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Zhou Yunpeng
Zhou Yunpeng

Despite the last gasps of the rainy season putting a damper on the weather, there are still plenty of reasons to get out of the house this weekend. A blind rock musician on tour, Thai and Scandanavian barbecue, an exhibition opening and televised Rugby World Cup semifinals are just some of what will be going on this around Kunming. Here's a rundown:

Zhou Yunpeng at Halfway House
Folk rock guitarist Zhou Yunpeng (周云蓬) plays the Halfway House tonight in support of "Chinese Kids" (中国孩子), his new album on Beijing-based indie label Modern Sky. Zhou is one of the more interesting stories in Chinese rock at the moment. By the age of nine he was fully blind, at the age of 15 he began playing guitar, later he began writing poetry and songs and is now on one of China's top homegrown labels. Zhou Yunpeng plays the Halfway House at 9pm tonight, admission is 20 yuan.

Weekend barbecues at Moonlight Corner and TCG Nordica
Thai restaurant Moonlight Corner is launching its weekend Thai barbecue menu tonight. The restaurant - located in the World Horticultural Expo Gardens in northeast Kunming - will be offering Thai barbecue specialties including herbal grilled fish and grilled squid every Friday through Sunday night from 5 to 9 pm.

Scandinavian gallery TCG Nordica will also be holding regular weekend barbecues at its location in The Loft (aka Chuangku - 创库). The barbecues will feature several kinds of meats and vegetables and begin at 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

"Seeds of Hope" exhibition opening
This Saturday, TCG Nordica will host the opening of "Seeds of Hope", its exhibition of works by artists Eta Hedman and AnnaKarin Svensson. The opening begins at 8pm Saturday night, refreshments and snacks will be provided.

World Cup Rugby Semifinals at Chapter One
Chapter One continues to provide late-night showings of the Rugby World Cup, this weekend showing semifinal matches with England playing France on Sunday morning (Saturday night if you're staying up late) at 3 am and South Africa versus Argentina at 3am Monday morning. Saturday night at 9:30 pm it will show the England-Estonia football (soccer) match. During the matches Beerlao will be on special for 10 yuan until the first points scored.

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