Where to go, what to do this week in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Cheng Ran + Chen Wei: Cinematheque @ Chi K11 Art Space
K11 Art Foundation presents their new exhibition “Cinematheque” at Chi K11 Art Space. This dual exhibition combines Cheng Ran’s latest video installation Music is On Band is Gone, and Chen Wei’s photography exhibit In the Waves. The two aim to show that the young Chinese generation devours movies and underground music as a means to find their own modes of expression. Mongolia-born Cheng Ran’s installation shows how young Chinese people are greatly impacted by globalized culture. Chen Wei, combining photography and a video installation, questions the medium itself. Find out more here.
Free // 10:00 – 22:00 (until May 31)
B3, K11 Art Mall, No.300 Huaihai Middle Road // 淮海中路300号K11购物艺术中心B3层chi K11美术馆
How Plants Impact Our Lives – The Economic Value and Conservation of Plants @ Space by Three
Join Richard Deverell and Dr. Yonghong Hu this Monday at Space by Three to talk about the impact of plants on our lives. Hu will speak from his experience at the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, which is a 207-hectare garden that is one of the most important research centers for Biological Sciences in China. Deverell is the director of Kew Gardens, which is a globally recognised source of botanical knowledge. Kew Gardens’ mission stems from “a simple but often overlooked truth: our lives all depend on plants”. Get more information here.
RSVP only // 17:00 – 19:00
1F, No.3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road near Guangdong Road // 外滩3号, 中山东一路3号1楼, 近广东路
Gustavo Dudamel & the LA Philharmonic @ Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre
As you can tell from the picture above, Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most exciting conductors around. He and the LA Phil will play Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) and Adams’ City Nights, which is a Mainland premiere. Get your tickets here.
80 – 1180 RMB // 19:30 – 21.30
425 Dingxiang Road near Yingchun Road // 浦东丁香路425号, 近迎春路
Meet author Victoria Hislop @ The Su Zhou Bookworm Festival
Every March, Suzhou bookstore The Bookworm hosts The Bookworm International Literary Festival. The festival features writers, thinkers, artists and performers from China and beyond. This Monday evening bestselling author of The Island, Victoria Hislop, will talk about her career as a writer and introduce her fourth and most recent novel, The Sunrise. Readers will be introduced to a fascinating slice of Mediterranean history: the Greek Coup and Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1972 that caused 40,000 people to flee the town of Famagusta, never to return. Find out more here.
50 RMB (Free drink) // 19:30
77 Gunxiufang, Shiquan Street Suzhou (corner of Shi quan Street and Ping Qiao Zhi Road) // 苏州 十全街 滚绣坊 77 (十全街和平桥值街的路口)
Wang Gongxin: Present·Being @ OCAT
OCAT presents a retrospective of media artist Wang Gongxin’s work. Wang was one of China’s first ever media art practitioners. In his exhibition Present Being, a multi-channel video installation and series of documentary photographs map the artist’s creative process over the years. The exhibition will continue until May 24. Find out more here.
Free // 10:00-19:00 (Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday) 11:00-21:00 (Friday & Saturday)
1016 Bei Suzhou Road near Wen’an Road // 北苏州路1016号, 近文安路
Mad Max screening @ Dada
Sub-Culture’s Dystopia Month continues with the classic ’79 post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. Sub-Culture screens films every week.
Free (Free popcorn) // 20:00 (movie starts at 21:00)
115 Xingfu Road near Fahuazhen Road // 幸福路115号, 近法华镇路
Van Merwijks Music Machine: Cuban Classics @ On Stage
Dutch drummer Lucas van Merwijk is internationally recognized for his performance with great latin bands like Nueva Manteca and the Cubop City Big Band. For this edition of his Music Machine he wanted a more intimate setting and joined forces with Cuban star pianist Ramón Valle. Together with Bert Boeren (The Netherlands) on trombone and Venezuelan bass player Samuel Albert Ruiz, the Music Machine aims to put a passionate and personal twist on Cuban music. Get your tickets here.
80 RMB // 20:30 – 22:00
A2-101 Red Town, 570 Huaihai Middle Road // 淮海西路570号红坊 A2-101
ERA Intersection of Time 10 Year Spring Festival Special @ Shanghai Circus World
Features a mixture of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics: from ‘snake girls’, aerial walking, hoop diving, jar juggling and trampoline shows, to high flying trapeze acts with bungee cords and Russian bars. Check out their motorcycle cage stunts too. Get your tickets here.
120 – 600 RMB // 19:30 – 21:30 (until December 31)
2266 Gonghexin Road near Guangzhong Road // 闸北区共和新路2266号,近广中路
Liquid Nights @ Liquid Laundry
Get to Liquid Laundry on a Tuesday night and enjoy their live music and their Happy Hour deal which lasts all night. If you spend 100 RMB or over you’ll get access to a free keg of one of their house beers. Find out more here.
Free // 20:30 – 00:30
Kwah Centre 2/F 1028 Huaihai Middle Road near Donghu Road // 淮海中路1028号, 嘉华房2/F, 近东湖路
ISU World Figure Skating Championships @ Oriental Sports Center
This week, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships are held in Shanghai for the very first time! The world’s best figure skaters will compete for the title of World Champion in singles, pairs and ice dancing. The opening ceremony is this Wednesday and the competition goes on until Friday. Check out the schedule and get tickets here.
