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Updated: 2012-04-01 08:17

(China Daily)

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Fusion music

Pet Conspiracy, a charismatic rock band standing out from the punk art scene in Beijing, will bring its fresh wave of electro cabaret. The group, featuring Beijing-based guitarist/producer Huzi and Italian indie musician Edo, will perform new pieces that fuse electronic sounds with punk rock and New Wave. Formed in 2007, the band has toured Europe, playing in Germany, Austria and Spain.

22:30 pm, April 3. Yugongyishan, west courtyard of the former site of Duan Qirui government, Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district. 010-6404-2711

City images

British photographer Craig Kirk is presenting a kaleidoscope of international metropolises with his exhibition Invisible Cities. Known for his use of cross-processed slide film to capture sunny days, Kirk portrays the world in a way that is normally unseen to create a real-life cartoon of the cities we live in. The title of his exhibition draws inspirations from an eponymous book by Italian writer Italo Calvino, which features dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan.

1-5 pm, until April 15. CCD 300 Modern Art and Design Center, 300 Caochangdi, Chaoyang district. 010-6432-9300


Hawaii passion

Jeff Peterson will bring Hawaii passion and play his favorite slack key guitar, classical and jazz music at Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai's Lobby Lounge. Recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians, Peterson has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and he has been honored with three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in Hawaii. His focus on slack-key guitar, classical and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

6-9 pm, April 6; 2:30-5:30 pm, April 7. 33 Fucheng Lu, Pudong. 021-6882-8888 Ext 6888

Sum 41's debut

Sum 41, one of the most recognizable pop-punk bands, will have its Shanghai debut in April. The band from Canada was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance. The band has also been nominated for seven Juno Awards and won twice. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single, Fat Lip, which reached No 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains their most successful single.

7:30 pm, April 6. Shanghai Grand Stage, 1111 Caoxi Beilu. 021-6438-4952

Vocal chamber music

Die Singphoniker, which consists of five singers and a pianist who also contributes vocally, will bring its beautiful vocals from Germany to Shanghai. For almost 30 years, the ensemble has established itself among the leading specialists in vocal chamber music, especially from the Romantic era. In the concert, they will perform 20 songs over a wide time span, including Overture of The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini and I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles.

7:15 pm, April 3. Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 People's Avenue. 021-6386-8686

Hong Kong

Seoul connection

There's $8.25 million worth of the world's best contemporary art on the block at Seoul Auction's 2012 Spring Hong Kong Sale. The bumper crop this year is due to the outstanding confiscated work from Busan Savings Bank in South Korea, as Seoul Auction was Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation's appointed auction agent. Highlights include mainland Chinese artists Zhang Xiaogang's Bloodline Series and Zeng Fanzhi's Trauma & Portrait, South Korean artist Kim Whan-ki's Garden, Julian Schnabel's Untitled Chinese Painting and Robert Indiana's Love.

11am, April 3. Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai. 852-2537-1880

Cookie monsters

A fun way to get the kids excited for the upcoming Easter holiday is also a great introduction to the wonders of the kitchen. Executive pastry chef Kevin Chiu will guide 4- to 9-year olds through basic baking techniques, while teaching them step-by-step how to make their very own Easter cookies and chocolate treats. Proud mom or dad can tag along at no extra charge to snap photos. Junior can take home the fruits of his labor to share with the whole family - if there are any crumbs left by the end of the session. Cost per child is HK$488 ($63).

3 pm, April 8. Caf on M, M/F, InterContinental Grand Standford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East. 852-2731-2898


Diva debut

Just six weeks after the last performance of Zaia, the purpose-built venue has been converted into the Venetian Theater. Its inaugural performance will be All About Love - A Tribute to the Silver Screen and Stage featuring celebrity Shanghai-born violinist Jue Yao accompanying Hong Kong Cantopop diva Elisa Chan. The theater aims to be one of the leading establishments in greater China. Guests will be welcomed by ushers in black tie with champagne service, gourmet snacks and other surprises, with Yao and Chan's concert setting the bar for a slew of international acts to come.

5 pm, April 8. Venetian Theater, The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai Strip. 853-2882-8818