All the things you’d want to do this Monday to Thursday in Shanghai. On the schedule this week: Say “Tongzhi nihao” at the Shanghai PRIDE photo exhibition, dine with the Exorcist and split pea soup, and celebrate a few restaurant birthdays (bring on the freebies!) Read on (or check out our calendar) for more!
MAO Livehouse hosts German electronic duo Mouse on Mars on Monday evening. They’ve been making playful blends of techno, synth, trance, and disco since 1993 and have collaborated with the likes of Mark E. Smith. Should be a fun show. Starts 9:30pm, 40 RMB, MAO Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu, 淮海西路570号
If you were at the club last weekend and felt a moment of panic when Flo Rida came on because you’re not too sure how the kids are shaking it these days, head over to Jazz du Funk for a free Hip Hop dance class tonight. 8:00pm, Jazz du Funk, 5F, No.2, Lane 113, Changshu Lu, near Changle lu, 常熟路113弄5楼 靠近长乐路
The Rotaract Club of Shanghai is organizing a clothing drive in preparation for winter this year, and will be collecting pants, sweaters, coats, etc. at Bali Bistro for the next few Monday evenings. So if Ayi washed your favorite sweater last weekend and it just doesn’t fit right anymore, drop it by and help the cause. Clothing will be donated to migrant families and orphanages in Suzhou. 7pm to 9pm, Bali Bistro, 75 Wanhangdu Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu, 75号万航渡路
Shanghai PRIDE, a three week festival celebrating everything LGBT in Shanghai and China, is holding their photo exhibition in three bars across the gaybourhood starting now and running until November 6. The exhibit will feature oil paintings by gay Chinese artist Xi Peng, and a photo exhibition from the Hello Comrade (“Tongzhi Nihao”) campaign, or Smile4Gay, a campaign asking straight people from China and the world to send smiling photos of themselves and encouraging messages to gays and lesbians in China. They have received over 4,500 images to date. Photos on exhibit until November 6. See their calendar for location details.
Boxing Cat Brewery has been holding weekly movie marathons, and this Wednesday is cooking up to be a good one. They’ll be screening The Exorcist, and their chef promises to have split-pea soup on special to enhance the aesthetic experience. So if the power of Christ compels you, head over for the show at 7pm. Other horror classics to follow. 7pm, Boxing Cat Brewery, 82 Fuxing Lu, near Yongfu Lu, 复兴西路82号
Here’s an intersting one: Mr. Vijay Bansal from India will be giving a free talk Wednesday morning on Mudra Vigyan, or the science of finger postures. What’s that now? Apparently a branch of Yoga, Mudra Vigyan consists of folding the fingers into various postures and holding them for specific periods of time to obtain curative effects by applying natural tension to specific nerves. It’s non-invasive and can be practiced by anybody with 15-20 minutes to spare. 11am to 12pm, The Orange Room Yoga and Pilates Centre, Rm.B, 7/F, Commercial Block, St.Laurent Hotel, No.201, Lane 3215 Hongmei Lu, near Hongsong Dong Lu, 虹梅路3215弄201号圣伦兰酒店商务楼7楼B室
Enovate founder and managing editor John W. Solomon will be giving a BritCham hosted talk on Wednesday about Youth Mareting in China. Enovate is an insights and design firm targeting consumer behavior of youth in China, and the seminar on Wednesday will offer some case studies and focus on ways to engage this growing market. 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 170 RMB (120 RMB for members), L’s Cafe, 195 Changde Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
MAYA is turning two years old on Thursday and they’re having a party to celebrate! 100 RMB gets you free flow sangria, margaritas, and Sol beer, and they also plan to have a 10 RMB shot bar. There will be a taco bar (with “favorable prices”), prize giveaways, and live music provided by Shirley Maria’s Latin band. 7pm, MAYA, 2/F, Club House, Shanghai Grand Plaza, 568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu, 巨鹿路568号四方新城俱乐部2楼
The Spot is also having a birthday (“Awards Night” themed) and will be offering FREE open bar and canapes! All you need is an invitation, which you can get by sending an email with INVITE as the subject to [email protected] (include your complete name, email address, telephone number) OR you can just stop by at The Spot and ask for Anna or Mitch. 8pm, The Spot, 331 Tongren Lu, near Nanyang Lu, 铜仁路331号
Vienna Cafe’s weekly film night features Magnolia this Thursday, a dark and epic drama focusing on the interviewing stories of nine characters over the course of 24 hours. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights), the movie stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, and a few amphibious friends in the San Fernando Valley. 7:30pm, Vienna Cafe, No 2, Lane 25 Shaoxing Lu, 绍兴路二十五弄2号