Who knew Shanghai could be so educational. This week, you could learn about QQ International, 1930s gangster films, or even some slammin’ Nordic poetry at the Shanghai Lit Fest, and end your week with Irish song, drink and dance.
Monday: BEAN Networking Night
BEAN Shanghai, a networking and volunteer group for young professionals, is hosting their monthly networking night at The Spot. Mingle with other BEAN members and find out about upcoming volunteer and social events while enjoying 25 RMB drinks.
7-10 PM. The Spot, 331 Tongren Lu near Beijing Xi Lu (铜仁路331号 近北京西路)
Tuesday: NextStep Anniversary
NextStep celebrates turning three and officially launch their partnership with Tencent QQ. Enjoy drink specials and hear from Marc Violo, product manager of QQ International, on QQ’s future in the international market.
7:30-10 PM. Shanghai Tang Cafe, 2-3F, 333 Huangpi Nan Lu near Taicang Lu (黄陂南路333号2-3楼 近太仓路) No cover
This week’s Sub-Cinema screening lets you say hello to a little friend: Scarface, the 1932 original. Bet you didn’t even know Pacino’s Scarface was based off a 1930s gangster film. Come at 7 to chill out over drinks and music by Drunk Monk and Deville; screening starts at 9.
9 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
Wednesday: SILF: Lars Bukdahl and Sjón
A Nordic evening at the Shanghai Lit Festival, featuring Icelandic author/poet Sjón and Danish poet Bukdahl. Together, they host this panel to showcase and discuss their work. Someone’s bound to ask Sjón what it’s like to write for Björk. ¥65 entry includes one drink.
7 PM. Glamour Bar, 6/F, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Guangdong Lu (中山东一路5号6 近广东路)
Thursday: Graham Earnshaw, SILF: Road Scribes
Graham Earnshaw, of Earnshaw Books, hosts this month’s Speaker Corner. He’ll be discussing his new book, The The Great Walk of China, written about his trek across China and his observations about China’s changing countryside. ¥120 for BritCham members, ¥150 non-members; includes two drinks.
6-7 PM. Mesa Manifesto, 748 Julu Lu near Fumin Lu (巨鹿路748号 近富民路)
As part of the Lit Fest, David Leffman, author of numerous Rough Guide travel books, partners up with journalist Garry Marchant to lead a panel on travel in Asia. For background, check out Leffman’s recent interview with ChinaTravel.net on travel writing, China, and life on the road. ¥65 entry includes one drink.
6 PM. Glamour Bar, 6/F, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu near Guangdong Lu (中山东一路5号6 近广东路)
Friday: Irish Week Kickoff
It’s the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, which is totally not too early to start celebrating. To start, O’Malley’s is offering ¥50 Bailey’s cocktails and pints of Guinness all day, plus live music from 7 PM. Then head over to Yandang Lu, where Irish singers and dancers will be performing traditional music and dance to get the city pumped Saturday’s grand St. Patrick’s Parade, hosted by Le Cheile.
O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 42 Taojiang Lu near Hengshan Lu (桃江路42号 近衡山路)
Celtic Dance and Music: 6-7 PM. Yandang Lu near Huaihai Zhong Lu. (雁荡路 近淮海中路)