After losing Sunday to China’s ridiculous punitive holidays rule, we’re sure you’ll be glad to cut loose this weekend. The Chinese F1 Grand Prix returns to Shanghai for the ninth year. Post-rock icons Godspeed You! Black Emperor are playing, and Spanish cheesy pop legend Julio Iglesias is playing Shanghai Grand Stage. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Fans of watching millionaires drive incredibly fast cars around in a circle have a treat in store for them as the Formula 1 GP returns to Shanghai this weekend. The only one of its kind in China, the event will feature all your favourite racing teams and drivers. Smart Shanghai are sold out of tickets, but Piao.com.cn and MyPiao have some left. Or, the truly dedicated (but not dedicated enough to book beforehand apparently) may be able to pick up tickets from scalpers outside the track. Alternatively, you can watch the races all weekend at Camel and Big Bamboo locations around the city.
Chinese Grand Prix Practice 1 09:55
Chinese Grand Prix Practice 2 13:55
Chinese Grand Prix Practice 1 – Replay 18:00
Chinese Grand Prix Practice 2 – Replay 19:30
Shanghai International Circuit // 2000 Yining Lu, Jiading (上海国际赛车场, 伊宁路2000号, 嘉定)
KFK Presents: New Faces of Komedy
Our friends at Kung Fu Komedy have their regular Friday event, featuring the best local Shanghai comedic talent.
30 RMB // 9pm // Masse // 5-6/F, 219 Jinxian Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu (进贤路221号5-6楼, 近陕西南路)
Hip Hop Hijack Presents: DJ Ewone @ The Geisha
A major name in the French hip hop scene, DJ Ewone has opened for Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (before he was a Lion), and Missy Elliot. He’s in Shanghai for the first time, spinning records or pressing buttons on a laptop, I don’t know I haven’t seen him. Support from Choyce Kutz. Fans of hip hop should definitely check this one out though.
100 RMB (inc. one drink) // The Geisha // 390 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Lu (陕西南路390号, 近复兴路)
Formula 1 Grand Prix
See above. Saturday races:
Chinese Grand Prix Practice 3 10:55
Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying 13:50
Split Works Presents: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor make their China debut this weekend, courtesy of Split Works. The punctuation-favouring band were on a break for almost a decade before they reformed last year to release Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
240 RMB (advance sales), 300 RMB (door) // 8pm // Qianshuiwan Creative Art Centre // 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路)
Hed Kandi presents Hed Over Heels @ The Geisha
“As the sun begins to shine, we’re throwing off the extra layers and heading straight for the dance floor. Its time to rejoice, spring is here and we’re celebrating at The Geisha. With talented DJs, exceptional production and entrancing performers, where else would you want to be? See you on the dance floor!” Featuring DJ Phoebe D’Abo and Perfecto Playboys. Free entry before midnight with password ‘head over heels’ (they won’t know you’re spelling it correctly). VIP table booking: 021-64030244 or [email protected].
100 RMB (after midnight, inc. one drink) // 10pm // The Geisha // 390 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Lu (陕西南路390号, 近复兴路)
Formula 1 Grand Prix
See above. Sunday race:
Chinese Grand Prix Raceday 14:00
Julio Iglesias @ Shanghai Grand Stage
The perma-tanned master of Latin crooning is here in Shanghai for one night only. A man who has been awarded an unbelievable 1,500 gold disks over his decades long career. Advance tickets available from Smart Shanghai.
180 – 1,280 RMB // Shanghai Grand Stage // 1111 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Zhongshan Lu and Tianyaoqiao Lu (上海大舞台, 漕溪北路1111号)
BEAN Documentary Screening: “To Live is Better Than To Die” @ The Apartment
Our friends at BEAN are screening this documentary by director Weijun Chun about the HIV/AIDS crisis in China. The documentary played at the Sundance Festival, their description of it:
The global AIDS crisis has been largely ignored in China, where official neglect and lack of information about the disease are as crucial to its control as individual behavior. To Live Is Better Than to Die depicts a year in the life of an HIV-infected family in central China’s Henan Province in as brutally frank and emotionally naked a way as one can imagine onscreen.
Free // 5pm // The Apartment // Yongfu Road No. 47, near Fuxing West Road (永福路47号, 近复兴西路)