by Steven

Swan Lake 1.03-4

December 29, 2010 in Arts, Events by Steven

The ballet Swan Lake will be performed at the Qingdao Grand Theatre by the Russian National Ballet Theater on January 3 and 4. Tickets are available from the theatre and online, with business and family package discounts. The Russian National Ballet Theater was founded in 1878 and now features dancers from the upper ranks of ballet companies and academies of Russia, including those in Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. The company will be performing 3 Tchaikovsky ballets in Qingdao from January 3 to 6 including Sleeping Beauty on January 5 and The Nutcracker on January 6.

When: January 3-4, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 180-680 yuan (RMB) / 180-680 元
More Info: 8066.5555

Swan Lake Russian Ballet Qingdao Grand Theatre

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre Official Website (Chinese)
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre

by Steven

New Year’s Cocktails at Q Bar 1.01

December 29, 2010 in Events by Steven

Q Bar in Qingdao’s Shangri-La Hotel will host a New Year’s Day party with a live string quartet, house band, dancing, raffle, & more. The adults only event is on Saturday night the 1st so if you’ve already recovered or are still going from the night before, check out the Q Bar. Cocktails at 7.30 pm.

When: January 1, 7.30 pm
Venue: Q-bar, Shangri-La / 香格里拉大酒店内炫吧
Address: 9 Hong Kong Middle Rd / 香港中路9号
Tickets: 200 yuan (RMB) / 200元
Info: 8388.3838

New Year Day Q Bar

Relevant Links:
Q Bar at Shangri-La

by Steven

Jean-Francois Maljean 1.01-03

December 29, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

Pianist Jean-Francois Maljean/尚马龙 performs in Qingdao at the Olympic Center Theater on January 1 to 3. Maljean attended Berklee School of Music and is known for mixing jazz and new age sounds with a pop music approach. He’s even covered Kitaro. Now he’s becoming popular in China – check out the video for the Shanghai Expo song Better City, Better Life with Shang Wenjie/尚雯婕 and complete with Smurfs, the theme for the Qingdao shows. Get more information about Maljean on Myspace.

When: January 1-3, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Olympic Grand Theater
Location: Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center
Tickets: 100-1280 yuan (RMB)

Relevant Links:
Jean Francois Maljean Official Website
Tickets Website (Chinese)

by Steven

Berlin Symphony Orchestra 1.02

December 28, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

The Berlin Symphony Orchestra (renamed Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2006) will perform in Qingdao at the Qingdao Grand Theatre hosted by the Sy Theater group on January 2. The Orchestra was founded in East Berlin in 1952 and should not be confused with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra founded in 1967 in West Berlin. For more info (Chinese) from SY Theater, check out their blog on Sina.

When: January 2, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
More Info: 8066.5555, 8383.1883, 8382.0333

Relevant Links:
Event on Douban (Chinese)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra/ Konzerthausorchester Berlin

by Steven

Qingdao Double Star vs. Fujian SBS 12.26

December 28, 2010 in Events, Sports by Steven

Qingdao has a reputation as a great place to live and/or travel, but anyone who spends time here and is interested in sports should know that the pro teams are just pretty disappointing. Remember the soccer scandal of 2010 for corruption in games 2007-2009? One of the main teams involved was Qingdao Hailifeng, who purposely scored on their own net at the behest of their own coach. The Qingdao Double Star basketball team hasn’t (yet) been found to be cheating, but they do end up at the bottom of the league more often than not. China’s latest basketball info resource comments on Qingdao’s 2010-11 season start and why it’s been disappointing. Check out the recap from them below on Qingdao’s latest game, a win at home against Fujian. The victory raised their record to 2-4 and snaps a 4 game losing streak for Qingdao. The next home game for the Eagles in on January 2 against the Shanghai Sharks. Come out and cheer our home team against one of the league’s better teams, which is partly owned by Yao Ming and coached by Bob Donewald.

The recap from NiuBBall
QINGDAO 113 – Fujian 99

The only reason why Shanghai isn’t running away with the early season trophy for “biggest letdown” is because Qingdao, entering their home game against Fujian, was sitting smelly at 1-4 — inexcusable in the eyes of this space because in addition to having two very niu American imports, Charles Gaines and Dee Brown, they’re also rocking the third Asian import, Jordanian Zaid Al-Khas. Can’t count out that Qingdao is a dope place to live/visit as another reason why this team should be playing better, either.

Not sure if it was a sign of a turnaround, or just good timing (Fujian stinks), but Double Star broke a four game losing streak and got their second win of the year. Gaines, as he does every so often, exploded for 46 points and Brown had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. At home against arguably the worst team in the league, we’re going to wait another round or two before we say something good about this team.

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Steven

Free The Birds 1.15

December 28, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

Seminal Beijing rockers Free The Birds appear in Qingdao at Redstar on January 15. Expect a large and enthusiastic crowd as the band formerly known as Ziyo returns to Qingdao for the 3rd time in as many years. One of China’s hottest bands, Free The Birds should not be missed by music fans in Qingdao. Listen to the band on Myspace.

