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Wave goodbye to April with a whole host of excellent events

Marky Ramone
April is officially going out with a bang, with a whole slew of killer events planned for the next seven days. Starting Tuesday, this year's Sound of the Xity festival looks amazing. Taking place at all of your favourite Beijing livehouses (Modernsky Lab, Yugong Yishan, School Live Bar and Tango), this four-day extravaganza features 45 diverse local and international acts spread across 12 mindblowing gigs. Headliners include Marky Ramone (yes, of the Ramones), Danish DJ Trentemøller, Swedish experimental rockers pg.lost and Japanese hip-hop pioneer DJ Krush.

This weekend's also May Day, so make sure you keep an eye out for this week's Best of the Weekend blog. With all the events going down this week, April's definitely not going down without a fight.
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Monday

The Fate of the Furious

Critics' pick

The eighth(!) installment in the ridiculously successful Fast and the Furious franchise has already topped the Chinese box office. If you're after mindlessly entertaining stunts and a bunch of bald dudes getting into fights, then the Fate of the Furious is guaranteed to thrill.

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Various locations 14 Apr - 30 May Buy tickets

Wednesday

Noah Sheldon: Perpetual Chimes

Critics' pick

For his latest installation, Noah Sheldon is making good use of a load of chimes sourced from Taobao. Nestled in Arrow Factory's streetfront hutong gallery, Sheldon's installation is an interesting, and rather pretty, discourse on the relationship between sonic and visual art.

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Arrow Factory (箭厂空间) , 38 Jianchang Hutong 21 Apr - 15 May Free

Marching in Circles

Critics' pick

Put together by curator Robin Peckham, former editor of Beijing-based art magazine Leap, Marching in Circles is a response to the forces of professionalization and globalization that threaten to turn the act of looking at art into an intellectual chore, or specifically, 'a nine-to-five slog like data entry, telemarketing or dental hygiene’.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 04 Mar - 07 May Free

Sunday

Yellow Earth

Critics' pick

Few films can lay claim to having changed Chinese cinema more than Yellow Earth. This gorgeously shot 1984 drama didn’t just mark the emergence of two of China’s greatest film talents – director Chen Kaige and cinematographer Zhang Yimou – it also represented the rise of cinematic art for art’s sake in China after decades of pure propaganda.

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Capital M , 2 Qianmen Buxing Jie 30 Apr Free

Sarah Chang Violin Recital

Critics' pick

A former child prodigy, the American violinist first played with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of just nine.  She returns to Beijing with a programme including Bartok, Brahms and Franck, and is accompanied by Julio Elizalde on piano.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 30 Apr

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