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09:05, December 18, 2009      

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Modern drama

Jane Eyre returns to stage at the National Center for the Performing Arts, following the success of its June run. This classic novel by Charlotte Bronte has been adapted by playwright Yu Rongjun and has Chen Shu and Wang Luoyong in the lead roles. Chen is a popular actress, whose simple persona is perfectly suited to the character of Jane Eyre. Wang has been a leading performer in many Broadway musicals and is now active as an actor, director and playwright in China.

7:30 pm, until Dec 23. 180-580 yuan. National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square. 6655-0000

国家大剧院, 天安门广场西

Classical music

Cellist Zhang Yingying and pianist Guo Xiang will present a joint concert and perform Schumann's Reverie, Brahms' Intermezzo, Tchaikovsky's Nocturne, Saint-Saens' Swan and Dvorak's Rando. Zhang has been praised by critics for his rich musical expressions, while Guo is known for his delicate performing style and penetrating strength.

7 pm, Dec 20. 40 yuan. Peking University Hall, inside Peking University, Haidian district. 6275-1278/2278



Oils with flavor of past

Oil painter Li Qi'an's works are full of a strong experimental flavor. However, he says he draws inspiration from traditional Chinese culture. The exhibits on show cover three series, Remote Mountain, Flower Shadow and Tree Shadow, and are strongly reminiscent of the landscape and flower-and-bird paintings of the Song and Yuan dynasties. The mottled color scheme in blue, green and brown, evoke a strong imagery.

10 am - 6 pm, until Dec 17. New Millennium Gallery, 2F Diyang Plaza, east of Sanyanqiao, Chaoyang district. 8453-6193

千年时间画廊, 朝阳区三元东桥东, 迪阳大厦二层

Strokes of melody

Oil painter Zeng Yong's latest solo show is titled Rhythm on Paper, reflecting the artist's passion for music, especially rock 'n' roll and jazz. For Zeng, painting is like performing music with a brush. His portraits and still-life works seem to sing with melody and rhythm. Many of them show his subjects playing an instrument or intoxicated by music.

10 am-5 pm, until Dec 18. Dandeli Art Space, 3 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang district. 6770-8966


The green party

The Beijing Energy Network (BEN) is a grassroots organization trying to promote networking and collaboration in understanding and tackling China's energy and environmental challenges.

BEN's flagship fortnightly activity, Energy & Environment Roundtable (BEER), is on tonight at The Bookworm.

8 pm, Dec 16. Free. The Bookworm, Building 4 The Village at Sanlitun, Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district. 6586-9507

朝阳区三里屯路19号院三里屯Village 4号楼

Live music

Meeting of virtuosos

Hailed as"The King of Sampling", Carl Stone is a pioneer of live electronic music. He has used computers in live performances since 1986. Often referred to as "one of the best composers living in (the US) today", his works have been used by numerous theater directors and choreographers.

Yumiko Tanaka, as a shamisen-player and vocal musician, covers several genres of music, from traditional Japanese music to contemporary, free jazz, new music, dance and theater.

Pipa player and composer Min Xiao-Fen, known for her fluid style, is a world-recognized virtuoso in terms of orchestral and underground projects.

The three formed an ensemble to present stunning improvised performances. Fei Bo and Lao Gu will make a guest appearance at the dance and tea ceremony on Dec 16. Wu Na and Yan Jun will play guqin and electronic music on Dec 17.

8 pm, Dec 16 and 17. 80 yuan. (120 yuan for a two-day ticket package). Red Power Theater, 46 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng district. 6400-0199


Improvised music

Li Daiguo is an improvisor, composer and street musician, currently living in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

He has an expansive repertoire and draws on sources as diverse as American contemporary, African improvised jazz scat singing and voice beat-box pyrotechnics, as well as a good dollop of Chinese classical and contemporary sounds.

9.pm, Dec 16. 30 yuan. Yugong Yishan. East Courtyard, site of Duanqirui Government, Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district, 6404-2711


Rock live show

Four-piece Sound Fragment, comprising vocalist Ma Yulong, guitarist Li Wei, bass player Yin Yong and Percussionist Wang Gan, was formed in March 2001. They were noticed at the Midi Festival in May that year. In 2002 their first album, The World is a Noise Garden, was released.

The group is on its first tour across China, stopping by to play at Mao Live House.

8:30 pm, Dec 16. 50-60 yuan. Mao Live House, 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng district. 138-1179-9436


Jazz goes oriental

Three top-notch jazz musicians in Beijing, including guitarist Liu Yue, organist Xia Jia and percussionist Xiao Dou, make this well-loved group.

The band is named after Liu Yue, better known as Cui Jian's guitarist.

The group combines multiple elements of modern jazz styles with those of Chinese music. There is a strong oriental flavor to their music.

9:30 pm, Dec 16. 30 yuan (include one drink). Luce, 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng district. 8402-4417

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