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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Featuring live bands, turkey galore and so much more

Image: Queensland Ballet by David Kelly
Beijing, it's that time: Time to gobble till you wobble. For those partaking in the feast of feasts this week (read: Thanksgiving), prepare thy mind before the food with cultural spectacluars like the Queensland Ballet or talks from famous museum curators (Dr. Rane Willerslev). For those not partaking in dinners filled with sweet potato and pumpkin pies, there are plenty more things to do this week, including great live music, films and events to support Maovember.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this weekend: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

Thanksgiving

Turkey time has arrived and with it a whole host of venues across Beijing offering traditional Thanksgiving meals to either take away or eat in store. Prep that extra belt hole now, as you'll need some room to expand after these feasts. 

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A talk with Rane Willerslev

Critics' pick

Rane Willerslev, Director of the National Museum of Denmark, heads to The Bookworm this week to discuss the value of history in the age of the internet. Rane Willerslev is an anthropologist, with a PhD from Cambridge and numerous Professor and Director titles under his belt. He takes a unique look at modern museums and how to engage the youth and people of today.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 21 Nov

Maovember Pub Quiz at Q Mex

For Movember this year, Q Mex will host its fifth annual charity quiz, with brainteasers in both English and Chinese. The optional 100RMB entry fee includes two pitchers of Carlsberg and all proceeds go to Maovember. There will also be a charity auction and drink deals, so grab your team now and get practising.

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Q Mex Bar and Grill (Shuangjing) , Dongsanbei Zhong Lu 21 Nov

Bingo Night at Hatchery Arcade

Critics' pick

Get involved in one of the world's oldest, and best, games every third Wednesday of the month at Hatchery Arcade with great hosts, DJs, awesome prizes and some great food and drink deals. Enjoy 50 percent off mussel pots, all night happy hour with 10RMB off cocktails, selected beers and wines and of course, over 800RMB worth vouchers for food and drinks.

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Hatchery Arcade , 1 Jianguomenwai Daijie 21 Nov Free

WorldService Project

Critics' pick

Expect melodious sax combined with funky song names and intense auditory u-turns from these five Londoners/ The avant-funk group blends jazz, punk, heavy bass beats and dark humour into an invigorating, chaotic show that will leave you thrumming and buzzing.

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Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) , 14 Shanlao Hutong 21 Nov

Jay-Jay Johanson

Critics' pick

Once voted 'the most beautiful man in the world', Swedish singer and songwriter Jay-Jay Johanson rose to fame after the release of his first album, Whiskey, characterized by its jazzy vocals over trippy, film noir arrangements. His newer music may be even more seductive and startlingly eclectic than any of his prior work.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 21 Nov Buy tickets

Virgin Suicide

Critics' pick

With nothing to do with the novel or movie of a similar name, Virgin Suicide is a Danish band with sunny vibes and no death-riddled mysteries. With influences from bands such as the Smiths, the Cure and Slowdive, the indie-pop band brings dreamy melodies to the stage with a warmth and sweetness that leaves your body tingling.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 22 Nov Buy tickets

Feeder

Critics' pick

In the '90s, Londoner Grant Nicholas and Tokyo-born bassist Tara Hirose secured themselves a spot as one of Britain's most iconic rock bands. Their melodic pop-metal has won them six gold and platinum records in the UK and a global fanbase. 

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 23 Nov Buy tickets

Johnny English Strikes Again

Critics' pick

With an attack on all undercover agents in Britain releasing the names of spies, Johnny English must return to the world of espionage to uncover the hacker. Starring Rowan Atkinson (obviously), as well as Emma Thompson, this newest flick in the franchise is sure to unite all of Britain, once more, around a common foe.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 28 Dec

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Critics' pick

From the creators of Frozen and Zootopia, comes the second round of wreaking fun. Ralph bumbles through an internet maze in an attempt to save a game. Starring the voices of Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 28 Dec

Replicas

Critics' pick

This newest sci-fi flick takes a look at what it means to lose those we love and how far we'd be willing to go to bring them back. William Foster (Keanu Reeves) faces the challenge of resurrecting his family after a tragic car accident, using his pre-standing lab experiment involving the transference of human consciousness to create replicas from his cloned relatives.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 27 Dec

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