Art events of the week: Jan. 18-24

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Editor's note: As the traditional Chinese New Year is approaching, a variety of art events are being staged. Here are some highlights from the worlds of music, film and theater for the week Jan. 18-24.

1.  "Two of Them in the Hutong"

Following the Peking Opera trilogy, namely "The Net," "The Kesi Arrow Sleeve Robe," and "The Star," a drama "Two of Them in the Hutong," performed by the Beijing Fenglei Peking Opera Troupe, will get close to the audience in a small theatre setting, showcasing the life of elderly Beijingers living in a hutong. 

Dates: Jan. 20-24, 2021

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

2.  "Love song for winter" - Romantic Classical Music Concert 

Well-known classical music works will transmit new vitality through interpretation by four instruments-- piano, harp, cello and oboe.

Date and Time: Jan. 22, 19:30-21:30

Venue: Forbidden City Concert Hall (within Zhongshan Park)

3. Shakespeare's classical comedy- "The Taming of the Shrew"


As one of Shakespeare's most rollicking and beloved comedies, "The Taming of the Shrew" was also one of his earliest works, probably written in about 1592. 

Dates: Jan. 22-Feb. 7

Venue: Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center

4. "Days and Nights in Wuhan" — Documentary

Set in the central Chinese city once ravaged by the COVID-19 outbreaks, the  documentary film "Days and Nights in Wuhan" builds its storyline around the lives of ordinary people, including patients, medical personnel, volunteers and residents, as the virus spread through the city last year. The creators believe the stories will show the true side of Wuhan amid pandemic and deliver heartwarming and inspiring power and hope to the world.

A poster of "Days and Nights in Wuhan." [Photo courtesy of China Movie Channel]

Director: Cao Jinling

Release Date: Jan. 22, nationwide

5."All About ING" — Family drama film

A poster of "All About ING" [Photo courtesy of Midnight Blur]

This film tells the story of three family members: The  father, Weiming, is dying with cancer and the mother, Muling, has to assume the full burden of caring for the family, while their son Yiming can't cope with this domestic calamity and wants to escape. The critically acclaimed film won the Grand Jury Prize at the FIRST International Film Festival 2019, and was shortlisted to compete for the Asian New Talent Award of the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival. 

Director: Huang Zi

Cast: Janis Pang, Howard Sit, Ko Hon Man 

Release Date: Jan. 22, nationwide

Art events of the week: Jan. 11-17

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