Where to go, what to do this week in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Red @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
The 2010 Tony award winning play by John Logan about Mark Rothko’s obsession with colour. With a name like ‘Red’ there is no wonder it’s coming to the PRC. Set in New York 1958-9, Rothko debates art theory with his assistant voicing criticisms of Pop Art.
80 RMB // 7.30 PM
288 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu, Xuhui district // 徐汇区安福路288号, 近武康路
Taylor Swift @ Mercedes Benz Arena (10th – 12th)
The edgy “TS 1989” tour is coming to Shanghai despite the controversy over the album branding. Taylor Swift came with the ‘Red’ tour last year and she’s back for a whole 3 nights. The tickets seem to have already sold out so it may be a case of finding a scalper at the arena (be wary of fakes).
480 RMB – 4280 RMB (SOLD OUT) // 8 PM
1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu // 奔驰文化中心, 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
Nanta Cookin Comedy @ ET Space (11th – 29th)
They call it “non-verbal comedy”, but it’s more like a percussive comedy show. The Nanta cookin’ comedy from Seoul incorporates traditional samul nori rhythm, drumming on pots and pans, with acrobatics, pantomime-style audience participation and promoters say they perform magic. Of course, this being an international show in Shanghai ticket prices are hiked up nearly 5 times from the original value of around 60 RMB in Seoul .
280 RMB // 7.30 PM
No. 433, East Yanan Rd, Nr South Yunnan Rd // 延安东路433号(近云南南路)
19th Shanghai Art Fair @ ShanghaiMART (12th – 15th)
The art fair brings international galleries to Shanghai for the big spenders on Black Friday weekend. One gallery is bringing a Rodin sculpture valued at 1 million USD! Last year roughly 60,000 people visited the art fair.
50 RMB // 10 AM (12th – 15th)
2299 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Gubei Lu // 延安西路2299号， 近古北路
James Bond 007: Spectre @ Cinemas in Shanghai
The highly anticipated addition to the 007 saga, starring Daniel Craig, is released at cinemas in the PRC on Black Friday. Your friends abroad have probably already seen the film so if you want to avoid spoilers it’s best not to talk to them about it.
Grand Opening Comedy Showcase @ Kung Fu Komedy Club
The Grand Opening Comedy Showcase is hosted by Drew Fralick and features comedians, Andrew Curtain, Joe Schaefer, Morten Fausboll, Byron Murphy and Storm Xu. There is a mandarin spoken grand opeing show featuring Da Shan on Saturday night. All tickets for the grand opening of Kungfu Komedy Club come with a free drink.
50 RMB (pre-sale) 70 RMB (door) // 8.30 PM
4F No.1 Xiangyang bei lu, near Julu Road, Xuhui district // 徐汇区襄阳北路1号4楼，近巨鹿路
Bang Gang @ MAO Livehouse
Promoting their new album ‘The Wolves are Whispering’, Bang Gang are back with their witty name after positive reception to the 2014 PRC tour. The group are from Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík, also the hometown of Bjork, and their music is labelled as “melodic pop”.
240 RMB (pre-sale) 300 RMB (door) // 8 PM
308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu, Huangpu district // 黄浦区重庆南路308号, 近建国中路
Sounds from Spain @ Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre
Flamenco dancer Maria Juncal with piano from Manolo Carrasco and guitar from Jose Lewis Encinas. Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre call Carrasco a legend of the Spanish music industry. The opening and closing songs are composed by Carrasco himself and others include Madrid street by Louis Sarkozy and Bocaina Rini.
80 RMB – 580 RMB // 7.30 PM
425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd // 上海东方艺术中心, 浦东新区丁香路425号
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Have a great week Shanghaiists!