By now, some of your New Year’s resolutions have probably fallen by the wayside (“Take care of liver…uncheck.”) However, if your resolutions included helping some shelter animals, appreciating more photography, watching Mickey Mouse ice skate, or screaming words at British comedians, well then this is the week for you. Enjoy.
Monday: Jackson Harrison Trio
Australian pianist Jackson Harrison and his trio present a night of progressive jazz as they travel on their first China tour. The young musician received the 2006 Australian National Jazz Award and his trio’s work has been described as “pictures of astonishing abstract art…splashing fiery colors onto backgrounds that are often stark but always stunning.” There’s a way to kick start the week.
9:30 PM. JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu near Yongfu Lu (复兴西路46号 近永福路) No cover
Tuesday: SCAA Quiz Night
Cancel all your other trivia plans and head to Cuvee for a quiz night to benefit Second Chance Animal Aid. Prizes come from Cuvee, JustBeer, and the SCAA; also on hand is a raffle for a two-night stay at the Hong Kong Shangri-La. There will be special food and drink offers for participants, and the ¥50 registration fee includes one glass of wine or Crown Lager. All proceeds help the animals!
7:15 PM. Cuvee, 528 Kangding Lu near Xikang Lu (康定路528号 近西康路)
Wednesday: Shanghai Photographer Night, ChinesePod Meet-up
It’s round three of Dada’s Photographer Night, and though special guest Matthew Niederhauser has been rescheduled for a later date, expect fantastic variations on visions of China from the five photographers involved. Exhibitions include Catholic Tibetans in Yunnan, the old Beijing of 1955, and a special time lapse display on western China.
8 PM. Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu between Fahuazhen and Pingwu Lu (幸福路115号 近华山和法华镇路) No cover
Extremely popular podcasting company ChinesePod hosts their second ever Shanghai meet up, open to learners of all levels. Come meet others who are studying Chinese, chat with host Jenny Zhu and other members of the ChinesePod team, and join in the lucky draw, where you could win a one-year premium membership to ChinesePod. RSVP to [email protected]
8:30-11 PM. Malone’s, 255 Tongren Lu near Nanjing Xi Lu (铜仁路255号 近南京西路)
Thursday: Disney on Ice
As Disney further infiltrates the Chinese market, they’ve turned the beloved Disney on Ice franchise into a wildly mad story worthy of Alice and the smoking caterpillar. Set in a 1960s Disneyland, Maleficent (from Sleeping Beauty) has cast a spell on Minnie and Donald and it’s up to the Incredibles to team up with Mickey to save the day. Alright, so maybe Disney purists are a little weirded out by the character mashup, but hey, the kids will love it. The show runs every night until Monday, with three daily performances on Saturday and Sunday.
7:30-9:15 PM. Shanghai International Gymnastic Center, 777 Wuyi Lu near Zunyi Lu (武夷路777号 近遵义路) Tickets ¥100-480
Friday: Mirian Conti, Whose Line Is It Anyway
Argentine pianist Mirian Conti is highly regarded for both her technical skill and artistic insight, as well as her focus on Spanish music. Her concert showcases her musical range as she plays everything from American jazz to clog dances to Latin tangos.
7:30-9:30 PM. Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan’an Dong Lu near Longmen Lu (延安东路523号 近龙门路) Tickets ¥50-280
Punchline Comedy Club’s first gig of 2010 is the cast of hit British improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? The original cast of Ian Coppinger, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch, Steven Steen and Stephen Frost will be armed and ready to take your audience suggestions. All they ask is that you don’t shout out “gynecologist.”
9 PM. O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 42 Taojiang Lu near Hengshan Lu (桃江路42号 近衡山路) Tickets ¥350, ¥290 in advance