FEATURE STORY: Beijing Scene and the Scene
It's been five years since Beijing Scene began
inflicting its irreverent cultural commentary on the capital's
captive international community. In an unrepentant act of
navel-gazing, we take a look back at the launch of Beijing Scene and
the capital's passing scenery in the leadup to the new
Zhao Le : October 15 - 21, 1999
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AWAKENING SPACE 10
BAND ROCK CONCERT including Beijing goths
Fall Insex, hardcore band Ye Cha, and other blues,
and punk bands. Yihe Sports Stadium, Friday 10/15 (8
pm) 6831-7372/6846-7098, rmb15, students rmb10
FUJIAN GONGFU TEA Traditional
tea ceremony performed by Qiao Ying to the
tune of traditional Chinese music.
CD Cafe, Friday 10/15 (2-7 pm) rmb120
JIAN Everyone's favorite Chinese rapper
belts out a few for Generation X. Laiyinhe Shengchang Jiuba
(formerly Keep in Touch 2), Saturday 10/16 (9 pm) rmb100
FURNITURE LECTURE by experts Tian Jiaqing
professor Curtis Evarts Capital Club Athletic Center,
Sunday 10/17 (3 pm) rmb150 includes refreshment, reservations
PROBE MEDIA ART FORUM
Exhibit of new
media art from Australia opens with forum led by art critic Huang Du
and artist Feng Mengbo.
Gallery, 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, 6532-2331
ext. 225 for invitations Sunday 10/17 (11 am-5 pm) free
Classifieds: Jobs, jobs, jobs...
Seeking real estate consultants, legal and business
secretaries, chocolate industry professionals, marketing
specialists, English teachers, Australian Embassy business manager,
writers and editors, import/export positions...
COMRADE LANGUAGE: One Party, Two Systems
should the United States, the economic superpower, make so much fuss
about Taiwan, an island with a land mass of only 14,000 square miles and a population of 21 million with scant
natural resources? Perhaps the ROC's foreign exchange reserves of
more than US$100 billion, and the island's production of the vast
majority of the world's computer microprocessors has something to do
BEST BITES: Blue Lotus Cafe
coffeehouse in the heart of old Peking Old Zhang: "The Blue Lotus?
That's the name of an opium den in Shanghai!" Tintin: An opium den?
Right! I'll be there tonight!
ASK AYI: Mah-jongg Ayi
Hey Ayi, The old lady in the apartment next door
thinks I'm crazy if I come home later than midnight, but she thinks
nothing of staying up all night kvetching at the top of her lungs
and playing mah-jongg (majiang). What's with this game? Why are
Chinese people so passionate about it? And where did old Jewish
ladies in the United States learn to play it. Signed, A.
CULTURE SCENE: Thin Man
Grunge rock anti-heroes' debut album is selling out at
record stores nationwide.
IN SHORT ... Translations From the Chinese Press
Up In Smoke, 20 Million
Online By 2003, And the Survey Says..., Ill-Gotten Gains, Internet
Rate Drops, Confounding Counterfeiters
FYI: Small Sanlitun
As Beijing continues to
reconstruct, Sanlitun-like nightspot-strips sprout like mushrooms in the most
unexpected places. The latest cluster is on Ritan North Road (the
east-west road running along the north side of Ritan Park). The
strip includes: Sanlitun standby Jenny Lou's Grocery, with its
familiar selection of fresh produce, snack food and imported
alcohol. Bellas Cafe, providing Jianwai denizens an
alternative to Starbucks for morning coffee and croissants. Milo's
Grill (the erstwhile Bellas II), a Yugoslavian/Italian restaurant
boasting a brick grill for barbequeing. Pageant Bar, an improbable
Tibetan antique store, bar, and restaurant all-in-one. And
yet-to-open Spanish restaurant Douyoushi, modelling itself after
Sanlitun's Ashanti. The strip also
features a fresh flower shop, Chinese "antique" jewelry store, and
rattan furniture outlet to consummate the Sanlitun