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by Steven

Blazing Sun Zen Style

January 23, 2010 in Arts, Events by Steven

Blazing Sun Zen Style is an exhibition of paintings by Zhou Shi Chao and You Liang Cheng showing for the rest of this month at the Qingdao Art Museum on Daxue Lu. Qingdao, oft accused of being a cultural desert, does indeed have a great number of oil painters living and working here. Soak up the works of Mssrs. Zhou and You from now until February 1.

When: January 22 – February 1, 2010
Venue: Qingdao Art Museum, 7 Daxue Lu (near original Ocean University)
Info: 8288-8886
Chinese Name and Address: 青岛市美术馆, 大学路7号

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Relevant Links:
Qingdao Art Museum Official Website
Event Info on Douban (Chinese)
Qingdao Art Museum on Google Maps

by Steven

Ray 1.24

January 22, 2010 in Arts, Events by Steven

Ray is a landmark movie about a man so accomplished that his nickname was “The Genius“, and no one took it as overstatement. Ray Charles constantly experimented with different styles, bending and sometimes breaking genres all over the musical map from blues to funk to gospel to jazz to country. He is said to have made the first true soul record, blending gospel and blues on I Got A Woman, a reworking of the turn of the century gospel hymn Jesus Is All The World To Me. Ray Charles was a legend in his time, one of the most famous musicians in modern history whose career spanned almost 6 decades. He sang for 7 different US presidents, won 12 Grammys, and was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join Chris and company at Freeman on Sunday for this week’s musical film offering, the definitive biopic Ray.

“Soul is a way of life—but it’s always the hard way.” – Ray Charles

When: January 24, 3 pm
Venue: Freeman Cafe, 163 Jiangxi Lu
Info: 158-5321-1877
Chinese Info: 江西路163号 自由人咖啡

Relevant Links:
Official Ray Charles Website
Official Ray Movie Website
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee List
Listen to Jesus Is All The World To Me
Listen to I Got A Woman

by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star vs. Fujian 1.24

January 21, 2010 in Events, Sports by Hunter

Hometown hoopsters Qingdao Double Star Eagles take on Fujian Xunxing at Qingdao University Arena, January 24, 2010. Tickets start at 20 yuan (RMB) and are available at venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road). More Info: 8268-4351.

When: January 24, 2010 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2009-10 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star vs. Bayi 1.22

January 21, 2010 in Events, Sports by Hunter

Hometown hoopsters Qingdao Double Star Eagles take on Bayi Rockets at Qingdao University Arena, January 22, 2010. Tickets start at 20 yuan (RMB) and are available at venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road). More Info: 8268-4351.

When: January 22, 2010 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2009-10 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Steven

Post Liaoning

January 16, 2010 in Sports by Steven

Liaoning Panpan Hunters 77 – Qingdao Double Star Eagles 72
The Eagles were up by 20 points in the first quarter, while Chris Williams sat on the bench. Liaoning closed the gap in the second quarter by controlling the boards and shutting out Williams, who ended up with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Later Liaoning pulled ahead with a lot of fast break points from Brandon Robinson in the second half, with the Hunters leading by 6 points at various points of the 3rd and 4th quarters and Qingdao never getting back on their game, shooting just 9 of 27 from the free throw line, and making only 9 of 34 three pointers. Qingdao’s Yu Gaofeng played well, getting 14 points on 4 of 5 three point shooting in just 23 minutes, while Frans Steyn grabbed 9 rebounds and had 11 points in the Eagles’ eighth loss of the season. Qingdao Double Star is now in 15th place (of a total 17 teams in the CBA), only ahead of Tianjin Rongcheng and Shaanxi Dongshen. See the complete box score stats.

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Relevant Links:
CBA 2009-10 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Joz

Chen Danqing 1.15

January 14, 2010 in Arts, Events by Joz

Chen Danqing is considered a master of contemporary painting in China. Called a “strong personality with strong paintings”, Chen owned and operated an art gallery in New York for most of the 80′s and 90′s, returning to China to teach at Qinghua University but later resigning over controversy regarding mandatory English proficiency requirements for all Chinese students. Weng Yunpeng, one of Chen’s first five students, said, “Danqing has never been just a painter. He is an intellectual with a social conscience.”

