The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, January 6, 2020

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


Jan 6-14: Dreamgirls

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Image via 247 Tickets

Having opened on Broadway all the way back in 1981, Dreamgirls is a phenomenal worldwide hit. Bringing to life the story of a trio of fantastic singers in ‘60s America, this musical is one you should see at least once. 

Jan 6-14, various times; RMB200-1,000. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 9-11: A Trip To Motown

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

Motown is a feeling! A feeling of joy, hope, and the love that we all need. Shanghai's house of funk and soul takes you there this weekend, with a concert of timeless, euphoric music from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Rick James, and more from Motown's catalog of 180 number one hits. Courtney Knott, Sheree, and SHAKE's six-piece band star in this journey to Detroit as we begin a brand new decade. Dinner and cocktails from 6pm; live music and dancefloor madness from 10:30pm.

Jan 9-11, dinner and drinks from 6pm, music from 10:30pm; RMB100. Shake. See event listing


Jan 10: Hologram Dreams 全息梦境 + Anime Screening

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

Shanghai's monthly night for Italo disco, synth pop, raw house trax, city pop, and cybernetic sounds returns to Elevator for a dance party and double-feature anime screening. From 10pm, Heatwolves, Jianz, and Megaforce blend classics, brand new sounds, and unknown pleasures with rare anime visuals dripping from the walls. Before the party, there's a dual-subtitled anime screening with free pizza from 8.30pm. This month's films are the surreal sci-fi anthology Neo-Tokyo (1987) and Otaku No Video (1991), the hilarious, half-animated / half live-action Gainax mockumentary about otaku culture in the '80s. Dress code: 640x480 vs 1080p.

Jan 10, 8.30pm; RMB50 before 11pm and RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing


Jan 10: Popasuda: Salute to Dada and Farewell

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After almost a decade of throwing stellar parties at Dada Shanghai, the city's iconic venue is set to close. It's truly heartbreaking. Out of respect and salute, Popasuda gears up for one last party at Dada, going all out bringing four million percent vibes. Skinny Brown hits the decks for an epic eight hour set with global sounds. Get ready for Popasuda's final party at Dada Shanghai. It will be a big one.

Jan 10, 10pm; no cover. Dada. See event listing


Jan 10: Round Eye, The Flood, Dahaha

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Another night of local punk rock with three of Shanghai's underground titans: Round Eye, The Flood, and Dahaha along with the debut gig of local dudes White Ink. Come on out for an exercise in alcoholic gluttony and fake whiskey philosophy.

Jan 10, 9pm; RMB50. Harley’s Underground. See event listing


Jan 11: Cotton Club Blues Night

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After 19 years and 5000 shows, the venerable institution of blues, Shanghai's world-famous "Cotton Club " shut its doors on March 25, 2017.  As one of our favorite bands and venues in Shanghai, we are proud to welcome the whole team for two nights of Blues bliss at The Pearl. The Royal Hombres has been a fixture on the Shanghai music scene from the beginning of time. They held court at the Cotton Club for nineteen years and their music reflects an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and funk. The band, led by inimitable Blues legend, Greg Smith with Jorland Paulino on bass, Francesco Perre on drums, Yiko on vocals and Matt Cadillac Cooper on guitar and vocals.

Jan 11, 9pm; RMB120 presale. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 11-12: Green Escape Night Market



Flyer courtesy of Jing An Kerry Center

The Kerry Jing'an closes Anyi Lu to traffic every weekend for an outdoor market called Green Escape. Bundle up and get ready to enjoy wares from over 50 vendors including flowers, Argentinian barbecue, Dutch french fries, DODU rotisserie chicken and healthy meals from Hunter Gatherer. They even have The Odd Couple cocktails. 

Jan 11-12, 4.30pm-midnight (Sat), 2.30pm-10pm (Sun); free entry. Jing An Kerry Center. See event listing


Jan 12: KK Album Release Tour

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Image via 247 Tickets

After four years without a new album, Japanese favorite KK returns with a second album, Rutsubo. Also known as Ken Kamikita, the secretive and wildly popular singer-songwriter returns to Shanghai as part of his Asian tour this month. 

Jan 12, 5pm; RMB180 presale. Bandai Namco. See event listing. Tickets


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