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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Life in Color, Cocktail Cinema, Zainab Johnson, RP Boo and more

Life in Color

August is here and it's still pretty damn warm outside. There are loads of ways to enjoy the summer without overheating (63 to be exact) and, if all else is lost, cool off with one of these very affordable iced coffees. As far as this week is concerned there is plenty going on. See below for our full list of picks.

Music

Life in Color

Life in Color – think paint-party-meets-music-festival – started amongst a few college friends at Florida State University back in 2006. It has since grown to become 'the world's largest paint party' and it's Shanghai's turn to get colourful this weekend as the festival makes its China debut.

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National Exhibition and Convention Center · the North Square , 333 Song Ze Da Dao (崧泽大道333号) Qingpu Shanghai Shanghai 19 Aug Buy tickets

The Fourth East Asia Shoegaze Festival

Critics' pick

Japanese outfits The Taupe, Dive and (the brilliantly-named) Cruyff In The Bedroom, join Taiwanese act U.Ta and locals Rubur and Tiny Enigma for a stacked night of top regional shoegaze.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 18 Aug

Yunggie Ma

Critics' pick

Menba minority artist Yunggiema peforms songs inspired by her ancestors, who traversed from Bhutan to southern Tibet 300 years ago, backed by minimal instrumentation as well as more modern beats.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu 18 Aug

Future of the LEFT Showcase

Critics' pick

Three of our favourite bands in town - Mirrors, Foster Parents and Lao Ayi - are joined by Hangzhou's Qie for an night of excellent China-based psych-rock, math-rock, post-punk and more.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 19 Aug

Nightlife

China Social Club - Three Years of Parties

Critics' pick

The China Social Club, Aussie Social Club pairing of PCJ and Frau are three years old. To celebrate they're throwing a big do at their CSC HQ, Smash. Come and join the old mates as they pop a cork to three long years of good times.

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Smash , 685 Dingxi Lu 19 Aug Free

Zhu

Critics' pick

Grammy-nominated Californian producer behind dancefloor-friendly hits such as ‘Faded’ and ‘In the Morning’ plays his first-ever show in China, bringing his bouncy, breezy beats to Found 158. Also, Arkham are coming over all Arcade Fire (Arkham Fire?) and instituting a dress code for the ...

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 19 Aug

RP Boo

Critics' pick

The godfather of footwork returns to Shanghai for what will be one of the happiest sets of the month. RP Boo always plays with a massive grin on his face and his enthusiasm is genuinely infectious.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 19 Aug

Things to do

Time Out Screenings: Still Life

Critics' pick

Time Out Shanghai shows one of the greatest Chinese films of all time in Glam, M on the Bund, with complimentary gourmet popcorn and specially tailored drinks. This month it's director Jia Zhangke’s critically acclaimed Still Life.

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 20 Aug

KFK Presents: Zainab Johnson

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian and actress, is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family.

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Art

Zhan Wang: Forms in Flux

The Long Museum hosts the largest solo exhibition to date of Chinese artist Zhan Wang’s works, presenting sculptures which reflect traditional Chinese cultural elements and craftsmanship, while also addressing various issues of contemporary life and space.

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue 25 Jun - 22 Aug

Closed Circuit - Open Duration

Critics' pick

Open Duration is a large-scale installation that consists of several overlapping works. The work uses soil, plants, light, sound, video and various scientific research media such as carbon and oxygen sensors to examine different aspects of the human-nature relationship.

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Chronus Art Center , 50 Moganshan Lu Every day except Monday,Tuesday

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