2013 Feb 08 Talking Entertainment: Your Weekend Guide to the Arts
The big movie event to look out for over the Spring Festival holiday will be the release of Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West adaptation. The star comedian (who’s received plenty of attention lately) chose not to act in the film and focused on writing and directing instead. Reports indicate that he has included a love story, great special effects and plenty of jokes in this version of the Chinese classic. The Beijing film release is scheduled for February 10.
The thing to look out for after the holidays are the city's literary festivals which are approaching fast. Tickets to the Bookworm Literary Festival are now on sale and this week the organizers announced a few changes to the speaker lineup. Among the cancellations were Alain Mabanckou and Jeremy Goldkorn. Yesterday, Capital M released the full program of their literary festival, which includes a diverse array of guest speakers. You can look forward to talks by the godfather of Chinese rock, Cui Jian, pastry chef Nick Maglieri and reporter James Fallows. Tickets for this go on sale February 20 at mypiao.com.
Here’s a list of arts events happening over the holiday:
- The world-renowned Riverdance is bringing some Irish flare to the capital with performances at the Beijing Exhibition Theater on February 11 and 12.
- Fire Dancing, a Turkish dance extravaganza will be performed at NCPA from Tuesday until Friday next week.
- Django Unchained, the latest film from Quentin Tarantino will get a sneaky unofficial screening at Zajia on Monday night.
Watch the trailer below for Chow’s take on Journey to the West: