What's On in Suzhou: May 2018

By That's Suzhou, May 2, 2018

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That's Suzhou picks the best things to do in the city each month.


All Month Long: Toro Loco After Dark

Toro Loco After Dark
Amplify your social scene after dark every day at Toro Loco. Groove till late with eclectic beats, sangria and Spanish bites. Sangria to share starting from RMB198 net per jug.

Daily, through June 30, 9pm-midnight. Toro Loco, W Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: Bamboo and Plum Blossom in Paintings Collection


Suzhou Museum is showcasing its collection of more than 40 pieces of bamboo and plum blossom paintings through the beginning of June. Both classic symbols of a traditional Chinese gentlemen, these two plants have been popular subjects for artists and poets since the Tang dynasty. 

Through Sunday, June 3. Suzhou Museum, see event listing (szmuseum.com)

All Month Long: Square Art Presents Mathias Milhaud

Mathias Milhaud
The works of artist Mathias Milhaud will be exhibited at 56 Creative Space until June 30 as part of Square Art International's artist residence project. Born in 1981 in Paris, Milhaud lives and works in Paris. His pieces feature sawed objects painted into forms that look like extensions of the recurrent naive or simple paintings, bridging the gap between the canvas and real life.

Through Saturday, June 30. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

Through May 6: The Beauty from Finite to Infinite


Featuring the newest creations of contemporary artist/painter Zhu Yuze, this exhibition showcases his signature style of blending Chinese and Western-style oil painting to showcase the harmony between life and nature.

Through Sunday, May 6. Suzhou Museum, see event listing. Visit szmuseum.com for more info.

Through May 20: Zhou Haiyun’s Embroidery Exhibition


A tradition of Suzhou since the Song dynasty, many modern day embroiderers based in small towns near Taihu dedicate their lives to preserve this age-old craft. Suzhou born craftswoman Zhou Haiyun, who has more than 40 years of experience in this field and is known for her depiction of local sceneries with embroidery, will be showcasing her work at the Suzhou Museum.

Through Sunday, May 20. Suzhou Museum, see event listing. Visit szmuseum.com for more info.

All Month Long: Morton's Power Hour

Morton's Power Hour
Get ready for the summer with one of the best power hours in town! Available every day from 5-7pm.

Daily, 5-7pm. Morton's Grille Suzhou, see event listing.

Tuesdays: RMB20 Tacos at El Luchador

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Taco Tuesday! Every Tuesday, El Luchador serves up RMB20 tacos from 6pm onwards to make the world a better place. Choose from an array of selected tacos and dig in!

Every week, Tuesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

Tuesdays: Camel Pub Quiz

201805/Quiz1.jpgEvery Tuesday, James Brown, the Hardest Working Man in Show Quizness, challenges with 10 rounds testing a wide variety of subjects ranging from general knowledge, film and current affairs questions. A total of RMB800 in Camel vouchers are up for grabs, plus plenty of shots to keep the atmosphere lively and competitive.

Every week, Tuesdays, 8pm-late. The Camel Sports Bar Suzhou, see event listing.

Tuesdays: RMB30 Frozen Margaritas

Margaritas at El Luchador
Three more days till the weekend seems too far away? Not anymore. Come to El Luchador for RMB30 frozen margaritas every Tuesday. The margs are served all day and all night, so why wait for the weekend?

Every week, Tuesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

Wednesdays: Senoritas Night Out

It's senoritas night out every Wednesday at Hemingway! Ladies get a free welcome drink (fruity rum punch) from 9pm to midnight. Book a table before 7pm to receive a free pitcher of fruity rum for the whole squad. All night long, there will also be drink specials on a selction of drinks, including wine, beer and punch. There will be also salsa dancing to ensure it's a fun evening for all.

Wednesdays,  9pm-late. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

Wednesdays: RMB50 Burritos at El Luchador

Burrito Deal at El Luchador Suzhou
Wednesdays just got a whole lot better. From 6pm onwards, get burritos for RMB50 each at El Luchador. Add RMB15, and you'll get a refreshing Corona or a delicious frozen margarita. Don't miss this deal available every Wednesday.

Every week, Wednesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

Thursdays: #TBT (Throwback Thursdays)

Throwback Thursdays at Hemingway
Ever wanted to turn back time? Well now you can every Thursday at Hemingway! Each Thursday, expect weekly rotating live DJs on the decks who will spinning the classics and special old-fashioned cocktails brought back for one night only by their bartenders. There will also be deals on drinks — from 20 percent off beers to 30 percent off mixed drinks — as well as #TBT surprises and presents. Hemingway's Thursdays with a twist will be your new favorite way to get ready for the weekend!

