What's On in Shanghai: February 2019

By Sarah Forman and Julia Vihinen, February 1, 2019

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

Feb 1: Popasuda

Flyer courtesy of the promoter

Start the year off with a night of global bass from Popasuuuuddaaaaaa. Skinny Brown's putting on an eight-hour set to keep you movin' and groovin into the morning.

Feb 1, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Feb 1: Stand Up Comedy Showcase

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You can also start the month off right with a stand-up comedy showcase at Cages Bar and Sports featuring the unfailingly funny China International Comedy Festival finalists Kurt Dunsing and Eric Alexander, Magners Comedy Competition finalist Gene George and touring pro comedian Barney Rivera. Entry is RMB70 which includes one free drink.

Feb 1, 9pm, RMB70 includes one drink. Shanghai Comedy Bunker, see event listing.

Feb 1-28: Freitag Fun F-riends Pop-Up

Image via Freitag's WeChat

To celebrate the new year, and their new-ish location in Shanghai, the Freitag store on Julu Lu is hosting a pop-up art exhibition, illustrating where some of their beloved products go when they leave the store. It's playful, clean and gives you an excuuse to go check out the new compound if you haven't already. Store hours may change over Chinese New Year, but they haven't confirmed yet, so best to call ahead if you're skeptical.

Feb 1-28, Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm, no cover. Freitag Store Shanghai, see event listing.

Feb 2: Murder Mystery: Medieval Madness

Flyer courtesy of the promoter

The murder mystery dinner club returns in a medieval setting - a noble wedding. Put on your detective helmet and get ready to scheme, plot and backstab your way through the evening.

Feb 2, 7pm, RMB160. UN CAFFE BAR, see event listing.

Feb 3: SHFT Pres. Pork Chop Party

Flyer courtesy of the promoter

If you're here for the holidays, you can kick off the week with a party over at Found 158. While the DJ lineup is technically a mystery, we suspect some local favorites like Carta or Chace. Maybe. Probably. We'll see. Should be fun. 

Feb 3, 10pm, RMB60 pre-sale, RMB100 door. Arkham, see event listing.

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24: Jam Session at Candor

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Jam sessions galore - makers can grab their instruments and head down to Candor to finish the weekend off the musical way. Every Sunday, the luxe craft cocktail bar will be hosting evenings full of performances and two-for-one cocktails.

Every Sunday in Feb, no cover. Candor, see event listing.

Feb 4: Super Bowl Parties

Photo courtesy of The Kerry Hotel

Ah yes, the Super Bowl. It may fall on a Monday in this corner of the world, but you've still got a handful of options to join in on the American football centric festivities. Whether you're rooting for the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, wanting a big ass party at Cages or something a little more intimate at The Rooster (which we suspect will also get super rowdy, so take the word "intimate" with a grain of salt), you can check our whole list of happenings right here.

Feb 4: Free Flow Chinese New Year's Eve Party at The Rooster

Flyer courtesy The Rooster

And speaking of The Rooster, they're turning it up at night for a free flow CNY blowout. Oh boy. Drink all you can for RMB200 (add on RMB300 for draft beers), and make sure to block out your schedule for the hard-earned hangover. 

Feb 4, 9.30pm, from RMB200. The Rooster, see event listing

Feb 4-10: CNY Wine Deals at Kartel

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The Jing’an/FFC wine bar and eatery Kartel is staying open during Chinese New Year, and they’re offering 20 percent off on wine bottles. So enjoy some red or white with your friends while gazing at that Shanghai skyline you know so well. Just go to the event listing, save their flyer and re-post on your moments to apply for the discount.

Feb 4-10, 6pm onwards, no cover. Kartel, see event listing.

Feb 4-10: Uncle Logan the Pajama Man

Flyer courtesy of the promoter

Uncle Logan is keeping his fine establishment up and running this holiday season with drink deals throughout. We're not sure if he'll be in pajamas, but either way, we're not complaining.

Feb 4-10, 6pm, no cover. Logan's Punch, see event listing.

Feb 5-6: Movie and Beer Nights

Flyer courtesy of Stone Brewing

Movies! Beer! The team at Stone is offering 50 percent off selected brews to accompany 7pm screenings of two classic films - Ghostbusters and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The kitchen will be closed, but they're offering free delivery from Homeslice, so you shan't go hungry - just don't expect to be able to order the oxtail grilled cheese.

Feb 5-6, 7pm, no cover. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing.

