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The top 10 things to do this weekend

Our picks of the best things to do this weekend in Shanghai

Photograph: Maya Kramer, courtesy Capsule Gallery
We have another week until October's national holiday (October 1-5). If you haven't flown out to Thailand yet, there's still things to do here in the city. JZ Festival, stand-up comedy, Shanghai Queer Film Festival, PHOTOFAIRS and more. Read on for our pick of ten things that'll hold you over until the long holiday.

JZ Festival 2018

Critics' pick

Shanghai’s longest-running jazz fest is back with a new location but the same old smooth jazz vibes. The Original Gypsies (featuring former members of the Gipsy Kings) are the main attraction this year as part of a bill that comes with a little lower star wattage compared with previous years. As ever, it’s rounded out by local jazz acts including JZ’s Big Band and they’ll be running effectively the same line-up over each day of the fest.

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West Bund Art & Culture Pilot Zone , 2599 Longteng Dadao 22-23 Sep Buy tickets

Medusa presents SHQFF Opening Party

Medusa, Elevator's most anticipated and daring monthly gay party presents Shanghai Queer Film Festival Opening party with Medusa residents Michael Cignarale, Mau Mau and guests like Diamond Lil and VJNY.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 22 Sep

Maya Kramer: Decoy

American artist and Shanghai resident Maya Kramer explores the discord between humans and nature with this exhibition of sculpture work. Her surreal installations are all made with pollutants such as detergent, coal and acid.

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Capsule Gallery , Lane 275 Anfu Lu Every day except Monday Free

Photofairs Shanghai

The international photography gala is returning for its fifth year in Shanghai with a curated program of installations and photo galleries from over 16 countries. Their Conversations programme will also bring in artists and curators for talks open to visitors. See the Photofairs website for more ...

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Shanghai Exhibition Center , 1000 Yan'an Middle Road (延安中路1000号) Jing'an Shanghai Shanghai 22-23 Sep

SHAKE'S Tribute to The Kings of Soul

Shake pays tribute to eight kings who changed music history forever. Singer REDIC, Tony Hall and Courtney Knott join Shake's six-piece band for a night of music by James Brown, Luther Vandross, Ben E King, Wilson Pickett, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Ray Charles.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 21-22 Sep , 28-29 Sep

Author Talk: Jeremy Tiang on his Communist novel

In China, Communism won. But what happened in countries to the believers when it didn't? Jeremy Tiang addresses this in his debut novel, State of Emergency, which just won the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize. Tiang's novel dives into the tumultuous days of leftist – red – movements and political ...

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Madame Mao's Dowry , 207 Fumin Lu 23 Sep Free

KFK Spotlight: Tamby Chan – Top Crass

Hong Kong-based comic Tamby Chan, a Magners Comedy Festival runner-up and as seen representing Hong Kong at Laugh Factory's Funniest Person In The World competition, headlines KFK. Support comes from Jorge Castellanos, Adam Hopkins, Norah Yang, Nate Johns, Kade Moore and host Andy Curtain.

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Kung Fu Komedy Club , 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu 22 Sep

Shanghai Soul Club

Critics' pick

Shanghai's only dedicated all-vinyl Northern Soul and Motown night is back at punk rock dive Specters. If you were at one of these, you'll know this is one not to miss. The night features DJ Glen who will be bringing '60s tunes to the dance floor.

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Specters , 1485 Beijing Xi Lu 22 Sep

2018 Capella: Food and Wine Festival

Capella Shanghai is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a luxurious 'Bites, Beats and Bubbles' two-day food and wine festival. There will be everything from an oyster bar, meat bar, to cocktails, champagne, wine, beer and the list goes on. Entertainment will be in full swing with live DJs, ...

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Capella Shanghai , 480 Jianguo Xi Lu 22-23 Sep

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