SHOW

The Taming of the Shrew by TNT Theater Britain

Date: Oct 10 – 7:30 pm

Venue: Nine Theater

Price: 60-380 yuan

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592. The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the induction, in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself. The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly’s diversion. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments – the “taming” – until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina’s more desirable sister, Bianca. The play’s apparent misogynistic elements have become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences and readers. TNT Theater was founded in 1980 in Britain and since then has established itself as one of the most popular international touring theater companies in the world.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Oxford College Choir

Date: Aug 9 – 7:30 pm

Venue: NCPA

Price: 80-280 yuan

The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford was founded nearly 500 years ago and has a special and distinctive place within the great English choral tradition. Historically it is set apart from all other collegiate and cathedral choirs since it serves both an Oxford college and a diocese at once, as a unique and celebrated dual foundation. Musically it has become revered for the vibrancy of its collective sound and its artistic flexibility.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Beijing Improv Bilingual Improv Group (BIG) Show

Date: Aug 8 – 8 pm

Venue: Meridian Space

Price: 50 yuan

BIG is the bilingual wing of Beijing Improv, Beijing’s oldest and largest improv comedy troupe whose popular shows continue to sell out some of the city’s best performance venues. From quickfire sketches to long-form narrative games, from musical extravaganzas to intimate storytelling, this talented blend of local and foreign performers are guaranteed to tickle your funny bones. Each show has its own theme and, as all the action is unscripted, is uniquely hilarious!

E-mail: info@beijingimprov.org

Cameri Theatre Cyrano de Bergerac 2015 NCPA International Theater Season

Date: Aug 13 – 7:30 pm

Venue: NCPA

Price: 180-680 yuan

Cyrano, a cadet in the French army, is a man of many talents. In addition to being an outstanding duelist he is also a gifted poet. But nature has “blessed” him with a very large nose which is the reason for his self-doubt that prevents him from expressing his love for the beautiful Roxane. He writes poems and love letters to her under the name of his comrade, the handsome Christian, thus winning her affections. Christian later realizes that it was not his good looks that won Roxane, but Cyrano’s beautiful love letters. He urges his comrade to confess his love for her, but before he does so Christian is killed in battle. The grieving Roxane secludes herself in a convent and Cyrano keeps the truth locked in his heart. As Cyrano, too, lies mortally wounded, Roxane tells him she loves him. Born in 1945, the Cameri Theatre performs to an audience of 110,000 viewers nationwide and, in recent years, subscriptions have grown to 40,000. here you need to say that there is a subscription and that the Cameri performs all over Israel, including the periphery, making theatre accessible to all. Cameri plays and artists – actors and creators – are awarded the greatest number of awards and commendations at the annual theatre awards ceremony. Since the young theater was born and until now – for almost 70 years – the Cameri continues to seek out its path.

Contact: 400-610-3721

ACTIVITIES

Mentor Walks at Ritan Park

Date: Aug 14 – 8 am

Venue: Ritan Park

Price: Free

Capital M, Ellevate, AustCham, AmCham, and Viva bring together established and emerging women leaders in our community to connect, learn, mentor and share experiences. As they walk, they discuss their professional and personal challenges, successes, aspirations, and lessons learned.

Mentees will have the opportunity to select a mentor based on preferences and their availability. Mentor and mentee groups are typically 3-5 people. You will have the incredible opportunity to seek advice from seasoned professionals who will provide an open ear, honest feedback, and meaningful guidance. Mentoring is proven to be one of the most important components to a successful career. It creates an effective support system to help women overcome professional and personal challenges. Mentors come from a diverse variety of backgrounds including, international development, foreign affairs, law, finance and banking, business development, marketing, public relations, humanitarian and non-profit work, corporate social responsibility, academia, entrepreneurship, hospitality, healthcare, technology and media, sustainability, energy, international trade, and more. Mentees are emerging professionals from an equally diverse array of fields. Nearly two-third of women who have been mentored go on to become mentors themselves.

E-mail: michelle@m-restaurantgroup.com

Startup Mondays

Date: Aug 10 – 7 pm

Venue: Origins Technology Limited

Price: Phone for prices

Interested in starting a startup? Learn how others got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew. Join us at our weekly Monday video lectures from Y Combinator and join in on the discussion afterwards to see, learn and discuss the topic of the day. Every day will be a different topic and provide different insights that will help those who want to start something themselves. Aug 10 “Building Product, Talking to users and growing” by Adora Cheung. Adora Cheung Executive officer and co-founder of Home joy foundation and Co-founder and Chief executive officer of First round Capital. Adora Cheung has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a master degree in Economics. We have limited space of approximately 25 people. Please RSVP by e-mail.

