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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

WR/OC Music Festival, Wine Lips, the new Fantastic Beasts and more

Photograph: courtesy Funkadeli
The weather's not great, is it? We're at that point of the year where we're all experiencing that 'do-I-stick-with-my-light-jacket-or-is-it-time-to-bust-out-the-big-winter-coat?' dilemma. Well, weather and coat density aside, there is still plenty of reason to get out there this week and experience what Shanghai has to offer. Here are our picks for the days to come.

Food and Drink

Brenden Gradidge guest chefs at mr willis

Having headed restaurants with the likes of Esquire and Esq and worked alongside Australia's top chefs including Brent Savage, Justin North and Kym Machin; Brenden Gradidge is taking his inventive cuisine to mr willis for three nights this November with a chef's menu that definitely won't disappoint. Reservations required. Call mr wills at 5404 0200.

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Mr Willis , 195 Anfu Lu 15-17 Nov

THE HYVE Chef Trials

THE HYVE and DiningCity present a three-day Chef Trials where four-star chefs battle it out for the title of Chefs Trial Champion. Come watch the live-trials at the Jingan Kerry Center and enjoy a different three-course menu on each day.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 16-18 Nov

Music and Nightlife

WR/OC Music Festival Shanghai

The first night of WR/OC music festival, featuring headliner J.I.D along with Ziv, Vroskiii, 阿克江Akin and a DJ set from Kin.J hits Arkham on Friday. The weekend-long festival also sees tatted up rapper Machine Gun Kelly taking over Modern Sky Lab on Saturday (more details here).

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 16 Nov Buy tickets

DWP Festival

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in Indonesia this year (with The Weeknd headlining in Bali), DWP Festival makes a foray into China with this event out by Hongqiao Airport. No official details on the line-up just yet despite some tasty rumours.

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National Exhibition and Convention Center , 333 Songze Da Dao (崧泽大道333号) Qingpu Shanghai Shanghai 17-18 Nov

Bar Rouge 14th anniversary

The iconic red rooftop bar on the Bund is celebrating 14 years of dance parties, world-class DJs, ladies nights and truly being a nightlife staple in the Shanghai scene. To celebrate, they're bringing out the sparklers, shimmer and champagne showers for a disco party over two weekends. Hitting it off with an opening ceremony on Friday 16.

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Bar Rouge , 7F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (中山东一路18号7楼) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 16 Nov Buy tickets

Four Tet

Critics' pick

Brilliant British producer Kieran Hebden, adored in electronic and indie music circles alike, makes his debut Mainland China appearance with two dates in November – one in Beijing and one right here in Shanghai. Tickets are on sale now; expect them to go quickly – this is a big booking.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu 16 Nov Buy tickets

Things to do

Comedy UN special: Team China vs Team World

Comedy UN presents a face-off special where comedians from China compete against international comics to see who can get the biggest laughs. Team China includes 2018 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition runner-up Storm Xu, as well as Suzhou's queen of comedy Sarah Peng, while Team World features China International Comedy Festival finalist/very tall Canadian Eric Alexander.

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Comedy UN , 549 Yanan Zhong Lu 17 Nov



Venom, a slick-skinned alien ‘symbiote’ who first plagued Marvel’s Peter Parker back in a 1986 comic, has a Wikipedia entry roughly 10 metres long. That’s not to say that the villain deserves his own film...

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Cinemas around Shanghai 09 Nov - 09 Dec


Altered State: Deciphering Urban in the Art of Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong

Art+ Shanghai Gallery presents a duo exhibit of two artists influenced by hip-hop and street culture, Chen Xuanrong and Huang Yulong. Their works make statements about their identities and surroundings, not attempting to establish guidelines for urbanity in China, but rather expressing a fascination with it. Huang sculpts a 'new face' with Chinese iconography in hoodies, while Chen paints urban graffitied environments on canvas. Together, the pair creates a modern concept of individuality in China.

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Art+ Shanghai Gallery , 191 South Suzhou Road Every day except Monday Free