When: January 15
Venue: Shao Nian Gong (Youth Palace), Ertong Gongyuan (Children’s Park)
Address: Youth Palace: 2 Zhushuishan Lu / Ertong Park: 280 Liaoning Lu
Info: 8273-5481
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) / Students 15 yuan (RMB)
Chinese Info: 青岛市少年宫: 贮水山路2号 / 儿童公园: 辽宁路280号

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Relevant Links:
Chen Danqing Bio
Profile of Chen Danqing
Ertong Park on Google Maps
Chen Danqing Personal Blog

by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star vs. Jilin 1.15

January 14, 2010 in Events, Sports by Hunter

Hometown hoopsters Qingdao Double Star Eagles take on Jilin Northeast Tigers at Qingdao University Arena, January 15, 2010. Tickets start at 20 yuan (RMB) and are available at venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road). More Info: 8268-4351.

When: January 15, 2010 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2009-10 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star vs. Liaoning 1.13

January 13, 2010 in Events, Sports by Hunter

Hometown hoopsters Qingdao Double Star Eagles take on Liaoning Dinosaurs at Qingdao University Arena, January 13, 2010. Tickets available at venue. More Info: 8268-4351.

When: January 13, 2010 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2009-10 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2009-10 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Steven

Buena Vista Social Club

January 12, 2010 in Arts, Events by Steven

On Sunday, January 17 at Freeman there will be a free screening of Buena Vista Social Club, the Wim Wenders 1999 film about the recording of the album of the same name, produced by Ry Cooder and featuring legendary Cuban musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez and Compay Segundo. The documentary footage in Cuba was shot entirely on DV and then transferred to film, with some of it captured on mini DV by Cooder’s son Joachim, who also plays in the band. In addition to the scenes in the studio and on the streets of Cuba, there is also live concert footage of performances in Amsterdam and New York to round out the film. An award winning documentary that brought well deserved worldwide fame to Havana’s once forgotten musical masters.

When: January 17, 3 pm
Venue: Freeman Cafe, Jiangxi Lu
Info: 158-5321-1877

Relevant Links:
Official Buena Vista Social Club Website
Buena Vista Social Club (Film) on IMDB
Making of Buena Vista Social Club (Film)

by Hunter

FYI – Stay In Qingdao

January 12, 2010 in Polls by Hunter

The Inaugural QINGDAO(nese) FYI poll results are in.

With a total of 32 votes, the top answer to the first poll was ‘Work’, with 31% of the total, or 10 votes. A close second was ‘Weather’, with 22%, or 7 votes. Full poll results are below. Please vote on the new poll about Avatar.

“What makes you stay in Qingdao?”

Work

10 votes / 31%

Weather

7 votes / 22%

Beer

6 votes / 19%

Spouse

5 votes / 16%

Food

4 votes / 12%

by Steven

Arteffect No. 6

January 11, 2010 in Arts by Steven

The latest issue of Arteffect is now available for download as a pdf document. The physical publication can be picked up at locations around Qingdao such as Cafe Kona, Freeman, Old Jack’s, and more. Call 136-6886-7325 or email info@arteffectmag.com for more information.

Arteffect (JAN 10, No. 6) features a look back on the posters and performances brought to you by Kadenza Art and Media in 2009, including Nah Youn Sun with Ulf Wakenius, Peter Scherr with Jazz Folk, East West Quartet with Wu Na, Sonic Calligraphy with Coco, Jeff Lang, David Braid, Huang Bo, and more. Also in the new mag: profiles of Zhang Chu and Xishan Laoyao (appearing at Qingdao Concert Hall January 15) and Carrchy and Cold Fairyland (appearing at the Qingdao Concert Hall January 16), and an essay by Clay Army, “Talent Will Out, or Else?” in addition to the monthly updated Venue Information and Events pages.

Excerpt from Arteffect (JAN 10, No.6):

Talent Will Out, Or Else:

For musicians in China, the path to broader exposure and a shot for the top is a straight line to Beijing, now only 5 hours away on the bullet train from Qingdao. Sooner or later, our musical homeboys head to the capital to be heard, in a modern day version of seeking an audience with the emperor. Now, we are all emperors in our own right, deciding what we want and when we want it, available on demand on 159 channels with 50 watts per channel, baby. Faced with so many choices, it does indeed seem we are kings, with 10,000 nightly options for pleasure, a buffet of sound and vision so varied and great that it would be not unusual for a little emperor to mistake the sheer amount of soul food on offer for the total panoply of what the universe could offer.

Some artists feel an obligation, nay, compunction, to bring their products to market, to enter the catalogue of the 21st century mercantile media stream. But there must be an unknowable quantity of art never requesting your attention, either by design or default. It brings to mind ritual sand painters who sweep away their work as soon as it is finished, the work being a procedural gem that for sacred reasons cannot be preserved. Perhaps it is some innate creativity in us all to imagine what might have been the painting never seen. This also could be why everyone wonders just what Mona Lisa is smiling about.

