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Brian Offenther

Brian Offenther is a Shanghai-based writer on music scenes in the city. He can be reached at BrianOffenther@yahoo.com.

Plenty of music this weekend

FULL blast or variety pack? Last Saturday saw the “next big thing” band from Canada, Japandroids, play a 60-minute-plus set at Yuyintang in front of a capacity crowd. It was an exhausting affair, with some of the crowd not making it through the show.

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1950: 'Life of a Beijing policeman'

THE year 1950 was a banner year for cinema, with only a few of the landmark movies including Billy Wilder's "Sunset Blvd" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon." But not much emerged from China's mainland.