The 15 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Erica Martin, May 14, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the week:

Daily until May 20: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


A groundbreaking play that debuted in the West End before moving to Broadway and winning the Tony Award for Best Play, The Curious Incident  of the Dog in the Night-Time is an adaptation of Mark Haddon's  critically-acclaimed novel of the same name. It uses innovative stage design and technology to tell the story of a 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who tries to solve a mystery in his neighborhood. See our feature on the show here.
Daily until 20, 7.30pm, other times vary, RMB200-800. SAIC Shanghai Culture Square, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 15: Shigeto


Known for his unique beats that mesh instrumental hip-hop, jazz and R&B with electronic music, Michigan-born producer and drummer Shigeto returns to Shanghai to promote his latest album, the fresh and engaging A New Monday. Catch his show at Yuyintang from Spectacles of Sound.
May 15, 8.30pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.

May 17: Tove Lo


Nicknamed "the saddest girl in Sweden" for her poignant confessional pop songs, Tove Lo comes to Shanghai for the first time in support of her latest  album, 2017's Blue Lips. Her gritty and unique take on mainstream pop is apparent from her heartbreaking first single "Habits (Stay High)" to last year's fabulously raunchy dance track "Disco Tits." Don't miss her Shanghai debut at Bandai Namco.
May 17, 8pm, RMB380 presale, RMB460 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 17: 3 Chefs and a Wine Guy


This unique meal brings together three powerhouse Shanghai chefs - Willy Trullás, Koen Vessies and Alex Fargas,plus wine expert Julian Ruiz. Expect nine courses of dynamic, collaborative dishes like gazpacho with cucumber sorbet and eel paired with Spanish wines.
May 17, 6.30pm, RMB650 per person. El Willy, see event listing.

May 17: Nina Kraviz


Producer and DJ Nina Kraviz was born and raised in Siberia, and had a successful career as a dentist before launching her electronic music career. Now, she runs two record labels and has released a slew of unique and varied EPs. Catch her show at Arkham.
May 17, 10pm, RMB180 presale, RMB250 door. Arkham, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 18: Zhu


Rising star producer and singer Zhu returns to Shanghai thanks to STD. He’s been active since 2014 and released his first tracks while keeping his identity anonymous. His breakout track ‘Faded’ was nominated for a Grammy in 2015. He has performed at Coachella and Ultra Miami and collaborated with Skrillex. Catch his live performance at Modern Sky Lab.
May 18, 9pm. Modern Sky Lab, see event listing.

May 18: Recondite


‘Techno’s most intriguing antihero’ Recondite comes to Shanghai for an intimate show at Elevator. The popular producer is known for his immersive audio-visual shows. He’s touring in support of his latest release, Daemmerlicht, which continues his blending of ambient, techno, classical  music and hip hop.
May 18, 10pm. Elevator, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 19: ShanghaiPRIDE Rainbow Bike Ride for IDAHOT


A time-honored ShanghaiPRIDE tradition, the Rainbow Bike Ride returns as a pre-Pride event this year. As always, six teams of cyclists who represent the six colors of the Rainbow Flag will start out from  different corners of Shanghai and converge at a picnic destination. This year, the ride falls on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), when people around the world stand together for respect and equality.
May 19, 8am, locations vary, see event listing.

May 19: AFL Shanghai: Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast Suns


The Round 9 2018 Toyota Australian Football League Premiership Season match between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Football Club goes down on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19. That’s right, a proper game of Aussie Rules, for proper premiership points. And the Jiangwan Stadium is even being renamed the Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium for the occasion. Grandstand tickets will run you just RMB100 for adults and  RMB50 for children under 18.
May 19, 1:15pm, RMB100 per adult, RMB50 per child under 18. Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 19: A Nano World Tour


Xie Yugang, frontman of longstanding and well-respected Dalian post-rock group Wang Wen, teamed up with renowned French guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay for a collaboration album called A Nano World. The  atmospheric record is lovely, ominous and otherworldly. Catch the two musicians together at Yuyintang as part of their China tour to promote the album.
May 19, 9pm. Yuyintang, see event listing.

May 19: The Great Shanghai Pillow Fight and Pajama Party


Thought pillow fighting is just a fun activity for kids? Think again. Thanks to our innovative friends in Japan (who else?), it is now a sport. A sport  that requires full courts, uniforms and even referees. Never one to  miss out on the hottest trend on the planet, those geniuses over at Cages Bar and Sports have decided to host The Great Shanghai Pillow Fight and Pajama Party. Doors open at 8pm, and RMB100 entrance fee gets you three drinks (beer, wine or spirit), while there will be two DJs and great prizes.
May 19, 8pm, RMB100. Cages Bar & Sports, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 19-20: The Tea Spell


First performed in Germany in 2012, The Tea Spell is a dance play and the second work in a trilogy by choreographer Zhao Liang. Inspired by an ancient tea set from the Tang Dynasty discovered at Famen Temple, the  play follows three characters: a woodsman, a hermit and a monk. They  encounter a fair lady and then get lost in an endless loop of changes, exploring the spiritual vastness of human beings through a fresh and elegant visual experience.
May 19-20, 7.30pm, RMB80-580. 1862 Theatre, see event listing.

[RESCHEDULED] May 19-20: Commune Market


[Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled; it was originally slated for May 12-13] Head to F&B hub Yong Ping Lane for the latest Commune Market. Find gifts by browsing the wares of local designers, and enjoy live music from jazz group The Spring Trio, plus beer, food, cocktails and kid-friendly activities. Participating venues include Colca, STYX, Garlic, Acote and lots more.
May 19-20, 11am-6pm. Yong Ping Lane, see event listing.

May 20: Nils Frahm


A highly regarded composer and producer based in Berlin, Nils Frahm has a devoted following thanks to his innovative blending of classical iano and electronic music. He’s had an ongoing collaboration with Olafur Arnalds, and has released several acclaimed albums including 2012’s Stare and 2015’s Trance Frendz. Catch his Contemporale show at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.
May 20, 8pm. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing, buy tickets.

May 20: Iron & Wine


This acclaimed folk musician from South Carolina with a major following comes to Shanghai for an exclusive China show off the back of his sixth album, the Grammy-nominated Beast Epic. The record sees him return to the more simple melodies and stripped-down folk that first made him famous, after experimenting with different sounds on previous albums.
May 20, 9pm, RMB280 presale, RMB350 door. MAO Livehouse, see event listing, buy tickets.

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