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Shang Wenjie won the popular TV contest Super Girl, the Chinese version of American Idol, in 2006. The Shanghai girl won the title by singing several Chinese and French tunes, which are on the program list of her latest concert.

7:30 pm, March 1

Beizhan Theater, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District


To celebrate the 110th anniversary of its foundation, Peking University has invited China Central Ballet to perform the classic ballet The Red Detachment of Women. The ballet is a milestone as it successfully combines Western ballet with Chinese folk dancing. Staged for the first time in 1964, the ballet was revised for the film of the same title. It is set in the 1930s on Hainan Island, where a woman rejects her depressing life and becomes a solider in the all-women Red Army.

7 pm, March 14,15

Peking University Concert Hall, Peking University, Haidian District


Rhythm and Blues singer David Tao's world tour is headed for Beijing. Born in 1969, Tao released a self-titled debut album. In his second collection, I Am Ok, he defined himself with the R'n'B style, leading audiences back to the rock 'n' roll of the 1970s. His music blends rock, folk, Latin ballads and country music.

7:30 pm, March 1

Capital Gymnasium, Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District


China Puppet Theater will offer a feast of puppet shows for the vacations. Magic Vat, Dancing Mouse, Little Ding Dang are some of the plays that will invite audience participation.

7:30 pm, until March 2

China Puppet Theater, A1 Anhuali, Chaoyang District


The bilingual puppet show Story of 12 Yearly Symbolic Animals is narrated by Mr Magic.

Using humor and imaginative plots, he combines magic, guitar, clowning and cartoon figures in his story-telling.

7:30 pm,

until March 2

China Puppet Theater, A1 Anhuali, Chaoyang District


The Chinese Acrobatics Group, established in 1950, has toured more than 80 countries, won numerous international awards and has helped foster friendships between China and other nations. Its performance includes traditional acrobatics, a circus show, magic, old Beijing folk plays and more. The show blends music, dance, local opera and martial arts.

7:30 pm, daily

Tiandi Theater, Dongsi Shitiao, 100 m north of Poly Theater, Chaoyang District




Statue of Confucius inside the Confucius Temple in which six cultural exhibitions will be held during the Olympics. Jiang Dong

Zhang Yi wields the baton for a concert from the China Philharmonic Orchestra on Women's Day. The zither player is Ji Wei and violinist is Yao Jue.

7:30 pm, March 8

Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park, Northwest of Tian'anmen Square


To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini, (1858-1924), a concert has been organized. Puccini's musical works employ the conversational techniques of modern drama. Puccini's operas include The Witches, Edgar, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly. His unfinished Turandot, which is based on a Chinese legend, was finished by Franco Alfano.

7:30 pm, March 7

Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District


United States rock band Incubus will hold its Beijing concert at Star Live Concert Hall. From its first album Fungus Amongus, to Make Yourself, A Crow Left of the Murder and Morning View, the band has won over audiences with its creativity. Its members are lead vocal Brandon Boyd, lead guitar Mike Einziger, drum Jose Pasillas, Keyboard Chris Kilmore and bass Ben Kenney.

8 pm, March 12

Star Live Concert Hall, third floor of Tango, 79 Heping Xijie, Dongcheng District


Irish cellist William Butt will hold a solo concert in Beijing. Born in London, Butt has cooperated with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and is now a first cellist in the orchestra. His solo album got a world-wide release. Programs include Bach's Cello Suites No 1, Beethoven's Sonata in D Major for Piano and Cello Op 102 No 2, Schumann's Fantasia Op 73, Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor and Popper Elfentanz's Dance of the Elves.

7 pm, March 14,16

Peking University Concert Hall, Peking University, Haidian District



During the Olympics, six cultural exhibitions will be held at the Confucius Temple, including an introduction to Confucius's life (pictured), the evolution of Beijing's Confucius Temple, the ancient Chinese imperial civil examination system and other items.

9 am-4 pm

Confucius Temple and the Imperial College, 13 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng Distric


Selected works of ink master Hu Peiheng (1992-1962) are on show. In his early years, Hu imitated Ming- and Qing-style ink-and-wash paintings and later learned Western oil techniques under a Belgian artist. Some of his works are elaborately composed, with refined brushstrokes and others are finished with ink and heavy lines.

9 am-5 pm, until March 31

Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy, 1 Liulitun Beili, Chaoyang District


Cang Xin's Mythology deals with human and universal values through the five Taoist basic elements: Metal, water, wood, fire and soil. These are richly imaginative surrealist images that appeal for ancient order, belief and etiquette.

9am-4pm, March 5-15

Today Art Museum, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District


This exhibition features more than 30 works from a dozen young Chinese painters. They have a variety of themes and approaches and the paintings reflect the artists' perceptions of time and life.

9:30am-6pm, until Feb 29

Qin Gallery, 1-1E Huawei Li, north of Beijing Curio City, Chaoyang District


A two-person show by Wang Meng and Feng Yu displays their recent oil paintings. Wang's paintings feature the stillness of lakes, boulders on the shores of Taihu Lake, brick walls, the movements of cicadas and bamboo brushed by a breeze. Feng's works focus on the images of children and cartoon-like images to realize a kind of naivety.

9:30am-6pm, until Feb 29

Qin Gallery, 1-1E Huawei Li, north of Beijing Curio City, Chaoyang District


Flying As a Crane, Wan Jun's oil paintings take a bird's-eye view of Tian'anmen, sunflowers, landscapes and dancing girls. He delineates his subject matter with vivid compositions and fluency. Pure color schemes enliven the evanescent atmosphere.

10:30 am-8 pm, until Feb 29

Fafa Gallery, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District


This video work exhibition, entitled Two Fold Faction, includes the works of artists such as Yang Fudong, Michael Bell-Smith, Jonas Dahlberg and others. The Chinese, Danish, German, Swedish and United States artists explore the diversity and possibility of visual art through multi-media forms and installations.

10 am-5 pm, until March 8

PKM Gallery Beijing, C46 Art Zone, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District


A grand art exhibition is to open at the National Art Museum of China on Sunday in memory of late Chinese premier Zhou Enlai (1898-1976). On display will be books, documents, photos, paintings, prints and sculptures. Also on show are books and paintings Zhou received as gifts from Chinese artists.

The exhibition "reveals that Zhou, a statesman with a refined taste of art, maintained close relations with Chinese artists since the mid-1940s and gave strong support to the development of Chinese art," curator Chen Lusheng says.

9 am -5 pm, March 2-12

National Art Museum of China, 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District


Lights of Dunhuang, a massively popular exhibition about the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is still on. There are 10 duplicate caves, covered with murals, 120 copies of the murals, created by generations of Chinese researchers/artists. There are also nine authentic clay figurines and wooden sculptures, and 10 ancient manuscripts.

9 am-5pm, until March 21

National Art Museum of China, 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District


The sixth China international automobile-related product exhibition will be held.

9 am-4 pm, March 7-10

National Agricultural Exhibition Hall, 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District



Etonkids St Patrick's Day party is scheduled to take place at the Eton International School. Games will be held, featuring activities for children aged 1 to 6. Participants are welcome to dress in green and enjoy all kinds of green treats, snacks, games and activities.

3-4 pm, March 7

Eton Bilingual Academy at Central Park, Shunyi District

More Info visit education@etonkids.com

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