The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, November 25, 2019

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


Nov 25 - Dec 1: Futurelab

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Futurelab combines three sections; exhibitions, on-site workshops and thematic forums, with the aim of showcasing cutting edge techniques in teaching and creating in the field of art and design. Taking place over the course of one week at West Bund Art Center, this is an excellent way for you to sink your teeth into modern art trends, while also creating a dialogue between the past and the future of education in the field. 

Nov 25 - Dec 1, 10am-6pm; RMB60. West Bund Art Center. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 27: Swim Deep

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Birmingham (the English one) band Swim Deep combine a variety of influences that dip into genres like dream pop, shoegaze and indie rock to create songs that are hard to pin down, but easy to listen to. Their third album, Emerald Classic, dropped in October sees the band sounding as good as they ever have, according to NME

Nov 27, 8.30pm; RMB240 presale, RMB300 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 28: Mindreading Magician Max Maven


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Max Maven, one of the world's top mindreading magicians, has performed mysterious shows that transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries in over two dozen countries. Max has worked with the likes of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy and acted on more than a hundred television shows about mindreading magic.

Nov 28, 9pm; RMB180. The Pearl. See event listingTickets.


Nov 29: RDC x Alter. X Redbox   presents Dixon (Innervisions/Berlin)

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Rainbow Disco Club, ALTER. Shanghai, and Redbox Asia, have banded together to bring on the party of the year for a two-floor takeover with one of the biggest names in dance music - get up close and personal with Dixon, pioneer DJ / producer and Resident Advisor favourite as he plays a rare and intimate show in Fallout Shanghai, decked out with a powerful TPI sound system on Friday night.

Nov 29, 9pm; RMB250 early bird, RMB300 standard, RMB350 door. Fallout. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 30: W-inds

Japanese pop boy band W-inds is headed to Shanghai on November 30. The group is made up of lead singer Ryohei Chiba and backup singers/rappers Keita Tachibana and Ryuichi Ogata. The band formed after each member passed dance auditions to join the group. The trio was then signed to Vision Factory's esteemed label in 2000. The group promptly moved to Tokyo and started garnering attention by giving street performances in Yoyogi Park and Shibuya. 

Sat Nov 30, 7.30pm; RMB580-1,880 (VIP). National Exhibition and Convention Center Hong Arena (East Hall). See event listingTickets.


Nov 30: Laurel Halo (Hyperdub)

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Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany – Laurel Halo’s music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout, divisive debut album Quarantine in 2012. The record received critical acclaim, and was named Wire Magazine’s Album of the Year. Since then she’s released two more albums – 2013’s Chance of Rain for Hyperdub, 2015’s In Situ for Honest Jon’s – and toured extensively with a live hardware PA. In addition, Laurel hosts a regular show on Berlin Community Radio, having originally cut her teeth as a freeform DJ on the legendary WCBN-FM station in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has collaborated with John Cale, Julia Holter, David Borden, Daniel Wohl, and Metahaven among others.

Nov 30, 10pm. ALL Club. See event listing.


Dec 1: Farm-to-Table Winter Dinner

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Kaixin Cooking and Vert City Farm are hosting their second farm-to-table dinner! Taking the best seasonal ingredients from Vert City Farm - a local organic farm - Kaixin makes original healthy dishes inspired by Chinese and fusion flavors. This time they have an all-new menu of winter vegetables!

Dec 1, 6pm; RMB200 early bird, RMB250 regular. Vert City Farm. See event listing. Scan QR code for tickets. 


Dec 1: Allie X

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Canadian singer and songwriter Allie X is slated to perform in China for the first time ever in December. In addition to her amazing vocals and songs, Allie X is known for her highly fashionable outfits and dramatic live shows. You can check out her Shanghai performance on December 1 at VasLive. This is one concert that should not be missed.

Sun Dec 1, 8pm; RMB280. VasLive. See event listingTickets.


Dec 1: Tokyo Shoegazer

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Legendary Japanese shoegaze rock band Tokyo Shoegazer are joined by one of the best young bands in China today, Default. Tokyo Shoegazer went on a seemingly endless hiatus for five years before announcing their return at the beginning of this year, much to the delight of their fans in China and around the world. 

Dec 1, 7.30pm; RMB180 presale, RMB200 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets


Nov 29 - Dec 15: Jing'an Christkindlmarkt 2019

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Beautifully decorated wooden stalls offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, Glühwein (mulled wine), roasted almonds and various other drinks to keep you warm. Delicious regional specialties from Germany and other countries will leave you stuffed and happy. For the small and big kids Santa will come by on the weekends to grant wishes!  

Nov 29 - Dec 15, 4-9pm (Mon-Fri), 12-9pm (Sat-Sun); RMB60 plus a mulled wine or punch on weekends. Zeitgeist. See event listing.


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