Where to go, what to do this weekend in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Shanghai Ever @ Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
Check out the group exhibition at MoCA as a celebration for the museum’s 10-year anniversary. The exhibition features works from artists such as Ding Yi, Zhou Tiehai, Yang Yongliang and Pan Jianfeng. On from July 11 through October 10. Get more information here.
50 RMB // 10:00 – 18:00
231 West Nanjing Road near North Huangpi Road // 南京西路231号, 近黄陂北路
The Bubblelandia Journey @ Shanghai Culture Square
Produced by Brinum-X Entertainment, 2015 Performance of the Milan EXPO. The show combines drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionist, sand art and magic, with various stage effects adopting the latest laser technologies, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled soap bubble machines and optical illusions. They have performed over 32000 shows in 160 cities across 32 countries all over the world, and more than 28 millions families have seen their performance. Performances Friday through Sunday!
180 – 680 RMB // 19:15 – LATE (Friday – Sunday) 14:00 – 16:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
597 Fuxing zhong Lu // 复兴中路597号
NBA Nation @ Central Square
NBA Nation is coming to Shanghai this weekend! NBA All-Stars, Sacramento Kings G Rajon Rondo, Toronto Raptors F DeMarre Carroll will be on site to interact with fans in Shanghai. Dancers from Charlotte Hornets,mascot Bango from Milwaukee Bucks will be performing to bring you the authentic NBA experience. NBA Nation will stay in Shanghai for the WHOLE WEEKEND. NBA Nation is fun and exciting for all ages and a good way to relax and enjoy the game of basketball during the NBA offseason. Remember, Rondo and Carroll are waiting for you!
NO CHARGE // 16:00 – 22:00 (Friday – Sunday)
Central Square, Nanjing Dong Lu, by Zhejiang Dong Lu. // 南京东路，近浙江东路
Joint Venture Percussion Duo @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Since the Duo’s inception in 2007, the collaboration between Joint Venture percussionists Rachel Xi Zhang (China) and Laurent Warnier (Luxembourg) has reflected a blend of cultural and musical differences. Zhang and Warnier come from vastly contrasting backgrounds. Together, they have found common ground through percussion, where they have fused their contrasting ideologies to form the uniquely international duo that they are today.
180 – 300 RMB // 19:45
425 Dingxiang Lu, Nr Century Avenue // 丁香路425号近世纪大道
Heidi Woehrle @ Heyday
American-German singer Heidi Woehrle hits excellent vintage-style cocktail lounge Heyday for a night of classic jazz and bossanova.
No Cover // 19:30 – LATE (Friday & Sunday)
50 Taian Lu, near Xingguo Lu // 徐汇区泰安路50号, 近兴国路
Dada Six Year Anniversary @ Dada Bar
Dada turns six years old, gives out free booze and has a big party with DJ friends of the bar. What’s not to like? Compakt Dicks from Beijing is one of the DJs.
No cover // 22:00 – LATE
115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu // 长宁区幸福路115号, 近法华镇路
Pomo @ URVC
Pomo’s music is good time shit, with ample plinky-plonky lead lines frequently breaking into bright, soulful chord sequences just the right side of EDM. Ticket price includes a free drink and a bonus URVC t-shirt. Tickets are 80RMB on pre-sale, contact 137 6472 6690.
80 RMB pre-sale/100 RMB at the door // 22:00 – LATE
999 Xikang Lu, near Anyuan Lu // 普陀区西康路999号, 近安远路
Late Happy Hour @ Maya
The upscale Mexican restaurant does late happy hour every Friday and Saturday nights. From 10:30 PM till late, they offer buy-one-get-one on their top-ten cocktails and selected beers, as well as buy-two-get-one on pitchers of Margaritas and Sangria.
No cover // 22:30 – LATE
Grand Plaza Club House, 2/F, 568 Julu Road near South Shanxi Road // 巨鹿路568弄四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路
SWFC Kids Festival @ SWFC
The festival includes SWFC Got Talent, a kid’s talent contest featuring Shanghai’s most exceptional kids. Talents can include singing, dancing, musical instruments, martial arts and more. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners at the end of the final competition on Aug. 15. Registration deadline: Aug. 7. To register, write to [email protected] , you will get contacted right away. Get lots more info here.