Every week, Thursdays. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

Thursdays: Roses Are Red Wine Promotion


Every Thursday, Volcity Wine Lounge will be pouring their excellent rose wines by the glass. Your first two glasses are half price between 1pm and 8pm. Enjoy a drink out on the patio or in the garden as the weather heats up. Snacks will also be provided.

Thursdays, 1-8pm. Volcity Wine Lounge, see event listing

Weekends: Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch

Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador
Brunch with a punch... of flavor! Come for El Luchador's brunch of champions every weekend, where they'll be serving authentic Mexican food starting from just RMB65 per person! For only RMB128 more, you can enjoy free flow sparkling and hibiscus mimosas. 

Every week, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2pm, RMB65-RMB193. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

Saturdays: Camelympic Games

Camelympic Games
The Camelympic Games are back! For those who don’t know, the Camelympics is a competition of pub games across five disciplines: Shuffleboard, Darts, Foosball, Pool and Golden Tee Golf. Teams of no more than eight people compete in games on Saturday nights throughout the month May. Those that qualify can play in a grand final on June 2, with the victorious team winning a steak dinner each and a keg of Carlsberg to share. For more information or to sign up a team, email james@camelsportsbar.com.

Every Saturday, from May 5 until June 2. The Camel Sports Bar, see event listing.

May 1-6: Beauty from Finite to Infinite


Featuring the newest creations of contemporary artist/painter Zhu Yuze, this exhibition showcases his signature style of blending Chinese and Western-style oil painting to showcase the harmony between life and nature.

Through Sunday, May 6. Suzhou Museum, see event listing. Visit szmuseum.com for more info.

May 2: DUSA May Social Gathering

DUSA
DUSA Social Gatherings provide an opportunity to meet with the European Association of Suzhou (DUSA) community and also for non-members to know more about the group. Blue Marlin will be providing welcome drinks and finger food free of charge.

Wednesday, May 2, 6.30-9pm. Blue Marlin (Xinghai Jie), see event listing.

May 3: DDL Presents Hot Club of Beijing

Hot Club of Beijing
China’s premier gypsy jazz ensemble the Hot Club of Beijing lands in Suzhou on May 3 as part of their national tour. Go on a journey back to the 1930s and 40s as the band continues to carry on the tradition of legend Django Reinhardt. Expect traditional gypsy waltzes, American swing classics, fiery Latin pieces and even traditional Chinese and Italian tunes. Presale tickets are RMB60, otherwise it's RMB80 at the door. Click here for more details.

Thursday, May 3, 8.30-10pm, RMB60 presale, RMB80 at the door. Hill House, see event listing.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo @ El Luchador

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El Luchador is throwing a party for Cinco de Mayo. And you know what that means, right? Lots and lots of tequila. Happy hour will be extended to 10pm and tequila shots will be RMB10. There will also be free tacos to soak up all that booze.

Saturday May 5, 3pm-late; El Luchador, see event listing

May 5: Toro Loco After Dark Electro Dance Party

Toro Looco After Dark Electro Dance Party
Have the appetite to party hard after dark? Then head over to W Suzhou on May 5 and turn Toro Loco upside down! Dance the night away with a lineup that includes DJ Jin, DJ Sutherland and DJ Giovane. Open bar passes can be purchased for RMB358, which will get you entrance plus three hours of free flow drinks. RSVP before May 4 to get a RMB100 discount on open bar passes. Table packages also available. Dress code is black and red. Plus, enter the Porron Competition for your chance to enjoy a bottle of selected wine or spirits at Toro Loco.

Saturday, May 5, 10pm-late. Toro Loco, W Suzhou, see event listing.

May 5: Chi Club Cinco de Mayo Party

Chi Club Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Tequila Night at Chi Club. Expect live music and a DJ and enjoy buy-one-get-one maragarita towers to get the party started.

Saturday, May 5. Chi Club, see event listing.

May 10, 12 & 27: Hack Hanzi Crashcourse

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Want to learn Chinese characters? Suzhou-based teacher Lydia Nordlien will be holding 'Hack Hanzi' workshops and crashcourses throughout the month of May to help you get started or prepare for the HSK. Participate in both the crashcourse and workshop for the complete version, or just take part in the crashcourse to learn what Hanzi is about and how easy it can be. Both classes have plenty of interaction, exercises and other activities and entry fee includes drinks. Note that workshop attendees are required to have previously attended the crashcourse. Hacking Hanzi is suitable for any language level, including beginners and advanced speakers. Sign up on WeChat by contacting Lydia on WeChat at Lydia-the-learner.

