The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Erica Martin, April 16, 2018

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

Apr 17: Murder Mysteries, T.S. Eliot and Tang Poetry: Qiu Xiaolong


Celebrated mystery novelist Qiu Xiaolong, the creator of the Inspector Chen series about a literature-loving detective set in 90s Shanghai during the nation’s economic opening, gives a talk at NYU Shanghai. Qiu moved to the US to translate T.S. Eliot before becoming a novelist and is an avid poetry fan — his talk will span poetry, translation and Shanghai’s rapid development.
Apr 17, 12:15pm-1:30pm, free. New York University Shanghai, see event listing.

Apr 18: Maximilian Hecker


German singer and multi-instrumentalist Maximilian Hecker is renowned for his elegant and symphonic pop music, and has been compared to Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Catch his Sea of Silence concert at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.
Apr 18, 7.30pm, RMB100-380. Shanghai Centre Theatre, see event listing, see event listing.

Apr 18: Feria de Abril


Bar Rouge’s weekly La Vida Loca night has a special theme in honor of the traditional Catalan holiday of Feria de Abril. Get into the polka dot dress code and then head there for Latin beats by DJ Tuto, free salsa and bachata lessons and authentic Puerto de Indias gin & tonic for RMB60 all night.
Apr 18, 9pm. Bar Rouge, see event listing.

Apr 19: Lydmor


Copenhagen-based singer and electropop artist Lydmor returns to Shanghai for a performance at ALL.  Known for her catchy, synthy music and honest lyrics, she has a neon-tinted new aesthetic and image that's as suited to a club as a livehouse.
Apr 19, 8pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. ALL Club, see event listing.

Apr 20: Coucou Chloe


A French producer based in London, Coucou Chloe is an up-and-comer thanks to her unique, futuristic beats and vocals. She's lended her music to Rihanna's fashion shows, and her latest EP, Erika Jane, is a mix of hard-hitting dance floor beats and slower, sultrier experiments. Catch her China debut at ALL from Wooozy Offline.
Apr 20, 10pm. ALL Club, see event listing.

Apr 20, 21, 23: Bruno Mars


The megastar returns to Shanghai for three sold-out performances at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. With five Grammy Awards and more than 130 million records to his name, Mars is one of the most best-selling artists of all time. He's best known for crazily popular hits like 'Locked Out of  Heaven,' 'The Lazy Song' and 'Grenade,' and released his third studio album, 24K Magic, back in 2016.
Apr 20, 21, 23 at 8pm. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing.

Apr 21: Record Store Day


Shanghai's own version of Record Store Day, an annual celebration of vinyl music first held in the US in 2007 and now held worldwide, returns to Uptown Records' Pingwu Lu location. A collaboration between Uptown and Daily Vinyl, over 20 vendors will be offering up a selection of records that span rock, pop jazz, electronic music, hip-hop, classical, and more.
Apr 21, 2-8pm. Uptown Records, see event listing.

Apr 21: Laputa: Castle in the Sky in Concert


The program of this concert includes a selection of the best soundtracks from the Studio Ghibli's 30-year long cinematic history, from 1986's Laputa:Castle in the Sky to the Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away.  Soundtracks are performed by the Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by clips from the animated films for viewers to revisit the  fantastical worlds created by Ghibli's animators.
Apr 21, 7.30pm, RMB120-380. Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets.

Apr 21: Around the World with Chef Danyi: Vietnam


Shake’s chef Danyi Gao, who recently won first place on Chef Nic, one of China’s biggest cooking shows, launches a monthly dinner series based on her travels around the world. The first edition focuses on Vietnam, featuring bun cha, pok pok wings, lemongrass clam soup, Wagyu oxtail  & beef brisket pho and more. A live performance of funk and soul to  follow at 10.30pm.
Apr 21-22, 6pm, RMB299 per person (minimum two people). Shake, see event listing.

Apr 22: Shanghai International Half Marathon


Join 15,000 runners from all over the world for this exciting half marathon, because the best way to learn about a city is to run through it. Beginning at the Pearl Tower, the route takes you past Lujiazui high-rises, New Bund Park, Expo Park and more.
Apr 22, 7am, Oriental Pearl Tower, see event listing.

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