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The best things to do in Beijing this week

A week for your eyes with art, film, stage and design galore

Tim Eitel: Gelb und Blau, 2002.
If you're looking for art and stage shows, look no further. With both Cats and Stomp on the stages of Beijing this week, you can sing your way through the middle of Autumn. Check out some incredible art at galleries across town, and head out to the streets for Beijing Design Week.

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.

Ash is Purest White

Critics' pick

Top Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke has still got it. His latest effort, a story of a troubled romance that deftly winds its way through the last 20 years of change and modernisation in China, was in the running for the Palme d'Or.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 01 Nov

Tim Eitel

Critics' pick

German artist Tim Eitel paints beautifully composed figurative works produced from clandestinely taken photographs. Combining technical realism with the detachment of a gaze always on the outside, he voices the contemporary human experience in quiet muted tones. This exhibition will showcase the artist’s thought-provoking and ongoing exploration into 'interior space, memory and perception.'

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Pace Beijing (佩斯北京) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday,Sunday Free

Book talk: Cities in Science Fiction

Critics' pick

The Danish author Kaspar Colling Nielsen talks science fiction cities at The Bookworm this Friday. From Copenhagen to Beijing, he explores the worlds created in literature and how they relate to our modern day metropolises. Can the imagined living spaces of a possible future help us realise what we need in our lives now?

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 28 Sep

Stomp

Critics' pick

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energising beats at Stomp, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 26 Sep - 05 Oct Buy tickets

Noisemaker

Critics' pick

Noisemaker, an alternative nu-metal band from Sapporo, have been mixing rock, metal and hip-hop from their inception. Their first success was reached with the release of their first full album The 6 matters of the 6 in 2009, and now they head to Beijing to perform at Mao Livehouse.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 28 Sep Buy tickets

The Vagina Monologues

Critics' pick

Eve Ensler recreates her original play in this movie version of the unforgettable Vagina Monologues. Ensler brings the intimacy of the original readings to the screen with love and creativity, giving you an even hip-hop look into the background and women interviewed. See the screening here in Beijing at Pink Moon and get a close-up insight into the thoughts, feelings and opinions of people with vaginas.

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Pink Moon , Nanluoguxiang 27 Sep

Midnight in Peking Walking Tour

Critics' pick

Paul French's New York Times bestselling murder mystery captured imaginations across the world when it was released. Now, with the help of historian Lars Ulrick Thom, Bespoke brings 1930s Peking back to life through a walking tour like no other. As night falls, you'll follow in the footsteps of the victim's father, ETC Werner, as he frantically searched for his daughter, and learn about the shady characters implicated in her killing.

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Gottlieb Wallisch

Critics' pick

Having become the youngest student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna at the ripe old age of six, Gottlieb Wallisch went on to become internationally renowned for his interpretations of Viennese piano traditions. Coming to Beijing this week, he puts his award-winning fingers to work as he performs his unique and beautiful take on the classics.

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Art Centre of the National Library , 33 Zhong Guan Cun Nan Da Jie (中关村南大街33号) Haidian Beijing Beijing 30 Sep

Cats

Critics' pick

Based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats hip-hop in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to a variety of feline characters. With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22 Sep - 07 Oct Buy tickets

Asian Power

Critics' pick

This two-day rap-fest brings the best of China and its surrounds to the capital. With Al Rocco, Yuan, Has and Longjing Rap, it will be weekend of explosive sounds to shake up your senses.

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Mix , Inside the Workers’ Stadium North Gate 29-30 Sep

Shadow

Critics' pick

Set during China's Three Kingdoms era, Shadow is the latest work of famed director Zhang Yimou. The film, a heavily stylised martial arts period drama, brings traditional ink paintings and fighting sequences together into a visually stunning epic. Stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai and Guan Xiaotong.

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Sep - 30 Nov

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