Caochangdi’s Beijing Design Week: A Mess Worth Walking Into

CCD Design Week
The Caochangdi branch of Beijing Design Week is an eclectic mess. The posters have the wrong dates. Designers didn't finish their work on time, so you'll find empty spaces in the place of installations. Volunteers might sell you a button or a program that's supposed to be free. You'll wonder what some exhibits, such as a mishmash of geolocation balloons and a physical "chat room" called "The Real Network," have to do with design. Mix it all together, and you have a wonderful template for the best and worst of Beijing.

Some Asshole Poured Beer On Residence A’s Lead Singer In The Middle Of An Awesome Performance At 2 Kolegas On Saturday

Residence A beer poured on him featured image
The Beijinger's New Festival Showcase at 2 Kolegas on Saturday mostly proved to be your standard gathering of drunken expats, except it produced one hell of a musical highlight: Residence A, a Beijing staple we featured in an Outro earlier this month, giving what I thought was the performance of the night around 8:30 pm. Reasonable music fans will disagree, and I admit I didn't catch every act, but the energy was noticeably different with these guys on stage, to say nothing of musical phrasing and general ability.

What Is A Chinese Orgy Actually Like?

Orgy PS
China has been abuzz over orgies recently, thanks to a set of scandalous pictures that surfaced last week featuring three pairs of swingers. (You can see several of these 120-some NSFW photos here.) Amid speculation (since dispelled) that the men were high-ranking government officials, one of the men, Wang Yu, confessed to being in the... Read more »

Pole Dancers Galore, On Beijing Subway And In Zeta Bar

Zeta Bar Pole Dance 1
Where to begin? Zeta Bar in Hilton Beijing held its fourth pole-dancing competition on Saturday in collaboration with Love Show Studio, the self-proclaimed “Beijing’s No. 1 pole-dancing school.” Local nightlife blogger Jim Boyce informs us the winners were “Ms. Zhenzhen,” as chosen by judges, and “Ms. Vivi,” as chosen by the audience. We’re not sure... Read more »

If You Hold A Ceremony And No One Knows About It, Can You Really Still Call It A “Reader’s” Choice Awards?

CW Awards
While the Beijinger‘s bloated and brassy PR machine pumps its little steam-piston legs to spread the gospel of the Beijing Expat’s Preference of Place to Get Shitfaced, here’s Grandpa City Weekend shuffling onto the front porch with a tin walker missing a wheel, his hoarse voice rasping into the desolate cockcrow, unaware that it’s 5... Read more »

The Only Review Of The Beijinger Awards Party You’re Ever Likely To Read

At the Beijinger awards party 2012
Holding the party in the open air of Sanlitun Soho and suggesting “beachwear” as a dress code was clearly pivotal: the signal for Beijing’s really quite impressively large douchebag population to give full vent to their oeuvre of tics and mores. “Dress code? Dude… I was wearing this Hawaiian shirt with oversized aviators, four days’ beard growth and a jaunty pork-pie hat when I woke up!” We arrive just after four. Upon entering the “gate,” there was a kind, red reminder for all foreigners that there is a crackdown going on for the next 100 years, that undercover police would be among the crowd and that the magazine would not be held responsible for any problems that ensued. Always the best way to get the party started.

What To Wear To Our Bar And Club Awards: Men’s Edition

Hulk Hogan
As announced yesterday, the BJC Bar and Club Awards party will be this Saturday at 11 pm at Sanlitun Kro’s Nest. Say you're there for Beijing Cream and all drinks will be buy two, get one free. The theme will be HUNGER GAMES. Today, we've invited the sartorially keen Kevin Reitz to explain what to wear. I don't think he got the memo about the theme being HUNGER GAMES, but that's okay. Trust this man.

Voting Ends Today For The Beijing Cream Bar And Club Awards

BJC Awards
Voting for the BJC Bar and Club Awards ends at midnight tonight. Vote now if you haven't already, it's easy -- the ballot is above. (UPDATE, next day: Voting is now closed. Sad.) Also: we will officially celebrate the winners on Saturday at 11 pm at a party at the Sanlitun Kro's Nest. We guarantee ours will be rowdier and drunker than the Beijinger's afternoon shindig for their thingymajig.

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Female Perspective On The “Sex” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Sex
Six days ago we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. On Friday, Drake wrote about the Sex category, and it seemed only fair that we balanced out his perspective with a girl’s. Here it is. By One Night in Beijing Club with Lighting... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Closer Look At The “Sex” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Sex
Four days ago we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. We’ve had contributions from Piper Fisco, E, Kevin Reitz, Scott Grow and Loretta Fu. To examine the fifth of our five categories, Sex, here’s Drake. By Drake Moreau Tao has dedicated this week to his own narcissistic BJC... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Closer Look At The “Meta” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Meta
Three days ago we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. We’ve had contributions from Piper Fisco, E, Kevin Reitz and Scott Grow. To examine the fourth of our five categories, Meta, we’ve invited somewhat of a bar expert. It’s all too fitting. By... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: An Alcoholic Takes A Closer Look At The “Alcoholism” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Alcoholism again
Two days ago we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. Yesterday, Piper Fisco and E examined the first two of those categories, Dross and Repugnance, and earlier today, Kevin Reitz wrote about the Alcoholism category. Kevin purported to not be an alcoholic though; this evening’s columnist... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Closer Look At The “Alcoholism” Category, Part 1

Bar and Club Awards: Alcoholism
Two days ago we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. Yesterday, Piper Fisco and E examined the first two of those categories, Dross and Repugnance. We’ve invited two other guest columnists to delve into the third category: Alcoholism. By Kevin Reitz Most Reliable Place to... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Closer Look At The “Repugnance” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Repugnance
Yesterday we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. Fifteen hours ago, Piper Fisco examined the first of those categories, Dross. We’ve invited another guest columnist, E, to examine the second category: Repugnance. By E Most Likely to Accidentally Find Yourself Trapped in a... Read more »

BJC Bar And Club Awards: A Closer Look At The “Dross” Category

Bar and Club Awards: Dross
Yesterday we introduced the 1st annual Beijing Cream Bar and Club Awards (image credit Katie), with 22 questions divided into five categories. We’ve invited a guest columnist, Piper, to examine the first of those categories: Dross. By Piper Fisco Best Place to Watch English Teachers Try to Pick Up Local Girls (Ed’s note: Kai Bar... Read more »