Feb 6: Open Bar Open Mic Comedy Show

Flyer courtesy Shanghai Comedy Bunker

It's the return of the legendary Open Bar Open Mic show to Masse Bistro & Bar, in association with the Shanghai Comedy Bunker. RMB150 buys you three hours of free flow drinks and free flow stand-up comedy. The deal includes Asahi draught, house spirits with mixers (gin, vodka, rum, whiskey) as well as soft drinks and juices. 

Feb 6, 8.30-11.30pm, RMB150. Masse Gastro Lounge, see event listing

Feb 8: Chinese New Year Quiz

Flyer courtesy The Camel Sports Bar and Kitchen 

Hosted by That's Shanghai's very own Ned Kelly, this Chinese New Year Special Pub Quiz will take you through ten rounds covering all things Spring Festival and piggy. We suspect at least one, if not several, Peppa Pig references - consider yourself clued in.

Feb 8, 8pm, free entrance. Camel Sports Bar and Kitchen, see event listing

Feb 9: Motorbike

Flyer courtesy of Specters

Shanghai’s favorite punk bar has found a grownup new home over by the Jiangsu Lu metro station, where you can find them open seven days a week – including over Chinese New Year – playing the same old classics. On February 9, they’ll be hosting Motorbike, a glam, soul and punk vinyl set for a night filled with drinking and dancing.

Feb 9, 9pm, no cover. Specters, see event listing.

Feb 9: Mau Mau All Night Vinyl Set

Flyer courtesy of Dada

Dada's open for an all vinyl set, and Mau Mau's bio is just too cute not to share: "Mau Mau enjoys pancakes, ping pong and searching for timeless music that makes people do terrible things on the dancefloor – disco, house and techno with grit and funk." Aw. We love you Mau Mau, and your Elevator pop-ups.

Feb 9, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Feb 14: Valentine's Day Dinners and Deals

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Valentine's Day is upon us, as are the hoards of dining deals and set meals that come with it. Whether you're spending it with your beloved on the Bund or opting for an extra special Tinder date at Windows, we've got plenty of options for you and a full list of offers right here.

Feb 15: XIA

Flyer courtesy of Dada

If you're into Afro desert fusion, then you're going to want to hit this month's Xia. Percussion, guitar, vocals and "visual wizardry" will come together for a live show and a break from their usual programming.

Feb 15, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Feb 15-16: Black Kisstory

Flyer courtesy of the promoters

Blackout Comedy combines everyone's favorite day for romance and Black History month in a standout, stand-up show. For two nights you can count on Beijing Xi Lu for new jokes, giveaways, food and drink specials in what promises to be a side splitting show.

Feb 15-16, 8.30pm, RMB75. Roadhouse Sports Saloon, see event listing.

Feb 16: Glades

Photo courtesy of 247tickets

This fresh Australian alternative pop trio only just put out their debut album, but they’re already becoming one of the hottest acts to watch from the Land Down Under. Like a way cooler, less annoying version of The Chainsmokers. After gaining momentum online with hundreds of millions of streams, and finishing a sell-out Australian tour, they’ll be coming to Shanghai for a show packed with synths, complex electro-pop beats and solemn melodies.

Feb 16, 9pm, RMB120 pre-sale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 16: China Social Club

Flyer courtesy of Dada

PCJ of Aussie-backed China Social Club is playing with Endy Chen and Jiafeng for a night of disco not disco, techno, internet culture, weird ass sounds and so so so much to dance to. Honestly, not even fully sure what to expect here, but we like all three of these guys, so it should be a super solid one. Could get real funky real fast.

Feb 16, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Feb 20: Beer University

Flyer courtesy of Stone Brewing Tap Room

Class is in session for Stone's second beer workshop, this time around focusing on China's craft history. You'll get six 5 ounce pours and 10 percent off any you purchase to take home with you, so go learn a thing and have some drinks while you're at it.

Feb 20, 7pm, RMB148. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing.

Feb 20: Kodaline

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Following the release of their 2018 album Politics of Living, Kodaline are bringing a new show and new setlist to town. The four-piece from Dublin known for their radio-ready rock sound have been likened to Coldplay and The Head and The Heart, with folk vibes that’ll give you all the feels.

Feb 20, 8pm, RMB520. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 22: SID

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Japanese four-man band SID has been putting out alternative rock, hard rock and pop rock albums since 2004. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, they’ll be performing their new and old tracks in Shanghai this month.