When: January 15, 8 pm
Venue: Redstar, 100 Nanjing Lu, Rm 401 /红星南京路100号401
Tickets: 50 yuan, Redstar 40, Students 30 / 门票: 50元, 红星卡40, 学生 30元
Info: 8388.2269

Relevant Links:
Free The Birds on Douban
Free The Birds (Ziyo) on Myspace

Photo Credit @ Janjanski

by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers

December 24, 2010 in Events, Sports by Hunter

The 2010-11 CBA season has started and the Qingdao Double Star Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance. The next home game is against Guangdong Southern Tigers at Qingdao University Arena on December 24. Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road). More Info: 8268-4351. Watch Guangdong’s stars including USA’s Fred Jones and David Harrison in addition to the core Chinese players like Dong Hanlin that have so far propelled the Southern Tigers to 7th place this season. The Eagles are in 13th place, come out and help cheer them on to victory on Christmas Eve.

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

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

by Steven

Christmas at Sonospace 12.25

December 23, 2010 in Arts, Events by Steven

Sonospace Books (不是书店) in Creative 100 is holding a Christmas drama party on the evening of December 25. Costumes will be provided and actors from Qingdao will join in to put on some skits and participate in games in teams of 4. There will be awards for best performances and prizes including tickets to “Legend of Martial Arts” and a lucky draw. A Sonospace Books membership card will be issues to all paid attendees.

Please book in advance as space is limited. Call 8080-9565 for more information or visit the bookstore on the south side of Creative 100 near the Jinjiang Inn (on the opposite side of the building from The Book Nook).

When: December 25, 7 pm
Venue: Sonospace Bookstore / 不是书店
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) / 30元
Info: 8080.9565 / 8592.7703

Sonospace Books Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Map Directions to Sonospace Books
Creative 100 Official Website

Photo credit @ Charles Schulz

by Steven

Qingdao Daily

December 22, 2010 in About Qingdao by Steven

China’s national English language newspaper China Daily recently announced the opening of a Qingdao bureau office at a ceremony attended by the publication’s deputy editor-in-chief as well as many top officials of the Qingdao municipal government. The efforts of the China Daily bureau office in Qingdao to promote the city’s development augments the current media coverage afforded Qingdao by Shenzhen Daily’s regular feature called Qingdao Today, which carries news reports on investment, travel, industrial projects, and more, such as this recent piece on high speed trains, proudly made in Qingdao by CSR Sifang. China Daily has been publishing Qingdao specific content on its website (a sub domain with news about Qingdao) and the recently opened office in Qingdao should be of great help in the effort to let more people know about the good things on offer in the city of Qingdao.

The founding of the China Daily Qingdao Bureau offers a new platform to make Qingdao better known in the world.

More info from Xie Chuanjiao and Dai Yan of the China Daily Qingdao Bureau

China Daily on Dec 17 opened a new bureau office in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China’s Shandong province. China Daily has 29 local bureaus covering most major Chinese cities and several branch offices in foreign cities, including Washington, London and Brussels. Qingdao Party Secretary Li Qun and Mayor Xia Geng said in a congratulatory letter that they believe China Daily will “help Qingdao build a better image in the global community and enhance the city’s opening-up, as well as economic and social development. “The founding of the China Daily Qingdao Bureau offers a new platform to make Qingdao better known in the world,” they added. Qu Yingpu, deputy editor-in-chief of China Daily, said the office will contribute to the paper’s efforts to establish its national and global reporting system. “As the economic center of eastern Shandong, Qingdao is also an important link for Northeastern Asia and the Western Pacific area,” Qu said at the ceremony. He also said that a dynamic Qingdao will continue to impress the world with its booming economy and tourism resources, as the city consolidates its development by combining world vision with local characteristics. China Daily will help Qingdao attract more international visitors and investors, he added. China Daily and Qingdao municipal government also signed a strategic cooperative agreement on Dec 17.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao on China Daily

by Phil

Qingdao Artist: Wan Liya

December 21, 2010 in Arts by Phil

Qingdao native Wan Liya is a prodigiously gifted artist of truly international stature. Born in Qingdao in 1963, he left his previous occupation of merchant seaman around twenty years ago so that he could focus on developing and honing the copious bounty of natural artistic talent with which he has been blessed. Although he works in a variety of media, a significant proportion of his energies have been directed towards the meticulous and exacting field of ceramics and in particular, porcelain, and in this area he has achieved an extraordinary level of expertise.

Wan Liya’s resume is impressive to say the very least. Complementary to his commanding artistic presence in China, he has variously exhibited, won awards, given lectures, and undertaken terms as artist-in-residence in places as far afield as The Netherlands, Australia and North America, and in addition to all this he has somehow managed to complete a number of major commissions in China, one of which can be seen in the foyer of the Qingdao Municipal Library (Shandong Lu and Yanji Lu). This is a man of phenomenal artistic vision and extraordinary creative power.

