The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, December 9, 2019

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

Dec 11-13: Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale

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If you’ve always dreamed of entering the action-packed world of 007, then Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale is the perfect event for you. Secret Cinema is all about putting together immersive events that bring your favorite flicks to life and put you right in the heart of the action. And they’ll be hosting their Bond-themed event in Shanghai this December! As always, the location is secret. But upon arrival you will be assigned your mission, given an alias and provided with further classified information… just like a real spy! Spend the evening sipping on martinis in the casino and engaging in high stakes deception with the most infamous criminal organizations. The night culminates with a unique screening of Casino Royale. This is the closest you will get to living the film.

Dec 11-13, times vary; RMB788-1,288 (price includes RMB200 bracelet which can be used to buy drinks and food in the event). Address: No. 823, Mengzi Lu. See event listingTickets

Dec 11-15: Vertebra Theatre: The Open Couple

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Director Li Mingyuan brings Dario Fo’s classic play to life this week in Shanghai. This romantic farce explores the dynamics of a relationship in which a husband convinces his suicidal wife to have an open relationship. As things develop, however, the tables and the balance in the relationship is overturned. 

Dec 11-15, 7.30pm; RMB200-300. Shanghai Grand Theater. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13: Caspian

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Stop the presses! Caspian return to China! The Massachusetts post rock band have spent quite a bit of time touring through the Middle Kingdom and Asia since the beginning of this decade, picking up a number of new fans. Catch them wow the crowd once more this December.  

Dec 13, 9pm; RMB150. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 13: Wang Shengnan

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Beijing singer-songwriter Wang Shengnan has been wowing us with her awesome electronified folk sounds for years. With a pair of new tracks released this year, to go along with a back catalogue that includes Deep Sea Fish and her self-titled release, this should be a cracking show. 

Dec 13, 8pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Lofas. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14: Shanghai SantaCon 2019

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Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again! This year’s Shanghai SantaCon starts at The Rooster, and you can be sure to be sipping on those holiday spirits all day long! Meet at The Rooster on Saturday, December 14 at noon in your best Santa suit, and be on your merry way! Scan the QR code to join the SantaCon WeChat group and stay up to date with all the details!

Dec 14, noon; free entry. Starts at The Rooster. See event listing. Scan the QR code in The Flyer to stay up to date with details. 

Dec 14: WR/OC Music Festival 2019

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This is quite the line-up and not just because Lil Xan is making an appearance. The Californian rapper is best known for his song ‘Betrayed’ and for being named after a prescription drug. He’ll be joined by big names in Chinese rap scenes like LowsOn, Gali, NineOne# and more. 

Dec 14, 10pm; RMB380 presale, RMB450 door, RMB980 VIP. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14: Up A Tree Vol. 2 Pop Up

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Puppy Fat Records, based out of Shenzhen, return with a trio of great Japanese acts to Shanghai for an evening of chill vibes and mellow indie music. They bring with them Japanese neo acoustic band Pictured Resort, Tokyo-based indie act Luby Sparks and Osaka indie band Still Dreams. 

Dec 14, 8.30pm; RMB140 presale, RMB180 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 14-15: Florent Mothe 

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From performing in theatrical musicals to performing in bands, Florent Mothe has done it all. The French native is best known for his role as Antonio Salieri in Mozart, l'opéra rock. However, he's also an accomplished musician and solo artist. Mothe began studying music at the early age of seven. Over the years he became proficient in a variety of instruments, from guitar to piano to synthesizer. However, his voice is where he really shines. Before taking to the theatrical stage, Mothe played in two bands in France before moving to Toronto to take up a solo career. It was there that he was serendipitously discovered by the producers of Mozart, l'opéra rock in 2009. But it didn't take long for the singer-songwriter to turn his interests back toward his music career. In 2013, Mothe released his first solo album, Rock in Chair. This was followed up by his second album Danser Sous La Pluie in 2016. If you're interested in checking out this ultra-talented pop musician, he'll be touring around China next month and stopping off in Shanghai on December 14-15.

Dec 14-15, 8pm; RMB480-680. Modern Sky Lab. See event listingTickets.

Dec 14-15: PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure

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Based on everybody’s favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! is stopping off right here in Shanghai this December. PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the show shares lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performance features up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids. The Great Pirate Adventure takes place on Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. On the way, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map. The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup... Tracker!

Dec 14-15, times vary; RMB180-580. Yihai TheatreSee event listingTickets.

Dec 14-15: Commune Market Xmas Edition

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Commune Market invites you to an exclusive boutique Christmas market at the luxury, stylish Sukhothai Shanghai designed by internationally acclaimed architectural/interior design practice Neri&Hu. There will be lots of mulled wine, craft gin cocktails, artisan foods, kids corner, Christmas cookie decorating workshop as well as an array of carefully curated independent designer jewelry, handmade toys, soaps, candles, fine art, home decor, children's gifts, ornaments and so much more. To spread as much joy as possible, they have some special treats for everyone who visits Sukhothai, including limited edition Christmas Commune Market mugs, a raffle for URBAN Cafe & Lounge afternoon tea set for two and La Scala weekend brunch for two. This exclusive event is very family-friendly and free entry. 

Dec 14-15, 11am-7pm; free entry. Sukhothai Shanghai. See event listing

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