Hey Shanghai, can you feel that? Like the weight of a million people has been lifted from your shoulders? As if suddenly you’ve been freed from a wearisome and oppressive burden? EXPO is finally over! If you’re looking to get out of the house and celebrate, here’s a list of things you might want to do this Monday through Thursday. On the docket this week: Lao Hu (Tiger Woods) is back in town for the HSBC golf thingy, The Woman in Black is running until Sunday, and Dambisa Moyo speaks about aid in Africa. Read on (or check out our calendar) for more!
Put on by the Shanghai Repertory Theather, The Woman in Black will run until November 7 this week. Based on Susan Hill’s chilling novel of the same name, the play follows a solicitor as he is sent to attend the funeral of his reclusive client. Initial reports are that the Little Xinguang Theater serves as the perfect space to envelope you in creepy suspense, offering a terrifying live theater experience. Nightly, 7:30pm, 200 RMB/180 RMB pre-sale, Little Xinguang Theater, 586 Ningbo Lu, near Guangxi Bei Lu.
The House of Blues and Jazz is celebrating its 15th anniversary with an entire month of special guests, starting with Cangelosi Cards from New York City. Their sound “combines the best aspects of old time swing, hot jazz, and acoustic roots and blues.” Carlton J Smith, also from New York, will be playing for the rest of the week. Visit their website for a full schedule of the month’s performers. Free, 9pm, Shanghai House of Blues and Jazz, 60 Fuzhou Lu, near Sichuan Lu, 福州路60号近四川路
Um, maybe on Tuesday if you’re feeling nostalgic or celebratory or whatever, you can head over to Lupu Bridge for an uninterrupted bird’s eye view of the EXPO and Shanghai’s skyline. If you haven’t already, the view is stunning and worth the trip at least once (although your chances of catching another clear day before the dreary winter sets in are probably pretty slim.) To climb the world’s longest arched bridge, take a taxi to the southern-most point of Luban Rd or take the metro line 4 to Luban Rd stop and walk south. You pay 80 RMB and hike up almost 400 steps for the view.
FCC Shanghai brings us Dambisa Moyo this week, author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa, in which she argues that Western aid has hurt rather than helped Africa. She proposes that increasing trade with China, investment in micro-finance, and better access to capital markets are preferable strategies to help the continent. Moyo was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2009, and is soon to release How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead in which she discuses the failure of policy-making in the world’s leading industrialized countries. Should be a fascinating evening for anybody interested in global aid and Chinese investment in Africa. 7pm, 65 RMB for non-FCC-members, Glamour Bar, 6/F, 5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 中山东一路5号6楼.
Mi Tierra is putting on its own Dia de los Muertos party this Wednesday, promising one free drink to anybody who shows up in costume. The holiday is a big deal in Mexico, where families gather to honor the dead. Mi Tierra will offer all the best traditions from the festival, including a Mexican altar, Pan de Muerto, skulls, crazy drinks, and of course lots of Mexican food! 8pm, Mi Tierra, 17 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Lu, 永嘉路17号近茂名路
The WGC – HSBC Champions 2010 runs from Thursday to Sunday of this week at the Sheshan International Golf Club. Tiger Woods will be back in town, as will plenty of other big names in golf. Tickets are available through tickets2010 and range from 500 RMB for weekdays to 1000 RMB for Saturday and Sunday. Any students out there may want to take note of the special 100 RMB student price good for the first and second rounds. The website for the event details more travel and ticketing info. Sheshan International Golf Club, Lane 288, Lin Yin Avenue in Sheshan National Tourism Resort, Song Jiang District, 松江区林荫新路288弄
Vienna Cafe’s is screening A Single Man for its weekly film event this Thursday. Directed by fashion designer Tom Ford, the film has received good reviews for its portrayal of a middle-aged gay man living in Southern California in 1962. The story follows George Falconer (played by Colin Firth) as he attempts to go about a normal day after the sudden death of his life partner. RSVP by phone required: 021 644 52 131. Free, 7:30pm, Vienna Cafe, No.2, Lane 25 Shaoxing Lu, near Shanxi Lu, 绍兴路25弄2号 近陕西路.