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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Your weekly guide to amazing events around Beijing

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Happy Monday, Beijing! With music, films and parties galore, it's shaping up to be another great week. Read on for our top picks.

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

Things to do

Mindful Mothers

The Mindful Mothers class is a safe space for sharing and learning how to implement mindfulness in your role as a mother, partner and professional. Roles are complex, so learn how to bring love and kindness in your interactions, whilst being mindful of your own needs. 

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Beijing Mindfulness Centre , 44 Qianyongkang hutong Every Wednesday

The Hutong Tour

Visit Beijing's ancient, labyrinthine alleyways where ‘real’ Beijing life happens. To help you navigate some of the most interesting corners, Bespoke Company has arranged a walking tour with a local Chinese guide who knows the hutongs like the back of her hand. 

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Shichahai Sports School Tennis Hall , 57 Di’anmen Xi Dajie 17 Jul Buy tickets
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Eating & Drinking

Chops Menu Promotion

Great for the carnivores out there, The Cut Grill is promoting its Chops menu, which includes milk-fed veal (248RMB), a sous vide Australian lamb (238RMB) and Spanish smoked pork chop (198RMB). The menu is only available every Monday from July 15 to August 12 so get it while it lasts.

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The Cut (刃扒房) , 8 Yongandongli Every Monday

Mosto x La Social Colombia Independence Day

Celebrate Veinte de Julio (also known as Colombia Independence Day) with Mosto and La Social on Saturday July 20. These two icons have teamed up for party that would do Colombia proud. Begin with a special menu of Colombian favourites at Mosto and then party the night away at La Social.

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Mosto , 81 Sanlitun Lu 20 Jul Free

Music

Bisiugroup Road Show

Critics' pick

Bisiugroup has a retro Taiwanese grassroots influence that blends into rock and folk. From their costumes to their music, the vintage vibe of the good old days is ever-present. For years, they have been invited to perform at major music festivals. They participated in the Ho-Hi-Yang Gongliao Rock Festival earlier this year and took home the Ocean Indies Judge's Choice Award. Catch them at Yue Space for a night of retro folk rock.

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Yue Space , 7 Banqiaonanxiang 21 Jul Buy tickets

Matzka and Mr Woohoo

Matzka is a Taiwanese aboriginal reggae singer, guitarist, music producer and songwriter. The band was established in 2010, with the Taitung County native being a word of mouth sensation since winning a government-sponsored songwriting contest several years ago. Catch them live at Blue Note Beijing.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 17 Jul Buy tickets

Mitsume

Critics' pick

Japanese indie rock band Mitsume started out in 2009 as a four piece self-recorded band. Their third album, 'Sasayki', released in 2014 marked the band's breakthrough in the music scene, touring cities in both Japan and internationally. Catch their feel-good rock on Beijing stages this week.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 17 Jul Buy tickets

Okamoto

Critics' pick

Okamoto is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo, with all band members use 'Okamoto' as their last names, paying respect to both the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto and the legendary punk band The Ramones. Famous for their modern take on nostalgic, retro-rock and pop, their danceable tunes make them the darlings of the festival circuit in Japan.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 19 Jul Buy tickets

The Doo Wop Project

From the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes like the Crests and Flamingos all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. 

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 19 Jul Buy tickets

Nightlife

Eric Duncan

Critics' pick

Music makes you dance, so unwind with the beats of Eric Duncan on the top balcony of Guomao. With over 22 years of experience in the international clubbing scene, Duncan has become somewhat of a pro at music production, with insane remixing skills and countless releases on both vinyl and digital platforms.

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Migas Mercado , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 19 Jul Free

Hello Summer Party at Zarah

Celebrate the comeback of the Beijing-bikini season with Zarah's Hello Summer Party. With the launch of a new summer drinks menu including their famous homemade Sangria, it's just in time to cool you down during Beijing’s hottest months. Sip your way through the new menu and enjoy a whole night happy hour cocktails.

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Café Zarah , 46 Gulou Dong Dajie 19 Jul Free

Svarog

Critics' pick

Tthe artistic name of Oleksa Moroz, Svarog is a musician and DJ from Lviv, Ukraine. Started in 2015 with cult label Circular Limited, Svarog has been showcasing the best of deep techno. Deep but evocative, Svarog combines the sounds of saturated timbres, industrial, and atmospheric landscapes to create broken senses of rhythm and beats.

