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Best Weekday Events That Won't Leave You Hungover, Jul 10-16

Our Events Watch series aims to highlight happenings that aren't focused on alcohol and drinking, but instead take a more educational or productive approach. Events include comedy, talks, networking events, markets, dinners and more.

Monday, July 10

China and Black Internationalism in the Early 20th Century
The Bookworm kick off the week with a look at the emergence of black internationalist thought in the early 20th century and China’s place within this discourse. Through examining the writings and utterances of prominent black US intellectuals, this talk hopes to offer an overview of their varied responses to China’s progress from the end of dynastic rule to the founding of the People’s Republic. The talk will be headed by Aaliyah Bilal, a fiction and non-fiction writer, and a recipient of the Shansi Memorial Fellowship at Yunnan University where, for two years, she conducted ethnographic research among Huizu Muslims. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, she is currently at work on a book about her experience as an African-American woman living in Asia. 7.30pm. RMB 50 (buy tickets here). The Bookworm

Tuesday, July 11

Classic Movie Tuesday: Notorious (1946)
In the heat of a Beijing Summer, Pop-Up Beijing explore what is lurking in the shadows, as Alfred Hitchcock – one of the greatest film writers and directors of all time – takes us on another journey into the darkness of film noir … Notorious, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains explores how far a female spy is willing to ingratiate herself with a group of Nazis in South America. 7.30pm. Free. Pop-Up Beijing

Wednesday, July 12

The Cocklebur Band
Rock group The Cocklebur Band creates original, variable works, focusing on different facets of life, love, and sorrow. The band is made up of businessmen who, many years ago, were young rockers, and now come together to play from time to time, like a Cocklebur in the wind. 9.30pm. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). Jianghu Bar

Thursday, July 13

World Music Thursday – Tribal Belly Dance
Join Modernista for a night dedicated to cultural influences and fusions from all around the world blended into music, dance, theater, and stage performances. This week they welcome their old friends, the amazingly talented crew dedicated to tribal belly dancing. 9pm. RMB 50. Modernista

Friday, July 14

National Theatre Live at UCCA
National Theatre Live is jointly staged by the National Theatre of China and the Royal National Theater. The program brings top productions from the stages of London and New York to Beijing and UCCA via high-definition screenings. The use of slide rails, close-ups, and other features offers audiences a detailed audiovisual experience that heightens the unique charms of the theater. After the successful run of Political Circle in spring, UCCA brings back two titles from the screening series – Coriolanus and Hamlet – for a second showing, together with the new screening series, New Classic, which includes Man and Superman, The Deep Blue Sea, The Threepenny Opera, and One Man, Two Guvnors. 1.30-9.30pm. RMB 200 (for two tickets, buy here: UCCA

Saturday, July 15

The Ming and the Manchus: A Walk and Discussion at the Forbidden City
For nearly 600 years, the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties governed China from behind the high red walls of the Forbidden City. This walk and discussion looks at what life was like in the palace for the men and women who lived and worked there. 10am-1pm. RMB 300, RMB 260 (members, includes all entrance tickets). Forbidden City

Sunday, July 16

Farm to Neighbors Farmers' Market 3-Year Anniversary
Farm to Neighbors (F2N) Farmers’ Market turns three years old this Sunday and to celebrate invite all their regular producers and vendors of organically grown produce, meats, and eggs to natural skincare, eco-friendly products. After three years, F2N has built a lively local community that is filled with stories and inspiration by providing a platform for a “small and beautiful” lifestyle experience in this fast-changing city. There'll also be live music, games, and many prizes to be raffled off in a lucky draw. Free. Noon-6pm. Grand Summit

Images courtesy of the organizers

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