The Raveonettes are coming Chinese fans of Danish indie rock duo The Raveonettes were thrown for a loop last week when Beijing indie label Douban posted late November concert dates for the band in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The problem, though, was that the dates were not listed anywhere else on the internet, including the band’s official website, which listed comprehensive US tour dates through the year. The band also remained mum on their Facebook page. However, 48 Hours contacted the band’s manager, Kelly Anne Bensadon, who confirmed that the China and Hong Kong tour is happening. However, she says the dates are yet to be finalised. NBA fanatics will have to wait Every July for the past decade, Hong Kong fans of the National Basketball Association enjoyed visits from the NBA’s biggest stars — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, among others. This summer, however, devotees will have to wait a month, because the NBA is in the throes of one of the wildest off seasons in league history. The game’s biggest draw, James, is a free agent, and the availability of his services has resulted in a domino effect that has locked up the entire league — no team wants to sign anyone else unless they’re absolutely sure they have no shot at James. This means other free agents with China ties, such as Chinese apparel Li Na endorser Dwyane Wade, will not be travelling to Asia until their contract situation is resolved. Rest assured, once the free agency dust has settled, the big guns will be heading our way. Hui to make a splash in Venice Local director Ann Hui On-wah’s new opus, The Golden Era , will be the closing film of the 71st Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 27 to September 6. The 67-year-old auteur, best known for critically acclaimed films such as A Simple Life (2011) and The Story of Woo Viet (1981), will also head the jury for the festival’s Horizons section, which focuses on new film trends. It’s an apt panel for Hui to lead, considering she helped spearhead Hong Kong’s new wave cinema movement in the late 1970s. The Golden Era recounts the life story of early 20th century writer Xiao Hong. The title role is played by mainland actress Tang Wei.