It’s the last full week of August, the rains have subsided and things are finally settling down in the city. Maybe that’s why this week is looking a bit empty, as everyone
detoxes unwinds from a crazy summer.
But before you wave goodbye to the summer interns and hello to the fall term, make sure to head out at some point this week to have one last summer hurrah, or two, or seven.
Tuesday: Hips Don’t Lie
Ever wanted to belly dance but didn’t have the time to enroll in a class or confidence to try? Mural’s biweekly Hips Don’t Lie belly dance night solves both those problems, as instructors from ISIS Club to teach you how to move and 30¥ vodka drinks loosen your inhibitions.
9:30 PM. Mural, 697 Yongjia Lu near Hengshan Lu (永嘉路697号 近衡山路) No cover
Wednesday: NZ Alumni Mixer, Shenhua vs. Zhongxin
If you graduated from any of New Zealand’s universities, connect with your fellow alumni over drinks and a BBQ dinner at Kea’s NZ Alumni Mixer. Reps from companies like Air NZ, Beca, Fonterra and Richina will be in attendance to network with the NZ business community in China. Prizes will also be raffled off to benefit a Shanghai charity supporting underprivileged students. RSVP to [email protected] by the end of today to reserve your spot.
6:30-9:30, New Zealand Central, 3/F, Jin Lin Tian Di, 190 Madang Road, Xintiandi. 150¥ includes dinner and a drink
Chinese Super League action time! This time, Shanghai Shenhua goes up against Shaanxi Zhongxin at the Hongkou football stadium. Hard to believe, but games seldom sell out- so but don’t pay more than 40 rmb a ticket no matter what any scalper says. A ticket office is located in a separate building to the right of the stadium next to the KFC.
7:45 pm. Hongkou Football stadium 444 East Jiangwan Lu, accessible by Metro line 3 or 8 (虹口足球场, 东江湾路444号 -虹口体育馆地铁站)
Thursday: Welcome back cocktails, LGBT Night, Swan Lake
Young professionals who want to get a head start on their networking for the fall quarter can head to The Fat Olive for welcome back cocktails and canapes, sponsored by BenCham (the Benelux Chamber of Commerce). Don’t forget the business cards.
6:30-9:30 pm. The Fat Olive, 6/F, Silver Court Complex, 228 Xizang Nan Lu near Huaihai Lu (西藏南路228号6楼 近淮海路) ¥125 includes 2 drink vouchers
It’s the last Thursday of the month, so it’s time again to join your straight, gay, bi, and questioning friends at Frangipani’s LGBT night for ¥15 Tsingtaos and 15% off all other drinks.
8-11:30 PM, Frangipani, 399 Dagu Lu near Shimen Yi (大沽路399号 近石门一路) No cover
Swan Lake comes to the Shanghai Grand Theatre, this time with an updated twist. Sun Shenyi and Fan Xiaofeng perform the classic story with more drama and choreography by Brit Derek Deane. If you can’t make Thursday’s performance, there’s another one on Friday night.
7:15 PM. Shanghai Grand Theatre, 300 Renmin Da Dao near Huangpi Bei Lu (人民大道300号 近黄陂北路) ¥60-380
Friday: Rocky Horror, Kardinal Offishall
Time to do the time warp again! (Yeah, we said it.) Zuloo Productions is bringing Rock Horror Picture Show to Shanghai with a performance party, so gather your friends and dress up in your heels and wigs to take the stage. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot, or just go to have a drink and enjoy the debauchery.
9-11 PM. Barefootportraits, Building D Room 102, 1147 Kangding Lu near Wuning Nan Lu (康定路1147号D栋102室 近武宁南路) English only. ¥65 includes a drink
Finally, a big name we recognize. Kardinal Offishall, aka the recording artist who brought us the song “Dangerous” (aka the song that turns us into dancing hip-hop fools) makes his Shanghai debut at M1NT as he promotes his solo album “Not 4 Sale”.
10:30 PM. M1NT, 24/F 318 Fuzhou Lu near Shandong Zhong Lu (福州路318号高腾大厦24层 近山东中路) ¥250