People who change their thinkable into our perceivable are said to have an inexplicable urge to divest their physicality of a spiritual matter, a craving of sorts that commands the bearer to share or else. The expression of the inner becomes a cure for the deliverer to be free from an unaccountable burden, which brings up the question of an artist’s selfishness. Do people make art for themselves, for others, for fame, for fortune?

All living things seek to create more life, as seeds are sown and genes are sped through the ages. Perhaps pouring out emotional inspiration into an artistic mold is just a manifestation of the urge to perpetuate one’s self. If you ask musicians the reason for making a fuss and calling out, “hear me, see me!” not a few will remark “I just wanted to get laid!” So maybe it really is all a big ploy to spread their chromosomal junk throughout an otherwise unwelcoming universe, and no one involved even knows it.

We can never be sure what leads artists to create but one thing is certain: there remains in each of us something that will never be shared. Symphonies are composed but never recorded; paintings are dashed, hidden, or abandoned for reasons known only to the canvas and perhaps also the creator; there’s a farmer in rural Gansu whose song is heard only by the wind. There are some who are just plain oblivious to the fact that what they do is an art form and then there are the truly unfortunate who know that the game is afoot but will not play it either for fear of being discovered or for fear of not. In the grand scheme of things, the faith that talent will out may test the patience of existentialists but as Jeff Tweedy sang, “I’m going away, where you will look for me… where I’m going you cannot come … no one is ever gonna take my life from me… I lay it down, a ghost is born, a ghost is born…”


Jeff Tweedy quote from the Wilco song Theologians, listen (in China only) here

by Steven

Carrchy & Cold Fairyland 1.16

January 10, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

Stop press! This show was suddenly cancelled at the last minute on Saturday evening. Full refunds were offered to ticket holders. More information to be provided by organizers and updated here as it becomes clearer what happened to cause the sudden cancellation.

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Updated info on the bands Carrchy and Cold Fairyland, who will appear this coming Saturday, January 16, at the Qingdao Concert Hall. This preview appears in the upcoming issue of Arteffect:

Cold Fairyland: Cool Fusion Melts Minds

Cold Fairyland was founded in Shanghai nine years ago, and ever since then these prog rockers with a Chinese twist have kept moving along a musical road that is full of magic. They have successfully integrated an unprecedented classically fused jazz style into a gothic mold, in the meantime developing a whole new sound for themselves in Chinese music circles. Cold Fairyland has performed across China (MIDI and more); in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Inner Mongolia, their sound straddles the provinces. As the band gathers steam domestically, the overseas music machine has taken note: Cold Fairlyland have played music festivals in Finland, Holland, Spain, and Japan, thereby spreading their version of the new Chinese music culture around the world.

Carrchy: Electro Pop Enhances Emotions

When you hear that sound with the pure, brisk voice and avant art electronic music, there is no doubt that it is Carrchy. A shy, silent boy and a girl infatuated with classical Chinese literature… these two youth once lived a peaceful life in a small peninsula city in China called Qingdao, using the simplest equipment to create most of their works. Now they travel around the world to share their music. When you experience Carrchy, both your happiness and sadness will be enhanced by the emotions in their sound. Every song has its flavor and can take you to a different imaginary space. You will share with them the secrets which were hidden by the dust of time in your heart. This is the unique talent of Carrchy.

Original post here:
Hot on the heels of the Zhang Chu show at the Qingdao Concert Hall on January 15, the bands Carrchy (卡奇社) and Cold Fairyland (冷酷仙境) will further stoke the music scene in Qingdao on the very next day at the very same venue. Tickets are available at the venue and in advance by calling 136-6886-7325 or 8297-2871.

Carcchy’s music has been described as electro-pop, and the show is bound to be attended by plenty of local fans out to represent for Qingdao, as both Keli and Fly of Carrchy are QINGDAO(nese). The Shanghai based Cold Fairyland terms their music as progressive rock, with the lead composer and arranger LinDi playing pipa to give it a traditional Chinese twist. For more info on the bands and their music, see Relevant Links below.

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When: January 16, 7:30 pm (Doors Open 7 pm)
Venue: Qingdao Concert Hall
Tickets (RMB): 180 yuan /150 yuan / 100 yuan
Info: 136-6886-7325, 8297-2871

Relevant Links:
Event on Douban (Chinese)
Carrchy Music on Last.fm
Carrchy on Myspace (Chinese)
Carrchy on Douban (Chinese)
Review of Carrchy debut album (English)
Official Cold Fairyland website (Chinese/English)
Cold Fairyland on Myspace (Chinese/English)

Cold Fairyland Image Credit Lemonkono

Concert organized by Beijing’s Tree Music and Qingdao’s Kadenza Art & Media in cooperation with Yellow Rock China.