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Wave goodbye to April with a whole host of excellent events

Marky Ramone
April is officially going out with a bang, with a whole slew of killer events planned for the next seven days. Starting Tuesday, this year's Sound of the Xity festival looks amazing. Taking place at all of your favourite Beijing livehouses (Modernsky Lab, Yugong Yishan, School Live Bar and Tango), this four-day extravaganza features 45 diverse local and international acts spread across 12 mindblowing gigs. Headliners include Marky Ramone (yes, of the Ramones), Danish DJ Trentemøller, Swedish experimental rockers pg.lost and Japanese hip-hop pioneer DJ Krush.

This weekend's also May Day, so make sure you keep an eye out for this week's Best of the Weekend blog. With all the events going down this week, April's definitely not going down without a fight.
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Monday

The Fate of the Furious

Critics' pick

The eighth(!) installment in the ridiculously successful Fast and the Furious franchise has already topped the Chinese box office. If you're after mindlessly entertaining stunts and a bunch of bald dudes getting into fights, then the Fate of the Furious is guaranteed to thrill.

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Various locations 14 Apr - 30 May Buy tickets

Tuesday

Sound of the Xity 2017

Critics' pick

Four major Beijing livehouses have all teamed up to host a dozen gigs featuring 45 of the best local and international music acts. Headliners include Marky Ramone, Danish DJ Trentemøller, Swedish experimental rockers pg.lost and Japanese hip-hop pioneer DJ Krush.

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Various locations 25-28 Apr

Wednesday

Marching in Circles

Critics' pick

Put together by curator Robin Peckham, former editor of Beijing-based art magazine Leap, Marching in Circles is a response to the forces of professionalization and globalization that threaten to turn the act of looking at art into an intellectual chore, or specifically, 'a nine-to-five slog like data entry, telemarketing or dental hygiene’.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 04 Mar - 07 May Free

Thursday

James Lavelle

Founder of Mo'Wax Records, half of UNKLE, James Lavelle has worked with DJ Shadow, The Verve, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Massive Attack, and countless others. He's not particularly fussed with specific genres or labels,  so you can expect an eclectic set from the British DJ.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 27 Apr

Friday

Marky Ramone

Critics' pick

As part of School Live Bar's final Sound of the Xity showcase, punk legend Marky Ramone (yes, THE Marky Ramone) headlines with his band Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg. Also sharing the stage that same night are indie heavyweights Casino Demon, The Diders and Swiss rockers The Animen.

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 28 Apr

Sound of the Xity Afterparty

Critics' pick

Modernsky Lab hosts one hell of an afterparty for the music festival, finishing with a massive lineup of local and international DJs. The lineup features Japanese hip-hop pioneer DJ Krush, Israeli avant-garde performers Shtuby, local acid house DJ Bass Guo, Oligarkh, Jiang Liang Sound,  Echo+Tito and KillASon. Phew.

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Modernsky Lab , 5-108 Galaxy Soho 28 Apr

Do Hits

Beijing-based music collective Do Hits is back with another lineup of indie music acts. Guzz, producer and co-founder of Do Hits himself will be performing a special audio/visual set, while Lofimaker bring Chinese funeral bass, and ZHI 16 brings a touch of soul. DJ's Dokedo, Joy Ginger and Radiax will also be on hand to drop sick beats afterwards.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 28 Apr

Saturday

Brawl on the Wall

Critics' pick

China Sports Promotions hosts its fifth businessmen’s boxing charity event, with 16 white-collar warriors ready to rumble and plant fat knuckle sandwiches square in each other’s gobs in the boxing ring. It’s a strictly black-tie event, with a four-course dinner served alongside free-flow booze, all in support of blind children’s charity Bethel.

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Park Hyatt Beijing , 2 Jianguomenwai Street 29 Apr

Rumble in the Jumble

This month's installment of the 'thriftstore-cum-craft extravaganza' is Calypso Carnival-themed, and features tarot readings and face painting, along with the usual array of vintage clothing and baked treats. DJs Mouna and Ariel will also be bringing Notting Hill Carnival vibes to the day's festivities.

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Hot Cat Club (热力猫俱乐部) , 46 Fangjia Hutong 29 Apr Free

School Bar Seven Year Anniversary Party

The Beijing livehouse mainstay celebrates seven years of providing the capital with killer live music by teaming up with Converse Rubber Tracks. In this next installment of their free gig series, D.O.G.'s own alt-rockers Three Kings, Beijing doo wop rockers Candy Monster and The Strokes-esque outfit Byebye Noise perform.

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 29 Apr Free

Sunday

Yellow Earth

Critics' pick

Few films can lay claim to having changed Chinese cinema more than Yellow Earth. This gorgeously shot 1984 drama didn’t just mark the emergence of two of China’s greatest film talents – director Chen Kaige and cinematographer Zhang Yimou – it also represented the rise of cinematic art for art’s sake in China after decades of pure propaganda.

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Capital M , 2 Qianmen Buxing Jie 30 Apr Free

Sarah Chang Violin Recital

Critics' pick

A former child prodigy, the American violinist first played with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of just nine.  She returns to Beijing with a programme including Bartok, Brahms and Franck, and is accompanied by Julio Elizalde on piano.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 30 Apr

Papa's Time Machine

Critics' pick

Ending Sunday, internationally acclaimed artist Maleonn Ma developed this creative, high-tech homage to his father after the latter was stricken with Alzheimer's. Visually stunning and emotionally moving, this award-winning show includes four life-sized puppets, each thousands of pieces strong.

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Jing , 8 Goldfish Lane Every day except Monday,Sunday , 30 Apr

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