' von Weber's 'Overture to Oberon' and more.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 24-25 Nov

Saturday

Sofar Sounds

Critics' pick

Sofar (Songs From a Room) Sounds, also known as the secret gig movement, returns to Beijing this November. Taking pride in curating relatively secret gigs in small, intimate settings, these gigs are a unique chance for music lovers to listen to emerging artists.

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Unspecified Venue 25 Nov Free

Farm to Neighbors market

Critics' pick

Farm to Neighbors is teaming up with Friends of Nature, Ginko Foundation, Go Zero Waste, Eco House and The Bulk House to host a special weekend market that focuses on reducing waste. Talks and workshops during the farmers’ market will all surround the topic of creating zero waste.

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The Grand Summit , 19 Dongfang Dong Lu 25-26 Nov Free

Compagnia Aterballetto

Critics' pick

The Italian modern dance company brings a triple bill that includes Antitesi (antithesis), which explores choreographer Andonis Foniadakis’ fascination with all things opposite, Phillippe Kratz’s liquid L’Eco dell’Acqua, inspired by Goethe’s poem ‘Song of the Spirits Over Water’ and finally, Johan Inger’s quirky Rain Dogs, set to the melancholic strains of Tom Waits.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 25-26 Nov

L'Arc Paris

Inspired by iconic Paris nightclub L'Arc Paris, InfraRouge are bringing the Parisian vibe and chic atmosphere of L'Arc Paris to Beijing for one night only. L'Arc Paris resident DJ Nico De Andrea headlines.

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Free

Sunday

John 5 and the Creatures

Critics' pick

John 5's impressive resume includes shredding with Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth and currently, as right-hand guitarist to Rob Zombie. Heading to China for his Season of the Witch tour, expect a guitar-led shred fest at Tango.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 26 Nov Buy tickets

Kenichiro Nishihara + Mabanua + Tamala

Critics' pick

Yugong Yishan hosts a night of electronic music with the jazzy sounds of composer Kenichiro Nishihara joined by Jabberloop founder Daisuke playing live sax. Support comes from singer and beat-maker Manuma playing a minimal set and fellow Japanese artist Tamala.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 26 Nov

Vava

Critics' pick

After scoring a fourth-placed finish on The Rap of China, Sichuan native Vava has arguably seized the throne as the country’s queen of hip-hop, and is stopping off at Tango as part of a nationwide tour. Her mix of putonghua and Sichuan dialect is fiiiiire.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 26 Nov

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