Start off December right, whether that means listening to top-notch classical music, kicking plastic booty in weekend-long foosball competition, or just plain drinking more….for charity, that is.
Monday: Mobile Monday, St. Andrew’s Day
It’s time again for Mobile Monday, a networking event for the mobile industry-related community. Tonight’s topic focuses on TouchMedia, the company behind those interactive screens in your taxi, and the joining of mobile and “outdoor” media. Featured speakers include TouchMedia’s managing director, Neil Ducray, and co-founder and CFO Steven Leong. All participants must register here.
7-10 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) ¥100, includes two drinks and appetizers
For those who want to celebrate Scottish National Day but don’t have the stomach for haggis, the Bulldog is hosting their weekly Monday quiz night with a Scottish quizmaster. They’re also offering a tasting of five different whiskys for 150 RMB; kilt up and you’ll receive a free beer.
5 PM; quiz begins at 9. 1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu near Dongping Lu (乌鲁木齐南路1号 近东平路) No cover
Tuesday: Toy Club Bazaar
Start your holiday shopping early as city vendors gather at the Shanghai Toy Club Bazaar to sell their toys, both new and old. Whether you’re buying for yourself or just for gifting, it’s a good chance to stock up on those hot toys of the season that you need (and a lot more that you probably don’t).
10 AM- 4 PM. O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 42 Taojiang Lu near Hengshan Lu (桃江路42号 近衡山路) No cover
Wednesday: Shanghai Quartet
The Shanghai Quartet is a world-renowned foursome who have played with the like of Yo-Yo Ma and teach at Montclair State University as the official Quartet-in-Residence. Tonight they’ll team up with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Quartet to present a program featuring works by Turina, Deubssy, and Mendelssohn, as well as Chinese composers Liu Tieshan, Mao Yuan and Chen Gang.
7:30 PM. Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan’an Dong Lu near Longmen Lu (延安东路523号 近龙门路) Tickets ¥50, ¥100 and ¥150
Thursday: Cleopatra Club, Wine Tasting
AmCham, AustCham and BritCham are jointly hosting The Cleopatra Club, a networking night for business women in Shanghai. Anyone without a y-chromosome is welcome to come to socialize, share ideas, and discuss life over cocktails and canapés.
6:30-8:30 PM. Bed Cocktail Lounge, 4/F Kohler Building, 456 Nanjing Xi Lu near Huangpi Bei Lu (南京西路456号4楼 近黄陂北路) Members ¥170, Non-members ¥220
South African Fine Wines is throwing a fundraiser to support ZOTE, a charity that works to provide education and community support to underprivileged children and families in South Africa. For 100 RMB, you get to sample South African wine with paired snacks, learn about the wine making process, and hear from a guest speaker from the South African consulate. All proceeds and wine sales from the evening will help ZOTE purchase supplies for setting up a preschool.
6:30-9 PM. 1221, 1221 Yan’an Xi Lu near Fanyu Lu (延安西路1221号 近番禺路) RSVP to [email protected]
Friday: Foosball Open, Trumpet Recital
Warm up your hands and prepare to foosball the crap out of the weekend as Big Bamboo presents a three-day foosball tournament. The games begin on Friday with a Goalie War (8 PM) and Forward Shootout (10 PM), then continue into Saturday and Sunday with amateur singles, open doubles, and even a foosball clinic.
Signups begin at 7 PM. Big Bamboo, 132 Nanyang Lu near Tongren Lu (南阳路132号 近铜仁路) ¥20 per game, ¥10 for juniors and women
Alison Balsom is a British trumpet player who was recently named 2009 Female Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards. Watch her perform a selection of classical pieces by Gershwin, Schedrin and Française, and prepare to rethink everything you thought you knew about classical trumpeting.
7:30 PM. Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan’an Dong Lu near Longmen Lu (延安东路523号 近龙门路) Tickets ¥60-¥480