The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

Thats Shanghai takes a look at the best events in town this week.

Nov 14: Unravel: Podcast Finale Encore

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Join Unravel as they celebrate the end of Season One of their podcast. They will be hosting all the storytellers from the first season as well as providing you with a chance to ask all the burning questions you might have had about the production of their newest labor of love. There will also be some never-before-heard bonus material released followed by celebratory drinks with the team and community!

Nov 14, 6.30pm; RMB100 presale (with a drink), RMB125 door (with a drink). Scan the QR code in the flyer for tickets. 

Nov 14: The Drums

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Deemed the next big thing after the release of their debut self-titled album, which saw them sounding like jangle pop New Order acolytes, and which included standout tracks like Lets Go Surfing and Forever and Ever, reception cooled on The Drums with their later albums, as they became less hook-driven and exploratory. Jonathan Pierce and his band arrive in China with album number five, Brutalism, in the bag. 

Nov 14, 8.30pm; RMB300 presale, RMB350 door. Mao Livehouse, 3F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, by Jianguo Zhong Lu 3083, .

Nov 14-16: New SHAKE City VI: The 90s R&B Concert

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Shanghai's livest 90s R&B party returns for another dose of new jack swing and hip hop soul for the dancefloor. Courtney Knott, Kevin Maxim, and Shake's six-piece band take it back to back in the day with the music of TLC, Jade, Janet, Ginuwine, The Neptunes and more. Dress Code: Supa Dupa Fly.

Nov 14-16, 10.30pm; RMB100. Shake, 3/F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, by Jinxian Lu 463, . 

Nov 15: Poetry in Shorts/Plastic

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Local band Poetry in Shorts link up with newly minted Maybe Mars outfit Plastic for an evening of debauchery. Poetry in Shorts are made up of members from legendary Shanghai outfit Dirty Fingers, while Plastic are based out of Kunming and have been turning heads on the east coast with some excellent live shows. 

Nov 15, 9pm; RMB60 presale, RMB90 door. Neo Bar, 1/F, Yangpu Entrepreneurship Center, 355 Guoding Lu, by Zhonghuan Lu 3351. 

Nov 15: The Kooks

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Formed in Brighton in 2004, the rockers first stole hearts with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out in 2006, which included darling tracks like Nave and She Moves in Her Own Way. The pop record would come to define the feel-good sound of The Kooks, and was accompanied by such buzz (it went quadruple platinum in the UK) that the band went on to record a live acoustic version at Abbey Road Studios (you know the one) just a year later.

Nov 15, 8.30pm; RMB320 presale, RMB400 door. Modern Sky Lab, 3/F, 188 Ruihong Lu, by Tianhong Lu 1883, . 

Nov 15-16: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan

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If youre looking for a fun, interactive and kid-friendly event, youre in luck! The music-filled Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan will be held at Shanghai City Theatre on November 15-16.

This time around, a new animal joins the zoo: a young female panda named Mei Yue. Being in a new place means shes suffering from homesickness and would do anything to be able to return home to China. The zoo animals work together and hatch a secret plan to cheer up Mei Yue. They make music for her with their instruments. In the end, the panda cub is able to happily settle into her new home with her new friends. Throughout the journey, kids can learn about various musical instruments and their unique timbres through a fun and sweet story. Your little ones are sure to love it! 

Nov 15 at 7.30pm & Nov 16 at 10.30am; RMB120-380. Shanghai City Theatre, 4889 Dushi Lu, by Mingdu Lu 4889, . Tickets. 

Nov 15-16: China Shanghai International Childrens Book Fair

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Calling all bookworms! The seventh China Shanghai International Childrens Book Fair (CCBF) is headed back to town. The event will take place in Shanghai from November 15-17. CCBF is not only a leading copyright exchange hub for childrens books (ages 0 to 16 years), but its the perfect outlet to inspire school teachers, parents, children, book lovers, collectors, illustrators and translators. This year, more than 60,000 new books from 70 countries and regions will be presented as part of a worldwide celebration of childrens reading. Not only can visitors buy a variety of original books but CCBF will offer 200 activities and events during the three-day event. 

Nov 15-16, 9am-5pm and Nov 17, 9am-4pm; RMB20-75. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, 1099 Guozhan Lu, by Zhoujiadu Lu 1099, . Tickets. 

Nov 15-16: Bar Rouge 15th Anniversary

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Celebrating 15 years of serving the people of Shanghai delicious drinks and delightful nightlife vibes, Bar Rouge is putting on an anniversary bonanza this month, taking place over five days. Party all evening from dusk till dawn as they kick off this week-long anniversary celebration.

Get your tickets for Nov 15:

Get your tickets for Nov 16:

Nov 15-16, 9pm; RMB100 presale. Bar Rouge, 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu 187,. Tickets: Nov 15, Nov 16.

Nov 16: Neal Brennan Live in Shanghai

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Brennan is a prolific performer of stand-up: his first one-hour stand-up special Women and Black Dudes premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. In 2017, Brennan released his second one-hour stand-up special 3 Mics on Netflix to widespread critical acclaim. In 2019 Brennan released an all-new half hour of material on Netflix as part of the Comedians of the World series. 

Nov 16, 9pm; RMB350 presale, RMB550 VIP. Shanghai Comedy Bunker, Cages, 3/F, Jing'an Sports Center, 428 Jiangning Lu, by Wuding Lu 428, , 3. Scan the QR code for tickets. 

Nov 17: Farmers Market

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Farmer's Market is back again for a fall edition. Expect lots of fresh fall vegetable and produce choices including organic teas, rice and honey. There will also be mini apple pie making for the kids!

Nov 17, 11am. La Maison, 210 Jinxian Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 210, . 

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