Every week, we list the fun events around Shanghai that have caught our fancy. This week, celebrate the Qixi Festival (either alone or with a loved one), watch cool movies and party it up with city artists!
Tonight is the Qixi Festival (aka, rightfully or not, as Chinese Valentine’s Day) and while it may be too late to get reservations at nice restaurants if you haven’t already – there are still ways to celebrate it: by partying it up at several nightlife locations. Nothing says romance more than a thumping bass and sweaty limbs, right?
The FC Club hosts a swinging singles party at ChinaTown Shanghai Club that promises to be “fun and romantic for singles and a night of networking, flirting and dancing.” Dress code: Dress to impress, smart/casual! 100RMB if you register online with them before 3pm today.
8pm, ChinaTown Shanghai Club, 471 Zhapu Road near Wujing Road, 乍浦路471号近武进路或海宁路
Mural celebrates Chinese Valentine’s Day with a latin theme: hot latin tunes from a live salsa band and cheap drinks amongst its Middle-Eastern themed decor. Best of all – no entry fee.
9pm, Mural, 697 Yongjia Lu 永嘉路697号
For something more upscale, VUE bar is also hosting a Qixi love fest overlooking the Bund. Tickets are 200RMB and include two glasses of champagne.
8pm, 32/F, West Tower, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu
Hungarian film director Bela Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies plays tonight at Dada for their Subculture Cinema Night. Based on the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, the film portrays a provincial town on a Hungarian plain that falls under the influence of a sinister travelling circus. A young man named János tries to keep order even as he begins to lose faith in the world.
8pm, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu 幸福路115号
River South hosts Art Jam, an “open mic free-for-all bent on providing a space for Shanghai’s creative people.” You never know what might be there, but they say the line up could include everything from poetry to comedy, short readings to video and/or performance art.
7:30pm, River South Art Center, 1247 Nan Suzhou Lu, 南蘇州路1247号
Brasilintime , a documentary about the convergence between Brazilian and American music during the hippy age (and how it later went on to influence Hip Hop culture), plays at Kin. Organizers promise a special drink deal from 6pm to 10pm. The movie starts at 8pm.
8pm, Kin, 65-4 Maoming Bei Lu, 茂名北路65-4号
Come cool off during the hot summer months in Shanghai at the Shelter for Swap Meet. Bringing you ice cold funky tunes, and a mixture of kick ass mixes and cheap drinks plus kitschy art culture and a chill atmosphere! What more could you ask for?! Every Wednesday night. 10RMB at the door.
The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu, 永福路5号
Loosen up your goose before hitting up the floor to learn some salsa moves at OZNZ. 30RMB cover buys you an hour and a half of learning to dance – and if you’re a lady, you can drink away your embarassment and sore toes afterwards for half off.
7pm, OZNZ, 1153 Kaixuan Lu near Xinhua Lu, 凯旋路1153号
A thoroughly decent quiz night that takes place on Thursday nights at Southern Belle. Five rounds of general knowledge trivia and a game master that knows how to move things along. Teams can only be six people each, but first through third place wins prizes! First: A bottle of Jim Beam; 2nd: a bottle of house wine; 3rd: two pitchers of Bud. Come prepared to drink, we guess!
8pm, Southern Belle, 433 Changle Lu near Xiangyang Bei Lu, 长乐路433号