Happy weekend Shanghai! It’s the middle of July, and you know what that means! No? Well it’s all nerds and musicals from here on out. This weekend you can catch the Comic Expo over at the China Pavilion, and the first all-Chinese Mamma Mia is premiering tonight!
CCG EXPO The China International Games and Comic Expo (CCG Expo) is in full swing of its 7th annual convention at the Shanghai Expo’s China Pavillion. Starting yesterday, the CCG Expo will continue until Monday. Complete with cosplaying, anime film features, sections devoted fully to gaming, and of course comic books, the expo is a great change from the bar-hopping, club scene that tends to over-define Shanghai. Info in Chinese http://www.intl-cg.com
50RMB (weekday) 70RMB (weekend) // Within Zone A of the Expo Site, Pudong // Line 13 to Madang Road Station
MAMMA MIA AT SHANGHAI GRAND THEATRE Premiering tonight and running until August 5th, the world-renown musical “Mamma Mia” has arrived in Shanghai. The tour will continue after the fifth to Guangzhou, Beijing, and then back to Shanghai by December. “Mamma Mia” is the first of its kind in China featuring a full Chinese cast and being completely translated into Chinese. This will be an exciting event, don’t miss out! Tickets here.
99RMB to 880RMB // Renmin Da Road 300, Shanghai // Near People’s Square off lines 1, 2, and 8
TICT SUMMER ROOFTOP PARTY FEAT STD
June rains got you down? Love new disco, acid house, industrial glitch, or techno-edged electro? TICT is here to kick-off dry July and make your weekend. Prepare for a 12 hour rooftop dance party that will definitely get your spirits up, tire you out, and turn provide an easy lazy Sunday the next morning. The line up features DJ R3 of S.T.D. with support from DJs The Uhhh, Mau Mau, and Ssoso. Free before 5pm if you RSVP to [email protected]
60RMB + 1 drink after 5PM // 2PM to 2AM // Atanu Bar // Zhongshan Dong Er Lu near Yan’an Dong Lu
MUSE IN THE MIXING ROOM Muse is taking over The Mixing Room and holding its grand opening as “Shanghai’s newest live music club.” China’s own MC Hotdog will be the featured performer of the night. It’s hard to live in Shanghai for long without hearing about club Muse, so if it successfully lives up to its reputation, Saturday could be a night to remember.
100RMB (presale) 150RMB (door) // Doors open 9PM // Mercedes Benz Arena, 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong // Yaohua Rd Station off lines 7 and 8
CHARITY PUB CRAWL @ THE CAMEL The people behind the Druken Dragon pub crawl are throwing a charity pub crawl this Saturday! Tickets are 80RMB at the door (60RMB presale, see their website), and get you two Coronas, drink deals at every bar, and shots at the last club! And best of all, ALL proceeds of the event will go to Stepping Stones, a local charity benefiting migrant children around the city. There will be raffles as well! Prizes include the likes of wine picnics and Shanghai motorcycle tours. Starts at 9pm at the Camel.
80RMB, 60RMB presale // 9pm // The Camel // 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu (岳阳路1号, 近东平路)
SHANGHAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CLOSING CEREMONY The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing its closing season concert this weekend at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Program: “Overture of Le Carnival Romain” by Berlioz, “Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G Minor” by Poulenc (with organist Qi Zhang), “Pavane for a Dead Princess” by Ravel and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky.
50RMB to 580RMB // 7:30PM // Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Clove Road, Pudong // Pudian Rd Station off lines 4 and 6
LOST AND FOUND ART EXHIBIT AT stageBACK GALLERY The exhibit opens Sunday night and runs until August 31st. Promising to cover “issues of dislocation, re-discovery, the transient life and re-invention of objects and ideas” through the creations of an international collection of artists, this a great event for the artsy, travel-loving wanderers in Shanghai for the weekend. Did we mention it’s FREE?
9PM // stageBACK Gallery // Room 310, Third Floor, 696 Weihai Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu, Jingan district
CONCERTO CLASSICO: PROGRAMME FOR FLUTE AND PIANO @ GLAMOUR BAR Japanese flautist Miho Okura as well as pianists Natsuki Yamashita and Mayu Nishibe will be performing a set of classical classical music, enticing you throughout the afternoon. The program includes variations on Chopin, Motzart, and many more. Admission includes 1 drink.
75RMB, Students 20RMB // 3pm to 5pm // Glamour Bar // Five on the Bund, 6/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (广东路20号, 外滩五号6楼, 近中山东一路)
DANCE DELIGHT CHINA, VOLUME 2 Back at The Mixing Room, there will be a dance competition best described as a combination of American TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.” We assume the floor will open up to the fearless and courageous, but the main feature will be a set of Japanese and Chinese dance groups.
160 RMB for Showcase + Afterparty // 1 PM // Mercedes Benz Arena, 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong // Yaohua Rd off lines 7 and 8
DANCE DELIGHT AFTERPARTY If you make it to the Mixing Room on Sunday for the dance competition, don’t leave too soon. The club promises bumpin’ beats to keep “you moving until dawn,” but we think it’ll end much earlier than that.
80RMB // 10PM to 11:30PM // Mercedes Benz Arena, 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong // Yaohua Rd off lines 7 and 8
By Fotini Gan