With the Super Bowl and the NFL now heading towards a conclusion, and the Spring Festival holiday now at its halfway point and things soon returning to normal, it’s time to think about how to run the clock on the remaining six weeks of winter. Here are five events coming up that will get you back in a Beijing rhythm and headed towards the real spring. Click the links to see more information about venues, times, and prices.
The exhibition displays, for the first time, the civilizations of the ancient Greek language family and the Latin language family on the east and west coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the civilizations of Islam and Christianity from the north and south of the Mediterranean Sea in an entirety, presenting a relatively complete picture of the rise of fall of different civilizations in this region. Museum entrance is free; admission to the exhibition is RMB 20.
Bob Marley Day 2014 Feb 6
Yugong Yishan hosts this annual celebration of the king of reggae. Live music from One Drop. Pre-sale RMB 70 tickets available until midnight on February 5, so hurry up, otherwise it’s RMB 100 at the door. Tickets available from YGYS’s Taobao store.
The Lumineers Feb 11
Ahead of the JUE Festival in March, folk trio The Lumineers alight in Beijing. The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line, and for the first time will be bringing their timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics to China. At Tango, RMB 260 at the door, RMB 200 in advance.
The Charity Fashion Show is an annual event held by students in the International School of Beijing. Proceeds go to Hope Healing Home, a home for sick and physically disabled children in Beijing. The show displays designs from students in ISB and attire from actual brands too, such as Nike, H&M, Candy & Caviar, and Vero Moda. In addition, sponsor gifts are also given out to the audience. RMB 100.
Film: The Poseidon Project Feb 16
In 1931, Britain’s most advanced submarine collided with a cargo ship off the coast of China and sank. Three hours later, six sailors surfaced, barely conscious. They were the first men ever to escape from a sunken submarine using a proto-scuba device. Their story hit headlines and went on to inspire a feature film. The miraculous escape changed marine safety forever. But their names, and their submarine, gradually sank into obscurity. This six-year search for the submarine went on to challenge official accounts of the escape, and brought together the lost pieces of a story that touches on the history of Britain and China in the 1930s, the 1970s and the present day. Directed by Shanghai-based Arthur and Luther Jones. At UCCA. Free.
Disclosure: “The Poseidon Project” features True Run Media Executive Editor Steven Schwankert.