The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Erica Martin, January 8, 2018

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


Jan 9-14: Riverdance

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This theatrical performance-turned international phenomenon celebrates 20 years of bringing Irish music culture to the world. A showcase of traditional Irish music and stepdancing, Riverdance has been seen by over 25 million people and is one of the most successful dance shows of all time. Don't miss your chance to catch it in Shanghai.
Jan 9-14, 7.15pm, additional performances on 1/13 & 1/14 at 2pm, RMB280-880. Shanghai Grand Theatre, see event listing


Jan 11: Limousine & Guests

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Shanghai-based rock band Limousine, who have a fresh line-up and new album forthcoming, plays Mao Livehouse. Fellow Shanghai bands Dahaha and Baozouwoniu perform in support. Cover price includes a drink.
Jan 11, 8.30pm, RMB60 presale, RMB80 at the door. Mao Livehouse, see event listing


Jan 11: Billy Branch

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Harmonica player and Chicago blues legend Billy Branch comes to Shanghai for a special performance at JZ Club. The three-time Grammy nominee performed with the Chicago Blues All-Stars and is now touring China with a band of local musicians, including guitarist Wei Wei and drummer Wu Zhijun.
Jan 11, 8.30pm, RMB180 presale, RMB220 door. JZ Club, see event listing


Jan 11: Alphabet: Green Drinks January Film Screening

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Environmentally-focused nonprofit Green Drinks hosts this film screening of Alphabet, a documentary that examines the modern education system and how it may squelch out the imagination and independent thought of potentially brilliant children. Snacks and beverages will be served.
Jan 11,7pm. Haworth Organic Space, see event listing


Jan 12: Gemini, Ai Ninomiya & Re-Trick

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This triple billing brings together three eclectic jazz and hip-hop crossover artists from Japan. Jazzy pop band Gemini, which is populated by veteran musicians from other bands like re:plus, is joined by mellow hip-hop vocalist Ai Ninomiya and jazz fusion trio Re-Trick. Donít miss this unique show at Mao Livehouse.
Jan 12, 8.30pm, RMB180 presale, RMB230 door. Mao Livehouse, see event listing


Jan 12: LGBTIQ+ Community Kickoff

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This community event and info session brings together queer organizations from all around Shanghai for a discussion about involvement and volunteer opportunities within the Shanghai’s queer community. It’s a bilingual event, with free food and drinks on offer. Attending organizations include White Castle, Daliah, Lifeline Shanghai, ShanghaiPRIDE, CinemQ and SHQFF. The after-party goes down at Roxie.
Jan 12, 6.30pm, no cover. WeWork (Wehai Lu), see event listing.


Jan 12: Nur Jaber

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The first party of the new year from longstanding local techno crew Asian Vibes features rising star techno producer Nur Jaber. Originally hailing from Beirut, she’s now based in Berlin and is gaining recognition for her rich and dance-friendly take on techno.
Jan 12, 10pm. Elevator, see event listing.


Jan 12-13: Dwayne Perkins 

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NYC-born comic Dwayne Perkins got his start in the industry while living in Boston, then went on to perform in independent films Barstow 2008 and The Gristle. He's also performed stand-up everywhere from Comedy Central to the Hong Kong Comedy Festival. Catch his latest Shanghai show at Kung Fu Comedy.
Jan 12-13, 9pm on Fri, 8pm and 10pm on Sat, RMB170 presale, RMB200 door. Kung Fu Komedy Club, see event listing.


Jan 12-13: Shadow Land

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This innovative stage production uses human dancers as shadow puppets to tell the story of a teenage girl who one night gets stuck in the surreal "land of shadows," a mysterious and seductive alternate universe. The show is performed by New Hampshire-based dance troupe Pilobolus.
Jan 12-13, 7.15pm, RMB180-680. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, see event listing.


Jan 13-14: theINSIDER

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PARKLU, a major Chinese shopping platform, hosts its sixth private shopping event this weekend. The two dozen brands on offer include NYC street-style brand Botkier, Hong Kong fashion label The9thMuse, XINLELU.COM, Azoya, and SJDZ. Last year’s event attracted over 2,500 shoppers, with more than 100 China social media KOLs in attendance. Tickets are limited, so register early to ensure access.
Jan 13-14, 1pm. DI Loft, see event listing.


Jan 14: Cicada

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This unique classical band from Taiwan makes elegant and atmospheric music comprised of a violin, cello, acoustic guitar, and piano. Their latest album, White Forest, portrays the relationship with humans and the natural world, from coral reefs to sea turtles to cats and birds. Catch their Shanghai show at Bandai Namco.
Jan 14, 8.30pm, RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing.


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