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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Unravel, SAFIA, Cocktail Cinema and more

Photograph: courtesy 20th Century Fox
We are one week closer to Christmas than last week. This is not a drill, people! The temperature outside may well be frightful – and in your apartment if you don't have the right heater – but, as ever, there are plenty of hot events in Shanghai this week to warm you up. Read on for our pick of the best things to do.

Food and Drink

Tapas Trip with Finca Torremilanos

Critics' pick

Enjoy a journey through Ribera del Duero with biodynamic wines from Finca Torremilanos, a vineyard practicing dryland agriculture cultivating the vineyards without herbicides or insecticides, paired with tapas by Pirata. This evening is hosted by the owner and winemaker himself, Vincente Pañalba and The Good Food People. Get a curated selection of five wines and tapas to match for 498RMB, or items can be ordered separately. RSVP to elaine@thegoodfoodpeople.cn.

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Pirata (Columbia Circle) , 1262 Yanan Xi Lu 12 Dec

The Friends of Peddlers Xmas Party

Critics' pick

The team behind the world's first locally crafted premium Shanghai gin will be hosting a Christmas party, offering goers a chance to learn about Shanghai's creative and diverse underground culture as well as the inspiration behind their award-winning craft gins. Psssst...put on a Christmas jumper to receive a free cocktail, and be there early as the first 50 to buy a drink will be in the draw to win a private tasting for five and more.

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Suit Supply , 169 Anfu Lu 15 Dec

Music and Nightlife

SAFIA Starlight China Tour

Critics' pick

Australian three-piece electronica/indie pop band SAFIA hit Shanghai as part of their China tour. They've jokingly described their sound as 'Skrillex and James Blake making sweet, tender love.' Go and witness the loving for yourself.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 12 Dec Buy tickets

High Notes Twenty Eighteen at SHAKE

Shake did a ton of shows in 2018 and they're now condensing the top tunes from these nights into two huge dance parties. The soundtrack will include music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Sly & The Family Stone to '90s R&B and Beyonce to neo-soul.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu Every day except Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Sunday

Seven Gurus China Tour 2018

A septet of Chinese rappers descend on VAS Livehouse including Rap of China stars ICE and Blow Fever.

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VAS Livehouse , 3F, 19 Wanhangdu Road (万航渡后路19号沪西文化艺术中心3楼) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 14 Dec Buy tickets

Snap! party: Hot Wheels

Get your skates (and butt pads) on and roll like nobody's watching at the latest Snap! party at Riink. Elvis Makava, aka DJ Sivlé, will be on the decks bringing his hybrid of hip hop, R&B and pop all the night. Ticket includes one drink or skate rental and 10 percent of the sales go to LifeLine Shanghai. 

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RIINK , 658 Dapuqiao Lu 14 Dec

Alter. Lunar Dance

Critics' pick

For one night only, Alter. transforms the space at THE CUT into lunar dancing paradise inspired by Tokyo's art exhibitions. Expect a musical journey tracing a line through Italo disco, funk, soul, house, from Chicago to groove, to deep and acid strains, to endless dance.

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THE CUT Rooftop , L7-705 IAPM Mall, 999 Huaihai Lu (淮海中路999号环贸广场 L7-705) Xuhui Shanghai Shanghai 14 Dec Buy tickets

Things to do

The Shanghai Literary Review Issue Four Launch Party

Critics' pick

The Shanghai Literary Review is launching is latest journal release with a night of readings from contributors, followed by an open mic. Magazines will be for sale, happy hour drinks deals on tap at the bar, and a free holiday gift raffle will be run with prizes fit for writers and readers. Issue Four features work and interviews by Chang-rae Lee, Vi Khi Nao, Lux Chen, Anthony Tao, Sonia Leung, Judith Dancoff and Emily Williams.

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Daliah , 408 Shaanxi Bei Lu 12 Dec Free

Ladies Who Tech Founders Series x WeWork Labs

Ladies Who Tech Founders Series' mission is to create an exclusive tech-hub where connections between female tech founders, tech-freelancers, potential co-founders, talent and potential clients can cross-pollinate in a meaningful way to achieve their tech-biz objectives. Seats are limited.

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WeWork (Nanjing Xi Lu) , 819 West Nanjing Road (南京西路819号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 13 Dec

The ugly Christmas jumper party by The Shanghai Collective

'Tis the season to be tacky! The Shanghai Collective (in collaboration with Shanghai Mamas) is throwing an Ugly Christmas Jumper Party where uglier is better. Price of admission includes a free drink, a ticket in the raffle, entry to the Christmas quiz and chance to win the best outfit contest. All profits from the event will go to Heart to Heart Shanghai. Click here for tickets.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 13 Dec

Unravel: Deck the Halls

Critics' pick

Unravel is Shanghai's hit live storytelling platform. Each show sees a group of storytellers recount authentic stories from their own lives loosely inspired by a given theme. This month's theme is a Christmas special: Deck the Halls.

