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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Skyscraper, Kinky Boots, World of Ghibli and more

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It's Monday again, the World Cup's over and it's that time of year where it's too hot to spend too much time outdoors. However, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the week ahead. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.

Food and Drink

Chef's table at Egg: David Lin x Mendy Hu

This week's chef is David Lin x Mendy Hu. Lin's passion for food was ignited from his grandmother's home cooking and his enthusiasm for cooking has taken him on travels across the world. These experiences are translated into his dishes as he collects unique tastes from around the world to create his take on global food.

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Egg , 12 Xiangyang Bei Lu 19 Jul

Music and Nightlife

Carl Barât

What became of the likely lads? Shanghai gets to find out what one former Libertines frontman is up to at least with this show at Modern Sky Lab and talk of a DJ set to follow at DADA.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu 18 Jul


Critics' pick

Shanghai-based multimedia artist hits Arkham as part of his nationwide tour with support from Li Laoban, DJ Dopey, and Yung Min. Gao Jiafeng plays sax, mashes up bilibili videos, and splices together vaporwave, future bass, city pop, and disco all with a sharp wit and unique flare for the bizarre.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 19 Jul

Shaman Revival

Critics' pick

LLND's Recharge night returns to MAO with live music, art, DJs, and more. 'Sounds artists' and DJs include: Totem, Wang_Wengwei, Steinar Nickelsen, Anuar, Josephine SSH, AIris + 董冰清 +虞越郑轶, Vanessa Zheng, bREAKtHEdOLL, Aming, Biboux, Master Chang, Bean, DJ B.O, and Tufo traversing everything from experimental guitar work and folk to noise, funk, soul, rock 'n' roll and more.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 19 Jul


Critics' pick

Seippelabel and Daily Vinyl combine for a top notch night of hip hop, R&B, and interesting electronic music at ALL headed up by Singaporean producer and vocalist Fauxe. Joining him will be Beijing-based Seippelabel head honcho thruoutin and Daily Vinyl duo Endy Chen and Ollo-MAM. Well worth making the effort on a Wednesday for.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 18 Jul

Things to do

TSLR Issue Three Launch Party: Third Time's a Charm

The Shanghai Literary Review is having a launch party for its third issue, with literary-themed mixer activities from 7-8pm. Party and mingle from 8-10pm or get a numerology and/or card reading, with free readings for the first half hour. Come armed with your favorite book (but don’t be alarmed: ...

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Lychee , Lane 49 Fuxing Xi Lu 19 Jul

World of Ghibli

Critics' pick

The World of Ghibli in China opened their first ever mainland exhibit on Sunday (1 Jul) at the World Financial Center. This year for Studio Ghibli marks the 30th anniversary to one of their most successful films, My Neighbor Totoro. The exhibit features the Catbus from Totoro, presented as a plush, life-sized replica, a half-scale recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house and a life sized Totoro.

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Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) , 100 Century Avenue 01 Jul - 07 Oct Buy tickets

Comedy UN presents Vivek Mahbubani

Hong Kong comedian Vivek Mahbubani comes to Comedy UN for two headline shows. A headliner at TakeOut Comedy Club, he's appeared on Comedy Central Asia, was the host of RTHK TV show Hong Kong Stories and in 2008 was crowned Funniest English Comedian in Hong Kong.

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Comedy UN , 549 Yanan Zhong Lu 20 Jul , 21 Jul

KFK Presents: Matt Davis

Billed as not for the easily offended, US comic Matt Davis, as seen at Just For Laughs Montreal, San Francisco Sketchfest and more, comes to KFK for two headline shows, with support from Norah Yang, Andy Curtain and Mohammed Magdi (Friday 20) and Andy Curtain, Sarah Peng and Byron Murphy (Saturday 21).

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Kung Fu Komedy Club , 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu 20-21 Jul Buy tickets



All Dwayne Johnson wants to do is live in his Hong Kong mega-tower in peace – so why won't these terrorists let him do it? Sounds like an updated Die Hard, but don't underestimate our love of Die Hard – the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 20 Jul - 18 Aug Buy tickets

Polyfaces: Green Initiatives-UrB special film screening

Green Initiatives‘ 91st film screening in collaboration with Urban-Rural Bridge (UrB), will feature Polyfaces, a film about connecting with the land and the community. The film follows the Salatin’s, a fourth generation farming family who do ‘everything different compared to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it.

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Haworth Organic Space , 1788 Nanjing Xi Lu 19 Jul

Cult Film Screening - Akira

Akira follows a Neo-Tokyo biker gang of disaffected youth getting entangled in a secret military project as political factions clash to determine the nation's future. Also, it predicted the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in the 1980s. The film is an influential classic in the canon of animated films and the cyberpunk genre. This screening, hosted by Shaving in the Dark and Meme Express, has a Neo-Tokyo dress code and free soju shots every time a character yells, 'Tetsuo(ooo)!'

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Masse Gastro Lounge , 800 Changde Lu 18 Jul Free


Wavelength: Reset

Powerlong Museum and CUBE Consulting Group Inc. have come together to present a three-months-long contemporary art exhibition, Wavelength: Reset. The exhibition will feature more than 100 sets of artworks from 40 artists around the world, ranging from paintings to new media to fashion.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road 08 Jul - 08 Oct

Construction of Reality

More than 30 pieces from Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich, including his iconic mind-bending installations, will be on display at HOW Art Museum. Erlich is known for deftly subverting everyday objects and spaces on a large-scale to examine our relationship with the constructs we build around us.

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HOW Art Museum , Lane 2277 Zuchongzhi Road Every day except Monday


Critics' pick

Lin Tianmiao, known for video works and fabric sculptures about the female body, presents Systems at Rockbund Art Museum. The exhibition features two large-scale installations and a series of sculptures about, well, systems made of connected things forming a complex whole. Also featured are Tianmiao's iconic fabric sculptures 'Day-Dreamer' and 'High!!!'.

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday


Kinky Boots

Critics' pick

Fabulously sassy, uplifting and ever so kinky, this Tony Award-winning musical is based on true events. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots tells the story of a struggling Northampton shoe factory. It follows the factory owner Charlie Price whose chance encounter with drag queen Lola inspires a production line of sexy heels for transvestites that helps save the family business.

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SAIC·Shanghai Culture Square , 36 Yongjia Lu 11 Jul - 05 Aug Buy tickets