Feb 22, 7.30pm, RMB580. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 22: Craig David

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The multi Grammy-nominated Craig David will bring his TS5 Tour to Shanghai on February 22 at Jing'an Sports Center. The veteran UK pop star has had quite the career. The singer, songwriter and rapper has sold a whopping 15 million albums worldwide and his single ‘7 Days’ was in the Top 10 Billboard.

It's been 18 years since his debut album, the critically acclaimed Born To Do It, was at Number 1 all over the world, selling 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and spawning Billboard Chart Hits ‘7 Days’, ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘Walking Away.’ Nearly two decades later and Craig is still going strong.

Feb 22, 8pm, RMB480-880. Jing'an Sports Centre, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 22: Lillies and Remains

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Formed way back in 2006 by three college mates in Kyoto, this new wave/post-punk band is one of the most prominent groups in the Japanese indie rock scene. With catchy hooks and edgy, metallic guitar sounds, they create an atmosphere unlike any other.

Feb 22, 8.30pm, RMB90 pre-sale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 22: Hologram Dreams

Flyer courtesy of Dada

'A voyage from funk into the future…' DJs Heatwolves and Finascia take Dada's dancefloor on a hyperloop journey from city-pop, Italo disco and Chicago house into new wave, electro and cybernetic madness. Seminal classics, brand new sounds, unknown pleasures and rare anime visuals.

Feb 22, 9pm, no cover. Dada, see event listing.

Feb 22-28: School of Rock Musical

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As the title suggests, the musical follows an out-of-work rock singer, who works as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After recognizing his students' talent in music, he turns them into a music band and determines to win the upcoming competition. Based on the 2003 hit film with the same name, the show, which is a treat for all ages, will blow your mind with thrilling music and passion for dream.

Feb 22-28, 1.30pm, 7.15pm, RMB160-1,080. Shanghai Grand Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 23: Ninagawa Macbeth Screening

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Experience the late theater director Yukio Ninagawa’s breathtaking rendition of a Shakespearean classic. By turning Scottish warriors into katana-wielding samurai, and the Highland woods into a mesmerising cherry blossom forest, Ninagawa’s production shows how the universal themes of power, tyranny and guilt fit into any context.

Feb 23, 7pm, RMB120-180. Huangpu Theater, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 23: Huit Etoiles

Flyer courtesy of Dada

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Huit Etoiles are a leader in nu-disco. The DJ crew has played famous nightclubs across the globe, and are now coming to Shanghai’s very own Dada bar to showcase their Wamono (Japanese style) sets.

Feb 23, 9pm, RMB30 pre-sale, RMB50 door. Dada, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 23-24: Commune Market

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Commune Market, one of Shanghai’s favorite community events, is back for 2019. Over the weekend of February 23-24, from 11am-6pm, join vendors at Yong Ping Lane. Expect new creations from local designers, gourmet food, music, beer and wine.

Feb 23-24, 11am, no cover. Yong Ping Lane, see event listing.

Feb 26: Masego

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With vocals, cello, drums, trumpet, guitar, piano and saxophone under his belt, you could say this 22-year-old musician from Kingston, Jamaica is more than blessed. And hey, that would be fully appropriate considering that’s what his name literally translates to in Tswana. Mixing trap, house and jazz, this show at Arkham sets itself apart from the usual scene and will help you ride the wave of your post-holiday reset.

Feb 26, 10pm, RMB120 pre-sale, RMB180 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 27: Chris Botti

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The Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is coming to Shanghai this February for his 2019 China tour. After joining Columbia recordings in 2011, Botti quickly established himself as a versatile musician who masters both jazz and pop music. As an inherent performer, Botti owns the stage with his mesmerizing music and charisma and has attracted multiple big names from the industry to share stage with him, including Sting, Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma.
Feb 27, 7.30pm, RMB380-980. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, see event listing, buy tickets.

Feb 28: Unravel: Waves

Flyer courtesy of Unravel

This month, Shanghai’s very own live storytelling platform is partnering up with The Shanghai Literary Review and independent zine collective Shaving in the Dark for a special February edition at Yuyintang Park. The theme? Waves. As always, tickets include a drink.

Feb 28, 7.30pm, RMB50 pre-sale, RMB60 door. Yuyintang Park, see event listing, buy tickets.

Mar 2: MONO

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This Japanese instrumental band has toured all around the world for 20 years and picked up loads of inspiration on the way. Influenced by classical composers such as Beethoven, as well as noise bands like My Bloody Valentine and Neurosis, the group succeeds in creating an intense and dynamic sound that transcends genres.

Mar 2, 9pm, RMB220. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing.

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