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The best things to do in Shanghai this October

Here are all the brilliant events happening this month

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Golden Week aside, there's a whole heap of great things to do around Shanghai this October and we've conveniently listed our pick of them below. Because we're nice like that. From pop superstars Mariah Carey and Sam Smith coming to town to the return of the Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis and Shanghai Comic Con, as well as the exciting arrival of hit theatre show Stomp, this month is shaping up to be a good one. Read on for the best that October has to offer.

Food & Drink

BADLANDS: Shanghai Supperclub five year anniversary

The people behind FEAST, SIP and Cocktail Cinema are celebrating five years of parties and events in Shanghai with 'an evening of Shanghai vice set in the 1930s.' BADLANDS will be taking over three-storeys of the private member's club, One Xintiandi, with the best of fashion, food and drinks. In classic Supperclub manner, expect street food vendors, pop-up restaurants, open bar, street-side games, jazz and lots more.

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One Xintiandi , Lane 181 Taicang Lu 27 Oct

Music & Nightlife

Mariah Carey

Critics' pick

Megawatt singer and diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey is set to return to the Chinese mainland for the first time in four years. Expect all the hits to be belted out at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 24 Oct

YYT Halloween Tribute Show

Critics' pick

A Halloween bash at underground music venue Yuyintang Park and the best of rock with Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Blur and Devo to kick off the sickest Halloween weekend.

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Yuyintang Park , 1398 Yuyuan Lu 27 Oct

Frisky Disco

Un Caffe Bar is hosting a combined roller-disco/Halloween party that is guaranteed to get weird. Household names Deeper Joy, James Brown and the Temple of Boom will be soundtracking the event in collaboration with RollerDisco Camp. All costumes are encouraged (well maybe not ones that would get caught in your skates). Beware of falls and late night frisks.

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Un Caffe Bar , 77 Jiangning Lu 27 Oct

Things to Do

Film

Lost, Found

Directed by Lu Yue, a cinematographer and frequent collaborator with Zhang Yimou among other Chinese cinema heavyweights, Lost, Found (找到你) follows a lawyer and the nanny she hires. The latter helps the former care for her daughter while she juggles her career and divorce proceedings.

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Early Man

Remember Wallace and Gromit? Chicken Run? Same guy directing this one. Nick Park goes prehistoric with his signature clay animation aesthetic, following Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his porcine pal Hognob as they take on Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston).

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov

The Spy Who Dumped Me

This action buddy comedy follows best friends Morgan Freeman (A+ gag right off the bat) and Audrey Stockton, played by Kate McKinnon (Jeff Sessions on SNL) and Mila Kunis (the voice of Meg from Family Guy), who stumble into a high stakes global espionage plot.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov

Smallfoot

A yeti named Migo is out to prove to his fellow yetis that humans exist. Upon doing so, he finds himself bridging the xenophobic tensions between either group.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 19 Oct - 10 Nov

The Predator

The Predator promises to bring back everything you loved about 90s Hollywood action blockbusters, in particular those purring aliens with triangular death lasers. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 26 Oct - 17 Nov

Ala Changso

Ala Changso won the screenplay and grand jury prizes as the recent Shanghai Film Festival for its deeply intimate, but not overly sentimental, story and how it captures Tibet's awe-inspiring natural beauty on screen.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 26 Oct - 17 Nov

Time Out Film Screening: Assembly

This month's film is Feng Xiaogang's Assembly, A noisy epic set across the Chinese Civil War and subsequent Korean War. A PLA captain, Gu Zidi, is fighting to reclaim the honour of his fallen comrades after a calamitous battle which casts their actions in a dubious light.

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 28 Oct

Art

Shen Wei: Exploring the Unknown

Shen Wei is a prolific Chinese artist known for his multi-disciplinary mastery, often blending painting, dance and other visual arts in powerful ways. He won a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2007, directed part of the Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony in 2008 and was more recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday Free

Classical/Stage

Alice’s Adventures Underground

Critics' pick

The much-raved-about Alice's Underground Adventures has made its China debut here in Shanghai with its first show in Mandarin. The immersive and interactive play lets you will walk through the Wonderland yourself and watch the events unfold as if you were part of it all.

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Daning Little Manor , 666 Guangzhong Xi Lu 05 Oct - 04 Nov Buy tickets

The Motherfucker With The Hat

The Mother Fucker With The Hat is a high-voltage 'tragicomic' play about love, betrayal and addiction which premiered on Broadway in 2011. Set in the New York City hood, the story follows an explosive couple as they cycle through patterns of infidelity and drug abuse. While outwardly absurdist, there is a lot below the surface of Stephen Adly Guirgis' breakout play. The show starts are 6.30pm on Sunday and at 7.30pm on all other days.

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MIXPACE , Level B, 1398 Yu Yuan Road Changning Shanghai Shanghai 18-21 Oct , 18-21 Oct , 25-28 Oct

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