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Lantern 19 Jul

Film

China Through Cinema: For Fun

For Fun (找乐) by Ning Ying follows janitor Old Han, who has, for many years, worked at the Peking Opera. Upon retirement, he befriends a group of likeminded individuals who share the same passion for the fine art form. They decide to rent a space to put on private performances but things come to a halt when the group discovers that the space they have been renting is soon to be torn down. 

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Culture Yard 天井越洋 , 10 Shique Hutong 19 Jul

Fighting With My Family

This playful movie captures the boastful, performative nature of WWE, spiked with mini-dramas and constant role-playing. The drama becomes the lingua franca of an atypical household in ‘Fighting with My Family’, the sweetest of comedies with a sizeable number of body slams.

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Jul - 19 Aug

The Little Vampire 3D

Introducing the story of Rudolph, a thirteen-year-old vampire whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and, guess what else, vampires. Tony helps Rudolph in an action and humour-packed battle against their adversaries. Together they save Rudolph's family and become friends.

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Cinemas around Beijing 20 Jul - 20 Aug

Stage

Gesher Theatre: Fathers and Sons

Critics' pick

The play Father and Son, adapted from Ivan Turgenev's novel of the same name, focuses on the display of inter-generational conflicts. Dwelling in concepts of nihility and conservatism of the past and present, it is the showcase of the revolutionary mood surging in the hearts of the 19th century youths.

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Capital Theatre (北京首都剧场) , 22 Wangfujing Dajie 18-20 Jul

Kodo: Evolution

Critics' pick

Japan’s preeminent taiko drumming troupe Kodo explores the limitless rhythmic possibilities of the traditional drum and in the process, forge a new direction for the vibrant and living art-form.

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Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre , Building 9, Tianqiao Nan Dajie, Xicheng (西城区天桥南大街9号楼) Xicheng Beijing Beijing 20 Jul , 21 Jul Buy tickets

Komissarzhevskaya Academic Theatre of St. Petersburg: Don Juan

Don Juan, the legendary fictional libertine, is a handsome and bold mister. Noted as an embodiment of all secret passions and overt impulses, see the world of delight, a kingdom of passion and sin in the cheerful and witty theatrical interpretation of the classic mythological character.

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National Centre for the Performing Arts Multi-functional Theatre , No. 2, West Chang'an Da Dao (西长安街2号) Xicheng Beijing Beijing 19-20 Jul Buy tickets

Li Fangfang and the Beijing Wind Orchestra

Beijing Wind Orchestra, founded in 2009, is a large professional wind orchestra composed of 80 musicians with profound musical knowledge and exquisite skills. The Orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire in different styles, including classic wind orchestra pieces, light music, chamber music, and jazz.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18 Jul Buy tickets

Neverland with Mikelangelo Loconte

Mickelangelo Loconte is an Italian singer, author, composer, musician, performer and artistic director. He began his career in France with the musical Les Nouveaux Nomades. Since then he gained critical acclaim with his performance as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Mozart.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 18-19 Jul Buy tickets

The King's Singers

The King's Singers were officially born on May 1st, 1968, when six recently-graduated choral scholars from King's College, Cambridge, gave a concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in London. The group's big London debut was the launchpad for the five decade long career of The King's Singers that we know now.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 19 Jul Buy tickets

Art

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium

Using felt as her primary material, Uk-based Lucy Sparrow is renowned for her bright and engaging recreations of objects from everyday life. Having received worldwide attention for her felt installations, Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium is the artist’s first exhibition in Asia, and comprises an immersive installation specially commissioned for M WOODS.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Wavelength: Made in Illusion

Critics' pick

Following the first cooperation in 2017, WAVELENGTH will once again join hands with Beijing Times Art Museum to usher in a comprehensive conversation into 'How Art Discusses Consumer Culture'. Through various art forms like installations, sculptures, paintings, and new media, this exhibition brings together thirty artists and hundreds of works in the discussion of substance and materials in the world of manufacturing and consumption

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Times Art Museum 北京时代美术馆 , 69 Fuxing Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets
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