The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Erica Martin, December 4, 2017

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the week:

Dec 5: Antonio Sanchez


The latest Shanghai Symphony Orchestra concert comes in the form of renowned percussionist Antonio Sanchez. The Mexican musician is best known for composing the soundtrack to the movie Birdman, though he’s also won four Grammy Awards and is a longtime collaborator of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
Dec 5, 8pm, RMB180-480. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing.

Dec 6: Buzz & Build


Organized by the The Concept Lab, this monthly happy hour offers both aspiring and established entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and share their projects. The cover price includes an open bar and snacks.
Dec 6, 7pm, RMB150. Project Wine, see event listing.

Dec 6: Excerpts from Peru


Chef Carlos of elEFANTE recently visited his home country of Peru, touring from the coast to the highlands in search of culinary inspiration. Saddled with new ideas, he returned to Shanghai and invented this special menu, which elEFANTE is overing for one night only. Expect grilled octopus causa, pork belly with butter bean stew, redfish sudado and lots more. Call elEFANTE to RSVP.
Dec 6, 7pm, RMB388. elEFANTE, see event listing.

Dec 7: Johnjamsession 10 Year Anniversary


After a two-year hiatus, John Shanghai revives his longstanding local live music night, Johnjamsession, just in time for its 10 year anniversary. Expect an energetic, interactive and nostalgic evening with performances from a slew of locally-based musicians, plus John Shanghai’s first-ever performance with a live band of his original song 'American Dream.'
Dec 7, 10pm, no cover. Shake, see event listing.

Dec 7: Nightwave


An essential member of Glasgow’s music scene, Nightwave’s visionary hybrid of grime, R&B and house is a refreshing addition to underground dance music’s generally male-dominated atmosphere. Her latest EP, Wavejumper, dropped earlier this year on Fool’s Gold Records, and she’s performed with everyone from Derrick May to Azealia Banks. Catch her set at Le Baron from Yeti.
Dec 7, 10pm, no cover but RSVP/list required ( Le Baron, see event listing.

Dec 8: An Evening with Carlton Palmer Charity Fundraiser

The former footballer’s illustrious career saw him playing in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, as well as picking up 19 caps for England - pitting him against the best players in the world. Expect anecdotes about big games and big names, as well as even bigger nights out. Palmer will also take on tougher subject matter, such as his thoughts on racism in the game. The event comes as Palmer releases his autobiography, It Is What It Is, a copy of which every attendee will receive as part of the ticket price, as well a football meal of pie & chips with a pint of Carlsberg. Get tickets here.
Dec 8, 7.30pm. RMB275. Camel Sports Bar and Kitchen, see event listing.

Dec 8-9: Shangheart Fest


This two-day charity music festival supports Heart to Heart, a Shanghai-based charity that provides corrective surgery for children with congenital heart defects. Twelve Shanghai bands ranging from punk to metal to hip-hop will headline throughout the weekend, including Must Be Red, Alpaca, Pinball City, Skinny OG & Queen Diamond, and Limousine. The show is free, but donations are accepted at the door, and raffle prizes throughout the weekend will raise further funds for the cause.
Dec 8-9, 8pm, no cover. Harley's Underground, see event listing.

Dec 8-9: Nazeem Hussain


One of the leading comedians currently working out of Australia, Nazeem Hussain created and stars in Legally Brown, a bold and hilarious mesh of sketch comedy, hidden camera work and stand-up that satirizes the experience of being Muslim in Australia. He also tours his sharp and socially aware stand-up across the globe, and recently became a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World. Catch his Shanghai debut at Kung Fu Komedy. Check out our interview with him here.
Dec 8 at 9pm, Dec 9 at 8pm & 10pm, RMB170 presale, RMB200 door. Kung Fu Komedy, see event listing.

Dec 9: Designer Brand Showroom


This brand showcase at naked Hub offers free entry to the public from 11am-8pm, which free flow drinks for certain VIP invitees. The brands on offer include makeup artist Elizabeth Marriott, elegant Chinese-inspired jewelry designer Nini Jewelry, French-Italian bespoke suit company Atelier Fusari, leather bag company Fiorella Blues, and Soothsayer.
Dec 9, 11am, no cover. naked Hub, see event listing.

Dec 9: Machinedrum


In this exciting booking from STD, North Carolina-based electronic musician Machinedrum brings his acclaimed take on IDM and alternative hip-hop to Shanghai for a set at Arkham. Known for collaborations with Theophilus London and Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum has an extensive musical output that’s uniquely cerebral, catchy and danceable.
Dec 9, 10pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Arkham, see event listing.

Dec 10: Arepa & Cocktail Brunch Pop-Up


Moka Bros offers up the terrace at their newly opened Xiangyang Bei Lu outpost for a one-day takeover from Beijing-based venue La Social. Expect specialty cocktails and classic Columbian areas from their La Social’s chef Daniel.
Dec 10, 11am, no cover. Moka Bros, see event listing.

Dec 10: Bombino


Acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter Bombino makes his China debut with a 5-city tour from Split Works. Known for his virtuoso mix of blues guitar, traditional Tuareg music and reggae, Bombino has had his albums produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors. Check out our interview with him here.
Dec 10, 7.45pm, RMB180-380. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing.

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