Known as ‘Gallery 002’ he hopes it will go some way towards developing and fostering a local exhibiting base for Qingdao’s contemporary artistic talent – talent which is in far from short supply.

Wan Liya’s family home is in Qingdao, but he also maintains studios in Song Zhuang (Beijing), and in Jing De Zhen in Jiangxi Province, which is famed as the centre for the manufacture of Chinese porcelain, having a history in this respect stretching back to the Han Dynasty – a period of around 2000 years. Much of Wan Liya’s time is spent working at one or other of these studios, but recently he has also established a studio/gallery here in Qingdao. Known as ‘Gallery 002/ 画廊 002’ he hopes it will go some way towards developing and fostering a local exhibiting base for Qingdao’s contemporary artistic talent – talent which is in far from short supply.

Currently on display at Gallery 002 is a selection of some very recent ceramic works by Wan Liya and fellow Qingdao artist Jia Zhen Yao. Gallery 002 is located at Hai Xin Wai Yuan Room 002, Door 1, Building 5, 202C Yan An San Lu / 延安三路202c号海信慧园五号楼1单元002号. After turning left into Yan An San Rd from Jiang Xi Rd, one will arrive at the steps leading up to Hai Xin Wai Yuan just before reaching the ICBC Bank building, which is on the left about 150 metres down from the corner of Jiang Xi and Yan An San Roads.

Those wishing to visit Gallery 002 should call in advance on 139.0642.7136, English or Chinese.

Wan Li Ya Art in Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Wan Liya Art

by Steven

Post MAX10 Music

December 20, 2010 in Music by Steven

The Big Picture appeared at the Redstar on December 18 as part of MAX10. Support by The Dama Llamas with home field advantage. Check out a video excerpt from the show below.

Relevant Links:
The Big Picture on Douban
The Dama Llamas Official Site

by Clay

Qingdao is a City of Movement

December 19, 2010 in About Qingdao, Featured by Clay

The following article on the nature of Qingdao past, present, and future also appears in Arteffect No. 13.

move (mo̵̅o̅v)
transitive verb
1. to change the place or position of; push, carry, or pull from one place or position to another
2. to arouse or stir the emotions, passions, or sympathies of
from Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Qingdao is a city of movement. One of the most striking features of the new Qingdao is the May Winds sculpture that signifies the May 4th movement, which itself was a response to the movement of control of Qingdao from Germans to Japanese in 1919.

A quaint little village which once was a small garrison moved and drew the attention of those on boats moving along the shore. The missionaries moved to compel the animus filled to move their hearts and be still. Those missionaries paid for that in flowing blood, and the response began the ping pong.

German-Japanese-Chinese-Japanese-Nationalist/US-New China. Qingdao bounced around and never actually moved itself other than to take in the newcomers and flush out their waste. Liberation was a movement, nationwide, and Qingdao didn’t escape, though many used the portal to do just that, as Qingdaohua is heard in the mountains of Taiwan. People come and people go, generations move mountains, and Qingdao remains the same, though many things have changed.

The constant change is movement, build and destroy and build again. Up and down go the buildings, in and out goes the flesh and vegetables. Earthquakes have not been able to destroy Qingdao, though Earthlings seem intent on doing so. It’s a pretty city now, and really always was, rolling hills undulating, twisting streets slightly prancing and mostly moving out of the way of the turning earth.

From dust we have come and to dust we return – constant construction the prelude and coda to deafening destruction – the symphony of Qindao spins steadily on the turntable. The waltz of time records the changes though they aren’t really visible unless we stand in one place and look for them.

One of the most striking features of the new Qingdao is the May Winds sculpture that signifies the May 4th movement, which itself was a response to the movement of control of Qingdao from Germans to Japanese in 1919.

The city called Qingdao has moved: as the century prepared to flip, the center shifted from Yishui Lu to Hong Kong Middle Road, from Bavarian steadiness to American glassiness, built by Chinese who moved here from somewhere else. Earlier the snaking columns of British and Japanese from Yangkou to Jinkou displaced one furry invader with another, and we are all invaders now, barbarians eating and drinking of Qingdao’s meat and mead, enjoying the dance of a thousand nights, the tale of a thousand sunsets.

Chairman Mao sailed into town, but not to stay – he left, as did Chiang Kai-shek, Lao She, Shen Congwen – even Yu Dafu couldn’t sink here, moving on to meet his fate on another island. The sea envelops Qingdao as the candle meets the flame, one shifting and one shafting, rising up and burning down, but the wax is always there, waiting for the sands of time to wash away.

Qingdao is a city of movement. People move here and are moved. Men and women move mountains of materials from here to there, from ground to sky, up. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and that constant is the absolute need to grow, in any direction. Keep on truckin’.

Relevant Links:
R. Crumb
Arteffect 13