May is emerging as a huge month for events, including our Beijinger Burger Cup on May 28. But as plenty will happen before there, here's a quick look at happenings during the week to come. See our Events section for even more choices.
Rapunzel, Tuesday, May 10
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair,” says the prince to the princess Rapunzel up in the high tower. But will Rapunzel’s mother allow her to see the prince? An inspiring coming of age story that explores the changing relationship between mother and daughter. Beijing Academy of Performing Arts. Click here for more information.
Night SHFT Festival, Thursday, May 12
Prepare yourselves for a bunch big name DJs in the world of underground bass, that will blow your faces off with funked out sub frequencies at this one of a kind festival. They are bringing in the superb talents of Mad Decent's UZ, OG Maco (Atlanta), and Tsunano (Taiwan) to fill out this extreme night of krunked out jams. Yugong Yishan. Click here for more information.
Ratatat China Tour, Friday, May 13
Formerly known as Cherry, New York's rock-meets-electronica duo Ratatat feature multi-instrumentalist/programmer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud. Mast was also the brains behind the pretty laptop pop of E*vax, and with his brother E*Rock he ran the indie electronic label Audio Dregs. Stroud also played, in the studio and on tour, with artists including Ben Kweller and Dashboard Confessional. Between these duties (and Mast's job as a graphic designer), the duo found time to work on their collaboration. Yugong Yishan. Click here for more information.
The American Ball, Saturday, May 14
This year’s ball is returning to the heart of the city, with the same appeal to the broad American community and with the same emphasis on contributing to the development of Chinese society. More than 400 guests are expected for a night of fun and philanthropy. Grand Hyatt Beijing. Click here for more information.
O'Bar Terrace Opening, Saturday, May 14
O’ Bar, featuring a 1,350-square-meter deck and 850-square-meter garden, opens out to one of the city’s largest multifunctional outdoor terraces. Designed as an elevated urban oasis with a comfortable deck and garden, the outdoor terrace is subtly arranged to suit every celebratory mood, whether casual dining alfresco, a lively drinks party get-together or chilled stargazing over a nightcap and cigar whilst lounging on the terrace’s sexy sunbeds. NUO Hotel Beijing. Click here for more information.
Les Olympics, Sunday, May 15
The second Les Olympics event in four months heads to the pub quiz at Q Mex and will be playing for prizes from the event's sponsors, including Q Mex, TOIS, Ron Mexico, Sweet Tart Bakery, Mas, Hot Cat, 8-Bit, Adam's, and Chill Bar. Participation costs RMB 20 per person. Various locations. Click here for more information.
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