Distract yourself from the rapidly dropping temperatures in Shanghai this week with a smattering of eclectic events, from Chinese performing Hitchcock and Koreans performing Italian opera to Norwegian jazz and the International Puppet Festival.
Monday: Monday Evening Writers
Every week the Monday Evening Writers gather to share their literary work and discuss ideas. All are welcome, whether you’re aiming to finish a novel by the end of the month, a la NaNoWriMo, or simply seeking advice on how to finish that poem you’re scribbling in the margins of your notebook.
7:30-9:30 PM. Wagas, 169 Wujiang Lu, Shop 201 near Taixing Lu (吴江路169号201商铺 近泰兴路)
Tuesday: Home Sweet Home, The Core
Kathleen’s 5 is hosting a fundraiser in support of Home Sweet Home, a social charity helping above-age orphans and the disabled in Shanghai. They provide participants with vocational and language studies for two years, then assist in locating jobs with local companies in Shanghai. ¥150 entry includes two glasses of wine and canapés.
7:30-10 PM. Kathleen’s 5, 5/F Shanghai Art Museum, 325 Nanjing Xi Lu near Huangpi Bei Lu (南京西路325号上海美术馆5楼, 近黄陂北路)
The Core, hot on the release of their sixth album, will be hitting up JZ Club as part of their ongoing China tour. The Norwegian jazz group channels styles from the sixties with a contemporary rock and funk feel, and perform with such high energy and stamina you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life.
10-11:30 PM. JZ Club, 46 West Fuxing Rd near Yongfu Rd (复兴西路46号 靠近永福路)
Wednesday: When China Rules the World
Author and academic Martin Jacques will be at Glamour Bar to discuss his controversial book, When China Rules the World. Jacques basically states that China doesn’t need modernity to dominate the world; it’s a ‘civilization state’ with a superiority complex that will eventually swallow the West with its Confucian ways. For more on what he’s all about, Urbanatomy has an interview with him here.
6-7:30 PM. Glamour Bar, 6/F, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Guangdong Lu 中山东一路5号6楼 近广东路) ¥65, includes a drink
Thursday: International Magic Festival, International Puppet Festival, Zuloo Smack
As part of the ongoing International Arts Fest, Thursday acts as opening night for both the International Magic Festival and the first-ever Shanghai International Puppet Festival. Over the next five days, 14 international magicians will be performing in shows, seminars, and competitions, while 42 puppet shows battle it out for various awards like Best Visual Art and Best Director. Magic and puppets! You can’t ask for a better Thursday!
Begins 7:30 PM. Shanghai International Gymnastic Center, 777 Wuyi Lu near Zunyi Lu (武夷路777号 近遵义路) ¥100-680
Shanghai is known for a lot of things…improv comedy isn’t one of them. Fortunately, Zuloo SMACK is coming to the rescue with a five-person-strong professional improv troupe. Expect audience participation and hilarious times. After all, they promise, “if you can find faster, funnier comedy elsewhere in Shanghai, we’ll personally go beat them up.”
Food, drink, and networking begins 6:30 PM, show starts 8:30 PM. Mural, 697 Yongjia Lu near Hengshan Lu (永嘉路697号 近衡山路)
Friday: 39 Steps, La Traviata
If you’re a Hitchcock fan and understand fluent Mandarin, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center is presenting a stage adaption of 39 Steps. Four young actors set the stage in the classic thriller about an innocent man on the run.
7:30 PM. Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, 288 Anfu Lu near Wukang Lu (安福路288号 近武康路) ¥100-200
For opera fans, the Seoul Metropolitan Opera Company is performing their take on Verdi’s famous Italian opera, La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”). The company toured Italy last year and received rave reviews and sold-out performances.
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) ¥150-680