It’s that time of year again: soon the Shanghai exodus will begin and everyone will head to far-off lands, whether for family or just for warmth. Hang out with your buddies before they leave at some of the events going on this week, from book talks to tweetups to a Christmas gala for the city’s four-legged friends.
Monday: BEAN Networking Night
BEAN Shanghai has moved their monthly networking nights to the somewhat-new Filipino restaurant Luneta. Join this group of young professionals and discuss upcoming volunteer and social events over ¥15 beers and dishes of the Filipino appetizer sisig.
7-10 PM. Luneta, 758-2 Julu Lu near Fumin Lu (巨鹿路758-2号 近富民路)
Tuesday: Graham Earnshaw talk, SCAA Christmas Gala
The Royal Asiatic Society presents an evening with Graham Earnshaw, founder of Earnshaw Books and author of several titles, including Tales of Old Shanghai and the upcoming memoir, The Great Walk of China. Get a candid inside look at life as a publisher and writer in China as Earnshaw discusses the publishing process, current projects in the works, and more.
7 PM. InterfaceFLOR, Room 201 Raffles City, 268 Central Xizang Zhong Lu near Fuzhou Lu (西藏中路268号 近福州路) ¥30 RAS members, ¥80 non-members
Second Chance Animal Aid is hosting a holiday fundraising extravaganza full of food and drink, music by Japanese Beatles cover band Gently Gear Freaks, and US$25,000 worth of crazy raffle prizes. ¥400 entry gets you two raffle tickets, two beer and two wine vouchers, free reign of the hot and cold buffet, and an hour of free-flow vodka cocktails from 7-8 PM. Grand raffle prizes include stays at various Grand Hyatts across Asia, and additional tickets may be purchased for ¥100 each or ¥1000 for 15. All proceeds benefit SCAA animals.
7-11:30 PM. Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Da Dao near Yincheng Zhonglu (世纪大道88号金茂大厦 近银城中路)
Wednesday: The Age of Stupid
Dulwich College is screening the English indie blockbuster, The Age of Stupid, in which a lone man in the year 2055 reviews archived footage from 2008 and wonders, “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?” The film was funded largely by donations and holds the Guiness world record for largest film premiere ever by number of screens. So even if you’re not a fan of climate change talk, it just sounds just quirky enough to be worth checking out anyway.
7-9 PM. Dulwich College Shanghai, 266 Lanan Lu near Biyun Lu (蓝桉路266号 近碧云路) Tickets ¥20 at the door
Thursday: Graham Earnshaw part II, Tropical Glam Night, Shanghai Tweetup
Can’t make it to Graham Earnshaw’s Tuesday presentation? Lucky for you, he’ll be making his second appearance of the week on Thursday, speaking to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
7 PM. 1 Oz 3 (Australian Lifestyle), 1 Yueyang Lu near Taojiang Lu (岳阳路1号，近桃江路). FCC members free; ¥50 non-members
This month’s Big Glam Night Out takes a tropical twist as Spanish brother-sister DJs T. Easy and Pachi spin the beats to a beach-themed Glamour Bar. Ping pong, hula hoops, sandy beaches and palm trees await those ready to party, as well as ¥50 coctkails all night.
8 PM- 2 AM. 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)
Shanghai Twitterville is having their last tweetup of the year before everyone goes away for the holidays. Whether you’re still going strong or haven’t checked the site in months, join the Shanghai Twitter gang for some grub, conversation and GFW griping, and bask in general geekery again. Happy hour begins at 4, for anyone interested in going early for cheaper drinks.
6-8 PM. Kakadu, 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu near Chongqing Lu (建国中路8号 近重庆路)
Friday: Hélène Grimaud Piano Recital
French pianist Hélène Grimaud has been praised worldwide for her talent and style since she was 13. After playing numerous solo recitals in Europe, she hits Shanghai with a program of Prelude and Fuges by Bach, Rachmaninov, and Liszt.
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) Tickets ¥200-800