Every Friday, we bring you a roundup of the Shanghaiist’s picks of the best upcoming events this weekend. For live music, check out the Midweek Music Preview.
Take your pick from two birthday celebrations tonight:
S.T.D, the music promotional team responsible for bringing acts like Ratatat and The Toxic Avenger to Shanghai, is turning three! Shanghaiist had the pleasure of chatting with Reggie, one of the three founding members, to get the lowdown on the team’s history, future and what tonight has in store for us. If you’d like to be surprised, then just head to Mao Livehouse at 10 pm and see for yourself. (150 rmb at the door)
Mao Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
For a more chill evening, Free Soul Bar is celebrating its fifth anniversary and a makeover. Now with a back room featuring a pool table and a big screen (perfect for catching some World Cup action), enjoy their birthday special of buy-one-get-one-free Boddingtons and Sangria. Starts at 5, goes til late.
Free Soul Bar, 1221 Changle Lu, 长乐路1221号乙
The monthly IFAIR Charity fair has countless stalls boasting both original creations by local artisans and second-hand goods. If you want to sell your own stuff, pay just 20RMB for a table. All of the proceeds will directly support over 100 local families with mentally challenged children. For more information, check out their website at www.2guo.org or email [email protected] The fair will run from 10.30 am to 4 pm, and is definitely worth a visit. 349 Xinhua Road near Dingxi road, 新华路349号进定西路
After her first successful reading at Glamour Bar in 2002, author Claire Keegan returns with her stunning short stories. Influenced by the work of John McGahern, Keegan has won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and most recently, the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award 2009. Keegan will be at Glamour Bar at 4pm. Entrance is RMB 65 and includes one drink. 6/F, Five on the Bund 20 Guangdong Lu near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 广东路20号 外滩五号6楼 近中山东一路
Southern Barbarian is hosting an exhibition of North Korean film art from 3 to 6 pm. For insight into how the hermit nation ticks, take a look at how it produces and markets movies to the public. The event will also feature a showing of a movie on women whose job entails being a human traffic light and North Korean film expert Nancy Pelligrini who will chat with any visitors and answer questions about North Korean cinema. For more details, check out our earlier coverage.
You can also take advantage of Father’s Day, by trying out one of the places covered by City Weekend for a special Sunday brunch.