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New cultural buildings open in capital’s sub-city center

The Grand Canal Museum of Beijing in the capital”s sub-city center Tongzhou opens to the public on Wednesday. [Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]

Library, museum, theaters added to Tongzhou’s public recreation facilities

A library, museum and art center were opened to the public on Wednesday afternoon in Beijing’s sub-city center Tongzhou, which will cater to residents’ recreational interests.

Construction of the three facilities — the Beijing Performing Arts Center, Beijing Library and the Grand Canal Museum of Beijing — began in October 2019.

Yin Yong, mayor of Beijing, said at the opening ceremony that the facilities will allow people to enjoy the best cultural products and services, and promote the public sharing of fine arts.

At the service counter near the north gate of Beijing Library, readers can engage in conversations with an artificial intelligence-powered robot librarian named Tuyueyue, the first AI-bot used in a Chinese library that can answer visitors’ queries, according to the library.

“The library is equipped with four robots capable of facilitating the borrowing and returning books, answering inquiries, guiding tours and disinfecting the library’s infrastructure,” said Xie Peng, deputy operator of Beijing Library.

The robots cruise around the library and offer timely assistance. According to Xie, they also can facilitate reservations for seats and events, offering readers a well-rounded service.

Besides incorporating AI technology, Beijing Library has installed world-class ultrahigh glass curtain walls with a height of 16 meters. It has China’s largest automated storage and retrieval system, covering about 3,000 square meters, according to the library.

The Beijing Performing Arts Center echoes a fusion of modern aesthetics with traditional Chinese architectural elements. Referred to as a “cultural granary”, it is inspired by ancient grain silos and ship transportation in Tongzhou district.

With a construction area of 125,000 sq m, the center has four

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Legends of Motown: Mississippi university to host The Commodores – Magnolia State Live

Legends of Motown: Mississippi university to host The Commodores

Published 8:31 pm Monday, August 28, 2023

Mark your calendars for a night of legendary hits as The Commodores take the stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on Thursday, September 7th, at 7:30 pm. This highly anticipated concert opens the Fall 2023 mainstage series and promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with “Hit, After Hit, After Hit” and “All the Emotion, All the Excitement.”

For more than three decades, The Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. Formed in 1968 while all the members were in college at the Tuskegee Institute, they were soon discovered by the legendary Berry Gordy, leading to a remarkable journey with Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On,” The Commodores became proven artists, selling over 60 million records and earning the title of “Grammy Award Winners” for their hit song “Night Shift” in 1986.

Unlike many other groups, The Commodores haven’t rested on their early hits. Quite the contrary, they have continued to put out quality work, establishing their own record label, Commodores Records and Entertainment. Under that label, they released Commodores Hits Vol. 1, Commodores Hits Vol. 2, Commodores Christmas, and Commodores XX-No Tricks. Today, The Commodores stand not only as talented and successful musicians but as artists determined to continue their success into the future.

With the new discs, new tour, and a new label, The Commodores have maintained their place among the most successful entertainers in the world. Their new careers as entrepreneurs, as well as performers bring the boys from Tuskegee full circle. Bringing the talent and experience of three decades of writing, producing, and performing hit music to a whole new generation of fans, The Commodores are proving once again that their future is

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