All the things you’d want to do this Monday to Thursday in Shanghai. On the schedule this week: This week, Otis Clay brings his legendary soul to Expo, Kaiba celebrates its second birthday and Shanghai has its first ever slam poetry event, called Slam-Hai! Read on (or check out our calendar) for more!
As part of Chicago Week at the USA Pavilion, they’re bringing the big guns out: Otis Clay, grammy-nominated deep soul singer, hit America Square last night and will be heading to the pavilion itself tonight to perform again. Seriously worth a listen if you happen to be at the Expo on Monday. (Here’s a Youtube of one of his hits to help you make up your mind)
5:30pm to 7pm, USA Pavilion, Expo Pudong near Gate 8, Houtan Lu
Steve Goodman is the author of “Sonic Warfare,” a book about the soundscape we live in today – from Jamaican dub to infrasound crowd-control devices, as well as a lecturer at University of East London. He’ll be speaking at Dada on all that stuff tonight, in case you want to get your mind (and hopefully not your eardrums) blown. Free.
9pm, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路115号进法华镇路
It’s the second to last week to check out Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, playing at Gosney & Kallman’s Chinatown. Tickets are 150RMB and include a cocktail. A dinner and drinks + show package is availale for 325RMB. Book tickets by emailing [email protected] or calling 6258 2078. And if you miss it tonight, it’s also playing on Wednesday this week.
7pm, Gosney & Kallman’s Chinatown, 471 Zhapu Lu near Haining Lu, 乍浦路471号
Kaiba celebrates its 2nd birthday in Shanghai at its Dingxi Lu location. All beers are buy-one-get-one-free and VIP guests get special awards and prizes. Meanwhile, every one can enjoy some live music, some moon cakes, bbq and flying moon balloons.
9pm, Kaiba Dingxi, 739 Dingxi Lu near Yan’an Lu 定西路739号
If you saw his lecture on Monday, Steve Goodman returns on Tuesday as KODE 9, one of the biggest names in UK dub, at Shelter. He’ll be joined by Deville, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, dji, ChaCha, Didje, Esia, Arminda and more! 60RMB cover.
The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu, 永福路5号
Shanghai Studio advises that you start off the Moon Festival with a S&M dance party – because when we think mid-autumn, we think… whips? Wear leather, the studio will supply the whip. 50RMB entry includes one drink. 3 drinks for 100RMB.
10pm, Shanghai Studio, Bldg 4, 1950 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wukang Lu, 淮海中路1950弄4号楼 近武康路
Well what do you know, one of the weekly quiz nights has moved to the Camel. Now on Wednesdays, you can pay 50RMB to enter (one drink included) in a fight to prove how great at trivia you are. You could win cash and/or a bar tab.
8pm, The Camel, 1 Yueyang Lu near Fengyang Lu, 岳阳路1号
The Yard moves up its weekly barbeque and music session to Wednesday this week in order to catch the Moon Festival. Blaise Deville (Hip hop/reggae), Santo Chino (disco), HBD (hip hop/funk) and Sickstar (hip hop) will bring the grooves while you drink for 20RMB a Tsingtao and 30RMB a burger/hot dog.
2pm to 9pm, KIN, 65-5 Maoming Bei Lu near Nanjing Xi Lu, 茂名北路65号-5
Super Sophia and DJ Sacco host Dada’s The Beat, a fashion Night with select local indie fashion designers and vintage clothing shops. Completely free and fun.
8pm, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路115号进法华镇路
The first ever H.A.L. poetry slam in Shanghai will commence this Wednesday at T Bar. Poets will battle it out for the honor of being the first ever Slam-Hai! Winner, throwing down rhymes and banging out verses for your listening pleasure.
8pm, T Bar, 800 Changde Lu near Changping Lu, 常德路800号
Annie Leibovitz may now be known for her bankruptcy and over-photoshopped Vanity Fair covers, but at one point in time she was revolutionary. A movie called Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens tries to recapture that methodological madness, and it’s showing (with Chinese subtitles) at Vienna Cafe.
7:30pm, Vienna Cafe, 25 Shaoxing Lu near Ruijin Er Lu 绍兴路25号