The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Andrew Chin and Erica Martin, April 16, 2017

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Tuesday, Apr 18- Wednesday, Apr 19: Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel at JZ Club — That's Shanghai — Events —

After rocking the old JZ Club with a solo show, the master guitarist returns with a full band. They’ll be dipping into selections from Caipi, Rosenwinkel’s latest album, which was 10 years in the making and sees the acclaimed artiststretching his sound into new directions. Xiongguan Zhang Quintet performs the late set.
Apr 18-19, 9pm, RMB200-280. JZ Club, see event listings.

Thursday, Apr 20: Lang Lang

Lang Lang at Shanghai Grand Theatre — That's Shanghai — Events —

The Shenyang-born pianist is arguably China’s biggest musical export. While some of his peers have derided him as “the J.Lo of the piano,” Lang Lang routinely sells out prestigious venues around the world like Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of the People. He’s also been recruited by the Grammy’s to jam with Metallica, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock.
Apr 20, 7.30pm, RMB80-1,280. Shanghai Grand Theatre, see event listing.

Thursday, Apr 20: Steve Says

Steve Says at The Pearl — That's Shanghai — Events —

Back by popular demand, the comedy hypnotist will dazzle with this fun and fastpaced show. 12-20 self-selecting volunteers will star in the show, thrilling the rest of the crowd with hypnotized behavior like forgetting how to drink water and believing they are supermodels. Tickets available at
Apr 20, 9pm-late, RMB120-150. The Pearl, see event listing.

Thursday, Apr 20: Rob Smith

Rob Smith at Dada — That's Shanghai — Events —

Antidote presents the Bristol DJ, musician and producer. While he’s released drum and bass records on the !K7 Records label, Smith has evolved with a style that mixes hip hop, dub, reggae and dubstep.
Apr 20, 10pm-late, RMB60. DADA, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Push and Pull 4-Year Anniversary

Push and Pull 4 Year Anniversary at Dada  — Events — That's Shanghai —

The recurring club night celebrates four years in the game by celebrating some of Shanghai and Tokyo’s finest. Known for reinterpreting the percussive structures of Afro-Portuguese and Latin American music through club sounds, Wrack headlines the festivities. Push and Pull co-founder Alta will make his Shanghai return after moving to Japan, and he’ll likely play a set heavy on gqom. Swimful, Zean, Hyph11e and Naaah support. 

Apr 21, 10pm-late, free entry. DADA, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Ran Groove Compilation Release Party

Push and Pull 4 Year Anniversary at Dada — That's Shanghai — Events —

The rising Beijing label have lived up to their early goal of being the Maybe Mars of electronic music, thanks to stellar releases by Soulspeak, Animal Pop and JRG. They celebrate the latest release in their Ran Groove compilation series with a party down south. Past editions have featured Chinese techno veterans like Elvis T and Mickey Zhang, as well as rising talents like Xiamen producer Knopha.
Apr 21, 10pm-late, RMB50. Elevator, see event listing.

Friday, Apr 21: Kiko Navarro and Gabrielle Poso

Kiko Navarro at Unico — Events — That's Shanghai —

Two UNICO Shanghai favorites team up for a unique set mixing Afrohouse and electronic percussion. On the decks is Kiko Navarro, who has become an Ibiza favorite thanks to his groovy house. Complementing him will be virtuoso percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Gabriele Poso.
Apr 21, 11pm-late, RMB100 (for gentlemen). UNICO Shanghai, see event listing.

Saturday, Apr 22: Pride’s Got Talent

Pride's Got Talent at The Pearl — Events — That's Shanghai —

The Shanghai Pride-organized amateur talent show turns three. Participants will compete for RMB3,500 in total cash prizes in front of a live audience and local celebrity judges, as well as guest professional performers. Expect an eclectic mix of spoken word, dance, drag, burlesque, circus, and comedy.
Apr 22, 8pm, RMB100 presale, RMB150 door. The Pearl, see event listing.

Saturday, Apr 22: DJ Earl


Dubbed ‘the future of footwork,’ the Teklife producer is revered for masterfully mixing turbo breaks, rave synths and chopped vocals into a frenetic stew. It’s a huge headliner for the Love Bang crew, who will also celebrate their seventh anniversary. Support from DJ Caution, Zean, Xu Dongmei and more.
Apr 22, 9pm-late, RMB80 (RMB60 before midnight). DADA, see event listing.

Sunday, Apr 23: 2017 Bright Dairy Change U Shanghai International Half Marathon

Shanghai International Half Marathon 2017 — Events — That's Shanghai —

This premier race will take 15,000 participants across Pudong’s top sights, starting
at Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, and then going to the Shanghai Tower, the Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion and the Oriental Sports Center. See more information at
Apr 23, 7am. Start at Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, see event listing.

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