50 – 780 RMB // 09:30, 17:00 (Opening) and 18:00
168 Jiyang Road near Yangsi Road // 浦东济阳路168号, 近杨思路
Lian Ai de Xi Niu (Rhinoceros in Love) @ Shanghai Art Theatre
Experimental theatre by well-known director Meng Jinghui and script writer Liao Yimei. Rhinoceros in Love tells the story of a zookeeper that is infatuated by a beautiful but cold-hearted woman. Runs until April 4. Get tickets here.
100 – 380 RMB // 19:30 – 21:30 (Wednesday – Sunday)
466 Jiangning Road near Kangding Road // 静安区江宁路466号,近康定路
Das Kapital @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Only a few days left to go see this Mandarin-spoken comedy inspired by Marx’ Das Kapital. It links back to “the reality of Wall Street’s financial crisis”. Get more information and tickets here.
100 – 280 RMB // 19:30 – 21:30 (Tuesday – Saturday), 14:00 – 18:00 (Sunday)
288 Anfu Road near Wukang Road // 徐汇区安福路288号, 近武康路
Come Correct @ The Shelter
The Shelter hosts weekly party Come Correct with hiphop and urban music by DJ’s T-Plus, Caution, Roo and Homies every Wednesday. There’s an open mic for MC’s and B-Boys as well, in case you want to show off your skills.
Free // 22:00
Basement of 5 Yongfu Road near West Fuxing Road // 永福路5号, 近复兴西路
Deep @ Downtown
Deep house all night long by Jasmine Li, one of Shanghai’s old-school DJs. Downtown calls itself an intimate house and techno club. It’s operated by the crew who used to run Shiva Lounge.
Free // 22:00
449 Huashan Road near Wulumuqi Road // 华山路449号, 近乌鲁木齐路
Yan by Yang Yongliang @ Shanghai Gallery of Art
Popular contemporary Chinese artist Yang Yongliang is well-known for his monochrome shanshui paintings with imposed city scenes. In this solo exhibition he presents the premier exhibit of his feature length film. The film is 50 minutes in length and is “as a dream one could never wake up from and as a dilemma one could never pierce through”. The medium Yang chose here is different, but his subject remains the same: the alienating nature of city life, our increasing distance from and long for nature, and loneliness. Ends on April 7. Get more information here.
Free // 11:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Third Floor, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road near Guangdong Road // 黄浦区中山东一路3号3楼, 近广东路
Resilient Cities @ Arup Associates
Green Initiatives will host another forum this Thursday. This month, it focusses on the resilience of cities, which is determined by their ability to thrive as centers of commerce, culture and habitation despite the challenges they face. Discuss the future of Shanghai and its ‘resilient urban physiology’ concerning air pollution and the challenges of short and long term population and demographic changes. Maysho Prashad, sustainable city planner at RTKL Shanghai, and Richard Mullane, architect and urban designer at HASSELL, will be the main speakers at this event. Get more information here.
50 RMB // 18:30 – 21:00
30F 1045 Huaihai Middle Road near Xiangyang Road // 淮海国际30层 淮海中路1045号
Magic Show @ The Pearl
Card tricks, hypnosis, and more magical madness by “The Magic Team” from France. They’re here for two nights only – Thursday and Saturday. More information here.
200 RMB // 19:00 (show starts at 21:00)
471 Zhapu Road near Wujin Road // 乍浦路471号, 近武进路
CINEMQ 3: /SHADE/ @ Factory 54
“A Tribute to Paris, to queens and queers who don’t give a ****.” CINEMQ (in association with ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival) is a monthly underground queer film experience. This month, CINEMQ honors Jennie Livingston’s film Paris is Burning (1989) with a special cinema event. The event features scenes from the movie as well as an international selection of short films about people who strive to be themselves, regardless of what their environment says they can or can’t do. DJ set consists of Voguing music by Cignarale and Roland Lauth and starts at 22:00.
Free // 20:30
5/F 195 Guangfu Road near Wuzhen Road // 光复路195号5楼，近乌镇路
Beer Club @ Gilligan’s
For all you beer aficionados out there: newly opened bar Gilligan’s and Top Shelf Asia bring you the second Gilligan’s Beer Club. You pay 100 RMB and get 4 bottles of craft beer and some snacks. You’ll also get a short presentation about the beers you’ll be drinking: Brewers’ Union All Day IPA, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and Brutal IPA and Shanghai premiere: Brewdog’s This. Is. Lager.
Free // 19:00 – 22:00
76 Yongkang Road near Xiangyang Nan Road // 徐汇区永康路176号, 近襄阳南路
#MillennialMinds @ Pudong Shangri-la
This symposium, organised by the USC U.S.-China Institute, aims to explore the aspirations of young Chinese and Americans with regard to school, work, romance, and life. #MillennialMinds’ mission is to explore their attitudes towards gender and generational roles, the obligations they feel towards their own dreams, towards their families, their friends, their employers, and their communities and how they spend their time and money. Join them to hear from and talk with leading researchers, businesspeople and journalists about these and other subjects. Get tickets here.
300 RMB (register before March 28) – 450 RMB (at the door) // 08:00 – 12:30 April 4
33 Fucheng Road Pudong // 富城路33号, 上海浦东
Singapore Day @ Century Park
Join in on some Singaporean fun on Singapore Day! Not only Singaporeans and their accompanying family and friends are invited, anyone who is interested in celebrating the Singaporean spirit is welcome. Singapore Day takes place in major cities where a good number of Singaporeans reside: Melbourne, London, Sydney and Shanghai. Find out more and register here.
Free // 10:30 – 17:00 April 11
Century Park Pudong Huamu Road near Fangdian Road // 浦东世纪公园 五号门花木路1359号
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Have a great week Shanghaiists!
By Evelien van der Veer