Boris Austin’s Hip Hop Grannies documentary will screen at Dada’s Shanghai Photography Night on Wednesday
If you’re able to drag yourself away from the Asian Games on your teevee at home (I’m assuming you all tuned in yesterday for women’s judo, badminton tourneys, men’s chess, and of course “Latin Jive” dance-offs) then we’ve got you covered with our weekly list of whatever brouhaha is going down around town this Monday through Thursday. In the line-up this week: premature Christmas bazaars, another one of those neat Shanghai photography nights, a clown on a bicycle, and some free booze!
If you feel like showcasing your cerebral skills, why not head over to the Bulldog Quiz Night where teams compete each week for a 1000RMB prize? That’s Shanghai‘s Ned Kelly brings us a weekly hodgepodge of topics ranging from Nazi fashion to famous horses. Maximum of eight people each team, two for one deals on dinner, and some healthy rivalries a-brewing among the competitors. Come prepared with juvenile team names (some popular weekly participants include “Da Bian” and “My couch pulls out but I don’t”) and a thirst for 30RMB+ beer. Starts 9:30pm-ish, no cover, The Bulldog, 1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu, near Dongping Lu 乌鲁木齐南路1号, 近东平路.
Free booze alert: Fame is giving away free alcohol every night until 11pm. I don’t know why. Does it matter? “All standard open bar drinks included.” Sunday through Thursday until 11pm (60RMB open bar after that), Fame, 83 Fumin Lu, near Yan’an Lu, 富民路83号, 近延安路
What do you get when you cross a yogurt maker, a charity, and an Irish pub? Well, if you live in Shanghai and it’s the middle of November, apparently you get a Christmas bazaar. Local yogurt company Bebemamie is holding their annual Charity Bazaar this Tuesday (apparently their fourth?) where 60-odd expat vendors will sell you anything from French cuisine and fashionable clothes to Christmas decorations. Get your shopping done early, and do it for a cause. (In case of rain, the event will be postponed until next week.) 9:30am – 3:30pm, O’Malleys, 42 Taojiang Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu, 桃江路42号，近乌鲁木齐路
City Shop and Orange Room are teaming up this week to school you in everything veggie during their Chinese Vegetables Made Accessible event. They’ll have seasonal, locally grown produce and will teach you things like how to choose the freshest, options for cooking, and nutritional value. Free, 11am – 12pm, Orange Room Yoga and Pilates Center, 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室近红松东路
It’s been a year exactly since Dada started holding their Shanghai Photography nights, showcasing various photographers from around the city and their projects from around China. This week they’re holding a special “Motion Photography” version of the event, where they’ll show time lapse clips and work done with the new generations of DSLR cameras that shoot video. The goal is to see how photographers are discovering video from a new angle, and how cheaper access to video technology influences cinematographers. Hosted by local documentary maker Tim Fanco, topics in the clips this week include psychedelic Shanghai summer nights (Jean Brice Hubert), Hip Hop Grannies (Boris Austin), Climbing the Himalayas (Tim Franco), and Shanghai nights by taxi (Gianpaolo Lupori.) 8pm – midnight, no cover, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu, 幸福路115号, 近法华镇路
In a (somewhat familiar) debut event this Thursday, Glamour bar will hold a “Geeks & Glamour” Scrabble Night. Also hosted by Ned Kelly (where does he find the time?) the only details are that there will be drink deals and dictionaries. No cover, 9pm, Glamour Bar, 6/F, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 广东路20号，外滩五号 楼，近中山东一路
Mi Tierra is holding a taco eating contest this Thursday. Sounds fun, only hitch is they only have eight spots. So get on it! Call 5465 5837 to sign up. Prizes for the top three contestants. All-you-can-eat tacos for 99RMB from 5pm to 9pm for anybody who comes along to watch. 90 RMB to enter, 8pm, Mi Tierra, 17 Yongjia Lu, near Maoming Lu 永嘉路17号,近茂名路
Here’s an interesting one: Spanish cyclist Alvaro Neil, better known as the Biciclown, will be speaking at the Consulate General of Spain this Thursday about his travels and experiences on the road since 2004 as part of his project “Miles and Smiles Around the World.” According to his website, he’s cycled for more than 2,000 days and 85,000 km (he circumnavigated the entire African continent!) He’s in town looking to performance for migrant schools and orphanages. Free, 7pm – 9pm, Cultural Section of Consulate General of Spain / Cervantes Library, 198-208 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu, 安福路198-208号, 近乌鲁木齐南路.