The weekend is here, hallelujah! For many, this weekend will be heavily focussed on Thanksgiving! Whether that’s taking advantage of all of the offers in the bars and restaurants, staying at home ‘Skype’-ing your loved ones, or chowing down on a Turkey sub from Subway, we’re sure there’s going to be some Thanksgiving influence in there. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, or if you do but you want something else, then here are our picks of the best goings on in Shanghai this weekend!
So, in Thanksgiving tradition, if the Weekendist is your Turkey, then let our Midweek Music Preview be your cranberry sauce and our calendar be your potatoes!
Starting today and continuing through to Sunday, Pudong will become one large racing track! Expect to smell some burning rubber as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (a touring car racing series) gets to Pudong new area. Traffic will be banned around Century Park from 8am to 7pm for the duration of the weekend so if you’re a racing buff, you can get your first fix today at 11.30. Check here for the route etc.
11.30am Vicinity of Century Park
Also starting today and spanning the duration of the weekend is ‘The Ancient Mariner’. Moving the magic and mystery of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner from page to stage, the Odense International Musikteater (OIM) interprets the work into an original musical drama. This Danish performance company can be found at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre where tickets will be priced between RMB150-280.
7.30pm Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre – 288 AnFu Rd 安福路288号
*This needs to be sung to tune of ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’* – If you go out in Shanghai today, you’re sure for a big surprise; If you go down to THE BOX today you’d better go in disguise; for every Bear that every there was, will gather there for certain, today’s the day that SHANGHAI BEAR’s have a PARTY! (No Cover Charge)
10pm The Box – B1/F, 10 Hengshan Lu, 衡山路10号
Head down to Garden books this evening to catch British poet and author Paola Borella is unveiling her new book at Garden Books. Paola will read poetry from her book, The Blemished Rose: Volume One, which will be on sale. Also a songwriter, Paola has written a song called “The Blemished Rose” to accompany the book, which she will perform. Starts at 6pm. Cover: 40rmb (includes a drink).
6pm Garden Books – 325 Changle Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu, 长乐路325号, 近陕西南路
In the midst of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it may be easy to forget about Scottish National Day! Bagpipes, whisky and haggis galore, BritCham are celebrating all things Scottish! Join them for a hot toddy cocktail reception followed by a feast fit for a Scot. Between each of the four scrumptious courses, try your luck (and help raise money for charity) in the St. Andrew’s raffle and silent auction. Then, Ceilidh (Scottish dance) the night away with John Somerville and friends, flown in specially from Glasgow. Dress code: Kilts or black tie. Tickets RMB850 (members), RMB1,050 (non-members) and you need to RSVP at www.sha.britcham.org/sh/events
6.30pm The Ritz-Carlton Pudong – 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui
After a recent gig in one of the world’s most famous clubs, Berghain in Berlin, VOID brings you….DJ Phase! Techno lovers listen up, Shelter will set the scene tonight as VOID present DJ Phase, starting at 10pm and finishing God knows whe, entry is a steal at RMB50.
10pm The Shelter – 5 Yongfu Lu 永福路5号 near Fuxing Lu 近复兴路, 地铁1号线常熟路站
Shanghai art scene blog and Shanghaiist contributor Bound Editorial are hosting a party! If you’re in need of some post-Thanksgiving cheer, cheap drinks and photo-prints for only RMB200, then head down to 696!
4pm AroundSpace – Bldg. 9, Lane 202 and Bldg. 11, Lane 108, 696 Weihai Lu 威海路696号202弄9号楼和108弄11号楼 near Shaanxi Bei Lu 近陕西北路
If film is your thing then you can choose between ‘Catch me if you can’ at Chalet or movies with an LGBT theme at Rainbow Movie Club. Chalet have no cover charge and show movies in English with Chinese subtitles and Rainbow Movie Cliub host their evening at Studio, again with no cover charge.
3.30pm The Chalet, 385 Yongjia Lu, 永嘉路385号near Taiyuan lu
9pm Studio, 1950 Huaihai Middle Road, Unit 4 淮海中路1950弄4号