34 Years Later, A Finished Pashto-Chinese Dictionary

Che Hongcai and Pashto Dictionary
A receptionist at the Wangfujing Branch of China’s Commercial Publishing House got the surprise of her life when an old man walked in with a several-thousand-page handwritten manuscript. At 76-years-old, Che Hongcai had only one thing to say: “I’m finished.” In his hands was the first ever Pashto-Chinese dictionary, a project commissioned, re-commissioned and eventually lost by the State Council.

C4, Ep.104: Cheaters And Druggies

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Today on C4: Love is easy, marriage is hard -- ever tried drugs? Don't do it. The hair loss will ruin you.

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Xu Li’s Mysterious Modern Ink Paintings

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Using simple lines and traditional ink, Xu Li brings ancient ghosts and ladies to life on xuan paper. Xu is a representative of China’s “grassroots” artist movement, a group of classically educated artists who have given up on academics to focus on creating art that is closer to everyday life.

Ai Weiwei Now An Actor, Stars In Short Film “The Sand Storm”

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Say what you want about his art and activism, but Ai Weiwei isn't boring, and certainly not afraid of trying new things. In his latest venture, he makes his acting debut as the star of a sci-fi short film called The Sand Storm, shot this past winter in Beijing during particularly smoggy days. Yes, the story is dystopic.

Read: “The Biwalkers” And Other Stories From 4th Annual That’s Shanghai Erotic Fiction Competition

That's Shanghai erotic fiction
The bawdy and good folk of That's Shanghai have published the three winning entries from its erotic fiction competition held earlier this month at Glamour Bar as part of the Capital M Literary Festival. (You might remember Jacob Dreyer's review of the event for this site, which was heavy on Bai Ling.) As That's editor Ned Kelly so delicately summarizes:

The Sound Stage: Hiperson

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A few months ago (when it was still cold), Douban put on a small show at Café XP as part of their ongoing "Beyond the Billboard" series of concerts, this one featuring two bands from Chengdu - Sound and Fury (featured here, previously) and Hiperson. We'd never had a chance to interview a band from Chengdu before, let alone two, so naturally we were all over this like... like... like a Chinese nationalist on a contested floating rock?

Classical Beauties Modernized In Zhang Botao’s Oil Paintings

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Zhang Botao searches for remnants of ancient tradition in China’s modern women. Since 2010, he has been working on oil paintings inspired by ancient beauties at his studio in the Songzhuang artist colony. His paintings blend modern figures with ancient oriental traits. Each of the women in his works show eyes full of desperation and sorrow.

Sindicator, Ep.02: Austere China: Xi Jinping Is. Not. Playing

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Communist Party cadres throw down rapper-level cash on luxury brands, especially in the name of "gifts of guanxi," but a shrinkage in the gift market has affected some key industries in the domestic policy game, like Moutai, which has seen sales plummet over the last year. Luxury darlings Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Cartier also have all seen a slump in demand.

UCCA Exhibition Explores Art In A “Post-Internet” World

UCCA Post Internet
A new exhibition at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Karen Archery and Robin Peckham, is exploring the character of new art whose concepts, ideas, dissemination and reception are defined by a post-Internet world. Titled “Art Post-Internet,” the collection includes works by artists based in New York, London and Berlin.

Rhapsody In Beijing: The Paean This City Deserves

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Several more months of terrible air, bad publicity and one inspired brainstorm session with my friend Kyle convinced me that this was a movie that needed be made. Beijing right now is one of the most fascinating clusters of humanity in the world and yet it’s almost perpetually shrouded in a layer of physical and public relations pollution. I get that. I’ve read the history, I breathe the air, I eat the gutter oil, and yeah, that all sucks. But at the end of the day this place just has an energy that I’m in love with.

C4, Ep.100: 100!

C4, Ep100
Today on C4: Rumors of a great C4 hosting explosion were greatly exaggerated. Here's Stuart and Rob with their 100th (!) episode. Maybe they've just had some miscommunication problems. What?

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Hutong Art Space Presents Group Exhibition: “Hermeneutics Of A Room”

Born in 1983, Camille Ayme pursues a body of work evolving around the components of the modern city. Her 2010 collaboration on the TV series Skins in New York led her to rethink the notions of characters, sets and fictions.
Among the hundreds of galleries in Beijing, Intelligentsia Gallery is quite unusual in its interactive approach to exhibitions. Created as a room of sorts, it regularly gathers the works of painters, sculptures and photographers into a shared space that enables visitors to interact with the art. This March, it is presenting a group exhibition titled Hermeneutics of a Room. Featured artists include Meng Zhigang, Simona Rota, Matjaž Tančič, James Ronner and Camille Ayme.