Free Workshops // All day
100 Century Ave // 世纪大道100号
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
A must see for the entire family! This story tells the adventures of an extraordinary herd of Ice Age animals, all living together as one unique big family. This arena spectacular will take you to the ultimate Ice Age adventure filled with fun, laughter, suspense and of course the humour you have come to love! Saturday and Sunday
‘Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure’ is a completely unique and original live entertainment spectacular. It’s the first show of its kind to combine incredible sets, exceptional ice skating, dance, songs, acrobatics, aerial arts and characters while incorporating elements from the beloved movies.
200 – 980 RMB // 11:00 on Saturday & 15:00 on Sunday
1200 Expo Avenue Nr Shangnan Lu // 世博大道1200号近上南路
Mr & Mrs Brunch @ Mr & Mrs Bund
The late night dining restaurant is finally offering brunches! The city’s renowned chef Paul Pairet and his team will remix and reinterpret classical breakfast items in the weekend lunch. Expect a la carte items like omletes, oysters, fries, caviar, Croque Madam, Wagyu ribeye, and Bloody Marys. For 75 RMB, you also get egg dishes like Egg Benedict with prosciutto.
N.A. // 11:30 – 14:00
Bund 18, 6/F, 18 East Zhongshan First Road near East Nanjing Road // 中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路
Infinity Summer Music Festival @ Shanghai Golf Park
Infinity Summer and Mook present a brand new music festival for Shanghai. It’s a carnival-themed rave, similar to EDC. Headliners include Dzeko & Torres, ALVARO, Roger Shah, Ben Nicky, Sonny Wharton, and Genik. So, lots of trance and house. Expect lots of activities, in addition to the music. There’s also buses going from Mook Club every hour to the festival location in Minhang, starting at 2pm. Buy tickets here.
160 RMB // 14:00 – LATE
200 Puxing Gong Lu, near Huannan Yi Da Dao // 浦星公路200号, 近环南一大道
Female Generals of the Yang Family @ Yi Fu Theatre
Set in Song Dynasty China, when the imperial court was embroiled in a conflict with the Kingdom of Western Xia, Female Generals of the Yang Family (杨门女将) deviates from tradition in its portrayal of strong female characters (She Taijun, Mu Guiying). The play unfolds with the death of Yang Zongbao, the second-to-last male heir to the imperial throne. The subsequent plot revolves around the female members of the Yang family as they devise ways to protect the remaining male heir to the throne, Yang Wenguang. Buy tickets here.
30 – 80 RMB // 19:00 – 22:00
701 Fuzhou Lu // 福州路701号
Concert of Ideality @ Power Station of Art
Shanghai trip hop act Running Blue perform at the Power Station of Art as part of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s Dream City exhibition at the museum. The show will apparently be ‘themed around the third movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony in e minor’. Admission to the performance is free provided visitors hold a valid ticket for the Dream City exhibition.
No Cover // 19:00 – 21:00
20, Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu // 黄浦区花园港路20弄, 近苗江路
Choral Traditions @ Shanghai Grand Theatre
Oxford University’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, yet is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. Unique in the world as both Cathedral and College choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford’s 12th-century Cathedral, has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms which is second to none.
180 – 380 RMB // 19:15
300 Renmin Avenue, Nr Huangpi Bei Lu / 人民大道300号近黄陂北路
2015 Supercoppa Italiana @ Shanghai Stadium
Juventus vs. Lazio. The 2015 Supercoppa Italiana will be the 28th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, Italian football supercup, to be played on 8 August 2015 at the Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai. With Juventus winning both the 2014-15 Serie A championship and the 2014-15 Coppa Italia, the game will be played between Juventus and the 2014-15 Coppa Italia runners-up, Lazio.
488 – 1888 RMB // 20:00
666 Tianyaoqiao Lu | 天钥桥路666号
Socialito Latin Nights @ The 1515 West
The Jing’an steakhouse hosts a Latin party every Saturday night. Expect live music from Yaime Medina on vocals and Oberto Pickling on keys. You’ll get complimentary bites for the whole night as well as a special menu of South American-inspired cocktails.