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Roxie , 2F, 359 Kang Ding Lu (康定路359号2楼) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 13 Dec Buy tickets

Jing An Kerry Centre Christmas Market

Critics' pick

Jing An Kerry Centre has gone all-out for Christmas with a 13-day holiday market featuring food stalls serving all the seasonal heavy-hitters (think Madison Kitchen turkey sandwiches, pan de jamon from Azul, mulled wine and hot chocolate from HLK bistro), live bands, carol singers, visits from Santa Claus and more.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 14-26 Dec

Time Out x Unravel: Jing An Kerry Centre Christmas Market Special

Critics' pick

It's a double whammy: the night after the December edition of Unravel (theme: Deck the Halls, read more above), the Shanghai-based live storytelling platform is putting on a super special, free edition in collaboration with Time Out Shanghai to kick off the Shanghai Jing An Kerry Centre Christmas Market. Held outside in the South Piazza amongst all the Christmas stalls, there will be three stories loosely set to the holiday market's theme 'Time is Love, Time is Now'.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 14 Dec

Soundscape: Wuding Lu street party

Critics' pick

A celebration of music, art and fashion in Shanghai, Koolbeings Inc is putting on a Wuding Lu street party featuring great food, drinks from local bars, live music and art. Tickets are 150RMB for six drinks (pick-up at Bar Centrale) and the party will be grooving from 5pm till late. Buy ...

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Bar Centrale , 135 Yanping Lu 15 Dec

Farewell, Laoximen: The Anniversary

Critics' pick

A year after Heritage society Historic Shanghai first started leading farewell tours of nearly 500-year-old, soon-to-be-demolished neighbourhood Laoximen, the group leads an anniversary tour. Join Historic Shanghai for a walk through the atmospheric winding lanes and alleys, the intricate carvings, architectural surprises and richly layered histories before it all vanishes. Word is that the end is near –all residents must be out of the neighbourhood by Chinese New Year to allow for demolition.

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Film

Cocktail Cinema: Home Alone (1990)

Critics' pick

Catch a screening of the cult Christmas classic movie in a secret location with three Home Alone-themed cocktails, festive snacks and goodies. Screening starts promptly at 8.30pm; location revealed 24 hours before the event via email.

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Secret location , near People's Square 13 Dec

My Neighbour Totoro

Critics' pick

Studio Ghibli’s very wonderful, very kawaii film My Neighbor Totoro comes to Chinese cinemas 30 years after its 1988 release in Japan (it’s the first Studio Ghibli film to get a theatrical release in the Mainland). Ten-year-old Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move to the countryside with their father to be closer to their ailing mother and embark on adventures with magical creatures from the nearby woods.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 14 Dec - 14 Jan

The Grinch

'All I want for Christmas... is for it to end,' says Benedict Cumberbatch, the voice of everyone’s favourite furry green Christmas hater in this animated reboot of Dr. Seuss’ festive classic The Grinch, narrated by Pharrell Williams and including the voices of Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury.

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Waste Land: Special Christmas Family Film Screening

In the spirit of Christmas, Green Initiatives will be showing a feature documentary film Waste Land. Premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the 83rd Oscar, this documentary follows renowned artist Vik Muniz from his home in New York to his native Brazil, and the worlds largest garbage landfill, Jardim Gramacho outside Rio De Janeiro. An excellent documentary capturing the power of transformative art, compassion, and the alchemy of the human spirit.

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New Haworth Space , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 12 Dec

Art

Art Opening Squatstudies by Sebastian Correa

Xime, the modern Japanese restaurant that explores crossover possibilities of food and art, presents photographer and illustrator Sabastian Correa. His latest illustrations revisits squat, a physiological posture that is embedded into the ways our bodies are anatomically structured but is slowly disappearing and forgotten in our culture.

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Xime Japanese Restaurant , 989 Changle Lu 15 Dec Free

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland Solo Show

Critics' pick

Marking the artist’s largest gallery show to date in Asia and the first solo show in mainland China, it will feature iconic works encompassing many of the themes and characters that have come to define his career (think colourful smiling flowers) and several new works created specially for the exhibition. 

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Perrotin Gallery , 27 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday

Poetry in Glass: Juliette Leperlier Solo Exhibition

Liuli China Museum presents Juliette Leperlier, a French contemporary glass artist who redefines boundaries and taking the glass world by storm. Hailing from an impressive lineage, from grandfather, François Décorchemont’s impressionist use of colour, to father Etienne and uncle Antoine Leperlier’s interrogation of space and time, She is the de Beauvoir of her generation, bringing femininity to the science of glass making.

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Liuli China Museum , 25 Taikang Road Every day except Monday

The natural of creation: Guernica lithographs of sketches

Je is honoured to present an exhibition of Picasso’s Guernica lithographs of sketches. These stunning lithographs, produced under the authorisation of Museo del Prado in 1990, are the studies made by Picasso on his journey to realising his final work that was infused with rage. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to witness Picasso's inner thinking, sense his state of unrest and glimpse into his method of working toward his final piece.

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Je Fine Art Space , 498 Yongjia Lu Every day except Monday

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