Contact: 137-1659-1501

Arrival Survival in Beijing – INN event

Date: Aug 31 – 10 pm

Venue: Capital Club Athletic Center

Price: 50 yuan

Join INN on Aug31 for their biggest monthly meeting of the year – “Arrival Survival in Beijing”. INN volunteers and expat experts will help you navigate getting settled into life in the capital city with cultural adjustment challenges, transportation basics, places to shop to set up your household, food and water safety, personal safety, renting bicycles in Beijing, and lots more. INN’s expat volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and resources will be on hand to offer support and advice. Come meet old friends and make new ones at this not-to-be-missed INN annual gathering.

Contact: 132-4039-9256

PARTIES

Les Booze: Summer Edition

Date: Aug 20 – 9 pm

Venue: Funky

Price: Contact via e-mail

Les Booze is an inclusive and open event for queer women and their friends. Due to the success of Les Booze, a Summer Edition will take place at the rooftop of Funky for a second monthly party! This Pop-Up Girl Bar provides a safe space for all queer women & allies to mingle, drink & connect with each other. Every third Thursday evening of the month, starting at 9:00 pm, at Funky rooftop. Half price on selected drinks for ladies all night. The event is organized in collaboration with Funky, the Crossroads Centre, the Beijing LGBT Centre, the Beijing Lesbian Centre and the L App.

E-mail: crossroads.beijing@gmail.com

Migas Terrace 5-Year Anniversary Party Weekend

Date: Aug 21 – 10 pm

Venue: The Bar at Migas

Price: 60 yuan

Come and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of a Beijing nightlife institution, and rest assured that this will be an entire weekend full of what makes the Migas Terrace distinct – great music, tasty drinks and good people! Expect an abundance of surprises, as well as a number of personalities who’ve left their mark on Beijing along the way, with former chefs, DJs and managers returning to do what they do best – whether that be mixing music, blending cocktails or dancing till the sun comes up. Add in the amazing talents of Crazy P, and this is a birthday celebration you definitely won’t want to miss.

Contact: 010-5208-6061

Feige Weekend Bazaar

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday between Aug 8 and Aug 30 – 1 pm

Venue: Wangjing Kirin Place

Price: Phone for prices

Started in 2012, Feige is now the largest Vintage Fair in Beijing. Our fair features the finest vintage traders around China, with goods spanning the period 1920-1990. Ever since our first vintage fair, we’ve been heralding a positive lifestyle and today, in addition to the vintage traders, our fair offers numerous activities such as workshops, musical performances, swing dance, foosball and darts tournaments. This Summer Feige Weekend Bazaar is organized exclusively around Beijing. The idea is to follow along the same lines as our Feige Vintage Fair, but smaller in scale, with immersive themes; all conveniently taking place on the weekend without entrance fees. This allows us to organize more events, in shorter time spans. Feige Vintage Bazaar will feature our vintage market, food & drink providers, DJs and musical performances. After one busy month organizing the fair in Sanlitun, our Weekend Bazaar move to Wangjing. We will put some vintage in this cosmopolite atmosphere! Don’t plan to go again to one of the hundreds fast food or Korean restaurants around the area, but come to our fair; you’ll get nice food and have lot of fun. If you have a motorbike feel free to drive to our weekend bazaar, we have place to park your vehicle and we’ll organize a “retro motorbike” show. Come with your friends to buy some nice products, join our eating hot-dog & watermelon competition, and only for people who don’t drive: beer contest! We’ll set up a special area to relax, have a glass of wine and listen to our bands & Dj’s.

Contact: 010-8559-1033

Funk Fever

Date: Aug 28 – 10 pm

Venue: The Bar at Migas

Price: 60 yuan

You can try and deny it, but we know you’ve memorized all the words to “Funky Town.” Let Bite-Size Buddha take you there with his funk, disco, and old school hip-hop remixes. Bite-Size Buddha and a special surprise guest will throw down that signature Funk Fever sound – a blend of nostalgia with fresh jams, edits and remixes alongside classic Funk, Disco and Old School Hip Hop sprinkled with a touch of Reggae and Rare Grooves to get your thang a swingin’, so get on up to the Migas Terrace and get on down to the Funky sounds.

Contact: 010-5208-6061

SPORTS

Beijing Marathon 2015 Registration

Date: Aug 8 – Aug 10

Venue: Beijing Hyundai

Price: Free

The annual Beijing Marathon is scheduled to be held on Sept 20. This year, the Beijing Marathon celebrates 35 years with new features, including team runs, which allows up to seven people to compete as one group. Registration ends Aug 10, applicants after that will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more details, follow Beijing Marathon’s Official Facebook Page: facebook.com/BeijingMarathon

Website: beijing-marathon.com/en/

(China Daily 08/08/2015 page20)