288 RMB (all-you-can-drink mojitos) // 21:00
4/F, 1218 Yan’an Middle Road near Tongren Road // 延安中路1218号4楼, 近铜仁路
Crackazat @ URVC
Jazzy, soulful and heavy on the keys, Crackazat’s music is infectious. The house he plays and makes has been quietly garnering him fans across the globe. Here he plays the first weekend of URVC’s month-long one year anniversary special.
No cover // 22:00 – LATE
999 Xikang Lu, near Anyuan Lu // 普陀区西康路999号, 近安远路
Antidote 10 Year Anniversary @ C’s
10 years ago in C’s basement on Dingxi Lu, the first ever Antidote party was held. It marked the first time the cities fans of alternative electronic music had an outlet and many of the people at the parties went on to other things (like The Shelter, Arkham and Dada). Here the crew returns to that dingy C’s basement for a night of music and installations dotted around all the nooks and crannies. Should be lotsa fun.
No Cover // 22:00 – LATE
Basement, 685 Dingxi Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu // 长宁 区定西路685号, 近法华镇路
New World Sound @ Fusion
New World Sound consists of two Australian electronic DJs and producers (and brothers) from Gold Coast-Tyrone James and Jesse Taylor. Check out their music here.
No cover // 23:00 – 3:00
5/F, Building 6, South Block, Xintiandi, 123 Xingye Lu // 上海新天地南里广场6号楼5F
1 RMB British Beers @ Mr Harry
Head over to this British restaurant as they celebrate their 2-year anniversary with unbelievable beer deal. Just order any meal, and for 1 RMB, you can choose from a selection of British beers. Limited to one beer per meal ordered. Until August 14.
No cover // 10:00 – 21:00
5/F, 819 West Nanjing Road near Shimen First Road // 南京西路819号开欣商厦5楼，近石门一路
Wonderfactory Toy Photography Exhibition @ Jingan Kerry Centre
Check out this photography exhibition at the South B1 Arts Space in the Jingan Kerry Centre. Works of toy photographers from nine different countries will be showcased. FINAL DAY.
No cover // 10:00 – 22:00
1515 West Nanjing Road near Changde Road // 南京西路1551号嘉里中心, 近常德路
POP Brunch @ POP American Brasserie
Go over to POP this weekend for a delightful brunch. You’ll get two courses for 208 RMB, and three courses for 258 RMB. Two hours free flow of Budweiser beer is available at 118 RMB, and the same for bellini at 248 RMB. Expect DJs and live performance from 2 – 5 PM. Plus 10 percent service charge. Every weekend between July 18 and September 27.
No cover // 11:00 – 16:00
7/F, 17 Guangdong Road near East Zhongshan First Road // 东路17号,外滩三号7楼, 近中山东一路
4:48 Psychosis @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Go to the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre today and watch this shocking, disturbing and haunting drama 4:48 Psychosis directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky. Chinese dialogue with English subtitles available. FINAL DAY. Click here for more information and tickets.
180 RMB // 14:00
288 Anfu Road near Wukang Road // 安福路288号, 近武康路
Asian Youth Orchestra @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
The 100 members of the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) are among the finest young musicians in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Chosen through highly competitive auditions held throughout the region, they are together for six weeks each summer, initially for a three-week Rehearsal Camp in Hong Kong, then for a three-week international concert tour with celebrated conductors and solo artists.
280 RMB // 19:30
425 Dingxiang Lu, Nr Century Avenue / 丁香路425号近世纪大道
Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Shanghai Daning Theatre
Grammy Award-winning South African vocal group, who came to worldwide fame after singing on Paul Simon’s Graceland and also featured on the Lion King soundtrack, make a live appearance in Shanghai. Buy tickets here.
50 – 380 RMB // 19:30 – 22:00
1222 Pingxingguan Lu, near Lingshi Lu // 闸北区平型关路1222号, 近灵石路
Piano Battle @ Shanghai Symphony Hall
Two Pianists, Six Rounds, Chopin vs. Liszt, Black vs. White. Who will be first to cross the finish line? The audience will decide! The brainchild of internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the PIANO BATTLE sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The show is divided into several rounds, each featuring a certain musical style. The two artists, with distinctly different performance techniques, will even go so far as to improvise on the tunes you request.
120 RMB // 19:30
1380 Middle Fuxing Road / 复兴中路1380号
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
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