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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Featuring music, beer and even more music

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Music, music, music. And beer. Seemingly, what Beijing does best. Head out this week for some rather large-name musicians from all over the world, as well as a music fest, a beer fest and some great stage and cinema shows.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this weekend: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

TNT Theatre: Macbeth

Critics' pick

This full-blooded production unleashes the vital power of Shakespeare's dark masterpiece, blending a highly physical style, a well-integrated musical score and a dynamic interpretation of the Shakespearean verse that has generated enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike.

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Beijing Longfu Theatre , 47 Longfusi Street Dongcheng Beijing Beijing 15-17 Nov Buy tickets

Boy Pablo

Critics' pick

Rather new to the spotlight, Norway-based Boy Pablo, fronted by 18-year old Pablo Muñoz, brings charming bedroom-pop jams straight out of dreams. Following two singles in 2016, Pablo dropped his first EP Roy Pablo and his music video for Overtime went viral last year, chalking up more than seven million views on YouTube.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 16 Nov

Kayzo

Critics' pick

Kayzo, aka Hayden Capuozzo, is an American DJ best known for his remixes that turn songs into trap and hardstye anthems. While Kayzo brings a heavy bass to some of his music, he remains defiant of genre-labelling, mixing and creating music that he just wants to and thereby breaking any barriers put in front of him.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 16 Nov

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Critics' pick

This second instalment of J.K. Rowling's wonderful world of wizards follows the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). When the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes custody – following his capture in the previous film – Scamander is enlisted by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to thwart Grindelwald's dastardly plans of a pure-blood wizard world.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Nov - 31 Dec

CBAC Craft Beer Festival

Critics' pick

Plenty of delicious pours to be had at the first edition of the Craft Brewer's Association of China's (CBAC) festival, featuring only independent Chinese crafters in their largest ever gathering under one roof – over 30 brewers from across the country will be here, with beers free-flowing.

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TRB Copper , Nafu Hutong 16 Nov , 17 Nov , 18 Nov Buy tickets

We Are Original Creators: Day One

Critics' pick

This two-day music festival heads to Beijing with rappers Machine Gun Kelly and J.I.D. headlining. The We Are Original Creators (stylised WR/OC) promotes young talent in hip-hop. Day one sees VG, Young Gorilla, Bohan Phoenix and many more share the stage with J.I.D.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 17 Nov Buy tickets

Bear Grillz

Critics' pick

Vaguely anonymous, but revealed to be RJ behind the mask, this hard-hitting dubstep bear has risen to the tops of the EDM tree. Hard beats, sell-out shows, crazy set designs and a questionably-loveable bear costume has made Bear Grillz a must-see in dance scenes around the world.

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 17 Nov

Rrose

Critics' pick

Rrose transgresses boundaries not just for her approach to rhythmic techno, but also as a moniker for Seth Horvitz's musical alias. Wanting to break the norm of a male-dominated techno scene, Rrose uses her alter ego to perform modern, electronic music with audio extras to cross gender lines and bring the energy and depth of the experimental sounds to all people.

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Lantern 17 Nov

Macondo + Acid Accident

Critics' pick

After almost three years of growing and innovating around Beijing's vibrant music scene, playing in venues like Old What, Temple and School Bar to live houses like DDC, Mao Livehouse and Yugong Yishan, Macondo have finally collated their music together for their first studio album release. Their debut album received both international and Chinese acclaim, and now they're performing live again with Acid Accident for what is sure to be a night of explosive rock.

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Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) , 14 Shanlao Hutong 17 Nov

Scorpions

Critics' pick

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, these rockers have enjoyed a half-century of international success. With chart-toppers including 'Wind of Change', 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' (number 18 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs) and 'Still Loving You', Scorpions have won multiple awards, and apparently even have an honorary postage stamp in Brazil. Get your rock on this November and s(t)ing the night away.

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Olympic Sports Center (奥体中心体育馆) , 1 Anding Lu 17 Nov Buy tickets

Four Tet

Critics' pick

Formerly of the band Fridge, Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has since established himself as a solo artist, remixing tracks for artists such as Super Furry Animals, Radiohead and Ellie Goulding. Having recently collaborated with the likes of Thom Yorke and Burial, Four Tet was also nominated for a Grammy last year for his remix of The xx's 'Violent Noise'.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 17 Nov Buy tickets

We Are Original Creators: Day Two

Critics' pick

This two-day music festival heads to Beijing with rappers Machine Gun Kelly and J.I.D. headlining. The We Are Original Creators (stylised WR/OC) promotes young talent in hip-hop. Day two sees Lowson, Young Poc, Ziv, Kucci and more share the stage with Machine Gun Kelly.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 18 Nov Buy tickets

Aidan Killian

Critics' pick

This Irishman is on a whirlwind world tour, with one night only in Beijing. Catch the man who's performed all over the world, with rave reviews from Edinburgh Fringe-goers. His hysterical take on politics, the world, people, economics and more makes his shows rather memorable.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 18 Nov

Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin

Critics' pick

With almost 450 years of history and tradition under its belt, Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Daniel Barenboim will lead the Staatskapelle Berlin, which he has been in charge of many years, to bring the complete set of Brahms symphony to the Beijing audience, as well as the symphony of Schubert and Beethoven.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18-20 Nov Buy tickets

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Critics' pick

Desiree Akhavan follows up 2014’s lovely Appropriate Behaviour with a tender and gently comic drama about a lesbian teenager dealing with society’s disapproval. Part One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, part John Hughes film, it packs an emotional punch and a career-best performance from Chloë Grace Moretz.

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 18 Nov

Chicago

Critics' pick

Sassy musical Chicago is set in the 1920s, Prohibition-era Windy City, telling the story of rival vaudevillian murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart and their battle to avoid death row while simultaneously striving for the fame they oh so desire. It's finally here in Beijing, so get your tickets while you still can. 

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 1-18 Nov Buy tickets

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