If you’re feeling warm and generous, there’s multiple chances to give back to the community this week, be it through flea market shopping, beer drinking, or wine tasting. After you stimulate the social economy a bit, indulge your international side with writers from Ireland, a comedian from New Zealand, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Monday: Charity flea market, Foosball tournament
Head to Jing’an for a flea market offering homemade food, crafts, clothes, toys, art, and other flea market-y things. Entry fee is at least a 1 RMB donation; proceeds go to Stepping Stones China, a charity that assists students in migrant schools with their English skills. FYI, all profits at the stalls go to the vendor, so splurge at the door and haggle on the floor.
9 AM-5 PM. Ends Wednesday. 800 Show, 4/F Building 9, 800 Changde Rd, south of Changping Lu
You’ve seen pool tournaments and beer pong tournaments, so naturally it’s time for a Shanghai foosball tournament. The Spot is hosting a weekly tourney and offering a 300 RMB voucher to the victor. There’s no cover and all players get a drink deal. No harm in trying, is there?
Starts at 8 PM. The Spot, 331 Tongren Lu near Beijing Xi Lu (铜仁路331号 近北京西路)
Tuesday: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Coming all the way from their famous Opera House, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra hits up Shanghai in their first Asia Tour in 13 years. The program features works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, under conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition, Bezhod Abduraimov. More info on the performers and ordering tickets can be found here.
Begins 7:30 PM. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Lu near Yingchun Lu (丁香路425号 近迎春路) Tickets ¥100-680
Wednesday: Maya anniversary
Maya is celebrating its first birthday with food, drink, and song. For ¥10-¥50 you can try their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, empanadas, gorditas…all the “-as” you can think of, really. Top off the food coma with ¥15 beers and ¥25 cocktails and mixed drinks. Looks like it’ll be a night no one will remember.
Begins 6:30 PM. Maya, 2/F Shanghai Grand Plaza, Club House, 568 Julu Lu near Shaanxi Nan Lu (巨鹿路568号四方新城俱乐部2楼 近陕西南路)
Thursday: Raybon Kan, Beer Love
New Zealand-born Chinese Raybon Kan is a lawyer/journalist/actor-turned-comedian who is making waves at comedy festivals from Melbourne to Montreal. He comes to Shanghai fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to entertain you for one night only at Malone’s. If you’re unsure about shelling out the dough for a comedian you’ve never heard of, get a taste of his musings on his website.
8-10 PM. Malone’s, 255 Tongren Lu near Nanjing Xi Lu (铜仁路255号 近南京西路) ¥300, email [email protected] to book tickets
Mural is throwing a party for charity: For ¥50, you get three hours of free-flow draft beer, some chill music, and the satisfaction of knowing your green-back is helping sponsor under-privileged students at Fudan University who are unable to pay tuition fees.
9:30 PM-12:30 AM. Mural, 697 Yongjia Lu near Hengshan Lu (永嘉路697号 近衡山路)
Friday: Irish writers, Charity wine tasting
Just because you live in China doesn’t mean you can’t spend an evening in an Irish pub discussing Irish culture. Le Cheile, the Irish community association, is hosting a night with two highly acclaimed modern Irish artists: playwright Conal Creedon and the (surprisingly young) poet Leanne O’Sullivan. Both will read aloud from their works and answer questions from the audience.
8-10 PM. The Irishman’s Pub, No. 20, Lane 199, Fangdian Lu at Thumb Plaza (芳甸路199弄20号 大拇指广)
In under two years, The Library Project has completed over 170 library donations to under-financed schools and orphanages and is constantly working to donate more. Help support their efforts to donate a library to Wei Lou Elementary School in Anhui Province by attending a wine tasting at Mesa-Manifesto. Four Italian wines will be featured, and a drawing will be held for prizes donated by the Marriot, Le Royal Meridien, and more. Extra details can be found on their flyer.
7-9 PM. Mesa-Manifesto, 748 Julu Lu near Fumin Lu (巨鹿路748号 近富民路) ¥250