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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood got cancelled, but the city has enough events to make you forget the bad, bad news...

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The good stuff just keeps on coming. This week, we've got a Rocky Horror drag show, a Cocktail Cinema showing of The Shining, a real fancy black tie party, plus The Candle Thieves and Jaden Smith are in town. Read on for our top picks this week.

Things to Do

Charity Pumpkin Carving Competition

The Rooster is hosting its Charity Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition. To enter, add Chase on WeChat (ID: ChaseLW9) and contribute a 100RMB donation, which will get you a pumpkin and all of the carving tools you'll need. All proceeds from this spooktastic event will go to benefit South Pond Kindergarten, a school for children of migrant workers (a partnership built through the Rotaract Club of Shanghai).

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 26 Oct

Literary Shanghai panel discussion

Martial arts novels have been wildly popular with Chinese audiences for generations, and perhaps none more so than Jin Yong (Louis Cha)’s Legends of the Condor Heroes series. Gigi Chang and Shelly Bryant, co-translators of the fourth book in the series, join Literary Shanghai to discuss the challenges of translating a legend. 

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Madame Mao's Dowry , 207 Fumin Lu 23 Oct Free

#IamZeroWaste Workshop

The #IamZeroWaste Workshop consists of two engaging days of learning. During Day 1 (Thu 24), you will learn about zero waste principles and tips on how to be more sustainable in Shanghai. During Day 2 (Thu 31), you will learn how to compost. You can choose to attend either one or both days.

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theDesk , 457 Jumen Lu 24 Oct

Yoga in the Park

Join Linwards for yoga at Xiangyang Park and a discounted brunch. Meet at the Moka Bros entrance ten mins before class – don’t forget to bring your own mat. All genders and levels are welcome. To confirm registration, add WeChat account ‘Linwards_Assistance’.

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Xiangyang Park , 1008 Huaihai Zhong Lu 27 Oct

Phil Kay: Stand Up Comedy LIVE in Shanghai

From regular appearances on BBC1’s The Standup Show, Phil hosted his very own comedy series titled Phil Kay Feels on Channel 4. Other television work includes Next StopPhil Kay (Channel 4), Edinburgh Nights (BBC1), and The Montreal Festival of Fun (Channel 5). Phil has also worked with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Harry Hill, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jonathan Ross, and has featured on BBC’s QI and Russell Howard’s Good News. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Shanghai Comedy Bunker , 428 Jiangning Lu 25 Oct

Eating & Drinking

Chef + Cóctel: Phoebe Han + Koen Vessie

el Willy is having a first-of-its-kind event where its own chef Koen Vessies will team up with Healer's master mixologist, Phoebe Han, to bring you a Chef + Cóctel special menu, blending food and drinks from the East and the West.

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El Willy, Bund 22 , 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu 25 Oct

Music & Nightlife

Rocky Horror Drag Show

An outrageously sinful, gender-bent reinterpretation of the ultimate smutty cult classic. Follow the light over at the Frankenstein place, find out what’s on the slab down in the lab and whatever did happen to Fay Wray in the end.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 26 Oct Buy tickets

The Candle Thieves

Bright, gentle pop rock from the suburbs of Cambridgeshire. Eccentrics Anthony Shiels and Scott McEwan summon up the spirits of Eels, Sufjan Stevens and the Lucksmiths in their sounds but make whimsical songs that are distinctly their own.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 24 Oct Buy tickets

S.T.D. pres. Jaden Smith Shanghai

Smith made his big screen debut alongside his dad Will Smith in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. He subsequently starred in remakes of The Karate Kid and The Day the Earth Stood Still, before rejoining his father in After Earth. Smith later turned his focus to music, releasing his first studio album Syre in 2017.

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Arkham Shanghai , 168 Julu Road Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 25 Oct Buy tickets

Hologram Dreams

A voyage from the future into the abyss. DJ Heatwolves and friends take DADA's dance floor on a technicolor descent from Italo disco, Chicago house and J-pop down into New Wave, electro and cybernetic horror. Seminal classics, brand new sounds, unknown hysteria and anime visuals dripping off the walls.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 25 Oct Free

We Lost The See China Tour 2019

New Noise is very proud to present a China tour for Sydney-based instrumentalists We Lost the Sea presenting their brand new album Triumph and Disaster, a post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world told like a children’s story and illustrated through the eyes of a mother and her son as they spend one last day on Earth.

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Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Future House , 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 26 Oct

Black Swan Party

The luxurious and seductive Black Swan Party is back in Shanghai. There will be music all night long from four internationally renowned DJs, including Andrew Bull aka DJ El Toro, DJ Blueman, DJ Clef G (co-founder of Alter.) and DJ Zhengxuan Huang.

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Club 3 1/3 , 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 25 Oct


Boomi Screening: Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, photographer Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. All tickets include a glass of wine and snacks. The event will take place at KR Space at K11 on the 26th floor.

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K11 Art Mall , 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu 24 Oct

Cocktail Cinema pres The Shining

Critics' pick

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy... Social Supply is bringing back its Cocktail Cinema series with a screening of the uncut version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). As usual, the venue's a surprise (ticket-holders will get an address via email 24 hours before the event) and during the showing, a bartender will be mixing up three cocktails inspired by the film. Movie starts at 8.30pm sharp. 

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TBA 24 Oct

Gemini Man

Ang Lee's action thriller Gemini Man, starring Will Smith, Clive Owen and Elizabeth Winstead tells the story of Henry Brogan, a retiring hitman working for the government who finds out that he is being pursued by another hitman who is a younger clone of himself. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 18 Oct - 18 Nov

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and soon-to-be queen Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) have to join forces despite of their complicated past in order to fight against a new villain and protect their Kingdom and the magical creatures inside it.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 18 Oct - 18 Nov



Selected for the new and diverse narratives they bring to contemporary Asian art scene, the Rockbund Art Museum will display the works of four finalists of the fourth HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award. This year’s finalists include Hao Jingban (Mainland China), Hsu Che-Yu (Taiwan), Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Thảo-Nguyên Phan (Vietnam) and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 4 November.

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday


Karbido: The Table (Poland)

The Table is a world-class musical project, an out-and-out instrumental avant-garde work that proves that an unlimited imagination poses no limits to music. One hour of random compositions, sound interventions, audio performative actions... Something about freedom in music. Something about hearing.

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Shanghai Grand Theatre Studio Theatre , 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 24 Oct Buy tickets

The Czech National Theatre: La Bayadère

This romantic ballet set in Imperial India tells the story of a beautiful Indian temple dancer Nikita and her admirers Solor and Brahmin. Characterised by exquisite sets and replete with virtuoso performances, La Bayadère has been frequently staged at leading dance venues worldwide, and is now becoming part of the Czech national theatre’s repertoire too.

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Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Opera Hall , 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号,近世纪大道) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 25 Oct Buy tickets

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