May 10, 12 & 27; Times vary. Locke Pub, see event listing.

May 12: Dulwich College Suzhou Founder's Day

Dulwich College Suzhou Founder's Day
Join Dulwich College to celebrate its biggest event of the year. The entire Suzhou community is invited to join the Dulwich community in the celebration of the school's founding father, Edward Alleyn. In conjunction with this year's theme of "Celebrating Diversity," there will be food and drinks from more than 20+ countries, goodies from dozens of vendors and music performances from Dulwich's talented students. Other fun activities are also planned, including a parents vs. staff football tourne and student art exhibit co-organized by DCSZ and the Friends of Dulwich. Selected student artworks will be exhibited and available for purchase on that day. All proceeds from Founder's Day will go towards charity and school projects.

May 12, noon-5pm. Dulwich College Suzhou, see event listing.

May 12: Run in Blue

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Run for a good cause at this month's Run in Blue event. The 5K marathon for autism will be held around Dushu Lake. Don't worry if running's not your thing, there will be a special treasure hunt for those who prefer to walk. 

Saturday May 12. To register just scan the QR code above. Dushu Lake Area, see event listing

May 13: Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch at Il Milione
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Il Milione with their special Mother’s day brunch menu from noon til night. Free flow options also available.

Sunday, May 13, RMB198 per person. Il Milione Wine Lounge, see event listing.

May 16: Seafood and Italian White Wine Pairing Dinner

Seafood & Wine Dinner
Join Il Milione for a four-course wine pairing dinner fully focused on matching four of their Italian white grape varieties to exceptional seafood dishes.

Wednesday, May 16, RMB450 per person. Il Milione Wine Lounge, see event listing.

May 18: InterNations May Event


Join InterNations' longstanding monthly networking event at Ombra Restaurant, Ligongdi, and meet fellow expats in the city over live music, delicious food and free flow of prosecco, Italian red wine and other drinks, along with a panoramic view of Jinji Lake. There's even an afterparty at Pulp Fiction for those who want to party all night long. Pulp Fiction will be offering a 10 percent discount for InterNations members.

Friday, May 18, 7.30pm. RMB160 (albatross members), RMB210 (basic members), RMB230 (door). Ombra, see event listing (www.internations.org)

May 23: 2018 That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards

That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards 2018
We are excited to announce that the first ever That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday, May 23 at Toro Loco in W Suzhou, with voting launching on Monday, May 7. Think you know of a deserving nominee? Submissions are now open. Please follow the instructions listed here for our panel of judges' consideration.

For That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards sponsorship opportunities, or for enquires on how to attend, please email marketing@urbanatomy.com.

The 2018 That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards is a private event, but for details on how to attend email marketing@urbanatomy.comWednesday, May 23, cocktail reception starting at 6.30pm. Toro LocoW Suzhou, see event listing.Details on how to nominate here.

May 25: Fair Play Crew: Seriously Funny


This new comedy show by renowned Polish dance troupe, Fair Play Crew, tells the story of a modern-day man's life through thought-provoking choreography, minimal stage design and no dialogue at all.

Friday, May 25, 7.30pm. RMB80-480. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing (www.sscac.com.cn)

Opening May 26: Freedom World

Freedom World
Square Art International presents Freedom World, a graffiti army from Europe, from May 26 to June 24. Featured artists of the Shi Jianfang-curated exhibition include Konair Onergizer, El Xupet Negre, Btoy Andrea, Timothee Pomier, Mathias Milhaud, Elsie Pomier and Luc Schumutz. The exhibition opening is on May 26 at 3pm.

Opening May 26 and running until June 24. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

May 26-May 27: Dora the Explorer Live: Search for the City of Lost Toys 


The original American production of the popular family-friendly musical is coming to Suzhou for four shows this month. Already seen by more than 3 million people worldwide, the audience follows the adorable titular character on a journey to retrieve her beloved teddy bear, while overcoming various obstacles along the way.

Saturday, May 26, 7.30pm & Sunday, May 27, 10.30am, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. RMB180-480. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing (www.sscac.com.cn)

June 2: The Little Singers of Paris


One of the world's top boys' choirs, The Little Singers of Paris have already performed in more than 80 countries, and are known as the French ambassadors of peace. For their Suzhou show, the young singers will be bringing a range of classical, traditional and folk songs from various countries, including China, to the audience.

Saturday, June 2, 7.30pm. RMB100-680. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing. (www.sscac.com.cn)


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