The best things to do in Shanghai this July

Summer is officially here, guys, and it's hot

Photograph: Yu Zhiming (Daniel Arsham: Perpetual Present)
Summer is officially here, guys, and it's hot. We're talking about all the great events rolling through town this month. We've got Daniel Arsham's interactive new exhibition at HOW Museum, the live action reboot of The Lion King (which hits Shanghai cinemas on Friday 12, a full week before the rest of the world), and loads of pop-ups, parties and relaunches in the food scene. Here are our top picks for July.

Eating and Drinking

Rosé Sunset

Party in pink at the sister event of The Flying Winemaker’s annual fest Rosé Revolution (which will also be turning up to town in September). For this warm-up of sorts, it’s all about the party vibes and all the rosé. Expect DJs, dancing and excellent rooftop sunset views of the Lujiazui skyline.

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Music and Nightlife

The Browning & Four Five Live in Shanghai

The Browning could very well be heavy music’s answer to the Terminator. Just as everybody’s favourite cyborg hid an exoskeleton under a sheath of skin, the Kansas City quartet thinly veils a hard rock edge beneath a casing of skittering electronic dance music, hip-hop grime, metallic brutality and industrial expanse. That signature style is back in a big way on its third full-length album and first for Spinefarm Records, Isolation.

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American Independence Day Party at The Pearl

Party like it's 1776 with this US Independence Day party, complete with hot dogs, burgers and wings and cheap deals on margaritas, beers and house pours. Featuring an all-night live band playing American rock and pop, with everything from the Eagles to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. The first 50 people to arrive get a free beer. Happy hour from 6-8pm.

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Art

Yoshitaka Amano: Fantasy in Daylight

The creator behind Speed RacerG-Force and video game franchise Final Fantasy, Yoshitaka Amano's Fantasy in Daylight shows nearly 200 original paintings, dozens of newly created drawings, animated films and a Shanghai Girl series that he created exclusively for the exhibition.

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Daniel Arsham: Perpetual Present

New York-based artist Daniel Arsham's Perpetual Present has larger-than-life sculptures and an archeological dig site, sprinkled with everyday objects like cellphones, instrumentments and radios, getting viewers to consider what the people who'll discover the objects in 1,000 years might think. 

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Stage

Moscow State LM. Lavrovsky Ballet: Gala

Founded in 1993, the non-profit Moscow State LM. Lavrovsky Ballet has taught and graduated over 250 ballerinas. This month, it'll be performing a slew of short ballet pieces as part of its gala event. The programme line-up includes iconic pieces like Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin, among others.

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Kneehigh Theatre: Dead Dog in a Suitcase

Based on The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire Dead Dog in a Suitcase tells a story in which Mayor Goodman and his dog have been assassinated after which the killer escapes and gets married. Bursting with wit, Kneehigh’s cast of actor-musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale.

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