Now that Thanksgiving is over for another year, it’s time to turn to Christmas! Market sellers are now busy peddling decorations and shops are in full Christmas swing with decorations and music. As the festive period grows more intense, expect Yule-tide cheer to dominate most of Shanghai’s events – we even have a smattering of Christmas in this week’s Weekendist. As always, check out our Midweek Music Preview and Calendar for more events and activities.
Starting today and continuing over the weekend, Paulaner Brauhaus are holding a Christkindlmarkt (that’s German for Christmas Market). Throw yourself in to the Christmas spirit and tuck into authentic German food whilst perusing the wares for sale. RMB25 gets you in the door and is redeemable for food and drinks at the comestibles stands. The market is open Dec. 3 from 4pm-10pm, Dec. 4 from 11am-10pm and Dec. 5 from 11am-7pm.
4pm Paulaner Brauhaus,150 Fenyang Lu, 汾阳路150号 near Yueyang Lu 近岳阳路
Everyone’s favourite underground gay bar, Studio is celebrating its 5th anniversary! Getting in the winter spirit by holding a ‘White Ball’ with white dress code (it’s worth it….it’s free entry if you do!), Studio will be having live performances, gift bags, and drink offers to make you giddy. Throw on your sexiest white outfit and sweat through them until the early hours! For more information head over to the Studio website.
10pm Shanghai Studio, No.4, Lane 1950 Huaihai Zhong Lu, 淮海中路1950弄4号 near Xingguo Lu 近兴国路
Shanghai’s one stop shop for expats, ShanghaiExpat, are taking over La Finca (one of the most hyped Spanish restaurants in town) to celebrate its 10th Anniversary Party. With an estimated turnout of 400 DJs will spin through an explosive 5-hours plus with a lineup of Hip-hop, House, Trance and more. There’ll be plenty of finger foods and drinks and a mini-casino area with Black Jack and Roulette Tables. Prizes will be given away and no one will be allowed to walk away empty-handed. RMB 80 per person including 2 drinks + Casino Chips (RMB 100 at the door).
9.30pm La Finca, South Block Xintiandi, 373 Huangpi Nan Lu, 黄陂南路373号新天地南区 near Xingye Lu 近兴业路
Join BEAN and their Beaners as they head over to Jing An Sunshine Disabled Home. This month, they are bringing back their popular Chinese Calligraphy event. You get the opportunity to buddy up with a Sunshiner and teach or learn writing Chinese characters with a calligraphy brush. If you don’t know how to write Chinese with a “maobi,” this is your chance to learn. If you already know how, then this is your chance to teach. Either way, they promise a fun time! Everyone is welcome but they do ask that you RSVP as soon as possible to [email protected]
2pm Jing An Sunshine Disabled Home.
All you classical music buffs out there listen up! In a tribute to Chopin to celebrate his 200th anniversary, Japanese pianist Mayumi Ogawa will present Waltz in C-sharp minor, op.64, No.2, Nocturne in D-flat, op.27, No.2, Barcarolle, op.60 and many other Chopin’s timeless masterpieces to a Shanghai audience. It takes place at Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and tickets range from RMB150-500.
7.45pm Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, 425 Dingxiang Lu,丁香路425号
The Holiday season can be stressful, Thanksgiving has only just finished and already you have to consider Christmas presents, Christmas dinner, wrapping paper, flights home, flights back, trees, cards and decoration. To make this all the more bearable, why not get your laugh on with ZMACK! Shanghai’s longest-running comedy show returns to Sound Blue for another night of fun. General hilarity and audience participation awaits so why not grab a handful of friends and head down!
9pm Sound Blue, 107 Sinan Lu, 思南路107号near Taikang Lu 近泰康路
Head down to M on the Bund and enter the world of ‘Propellor Girl’, a richly illustrated world of heroes and villains, weird creatures and bizarre animals – a phantasmagorical fairy tale world full of charm and danger at every turn. Author and photographer Mick Ryan reads from this brilliant new collection of stories: they’re witty, full of mischief and just dark enough to captivate. The stories speak to the fantasies and fears of childhood: wanting to fly; being tricked by crafty grownups; and ultimately, coming out on top. Maybe. The stories, which are written in verse, are accompanied by Ryan’s award-winning photography, which illustrate the book. RMB 65 for adults, RMB 10 kids, includes a drink (and some holiday goodies). [email protected]
10am M on the Bund, 7/F, No.5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 中山东一路外滩5号7楼 near Guangdong Lu, Metro Line 2 Nanjing Dong Lu Station 近广东路, 地铁2号线南京东路站
Do you harbour a kind of quiet bliss of unspoken love? Jameson Movie Club presents, ‘Lost In Translation’ an incomparable romantic love story. Share this intimate film with loved ones in the outside garden, enjoy a tub of free popcorn, win prizes playing Jameson ipad games and take advantage of special cocktails that will be on offer. Free entry!
7pm Cotton’s, 132 Anting Road,near Jianguo Xi Road，安亭路132号，近建国西路
One of the best known names on the Beijing music scene is Ershoumeigui (Second Hand Rose) a transvetite comic folk band, they already have two albums out and are recognized for mixing rock music and a song-and-dance duet known as “Er Ren Zhuan” (二人转) in Northeast China, where lead singer Liang Long comes from. An alternative rock band Second Hand Rose, or Ershou Meigui (二手玫瑰) in Chinese will come to MAO to show us this distinctive side of Chinese rock. Advcance sale tickets are RMB80 but on the door they are priced at RMB100.
9pm MAO Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu 淮海西路570号near Hongqiao Lu 近虹桥路