The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, October 8, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events in town this week.

Oct 8: Back to Post-Holiday Reality

Flyer courtesy of Stone Brewing Tap Room

After offering you such good deals over the holiday, Stone doesn't want you to succumb to post-holiday depression. That's why they are offering you your first Stone core beer (50oz pour) on October 8 on the house. Getting back into the working week is a whole lot easier with a frothy, cold beer awaiting you! Stop by any time after 5pm to keep the holiday vibes going!

Oct 8, 5pm. Stone Brewing Tap Room. See event listing

Oct 8-9: Jie•Jie

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This live portrait event is all about breaking the ice. Beginning conversations through art, the artists behind this event explore cultural diversity and the various forms of communication that can occur across cities. Via a variety of mediums, such as photographs, corrugated paper, coffee ink and much more, this is a perfect way to connect with someone during the holiday. 

Oct 5-9, 10am-7pm. TheaterX Showroom. See event listing

Oct 8-13: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Wimbledon champ and world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer are among a host of elite names heading to China for the illustrious Shanghai Rolex Masters in October. The eighth tournament of nine in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 spans eight days, and will see 99 matches of jaw-dropping action and thrilling excitement played out. The world’s top talents will battle it out for their share of the mouth-watering USD7,086,700 prize pot, as the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, retractable magnolia-inspired roof and all, will play host to Novak, Roger and co.

Oct 6-13, All Day; RMB60-RMB480. Qizhong Forest Sports City ArenaSee event listing.

Oct 10-13: Music China 2019

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Over the course of its 18 years of life, Music China 2019 has garnered a reputation as being one of the best and largest of Asia’s musical instrument expos. This year more than 2,300 exhibitors from over 30 countries will be in attendance at the four-day expo, presenting everything from traditional Chinese instruments to modern electronic music devices. For professionals working in this field, and for the curious among our readers, this should be a fun outing. 

Oct 10-13, various times; RMB30-50. Shanghai International Expo Center. See event listing

Oct 11: Zhaoze

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Guangdong post rock band Zhaoze arrive at Bandai Namco this month for an evening of gorgeous guqin music. Inspired by the likes of Sigur Ros, Zhaoze have floated beneath the radar, despite crafting some of the most beautiful music in the country over the past few years. They’ll bring two huge works, Birds Contending and 1911, for what should be an amazing evening of live music. 

Oct 11, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets

Oct 12: Love Bang: Catch & Scratch Opening & Sudden-Closing Party

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Here’s a bit of gossip you won’t hear at your local corner store; Catch & Scratch is the hottest new restaurant in town, and it's closing before it even opens. That's so cool! What's even cooler? The after-party is STILL GOIN’ DOWN, with very emotional, very bangin’ club music until 5am. Catch & Scratch is the new failure by Mr. Blurry, the boyfriend of celebrity-cat Xu Dongmei. Indeed, Mr. Blurry is a talented and beloved chef, but when his investors realized he’s deeply psychotic (note his eyes on the flyer), they decided to cut their losses and cancel the project, but are still having an after-party to get social media clout for their next venture. Damn! After hearing this news, Mr. Blurry had a total breakdown and painted the walls and ceilings with all his ingredients, which accidentally created a surreal exhibition that perfectly matches the high-energy, very bangin' club music of the after-party. Lineup: Knopha (Beatween), NEHO (It's Your Boy Nelson), Lumi (Eastern Margins), ELF (SHCR) and Heatwolves.

Oct 12, 10pm; RMB50 before 11pm, RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing

Oct 12: Electric Circus’ 1-Year Anniversary

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Taking place over two days this weekend, Electric Circus are celebrating their one-year anniversary. While their show on Friday, October 11 is a private event, you can swing by on October 12 to celebrate a fantastic year of events at this great Shanghai venue. Kicking the party into gear on Saturday night, legendary US DJ Z-Trip will take to the decks, showing off his amazing turntablism and his superb mash-up abilities. 

Oct 12, 10pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Electric Circus. See event listing. Tickets

Oct 12: Stand Up Comedy: Girls' Night Out

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It’s a girls night out at Cages Bar & Sports this Saturday as the Shanghai Comedy Bunker lays on an all-female stand-up comedy show, featuring, among others, Magners Comedy Competition finalist Casey Li Brander, Hei Now Comedy co-founder Erica Switzer and star of Mamahuhu Norah Yang.

Oct 12, 9.30pm; RMB70 presale, RMB80 door. Shanghai Comedy Bunker. See event listing. Scan the QR code on the flyer for tickets. 

Oct 12-13: That Physics Show


Looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids? In that case That Physics Show is the event for you. Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo is the man behind the ultra-fascinating off-Broadway show that combines the fun of science with a riveting performance. During the show, he'll go over all sorts of different experiments that demonstrate just how incredible our world is – think motion, momentum, energy, sound waves and more. According to Eric Krebs, the show's producer, That Physics Show is "a cross between Stomp and Blue Man Group with a little Bubble Show thrown in."  

Sat-Sun Oct 12-13, times vary; RMB180-480. ET SpaceSee event listingTickets.

Oct 13: A Jamaican Poetry Reading: Millicent A.A. Graham

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Millicent Graham is the author of two collections of poetry, The Damp in Things and The Way Home. She is currently participating in the Shanghai Writers Program 2019. In addition to her two collections of poetry, her work has also been published in The Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Writer and City Lighthouse. Millicent is co-founder of The Drawing Room Project Ltd., a space for writers to hone their skills in all genres and increase their contributions to Caribbean literature.

Oct 13, 7pm; free entry. Madame Mao's Dowry. See event listing. RSVP: 

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