Every Friday, we try to help you figure out your weekend plans by bringing you a roundup of some of the best events in town. This week that includes art openings, Chinese indie movies and a discussion on what the Expo means, now and in the future. For live music, take a look at our Midweek Music Preview.
Tonight, Times Square is hosting the “Art in Space” exhibition opening reception. Artists Kum Chi Keung from Hong Kong, Qu Guangci from Beijing, and Zhang Ning from Shanghai are transforming the mall with large-scale installation pieces to draw our sense upward into “an experience of optimism and enlightenment.” The exhibit, that includes such pieces as a rocket ship-inspired birdcage and brightly tinted angels, will be on display from Friday, June 25th until Wednesday, July 21st 2010. From 6.30pm to 8.30, enjoy cocktails and be one of the first to explore this exhibition. L2 Lobby, Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
Zmack presents “The Spoken Word” at the Sound Blue Jazz Club (starting at 9pm, until everyone’s finished). Polish off your best high-school literary magazine soliloquies (or plagiarize, it’s allowed) and hop up on the stage. Storytelling, stand up comedy, performance art and then some are all welcome. You’re also invited to simply sit back and enjoy the presentations that can range from thoroughly rehearsed to spur-of-the-moment. Free entrance. 107 Sinan Lu near Taikang Lu
Time Out Shanghai and The Nut present two independent Chinese films: “Ghost Town” at 4pm and “The Other Half” at 8pm. Directed by Zhao Dayong in 2008, “Ghost Town” is Zhao’s quietly poignant three-hour piece tells the story of the slow decline of Zhiziluo, a remote town in Yunnan that acted as a seat of provincial power until an earthquake struck in 1985. Zhao tells the story of the fading town and the peasants who moved in, many of whom now live in the town’s once-grand buildings. “The Other Half”, directed by Ying Liang in 2000, is a witty, docu-realist portrait of modern Chinese women told jointly through interviews with ‘real life’ women at a law firm and the trials of Xiaofen, a law clerk who’s life is as messy as her clients. No cover. 1F, Building E, 1147 Kangding Lu, near Wuning Lu 静安区康定路1147号, 武宁路
The island6 Arts Centre brings us “Absolute 0:00”, a promised “kick-ass exhibition opening” which questions the mysteries of space and time and how our sense of time is certain to be proven primitive compared to perceptions which will come from future neurological abilities. Starting at 8pm, the exhibit features Wang Dongma, Cai Duobao, Bing Bing, and Rose Tang with Matt Carols. 50 Moganshan Lu, building 6, 2nd floor
In honor of the end of French Week, G+ is hosting “Forgive My French”, a party complete with a not-quite-right name, French DJs Clement Pony and DJ Vinx, and a mascot, Paul the Rooster (flown in special from France. Business class, we hear.) 50 rmb will get you five drinks, but being on the guest list gets you three free “coq-tails”. 5/F South Block Plaza, 123 Xingye Lu near Madang Lu 新天地南里广场5楼, 兴业路123弄, 近马当路
Head to Mesa Manifesto from 4 to 6.30pm for “Total EXPOsure: World’s Fairs and Other Futuristic Spectacles in the U.S. and China from the 1870s to 2010,” co-hosted by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Nick Land. Wasserstrom’s perspective focuses on placing the Shanghai Expo into the World’s Fair lineage, comparing the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, that took place while the United States was rising rapidly in the global hierarchy and becoming a source of international fascination and concern, to China’s similar position today. Nick Land’s remarks will outline some of the dominant trends in the World Expo history of recent decades, with a special emphasis upon the declining international profile of the Expo and the prospects for a recovery of its relevance, in the light of the 2010 event. Cover 35 rmb (includes one drink) 748 Julu Road
If you’re in the mood for something refined, Crystal Chamber Music, the Shanghai Chamber Music Lovers and the Shanghai Conservatory’s Atelier of Chamber Music presents Ensemble Les Amis with Jensen Lam on the viola. The evening’s program will include pieces by Milhaud, Fuchs and Brahms. Entrance is RMB 65 (includes one drink), RMB 10 for students. (No children under the age of seven). 7/F, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Lu 广东路20号, 外滩五号7楼, 近中山东一路