The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, October 14, 2019

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


Oct 15: Nothing 

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Hailing from the often rowdy city of Philadelphia, Nothing is the creation of band leader Dominic Palermo, a legend in the city’s underground scene. Palermo has had some well-documented struggles over the years, but his commitment to his craft has attracted a variety of fans, albeit with the band going through multiple line up changes. 2018’s Dance on the Blacktop received critical acclaim on its release, with tracks on the album described as gorgeously surreal and ethereal. 

Oct 15, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Oct 17, 19-20: Moulin Dream Immersive Cabaret Theater

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Moulin Rouge. The roaring ’20s of old Shanghai. Dream Of The Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin’s masterpiece, one of China's four great classical novels. These are the swirling and smoky realms that inspire the one you will step into at The Pearl this weekend. Twenty four cast members, spectacular dance numbers, classic and contemporary musical hits, and close-up interactive theater are all on hand to tease your senses. 

Oct 17, 19-20, 6pm doors, 7pm show starts; RMB680-2,000. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets. 


Oct 18: Shanghai Sunrise Charity Quiz

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There a special charity quiz raising funds for Shanghai Sunrise taking place on October 18 at The Camel. Started in 1996, Shanghai Sunrise is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by raising funds for educational scholarships for underprivileged and at-risk young people

RMB150 gets you entry to the quiz along with fish & chips, chicken parma or pesto pasta, plus a drink. As always, there will be great prizes on offer, as well as a raffle to raise money for a very worthy cause. And if all that is not enough, it will be happy hour for the duration of the quiz!

Oct 18, 7.30pm; RMB150. The Camel Sports Bar & Kitchen. See event listing. Tickets


Oct 18: Inspirative

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Guitarist Noppanan Panicharoen has been rocking out under the moniker Inspirative since 2006. Initially a solo project, Inspirative became a fully fledged band in 2008 and have since gone on to gain a following around the world for their inspired post rock tracks. 

Despite the obvious limitations of rocking out in an EDM and hip hop loving country, fearless internet users quickly discovered the charms of Inspirative and their slow-burning, soaring guitar-driven music. 

Oct 18, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets.


Oct 18: Glow Curve Album Release Tour

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Excellent Beijing experimental instrumental rock band Glow Curve arrive at Yuyintang this week for a gig in support of their latest album release, Invisible History. This album has long been highly-anticipated by fans of the band’s amazing live sound, with live music junkies keen to find out what the constantly evolving group have come up with this time around. 

Oct 18, 9pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Oct 19: MasquerArt

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Feeling fancy this spooky season? Forgo your favorite dead presidents mask in favor of something a little more elegant this October. MasquerArt is back for its second year, taking place on October 19 at Fun Bar. 

Combining great food, live painting by artists Bonnie Guo and Alina Levyz, masks, music by DJ ALEPA¥ and dancers, MasquerArt aims to bring together curious, philosophical and creative minds. 

Oct 19, 5.30pm; RMB120-400. Fun Bar. See event listing. Tickets


Oct 19: Bubba’s 7th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off 


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Calling all barbecue fans in Shanghai! Bubba’s 7th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off is right around the corner. Head on over to Sam’s Club Qingpu on October 19 to celebrate all things meat. Some of Shanghai’s top barbecue chefs will go head to head for top honors across a number of barbecue categories: Best Sausage, Best Chicken, Best Pork Ribs, Best Beef and Best Pulled/Chopped Meat.

Oct 19, 11am-5pm, RMB50 (presale), RMB100 (door). Sam’s Club QingpuSee event listingTickets.


Oct 19: Perch Grand Opening

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Perch, your new favorite cocktail hangout spot, is having its grand opening this weekend. Starting at 4pm, the bar will be giving away free tapas from 4-6pm and free prosecco for the ladies, while attendees can pay just RMB100 for three drink tickets, covering cocktails, select beer and house wine. 

Oct 19, 4pm; RMB100 for three drink tickets. Perch. See event listing


Oct 19: MommyDiaries Halloween Carnival

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Quite possibly the most enjoyable holiday of the year, Halloween allows the young ones to show their creative side, as they pick and choose their favorite costume. Bring your kids to this fun event at Awesome Kid’s Club this weekend, the entrance fee covers free snacks and cakes (gluten-free, low sugar and vegan options), face painting, arts & crafts, music programs, photography and more! 

Oct 19, 9am; RMB168-200. Awesome Kid’s Club. See event listing. Scan QR code in the flyer for tickets. 


Oct 19-21: Best of British

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Brits and Anglophiles, this is definitely the event for you. Next week, the 2019 Best of British exhibition will showcase all the finest things from the UK. This year’s theme ‘Power of the UK’ celebrates Britain’s lifestyle, fashion, innovation and excellence. 

Oct 19-21, 10am-6pm; RMB80. Shanghai Exhibition Center. See event listing. Tickets


Oct 20-21: Carly Rae Jepsen


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We really, really, really, really, really, really like Carly Rae Jepsen and we are delighted to announce that tickets to her shows in Shanghai are now on sale over on our thMart platform. The singer, who is best-known for tracks like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘I Really Like You’, will be playing for two nights at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base on October 20 and 21. Earlier this year, the Canadian singer came back with her first album in four years. Critically acclaimed upon release, Dedicated features 13 tracks and was inspired by everything from ’70s disco to the calm Swedish countryside. With Grammy nominations, No. 1 hits and Zeitgeist-defining songs in the bag, we’re sure these tickets will fly off the shelves, so make sure you pick yours up fast! 

Oct 20-21, 7.30pm (Oct 20), 8pm (Oct 21); RMB520 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai BaseSee event listingTickets


Until Jan 5: Bob Dylan Retrospectrum

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Sure, Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winning writer, poet and lyricist, but his lesser known creative endeavors include painting with oil, acrylic and watercolor, and even include ironwork sculpture. Modern Art Museum, god bless their souls, have collected more than 250 of Dylan’s works spanning over 40 years to Shanghai this weekend. Dylan’s early ink experiments will show alongside the likes of works from Mondo Scripto sketches. Enjoy this fascinating insight into the creative polymath's works until January next year. 

Until Jan 5, RMB100. Modern Art Museum Shanghai. Tickets


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