Where to go, what to do today in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Open House Event @ Dance Studio 5
Dance Studio 5 has two days of free dance classes for kids and adults. Available classes include Ballet, hip hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Flamenco, Yoga, and Pilates. Spaces are limited. You can RSVP at [email protected]
Free // 10:00 – 20:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
Mingyuan Art Center, Room 205, Bldg A, 1199 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu // 复兴中路1199号A号楼205室, 近襄阳南路
Métamorf’Ose @ Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre
Métamorf’Ose is a vocal and kinetic theater production in which two actresses/singers create a dream-like atmosphere, which leads into as series of perpetual transformations. A shell made of crinoline with multiple faces is the central object of the play, giving birth to unreal creatures as well as timeless and strange individuals. 45 minutes long. For kids 6 months to 5 years old.
180 (1 ticket) 280 (2 tickets) 380 (3 tickets) // 10:30, 14:30, 16:30 (Saturday & Sunday)
800 Miaojiang Lu, nr Xizhang Nan Lu / 苗江路800号近西藏南路
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
Boosh Festival @ Shanghai Centre
Family friendly Shanghai Centre will play host to this year’s main festival. Starting at 12pm this free, music extravaganza will also feature an array of Shanghai DIY and artisan vendors at the Boosh Bazaar. As always, music is the main focus and the outdoor stage will feature 6 or more bands daily.International bands Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams and The Bollands along with local Chinese bands will be featured on Saturday, followed by some of Shanghai’s most impressive expat bands on Sunday.
Free // 12:00 – 20:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
Suite 710, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu // 南京西路1376号710室
Elefante 3rd Anniversary & Food Truck Launch Party @ Elefante
Elefante, the Donghu Lu restaurant serving up Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, has a food truck launch party on their third anniversary. There will be a BBQ cooking session with a Paella brunch and local DJs playing at the event.
250 RMB for the BBQ and a drink // 12:00 – 16:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu // 东湖路20号, 近淮海路
Cavalia @ The White Big Top
Cavalia, the first production of the Canadian company, began its world tour in the summer of 2003. Conceived by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a fresh mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects, innovatively integrating acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and live music.
280 – 980 RMB // 19:30 – 22:00 (Friday – Sunday) & 14:30 – 17:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
Shanghai Expo, South of China Pavilion. XueYe Rd., Shangnan Rd. // 世博板块中国馆旁，中华艺术宫南面
Jeffrey Lewis Art Exhibition and Solo Show @ Uptown Records
In town to perform at the Booshkabaash Music Festival, on August 30th , Jeffrey Lewis will hold an impromptu showing of original comic art at Uptown Records in collaboration with the Basement 6 collective and idle beats. On display will be some of his iconic art, and various artifacts from his amazing career. At 6pm Jeffrey will perform an intimate acoustic set, followed by a rousing q&a with uber fan and internet stalker, Sacco.
Free // 16:30 – 19:30
115 Pingwu Lu // 平武路115号
Shanghai Bund @ JDF Yun Feng Theatre
Based on the Cantonese TV production, the musical Shanghai Bund tells the love story of Cheng Cheng and Xu Wenqiang during the 1920s. Their love for each other, however, is disrupted by conspiracies between Feng Jingyao, Cheng Cheng’s father, and the French. With realistic backdrops and the use of holograms, this musical allows the audience to travel back in time and see what Shanghai used to be like.
Began last week and goes until December 31, each week Thursday through Sunday. Get tickets and information here.
180 / 280 / 480 / 680 / 880 RMB // 19:15 (Friday – Sunday)
1700 Beijing Xi Lu // 北京西路1700号
Zulu @ Shanghai Culture Square
Love world music from places like Mongolia, South America, Africa and Europe? Ever heard a fusion of music from these places performed at one time by one group of musicians? Come see it for yourself when Zulu combines khoomei throat singing with other world music at the Shanghai Culture Square on August 30th. With members from Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang, Zulu mixes Mongolian, Tuvan, and Uighur traditional music with elements of rock, psychedelia, flamenco, African and Buddhist chanting. Every performance by Zulu is a showcase of their completely new style of music, born out of this seamless fusion of old and new. Buy tickets here.
80 RMB // 19:15
597 Fuxing Zhong Lu // 复兴中路597号
Sensual Sundays @ Tiki China
Zouk’s new free pop-up class now has a permanent Sunday installment. They teach Brazilian Zouk — a more sensual version of salsa. If enough people show up before 8pm, they’ll give free lessons until 8.30pm, then open up the dance floor to bachata and salsa til 11pm. That’s after Tiki’s drink specials from 7-8pm.
No cover // 20:00 – 23:00
Hengshan Fang, Bld 22, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu // 天平路320号22号楼， 近衡山路
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
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